Today we have two lists of five.
Five best things I did this summer:
1. Started a new job. Hallelujah! I still love everything about it.
2. Went to see a Red Sox/Yankees game, courtesy of the folks at my new job. I sat in our awesome corporate seats.
Go, Big Papi!
3. Went to Disneyland - three kids (two of whom were teenagers), two adults, one hotel room for a week - and it was awesome!
The boys being silly with Pluto.
5. The Princess volunteered at the Special Olympics. As her driver, I stuck around and I ended up getting a little bit involved, too, and had so much fun that I'd do it again with her next year. That's her, with the volunteer shirt and the ponytail.
Five things I'm looking forward to doing this fall:
This list is a bit more difficult, as things around here have been so crazy lately I haven't really stopped to think too much about what exactly I will be doing this fall. I know I won't be drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes, though. I tried one last fall and it was one of the most awful things I've tasted. I can recommend Harney & Sons pumpkin spice tea, though.
1. I've been trying to eat cleaner, and I'm going to try to continue that throughout the fall. I'm trying to be more mindful about what I eat, and keep about 80% of my food clean and healthy.
2. Making sauce and meatballs. I haven't been eating a lot of pasta, but I can make an exception for this. There's something magical about sauce and meatball day, the one day when you can have as many meatballs as you like before I freeze the rest for future meals.
3. Finishing my second book bingo card of the year, and maybe even reading the last two books I need in order to complete my local library's reading challenge. I got back into reading in a big way when I broke my foot earlier this year, with the lasting result being my watching far less television. At any one time, there are fewer than five television shows that I watch regularly. (Right now, that's Major Crimes, Homicide Hunter, and nothing else, though I know there are some PBS series that I want to catch.)
4. Cleaning out more clutter. Along with eliminating crap from my diet, I'm eliminating crap from the house. We have been filling up our trash and recycling bins every week, and there's a growing pile of items to be donated that are sitting in our basement waiting to be removed this weekend.
5. Pursuing slow fashion. Ye gods, I may have to learn to sew! But I'm starting to take the time and care with clothing that I do with cosmetics. I don't buy products that are tested on animals, sold in countries that require testing on animals, or produced by companies who have issues with child labor, unfair wages, safety violations, etc... I know this is an imperfect process because I don't know every single thing that is going on in this world, but I am at least making an effort. I really wanted to buy a pair of Tieks, but they are quite evasive about explaining where exactly in Asia their shoes are assembled - I've read that it's China, but I don't know that for sure. What I do know is that I don't want to buy a product from a company that cannot proudly and honestly say that the workers who produce their goods are treated fairly.
There are flaws to my approach, for sure, as I'm a diehard Apple devotee, and they do most of their production in China. Then again, their competitors do a lot of production work in China as well. But, one has to start somewhere.
I'm at the start of the journey with slow fashion, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot. If there's one thing you think I need to know about slow fashion, what is it?