RANT: The Sunchips debacle is really, really bugging me. See, they've been putting Sunchips into these biodegradable bags. Compostable, even. I don't buy a lot of chips in general, but I do sometimes get a bag of Sunchips. They're healthier than regular chips and they make me think of childhood trips to Lake Powell. The eco-friendly bag made me like them even more! Now, though, they are going back to regular bags because people have complained about the bags being too loud. Oh. My. Hell. Seriously? I think this is a reflection of why our environment is irreparable. Not because we can't repair it, but because we don't want to make any concessions. If an eco-friendly product isn't just as normal as a non-eco-friendly one, we don't want it. Let's continue adding to landfills because the alternative is a loud bag!?! Granted: the bag is loud. But who cares? When are you required to eat chips quietly? It's not like eating chips is a quiet activity anyway.
REALIZATION:7:30 p.m. is too late, now, to start a run. I am right in the middle of training for a half marathon, but have had a horrible headache for the past three days. Plus, I suddenly have this weird calf issue, which is probably a post for another day. Suffice it to say, I hadn't put on my running shoes since Friday and I NEEEEEDED to get in five miles yesterday. So I decided to run home after work. I didn't realize, though, just how dark it is at 7:30. Plus, the route I'd made for myself (because I only live about a mile away from the library, but I needed five miles) included a stretch of very busy road that doesn't have street lights. SO not a good choice! The two-mile mark of my run found me going very slowlyas I tried to navigate that lightless stretch of road. I twisted my ankle just a bit by stumbling on a rock, and nearly got run over, and barely made it through with my life intact. No more dark runs for this chick, unless I find a sweat proof headlamp!
READING: I had every intention to read some scary-ish books this month. I've got Lord Byron's Novel and More than You Knowchecked out. What I forgot to take into consideration is that October is when the long list for the Beehive Awards comes out, so I'm reading lots of teen novels instead. Some good, some ehhhhhh. What are you reading?
RESTARTING: My October goal to not eat any sugar until Halloween. I made it till Monday (a whole three & a half days), when, upon arriving home, I was unable to resist the lure of hot chocolate on the first cold-ish, rainy autumn day we've had. Since I'd fallen off the wagon, I decided to make a caramel apple cake, which I then snacked on all day yesterday. I'm letting myself have one more piece today and then, tomorrow, I'm back on the wagon.
They are going much faster than I expected. I have a couple of baby quilts I need to make, and one other gift-type quilt. Oh, and, I am now on the hunt for some boyish red flannel as Jake needs a new quilt too, and he wants flannel to replace the old one I finally, literally, threw away it was so worn out. He'd been sleeping with this quilt I made back when I was engaged...nearly twenty years ago. The batting is all torn inside and it smells weird, but he loved it. You'd think the fact that it was pink & floral would dissuade him but it was so comfy he didn't care. (He does, by the way, have non-pink bedding, but he doesn't love his comforter like he loved that flannel quilt.)