Tuesday, February 8, 2011

just managing

I am feeling incredibly snowed under by work at the moment. And the fact that worktime seems to encroach upon hometime! And that I am Rubbish at getting on with what needs to be done both at home and at work.

Anyway, this has reminded me (this, and singin the line 'by the grace of God, we will carry on') of a time when in Ghana that I spoke to a friend who worked at the airport, and asked him how work was, and he answered me

"By His Grace we are managing small small"

Which is my favourite ever Ghanaian quote. Ever.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

i forgot to buy tights!

I've just realised that this is the day I said I'd officially start my no-clothes-buying and I forgot to get any tights in advance! Still, I kind of feel it's cheating to buy stuff prior to starting my resolution, and if I rip my tights there's not much I can do anyway but buy a new pair.

I have been a bit encouraged already at the memory that last summer I customised a pair of shoes not just once, but TWICE, in order to wear them for two different weddings. They were very simple New Look cream faux-satin, high heeled court type shoes that I'd worn to be a bridesmaid for my friend Gem a year before. I decided I would probably not wear them again in their current state and so for wedding #1 (navy, cream and pink dress) I stuck some navy buttons in place of the plastic gemstone, and for wedding #2 (red dress) I removed the navy buttons and stuck some tiny red fabric roses in their place. Inevitably as it was me doing it both these alterations were done last minute, the night before, with scavanged tools, but it lasted and the roses are still in tact! The shoes got a bit muddy so I'm thinking this year I may try and dye them...

I have also already been offered a pair of shoes by someone who found out I was not buying any clothes, but alas they were the wrong size! I have been telling a lot of people, as a bit of an accountability thing really, the more people who know the less likely I am to break it... but something else that I hope will come out of it is a step towards living more in community; there's no reason why my same-sized housemate and I shouldn't borrow each others clothes more, and maybe this will spread to other friends and encourage us to live much closer lives!

Reading the green book has inspired me (hopefully not just momentarily) to do more things to conserve resources. I sat mending my coat on the train yesterday; in my bag I had a Spork, a cloth bag for shopping, a plastic mug for coffees and a thermos for soup or cold drinks. Just in case like. I try to do these things anyway but hopefully they will come more as second nature rather than a constant afterthought...