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Waves of Creativity

We went into a super expensive store in Canmore a few weeks ago and I found a little sweater tank top deal that I loved for $140. No thank you. But I thought, I could make that. So I went to the thrift store and got a lovely sweater for $5.

I am quite happy with the result and I can’t tell you how fun it was to cut the mammoth sweater into bits. It was really quite theraputic.

We are five months pregnant, so I have been trying to use what I have for clothes and alter here and there as not to buy a totally new wardrobe. I have been really fortunate to have some good friends lend me some things as well.

I saw a beautiful mobile on a website and I thought I would try it out for our new little one. I love it because it doesn’t look like a Winnie the Pooh mobile, but it is still interesting and I think our little babe will like looking at it. I tried to use more manly colours for the birds (since we are having another little man). I found this drift wood on our camping trip this summer and I have been saving it for this occasion.

I have to get some hooks to put it all together and hang it up.

Rules

Last time we did the Compact we had a set of “rules” well, they were more goals really. We thought we would flesh them out a little more. The goals are mostly the same… anyway here are the tweaked rules and goals for the Compact 2015

Yes, we can buy:

Food- groceries, dine out a maximum of 2x a month

Safety items- light bulbs, batteries, tyres (if one explodes)

Used items/thrift store- as needed. Last time we perused the thrift store a little too much. We will only be in the thrift stores when we need an item and only look for the item we need.

Personal care- Deodorant, tooth paste, cosmetics (again as needed, I am not going to go wild).

Entertainment- rent movies, get items at the library, or if we ever get to go out on a date, we will go to the theater for a movie or a concert. Let’s be honest, if it happens that Tom and I get to go out together, just the two of us, it is a MAJOR treat that doesn’t happen near enough. We are going to take full advantage if that situation arises.

Nasties- Underwear and socks. Used = yuck.

Gifts- We can buy experiences (concert, play, theatre tickets), used items or hand made.

Education- classes (Roddy), coffee (for studying at coffee shops), school supplies.

Making crafts, art, or gifts- try to find items used, or buy new supplies only as needed.

Here are our goals:
– Bring less “stuff” or clutter into the world and our home
– Break our addiction to consumerism
– To be more creative in the way we live our life
– Spend more time as a family doing fun free things
– As a period of fasting – to remove any hindrances in our walk with Christ
– Save money
– Gain a new perspective of money
– Become more generous and instill that in Nathan and Jude
– Save ten percent of what we save in the year and give it to a charity
– Blog once a week
– Become more of producers than consumers

I was listening to the radio a while back and the guy who created Veggie Tales was being interviewed. It was a really interesting interview and one thing that he said really stuck out for me. The idea of being a producer rather than a consumer. He said if one of his kids comes up to him and says he wants to watch tv, sometimes he says, “let’s make a movie, here’s the video camera”. I love that idea. I hate being an idle consumer. I am totally guilty of it though. I often catch myself thinking, “what can I get from this?”

I felt that we became producers the last time we did the compact. We made a lot of gifts and repaired clothes and didn’t just mindlessly buy things to replace broken items in our lives. Or buy things to replace broken parts in our lives. I think that many people in our culture (including myself) tend to buy things to make ourselves feel happy- even if it is just for a minute. I want to find other ways to find happiness in life. There are so many glorious things all around us just waiting for us to notice them. Like my children waiting for me to watch Toy Story 3 with them and eat popcorn apples and cheese. Until next time…

Goodbye Beautiful Jacket

I love clothes. No, like I really love clothes. I sometimes try on my outfits the day before I wear them, and model them for Roddy. I have done this since I can remember. I love looking at fashion trends. I find cute little outfits that I just HAVE to have.

That being said, about a month ago, I bought a new jacket. Did I “need” a new jacket? Not really. But, the “fashiony” jacket I had was like FOUR years old… so pretty much ancient. And then my warm jacket is TEN years old and in perfect condition. So, I decided, I needed a new jacket. I bought one from the Gap and I got it for 40% off plus another 30% off. Really. It was the deal of… well it was a great deal. I loved this new jacket and the jacket and I were getting along quite well. Quite well until I stepped on it weird and ripped the button off the hood. It was a fatal rip. I tried to fix it and the kind of material it is just does not deal well with a needle and thread. So, I called the Gap and they said I could bring it back. So today… I brought it back to the mall (cue dramatic music).

I parked right where the store was so that I didn’t have to walk by all the beautiful store windows with the pretty clothes and I looked at the ground until I walked into the Gap. It was my hope that they would have another jacket there EXACTLY the same so that I could just exchange them and that would be that. But, they were all sold out. I just got my money back and walked out. BUT NOW I HAVE NO BEAUTIFUL NEW JACKET AND I CAN’T BUY ONE FOR THE WHOLE BLOODY YEAR. I am a little upset about this. But at the same time, a little disgusted with myself. I have TWO perfectly great coats. But I look at them with disdain because they are not this season (or last season, or this decade’s season… I digress). But I have a warm jacket to wear to keep me warm during the blistery Alberta winter. How many times do we all look at something we own that at one time we loved and think that it is not good enough anymore? Who is it telling us that it is not good anymore? I guess all the advertising around us is saying that nothing is good enough. I didn’t think that I really listened or was affected by all that, but obviously I am.

I am going to try and wear my jackets with pride this year and remember how I felt when I first got the jackets. I will try and channel that feeling, I am telling myself that my ten year old jacket is vintage.

Getting Back on Track

So one of the goals that I had when we started this whole compact life thing was to write about it at least once a week. I have already failed. Regardless, I will try to be better in the many weeks ahead.

One of the presents that I got for Christmas was a Briefcase USB Turntable. It is an awesome turntable because it has speakers built in and a usb port out so I can record records onto my laptop. Very cool…thanks mum and dad . I also received a cheque in the mail from my grandma for Christmas and I said to Mandy, “Let’s split this baby and buy anything used we want.” I had in mind to buy some records to go along with my record player. I really want some vintage Johnny Cash, U2, or Radiohead records.

Mandy lovingly reminded me that the point of this whole not shopping year is to, not shop. I said, “Of course and I am all on board for that, but I want to buy used records which are USED.” Mandy once again lovingly reminded me that I didn’t NEED any used records and that we are not supposed to buy things we don’t need. We buy NEEDS not WANTS.

At first I was a little annoyed by the fact I couldn’t go out and buy whatever I wanted, even if it was used. But, in the end Mandy was right and reluctantly I agreed. We so often fall into the trap of thinking we really need something when in actual fact we just want it.

It is a hard habit to overcome, but it is one that I hope will become more natural in the coming year. On Sunday some friends of ours, who are also doing their own compact gave me a copy of Simon and Garfunkle’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. We have so much and we really need so little.

King Corn &The Food We Eat

Last night I watched the documentary King Corn. It is a film which follows two Boston film makers who move to a small town in Iowa called Greene, Iowa to attempt to raise an acre of corn. They follow the corn from kernel to it’s final destination in the North American food cycle. This final destination is the stomach of a cow or the artificial sweetener (high fructose corn syrup) in…well…just about everything. It is an entertaining documentary and right up my alley of experience driven experiments (much like the Compact).

It is scary how much of the food we consume comes from corn. On average we consume 75 pounds of high fructose corn syrup every year. The vast majority of the corn grown in North America can not be eaten until it is processed and turned into other things. It really made me rethink having a bowl of ice cream because essentially I am eating a bowl of milk and corn, which actually now that I think about it sounds delicious.

We have tried to put a limit on the amount of processed foods we eat as a family but it is often hard to get away from. We mainly eat fresh home cooked stuff because of Malora’s arthritis but as a youth worker there are often many late nights full of tim bits, doritos, and coke.