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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Lazy Sundays

We've gotten into some lazy Sunday morning habits lately. Sleeping in, newspaper perusing, big breakfast consuming... It's just so tempting. Nothing wrong with lazy Sundays, except that we've become less than, oh shall we say, religious about going to church. Sorry, some puns are just too easy. We finally dragged out butts to church this Sunday (at the crack of 11:00 a.m. no less!) for the first time in a few weeks. It was a great reminder of why it's good for me to stay in the church habit (no nun jokes, 'kay?). I affectionately refer to St. Joan's as "the world's most liberal Catholic church." I grew up Catholic, and, unlike 90% of those I seem to meet, I had no traumatic experiences. AND I went to Catholic schools to boot! No ruler beatings, evil nuns or guilt-ridden tirades. Just nice nuns and groovy 70's guitar masses. Anyway, it has taken us a while to find a church to call home, but we joined St. Joan of Arc (SJA) a few years ago, and it has been a great fit. Engaged community, contemporary music and the occassional "Our Mother" instead of "Our Father" are all appealing aspects of SJA, but most of all, this church is definitely about putting your Christianity where your mouth is. Social justice, ecology, equality, selfless giving, and welcoming others "wherever they are on their journey" (that's actually their motto) are all central at SJA. This Sunday, the speaker was a professor of ecology from St. Olaf's -- a nearby college. He was not the most dynamic speaker, but his message was excellent. One comment that jumped out at me was that we all throw so many things away, yet there really is no "away" when it comes to trash. The speakers at SJA often make me think about leaving a smaller footprint in our planet's surface, and this was a prime example. Wanting less stuff, using fewer chemicals, leaving less of a trash trail, and just generally thinking about the impact we make on our environment by our everyday choices. Although it wasn't something he mentioned, the presentation made me re-consider an earlier thought -- I might consider using cloth diapers. If anyone has experience in that area, please let me know. I'm just considering at this stage, but I think it's a good option to ponder. We're also researching the option to switch to wind-powered energy at home, and next summer, I think we're going to purchase a weekly supply of produce and other locallly-grown goodies from an area farm (we're going to see if we can split it with a neighbor since it would be a lot of food for two adults and a toddler). I talk a lot about being environmentally conscious, but I think it's time to take it beyond the basics. Anyway, we also saw friends we haven't seen for a while, and I ran into my cousin, who is just a dear (and my only "local" cousin), and I wish I saw him more often. So, my lesson from this Sunday is that going to church is a good thing... Shoot, if I'd listened to those nuns a little more closely, I might have learned this lesson 30+ years ago, right?


Blogger C said...

We have a friend who's an environmental engineering professor, who works a lot with water conservation, etc. He told us that cloth diapers are only better IF you wash them yourselves, rather than use a delivery service. I have no idea if this is really right, but I trust him more than anything else I know. I think we are going to try Gdiapers as a compromise. Google them and you'll see what they're about.

9/21/2006 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

c -

Great tip! Do you know anyone who has actually used these? When I talked to my husband, he was hesitant about even flushing the liners you can use with cloth diapers (of course, he won't put much more than liquid down our garbage disposal either, which drives me nuts). We have had some annoying plumbing problems at our 1950s ranch home, and I hate to tempt fate.

If we do go the cloth route, we would not use a service. That's the main reason I hesitate. Sounds like a lot of laundry for a non-stay-at-home-mom...

9/21/2006 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Moxie said...

Hi. Jumped over here from Chicagomama's. I've used cloth for a long time (on my second kid now) and it's a couple extra loads a week, depending on the age of your child.

I'm trying gDiapers right now, and am not in love with them. I love the part about flushing the liners (although you have to prep them and poke them around a lot so they don't get clogged), and you can compost the wet ones (awesome, if only we had a yard and a compost pile), but changing poopy ones is awful. I'm having far more contact with poop than I ever did with all my years of cloth. I'm going to give it another few weeks just to see if there's some trick to it I'm not getting, but IME cloth is easier than gDiapers are pretty much all-around.

Diaper services use a ton of water and energy, and don't end up saving you any money. It's not any harder to maintain a cloth dipaer pail than it is to use a Diaper Genie, and washing them yourself is pretty simple. Since you'll be starting with an older infant instead of a newborn, you can probably do two loads a week.

I wrote a couple of cloth diaper primers a few months ago if you're interested:

9/22/2006 12:12:00 PM  

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