Monday, July 12, 2010

Week 28 - Operation: Stash Busting

In the knitting world, stash buster projects are ones that use up yarn you already have – your stash. This week I started knitting a neck warmer to combat the chill in my new office with yarn from my stash, which I got free in England from one of the designers who taught a workshop. Since I’ve recently bought enough yarn for years worth of knitting, my plan is to continue to knit with yarn I already own. But the stash busting isn’t stopping there.

Considering that it’s just me, the amount of food I have in my house is ridiculous! I have 2 freezers full of food and cabinets that are bursting. I buy produce as if I were feeding a family of 5 and end up composting a lot of it. Enough! (I know, that’s last year’s word but it still works) I am now expanding stash busting beyond my crafting. It’s time to stash bust with food.

In preparation for cooking food I already have, I defrosted the basement freezer and inventoried both. I now have a detailed list of the food I have (WAY too much!) and plan to eat from my freezer for the foreseeable future. With a bit of creativity, I’ll be eating free for a long time.

In an effort to curtail the over purchase of fresh food, I’ve come up with an ingenious plan to stop this. I’ve made a deal with myself. If I buy produce and do not use it within a week, I have to take the amount of money I spent for said produce and donate it to something that goes against everything I believe in – the RNC. Yes, you read that right – the Republican National Committee. Not only would they get the money but I’d have to give it anonymously so they wouldn’t get me on their mailing lists, which would just be too much to bear! This makes it a double whammy – supporting the RNC and not getting a tax deduction. Ingenious, n’est-ce pas?

Other than my stash busting work on the weekend, it was a pretty normal week. Knitting Monday and Wednesday and the pool Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday was fun though. Anne was adopting a campus kitten that Husker Cats had trapped at the museum. I was going to meet her at her house to go with her to pick up Lucy but Anne called just before 5:00 to say her bike had broken down and she was at the zoo. So I headed there, threw her bike in the back of the Fit (everything fits in my Fit!) and we went to get the kitten. She is gorgeous! I took some pics of Anne and Lucy and headed home to start my weekend. What a nice start to a productive weekend.

Now another hot summer week is here. But I’m headed into it with the laundry caught up, the lawn mowed, the refrigerator cleaned out and a plan for using stuff up. Life is good!

1 comment:

  1. Have I told you that I am a Republican? LOL!
    Well, I WAS a Republican but got sick of their inflexibility on social issues so I registered as a Libertarian. They are more in line with my what makes you happy as long as I don't have to pay for it in some way, smaller government and lower taxes. Yep, that sums it up. So if I donated to something I was totally against, I guess it would be the Socialist party or atheists. I can't really think of anything else...oh, except maybe Sarah Palin's campaign.
    Yay for the adopted kitty!!!