Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Surf: Short List

My energies this week have been spent more on minimizing belongings for our move this Wednesday into a smaller apartment (and eventually into an RV). Here is a picture of the stuff I got out of here today. The box in the lower right-hand corner went to the apartment office for their food drive. There is a box of science stuff I got when Tyler was little and haven't ever used. Three bags of clothes, some that were hand-me-downs to me that didn't fit. There is one bag of board games (plus one that didn't fit in the bag) and a baby play center in a bag in addition to the bouncer seat. Elmo and I agree that we won't need these things with our next baby. Oh! And there is a small bag containing a couple pairs of shoes.

Truck Load of DonationsTruck Load of Stuff

I went on about all that much longer than intended, but the point is - links have not been my main concern this week! I do have just a few for you, though:

  • MET Recycle (The Metropolitan Environmental Trust) is a local organization, but this Green Gift Guide could be useful to anyone anywhere. If you're not done with your shopping list, perhaps you could find some ideas here. I am proud to share with you that the MET also held the first phone book recycling event in the nation, Project ReDirectory, which is now modeled in cities across the country.

  • As I've said, I'm finding more and more families that have left the hubbub of life in one town and are traveling while homeschooling and even unschooling their children. In my research on how we can do the same, I've had to give a lot of thought into how to feed us and keep fuel in the tank. No answer works for every family and Kelly from Unschooling Liberty does a good job explaining that here. A lot of what she said reminded me of the eBook on long term travel I have linked here and on the side pane of my page.

  • Have you ever thought about where your tax money goes? While reading Un-Jobbing : The Adult Liberation Handbook, I was given some history on US taxes and asked to consider this point. The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee is a good place to start learning how to stop paying for war. I've added a button for their site to my blog, too.


  1. I followed your button the other day to the war tax resistance site. Very interesting! I remember reading about Thoreau's resistance in high school.

    It feels good to get rid of stuff, doesn't it? It's taken me a long time to get to the point where it feels good, actually, but now it does. I'd like to live in a (potentially sailable) houseboat one day, and downsizing is a priority there as well. I can't wait to follow along on your adventures!

  2. I'm tempted to take a pic of all our junk piled up in this tiny place! It is insane how much crap we have accumulated in such a short time (3 years)! I just hate to toss it, so I have donated some. I would like to sell some stuff, but it is such a hassle, too.

    Wow, it seems a houseboat would be MUCH smaller! What a cool way to live, though! I think 1 thing that perhaps initially encouraged me was a post you made about having something within walking distance (in your case, the ocean). I have nothing. This place has no real natural wonders, really. I want my children to see amazing wonders of nature! All the time!


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