Last week I evaluated my performance on my half-year resolutions made in July 2011. Today I'm posting some goals for this year. These goals will mostly be modest, because I like to feel successful, and because I have a new baby and won't be accomplishing much of anything for several months.
Make my own hummus from scratch.
So, I know how to make hummus from a can of garbanzo beans and from garbanzo flour. But I don't like the BPA in canned foods, and I was never completely sold on the texture from the hummus I made from garbanzo flour. We own a pressure cooker, which my husband mostly uses to make black beans and pinto beans. But I know how to use it and it's not that hard, so it's high time I cooked my own garbanzo beans to make into hummus. Several of my friends do this and when they bring their homemade hummus to the park, my kids always gobble it up. This goal isn't particularly difficult in and of itself, it's just a matter of fitting it into my routine, which already entails making homemade bread, yogurt, snacks, etc. [Update January 2013: I now make my own hummus from dried garbanzo beans in 5 minutes. Read how in this post.]
Yep, this is going on my list of goals again. I just can't seem to get myself to OSH or Home Depot with my list of air-cleaning plants in hand. Hopefully, this year will be the year of the houseplant .
Find a better conditioner.
I really like my old "natural" conditioner. Sadly, it's not quite as non-toxic as I had previously believed (although certainly a large step above most conventional brands), so I'm in the market for a new one. Maybe even a bar of conditioner.
Learn the names of local plants and animals. I'm sort of half-way to success on this one (yet another carry-over from last year). Last year, I bought a bunch of books on local plants and animals, and have even flipped through a couple of them. But I have yet to take my tree book on a walk with me and figure out the actual names of the trees in our neighborhood. In addition to being able to identify several native plants and animals, I'd like to learn something about them with my kids.
This is another carry over from last year. The days I end up hating are the ones where I pop on and off my computer one million times in a day without actually accomplishing anything. I need a schedule. It won't be a hard and fast schedule, because I'll be working around my unpredictable children, but I need some type of schedule, and then I want to stick to it. This schedule will include day-long Internet fasts at least twice a month.
For two alternative ways of making resolutions, check out these posts by Amy of Progressive Pioneer and by Kelly on Green Phone Booth.
What are your green goals for 2012?
Photo credit: Albertas Agejevas