In the past few years, Phill and I have made a joint resolution for change. To ring in 2006, we resolved to increase what we recycle. Nearly two years later, we still recycle most of the packaging for the products we consume and look for products with better packaging. Here in NOLA, it is easier to recycle as every two weeks a truck collects what we leave on the curb.
Last year, the resolution was to attend to our health issues. I think we did that. Sort of. No, not that well.
Yet, this year, we feel no need to state any resolutions. Life is already very different. Because we have stores, banks, and schools near us, we walk more. Because less trafficked ways exist for non-car commuting, Phill bikes most days to work. Most of his ride is atop the levee along the Mississippi River. He's already lost weight.
I only use my mini-van when we need to make a big grocery run. Another side effect of not driving much is that I don't succumb to the call of an easy, quick, full-of-fat lunch from a fast food establishment. Too many days I did that while living in Charlottesville. Sure, there's a McDonald's within walking distance, but walking to a fast food joint isn't worth it to me.
We rarely eat land dwelling creatures, anyway (Popeye's fried chicken and alligator sausage, excepted). Living where seafood is a staple makes our daily diet easier. Buying local shrimp for $3.99 a pound (heads on) is such a deal. I need to learn how to cook crawfish. Rater, I need to be brave enough to buy it and just dive right in to making my own gumbo, etouffe, and other such swamp fare. I won't be cooking alligator. Phill can get his sausage fix at the shack down on the river.
At least one store I frequent sells local produce. The satsumas, cabbages, and turnips have been lovely as of late.
So, I'm not making New Year's resolutions. 2008 is guaranteed to be different. I find I like that.