You may have noticed that I haven't posted for awhile. Kendra and I have been out of town a lot lately - so, I decided to give myself a little break. But, I also just haven't had much interesting to say in regards to running. I've really enjoyed the blogging process, but I've decided it's time to move on to another topic. I came up with an idea - I'm not sure it will be great - but, it's something.
Awhile ago I decided that I'm not going to drink alcohol during the month of September (four days down!) so that I could be in the best possible shape for the Army 10 miler. In the last two days I 1) read a few chapters in the book Roads to Quoz by one of my favorite authors, William Least Heat Moon. These chapters were dedicated to a woman who lives incredibly simply. She's basically like a nun. Taking as little from the world and giving as much as she can. I was inspired. 2) watched a "Mega Disastors" show about peak oil. I've been reading about this idea for probably five years, but it reminded me how rough life could become.
So, I decided to abstain from something that I have dependence on, but know in my heart probably isn't good for me or the world. It's kind of a year of Lents. Yes, Morgan Spurlock did something similar - this is going to be better - but, I can't promise it won't be less preachy ; )
So, here's the list - for more info visit my new blog. I welcome any suggestions on new ideas. This list is very open to modification.
September 2009: Alcohol
October 2009: Clutter
November 2009: TV/Movies (does not include sports)
December 2009: The internet
January 2010: All animal related products
February 2010: Food prepared by others
March 2010: Purchases other than food/housing/clothing
April 2010: Trash
May 2010: Transportation that uses oil
June 2010: Time (volunteer once a day)
July 2010: Processed food
August 2010: Food made more than 100 mi away
September 2010: All of the above (except possibly animal products)