Overheard standing in line at a local (read not Starbucks) coffee shop in North Berkeley:
One organic cotton tshirt wearing woman to another:
Lady #1"We haven't had a microwave in our house for five years now! It took me a while to convince my partner, but once we got used to it we didn't even miss it!"
Lady #2 "Oh yeah we are getting rid of ours too. Microwaves just can't be good for anyone!"
The two sensible women shake their heads in disgust at the thought of the evil artificial cooking contraption, then plop their reusable coffee mugs on the counter and order their soy lattes, of course. The conversation continued:
Lady #1 "You'll see, once you give up the microwave, you will rely less on all that processed food. We never eat anything from a box or a can anymore."
Lady #2 "I can imagine. Lucky for us we never really exposed our kids to any of that garbage. I don't think they have ever had mac & cheese from a box, so they don't ask for it."
Can you just see me rolling my eyes? I can only imagine what these chicks would think if they peaked into a day in the life of the Kargas family. Microwave pancakes. Gummy bear bribes. Kraft Dinner and... diet soft drinks. (Gasp!)
I have gotten so much better. We recycle and compost everything now! We have dwindled our weekly garbage down to about 2 bags, including diapers! (Don't start with me on cloth diapers.)
I just don't know how these earth -loving families do it. I NEED my microwave. I don't have time to whip up a batch of fresh pancakes every morning, and no I will not set my alarm 15 minutes earlier to do it. Mama needs her rest.
I LOVE my diet root beer. Sue me.
I CAN'T deal with cloth diapers. Yuck.
I RELY on the conveniences of modern day life.
I'm getting so hot and bothered right now, I might just need to grab one of my sugar-free-jello cups and some cool whip to calm down.
I promise to put the plastic in the right bin.