Volume 5 of Casual Shit Talking
Welcome to the “Alice has too many strange thoughts hour.” Sit down and get ready to dive into some weird shit.
We’ve recently come into the situation where we’re going to have a housemate. It’s been a fair few years since I last had one and she was my best friend so I guess it was kind of different anyway.
It’s got me thinking about some of the strange habits I’ve possibly picked up since becoming an adult and moving out of home. Things like: how untidy I can be when it’s only inconveniencing myself (and Adam). I think having someone else to inconvenience could really make me pick up my game in the tidying department. Which is probably a good thing for everyone.
Another lovely habit of mine is forgetting I have food in the fridge for far too long to the point where you really don’t want to have to open the door. Cleaning fridges is the chore that I’ve always hated the most. There’s something about gross food that makes me gag instantly. So I’m not sure how I ever let it get so bad, but I do. Hopefully, that habit can be kicked in the butt also.
Imagine I’ve done some fancy segway here, but in reality, I’ve just switched to a new topic really suddenly. I think I originally started this casual shit talking thing or the blog, in general, to talk about design and get better at writing. But it’s honestly turned into just chatting shit about what’s on my mind at the time. So if you thought it was about design, I apologise (but not really because it’s becoming very therapeutic).
The next topic that has been on my mind of late is the environment. This is probably because I’m in the process of co-founding a social enterprise, to actually be doing something with my time/life that can give back to the world a little bit. The idea and the smart business know-how is coming from my co-founder, but I’m really enjoying the ride.
We were recently putting together user personas of the type of audiences we wanted to target, and I realised that I’m in the category that we’ve classified as ‘Comfy Recyclers’ which isn’t ideal when you think you’re actively trying to make a difference in your day to day life for the environment.
Because the truth is I’ve gotten really lazy with most things environmental of late. It seems to be dependant on how busy my days are and how stressed I get. I still use my keep cup religiously, but the system I’d set up in our kitchen at home has gotten really underutilised and all I can truly put it down to is utter laziness on my half because the limited time I do have at home I just want to be a slob on the couch and eat way too much food (Gilmore Girls bingeing for the third time in my life is really a priority, you know?).
Hopefully, by trying to engage other humans into making changes I can actively be better at my own because it feels a little hypocritical to be saying these are easy changes to make when I pick and choose when I take them on.
My final thought, for now, is based on a meme I saw on twitter yesterday. It said, “Maybe dogs just steal shoes because it’s the last thing you put on before you leave.” Which made me sad, because it makes so much sense. Diesel (my dog) steals shoes and just puts them outside, doesn’t chew them or rip them up. Just trots them outside so you have to go looking for them, probably so you stay home a tiny bit longer (I’m not crying, you’re crying!).
That is all the thoughts I’ve had this week. Literally, all of them. Maybe there will be some more informative thoughts next time, but I highly doubt it.