The Friday Feedback Forum

June 25th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Oi Oi! Hello there! First weekend of the summer, are you excited? I am!!! And I’m also eager for this week’s comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions.

I asked last week but I’m asking again (gimme gimme your thoughts!): What do you want to do for your Monday Monthly Mission? If you don’t have a specific idea, do you have a general ‘realm’ (like, self-improvement, or reducing consumption, etc)? Lay it on me!

So this weekend I’m super excited to attend the Let Live Animal Rights Conference here in Portland. Last year was my first Let Live and this year promises to be just as engaging. I love these community events, so good for the spirit! So my question – is there any interest in a write-up of the event? Would you guys like to read that, or not so much? Doesn’t affect me either way, so be honest! I just thought I’d throw it out there. =)

Oh also! I just discovered this *awesome* website, called Offbeat Mama. It’s aimed at all us alternative families who like to do things outside the mainstream, and it’s RAD. Apparently they’ll be featuring some photos of me on this coming Monday, so be sure to check it out. And also check out this giveaway they’re having right now, for some Luna Pads and Luna Panties! So cool!

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

May you also have an inspiring weekend!


  • Callie

    I’d definitely be interested in a write up of the Let Live conference. I’m wracking my brain about the MMM but can’t think of anything. Good luck!

    Oh, also, I’ve been meaning to e-mail you forever with an addition to your thrift/second hand store master list (you’re still doing that, right?) and I may even have e-mailed you and forgotten, but anyways…

    Here in Mt Rainier, MD we have a little antique-ish store called Electric Eye that has absolutely the best selection of used boots. He’s got tons of cowboy boots, harness boots, and engineer boots (no combat or anything like that). And he loves to do deals with people. He often has other interesting things, but the boots are the one constant that’s always awesome. They’re located at: 3815 34th St Mount Rainier, MD 20712 (301-927-2800) across and down the street from the co-op.


  • Melisa

    Before I forget, I have been wanting to ask if you use bleach for anything. I have resisted, but I can’t completely explain why.
    As far as MMM, I would love something related to organization/taking-control-of-your life, but I don’t know if that’s too self-helpy for most people. Also, I adore DIY instruction of almost any kind–clothing, home maintenance, food, outdoors, etc. I second Callie’s comment: would appreciate a conference write-up. Thanx for the website suggestion.
    Lastly, how about that World Cup?!? Woohoooo! (Sorry, I have already started drinking in anticipation of the USA game.) :D

  • Meghan


    Does Electric Eye ever have hiking boots? I suspect my husband will need some soon (although he’ll deny it!) and if he’s going to be wearing leather, I’d rather it be used! (We’re up in Laurel)

  • Sara

    Hey everyone! I have great news for anyone living in the Detroit area (or just across the street, in Windsor like me c:). You guys know Maker Fair, like the one in Austin Texas? IT’S COMING TO DETROIT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!

    Naturally I’m beyond excited to purchase some handmade and local goodies. The fair is at the end of July!

    More info for tickets are here:
    I honestly don’t work for these people, I’m just super excited, and had to share.

  • Carolyn

    I’ve been considering my own monthly mission of not eating out (restaurant, take away, packaged what-nots) for a whole month. Pledging to cook, craft, and otherwise nourish myself for 30 days without allowing unknowns. Eating out is one of my guilty pleasures, but sometimes I think I use it as an escapist route to not pay attention to what I’m putting in my body, you know? Salt levels, fat levels, sourcing of foods are obvious, but even in really conscientious eateries, we are giving up an essential control by letting someone else take responsibility for our food.

    Just what’s been rattling in the old brain over here in Vermont lately!

  • Callie


    I doubt Electric Eye has hiking boots, they’re much more in the cowboy boots vein. Sorry. There’s a big army surplus store in Bethesda that has good prices on more utilitarian boots (not used, though). That’s where my SO gets his. Good luck, and nice to see a fellow Marylander!

  • Julie

    I’d be glad to hear about the conference. But, you know, you could probably write a review of the phone book, and I’d find it interesting.

    I agree with other commenters who said they like the DIY stuff. One really cool DIY project I did a few years back was to make my own supply of “lunapads”. I couldn’t afford theirs, and I realized that my sewing skills were good enough for something that was only going to appear in my underwear! For less than $28, I ended up with 14 base pads, 28 inserts, and 2 carrying cases. Just one example.

    I learned to make Kombucha here, and I’ve been brewing it nonstop for months now!

  • Heather

    Hmmmmmm…new MMM…
    1-how about not spending any money (on Mondays)except for paying bills?
    OR, completely opposite, with
    2-pay it forward Mondays, by paying for someone else’s (behind you in line) coffee or gas or other item of choice.
    3-speaking ONLY positive things all day. Not letting one single negative and/or judgmental word come out of your mouth. Not even, “man is it HOT today!”
    Just positive, encouraging, uplifting attitudes :)

  • Theresa

    What about reducing stormwater? You could put some potted plants on a patio, install some rain barrels or plant a tree. I like the other ideas though too!

  • erosan

    @Carolyn: I was thinking exactly the same!

    Cooking your own food is not only healthier than eating out but it also helps save a LOT of money!

    @Theresa: I like that idea too ever since I discovered rain chains, I’ve wanted to DIY one + Rain barrel or something…

  • erosan

    how about a MMM where you try to harness alternative power sources for at least a month?

    It’s summer and summer = sun. Building your own solar oven is not that difficult and it is super fun to cook with one.

    How about solar dehydrator? I’ve wanted to build one for ages.

    and a windmill too! You could harness the power of the wind even if it’s only for drying your clothes after washing them…

    I’m sure it would help the environment, plus it’s a great excuse to go build stuff and learn a bunch of stuff.

  • Myssi

    just saw your beautiful picture on Off Beat Mama…good job! I’m adding you to my blog, a gal after my own heart


  • Melisa

    I thought of something else I’d like to see discussed here: homeless people. What does a gal do when encountering some poor soul with a cardboard sign? At times, it’s at an intersection, and there are only moments to respond. Winging it just doesn’t seem like the best option. I think we need a plan. You mentioned in a blog post how you gave your change to the guy near the hospital every week, so I figured you might have some thoughts on this.

  • Sayward

    @ Callie – I didn’t get a whole lot of submissions for the thrift list so I haven’t posted. But I’m happy to keep collecting (so thanks!) and maybe someday I’ll have enough for a good list!

    @ Melisa – I don’t use bleach for anything these days, not even my hair. My rule of thumb these days is if Waits couldn’t eat/drink it, it’s a chemical that doesn’t belong in my house.

    Thanks for the input – I’ve really liked this ‘self-helpy’ current MMM and I think others have too. I’ll try to design others that are similar.

    And yes! World Cup has been fun. You done good, America.

    @ Carolyn – I like it! I come at it from a more environmental perspective (packaging, non-local) but you could get at that concept from many angles, which is great. Thanks for the idea!

    @ Julie – That is AWESOME! I totally want to make my own pads someday. And other DIY projects, well time has been tight around here, but I do have a few ideas in progress. Mostly food-related . . . =)

    @ Heather – Holy great ideas Batman! Those are wonderful, thank you so much!!

    @ Theresa – That could be a good one for fall/winter, thanks!

    @ erosan – That sounds like an awesome idea, but I wonder how realistic it is? I’ll have to think about it . . . it’s important to me that the missions are accesible to everyone so I’d have to make sure that everyone could participate. I’ll mull it over!

    @ Myssi – Aw, thanks. And welcome to the site!

    @ Melisa – Interesting you bring that up. It’s a subject that I’ve considered writing about before. I feel like I have a unique perspective on the subject, but I’m also conflicted. It’s such a complicated issue.

    I have actually been homeless, though, and it’s something I’d like to explore in my writing. Thanks for bringing it up. I’ll keep thinking on it.