Saturday, December 31, 2011

Prelude 2012: Beginning Again

For the third year in a row, I am attempting the Paper Diet. Last year, I abandoned it after some 100 days. This year, I'm really committed to seeing it through. The rules are basically the same. I will attempt to get through the year setting tomorrow with only 5,837 sheets of paper. As before, because I’m sane, I’ve decided that certain categories of paper simply don’t count. For example, paper used for bodily fluid clean up is off limits towards the total count. It also doesn't count if I use a timesheet provided to me by my fiscal intermediary.

However, if I screw up and forget to get new timesheets when the old ones get taken in it comes off my count. Therefore, I will try to avoid this. Of course, if need be I'm going to do it because I don't want anyone to be paid late due to my stupidity. I see that as being a major source of paper consumption that I must avoid.

The results from last year which, even though I abandoned the diet not even one third of the way through the year, were promising, are: I still have four unopened reams of paper. I'm going use those until they're gone because 1) I don't have the money to go buy a new box for no reason and 2) it goes against the idea of the blog to waste four perfectly good reams of paper for no reason.

Wish me luck and stick to it ofness, which I'm not sure is even a word, with this blog starting tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 131

In the nearly two weeks since I wrote this blog, I've used 13.5 pages. Receipts took up 1.5 pages. Housing list took 2. Poems took 8 pages, but I didn't end up going to writing group because I was ill. I also wrote a note for my assistant. Total usage is 1316!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 118

I used one piece of paper to copy a list of people to buy ADAPT shirts for. I need 8 shirts this action including mine. Total usage is 1327.5!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 116

I used 15 pages today. Five for housing forms and 8 that went to Becca for a letter and the rest of the manuscript that she hasn't seen. I printed out 2 pages wrongly. Total usage is now 1326.5!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 115

Zero paper usage today. That's always a feel good day. Total usage is now still 1021.5!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 114

I used four pieces of paper today. One for a very pretty church bulletin, two for print out of the speech I'm doing tomorrow, and one for an insurance form. I think it's ridiculous that I have to have insurance. I'm selling books, not doing anything dangerous. But rules are rules! Total usage is now is 1021.5!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 113

I used 10 pages on a Seder program from the Northampton Unitarian Universalist society that I need keep and analyze. I have used I've used 1016.5 pages so far. Tomorrow is my day for organizing the used paper diet paper.

Oh my gosh, I just saw a piece of paper from Good Friday that I forgot. Total usage is now is 1017.5! Sorry, everybody!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 112

I kept one page Good Friday program. It's one double sided page and has a really beautiful picture in a pretty front, plus a back page for my to scribble notes ob, but they have to be the note, because it is a Good Friday program after all. I have used I've used 1006.5 pages so far.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 111

I used 3 pages. Two for covers letters and my form I need to fax. It's to the Abilities Expo. I thought that it was faxed already, but apparently they never got it and I can't find the original. I have used I've used 1005.5 pages so far.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 110

I used 2.33 pages of paper today. I printed out 2 pages about my ex-employee for unemployment. I took a third of a page for notes on my Faggot Dinosaur poem. Yes said "Faggot Dinosaur". I've used 1002.5 so far.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 109

I had my first no paper day in a while. That always makes me me feel good! I've used 1000.17 pages of paper this far.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 108

I broke 1000 pages today and I wasn't even for me. I printed something out for my assistant. She wants to take her son to the movies tomorrow and I printed out a listing. I've used 1000.17 pages of paper this far.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day 107

I used 8 pages today. I'm going to share 2 poems with Ware on Wednesday. I printed them on 1 sheet of paper each. I love that two pages on one thing. Saves so much paper! I've used 998.17 pages of paper this far. That's less than 1,000 pages and the year is over 29.3 done%

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 106

I used no pages today. It's hard to use pages when you are asleep or training a PCA all day. I have 4846.83 pages remaining.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 105

I printed a page with two poems to read a a Library poetry reading. I read both poems. It was fun, but there were only 4 readers. I have 4846.83 pages remaining.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 104

I used 17 pages of paper to print my poem for my group tonight.I have 4,864.83 remaining. The poem went over well. I have 4847.83 pages remaining. I have almost used 1000 pages, I have 10.83 remaining!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 103

I used 14 pages for my Lambda portfolio, 4 pages for my autobiographical statement(2 were mess ups), one page for a financial statement and one page for an application reprint because the page was smudged. Thatt's 20 pages for one application. Yes, that's anal, but hey it's Lambda Literary. I have 4,864.83 remaining.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 102

Lots accomplished. Nine pages used to print directions, write a speech that I will give to high school kids, and share a poem with the Ware group tomorrow. I feel alive, truly, for the first time in a while. Page count: 4,884.83 remaining.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 98-101

I went to an awesome conference this weekend and was to tired to post. I used 74 pages in the conference program. It was 37, but I lost one somehow so I had to count it twice. Plus I took a map and the folder contained 45 and a flier, so that's 46. That's 120 pages! A lot!

Plus I used 7 pages at the IRS. This is the first year I get a refund. Total page count used 127. Total page count is 4,893.83. I still have 83.30% percent of my paper, almost 5 months in. I have had a few big mistakes (such a loosing the conference book or printing a writing group submission wrong. I've said it before and I'll say it again Americans are a wasteful, often greedy people!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 97

I went to a bunch of awsome writing/publishing workshops today. I learned tons, wrote a lot and feel creative again. I even met a few cool writers. I didn't use any paper, though, because have a laptop. I can type on the move and I'm saving the planet. I love it! Page count: 4991.17.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 96

I used one page to keep a copy of the Sister Spit writing workshops tomorrow. Page count: 4991.17.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 95

I had to reprint the Lambda Literary application, 5 pages. I'm kind of mad at myself because I know I printed it before. But it's somehow lost.I also printed out the one page Amy Lowell application. I also need to make a curriculum vitae, and 40 pages of work. Unless I have a volume published by then (unlikely. Page count: 4992.17.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 94

Sick again, in bed most of today! No pages used. Page count still: 4998.17.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 93

I give the Hershey/Shepard manuscript to Becca. I hope she likes it. It felt like a big deal to give it her. She's my first reader. I finally 4 months in, am reporting a change from the 5,000's to the 4,000's, but I still haven't used 1,000 pages. I've said it before and and I'll say it again, "God, are Aamericans a wasteful people! Page count: 4998.17.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 92

Did a lot of work, but used no paper. I am supported by reader software which let's me catch tiny annoying errors without needing to print anything. I'm amazed how often you don't see mistakes on the page, but catch them as soon as you here the work out loud. Page count still: 5014.17.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 91

Wrote very necessary letter to one of my PCA's. This is what one should use paper for. Page count: 5014.17.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 90

No pages used. Cold returned with a vengeance. I want to get better so I can see Becca on Sunday. Now it seems to retreating again. Page count: 5015.17.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Days 84 to 89

Really sick, and or busy, Friday (3/25) until today. I used one page on the the 25th to to print out the transit directions. I didn't use any pages until 3/29, when I used used 25 for writing group. I was voted in as member by the way. Go me! I finally feel well enough to catch up. God, it feels good to be back. Page count: 5015.17.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 83

home, but no pages used. I was sleeping and dealing with transit most of the day. Page count: 5041.17.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 82

I home, but no pages used. I spent all day in airports and bus stations. Page count: 5041.17.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 81

I took one page from ADAPT about disability rights memorials in Denver. But I gave it to the Thomas family. Figured they needed it more than me/ Page count: 5041.17.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 80

I will be all caught up after this. I used one piece of paper to take poem notes. Had a really emothional time today in Laramie. Page count: 5042.17.

Day 79

First time, I skipped an entry ever. Long day today. Laura memorial sent me home with 4 sheets of paper. And I grabbed two bus schedules. So my page count is: Page count: 5043.17.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 78

A bit late in posting this. Long trip to Colorado. Used two pages. Page count:5049.17. Off to bed now!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 77

I'm upset because I thought my cards that I printed for Ms. Wheelchair and the Rainbow Book Fair. I know they are the house somewhere? But I have time to look for them and I'm uncomfortable not having them with me. What am I to do if I get the option to stand by? Or give up my seat for all those free airline miles. My page count is: 5051.17

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 76

I spent 125 pages on 20 magazines and a botched flier printing. I assumed that the copy place would know to make a black annd white copy, but they didn't. So I paid 50 cents for color copies of a flier that didn't color. Pissed! My total page count is 5055.17.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 75

I have printed two pages. One as a a new handou with all my writing links. It had an error, so I need to reprint it, because I couldn't bare to hand out the ones with the error. My total page count is 5185.17.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 74

My copy of Dragon died. I used three pages. One to reprint my Ms. Wheelchair poem. Two were used to print zine covers. My total page count is 5187.17.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 73

I fun day advocating in Boston and wrote a useful article for Examiner. I used 3 pages or rally fliers and a page of a e-mail asking if I want to run for office (Housing authority this time).My page count is: 5190.17.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 72

I used four sheets of paper today. One was to print out an ode so I could see what the form looked like because I was trying to write one. I simply cannot see poetic forms in my head. Try though I might, not going to happen. The second was to print out two pages of poems for two events that I'm going to. Then I had to reprint one because I noticed an error. My page count is:: 5194.17.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71

I picked up my third of page of products by the Koch Brothers to boycott. The reason you should boycott them is because they are supporting the evil Governor Walker and Wisconsin. The link from The New York Times is here. Please boycott the following products. My page count is: 5198.17.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 70

I didn't use any paper today but my PCA used a sheet to write a note to my other assistants. I hope it gets the results she and I are both aiming for.
I've been on the diet for ten weeks today. I have used slightly less than 89% of my paper. This is even after I submitted some things to publishers.

I keep saying it over and over again, but I don't know how the average American citizen could be so wasteful As I've said before, too, I'm by no means the most devoted paper conserver on the planet. I still use a ton more resources than I would like to but, if I, who has such great failings in this regard, can do it why can't everybody else?

Well I've come to the end of my rant and I can proudly tell you that my page count is: 5198.5.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 69

I went my poetry critique group. I didn't take any poems, although I was tempted to take one poem because it dealt with nursing homes and dignity. People think that dignity has to involve not being in a wheelchair at the end of life. My total page count is: 5,199.5.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 68

I used 12pieces of paper today. One to write a note for Angie and 13 printout poems on. They'll get used tomorrow. My total page count is: 5,199.5.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 67

I went to dinner in honor of International Women's Day. I used three pieces of paper printing out an agreement I'm not even sure I will need. Also, on the upside I figured out that I only need about $200 to finish my Laura Hershey/Matthew Shepard project. My page count is: 5,213.5.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 66

I got a lot done for only using one piece of paper. I wrote two book reviews and sent multiple e-mails. The piece of paper I used was to print my assistant a beef barley soup recipe. I'm happy to report that Dragon is getting better and better. I think by September I'll be good to go. Three Day novel Contest here I come, independently! My page count is: 5,216.5.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 65

I printed out the last scene is my story for Becca but then I didn't hang out with her because I got sick, which was a major bummer. Noe I'll have to send it to her next week when we rescheduled dinner. At least now I can order her cookies and bring both gifts. I am still stressed out with the need to get money for my whole Laura Hershey/ Matthew Shepherd adventure but I have decided that the universe will take care of that.I am pleased to have made it through my first 65 days on the diet. It feels like a big step for me. My page count is: 5,217.5.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 64

I had great fun as the five College queer sexuality and gender conference. I'm sorry I didn't get to present a workshop there. I used 12 piece of paper to take notes because I was running late and forgot to grab my laptop. I have an article to write tomorrow about the conference. My page count is: 5,217.5.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 63

Today is my first real attempt to blog using NaturallySpeaking, which my housemate just set up for me. Today is also the first day that I haven't used any pages in a while. I have hope about this new writing software and my creative output.My page count is: 5,229.5.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 62

Forgot note paper again. So stressed about Laura stuff. I just need to get there. I couldn't resist taking Micheal Klein's list of "anger" poems. One is my new anthem. Paper usage is allowed for anthem finding in my opinion. my page count is: 5,229.5.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 61

I used three pages to cover a Wisconsin solidarity rally today. One of the pages with notes on it, I lost!! Bad, bad! At least I still have two pages and remember most of what happened. I'll transcribe the notes, so I don't forget. I my page count is: 5,287.5.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 60

Why do I always forget to bring paper to poetry readings? I used two pieces today. y total page count is: 5,280.5.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 59

Today presented me with a paper diet conundrum. I want to scrabble club. We are supposed to keep score on. There are two show sheets per page. It's printed front ad back. There are also our official pink score sheets, on which they keep club records.

In the future I will bring my own scrap paper. So as to reduce paper usage. Live and learn or in this case play and learn. I like reducing paper consumption while at the same time finding new ways to do what I want. My total page count is: 5,282.5.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 58

I didn't use any pages today. I did, however, organize all my my paper and I found happily my notes from the night I heard Andrea and Lunelle read. My total page count is still: 5,284.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 57

The big news in my day is that my tower is working again. I used half a page to take notes for a poem about a free concert and separate poem mostly about a conversation with a friend. My total page count is now: 5, 284.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 56

The end of my 8th week on the diet marked a few big occurrences in this experiment. I finally used a ream of paper in total today. Crossing the line when I printed out 175 pages onto which I made 350 promotional fliers to advertise myself to all the Five College Queer Sexuality and Gender Conference attendees. They are awesome and hard to miss in blinding yellow. Thank you Hampshire College Duplications!!

My total paper usage is 90.53% remaining, even though I’ve made some conservation errors. These include forgetting my scratch paper or losing applications and needing to reprint them. My total page count is now: 5, 284.5.

I am mystified as to how the “average” American (whoever that may be) is so wasteful. I’m only trying to be slightly mindful and I am all too often failing. Yet I’m still over at over 90% of my paper remaining when I’m only allowing myself 10% of the “average” usage.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 55

I reused a piece of "Invictus"- a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley because someone at writing group said my work reminded him of it (a pretty nice complement). I had to reprint an application, because I lost and sadly the page of notes I scribbled on the back- ugh! Total page count: 5459.5.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 54

I went to my writing group audition and did well. I think I'm in. They handed out a booklet of nine single sided pages. Plus I took one page that someone wrote a one word note to me on it. I also printed out a two page direct deposit form for Angie. It not all 12 people were there (but there was enough quorum to vote on me), so I get some extra scratch paper. Total page count: 5460.5.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 53

I'm auditioning for a writing group. Twelve copies of 5 pages, plus 9 mess up sheets equals 69 pages today. Sixty of those I don't get back. The other nine I can at least use the back of. I also took a flier of a benefit, poetry concert Total page count: 5472.5!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 52

I used no pages today. Easy when you wake up after noon. Total page count: 5542.5!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 51

I started the day at 5541.5 pages and for the first time ever I added a page by returning an unused, unwritten, and still usable page of a Chicago science fiction convention flyer. Total page count is now, 5542.5! Go me for returning a page that someone else can get use of. I think Mother Earth would have approve!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 50

Eight pages in the Boskone Program. I also 1.5 to write notes on. One page was really small, so I'm counting it as half. Lots of awesome panels and good notes to write up when I get home. Several poems in the brewing post Page count: 5541.5!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 49

The first day of my vacation isn't going well. First, Peter Pan removed my bag without telling me. Then they damaged mt laptop (which I didn't know until about 20 minutes ago. Then they forgot to return the bag they removed. I'm going to give 'em Hell tomorrow!

I wrote a letter to my cousin Chuck (most important paper usage of diet) and took a program at a reading. Page count: 5551!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 48

No paper used. I went to a "Friends of the Library" meeting, but didn't take agenda. Page count: 5553!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 47

I used three pages to print out a story excerpt and I found a new writing group in Ware near my house that meets on Wednesday. The story sounded good read out loud, too.
Page count: 5553!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 46

I woke up early again. I wrote tons, I did taxes, and most creatively important, I went to two poetry readings, where I took notes on the back of my Abilities Expo form. It looks messy now, I figured they only see the front. No need to waste a sheet of paper on it. Page count: 5556.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 45

I used a lot of paper day. I printed 6 pages that listed my profit and loss statement from internet earnings in 2010- $2,061.36 and I was paid $237.49. That doesn't include my book sake earnings. I also printed 4 pages of tax forms. And I happily printed out one more page of Exhibitor acceptance form to the Abilities Expo, where I got offered a free artist space.Page count: 5556.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 44

I woke early. I called my assistant at 6:58 am. She was not pleased. I wrote some notes on the page I took to the library yesterday, but then forgot to take the page to a singing event, so I took a flier to take notes. Another page wasted. Bad conservationist.

In another news, I gathered up all my used paper to put in my folder and found a year old page of poetry notes. Sometimes cleaning your desk is a good thing. Page count: 5567.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 43

I used one piece of paper. I took it from the library (I asked them first). I used it to write notes when I went to look at my poet friend's husband's art show. I'll probably take the same page the Jones Library tomorrow when I have more events. Page count: 5568.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 42

It's the end of week six. I still have 95.4% of my paper remaining after poetry critique (and a a mishap with that), 3 applications, and two pages of questionnaires for my series of interviews of people with disabilities.

The last time I wrote a report two weeks ago, I had 95.83% remaining. I've used less than half a percent of my of my paper will really minor effort that it truly not that difficult at all, I wonder how "the Average American" (whoever that may, in fact, be) can be such a wasteful creature?

Page count:5569.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 41

This afternoon... I used 4 pages for my critique groups; 4 poems of a page but a bigger font this time. Then a printed a 3 page application. Then used 11 pages to print another poem, which I will share with lady poet friends (because I'm to shy to share it with the whole nixed/hetero- mostly- group). I was supposed to print 5 pages, but I made an error in printing. Total pages today, 17 pages.

Much later At least I have most of these 4 pages to use as notes and got some good feedback on both poems. Page count:5569.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 40

My printer needs drivers again, because my assistant needed to reinstall by copy of Windows again. I wanted to print out another application, but I can until the drivers get fixed. I hope that happens, because I want to print out poems for critique group inside of paying at the library. My page count is: 5,586.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 39

I used no paper, but I filled out my applications and started my Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat and began working on the portfolio I'll send them. I wrote a book review and a little more of my Isa story. My page count is: 5,586.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 38

I printed a page of apartment searches for Angie. Tomorrow is my day for feeling out applications. My page count is: 5,586.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 37

My page count is: 5,587. I used 2 backs of applications. I used two pages that don't get sent to Lambda. I printed an interview with a person with a disability that took two pages to print out.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 36

My printer works thanks to my housemate. I printed out applications to Lambda Literary and Northampton Pride. Lambda is 5 pages and Northampton Pride. My page count is: 5,587.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 35

My printer problems are due to the lack of something called "drivers". My PCA says she'll fix tomorrow, so I can print out my applications. My page count is still: 5,593

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 34

I am not feel well. My printer still doesn't work. I'm going to deal with the printer thing tomorrow. My page count is still: 5,593.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 33

I used no paper today. Although I tried to do so, needing print out my pride and my Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat applications. But the my new printer is having issues. Therefore, my page count is still: 5,593.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 32

February 1st... I'm grounded the van service is canceled, so I'm not going to DC. You'd think I'd get poetry done, but no like thus far. Maybe I'll take a walk in the snow and hope for inspiration. Page count: 5,593.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 31

I got my computer up and running thanks to Robyn. I slept in today and I must say that it feels good to be back to myself. Accept for this, I didn't write much. It isn't even all finished installing. Tomorrow I really much write some poetry. Page count: 5,593.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 30

I went to a poetry reading/memorial with Leslea Newman about Matthew Shepard. I was very beautiful. I have a whole page notes (on used paper) that I'm going to turn into my own poem by the end of the week. I made an agreement and shook on it with another person in a public place at a Matthew Shepard memorial. You don't fake those kind of agreement. Page count: 5,593.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29

I helped Angie, my assistant, find apartment. I copied all the listings she liked into a paper, printed the page, and gave it to her. It felt good to help someone and not kill the diet. Justice prevails even of the diet! I also wrote notes from a poetry reading on a quarter page of one of my own poems. How appropriate! Page count: 5,593.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 28

I didn't go to Hartford, because I was ill. I sent most of my fund raising zines to Hartford with my fellow People's Music Network member Jay's friend, who will give them to Jay, who will take them to Hartford.

I printed 6 papers for my assistant, who will turn in 4 for taxes and I will have two backs to write on. Page count : 5,594. I've used 4.17% of my paper, even with printing 50 zines. I proud so far of myself and my discipline.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 27

Today, on the diet I separated all of my non-paper diet from my paper diet paper. The non-paper diet paper is still still has useful sheets just needs to be kept out of the diet section. Being a Planet Conscious woman, I can't throw away or those former beautiful trees. I'll just keep this scrap for next year.

I used 200 double sided pages to make 50 copies of the People's Music Network's benefit zine. It only cost $12. Thank you, Hampshire College Duplications! By the way, anyone can use there services and Michelle, who runs the place, is the best!

So after my first zine order on the diet. Page count : 5,599. This is seemingly more and more doable even for a paper addict like me!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 26

I'm sick today, so an early paper diet and then it's off too bed. I want to feel better. Page count: 5,799.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 25

I used 19 pages today. I reprinted the People's Music Network benefit book and checked it out before sending to Hsmpshire College for printing. I also used 12 pages to print an excerpt for my child-oriented writing group (I printed 4 copies for the 6 other writers; it was a small group tonight. At least now I have 19 backs to use! Page count: 5,799

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24

I used no paper, but my PCA wrote on an envelope. But I was to sick to go to the doctor much explain/enforce the paper diet. When I woke up, I copied some dates and events into my calendar. I also wrote the names of the PAC-10 women's gymnastics team into the back of a quarter page poem. Page count still: 5,818!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 23

Almost forgot to post here tonight. Wrote Amtrak information on the back of a quarter page poem and wrote a press release without printing it first, a major improvement. My new monitor really helps! Page count still: 5,818.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 22

I got so little work done it's shameful, but I used no paper. That's good at least. Page count still at:Page count still: 5,818!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 21

No paper usage, but got a lot of work done! Even though my period interfered with my work output. Gotta honor the bleeding, however. It's only a week, after all. I need the time off. Page count still: 5,818!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 20

I used half a sheet of paper writing on a library agenda. I excited to plan an event for the local library. I now have three pages of scrap paper. Tomorrow is a work day- blogging, examiner, and the press release for the library event. Page count: 5,818!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 19

Page count still: 5,818.5! It's easy to save paper if you just set your mind to it. The Karma restaurant in Northampton. The give you huge portions and it's basically cheap vegan eats. I got brought two coupons, but they didn't even collect the coupon, so I might just reuse that same one again and not waste another piece of paper!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 18

Page count still: 5,818.5! I recovered well from my big usage day! I thought it was a nice rally, as they would say in the tennis game.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 17

I printed new hire form for Diana, 6 pages in total. About those forms I have decided that if Stavros, my fiscal intermediary, gives them to me it doesn't count toward my total paper usage, but if I print them out (as I did today) it does. Two pages used at MLK celebration. I took 3 handouts, one full of artist resources and two fliers that I'm going reuse for justice oriented fliers. Total pages used 9. The fliers are already colored by the way. I think Dr. King would have approved. Page count: 5,818.5! Big usage!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 16

I took a note in my calendar. I lost a paper I need, but found the information I need in another way. Page count still: 5,827.5.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 15

I used two pages, one page from Facebook that I plan to frame. The other is the coupon that I will use when I go to dinner with a girl from my sick and disabled queer group in real life. Yay! Page count: 5,827.5.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 14

I used no new paper. Just noted some deadline dates on old paper. I now feel very organized and ready to take on the literary world. Also my printer is hooked up. No use as of yet, though. Total page count still: 5,829.5. According to my calculations, I have 99.87% of my paper left. Go me! Of course, this will change in February when it's grant/contest application time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 13

Biggest paper use thus far. I printed 20 copies of a poem on 5 sheets of paper using the 4 to a page function on the printer at the library. The problem was that I made the print to small for anyone, including myself, to read. Epic fail! Bigger font next month!

I have also decided that my calendar counts as paper, because it's way too inconvenient not to write on it. Luckily, I also realized I got it before I went on the Diet. It was a Christmas present! Next year that won't be case, so it all evens out.

Total page count: 5,829.5.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12

I didn't use any paper today, but I wrote a note on an already used piece. Page count is still 5834.5. I am hooking up my printer so I can use it in case there is poetry group tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 11

Page count still 5834.5. I have only used 2.5 pages in these past 11 days. I'm rather proud of that. I worry that I will use a yon of paper once I finally get my printer hooked up. I'll just need to keep an eye on myself. Discipline! Discipline! Discipline! will be the key.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10

Page count still 5834.5. It's hard to use paper when you're in bed until 4pm, being sick and having very weird dreams. I think the first big paper usage will be Thursday when I need to go print out something for poetry critique group, but we'll see what we see.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 9

I was sick today. Inadvertantly cheated on the diet because my assistant wrote part of a shopping list on a toilet paper tube. I caught it, too. I was just too tired to argue. Started using new sheet of paper for notes. Page count: 5834.5.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 8

I'm still sick. My printer isn't plugged in as of yet and Amy's brother won't come plug it in (he's a very shy boy). Maybe I will ask Robyn for help, although she says she doesn't "do" printers, whatever that means. Page count still: 5835.5.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 7

I used no paper today. I think that I wouldn't have been so sick had I had the expected intellectual stimuli arrived. But my day PCA didn't show up, so I lacked that expected input. Page count still: 5835.5.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6

I used my first enter piece of paper to enclose in a note with a check to my mom. I also cheated on the diet just a bit, but writing a note on a friend's thank you card. To compensate I rewrote the same note on my piece of scratch paper, which now has about 3 vital notes on it. It exactly easier because I only have one piece of paper to find not 25 that I may have written a message on. Page count: 5835.5

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5

I am still only at 5836.5 pages! But today I used a chunk of paper to make a shopping list. My printer is, as of yet, not plugged plugged. I may ask Amy's brother to help plug it in. I'm very to excited to get it connected. Yet I worry it being available will be bad for the diet.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 4

I'm still sick. I tried to book a ride on Amtrak. I wrote down the number (on the same paper as I previously used) and I'm going to call back tomorrow when day shift people are available, as I have always found them to be more helpful. I'm so proud of myself only .5 pages used in 4 days, although now that my new printer came today, I'm sure it will increase.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Paper Diet:: Day 3

I have again used no paper! This is because I'm sick. I did, however, manage to answer some mylot post and submitted a poetry manuscript electronically. I'm also going to blog a bit, which happily requires no paper.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Paper Diet:: Day 2

I used no paper today and that makes me really happy. I still have 5836.5 pages to go. Very proud!

"By the way, do you know if your numbers include paper towels or just paper you print and write on? I guess it does include newspapers and magazines?" So asked a commenter on this blog, I'm not counting envelopes, magazines, paper towels, or junk mail. But I can't write notes on them on it will violate my rules.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Paper Diet: Day 1

So far, I've used one side of 1 piece of paper. I have 33 blank pages that are sitting around waiting for notes, shopping lists, or whatever. 5836.5 to go! I can't imagine going through that much. In fact, I wouldn't have need to use that side accept that my personal care assistant (PCA) had to write an emergency note telling my other assistants that my chair charger had sparked and also to remind sometimes bubble headed me to call the mechanic come Monday!