Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chemicals and the Pits

Warning - this post might be a little TMI for some. Read on only if you're comfortable with talking about sweating and deodorant.

I've talked before about my pseudo-crunchiness. I think I just got a little crunchier. I'm making (and using!) my own deodorant.

Background: A couple of blogs I read (like Simple Organic and Sorta Crunchy) wrote about it and got me thinking. In general I think it's better to avoid regularly putting chemicals into your body if possible. I sweat a lot (I warned you about the TMI...) and antiperspirants don't really help. So I figured why not give it a shot.

The Plan: I decided to give it a try for a month. I had a couple of faithful, honest friends to give me feedback if I stunk or not. There are a lot of "recipes" out there (like here and here). I chose this one using baking soda, cornstarch mixed with coconut oil. In the future, I might add essential oils in the future for a nice smell. The coconut oil smells pleasantly tropical though.
Execution: Of course, I chose the hottest month of the year to try this. (Just like I chose the coldest winter on record to shave my head.) Adventuresome? Yes. Good sense of timing? No.
I made my mixture and put it into an empty store-bought deodorant container. That way I could apply it just like "normal" deodorant. I wore it everyday for a month, excluding a handful of days (i.e. all day canoe trip, delicate shirt).

Results: Overall, I'm pleased. For normal daily activity with regular showers I didn't smell. The exceptions were days I played sports, but I probably would have stunk anyway. Also, going for more than a day without showering (not unreasonable in an air-conditioned world) didn't work so well.

So I think I'm going to stick with it. I still have my store-bought stuff if it's going to be a particularly stinky, long day. But I'm excited to eliminate one more chemical from my daily routine.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Technology and Memories

I have a lot of vivid memories from childhood. As a kid I often pestered my mom to tell me stories about her childhood and my own childhood. I believe those frequent reminders helped me retain so many memories.

Fast forward to today. We have a computer in our kitchen. The screensaver rotates through our photo archives. Desmond loves looking at the photos, asking questions about them and then describing them.

Many of his memories are already being reinforced verbally and visually. I can't help but wonder if he - and other children of his generation - will have memories of earlier ages than I would have ever imagined.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Fourth in Photos

We celebrated the Fourth of July on the 3rd by picnicking at Fairfax High School, enjoying the music and watching the fireworks. Des stayed up for the whole thing and hasn't stopped talking about "Merica's birthday party."

Mom relaxes while Grandma and everyone else play with Des.

"Please people, I've got some serious business to take care of."

You are never a stranger to Des if you have a phone.

Post fireworks exhaustion.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rain Commentary

Tonight we had an amazing thunderstorm. Peter and Desmond watched it together while I ran errands. Desmond's comments went something like this:

  • lightning/thunder
  • Des: Again please.
  • lightning/thunder
  • Des: Good job fireworks.
  • long pause between lightning/thunder
  • Des: Page loading