While I’m not an eco-terrorist by any means, I certainly try to be mindful of how the Hayley family consumes energy. We don’t own gas-guzzlers (well, we do have the classic pickup, but that doesn’t really count since we rarely drive it) and we carpool.
This is borne out of living for several years overseas and adapting to how the rest of the world gets around. We’re also very fortunate that our offices are located within a couple of miles of each other, facilitating the carpool process.
My goal since moving back here from the UK has been to create as much of a circle life as possible. We drive to work, I drop Kelly off and head on to my office and reverse course in the evening, stopping at the gym on the way home. Stores and errands must be on my circle or relatively close to it. If it’s a 15-20 minute drive away, forget it. I’ll shop somewhere else.
Gas efficient? Yes. But also time efficient, which is (if I’m honest) a bigger concern for me.
Today, however, our day has looked more like this:
Chaos. Kelly’s office calls it popcorn – you just don’t know what’s going to pop up or where. Work is crazy and I had an early dentist appointment. So we left early, I dropped Kelly at work and drove back to the dentist – which is close to home (on my circle route). After my appointment, I drove back to my office. I had a meeting downtown at noon, then came back to the office to work for another few hours. I headed out, late, for Kelly’s office, only to arrive and find he had to work late. Back to my office I went to get in some extra tasks. There will be no gym tonight, but we will at least head straight home – no stops – for the evening.
I try my best, but it’s a large carbon footprint kind of day and there’s not much to be done about it.