Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Yesterday I found myself searching for Community Sponsored Agriculture in my area. As I considered what I was doing my mouth slowly started to open until it was gaping with the realization that somewhere along the line I turned into a hippie. I'm not sure when it happened, or how really. I run on a treadmill indoors rather than in nature, but I do it barefoot. I consider myself a modest person and am always fully clothed, but I'm taking my 5th belly dancing class. I still place myself in the center of the conservative half of the political spectrum, but I am also seriously considering a home birth for my next *baby. I am a firm believer in capitalism, and I like to see people get rich rather than begrudge them the fruits of their labors, but I also keep trying to grow a garden even in my rental home. I think that global warming, whether based on solid or biased science, is mainly a political tool used by people to get stuff they want entirely unrelated to the environment, but I just placed an order for a cloth diaper trial. So what d0es that make me? A right-wing nut or an environmentalist crazy? Perhaps it just makes me well rounded. One can only hope. I've chosen not to be concerned until I start weaving my own cloth diapers out of hemp I grew in my back yard.

*This is not an announcement


Blogger Becca Bell said...

I love reading your blog because I agree with so much of what you say! I personally wouldn't use cloth diapers, but who says you have to be a nut to do so? Maybe you just want to save a few bucks and fill up your garbage can a little slower.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Talyn, I'm right with you. Why can't you believe in capitalism and limited government while enjoying fresh local produce and doing your best to help out the environment? Thoughts of a home birth have crossed my mind as well, but I'm a little afraid of unexpected complications. Plus, then I'd be the one who had to clean up the mess.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Franziska Patterson said...

Haha, well it makes you a normal person, who enjoys to make smart decisions every once in a while. There can be many reasons to clothe diaper other than environmental ones (like simply saving money). I don't get you on the homebirth thing though. That's a mess I've decided I never want at home. Ever. :)

Anyway, I'll be polite and not start arguing uncontrolled capitalism and global warming science. I'll be nice. What cloth diapers did you get by the way? I've been enjoying my switch to cloth.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Talyn said...

According to my friend who did a home birth, the midwife's assistants did the clean up.

I'm doing this cloth diaper trial from jillian's drawers:

4:11 PM  
Blogger Cary said...

This post makes my day! I love people that can see the irony in themselves and say, "Hm, that's funny - but I'm okay with that." They're refreshing to be around.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Ashley Bybee Stepp said...

I hear you! I've been asking myself that same question ever since we moved to Ithaca. I shop with re-usable bags, looking into natural child births, fell in love with that fact there is a diaper washing service for when I want to use cloth diapers (for that possible future event), joined a winter CSA, and started taking belly dancing classes. Hmmm...

7:42 AM  
Blogger Ashley Bybee Stepp said...

I hear you! I've been asking myself the same question ever since we moved to Ithaca and find myself a bit more hippy-fied each year. :)

See if there is a cloth-diaper washing service where you live. We have one in Ithaca and it is what convinced me I want to use them when Xan and I start having kids. Although... I think the fact that I don't have a washer/dryer was holding me up.

7:47 AM  
Blogger May said...

I didn't know you are interested in cloth diapers. I have made them for many years. They are cute and looks comfy.

5:55 PM  

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