One of my new year’s resolutions was to buy less stuff. Which is going really well so far. Granted it’s just been Christmas so I just got a load of stuff. But not including virtual purchases of music/books (because the resolution was to reduce the amount of physical stuff in my house and on the planet), I’ve bought 2 things this year that aren’t in the normal food shop- some electronics cleaning wipes, and some material to create a patch to fix a hole in a teddy.
When I’m buying stuff, I have to think about one of my other resolutions- be more green. The wipes are disposable, so they aren’t very eco friendly. But I want to use wipes rather than a wet cloth because I don’t want to damage the electronics by using too much water, because then they have to be replaced and create more waste (previously I just hadn’t cleaned my electronics which I now realise is disgusting). My other purchase, the material, is definitely eco friendly though because it’s for repairing the teddy rather than replacing it.
And then we get to the problem… I made a resolution to post on YouTube more often, and to improve at ukulele, and to finally learn pyrography with the equipment I bought god knows how long ago.
As part of my posting more on YouTube, I wanted to improve the quality of my videos. I have a camera I can use already so that’s easy right? I tried it today and it turns out the microphone is placed right next to the lens so you can constantly hear the lens autofocusing. So I need an external microphone. Which means buying something (against my buy less resolution). I’m going to try and get one secondhand though, to make it more eco friendly.
I’ve also found that I have a problem with my ukulele. It needs a new nut. Nuts are replaceable but it was a cheap ukulele. So paying someone to replace the nut for me might be more expensive than getting a new ukulele (I could then give the old uke to the shop who would fix it up before selling it on). So I don’t know what to do about that. Do I do the thing that is more money responsible (another resolution), or the thing that involves less waste and is more eco friendly? I’m going to see how much a replacement nut costs and hopefully it’s not too much.
And then there’s pyrography. I’ve tried it and it’s fun. I can’t wait to learn how to do it better. But reading through the book on pyrography techniques that I have, I think I’m going to need to upgrade my heat tool fairly quickly. It’s a pretty basic tool so I can learn the basics but if I want to progress I might have to buy something better. We will see how it goes, since I won’t reach that point for several months yet.
Anyone want to tell me their resolutions? How’s everything going so far?