Low-waste traveling

Hello dear readers!

By the time you receive this post, I will be lounging by the poolside somewhere with a cocktail. Or not. Because I’m actually  going to be on the tiny island of Tasmania, which I’ve been assured is a frozen wonderland, so I’ll be leaving the togs at home and heading out looking more like this:

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I’ve never been to Tasmania, but since I’ve been reassured that it’s basically a tiny New Zealand filled with adorable animals and whiskey, I’m sure I’m going to feel right at home. If you have any must-dos from a visit of your own, please fill a girl in so I can make sure our last few days are jam-packed!

Since we’re going to be traveling with carry-on luggage, liquids and weight are going to be pretty restricted. Fortunately, a lot of zero-waste essentials earn a big tick in both of those areas! Here are the basics that I’ll be taking with me:

  1. FrankGreen SmartCup

One of the first zero-waste swaps I ever mentioned was my trusty keepcup. I’m sad to report that my cup recently decided that it was time to venture out into the wide world without me and then I managed to smash my ceramic back-up cup the next day. Quelle horreur! I’ve decided to take the opportunity to try a new cup I’ve seen around, so my shiny new Frank Green will be getting her maiden voyage on this trip!

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For a coffee addict, keeping a travel cup to hand is a no-brainer. My last cup lasted literally years of daily use, and I hope it will continue to be well-loved in its new home. Just think of how many plastic-lined cups and lids this swap has saved!

2. Solid Shampoo

Remember what I said about zero-waste travel being light and liquid-free? Tadaa!

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I was cautious about switching to solid shampoo initially, but I can’t see myself ever making the swap back. Some people choose to pair these bars with a conditioner of some sort, but I’ve never found the need. My hair is clean and healthy, and I certainly don’t miss the big plastic bottles in my shower! I get my shampoo bars from Lush, who also have conveniently sized tins for travel. Win and win!

3. Cotton Face Rounds

Exactly what they say on the box! I swapped to cotton rounds a while ago for removing eye makeup, and I’ll be bringing a few with me on the trip. They’ll just be thrown in a mesh back, and tossed into the rest of my washing when I get back to Melbourne- couldn’t be easier.

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4. Food Bags

I hardly travel without these now, so they’ll definitely be coming on the plane with me. I use a mix of mesh Onya bags and plain cotton ones, depending on what I’m putting in them. You never know when the urge for a croissant is going to strike, so it’s important to be prepared! I’ll probably also throw a large Beeswax Wrap into one of those bags because they smell so gosh-darned good and they’re great for smuggling out leftovers.

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Huzzah for the bento box! While I’m nowhere near organised enough to justify having a bento kit of my own, I grabbed a set of cutlery similar to this when I was passing through Hong Kong and it’s the best. thing. ever. So easy to throw in my bag and go! As you can see, there’s no knife in the set but I’ll be interested to see how it goes through security….

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-No brainer item

A water bottle. Seriously- if you don’t have one yet, what are you doing? That shiznet is free, why would you pay someone to stay hydrated?! The only people winning when you buy bottled water are the marketing genius’ who convinced you that your water needed to come from a store.

What I won’t be bringing

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Yuss, lady legs be free

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Low-waste traveling

June Reading Roundup

Can the year stop whizzing by, please? I refuse to believe that it’s time for my June reading roundup already!

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American Gods:A Novel

I did it, I really really did it!

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I used to eat books like this for breakfast, but I must be getting soft in my old age because I was down to the wire with this beast. I’m going to blame some of my struggle on splitting my attention by re-listening to some of The Expanse again (see below), but this still got very close to embarrassing. Imagine if it was a two-month WIP!

Anyway, on with the book. American Gods is obviously in the air a lot at the moment, thanks to the recently aired TV series. While it’s been on my TBR for a while, the series was actually what prompted me to pick it up, so that I could get it out of the way before my first viewing. Apparently the copy I read is actually an extended version, featuring some content that was cut for the original edition. While this is a hefty book, I didn’t feel like it waffled on too long, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell you what they thought belonged on the chopping room floor without researching it further.

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Dress [with] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet

I was given this book for a review that has yet to be published, so I’ll come back to update what I thought of Dress [with] Sense once that’s gone live. In the meantime, let me say that it’s a great beginner into to a more conscious way of living, but the surface-level approach will probably become frustrating to anyone who has already started moving towards a conscious closet.

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Saga Volume 7

Saga! Has anyone else been following this story? I used to read some of my brothers comic books as a kid when he went through a (brief) stage, but I was quickly turned off by the seemingly random bolding of text that never made sense in my head. I’ve been slowly introduced to the world of graphic novels, and Saga is the first one contemporary enough that I have to wait for every new volume to release! I honestly don’t know how dedicated GN readers do it- I’ve found that I’ve had to go back and reread the last few volumes every time to remind myself what’s been happening. I’ve also been scolded for reading them too quickly- I wonder if other avid novel readers have this problem? Regardless, I would heartily recommend Saga if you were looking to give this genre a go. It’s a bit adult in places but the artwork is glorious and you can’t help but invest in the characters and their stories.

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How could you not love this little guy?

 

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1)
Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2)

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse Book 3)

These bad boys have been my distraction this month! With Audible credits mounting, I decided to stockpile the rest of the published audiobooks in this series- with my memory, that also necessitated a brush-up on what had happened previously (see my troubles with episodic graphic novels above). Read by Jefferson Mays (who is truly excellent), they stand up well to a repeat listen. Starting as quite an intimate story with a small cast of players, each novel expands the universe further without ever feeling like the story is being milked for more than it’s worth. As with Saga, these are characters that you can’t help but get involved with. If you’re a fan of the TV series Firefly, I highly recommend giving The Expanse a go! I’m almost reluctant to watch the new Netflix series now, because listening to this series is almost like getting to spend more time with my favourite crew in the ‘verse.

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Hag-Seed- Margaret Atwood

I have the best bookclub ever. Five friends with hugely different reading tastes, we all take turns choosing books and the results are never anything less than interesting. This one was offered up by one of the lovely ladies behind Page to Plate, and is part of a series of rewritten Shakespeare classics commissioned by Vintage’s Hogarth Shakespeare.

“The world’s favourite playwright. Today’s best-loved novelists. Timeless stories retold.”

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Apparently a retelling of The Tempest transposed to a Canadian Theatre Festival, I have high hopes for The Hag Seed, but I’m reserving judgement. Have you read any of the books in this series? What do you think of the idea?


What have you been reading this month? Comment below to share your favourite, I’m always looking for recommendations!

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June Reading Roundup

Who gives a crap?

There are some things that it’s probably better not to skip on in life. Dental hygiene is definitely one, delicious treats are absolutely another.

Toilet paper also falls into this category, which is why I was so pleased to come on board when Who Gives A Crap reached out to me regarding their latest limited release. I’ve ordered their loo rolls before, and I was already a huge fan of their company ethos. 

The founders started Who Gives A Crap after learning that 2.4 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhoea related diseases kill 900 children under five every day- pretty sobering statistics.

Who Gives A Crap have donated almost $500,000 to help fund hygiene and sanitation projects so far, and they’re hoping to turn that figure into $1 million by the end of this limited release. That’s a pretty ambitious goal, which is where WE- the users of toilet paper- come in. After all, everyone needs to poop! And since we do have to do it, you may as well save the world at the same time. It’s consistent small choices being made by a large group of people that will add up to an overwhelming effect.

WGAC aren’t just about saving the world through donations- their toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper, and in my experience is delivered almost completely plastic free (the sticky tape on the box is literally the only exception). And look how fun the wrapping is! Seriously, I was giggling way too much as I stacked my poetic toilet paper in the bathroom.

I swear this one was a lucky co-incidence.

This all sounds pretty tempting to you, so Aussies can head HERE to start that loo paper on it’s way to you. You’ll even get $10 off your first subscription box if you follow my link! I’m afraid the rest of the world is being denied the poetic rolls at the moment, but those in the US or UK can still get their hands on the original fun prints. The biggest trouble you’re going to have is finding a place to stack it all!

Who gives a crap?

What do you called an unemployed Actor?

….still an actor

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Greetings! And welcome to my Monday evening post, fuelled by the realisation that we are now almost at the end of June. For the duration of this post, I will be portrayed by the fabulous Titus Andromedon, a fellow struggling actor who accurately represents where I am in life at the moment.

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Life as an actor can be a pretty big roller-coaster – one week you’re drowning in auditions, dashing from place to place and feeling like the whole world wants a piece of you and your big break is mere moments away, and the next you’re watching the dust bunnies roll through your voicemail as you wait for that call from your agent that never seems to arrive.

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And with the unique combination of unfailing confidence and endless self-doubt that only artists seemed to have mastered, the quiet periods can be hard.

If you’re the sort of person that still has bills to pay between gigs (ie. probably everyone- if this isn’t you, please let me know how you’re doing it), the lull probably also means that you’re working twice as much at your day job, which can be draining. Sometimes you get home after a full day, look at your optimistic ‘to-do’ list of self tapes, acting classes and unpaid work, and then accidentally end up four hours deep in YouTube documentaries on the minutiae of life as a Mennonite (or is that just me?)

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I mean, you’re past the age of 23, so it’s probably too late to make a serious go of it anyway. Maybe you should just spend the rest of the evening with some Korean fried chicken and the course prospectus of a grown-up degree in something practical. You’re fine with this change of path. Totally fine.

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But then you hear that Kathy Bates didn’t score her breakout role until the age of 43. And that usher from the cinema down the road just had a feature role in Alien: Covenant!

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Maybe you’re not a dried-up, shrivelled old hag after all! And while I might be past my prime Home & Away high-schooler age, I guess there’s still hope that I can replace Dame Judy in the Bond franchise.

So what do you call an unemployed actor? Maybe foolish, maybe unrealistic. But also driven, dedicated, and above all things – still an actor.

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What do you called an unemployed Actor?