As Miracle said, I don’t like dry cleaning. Normally, dry cleaning falls in the category of fighting words but today, circumstances get Miracle off the hook. I pulled a muscle in my back, it gave me a headache and I’ve been in an off-mood all day (I got no sleep last night). I was supposed to leave at 6 AM this morning to pick up a machine at Sally’s (halfway across the state) so she’s a little put out that I was a no-show, and then, the cooler at my office went out so it was too hot to work there. Also, my husband went out of town and I never like that so being the mature adult that I am, I prepared by becoming pre-depressed this weekend. I tried to turn things around this morning by getting into a better mood and found this book (a cognitive therapy approach) but then I felt worse because it described -rightly, in my case- that depression is an attempt to gain pity so I ended up feeling guilty for being depressed and deprived. It’s been one of my Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days and maybe I’ll move to Australia. Actually, having written all that, I feel a little better. Or maybe it’s the Samuel Adams (just one). That was probably TMI* but I felt I needed to qualify why Miracle isn’t getting it with both barrels just in case anybody suspects I’m getting soft in my old age. And Miracle, I’m kidding. I know you think chemicals are icky. If my co-bloggers were sycophants, this blog would be no fun at all.
Way back when, one of our regular visitors was going to write a post about alternative dry cleaning but I don’t know what happened with the project. That’s not a criticism; it’s not as though I follow through on all of my projects. If somebody is interested in following up on it and writing a post, that’d be just dandy. In the meantime, I found out that the leading form of alternative dry cleaning -called Green Earth– was none too safe itself, judging from this news story from NPR. Rather, it seems that the next generation in green dry cleaning uses CO2; a carbon dioxide based cleaning fluid. At the forefront of promoting this new clean process is the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College. Their site has information for consumers, dry cleaners and legislators. Let me know if one of you wants to follow up on this and write a guest entry.
* TMI: too much information