Oatmeal
Last week, I was at the grocery store buying oatmeal. Wait, it gets good. I've been transitioning into a zero waste lifestyle, and learning how to adjust along the way. When I shop, I can't use plastic. I try to buy everything in bulk, if I can. So the oatmeal.

I went to Sprouts with my mason jars, and went to fill them up with oatmeal. I had done this routine once before: gotten the tare weight, had the cashier subtract the tare weight, and charge me just for the weight of the actual food. So I thought this time would be fine. But when I got to the counter, the woman told me, "I'll let you in on a little secret: You pay more for the food if its in jars. It's cheaper to use a bag." I responded, "I'm going to have you subtract the tare weight, so no, I won't pay extra." She asked me, "How will I do that?" I told her, "I can help you subtract the weight of the jar from the readout, or I can just calculate the cost myself." She put her hands up in surrender and said, "I don't know how to do that, I'll have to find a manager." So she got another associate to go fetch a manager, while she just waited there with me, as the line grew longer. We stood looking at each other, waiting for the manager. She goes, "It's really more trouble than it's worth." And I said, "I'm not going to use plastic."

When the manager came out, he just looked so annoyed; I guess I was causing everyone a huge inconvenience by reducing my plastic usage. I told him the tare weight, and I told him I calculated the price, and I told him how much he needed to take off of the total. This will sound ridiculous, but I was causing this scene over $1.50 of being overcharged. But I didn't care about paying that extra or getting that difference back. It was about getting the service at a grocery store that is supposedly all about green friendly products and the environment to just understand how to subtract tare weight. It was like nobody understood what it was, and that I was cheating the system some way. It was extremely frustrating. They still overcharged me in the end.

Next time, I'll bring a burlap sack.

I've pretty much gotten the swing of things for my current stage in the zero waste transition. I am still buying recyclable plastics. I take my food waste and other compostables to Pomona college when I'm in Claremont. The only landfill waste I make so far is floss, and also fruit stickers, and rubber bands on fruit. Haven't figured out a zero waste alternative yet. I might try silk floss or something. I also need to find the details about recycling different kinds of papers and such (like receipts).

I've been trying different pianos, and considering purchase more and more. I think the best move for myself is to purchase an "entry level" piano, around 7K, so get my studio on the market as a piano school. But ultimately, I'll want to trade it in for a handmade mid-tier instrument. I went back to Hollywood Pianos today because of all the pianos I've tried, the one that I kept thinking about was an Estonia six foot grand. I thought of it in higher regard that what I heard (for my price range) at Steinway (i.e. the Boston pianos). I tried out Yamaha's, and was shocked and embarrassed that somehow, I don't appreciate those pianos so much anymore. They are missing something to me, despite a younger version of me swearing I would someday own one. Now, I think I want the Estonia.

I went back today and they were wrapping it up. It had sold. They can order more, but I thought it was amusing that I felt heartbroken seeing them take it away. I suppose I should start saving for the downpayment.