I have one question for you people… Have you ever finished an entire tube of chapstick?
I find it hard to believe that anyone could answer yes. On average I end up having to buy three tubes of Burt’s Bees a month. Three! I do great for a week then suddenly it comes up missing. It continues to be a mystery where they all go to, I like to think it’s a dozen Napoleon Dynamite’s who are in desperate need of relief for their chapped lips. In reality, however, they are probably all melted in their tubes under the seat in my car, or have collected in the bottom of my washing machine.
Lip balm is one of those annoying purchases you make, you know the kind… it falls in among paper towels and dusting spray. Who wants to spend their money on those things? I actually find myself irritated when I turn to go down the cleaning aisles in the grocery store. This is for several reasons actually. Firstly, why are there over twenty different choices for garbage bags? Do I get the force flex or the ones with the easy flaps? Black, white, or opaque brown? Scented or no? Secondly, it makes me a little sick to know I have to work an entire hour and a half to even earn enough money to purchase a 12-pack of paper towels. Thirdly, I know that having to buy that box of Cascade and the bottle of Pledge means I’m just one step farther away from being able to buy the pair of Toms I’ve been coveting for (rather sinfully) the past couple months. But back to the lip balm issue. On the off chance that I do somehow hold onto a tube for longer than two weeks I find that it collects dirt around the inside of the cap, which I find to be gross, and inevitably I end up throwing it away. Yes, I know I basically confessed to wasting the money that I just complained about having to spend. Whatever. Is there a way to stop this from happening? I somehow feel that “cleaning” my chapstick is a little over-the-top… but really, how does one prevent that lint from getting inside?
I’m creating a challenge for myself. Similar to those challenges where one goes green for a year, or trains for a 10k marathon, this will be tough. It will be difficult to stick to, it could even be impossible, but I’m giving it a shot anyway. I’m going to buy a tube of Burt’s and use it till I’m literally scraping the inside for what’s left. I will finish an entire tube of chapstick.
I know what you’re thinking, “Woah there, calm down, let’s not shoot for the moon first shall we?” But no, I reach to prove that the impossible can be possible. I will document and update on this challenge too, I’ll need all the support I can get. I even invite you all to join with me on this. With that said let me do my second poll for my blog, please participate!