My name is Trisha, and I live with my family — husband Eric and our daughters Abby and Johanna — in a small Oregon town.

I’m a journalist — primarily a features writer, with a side of everything else that needs to be done — for our town’s one and only newspaper. We’re a writing staff of three and a half, which should give you an indication of how small we’re talking.

I’m not exactly the poster child for counter culture (I’m a bit too uptight for that), but I do tend to like things that are… different. I think that’s why minimalism and zero waste appeal to me. This is the exact opposite of what we’re supposed to be doing (which is consuming. A lot). I’m a big fan of the exact opposite. It’s not that I’m trying to be contrary or anything. It’s mostly that the exact opposite is a lot more interesting than the mainstream.

We have been minimalists since September 2012. Zero waste (“minimal waste” is probably more accurate) is a natural extension of minimalism, but I don’t think you have to be one to be the other. We just happen to be both.

Anyway, that’s what this blog is all about: Our family and what we’re doing on the minimalism and zero waste fronts, with a healthy side of cats, coffee and books. I mean, come on! Cats are amazing. So is coffee. So are books. What else is there, really?