Sunday, April 22, 2007

Happy Earth Day!

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It's not just for hippies anymore. Earth Day is a day to look around you and see all the beauty around you. Try to appreciate all the delicate balances required to sustain life on Earth. Environmentalism is a religious thing for me. It's my way of being grateful to our Creator for thinking of every little detail and caring about us enough to create a beautiful world for us to live on. So even if you don't want to change anything yet, at least try to find some gratitude for something you love and don't want destroyed on Earth. Need ideas? Check this out. And hopefully we can all be inspired to do a little (or a lot) more to keep things in balance.

And I really like Google's global warming logo today.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Going Green

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I watched Oprah today and the topic was going green. For those of you losers who don't care, Earth Day is this Sunday and she was giving out little ideas people can do. I like the effort, but was bothered by a lot the things on her show. Half of it was about using "eco-friendly" cleaning products. These are the products you see in the pretty bottles at Good Earth made from recycled plastic. But you're still buying the bottle and most people will still throw it away. Instead, most cleaning tasks simply require water and elbow grease. Need to extra boost? Vinegar works great. A small amount of bleach will disinfect, and baking soda is a wonderful abrasive. I'm really bothered by the idea that you have to buy products from hippies to be "green". Which is really better for the environment, buying 100% organic cotton clothes(that still take energy, land and water to produce) or second hand clothing that doesn't require anything to produce? It's like these people I see building "green" mcmansions. It doesn't matter how many energy star windows you put in, you're still using more resources and energy to live in this place (and probably contributing to sprawl) than someone who lives in a small home that's been around for a while. I still can't decide if it'd be worth it to build a (small) green home from renewable sources (strawbale, etc.) or stop sprawl and continue to buy second hand.
The show was still good. I love that Oprah is helping people think about the earth. If you haven't seen Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel yet (she's really promoting it), you really should. My own husband, who's more of a tree kicker than hugger, was moved to stop driving and create less garbage after seeing the rain forest episode. I think he almost cried (I was).
I've been thinking for a couple of weeks about what else I could do to help the environment. I do a lot already. I walk or ride my bike to local shops and use the bus for farther away trips. I'm making more of our food (like baking bread) so we have less waste. We live in a small home close to stores and recreation, and we shop second hand for a lot of our products.
I need to use canvas bags for grocery shopping more. And I want to see how we can recycle more of our waste. Since we're in a condo we can't have a regular can, but I want to call the local office to see if we can do anything. If we can get it so hubby can ride the bus to work and ride a bike home (that's downhill) I think we'd be set. I need to do more research on those hybrid electric bikes like Ed Begley Jr has.

What are you doing to be green?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Feeling Funky

I've been in a funk.  I just feel like everything is pointless.  The boy is sick today, fever and throwing up.  Usually I feel sorry for him, but today I just wish his sensitive stomach would toughen up already.  So no bike ride or yoga videos (he pretty much has claim on the tv).  I'm really feeling the need to work out.  My uterus has been having weird stabby pains, that's new.  Not sure what that's all about, but I am sure I don't like it.

I dunno, with the Virginia Tech thing, difficult relationships, miscarriages (not mine), sickness, and politics...I just feel like God isn't very involved.  That's a weird feeling for me because I usually feel quite the opposite.  Hopelessness does not suit me.   Especially when I'm losing weight and now all I want to eat is pie.

Maybe if it's a peach pie with no top crust I'll feel less guilty.... This one looks good.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Busy

I feel busy. Crazy. I had grading, grading, and more grading at the beginning of the week. I really do love my job. Seriously. I have the best job! Now I'm trying to catch up on housework and mothering and play. Thank goodness for flylady or I'd be in big trouble. Thank you Shauna, for introducing me to her.

We have one last furnace guy coming, but I think we've already made our decision. Thank you Questar gas, consumer reports, the better business bureau and the random HVAC consultants on the web for helping us make our decision. I like to be thorough.
I finally got a bunch of books I put on hold at the library and I'm crazy trying to read them because other people want them after me. It's like everyone wants to raise their kids awesomely or something.
The weather has already killed off 2 of my plants and damaged another from wind. That sucks.

But this weekend I get to go see my little brother and his family get sealed. I love going to the temple. Any chance to get away from "the world" is good.

I still haven't been able to cut cheese from my diet, but I've mostly cut meat. I had to finish off the turkey bacon today though. mmmm turkey bacon. But I haven't been in any pain this week, except Easter. Stupid Cadbury mini eggs (drool). I think I need to get my husband into rehab for those. But now I'm feeling good and I'm still taking me herbs and zeolite. I don't think I could function without them anymore. :) This weekend my mom and I did some balances (energy work) which I haven't done for a while. It's helped me to revive my love for alternative medicine. It's good to get back to things that make you happy.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

On veganism

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I was in hell the other day (don't be so surprised) and someone threw a snowball at my butt. Yes. The unthinkable has happened: my parents are becoming vegans. Apparently my dad feels better avoiding the animal products and mom is (mostly) supporting him. Poor dad. As if the cancer wasn't bad enough. My favorite carnivore has given up the meat.

What's so funny to me is that my parents badgered me more than anyone else when I was a vegetarian, consistently telling my husband he could come over anytime for steak because his wife was depriving him. This, Alanis Morisette, is truly ironic.

I have had awful pain for over a week. The herbs help me sleep and work for acute pain, but I can't OD on them. SoI called the doctor to schedule the surgery, but they were out of the office for 2 hours. I took that as a sign. Gotta keep trying other things. The one time I didn't have pain this week was after eating dinner at my parents on Sunday night. I felt great Monday until I cooked up a pizza for dinner.

Oh. The. Pain.

So maybe there's something to changing my diet. One book I read suggested foregoing chocolate and wheat, but I'm poor. I can give up meat, I've done the vegetarian bit before. But not cheese. I love my cheese. But I hate the pain. More than I love cheese.

And so internets, the cheese loses and I'm going to wean my way into veganism. Hubby even wants to join me. awwww. *sigh* Eat some cheese for me Dennis. Eat lovely foreign cheese.