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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green it up a bit

How did you enjoy your Earth Day? As the day comes to an end I am finally getting around to posting. I didn't really get the chance - or take the chance - to do anything in honor of Earth Day besides talk about. I think I've told you in the past that throwing away so many things causes a little guilt for me. There's the two to ten bottles of water I drink per day, the Styrofoam paper plates that I must use and the one million used jars, bottles, packages, etc., that all get thrown away on a regular basis.

So when it comes to things that I can reuse, re-purpose or recycle, I try to be sure to do my part. Old magazines and newspapers are first used for school project and then when the box gets too full the majority are put in the recycle bin that's a couple of blocks away from here. Most of the copy paper that is flat and only used on one side is put into a paper tray and reused to write notes, draw pictures or print on the reverse side. To extend the life of ink cartridges, I try to print in draft so as little ink is used as possible. If a Styrofoam plate can be wiped off or shaken off without cross contamination or down right disgust then I reuse that as well.

There are a few other things that I try to do on a regular basis, but I think you get the point. That's why when I get information about a company or individual that seemingly is being very wasteful I am extremely bothered by the lack of effort. And that's where I'm going with this.

A company, who shall remain nameless, implemented a program that required a lot of materials. At the end of that program much of the materials had gone unused. The section labeled discard, after clean up, was massive and I wasn't clear on what the plan was for the disposal. Someone said a company was coming to take the materials away, "I think they're going to recycle them," she said.

My hope is that more companies get in on the green bandwagon and do what they can to minimize the items they're contributing to the landfills. I recently read an article about a biodegradable ink pen and was surprised that the Sun Chips that I recently obtained (through a get one free coupon) were packaged in a recyclable bag. The details of the pen and the bag prove to be very interesting and something I think is a good and easy way to teach children on the subject.

The pen and bag wouldn't breakdown in a landfill, but are designed to be reintroduced into the Earth. They should be "planted" in soil where they can receive oxygen and water to assist in the degraded process. I saw pictures of it (and if I'm not too lazy when I'm finished typing this I'll find them for you) and it's quite cool to see. The products can be dug up periodically to see the degrading process. What if everything we threw away could be degraded that way and each individual was responsible for their own waste? Do you think our soils would be rich and the landfills reach a standstill in growth? Would it even make a difference in our environment and world?

I'm sure someone somewhere has done a study on it. For now, share with me what your favorite green activities are and enjoy the rest of your Earth Day! Oh, by the way, make everyday Earth Day, okay?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Car donations to help in the fight against cancer

There's a way to help find a cure for cancer that you may not have thought of: Donate your car to Cars Fighting Cancer and the fight against the leading cause of death in the US will continue with research, education, advocacy, service and support.

Believe it or not it's easy to make car donations; anyone interested can visit the Cars Fighting Cancer website for easy-to-follow instructions on what to do or call 1-888-950-CURE (2873) to talk to someone who will walk you through the donate car process.

After you fill out the donation form, or speak to a customer service person over the phone, you'll be contacted by a reputable towing company that will arrange a convenient pick-up date and time. They'll do it for free and provide you with a receipt - it's that simple.

I know you're wondering what happens to the vehicle donations, right? Well, once your donation is received it is sold at the highest price and the proceeds from the sale will be used to bring hope to cancer patients in your community as well as throughout the nation.

Donating a car, which is tax deductible, is easy to do and it's just one way you can make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wooweeee, I am in a BAD mood

If I don't stop it soon the frown on my face will be there permanently. My son, who is supposed to be putting on laundry, is talking, playing and singing to himself. My two youngest daughters, who are supposed to be in their beds laying quietly, are playing and giggling. All it means to me is disobedience. They have not listened since they got home from school today... that's not the only thing that's contributing to my stinky mood: there's the part-time temporary job that ended today (Did I know it was going to end today? Nope. But that's another story), there's the friend that was supposed to be here by now (I was really looking for the relief! Having another adult present really alleviates the child-induced aggravation), there's the regular, everyday things that I need to do that are looming over me. And I can't focus on them because my ears are being blasted with the sounds of children who just - not 10 minutes ago - got into major trouble and should be humbly and obediently doing what I said.

Unfortunately for them, and for me, they're about to get a not-so-nice reminder that they're in trouble and were told to quietly get ready for and get in bed. Then I'll cut myself a piece of Sara Lee chocolate fudge ribbon cake, grab a cup of tea and sit here frowning at the computer and waiting for the moment when my head hits the pillow.

Pray for my children that they quiet down soon or you'll read about me in the newspaper. This is what it'll say:
Georgia woman pitches tent in yard in protest of naughty children. I think me living in a tent is a perfect solution; less for me to clean up and only the sound of nature and... uh, cars passing by. The children can have the house...

Uh, Lin? Is your kerchief still packed?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Book giveaway deadline extended

There aren't any excuses for my being absent around these parts; just the fact that my time has been so crunched that blogging has temporarily taken a back burner. It's not all stressful things that have taken over, however, I have been having a little fun. Just being a woman. I mean, it is my world, right? ;)

The giveaway for the book Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze was scheduled to end several days ago, but because I didn't get the word out like I should have I am going to extend it until Sunday the 25th.

So, you have until April 25th to enter to win a copy of the novel Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze. The post to enter through is directly below this one or you can click here.

Thanks and good luck!
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