Posts Tagged ‘starbucks’

Heading North to Green…

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I have always been conscientious about my affect on my surroundings–people, the environment, even in the simplest, everyday activities such as walking and sitting. I walk lightly. I recycle. If invited to dinner–I bring something and insist on cleaning up. When I visit people, I will offer to take out their trash–play with their children so they can do household chores or run errands. I have even been known to dust for them or rearrange books. I am the one who remembers birthdays–and reminds others. I plant trees and feed birds. I share my car. I upcycle and shut off the water when I brush my teeth. I share books through bookmooch. I buy greeting cards from the Arbor Day Foundation–each one ensures a tree is planted in the National Forests. I buy local organic produce.

I want to leave the earth with as little imprint as possible but I still have a ways to go.

I use paper towels a lot. I love bleach and cotton1. I drink iced tea from starbucks–served in plastic cups2. And I take long showers3 and wash my hands a lot with antibacterial soap–which is both a waste of water and introducing antibacterial stuff into our oceans, rivers and streams.4

I want to make some greener choices. I will start with the cotton I choose to buy. From now on I will try to purchase only responsibly made organic cotton products. I will use less bleach — I am not ready to give it up completely. I am also not at all prepared to give up my antibacterial hand soap. Hahaha… I will re-evaluate this at a later date. I also decided to try Marcal Small steps 100% recycled chlorine-free bleached, no dyes or fragrances paper towels. I had to order them from here because they are not sold in my area yet. I will let you know what I think once I receive and use them. There were other brands of recycled paper towels but they were the brown kind and those bug me for various reasons–also they do not come in select-a-size which I have come to appreciate.

Any ideas on the starbucks iced tea?

  1. http://www.organicconsumers.org/clothes/background.cfm []
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch []
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/09/17/water.crisis/ []
  4. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0510-07.htm []

10 Things I learned from TV

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

This time last year, if you had asked me, I would have told you I never watch TV. I rarely, if ever, did. I often went months without ever watching anything. This was my pattern for many years. But don’t fret! This past year I have made up for every electronically-induced-thought-coma-moment I missed. I have now clocked my television watching hours and then some. 😉 All in fun. Television can be useful. It gives us an outside view of our society, ourselves. This is what I have learned:

10. I live in an alternate reality, one completely unlike “Reality TV.”

9. You can watch an entire season of any show in a weekend with just enough wherewithal and Starbucks.

8. Even the intelligent and geeky are dumbed down eventually.1

7. Networks can and will make you wait an entire year or MORE to find out what happens next in your favorite television program.234 NEWS FLASH: This is not a cliff-hanger, its a drop-off. This is not about patience. This is simply ridiculous! By the time it returns—it is a brand new show for me and if I have not lost interest, I generally have to watch it all over to remember what the heck is going on.

6. DVR in any form is a friend—freedom from electronic slavery.

5. Those networks which have learned to put their ENTIRE episodes on their website, thus sharing, profit from the web traffic—those networks that opt not to in an attempt to force watching on their terms will lose out to pirated copies streamed on video sites.

4. The Nielsens do not acknowledge my watching choices as a credible source of good television and all rating systems seem to be entirely and mysteriously based around two criteria: American Idol and the number of commercial interruptions.

3. Good programming is very difficult to find.

2. Once you find it — it is canceled after one season.5

1. The Angels have the blue box.

  1. See the SyFy channel. []
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ []
  3. http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=index []
  4. http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/ []
  5. See Life on Mars and Journeyman. []

Snow way out…

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

We are snowed in. We have had snowfall for days… and an ice storm last night. This leaves an interesting imprint in its wake, packed snow…ice sheet and then more snow. This makes making an igloo difficult and driving impossible and heating expensive. It also makes it impossible to get iced tea with lemonade and chocolate. And now I am acutely aware I am an addict. I am addicted to caffeine. I did not realize to what extent until I got snowed in. Now I am searching for people to be angry at for my lack of caffeinated goods and the slightly-out-of-control feeling rising inside brings it to the forefront of my conscious. I am a caffeine addict. Maybe for my News Year resolution I should give up caffeine.

However, at this moment…that sounds like the worst idea on earth. We will see…

It looks like, whether we want it or not, we are going to have a white Christmas. I feel relieved I did not wait till the last minute to send things out or to get things. We celebrated the 12 days of winter in lieu of Christmas day. Our last day was today and it went well. =) Now, no matter the weather, I can play my new game, 1701 A.D. Gold, for the holiday. Fun for me.

Here are some random snow shots of my powdery prison for you to enjoy.