I was doing a little research yesterday about Earth Day (no, not for the blog; I’m teaching an environmental science unit for the 8th graders starting on Friday). Check out what I learned.
- Earth Day was started by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin (holla! I’m from Wisconsin. We Wisconsinites stick together.)
- It started as an organized protest to “shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. “
- 20 MILLION people took part in the coast-to-coast rallies on April 22, 1970, (this was before the internet, kids!) that took 7 months to organize.
Read about it in Senator Nelson’s own words here.
Today is the last to send in your photos of the challenges you’ve completed. Lori posted photos here and here of some of the prizes that we are giving to 2 lucky winners! Don’t forget to email us the photos. We’ll tally the numbers and post the winners on Saturday!
This week has gotten me thinking beyond the challenges we posted (some of which were, admittedly, pretty easy). While I didn’t complete all the challenges myself (that was never the point though), it was the kick in the pants I needed to do some things that I should have done a long time ago and to recognize other things that I already do do (hehe, I said doo doo).
- I finally installed a low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators (to cut down on water).
- I started riding my bike more. I ride to school all the time, but I usually don’t think to run errands on my bike. Target is only 3 miles away, which is easy on a bike (except that day it was really windy; that day sucked.)
- I religiously clean and reuse ziplocks until the point that they look as though they are crawling with bacteria have been around the block one too many times.
- I let the yellow mellow. (TMI?)
- I have stopped buying books. This is a biggie for me, a serious bookworm. I live 1/4 mile from the public library and I joined PaperBackSwap so I can swap some of my books for new (used) books, thereby cutting down on paper. Definitely check it out if you are a reader who doesn’t mind parting with your books.
Alright that’s enough seriousness for one day, dontcha think?
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but it never seemed to “fit”. It still doesn’t, but I have no good segue here, so random, funny comic it is.
It’s funny because it’s true. My fellowship stipend comes from the National Science Foundation (which got renewed for next year!!), and is funded by the federal government. With that, I thank you all.
Here are your tax dollars working.
Yesterday was a P90X Doubles Day for me. (The cardio queen inside me has been rearing her ugly head; I needed a little somin’ somin’ extra yesterday. School was stressful. I did do some work, I swear.). I woke up early, sans alarm (I can’t sleep in for the life of me) and did the Cardio DVD after coffee mug #1 and then Back and Biceps in the evening. I usually drink a protein shake before I lift weights, but it was C-O-L-D yesterday (it snowed again…grrr), and the goosebumps on my arm were begging for something warm.
I had roasted a kabocha earlier in the day…warm kabocha smoothie? With protein powder? Eh, why not? I used my standard smoothie ingredients – almond milk, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, maca, and spirulena, and added some warmed up kabocha. A couple minutes in the Magic Bullet = kabocha pudding nirvana. It was the perfect carb:protein ratio for a pre-workout snack. (Actually, I have no idea what the perfect ratio is or if there is one.)
Even I, lover of all things green, think this looks nasty. It tasted amazing though, I promise
Here I thought I was all smart and had come up with this fantastic new recipe, only to find out that Heather and Katie, and probably every other (better than me) food blogger has already come up with this idea. At least I’m in good company! Side note: I ate nearly a pound of kabocha yesterday. I’m going to look like an oompa loompa pretty soon at this rate. Or this woman.
Can’t comment…too distracted…by…pink…thing….and…hair…net….(really, Xtina, a hair net?)