Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Happy Earth Day everyone!
In the spirit of this 40 year celebration, I thought how perfect would it be to take Mr. Lindsay's advice and plant myself a little tree!
Problem...we don't own a house, and we don't have a yard
Solution...plant a tree in someone else's yard
How...The Arbor Day Foundation makes it easy to buy & ship trees online
Plan...Buy and send a tree to my mom who has just moved into her first very own house. It's the cutest little place with two acres, which means she has more than enough space to plant a few trees. Plus, each day she can look out her window at the tree and think of me!
How perfect! I'm helping the planet and giving my mom a housewarming gift with a beautiful tree!
After going back and forth between a couple of trees, I decided on a Red Maple. It's fast growing, deer resistant (utmost importance), and beautiful in the fall. The best part is that it only costs $16.95 with tax and shipping!
Besides planting a tree, here are 10 easy ways to Go Green:
1. Save energy by washing clothes in cold water and switch to flourescent bulbs.
2. Take shorter showers.
3. If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
4. Skip the water bottle.
5. Buy second hand products & furniture from Craigslist, garage sales, and antique stores.
6. Check out books at the library instead of buying new ones.
7. Recycle old reports and papers at work.
8. Keep electronics longer, and recycle them properly.
9. Make your own non-chemical cleaning products.
10. Unplug appliances when you aren't using them or get a "smart" power strip.
More ways to conserve can be found at World Watch.org.
It's not too late to celebrate Earth Day, so get up and go plant a tree!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Cruising in the boat! Check out Max's sweet arm brace!
Michael jumping off the cliffs!
Friday, April 16, 2010
To torture me, he says he is not going to shave it off for a few days in hopes that some of the hair will fill in at the top! I look like I'm married to one of the members of The Village People!
At least I get to share my life with a man who has an unbelievable sense of humor! But I can't keep a straight face when I look at him!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
A family cuddle (sort of) I'm still the main cuddler!
Life without touch is hollow.
Cuddles transmit love.
They give warmth. And hope. And trust.
The feelings flow back and forth.
A cuddle can make someone's (Scarlett's) day.
It can even save a life.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
My sweet husband made us dinner before the show. We had homemade eggplant parmesan!
Elizabeth and I are looking pretty good after sweating for two hours!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
P.S. I'm not one of his facebook friends.
I guess it's my bad for reading his profile.
To have a soulmate you must be one.
It's usually a natural selection.
Soulmates find each other.
But you must be receptive.
It's a beautiful, rewarding friendship.
It has a strong spiritual element.
It can't be manufactured or forced.To find yours you must look outwards, not inwards.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I applaud the Federal Aviation Agency for making this bold step towards ensuring pilot safety and mental wellbeing. I had no idea that pilots were not allowed to take anti-depressants without losing their jobs until I heard this on the news today. My first thought was, “how many stories have I heard about pilots flying planes while still drunk after a night on the town with no sleep (I’ve heard countless stories of this behavior from a good friend who was a flight attendant for several years and knows first-hand about pilot shenanigans), but anti-depressants aren’t suitable for flying.” How bass ackwards is that?
Pilots are human beings remember! They aren’t superheroes with superhuman strengths and enhanced mental capacities. They are like the rest of us. I couldn’t imagine how miserable I would feel if I became depressed but couldn’t take medicine for fear of losing my job. Talk about a tail spin into a black hole! More importantly, how scary is it for passengers like myself to be flying in a plane where pilots are self-medicating without consulting a doctor?
As a girl who suffers from anxiety and depression, I am thankful that America is finally waking up and the stigma of depression is slowly disappearing. Depression and anxiety are mental diseases that should be treated with the same respect as cancer and diabetes.
My hope is that pilots who have been scared to come forward in the past will finally have the courage to speak out and seek a proper diagnosis.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I can't remember the last time I wrote a poem. It was probably as an undergrad in a creative writing class. I'm a little rusty, but here are three Haikus just for you!