Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's finally cool to be a veggie

I've spent most of my life as a vegetarian (not counting about two years there when I ate meat).

When I was little, it was weird to be a vegetarian. The kids at school didn't really get it when I refused their offers to share their Lunchables (remember those?)

Not only has vegetarianism finally become cool from a health standpoint, but you can also be a veggie and save the earth! Livestock farming accounts for an awful lot of the gasses and pollution in the world today. There's a new movement called "Meatless Mondays" that encourages everyone to stop eating meat once a week.



Get this: "Scientists estimate that if every American lowered meat consumption by just 20%, it would lower greenhouse gasses as much as if everyone in the country switched to driving Toyota Priuses" (that's from this website right here).

How cool is that? I've been saving the earth all my life and I didn't even know it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My new obsession

I love books. And I love arts and crafts. And I love just doing things for yourself.

I fallen in love with Rebound Designs. The creator, Caitlin Phillips, makes purses out of old books that would have been thrown out. What an idea! Why didn't anyone think of this before?

If you're confused, take a look at these photos from the website:







There are books for everyone - classic literature, obscure titles, retro school textbooks. My personal favorite:



Unfortunately, a lot of the good ones are already sold. And at $125 and up, they're a bit pricey for my budget. So I can only daydream.

Seriously, check them out.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Snack time

We found some ripe avocados at Sam's Club today, and we got a great idea.



Fresh guacamole, homemade with cilantro from my little plants.



Yum.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Graduation

It's just 17 glorious days away...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Maybe this will be easier to remember than canvas grocery bags

FreeRice is fun, but impractical (other than expanding your vocabulary).

Reusable canvas grocery bags are fantastic, but I forget to bring them with me to the store (I'm trying to remind myself more, especially now that I have a really cool looking one from Publix).

But now, all you have to do is search the internet and save the world!



Hoongle is a search engine powered by Google. Every time you search a term, they donate 20 grains of rice to the UN food program. Now, 20 grains of rice doesn't seem like much to me, but I guess it adds up. Every little bit counts, right?

Now let's see if I can remember to use it...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ugh.

Big story due tomorrow. Big research paper due Wednesday. Big photo project due Thursday.

"Stressful" is an understatement.

On a lighter note, here's a cute picture.



It's the Obamas' new puppy. So adorable.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Moving!

Yes, we are moving! For sure and certain. Definitely.

They approved our application today. They say we can officially move in on the 25th, though we probably won't until like the 29th or 30th, because we figure it's wiser to wait until exams are over.



It's super nice, with two nice bedrooms. A dishwasher (no more doing stacks of dishes by hand!). Bigger (no more stuffing everything into this little place - did I mention it's only like 450 sq feet here?). Pest control (no more big, nasty, hairy spiders creeping in through the cracks). Better reception (no more dropped calls every few minutes). And a pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and we can have pets (I can't wait to get a dog!). And it's a total of 5 minutes from there to where I work. No more driving half an hour there and half an hour back! It's closer to Andy's school too.

That picture is from the site. Hamilton Pointe. Check it out.

I'm super excited about it. I actually haven't been inside, but Andy has, and he says it's perfect.

So...anyone have a truck we can borrow?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Moving?

We've been following the available apartments at this one place for the last few weeks. In those last few weeks, the prices on apartments have been cut, and cut, and cut again, to where now a 2 bedroom, 1016 sq foot apartment costs $625 a month. Super good deal. Well, sort of.

There's only one of those apartments, and it opens up April 21.

Andy and I have been going back and forth as to whether we should jump on that now, before it's gone, or wait until we know what the finances are for sure. I'm pretty sure I'll be getting at least a part time job. And he can work during the summer.

But that means spending the next couple of weeks packing in addition to finishing up research papers and final projects. If everything goes well, we could move in the 30th, after my exams are over. That would be cool.

So I'm praying hard that everything will work out, that they will accept our application, that it won't be crazy stressful, and that we're making the right decision.

We put in a request tonight to hold the apartment, and Andy's going to talk to them tomorrow.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Victory garden

I have plants - and they're actually growing. Here's proof:



Cilantro, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, jalapenos, and basil. They had a nice time today on my back porch in the 70+ degree weather. I'll admit, some of the cilantro is very wilty, and the basil is struggling. But the zucchini is doing well. In fact, the two zucchini plants seem to be struggling for domination. Natural selection in action. They've been brawling for the past few days. I'm going to have to do something about that. I think a transplant is in order for one of them. Either that or a termination. But which one?



And here's a nice shot of some of the stronger cilantro. My cilantro seedlings are practically dead, so I bought a couple of little plants, which is why the cilantro is so much bigger than the other plants (other than the zucchini). I'm thinking something Thai or something Mexican is in order...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Job status, part 2

The phone call came early; they didn't get the bid. My editor thinks it was probably decided long ago, and a bid was just a formality to give the appearance of more choice.

I know she was feeling really bad and stressed about it, so I didn't feel like going up to her and saying "So, what's my job status?" I'm sure it's on her mind.

They're going to start another similar project on their own, as competition with the other project, and as a way to fill gaps that the other project has. I'm hoping that they'll need my help and want to keep me on.

Actually, at this point, I'm pretty sure I'll have some kind of job there. Just how many hours is up in the air. Will I have to find another part-time job? We'll see. I'm just waiting...