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"You're ego's writing checks your body can't cash, Maverick"

Monday, July 21, 2014

The the title says it all.

I am BEAT from today's ride home. I cycled in to work again, but this time did it all the way from home, instead of driving to a friends house (2.5 miles closer to work, and further downhill).

I pushed myself on the way in, and got a good sweat going.

The way home was a different story. Mother of all things great and small!

It took me an hour and a half to get home (12 miles) and I was miserable half-way through it!

But I did it, and that's what counts.

Now, if only I could get up from this computer.....


Courage to Try Something New

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday.

I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things.

The week progressed and I prepared. I learned how to change my tires, bought the appropriate equipment and travel case, bought the brightest orange shirt known to man for safety... total preparation.

Then Thursday night arrived and I was so nervous. I'm by no means an expert on the bike. Then there's the traffic. The distance (9.5 miles which is cross-country to me). The giant down-hill slalom that will surely be the death of me.

That morning, however, I felt a sense of anticipation and excitement. After the first few miles, I was loving it. It was cool, quiet, and I had the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise that would have otherwise been missed in the car.

The ride was not scary at all- okay, the hill really was as bad as I thought it was going to be- but there was a stillness that I love about weekend mornings that I know have an opportunity to enjoy during the week.

I find it fascinating how something as simple as a bike ride can impact your outlook. Something as simple as a bike ride can change your perspective about commuting, cars, and your abilities.

You CAN do it. Change IS possible.

One final note- be kind to yourself. Get the padded shorts. Seriously. Get.the.padded.shorts.

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/20/2014 12:34PM

    Thank You, BUTTONPOPPER1 for the taking the time to read it. :)

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/20/2014 9:14AM

    I like your happy ending. This is a good story with a very important message. Thanks for this interesting blog. Take care.

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Casual Dress Codes help the Environment

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Today is Laundry Day. That usually means no less than six loads of laundry, factoring in bedding.

That seems like a lot to me, especially for just two adults.

Today, however, I only have three loads to wash. I had to stop for a moment. Half as much laundry? I KNOW my husband didn't do laundry, so where's the rest.

Then I realized that it had to do with a combination of my husband working from home (he wears a uniform when he goes into the office), and a recent change to Casual Dress code at my own office. Awesomeness all around.

Wow- half as much laundry. That's half the electricity, water, and soap to run the washer. I'm still on the line-dry wagon. See how we're all helping the environment, one casual dress code at a time?


Food and running

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Word to the wise....

Do NOT go running if you ate within the hour. Ugh. That was a bad idea.


Baby Stepping towards a Greener Life

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hmm.... if only the Go-Green Movement had something like SparkPeople to help people live a greener life.... hmmm.... did I just blog the next BIG THING????

My spouse and I nearly hit the floor with our latest Water and Power Bill. We can't fathom how three people (we've got a roommate) can use so much energy and water, particularly when we are not the wasteful type.

Maybe it's just denial.

In any case, we committed to doing a few things off the bat that have thus far been painless.

We managed to do our week's worth of wash without needing the dryer. Since it's been in the 90s here, clothes were quick to dry.

We also accidentally made our own swamp cooler, and slept oh-so-comfortably as a result. We hung the towels and blankets over the canopy bed railing and since we always sleep with a fan, our room turned into a cool, semi-damp awesome sleep chamber. Can you say "aaaaaahhhhh"?

I didn't tell anyone, but I turned the AC up to 78 from 76 and made sure the time is correctly adjusted for when we are not here. No one has noticed yet. Mwoaaahahahahaaahaaaaa.

We unplugged the hardly-used TV and accompanying appliances.

I actually power off my computer at night and turn off the controlling light switch instead of just letting it go to sleep mode. I'll admit- this is my least favorite thing.

I switched some of my personal projects to healthier/greener/organic/animal-friendly/
vegan products. I'm working on the rest of them.

So that's my little list of starting a greener life.

Does anyone have Laundry Soap, body soap, personal products to recommend that are greener and more organic? Anyone have sites they recommend for going green?


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