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Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yep! I am one of "them"! For a long time I have considered myself an environmentalist. Even before I knew the word. My sister used to laugh at me when we were kids because I was always picking up trash on our walks home from school!
As I have gotten older I have been more aware of what is going on in the world. I am thrilled with the latest popularity of the movement. I live in a VERY Red state and get a lot of reactions of "oh there is no such thing as global warming." But for me, weather climate change is real or not is really not the point. I believe that what you put into the earth is what you get out of it, and really what does it hurt?? What does it hurt to use reusable bags at the store? What does it hurt to create a rain garden in your yard so the water from your gutter goes into the ground vs down the city drains? What does it hurt to walk or ride your bike to work vs getting in the car and driving there! What does it hurt to eat local grown food and buy meat that feeds on grass vs corn? OK so you might say some of those things may hurt your wallet. OK I get that but if everyone who can afford it buys it then the price will come down! Basic Supply and Demand. Really I am not trying to start a debate but I do believe that by doing things that will reduce our foot print on the earth the better the earth will be and the better you will feel. I so believe the quote "We do not inherited the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children."
Happy Earth Day!
Thanks for reading from this Tree hugger!

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GODS_CHILDREN 4/23/2010 12:18PM

    I totally agree with you! Was watching a show on the earth how things are endangered due to mankind......WE are supposed to take care of the planet NOT kill it out of greed and gluttony and stupidity doesn't count....OH I didn't know...BULL there are enough programs talking about it and if people open their eyes you can see what is being said is happening even in our own area! Ignore it now and pay the price later.....some say yea but I will not be alive to see it happen....HOW selfish is that....what about the people that are going to be around....IT TAKES SO LITTLE to STOP IT! Stop poaching, stop wasting things just to buy new.....I bought the bags and it isn't all that hard to buy them and save....we don't use bottled water either. Great filter system does the trick!

I don't smoke and little by little I am making changes to help the future generations survive in a clean world.....

What is with people throwing trash out on the ground? There are trash cans at every drive up and store so why not save it in the car until you get home or near a trash bin?

Makes me crazy....Shows no respect for others!

Would like to follow them home and dump a load of trash on their yard to see how they like it! that out...feel much better!

Thanks for this blog!


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GOODGETNBETR 4/23/2010 6:43AM

    Glad to read I'm not the only one picking up trash or hoping on a bike to run errands instead of firing up the car. It's the little things that if more of us did consistently would add up to something big...something beautiful. Happy Earth Day.
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EGGENS 4/23/2010 6:00AM

    As another tree hugger in this red state, happy belated Earth Day. I agree with you. Why is it so radical to think before you consume and to reduce your carbon footprint? Good Blog!

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SIGLED 4/22/2010 9:04AM

    Happy Earth Day! As we know it goes far beyond being a tree hugger. Our earth is sick and in trouble due to our pollution and draining the earth of its precious resources.

For Earth Day a great film to see is HOME. You can find it on YouTube for free. Or rent it. Whatever it honors the day! And brings home the seriousness of the earth's problem. emoticon

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KGDOLGIN 4/22/2010 8:30AM

    Happy Earth Day to you, too, Lizzy, from a fellow Tree hugger in a largely red neighborhood! (I think we are the only one's on our block who voted for Al Gore.) emoticon

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I love spring!! I love it love it love it!
Did I happen to mention I love spring??
I have many flowers beds in my very small yard. I would say over all I have as many beds as I do grass. Easily more flowers than grass in my front yard. So much so that our neighborhood does a home and garden walk in July and they have asked us to be part of it for the last 2-3 years. Well my husband was laid off for almost 7 months and right in the middle of it (I guess when he was thinking he had plenty of time) he said yes! OH MAN!! Are you kidding!?! Ok so our front yard looks awesome!
This is a picture of our house last June...

Well our back yard doesn't look anything like that! We have neighbors very close on all sides with a chain link fence and of course we have a bunch of those pesky trees growing, there are parts of our yard that refuses to grow grass from a pool that we had 3 years ago, and we have two over grown beds that we haven't done anything with since we moved in almost 6 years ago. I am talking LOTS of work! Also we decided to do a veggie garden this year, luckily in raised beds. My husband and I have never shy ed away from hard yard work but now he has a job. It is one that is out of his field. He went from a white collar worker to a blue collar that he is working six days a week! Which means he isn't used to all of the manual labor so trying to get him to help me in the yard after work is near impossible! He is my digger, heavy lifter and the brain that I bounce my ideas off of! I really need his help!! So now I am trying to be the understanding wife and to figure out how to things going in our yard and keep things up around the house as he has totally stopped helping me in the house too (that is another blog! LOL).
This time a year is really hard for me as well due to my allergies (see yesterday's blog). We will get it done I am sure of that but sometimes I just need to vent!
If you all have any ideas I would love to hear them!
Thanks for reading!

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WHOAMOMMA 4/20/2010 11:48AM

    My husband is working to have less grass in our yard. I have some pictures on my page of our yard. It is so nice to see flowers. The garden walk is so great to see what others have done with what space they have.

Hang in there with the allergies and hopefully he'll come around to help out again.

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JHADZHIA 4/20/2010 11:26AM

    I love to see a yard with more flowers than grass! Absolutely beautiful!
Go easy on poor hubby, will you?? To go from a desk job to a six day a week manual labour is really tough, can't expect any help in the yard after that!! You will just have to tackle one job at a time, setting mini goals until it all gets done. A veggie garden is a great idea, nothing like fresh!! Do you have any energetic friends or relatives that you could get a work bee going to dig in these gardens and flower beds? Once the hard stuff is out of the way, the maintaining shouldn't be so bad. If you hadn't done anything with it in six years, there is no big rush to get it all done this year is there?
With your dead area, maybe you need to put a water feature in there, or a xeroscape with rocks. I envy you, getting to work with a yard and let your creative energies go. Apartments are the pits!
Good luck with it!!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Does anyone else feel like they haven't slept for days, had a headache for 2-3 days in a row, or is sneezing their head off and itchy eyes!?! OK, glad to know it isn't just me! I LOVE Love love spring. I really do. The one and only thing I do not like is these darn tree pollen allergies! I am allergic to two trees. Both of which I have in my back yard! ...sigh... (really who is allergic to pine tree pollen?? What kind of allergy is that?!!) So yes I have been taking my medicine but not all of it. I have two different meds. One for the everyday not so much pollen and one that has "D" attached to the end of the name. That is what I am supposed to use when the allergies are really bad. I haven't been taking that. I HATE it! It makes me feel anxious and jumpy. My heart races and my head feels disconnected but it works. I don't have any allergy symptoms! So which is worse, the side effects of the meds or the side effect of the allergy? Depends on how I am feeling! LOL If I am in the middle of a bad allergy attack then the meds don't sound so bad and vice versa!
Did you realize that being tired is a side effect of allergies? I didn't! Not until I was tested for allergies. Yesterday I went to church feeling pretty good. By time I left I had a killer headache and I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. I told my husband that I was going to lie down and to not let me sleep more than an hour. Well he tried to wake me up but my head still hurt and I still felt like I was really tired. So I kind of dozed off and on for almost another hour. I didn't get anything done in my yard, I didn't get any cleaning done and I didn't get on the treadmill! When I finally did get up I ate a quick bite (since I didn't have lunch before laying down) then sat on the couch for the rest of the day as I felt the headache and tired coming back in full force!
I have to figure out how to be able to do all the things I know I need to do and deal with these symptoms! I know they are NOT going away!
Thanks for reading!

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JZAPRN 4/19/2010 9:09AM

  I hear you on the allergies. Living in central Texas, we have pollens of some sort year round, and it is miserable for those of us with allergies and, worse yet, asthma. I spend more time indoors than I can out because of them. Hang in there and keep working with your health care provider to help you find the right medications to help you get through it.

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THEATRE1SM 4/19/2010 9:01AM

    Lizzy - I totally commiserate. I suffer from a ton of outdoor allergies. One thing I've found that helps is to take the "d" medicine at night. If I don't get sleep I can't function and fight of the other affects of the allergies. I can deal with the itchy eyes, runny nose and headache if I've had some rest. Just bear in mind that Spring is a finite time span and eventually the pollen will settle and so will your allergies.

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Spring Break Good news/Bad news

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Well next week is spring break for my two cuties! (good news). I will be taking the week off of work to stay home with them (good news)! We will be headed up to the Chicago area to see some friends this weekend (really good news!) then be back here to to pretty much do nothing but hang out (praying for good weather).
The reason why I am taking the week off and we are really not doing anything? My hubs found a job (good news)!! He started yesterday! So we have no child care and at 10 and 7 they are still to young to spend more than a hour or so by themselves (and that is pushing it!) Now you ask, what is that bad news!? Well my love is not working in his field. He took a job that will be more than half of a cut in pay. He is ok with it. Actually, he isn't even sure if he wants to go back into his chosen career. Which is not a problem since there are no engineering/Design jobs to be found anyway. He says he doesn't really know what he wants to do when he grows up (he is 39) so he is trying to figure out what his passion is. He thinks he is closer in this job. I hope so because it really doesn't matter if you get paid a bunch if you are not happy! That is one big lesson I have learned!
So I guess I am really trying not to worry (I said I wasn't going to worry in an earlier blog) about what we are going to do this summer when the kids get out of school because the way I see it we really don't have the money for child care!
Anyway, it is what it is and my family will make it just fine! I hope to get lots of exercise with the kids next week and continue to make fun of my husband for doing "real" work everyday vs sitting behind a desk all day! OK that is what I do but we won't talk about that! LOL
Thanks for reading!

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WHOAMOMMA 4/5/2010 2:17PM

    I'm so glad you DH found a job. Doing what you like is the best way to get through the day. I was wondering how things were going.

I watch my gkids so son and daughter-in-law can work. Of course I haven't been able to find a job outside the home and figure this is what I'm suppose to be doing.

Have a great time during Spring Break.

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SPARKNMOM 4/1/2010 9:26PM

    Lots of good news here. Hoping the child care issue is easily resolved for you. Enjoy spring break w/ the kids - I sure have!!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/30/2010 2:57PM

    Glad your husband found work! Hopefully it wlll make him happier, or at least give time to figure out life after high school. :) I agree that it should be about what you love to do and not doing for a bigger paycheck. Enjoy your trip and thanks for the support!

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Maintaining ??

Thursday, March 18, 2010

OK so technically, for those who don't know, I hit my goal weight in July last year. I gained back about 8-9 pounds between August and January. I have lots of excuses for doing this, but really the main reason is because I was complacent. I thought I had it all figured out. I obviously did not! I am not upset about it. I am not beating myself up. It is what it is.
I have lost a couple pounds since January (yes just a couple). when I went into my maintenance I decided I would give myself a 7 pound rage. Well I have been sitting at that 7 pounds for the last month or so. I, admittedly haven't been trying really hard to lose more weight. My biggest problem is getting my eating back under control. I am soooo addicted to sugar! But I am getting off my point (what else is new right!) So the last few days I have not focused on how much exercise i have (or more like have NOT done). I am ok with my weight right now. Sure I would like to lose those 7 pounds but I am not ready to do what it takes to get there. I would LOVE to have arms like Kelly Ripa and abs like Jillian Michaels but I am not ready. I am not ready to do the work that it takes right now. So am I ok with being on the edge of my maintenance range. I think I really am.

Thanks for reading

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WHOAMOMMA 3/25/2010 10:57AM

    You are an inspiration to me!! I see people who obsess when they make their goal weight to maintain constantly.

We live in an up and down world and maintaining is great. I have discovered that I'm not going to get to my goal without the exercise and struggling to get that in.

Thanks for blogging.

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SPARKNMOM 3/20/2010 6:36AM

    I've been with you - sitting above goal. I'm OK with it at times, and not at other times, but regardless, I'm still super proud of how far I've come. I haven't totally gained it all back and it's all good.

Priorities. To be "ripped" takes a special dedication, and I'm not there either. And again...I'm OK with that. you and I are, technically maintaining - and doing so for quite a while now. We're good :)

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LIZZYMITCH 3/18/2010 2:47PM

    Sounds like a plan! You'll get there when the time is right =)

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