Wednesday, January 30, 2008
there's a lot of stuff there right now that shouldn't be (even though i semi-cleaned it the other day) but here's my 3 things:
2 tennis balls (i think i took these away from the dog a couple months ago.....) not sure what the photo in the corner is doing on the desk, its a photo of me holding/looking at a baby wallaby at work last year
my plate from my sandwich at lunch (i even did all the dishes after i ate but i must have missed this one since it was next to the computer instead of the sink)
charlotte the chicken. i won her at zac's cousin's husband's 30th. i don't remember why but i do remember that his cousin told me she was glad the vegetarian won it cuz they were gonna get a plate of meats as the prize but as she's a vegetarian i think she decided the stuffed chicken would be the prize (it lives on the desk only cuz we haven't found a better place for it and if its within wombat's reach it will probably end up in 1000 pieces)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
for a while i've been looking at environmentally friendly alternatives for tampons. pads aren't my thing so the idea of reusable pads (and the cleaning that goes with that) doesn't appeal to me at all. in my searches i came across the diva cup. it's a silicone cup that will last indefinitely (but i think i'll replace mine every year or 2 just for hygiene reasons). they're safe (probably a lot safer than tampons), easy to use (after the first few inserts/removes) and way more convenient than tampons. they're canadian made (although i think i got mine thru a u.s. distrubutor-- the happened to be on sale AND had free international postage!) and they seem to be widely available at drugstores in north america (they've got a store locator by city or postal/zip code on the diva cup website).
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
i think my biggest issue is plastic. first of all, it's plastic that generally fills our rubbish bin (wrappers from tofu, rice cakes, crackers, cereal and other things we buy). zac also tends to get unnecessary plastic bags from shops sometimes just so we have something to line the bin. i bought a roll of biodegradable plastic bags but zac still seems to find it necessary to bring home plastic bags from shops occasionally (even though he never needs them for what he bought cuz he's usually got his panniers or a backpack with him). we could look into cutting down the amount of overly packaged stuff we buy too (there's a lot of bulk-buy places starting to pop up everywhere and most of them you can bring your own containers to fill too).
buying locally produced items would also help the environment a lot (i.e. buy more in season fruit and veggies grown near here). other things we might need (like clothing) could mostly be bought from local crafts people or second hand.
i could also go completely vegan (not just dinner time vegan) which would benefit the environment and the animals that are raped for my cheese. i don't think i would have much issue going vegan at home, it would mostly be when we go out that the things that sounded the best to me on the menu would most likely be something involving dairy.
those are a few of the ideas floating around in my head but i think i just gotta take it one step at a time and pick one spot to start......
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
the first is ripple. you can go to the page and click on an item and by viewing the ad appears on the page (for me its always a coopers beer ad, i think this may change depending on where in the world your server is) the sponsor donates money to the charity listed. it also has a facebook application you can apply and cool links to add to blogs (note the link under my about me section-- you can click there and a donation will be made). ripple also has a search engine (powered by google) and for every search done, the sponsor will donate a small amount (but it only works from the ripple homepage where you see the sponsor name below the box where you type in your search words, if you do it again from the results page, no donation is made (even though the ripple logo is there, the sponsor name isn't-- its all in the faq's on ripple). you can even add a ripple search bar or a little ripple button to a google search bar to make it easy to do ripple searches. a quick easy way to help food, water, education and money to those who need it.
another way (that's a bit of a time waster but if you're gonna waste time it might as well be for a good cause-- and it might even make you a little smarter) to help feed people is free rice. basically its a vocabulary game. you click on the right definition for a word and for every right answer 20 grains of rice are donated (well a sponsor of the site will donate the equivalent amount for that many grains thru the united nations world food program). the game automatically adjusts the vocab level based on your right and wrong answers so any vocab level can play and the more you play the more words you may learn and the higher vocab level you'll get to.
while i was typing this up a bank manager got on the phone with me and verified some other personal info about my account (like when it was opened) and then she gave the ok to have a card mailed to me (actually to my mom). i didn't want to go thru the hassle of unlocking my online account with them (i figured i'd have to be passed back to someone in the first department) so i'll just wait until the new card gets to me and then i should be able to easily unlock it over the phone or internet (and then next time we're in the u.s. i'll get the small amount of money out of there and close the account for good!).
Sunday, January 13, 2008
she was convinced she was going somewhere so zac drove her the 50m to the next park down the road (and then when he got there, there were a couple dogs playing off lead so he couldn't take her out so he drove her home).
when we got home today he tried to take her to the park and the same thing happened. i figured it was cuz i was standing in the front yard too and she thought i might leave without her so i tried to coax her across the road with zac. i think we got her 2m further then she stopped right in the middle of the road and refused to go forward. i opened the truck and she jumped in and sat down. we decided we would drive her down to the other park again (this soooo goes against what both me and zac think about vehicles). while we went into the house to grab the keys and shut the door she just sat there staring at us thru the window with this weird look (not her normal panicked look when we leave her alone in the car but more like "you better get back here right now and drive me somewhere!!!!"). we got in, she hopped into the backseat and layed down (for the whole 50m drive). she had a good run around the park with zac and then we drove home. she was satisfied, went in the house, got a drink and went to sleep in her chair.
zac said her love of cars almost makes him want to buy one just so he can make her happy by driving her around to nowhere.
other than that incident bringing down the mood for the rest of the weekend (happened early saturday afternoon), the weekend was good.
we brought our bikes to attempt some trails there. we failed. there's some really good intermediate mountain bike trails but i'm not an intermediate mountain biker. i also don't handle steep uphill well (slight slopes up i can do no problem and small steep hills i can do but i forgot how hilly daylesford/hepburn springs is. we did try though. twice.
we also had a good swim in the lake. i miss lakes. there aren't any right around melbourne that you can really swim in and this one is great. warm (once you get in), fairly clean (although zac thought it was disgusting but he doesn't like lakes at all for swimming) and good grassy spots to relax on the sides.
the vegan banquet is at the conti on saturday nites. we always to the full banquet deal for $25 (soup, main and dessert) and its always AMAZING food. i like that it's not just a chef and people hired as kitchen staff that do it all but the staff (and sometimes the WOOFers who are staying there) cook up the meal.
daylesford/hepburn springs area is a great place just to get away from the city for a couple days though and there's lots to do and lots of places to do nothing at too.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
wombat and i spent the entire day inside in front of the personal cooler (well i was in front of it, wombat would wander past every once in a while but spent most of the time just laying on the floor panting) and i got thru planning some of the detail bits of the wedding--- 5 hrs i spent doing that and i don't have much to show for it. it was 40C (104F) all afternoon and it was still 40C when we left for ikea at 7:30! the windows were down but hot air was blasting in as we drove along. zac exhausted before we even left (i say its from the long busy week, lack of sleep and 2 late nites in a row-- he says its from the hours of driving he did last weekend) but ikea seems to do something to him and sucks the energy from him as he walks in the door. he also hates the place. he made sure i knew exactly which shelf i wanted before we went in so i didn't have to stand there checking out every shelf. i kinda wanted to look around a bit but i knew that wouldn't happen with him around and i figured if i sent him off so i could look i would find him collapsed on a bed sleeping (when i stopped to look at one of the maps just to see where the shelving/storage section was he dropped on the bed next to him and had trouble getting back up). we found the shelf, wrote the pick up isle number down and continued winding past all the stuff to get to the pick up area. we get there and there's a big blank spot where our item should be 8( we didn't bother asking anyone for help (zac REALLY wanted to get out of there by that point but just picked up a slightly different, nicer looking but smaller shelves, shelf unit). the overnite low for tonite is 30C (a repeat of new years-- except i don't have any reason to stay up until 4am so i may have to leave the personal cooler on for most of the nite or i'll just end up lying there not sleeping and that's not fun).
i think my brain is a bit fried from the heat and i don't know how much i just typed actually makes sense but i'm too tired/hot to look it over so it is the way it is.
i just looked at the weather forecast and this is what it says:
Forecast for Thursday evening:
Fine. A hot, oppressive night with strengthening northerly winds.
Precis: Oppressive night.
Monday, January 07, 2008
here's a few things people have looked for when they found my blog:
Dog scoots on carpet and then licks it
i think those 2 searches probably were refered to wombat's incident on my quilt i made last winter. still not impressed with what she did that nite (and zac is still laughing)
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree in Japanese
i'd like to learn that song in japanese too....don't know how it relates to anything i've written about on my blog though
Pink mild itchy spots random places on body
probably should check out a medical website, not a blog. and maybe see a doctor.
“put your socks on” expression
i thought that was just something people did, not something that was used to express something.
Picture of dog curled up asleep on
i got lots of those (asleep on chairs, couches, beds, blankets, dirt, cement...) they came to the right place)
words that you thought were words+bombs hit it
clever girl goes blog
is somebody shopping for an impulse buy?
black beans canned Australia
where to buy milk from cruelty free cows australia
i seem to be the place to look for advice on where to buy some things in oz (although i don't know any cruelty free cows that run a dairy-- and i don't think any cow milk could be completely cruelty-free. like zac says "meat is murder, dairy is rape" but i'm sure they were looking for milk from free-range hippy-cows that are at least treated well during their exploitation)
also-- i've found another place in melbourne that sells canned black beans. and its very close to home. a health food shop on the north part of lygon street (i think its 483 lygon st).
Friday, January 04, 2008
pictures will have to come later (we took her koala spotting and to the beach on raymond island this morning) cuz i didn't bring the camera cable.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
i was wandering around the shops today and saw a couple things that seemed a bit odd until i thought about it a bit. first i saw an employee in a shop fixing up a large barrel filled with australian flags. my first thought was "that's a lot of flags. is he just trying to fill a gap left from christmas merchandise?" i realized a couple min later (when i walked down an isle filled with australian flag paraphernalia) that australia day is in a few weeks. i walked into another shop where employees where boxing up what was left of their christmas stuff and putting out binders, pens, notebooks and other school supplies. it seemed a bit weird to replace christmas stuff with that until i remembered that this is summer holidays. kids will be going back to school in a month (and i'll be going back to work-- with a whole new group of kids).
i wonder if christmas in summer will ever feel normal.....
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
i was actually contemplating going up to the mall just to sit at some generic mall cafe with an iced coffee just to feel air conditioned air on my body. now its nice enough that we can head up to a beer garden (are pubs even open during the day on new years day???) and enjoy a nice cool beer outside (although i think zac is a little hungover-- my brunch of chickpeas with coriander and lemon made him feel sick just smelling it but maybe that's just cuz it was chickpeas with coriander and lemon.)