As you know, I just got a tiny new iPod Shuffle for my birthday, and I love it! I want to hug it and squeeze it, and I will call it George. uh… So I was browsing for iPod stuff, like a little protective case, to keep it from getting scratched up. Well, I was not prepared for the amazing selection of iPod accessories Out There! One of my favorites is this cute little Yoda case for the old Shuffle design. Yoda! Since I’m addicted to Squidoo these days, I made a whole page on all the iPod stuff I found, in case you’re curious.
In honor of “Blog Environmental Action Day” (who comes up with this stuff, anyway?) here is a bit of wisdom that was passed down to me by a family friend when I was a kid. We were visiting a lake cabin with a small septic tank, and were advised not to flush the toilet or put any more water down the drains than absolutely necessary, lest we all find ourselves in a stinky, mucky mess. We were given simple instructions on how to do this:
1. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down. I believe this is self-explanatory. Once, out of habit, I flushed on a yellow, and was met with “I hope that flush was really necessary,” when I came out. I was embarrassed for having forgotten the rule, and said, “Yeah, it was,” which was equally embarrassing to admit.
2. The shower had a push-button faucet, like a public restroom. One push would turn on the shower for maybe 30 seconds. Each person got two pushes worth of water per shower, which worked like this: Push once to moisten body. Lather up. Push to rinse body. Get out of the shower.
I guess if we all used these Cabin Bathroom rules at home, we’d both conserve fresh water and minimize the amount of dirty water going to treatment facilities, which would be a really good thing for the planet. 🙂
I loved this interview with Stephen Colbert on David Letterman. It was interesting to hear Stephen speak in his more “real” voice, as opposed to the ultra-conservative pundit he portrays on The Colbert Report. He talked about trying to earn a living building futon frames, being a dad to three kids, and a bit about his new book, I Am America (And So Can You!). The book even comes with a sheet of stickers!
One of my hobbies is putting silly slogans on shirts and stuff. Before I had kids and replaced my hard-earned college knowledge with the lyrics for all the Wiggles songs, I was a scientist. And even if I can’t remember Avogadro’s number anymore (it has nothing to do with guacamole – I remember that much), I still get a giggle out of math and science related jokes. Here is one especially for fall – it is “pi” season, after all! And I love pie!
I’m one of those people who enjoy having birthdays. Yes, I’m getting older, and yes, I have more gray hair than I did a year ago, but I still think birthdays are fun. My family got me a pink iPod shuffle, which I LOVE! And my kids are working on another “present” for Mommy, which is not arguing for the whole day, and doing what I ask without having to be asked multiple times. We’ll see how they do! My dad used to ask us for the same thing on Father’s Day or on his birthday, and we thought it would be so much easier if we could just get him a “real” gift. I guess you have to become a parent to understand what a “real” gift is, on so many levels!
Gratitude journal: It’s my birthday, and I get to eat cake!
I love this “Life Lesson” figurine from TLC/Discovery Channel because it’s so true! I never get to go to the bathroom by myself. Even if I close and lock the door, I have little people standing outside, talking to me through the door and poking things underneath it for me to see.
I know I’ll miss it all someday, though, and when they’re grown and gone, I’ll wish for their little fingers sticking through the space under the door, just to get my attention.
Gratitude journal: My kids love me so much that want to be near me, even when I’m on the toilet.
I read in the Reader’s Digest that gratitude can help you be more healthy, less stressed, and more optimistic. People have been studying how gratitude affects a person’s well-being, both physically and mentally, and it seems to be quite a powerful force for good. Not only does it help a person feel better personally, but people who live gratefully are more likely to help others, which makes other people feel better, too. So it becomes a big, beautiful circle of gratitude. I like to think of myself as a grateful kind of person, but the scientists that did the study suggest keeping a gratitude journal. Apparently, taking time each day to remember and write down things for which you are grateful, helps you become a happier and healthier person. I will give this a try. And I will incorporate my gratitude journal into my blog. Feel free to comment and add your own “grateful moments” as well. Let’s all get happier together!