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#279 pick up trash

6 Aug

hey litter bugs: STOP LITTERING!!!! There is nothing more annoying than seeing trash on the ground…especially when the trash can is merely five extra steps away. This past school year I got into the habit of picking up the trash I would see in my classroom or in the hallways. There were too many times when I would ask a student to pick something up and throw it away and he/she would reply, “It’s not mine”. Well yes, I know its not yours but (1) throw it away because its the right thing to do and (2) throw it away because I’m your teacher and I’m asking you to.

For those of you germ-phobics, there is an easy alternative. Go to your nearest bookstore, walk to the magazine aisles, and look at the floor. Observe how many order forms are lying on the floor because they’ve fallen out of their respective magazine. Now bend over and pick them up: putting them either into the garbage or into the magazine racks. Check! You’ve picked up some trash.

Even if you don’t want to pick up others trash, make sure you at least pick up your own. If you miss the garbage can, don’t leave it there! Walk over and put in the bin. And please DO NOT spit your gum out..unless its directly into the wrapper or garbage can. There is nothing more aggravating than unknowingly stepping into gum and ruining the bottom of your shoe…which you know is ALWAYS gonna be your favorite pair. The author mentions a man nicknamed Rob the Rubbish who travels through England picking up litter; I found a news article about him http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1527987/After-Snowdonia-Rob-the-Rubbish-heads-for-Everest.html

“First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.”

-Epictetus

#469 make your own cloth grocery bags

26 Jul

I taylored today’s deed. I guess that would be considered cheating if I was like on a diet or something, but since this is my own perogative, its not cheating! The author suggests to make your own shopping bags using heavy materials like cloth or denim. I took sewing class in middle school (it was required for everyone), but my fingers haven’t sewed anything since then (one could say I’m not very domesticated: ironing, sewing, cooking….those aren’t my fortes). These bags will replace using paper/plastic bags when shopping and therefore cut down on the waste in the environment.

Instead I made a purchase that truly should have been made a long time ago…or at least in the two years since I’ve moved to Las Vegas. What was this? Feast your eyes below. 🙂  

yes folks, my very own TARGET bag (and for no more than $1.07) . I would say that I shop at Target at least once  a week. That store is a DANGER ZONE when I walk through its front doors. Really, why do I need to shop anywhere else? Clothes, furniture, groceries, home decor….everything!

So anyway, now every time I go to Target, I can use my nifty bag to shop around with and when I check out, everything goes back INTO my bag and I don’t need any plastic bags (provided I don’t buy THAT much). And not only am I saving the environment, but I’m saving money too: each time I check out and I use that bag, I save 5 cents. Yes, 5 cents may not seem like much, but added up over the year thats like 3 bucks if I shop at Target weekly…thats a Venti iced coffee at Starbucks! Victory is mine, haha!

Besides Target I know a lot of grocery stores also sell reusable bags: Whole Foods, Walmart Market, Fresh n Easy, etc etc. I plan to use my Target bag when I do my grocery shopping too. So, its totally versatile in its uses (could also double as a gym bag!). Until tomorrow…

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is facing some kind of battle.”

(Got this from someones facebook profile and I love it. While it doesn’t really apply to today’s post [usually I try to match], I think it’s something that is totally appropriate to remember anytime we encounter someone we may think is unpleasent. Actually, its appropriate to remember anytime you encounter anyone because people can put on a good front. Just think…if everyone was kind to everyone….)

#22 unplug electrical items not in use

22 Jul

In my new place, there are A LOT of outlets. A LOT. Probably about 3 in every room, and its a double outlet. The book states that some items continue to use electrical current even when it’s not being used. This is actually an easy deed to do and something that you can do everyday at no cost to you!

cell phone charger (DROID)coffee lover toaster oven

As evidenced above, those were the items I unplugged. Pretty easy to do…once I am done with my computer (post blogging, my agenda involves looking up how to make margharita flatbread and spinach dip- two of my favorite all time foods. If you see me at a happy hour, guarentees I can be found eating one of those items!) that will be getting unplugged too!

Updates:

  • Love your body: went to the doc’s today. Turns out my bloodwork is normal, so Dr. Mason recommended me to stay away from spicy food, eat three meals a day (even when not hungry), keep taking the prescription, and get a gallbladder ultrasound due to the fact that fatty foods sometimes makes my stomach hurt. Basically I need to take better care of myself!
  • Fight for Air Walk: If you live in Las Vegas and will be in town Oct 9th (happy birthday Ali!) and want to join in a walk to fight Lung Disease, let me know!!! There is a $10 registration fee and the walk takes place at UNLV. If enough people display an interest, maybe we could get  a team going!!! 🙂

Until tomorrow,

“Modern technology owes ecology an apology.”
~Alan M. Eddison

#158 Join the asthma walk to help find a cure

6 Jul

So technically I didn’t do exactly this deed- but I did something related. More than 20 million Americans have asthma (including me!) and nearly 4,000 people die each year. Pollutants in the environment pose increased health hazards to asthma sufferers. The deed said to check out www.lungusa.org to help participate in the local Asthma Walk.

I logged on, but unfortunately couldn’t find anything that dealt with the asthma walk. There was a volunteer sign-up, but I didn’t sign up. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities in the book and I don’t want to go volunteer crazy and over-tax myself. Luckily, there was a deed I could do- hello, Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010, s 2995.

This Amendment has been introduced into the Senate and aims to strengthen the Clean Air Act already in place.The Amendment aims to clean up sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury from power plants. The bill will dramatically reduce air pollution across the country.  Each year, fine particles and ozone (which are created by nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide) lead to thousands of premature deaths and illnesses.  EPA estimates that the bill could prevent between 12,000 and 30,000 premature deaths each year.  This important legislation will provide significant public health benefits that will lead to less asthma attacks, emergency room visits and even fewer premature deaths.

Simply by filling out information about yourself and hitting send, a letter is sent to your local senators (hello Mr. Ensign and Mr. Reid) asking them to support the Amendment. This is similiar to the Child Soldier letter in that it takes maybe 3 minutes to do!

Updates:::

  •  In regards to post #995 rooting out ambivalence, I have done it. I have made my decision and stuck with it even though it hurts my heart…The hardest decision I’ve ever made, definetely not the easy one, but the right one for the time being….
  • And for #800, I chose to apply to volunteer with Shade Tree. I filled out an online application and am waiting to hear back. I think I may give them a call later today or tomorrow.

Until tomorrow…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

-Margaret Mead

#33 donate to the elephant sanctuary

1 Jul

It’s a late post today because it was a long day, and another sad day too. But I must believe the common mantra “everything happens for a reason”. So I can’t, and won’t, dwell. Instead let me talk about my deed.

All I knew when I woke up was that my deed would be do good globally. After my day, I got home and randomly opened the book and found #33. There is an Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which is the largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. Elephants have a special meaning to the person whom this donation was made in honor of. Kind of like a reminder that even though we can’t be together anymore, I love him and want the best for him.

So, back to the Sanctuary: check it out www.elephants.com. You can watch the elephants via the webcam (all 24 of them) and read about their unique biographies. There is plenty of cool items to buy (calendars, t-shirts, handcrafted items). What I found so intriguing about this is its location! Of all the places for an Elephant sanctuary, its in Tennessee! Just so interesting to me! 🙂

Anyway, it costs $125,000 annually to care for and support just ONE elephant! The ultimate goal is for 100 elephants to find sanctuary. There are various donation options (regular donation, acres for elephants, feed an elephant for a day)- all of which vary in prices. I choose to stick with the regular donation (10 bucks). The donation can be made in honor of or in memory of a person. In addition to helping out beautiful creatures, I also get the Elephant newsletter for a year. Yay! Until tomorrow…

“God doesn’t give you the people you want; he gives you the people you need to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to make you the person you were meant to be.”

-don’t know who said this, and I know it doesn’t apply to my post directly, but it’s a good thing to remember in tough times……