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{August 22, 2007}   Moving

I’m attempting to move the blog to a new server where I have more ability to play with the template. So if things so wonky that’s what is going on. Right now I’m sitting here staring at the current hosting company and the new one and scratching my head because I have no clue what to do.

This might take a while.


{August 22, 2007}   Slow it down!

Day 8 of the Go Green challenge at Eco Street and it’s a tough one. Slow it down when you’re driving to reduce emisions and use less fuel. I know, I know. It’s hard to drive the speed limit when you’ve got places to go. But doing so will benefit you in the end.

{August 18, 2007}   Day 4 of Go Green

It’s day 4 of the Go Green Challenge at Eco Street. The challenge today is to change your lightbulbs to low energy bulbs. Low energy bulbs use less energy and save you money. Which is why we use them in our house. I love it when the safer choices cost less, heck I love it when anything costs me less.

Some people worry about the mercury found in compact fluorescent lightbulbs. I found this great post on it over at TreeHugger that dispells some of the worry.

This is because CFLs contain relatively small amounts of mercury — EPA estimates this amount to be 4-5 milligrams (mg) in a typical CFL. A spill of this amount of mercury is not likely to present any excess risk to you or your family

{August 16, 2007}   I Need Some Pick-Up Lines

Day 2 of the Go Green challenge is to line dry your landry. I already hang the diapers out, but tend to machine dry everything else. So today I carried the basket of toewels out and hung them up.

And then a strey dog torn them down. So once I’ve rewashed them, it was muddy in the yard, I’ll hang them back up.

I was tagged by Isil of Veggie Way to share 8 random things about myself. I’m not sure I’m interesting enough to write 8 things, but I’ll give it a go.

  1.  I had completely natural birth with both my kids and recommend them for everyone. It’s not as bad as everyone says, especially if you jsut relax and let go. And the healing time is so much quicker.
  2. I love to eat Boca burgers on wheat bun with a spoonful of salsa. I could eat an entire box if I didn’t stop myself.
  3. Activist daddy and I are happily unmarried and staying that way.
  4. I never expected to have sons. Honestly I had planned for girls and had so many ideas of all the thigns I would teach them. But being in a house full of guys has been more fun than I ever expected.
  5. When I get stressed I get flakey and tend to hide out until I’m feeling calmer.
  6. We homeschool. I made the choice after reading Dumbing Us Down. We don’t do it to remove kids from society, we do it because we feel that society does not exsist inside four walls filled with kids and 1 adult.
  7. We’re a mixed lot food wise. I don’t eat meat, dad always eats meat, and the kids eat whatever we’re having. I try to limit their meat consuption a lot, but some days it’s hard to get them to eat veggies when dad is eating a steak and fries and nothing else.
  8. I’m a feminist. But a lot of my choices puts me in areas with people who are anti-feminist. So I’ve learned to bite my tongue in real life, then let it fly at the computer. I never expected that choosing to stay home would somehow make me seem safe to talk about the ‘dangers of feminism”. They always seem so shocked when I disagree.

Now to tags some who haven’t done this yet: Living Without Meat, Nature Mom’s Blog, A Brain Like Mine
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Two interesting and unintentionally connected pieces of info came across my inbox today thanks to Google. The first was a plea from Jill of Feministe to stop obsessing about what women wear.

Women’s bodies are politicized enough as it is. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s awfully sick of women’s clothing choices being used as a bat to beat other women over the head with.

Interesting she should say that. Because the next thing across my inbox was a news story out of Africa. Women protest against pants ban. In the ultimate show of policing what women wear the male residents of Umlazi T-section have created a rule that no woman can wear pants in that area. Women have been stripped naked, their clothing burned, and their homes destroyed for it. For daring to wear pants. I hunted around and found and older article about the same topic, Women: Don’t dare wear trousers in Umlazi.

“There seems to be a conflict of values here, where it’s the old versus the new. If one looks at South African societies, they are all patriarchal and it is difficult for people who assume authoritative roles in homes to adjust to women assuming their own roles and status within society.”

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{August 9, 2007}   Who put a balloon in my head?

I know, I know. Two whole days without a post. I have a good excuse, I promise. I’ve been suffering on the couch with watery eyes, a sore throat, and sinuses ready to explode. I hate allergies, hate them. It’s also been keeping me up late at night, making my brain mush.

Oh new prescription of allergy medicine, hurry up and get filled!

Until then, achoo!

{July 22, 2007}   I’m schmoozy

Blogathon Resist Modern Musings

I’ve gotten an award! Yay! Danielle from Modern Musings has decided I have the power of schmooze. This is a new one for me so I did a little search. According to Pink Reviews this is “an award to recognize those people that were exceptionally adept at creating relationships with other bloggers by making an effort to be part of a conversation, as opposed to a monologue. ”

 Power of Schmooze

So now to pass on the award to others.

Crunchy Chicken

Living Without Meat

No Impact Man

Green as a Thistle


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{July 4, 2007}   Happy Independence Day!

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