Happy Birthday Carlos!

Carlos had a birthday this weekend!  I am sure he wouldn’t mind if I told you his age.  He’s 3 x 4 x 2 x 2 -8!
He’s wearing one of his gifts given to him by his ever so loving mom and dad. This really cool sweater/shirt is made by Patagonia.  We have a Patagonia store downtown, and to tell you the truth I haven’t been in there in quite some time!

Their cool tag resembles the region in South America.  Not sure if I’ll ever make it down there in this lifetime.  Maybe when I am reincarnated into a Red Wiggler, I’ll have the chance?!  That’s silly and doubt that’ll happen.

Here’s the other tag which was attached to the shirt.  Patagonia created the Common Threads Recycling Program.  The tag reads “At Patagonia, we take back worn products and and recycle them into new products via our Common Threads Recycling Programs.”   Click here for the link to their really cool site which gives way more info than I can type at the moment!

Safeway’s Bright Green Products

I am often on the hunt for environmentally friendly household products.  If you ever saw me, you’d laugh because I spend a good 5 minutes scouring the shelves and reading the labels.  Ingredients and PRICE have a lot to do with what I buy.  I love the environment, but I love my cash, too.

These are Safeway’s EcoFriendly products from their Bight Green line.  On the left is TP and the right is a glass and surface cleaner.

Here’s my review:

TP:  I don’t mind the TP, but my kids do!  They think it is tooo rough, especially on their nose.  I will buy this product for my bathroom and look for a new recycled TP for the kids.  Any suggestions????

Glass and Surface Cleaner:  This product is awesome, especially on stainless steel appliances.  It doesn’t leave streak marks like my other EcoFriendly products.  I will buy this product again!

Check out their website for a detailed list of their ingredients and other products!

That’s all it takes to motivate!

Today I attended an assembly at Little a’s school, High Lakes.  I received an email from her teacher this morning inviting me to see her get an award for positive behavior.  I was psyched to go and see the ceremony!  I arrived on time, took my seat and waited for her class to arrive in the auditorium.

Remember those days as a kid?!  I sure do!  I loved assemblies. A change in the schedule meant less work and more time to socialize with your friends. woohoo!

First on the docket was the presentation of the awards. I thought we’d be out soon, but I was soooooooo wrong, BUT pleasantly surprised. The music teacher called a group of 4/5th graders up to the stage to do a Broadway Ensemble!!!! Holy Cow!  I was in heaven!  NYC! NYC! I couldn’t believe it because just yesterday I wrote a post about a dream job in NYC! So for the next 20 minutes, I was whisked off to NYC, listening to the sounds of the Lion King, Rent, and Wicked! What a show!  My toes were tapping and my leg was a-swinging! “Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes!  I just can’t wait to be KING!!!” They were terrific….  After the musical, we were dismissed back to our classes. Oh wait!…not me!  The kids were dismissed, and I had to wait in the hall until school was over!

While checking the art work and fun stuff, I saw this simple yet effective teacher made poster on the wall!  Way to go High Lakes!  I love, love, love seeing reminders to recycle.  This sign raises the awareness of the students and staff. It makes you think before you toss.  This is similar to the sign at Mt.Bachelor except it’s a bit more detailed.

There’s just one item on this list that I want to change!  One of Wonder Worman’s missions!  Can you find it? I’ll give you about 5 seconds to scan and answer……Ready, Set, GO!  5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Times UP!

I want to move the Food!!!! to the recycling side and create a side that writes “Put in the Compost Bucket!”

Soon, Soon, soon!  Patience WW! Patience!!

One school at a time…….  (Tumalo Community School is on the horizon)

Maybe I can get an award for displaying patience!  ….nah, there’s no time for that!

Dream job! One of many in my mind, but this one has captured “the NYC in me!”

I Love NYC!  The energy, the people, the culture, the movement, the history, the noise, the architecture ……amazing!  I grew up on Long Island and as a child would visit the city often.  Our field trips involved train rides to see plays and visit museums.  We didn’t have gadgets to keep us occupied.  We had our friends!  The excitement of the city kept us talking on the outbound ride, and the sheer exhaustion from all the sights and the clickety clack of the train lulled us to sleep on the ride home!  I consider myself lucky to have experienced NYC as a kid and even luckier that I have the opportunity to return every summer.

At least once a week, I visit NYC via the web.  I look at web cams, visit the museums, check out plays, and look for something interesting!  Today while searching, I found the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a park working towards sustainability.  They feed their trees and shrubs organically, and are also working on creating composting areas as the park grows.  I am guessing the green trash can is used for collecting compostable waste, such as banana peels or apple cores.

As they are updating existing structures on the park grounds, they are saving most of the material.  This material is then reused and transformed into another structure.  Maybe it is turned into a park bench where someone can sit for hours admiring the city’s skyline!  I hope to plop my behind on one of those benches and admire the urban environment!

So Brooklyn Bridge Park, if you are looking for a die hard New Yorker and one that loves Red Wigglers, give me a shout on the Worm Hotline.  I’ll recognize the area code, and will answer in a worm beat!

MaMa Bear Oden’s Preschool has joined the Red Army!

A pound of my super composting Red Wigglers is now in MaMa Bear Oden’s hands!  Mrs. Oden is the proud, happy owner of MaMa Bear Oden’s Preschool in Bend. Vermiculture is just one of the school’s highlights.  The preschool inspires the children to make healthy, earth loving choices with MaMa Bear’s guidance. These learning centers are valuable, and I applaud MaMa Bear!

Some of the school’s features include:

•non-toxic cleaners

•reducing, reusing and recycling

•no waste Arts and Crafts center

•daily walks to the community playground

•organic garden

Role modeling earth loving choices will create healthy kids and a healthy planet!