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September 2011

It's been 8 months since I made my 2011 resolutions. With the year more than half over (what?), here's how I've done so far: Go paperless and plastic-less in the kitchen (inspiration from here). Accomplished. We no longer use paper towels (we use flour-sack towels and cloth napkins, which I posted about here) and our overflowing tupperware shelf has been reduced to one basket of glass storage containers and a few good quality tupperware containers. We've also been pretty good about taking our reusable bags to the grocery store (I even found some reusable produce bags) so there's not an... Read more →


This weekend was a rush of emotions. We celebrated Chris's birthday at our new favorite place, The Duce. Most importantly there were good friends and there was lots of laughing. This weekend we also remembered. I've been emotional every day this past week as I've thought about that day and listened to the coverage on NPR. I can't stop thinking about this story and this story in particular. There are no words but I am feeling so deeply thankful for the amazing people that are in my life. Read more →


A lifelong goal of mine is to always have some type of volunteer activity in my life. There are no requirements for how many hours or how often I should volunteer, only that I seek volunteer opportunities with causes or organizations that are important to me. So it may be once a week or just a couple times a year, depending on how busy life is. Sometimes the world we live in can seem like a pretty dark place (economic recession, wars, natural disasters, climate changeā€¦and on and on). Volunteering lets me take action to make the world a better... Read more →


Have you played the game Settlers of Catan? Apparently it's been around since the 1990s, but we only heard of it this year...and we're hooked. It's kind of like a combination between Risk and Monopoly but it doesn't take 4 hours and you're still friends with everyone when the game is over (am I the only one who had a few too many double-crossing incidences playing Risk?). The rules of Settlers can be a little bit intimidating at first but the basic premise is that each player settles their empire and collects resources (wheat, timber, ore, brick, or sheep) with... Read more →


The end of summer is in sight! Just a few more weeks of hot, hot weather and then Arizona will be liveable amazing again. Here's an update on my goals for August: Submit my book review for Environmental Practice. Finally, yes! So glad to be done with this commitment. I'll definitely think twice before agreeing to review an academic book in my free time again. Plan for a fall garden. I found some good online resources for vegetable gardening in the desert but that's about all I've had time for. Continue to keep the house tidy during the week as... Read more →