Friday, February 15, 2008

Eco-Moms change the world?

I found this article in the NY Times today. (You may need to register). It's about groups of suburban upscale moms who meet to drink wine and talk about environmental issues! Who would have guessed. The soccer moms are on the bandwagon.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Garbage, part 2

I just found out that Columbus,OH, has a curbside recycling rate of only about 3 percent. Only 11,342 households in the city -- out of about 350,000-- recycle at curbside. Ugh. Our mayor even says this is "pitiful."

This explains all those cans full of garbage I see every week.

Windows -o- rama

Our new Energy Star windows started going in yesterday. Granted, it's been slow-going. Our installer's helper didn't show up yesterday (he suspects a Superbowl hangover...), so they guy had to work all by himself. I have no idea how he managed to get the windows in and out alone. But, he did manage to do all of the bedrooms in one day. So those are finished. Today, we were rained out. So hopefully tomorrow, work will resume and all will be said and done by the end of the week.

I'm stoked. Our windows are so bad, that if these new ones make even half the difference I suspect they will, it will be a noticeable improvement. Of course, it's too soon to tell if they'll be better in extreme cold because on Feb. 4 it's 60 degrees and raining. In Ohio. Tell that to all those folks who don't believe in global warming...

Friday, February 1, 2008


It's garbage day. And looking out my window I wonder how the hell they do it. My neighbors. Two people in each house, just like us, and yet every week they have a giant pile of garbage on the curb. EVERY week. I maybe put my can out once every two weeks, and then it's not usually full. Certainly not full to the point that the lid won't close, like both of these neighbors. (we have the same size cans, standard city issue.)

I just don't understand how houses with the same number of people as ours can produce so much more garbage. I'm too chicken to poke around the cans and see what's in there~! But boy, part of me wants to.