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January 08, 2012

My entry floor is finished.
FINALLY!!  Whoo hoo!
The husband was able to finish the grout and trim today.
I can't tell you how happy it makes me.
3 more projects and he'll be ready to work on the next room.
I'll post photos when he's finished.

Our weather is back to fairly mild again.
We are so used to single digits and snow, we're not sure what to do with the 40 degrees we've been spoiled with.
The chickens are thrilled.  They were unable to go outside 2 days last week because it didn't get above 20 degrees, so when it's in the 40's they are celebrating.
We're thrilled too because molting is over and egg production is up.

Although I don't find much to watch on t.v., I stumbled across "No Impact Man".
Have you read the book?
I wasn't as thrilled as I wanted to be with the book, but the 1 hour televised documentary was very interesting.
It featured basically the same information as the book, but I guess I liked the delivery.

If you haven't read the book or seen the documentary, it's about Colin Beavan along with his wife Michelle, daughter Isabella and dog Frankie, challenging themselves to make as little impact as possible on the environment for 1 year.  Their challenge included shopping for necessities only, going vegetarian, purchasing food items the are grown within a 250 mile radius of them (they live in NYC), cutting their garbage down considerably, living without electricity, and cutting out car/bus/train travel.

I respect them greatly for going to such extremes and then, at the end of the experiment, making many changes permanently in their lives.  At the very least, it made me (and hopefully others) think seriously about my own consumption patterns and the disposable-type of life we lead.  I also have been pondering something Michelle had said.  She was coming up on her 40th birthday and said something to the effect of she was trying to figure out who she wanted to be and what experiences she'd like to have for the last half of her life.  It's so easy to lose track of the fact that who we are and what we experience is, for the most part, completely in our control.

What do you think?
Hope you had a great weekend!

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