Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

Did you all have a nice Memorial Day weekend? I sure did! I finally got some very much needed fun and relaxing time with the extra day off!

I went rock chicking a bit on Saturday, sipped tequila sunrises and danced the night away. I had never had a tequila sunrise and wow, are they delicious! Too delicious maybe. I had a wee bit of a headache when I woke up on Sunday morning :)

But by Sunday night we were back in party mode. We went out to dinner with the entire extended family to celebrate Oldest Daughter’s, the hubby’s and my birthdays. The company was great, but let me just say this, I hate Olive Garden. It’s probably not entirely Olive Garden’s fault (except for the fact that I think they have terrible service in general), because I really don’t care for Italian food and pasta, but how can a restaurant that offers such mouthwatering salad and breadsticks have such terrible tasting entrees?

I don’t get it.

We all got great gifts, but Oldest Daughter got something that is making me green with envy! She got the iPod Touch and wow, is that thing cool! I’m a bit of a techno geek regarding these things and every time I see hers, I want it. I keep reminding myself that I have a perfectly good iPod Video. That darned green eyed monster!

We also went to Hysteria Lane’s season opener bonfire at Tom and Lynette’s house. Lynette and I have been talking about going more green and earth friendly and we compared notes about what we’ve done so far. So far, I am ahead.

I’ve changed all my light bulbs to the compact fluorescent bulbs and I’ve purchased reusable shopping bags so I can turn down the plastic bags at the grocery stores. Now, if I can only remember to bring them with me all the time! I’ve also been trying to work on my recycling better. I haven’t always been so good with that and I’m still tempted to just toss things I know can be recycled in the trash, but now I’m catching myself.

These green things are easy to be and can really make a difference! I’m ready to give the green light to implementing more green ideas!

We also finalized the plans for my new front porch (going up this weekend) and for the landscaping ideas. My current lawn is in bad condition and I’ve been trying to green it up to no avail. I’ll keep trying. I have also picked out the greenery for the other side of the house. I can’t wait until it’s done! It’s going to look so nice!

We finished up the weekend with a little BBQ and a Memorial Day Parade. My daughter’s Marching Band was in the parade and we got a very cool surprise last night. As hubby and I were winding down the weekend by watching the evening news to find out if we should wear shorts or parkas (hey, this is Chicago) today, they showed a news clip of the parade and there was my cute as a button daughter, fluting away and marching right there on our big screen! (which, of course, turned the other kids green)

Now, if I could only figure out how to get my grass as green as my eyes over that iPod Touch I’d be totally happy.

You’re right Kermit, it’s not always easy being green.


Malcolm said...

When I used to have to worry about a lawn, I sometimes had thoughts of spray painting it green to keep that fresh appearance.

Your comments about your daughter's iPod Touch made me think of a MadTV spoof that they did. The skit is all about how Apple keeps changing the iPod and in turn screwing customers over. Here is the link:


Qtpies7 said...

My daughter has the iPod Touch, too. But I am jealous of her new texting phone with a keyboard. She can watch TV on it! But I want one so I can blog on it.

This Eclectic Life said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday. I love the idea of going green, and have been tossing it around in my head. We'll have to compare notes.

The Rock Chick said...

Malcolm: too funny! That's technology, though, right? The minute you buy something, something else much cooler comes out! I really like the iPod Touch but I'd rather have the iPhone, so I have to wait until that can be used with Verizon because I'm not switching! And my lawn...well, we've decided that ripping it up and resodding it would probably be a better idea. I never thought of spray paint, though. That might work!

qtpies: I have a phone like that, too and we hooked something called a Slingbox up to our cable TV so I can access all of my cable channels and anything I've recorded on my DVR through my phone, too. I love the thing!!

Shelly: well, I'm just getting started with being green (the good kind, not the jealous kind) and so far, it's been pretty painless. From what I understand, the light bulbs alone are a big thing. I just swapped them out as I needed new bulbs and didn't even notice the initial cost increase. I will say these bulbs do not burn out like the regular old ones did. I was constantly replacing bulbs and I have one in my living room which is used every day going on almost 2 years old now. It came with the lamp :)

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Now now tis never nice to be jealous of the kidlets...but who isn't?
You are doing better on the green front than I am so far, I still need to get the reusable shopping bags.

The Rock Chick said...

sassy: I'm not jealous of the kidlets, just their stuff! LOL That's ok, isn't it? Well, I must confess, I have the reusable shopping bags, but I forget sometimes to bring them with me. Have to get in the habit of putting them right back into the van!