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Xmas Party Animals

We have survived (and enjoyed) the last 2 weekends of xmas parties and are attending several events this weekend to finish off a very busy December.  We are famous in the neighborhood for turning out the lights at 9p and back on again just after 5a.  The weekends aren't much different, but sometimes we get crazy and stay up until 11.  Rumor is, our habits are rubbing off on the new night-owl neighbors.  Once the storms hit, we could have some competition for "1st snow blower in the cul-de-sac to wake everyone up".  So with a couple nights well past midnight, we've had a chance to be the honorary neighborhood party animals.

The events have been so much fun that I didn't take many photos so you'll just have to use your imagination.
We kicked off the first Friday night with a bowling extravaganza with two other couples.  I hadn't seen everyone since before Malaysia so it was great to catch up while working on our bowling skills.  Our local alley has a great …

Worm Bin Migration

I need to start this post with a bigTHANK YOUto my tolerant and wonderful husband who is putting up with my worm bin project.  He has been very supportive from the start with the caveat that they would not be inside.  His 2 main concerns are run-away worms and smell.
This past year I’ve been following and inspired by the Johnson Family and their Zero Waste Home lifestyle.  I still can’t fathom how a family of four is able to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and only end up with a jar of waste for the entire year but I’m on a mission to try and do my part.  This spring I started the process in small steps by transitioning the kitchen to bulk foods stored in Le Parfait French Glass Canning Jars.  I take the jars to Whole Foods, check the tare weight, fill them up, and then usually coach the cashier through the tare weight and bulk #s.  It is so simple, I feel guilty that I haven’t shopped this way my entire life.  I receive most of my produce in my weekly SFF, but I also have reusable prod…

Life is Like a Mailbox

There were several occasions during my SE Asia trip when I yearned for the opportunity to go for a long walk outside where I could feel safe, breath fresh air, and see nature rather than a concrete jungle.  It wasn't the desire to get away from my roommates/colleagues or for an alternative workout to the gym, but there was something else pulling at me to go out.  There was some guilt that I wasn't doing as much as I could to “experience” the culture, but mostly it was a primal need to just walk.  Unfortunately that wasn't possible and the few walks I did take were stressful.  I hadn't thought about walking and how it affects me until my first couple walks from the house once I returned.
Thinking back to all the places I’ve lived and traveled, there are only a few that I’ve had to be extra cautious but none where I preferred to stay inside than go out.  I would never classify myself as a walker, but once it was taken away from me and upon reflection, I am now labeling m…