A very important person in my life passed away yesterday. He was a godfather to me, an uncle of sorts, but not related. He played with me and spoiled the dickens out of me when I was young.
I love you Ed, and will remember you always.
I am flying out tomorrow at noon, back to San Jose to help Ed’s family with arrangements, to be there for support, and to say goodbye to him.
Ed has left his wonderful wife Lynn, and his beautiful daughter Micky, who turns 13 on Monday.
We will miss him so much.
Rest in Peace.
What is up with my hormones lately. One day I am so in the dumps that Troy thinks I need medical help…or a 6 pack. The next day I am happy as a clam and ready to conquer the world. I admit, I have recently given up dairy, sugar, booze, and tomatoes in hopes of helping Annabelle through some of her nursing issues, but could that be having such a large affect on my mood?
Delightful! An article came out in the Denver Post about the number of foreclosures in Colorado. It turns out that in March Colorado had the highest ratio of foreclosures in the country. One out of every 339 homes in Colorado are in some sort of foreclosure state. And…it gets worse. Adams county, the county that I currently reside in, is the highest of all counties. One out of every 128 homes in Adams county is in foreclosure. The national average is one out of every 1,138 homes.
I completely understand why. We had our house on the market for 6 months last year…no sell. It’s on again this year, priced over 3,000 lower than what we paid for it 3 years ago and it still hasn’t sold. Every ounce of equity earned will go to closing costs and realtor fees, and we will end up forking thousands out of pocket beyond that. We have our ducks in a row and have planned very well, and it looks like we aren’t that far ahead of the foreclosure wagon. It makes me so sad when people want…need…to get out of their house and they are stuck…like we are stuck. I know most people don’t have the means or the resourcefulness that we do, and they do end up foreclosing on their homes, ruining their credit (a foreclosure is on your credit for 10 years, and you won’t be able to purchase another home for 5), and going dead broke in the process.
This situation has made Troy an I extremely adverse to EVER owning another home again. It is so stressed that home ownership is nothing but good…well…NOT TRUE. I absolutely hate the situation that we are in.
I lead another Mountain Mamas hike today. We had a blast. We did a 1.5 mile look in Red Rocks Park and it was hot hot hot! I lead it at 11am, and then Susan, our other hike leader lead another group at noon. I went ahead and did the loop again with Susans group so I could get in some extra mileage!
I think the moms and babies had a really fun time. It was a gentle loop, allthough it ends with 60+ stairs. All the babies were really content. I am starting to get a “core” group of moms who show up for all of my hikes and stroller walks. Our babies are all close in age so it’s been great. We bounce lots of ideas off each other and it’s cool because there are a lot of different parenting styles accounted for. It’s really reminded me that sometimes I just need to chill out!
Whew, it’s been almost 9 days since I wrote. I have been enthralled in a book these last 9 days and now that I am finished I would like to tell you a little bit about it.
The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices
–Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
by Michael Brower and Warren Leon
This book is a clear, practical and rational overview of the relationship between consumers and the environment. Some choices have a huge impact on the environment, others are negligible. This book outlines which choices are worthy of your time and money when making environmental choices. The book identifies the 4 most significant consumer related environmental problems, the 7 most harmful spending categories, 11 priority actions, and 7 rules for responsible consumption.
I will list them here:
4 Most Significant Consumer Related Environmental Problems
- Air pollution
- Global Warming
- Habitat Alteration
- Water pollution
7 Most Harmful Consumer Activities
- Cars and light trucks
- Meat and poultry
- Fruit, vegetables, and grains
- Home heating, hot water, and air conditioning
- Household appliances and lighting
- Home construction
- Household water and sewage
11 Priority Actions for American Consumers
- Choose a place to live that reduces the need to drive
- Think twice before purchasing another car
- Choose a fuel efficient, low-polluting car
- Set concrete goals for reducing your travel
- Whenever practical, walk, bicycle, or take public transportation
- Eat less meat
- Buy certified organic produce
- Choose your home carefully
- Reduce the environmental costs of heating and hot water
- Install efficient lighting and appliances
- Choose an electricity supplier offering renewable energy
7 Rules for Responsible Consumption
- Give special attention to large purchases
- become a weight watcher (as in the weight of the products you purchase)
- Analyze your consumption quantitatively
- Don’t worry or feel guilty about unimportant decisions
- Look for an opportunity to be a leader
- Buy more of those things that help the environment
- Think about nonenvironmental reasons for reducing consumption
All and all I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting that in most places in America we don’t have a landfill problem, so debating over paper vs plastic vs cloth bag is a moot point. BUT, driving the truck that we do isn’t. Also, the jury is still out on cloth diapers vs disposable but which ever way it goes, the choice will make such a small change that it isn’t worth the effort. But, purchasing an energy efficient fridge next time you need a fridge is VERY important.
I gained a lot of insight into what decisions are most important when considering a more environmental option.
Great book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Today I took off early for a trip to Boulder. I needed to scout the hike that I will be leading on Friday for the Mountain Mamas. We are going to do the Tenderfoot loop up on Flagstaff mountain. It’s about a 2.3 mile hike with a lot of down, and a lot of up. The views of Indian Peaks and Sugarloaf mountain are awesome…lots of snow.
After the hike I met up with friends and kiddos at the Haystack Dairy to pet goats. It was fun to watch the kids feed the kids (ha ha ha ha…I’m funny). The little ones liked to suck on my finger, which I thought was cute…if only Annabelle was that interested in sucking! It was nice to catch up with friends, quite a few of the moms in the group are prego, and it was neat to see everyone’s growing bellies.
Fun day! Annabelle and I passed out together in bed at 4:30 and slept for several hours, then woke up to watch American idol, House, and Boston Legal. Ahhh, I just love Tuesday night TV!
Off to bed!