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A shout out (to me)!

When I was listening to my favorite podcasters, Dori and Val over at More Hip than Hippie this past week, I got a big surprise!

Toward the end of most shows, they read listener emails. On episode #82, Val and Dori gave me a shout out for mentioning the podcast on my blog right before reading listener emails. Go me! (you can listen for yourself if you click on the link above & go to episode #82)

Really, it’s a great podcast. I’ve learned so many little things I can do to help the environment. Not big things that will break the bank. Things that are not hard to incorporate into my life. Things that I can do, as a single mom of three growing kids(preteens) to help the environment now & teach the kids to make good choices as they grow up & go out into the world.

You should all give them a listen. (go now!)

Here are a few examples of one change I’ve made:

This year, I’m using less plastic bags. I signed on for Big Ed’s plastic bag challenge & vowed to use half of what I used last year. So far so good. I have been using my own bags a lot of the time – or paper if it’s a choice. Plastic is the last resort these days.

Just a few minutes ago, a guy tried to bag a gallon of milk for me. I just smiled, grabbed the handle & said, “Less stuff for me to throw away with no bag hanging around, right?” He said, “I gotcha!” (and looked at me like I was a loon as I smiled & walked out of the store).

A few days ago, my kids thought I was nuts for loading our groceries directly into 2 cardboard boxes that I’ve been keeping in the trunk of the car instead of bagging them up inside the store (we shop at a grocery store that charges for bags) in our bags from home. When we got home, we brought in the boxes, unloaded the stuff and took the boxes back out to the trunk. No muss, no fuss.

(Go listen to Val & Dori!)

I have changed 9 lightbulbs so far to CFL’s. As lights burn out, I replace them with a CFL bulb. I feel good knowing that these bulbs are using less energy & producing less heat that standard bulbs. When I logged these lightbulbs on One Billion Bulbs dot com, it was neat to see how many others have changed out their light bulbs & logged in to report it. It’s inspiring to see how much money will be saved and how many bulbs have been changed out for CFL’s (and reported on the site) across the world.

podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? I do. I listen to podcasts more than I listen to the radio these days.

One of my favorite podcasts is More Hip than Hippie. Dori and Val are the hosts of this weekly podcast. They do a great job of presenting fun yet effective ways to live a more green/ecologically friendly lifestyle one baby step at a time.

You can click on the link above to listen to this week’s show (and to past shows as well). More Hip than Hippie can also be found at iTunes.

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen podcasts that I have on my iPod
(haven’t listened to all of them yet, but will listen this week)
1. The Dave Ramsey Show
2. Mommycast.com
3. Travel with Rick Steves
4. Walking the Da Vinci Code in Paris
5. Writers on Writing
6. New York Times Book Review
7. Mugglecast #38: A Very Moody Podcast
8. Historic Paris with Rick Steves
9. Grey’s Anatomy Official Podcast (I’m tired of being out of the loop!)
10. Natural Moms Talk Radio
11. Republican Women Talk Radio
12. I Should Be Writing
13. ArthurSlade.com: writing for young adults

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things about Titanium
1. I’ve been training a new employee at work this week. I’m drained.

2. I called to check on the baby birds we took to the wildlife habitat Tuesday night. They’re all doing well.

3. True friends are a blessing. I feel blessed to have made a new friendship and to have met up with two that were already friends this past weekend.

4. I LOVE my iPod. I listen to podcasts, audiobooks and music… a lot!

5. Oldest daughter is going to be in a band competition on Saturday. She is excited. I’m proud of her for working so hard to prepare for it.

6. I saw both of my sisters this past weekend. I am so happy that I am friends with them. They’re wonderful women.

7. My kids stayed with one of my sisters over the weekend. They had a great time with her family. They played at a water park, played flashlight tag, went to a movie & made tons of great memories.

8. Dobby (cockatiel) and Raven (betta) also went to my sister’s house for the weekend. 🙂

9. My nephews (other sister’s sons) told me that their mom & dad’s tub has a motor in it (jacuzzi). It was really cute to hear them describe it like that. 3 yr old nephew said, “Danny (what he says for Daddy) takes a bath in dere and it has a motor in it!”

10. Seven year old nephew wanted to know where Nevada is, so he took me to the world map on the shower curtain so I could show him Nevada. We talked about how far from Texas it is. How cute is that?

11. It’s almost impossible to find a Diet Dr. Pepper in Las Vegas. At least in the hotels. They’re all sponsored by Pepsi, I believe.

12. This week the OKC Arts Festival is in downtown Oklahoma City. I’m going with a few co-workers tomorrow. We’re taking a long lunch. I really enjoy going to the Arts Festival each year.

13. I will take the kids to the Arts Festival this weekend, weather permitting. Storms are forecasted for the weekend right now, but that doesn’t always mean it will actually happen.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!