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Thursday, March 18, 2010 03:20 pm
It seems like we get a new phone book every month. As a child of the Google generation, I can't remember the last time I even used a phone book to look up a number. Maybe I did it when I worked on Mackinac Island? I have no idea, honestly. Sorry, AT&T Yellow Pages. It kind of bothers me that we're wasting so much paper on people who won't use it. However,
Monday, March 15, 2010 04:35 pm
(Look at this guy! How can you not feel bad for him? He's all sad and factory-ridden. Is it just me? Anyone ... anyone? Fine.) If you're like me, you probably have a lot of Catholic friends/family, and so you know that we're in the middle of Lent. (Or maybe you are Catholic. In which case, I hope you have a go...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11:26 am
Given my propensity to break/damage almost everything I own, I should probably own a laptop sleeve. (Seriously - don't lend me anything you love. I get so stressed trying not to break it that I end up accidentally doing something terrible. Self-fulfilling prophecy much?) I love this laptop sleeve from Loopt. B...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:50 am
Hello! I'm back. I've been spending a lot of time at the Capitol lately, and thus haven't been able to blog. Anyway, I hope some of you have heard this NPR piece about Slow Death by Rubber Duck. If you haven't, here's a quick recap: two Canadian environmentalists spent two years monitoring the amount of chemicals in t...
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 02:22 pm
This week has been crazy! I've been doing a lot of running around and going back-and-forth between our main office and the Capitol. (I also locked my keys in my car yesterday. That turned into a two-hour debacle with lots of ridiculous circumstances and oh god I don't wanna talk about it.) Hence, I haven't had a lot of blogging time. I haven't even had a lot of writing time, just note-taking and i...
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 11:07 am
Yesterday, I went to the Compost Symposium at the State Fairgrounds. It was super interesting, and I wish I could've stayed for all the workshops. (Yeah so I like compost and worms and stuff. Deal.) You can read all about it in this week's edition, but I just wanted to share some wisdom from the event's keynote speaker. The speaker was Ken Dunn, founder and director of The Resource Center in C...
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 02:26 pm
I'm not going to lie, I'll probably spend a fair portion of my weekend doing laundry. It may not be glamorous or exciting (as glamorous and exciting as this town gets when I saw a bartender wearing overalls last Friday night - step it up, Springfield!) but I have a pile of dirty clothes that have been lurking in my closet since a few weeks into this internship. It's gotten to the point where I ...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 01:37 pm
Did you catch my mallards story in today's paper? I hope so. I had a lot of fun writing and researching it. Who knew people studied ducks so intensely? Anyway, here's Tip #4: use a humidifier.
As I'm sure you know, everything dries out in the winter: your skin, your sinuses and even the air in your home. While some of us (espec...
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 10:41 am
Tip #3- Unplug it!
Living in a dorm introduced me to the wonderful world of power strips/surge protectors. I wasn't concerned with saving my electronics from power outages as much as I was delighted by the opportunity to plug a million things into one old, tiny outlet. Since I moved away from home, I've lived in a variety of ridiculously small rooms. (I do not exaggerate. I've shared a...
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 10:40 am
Happy Groundhog Day, readers! Here's an appropriately-themed card.
Welcome back to Tips & Tricks Week! (Does that sound dirty? I don't mean for it to imply prostitutes and dollar bills in g-strings. Maybe I need a new title.) On day two, let's talk about home energy audits. While green buil...

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