Thursday, April 22, 2010


I took a couple hours out of my afternoon to volunteer at work to do a trash audit today. The buildings I work in are LEED certified. In order to remain LEED certified there is an annual audit on the trash removal. The audit involves sorting through all the trash collected from the previous day. This doesn't include cardboard, paper, and recycling (plastic, glass, and metal) that was also collected (separate of the trash). Fortunately for me, the four other volunteers, and the five employees of our facility group, we only had to go through 25% of the trash because of the number of employees at our site.

It wasn't fun, but it was somewhat interesting. The results? Of the 853.5 lbs (25% of the total) of trash we sorted we removed 131 lbs of items that could have been properly placed in another waste stream (cardboard, paper, and mostly cans and bottles). Not bad, but definite room for improvement. If only we could start composting; so many banana peels!

Oh, Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Glider facelift

It is no secret that we like reusing things and getting them secondhand. So when my friend Catherine offered us her glider that she no longer needed, we jumped at it. It is a very high quality chair, but we wanted it to match everything in the room so we sanded it down and gave it a few new coats of paint. It took a while due to all the hard to reach places, but we are thrilled with how it turned out.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Celebrating Passover in WI

A wood paneled station wagon used-car lot on our way to West Bend.

Port Washington.

Friday, April 02, 2010


The Story of Stuff Project! Just watched the Story of Bottled Water by author Annie Leonard. Not a real shocker, but it is basically a useless product (unless you're on vacation in Paraguay of course). Check out all the well done animated storied.