when there's a drought on...
A whole yahoo group completely devoted to getting the people of the world to change their light bulbs ~ fantastic!
"Would you believe you can change the world in just 18 seconds? In the time it takes to fix a cup of coffee or tie your shoe laces, you can change a light bulb and have a profound impact on the environment.
Put simply, change a light bulb, change everything. If every American replaced just one light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), together we'd save $8 billion in electricity costs and enough energy to light more than 1.5 million homes for an entire year. We’d also be preventing the greenhouse gas equivalent of nearly 2 million cars worth of emissions!"
Long ago Roofshadow asked what I wanted for Christmas and I directed her to my Amazon wish list. Very handy things they are ~ I'd ordered off hers in the past and it's fun to send something you know a person will like for sure. I had no idea which item she'd sent and basically forgot about the whole thing...
New boarder arrived last night and he's adorable. For the non-Japanophiles reading, genki means energetic, in a loose 'how are you?' 'I'm good. I'm genki. Let's go!' kind of way.
I just did two days of training into public sector writing. Good course, great teacher. By far the most interesting thing we did was a section on readability. The public service tends to be a hierarchical place when it comes to...well, everything. Getting a submission into the hands of decision makers means getting it approved by (in my case, usually) four people: my supervisor, section leader, branch manager and division head.
If you are looking for a thoughtful storyline about the world we live in and the complexity of human relationships...stop! This isn't that kind of movie.
The Biggest Loser Australia's theme song is so cool, I love it, and that's saying something because I'm not so much of a Shannon Noll fan. Now every time I hear the song start I feel more buzzy and ready to go.
Bendy (friend from Adelaide who now lives in Canberra) and I went to dinner tonight and then on to see a Scottish comedian, Danny Bhoy. He was great ~ funny and sweet. The first half was regular stand-up, but after the interval he told us a story. The story itself was kind of serious and introspective and interesting, but the tangents he kept going off on were hilarious. I came out of wishing I could meet his best friend Craig...he sounds like a hoot.
Something so cool happened this week! *gleeful clapping*
Labels: good news
Today I made an executive decision.
"Mmm, celery. I love celery!"Hey, it could work! It could!
...was waiting in my mailbox when I got back to Canberra today.
I see skies of blue..... clouds of whitebut I may need to listen to that song afterwards just to remind myself that there is also beauty in the world.
Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world
The second series of The Biggest Loser Australia started tonight. I promise not to write about it as much as Oz Idol, but I do love this show. It's one of the few reality TV shows that I find inspiring. I've never watched a whole TBL series (US or Oz) from the beginning, so I'm looking forward to watching their whole journey. And few things make me want to go to the gym more than watching Bob "my hero" Harper and Jillian showing people they are more powerful than they ever dreamed.
I've been meaning to do this meme [name 10 things you love, starting with a certain letter that was chosen for you] for the longest time, but somehow roofshadow just seemed to hit upon a letter (r) that didn't immediately flood me with ideas. 'P' for example, let's see, punk, pistacchios, Picaso, pale pallour (think vampires), pencils, Potter, poetry, passion, purple and political philosophy. Those took about 2min to compile; I've been thinking about 'r' for a month now. But here goes.
Yet tiredness has become a matter of shame! This is a dangerous development. Tiredness has become the most suppressed feeling in the world. Everywhere we see people overcoming their exhaustion and pushing on with intensity - cultivating the great mass mania which all around is making life so hard and ugly - so cruel and meaningless - so utterly graceless - and being congratulated for overcoming it and pushing it deep down inside themselves as if it were a virtue to do this." (Mr Curly)
10. random acts of kindness
Being kind to your friends is too easy, being kind only to those you think deserve it implies an unattractive layer of judgment, being kind to your enemies is admirable, but random acts of kindness clear away all the guff ~ one human being being kind to another, that's all. Suddenly we're all just people and there's goodness to be shared and we don't need a reason to share it. It's nice.
If you would like a letter please indicate so in a comment. You can either just add your 'ten things' later in the comments or make a post on your own blog and then give out some letters of your own.