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|Posted on June 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM||comments (7)|
Yes, dating can be green. As a single mom, dating can be somewhat of a chore, bore, snore... and more rhyming words. Below are five sustainability steps to save your time and the planet!
1. Save your time. First, join an online dating site. The club and bar scene is still a viable meeting place, but online dating can weed out bad matches. This is useful because a bad match for you is a good match for someone else; so, everyone’s time is made more efficient.
2. Save your battery. Second, don't obsess about who contacts who first. What is more important is the flow of the messages. If you are interested in learning more about someone, don't forget to show it by ending each message with a question or two. If the responder does the same, it means they are interested. If not, it is possible that they are simply being polite by responding.
3. Save your gas. Next, let's say you get the first inklings of chemistry and wish to meet. Thus far, your impressions are strictly based on photos and text. However, you wouldn't want to drive to the other side of town and after five minutes face-to-face think, "Gee, this was a waste of time." Thus, prolong meeting in person by inviting them to talk vis webcam. It saves gas, money, time, and any awkwardness you may have stepped into. Just to be safe, have a user name that is difficult to determine your personal information, increase your privacy settings, and remember you can shut them off (literally) if it gets creepy or inappropriate.
4. Save more gas! Finally, let's say that all three steps were successful. Meeting via webcam gave you a more complete idea of the person: facial expressions, voice, sense of rhythm, and so on. Plan to meet during the day for coffee or your lunchbreak near your place of work to save on time and gas. If your schedule isn't contusive, you work from home, or evenings/weekends are better, plan to meet on a day where you're already running errands. Choose a familiar and public place with wifi, but not one of your favorite haunts. Arrive earlier, and bring a device that lets you get some work done. After the date, insist that you need to get more work done, and that way you can leave your meeting place after they are long gone. This is both for security reasons as well as making you feel your gas miles were put towards productive use.
5. Save the planet. Wow, congratulations! You've made it to the second date, and I hope it is everything you've dreamt of. Your dates can be made greener by supporting local businesses, spending time in nature, choosing to travel via public transport or cycling, meeting close to home, and enjoying establishments with good green ethics.
Your future true love will appreciate your efficiency and green sensibility. Following the first four steps saves time, money, and the environment. The fifth step maintains the sustainability lifestyle that makes you so lovable in the first place.
|Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Architecture re-imagines shipping containers to create modern, sustainable, and affordable housing. Shipping containers have been designed to stack, last a long time, and are built with hardy materials. Shipping containers come in several standard sizes, but most buildings typically use 9'-5" H x 8' W x 20' L or 40' L.
Converting shipping containers into buildings ideally utilizes those which are pre-insulated. The insulated containers have been designed for transporting perishable goods and foods. The insulation is a compact mineral wool; and without metal or wood studs, there are no cold bridges.
Additional benefits include:
|Posted on May 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
The clock in your house is ticking down to summer vacation. If you're like me, you're dreading the inevitable mantra, "I'm bored!" Here is a list of national websites that can guide you to a greener and less boring summer for you and your children:
You can also investigate your local YMCA, public libraries, local parks, school district, and cinemas featuring free weekday morning movies for kids. Best of luck keeping your sanity and children busy this summer!
|Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
I hate junk mail! Credit card approvals, coupons, leaflets, catalogues, menus, and for some reason I need to insure everything. Aside from never needing earthquake insurance in Charlotte, the environmentalist in me cringles every time I pull down the squeaky mailbox flap.
The internet provides us with all of the solutions, inquiries, and deals we could ever want or need. Thankfully, the internet also has the solution we need to discontinue unsolicited mail. Here's how to junk the junk mail forever:
|Posted on May 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's that time of year again. The temperature is rising and so are your allergies. But the good news is that it's time to get back into the yard and exercise your green thumb.
It feels as if the market is saturated with tips and how-to ideas that will make your garden greener. Sustainability has endured internationally to prove it is not a trend, but rather a lifestyle integrating itself into every facet of our lives. Gardening is no exception. In this week's g.i.y. blog we weed through the non-sense and get to the root of good green gardening.