Thursday, May 28, 2009

Stop Forgetting

In Middle School, my best friend N. dumped me for boys. I still saw them as friends to play sports with, she saw them otherwise.

In High School, 5 of my friends stopped talking to me after they saw my modeling portfolio. (I can only guess this is the reason, since they never told me.)

In College, my friend I., the one I went to camp with every summer, and her friend, spent 2 hours making fun of me because I didn't like to party at school.

Also in college, my roommate stopped talking to me when she decided that she was no longer straight.

And recently, a friendship that was truly intoxicating, has come to an end. I fear we burned too bright for too long, and simply have nothing left.

My point? Friendships and relationships ebb and flow. The only constant in all your relationships is you.

I need to stop forgetting that part.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Green Your Sex Routine

Six easy ways to green your sex life.

Because don't we all want our sex lives to be sustainable?

1. Practice safe sex

Unless you are trying to get pregnant, birth control is the way to go. If you are in a new relationship, make sure you have some barrier protection: condoms, dental dams, etc.

2. Inspect the packaging
Lubes, sex toys, etc. Buy the ones with the least amount of packaging. Make sure you recycle everything when you are done. Embarrassed that your neighbors will see your lube bottle in the recycling bin? Don't be. You might inspire them.

3. Buy the good stuff

High quality, long lasting, toys are good for you and for the environment: Fun Factory, Tantus.

4. If you aren't going to use it, don't buy it.

Lingerie gifts at every holiday? Goofy sex "toys" for bachelorette parties? If no one will use it, don't bother buying it.

5. Use Rechargeable batteries in your toys

6. Explore your closet (or a friend's) for new outfits/tactile sensations.

You are welcome.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Love the LEED

Coming to Portland, Oregon? While you are here, feel free to revel in our LEEDy goodness. What's LEED? It's a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council and stands for: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

We have a number of buildings in town that are LEED certified, but I want to hi-light just three:

200 Market Building
The first legacy (re-furbished) office building in America to earn the Gold LEED certification.

Ecotrust's Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center

The first gold-rated LEED building in Oregon and the first gold-rated LEED historic restoration in the nation.

Historic Portland Armory

The only historical building in the nation to have earned a platinum LEED rating. And home of Portland Center Stage.

All of these building are easily accessible by The Portland Streetcar or by foot.

Do you feel the need, the need for more LEED? Sign up for the Portland Green Pedal Bike Tours. Cruise around town on bike, while learning more about Portland's commitment to sustainability.

I promise you, you will return home with grand thoughts of recycling rain runoff and salvaging building supplies dancing in your head.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Know Thy Title

Do you insist on organic food? Only travel in vehicles that will damage the environment a little less than regular ones?
Have various re-usable bags for various purposes? (Oh wait, that one is probably just me.)

Well, you are consider a LOHAS. That's right, LOHAS= Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. You are being targeted, studied and marketed to. There is even a conference that teaches companies how to attract your attention and dollars!! While I don't necessarily think all this consumerism is a bad thing (although, if they give away as much crappy swag as a normal conference, my heart will throughly break) I just wanted to let you know.

It's your job to cut through all the greenwashing: the companies that just slap the word green or all natural on their product or service without any real attempts at sustainability.

Don't be fooled. When picking products, use your brain not your heart.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Two great things go great together.

Cue the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercial from the 1980's...

"Hey your peanut butter is in my chocolate!"

"Hey your chocolate is in my peanut butter!"

(And they lived happily -if a bit sticky-ily after...)

I thought all this was a bit contrived until it happened to me. My two new loves: Rescue Me and Ray Lamontagne. TOGETHER! and not just once, but TWICE.

Rescue Me: Season 2: Episode 2 uses LaMontagne's Trouble.
Rescue Me: Season 2: Episode 12 uses LaMontagne's All the Wild Horses.

Shocked that I wrote all this down? Shame on you, you haven't been paying attention at all. (Look at the name of the blog for god's sake.)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Consider the Environment

There seems to be a new trend in email signatures, people are adding

It's another symptom in the greenwashing of the United States. Consider the environment? What the hell does that even mean? Do you think I need to be scolded like a child because I can't think for myself?

For a moment, I amused myself by pumping up the severity factor:

PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL: For each email your print out, one baby seal gets clubbed.


PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL: Or we will take away your iPod. Yes, all of them.

But guilt is not a motivator. Isn't our nation of overweight, lazy, couch/computer potatoes that don't call their Mothers as much as they should, proof enough that guilt doesn't work?

If we really want to CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT we can do two things:
1. Stop buying so much crap. (Three laptops? A new car every year? Really??)
2. Get our butts away from the cellphones, SmartPhones, Laptops, and Television and GO OUTSIDE.

So here it is, new and improved and even more green!