Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My first Quilt

Well technically it's a block or maybe a patch? I have never been much good at sewing but some friends of mine are getting married and they are making a love quilt (what an awesome idea!) where everyone makes one block and they will put it together. So here is my contribution, ripped off from Robert Indiana's iconic "Love" sculpture. Well technically it is a poorly stitched applique but whatever.



















By the way, did you ever notice the sort of heart shaped negative space in the V?

Life in the Slower Lane

So it's been a little over three weeks since we switched to a bicycle (and occasional bus) lifestyle. Though challenging at first (many a hill made me want to cry), the car-less life certainly has it's advantages. First there is the health benefit (hopefully), and I can report that I feel a bit more energetic and that my legs appear to be gaining some hitherto missing strength. Also noticeable has been the general slow down in the pace of life around here. I don't feel like we are rushing around much anymore. Decisions about what to do, where to go, and what we need are being reformulated with distance and time in mind. Finally, and most surprisingly, we seem to be discovering our town as if for the first time. Not only have we come across local attractions that we were just simply unaware of before, but little things along the side of the road are suddenly coming into view. Here are some examples of what I am talking about:


A mystery plant. Looks like a maple of sorts (based on the leaves) but seems to have these strange flowers. Anyone know what this plant is?



















Some place called Gothic Alley. I had a blast exploring it.




















Rocks by the side of the road. Someone has taken the time to balance them quite ingeniously.




































And look where they are located - right by the side of the road at the mall where I have driven many a time. Interesting side note - I was just returning from the store with a big package of toilet paper strapped to my bike. I was getting weird looks from the peeps in the cars.



Earrings

Made some fun little ear rings for a friend of mine some time ago. Took me something like 8 hours to do all those little pieces, but most of the time was spent on mixing the colors starting with just white, lime and turquoise polymer clay.




















Had some left over clay so I am making some sort of creature with them. Not sure what it will turn out to be.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Giving up my Car


Since the oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico I have not been able to look at my car without feeling that I am contributing to our culture's "addiction to oil". While I realize that gasoline powered transportation is a vital part of our life at the moment, I do believe that we can and should move past the use of such limited and dirty resources as coal, oil and gas. I strongly feel that this country needs to set an example to the world by investing in the research and infrastructure involved in using renewable resources such as solar, wind and possibly a few others (bio fuels maybe? geothermal?)


(for more BP logos check out this Flickr gallery)


At first I thought of trading my car in for a hybrid. (Incidentally - the only hybrids with manual transmission are Honda Civics 2003-2005!) After watching "No Impact Man" last weekend though, I have suggested to Husband that we should try to give up the use of our car for this summer. The reasons are two fold -

1) I won't feel guilty about buying and using gas
2) It will force me to get in shape

We are not going to be all hard core about it. The car is allowed for distant trips, emergencies, and the occasional reasons (whatever they may be). Also, the use of public transportation such as buses is allowed. This is especially helpful because of where we live in relation to the town - separated by a very steep and annoying hill!

So far it hasn't been very easy. I am seriously out of shape so my legs and really the rest of my body are protesting this treatment. Most days I have only had to bike the mile or so it takes to get to work, and the mile or so that it takes to get to the garden. Shopping has been a bit of a challenge, as is going to see my shrink and the festival that took place downtown this weekend. Still, we are persevering.

I have no illusions that taking our car off the road will make any sort of difference, but I have to say that I feel pretty good about our decision.

And on a happier note - blog migration seems to be complete and all the old images are up now! Hurray!!! You may also have noticed (or not) that I have changed the labels on the post for simplification. I have it down to just a few categories now, which should make browsing easier, I hope.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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