Monday, September 1, 2008

All Summer Long

Poor grammar, drug references and scantily clad women...what more could someone ask for in a video?!?! Seriously though, I admit that this song is not the best of example of musical genius, but it has a catchy beat and you can dance to it. Well, at least it's got that going for it! To be honest though, it does get stuck in your head!

To be truthful, I have to admit that I LOVE Fall and regardless of what the calendar might say, September 1rst is when Autumn officially starts in my book. Besides a new school starting it also means the crisp smells, beautiful colors and pumpkins. I LOVE pumpkins! Not pumpkin pie and other edible uses for pumpkins, just the pumpkins themselves!

I can't wait to start decorating! I suppose I should hold off a few more weeks to avoid people looking at me a little strangely. Imagine that-my neighbors looking at ME strangely! Don't let me get started on the fine citizens of my neighborhood. Even Mr. Rogers would find little to sing about around here...but I digress.

Labor Day was quiet in the Nelson household. I worked on my school website a bit (In actuality it was about half an hour, but that's just between you and me! Shhhh!) but spent most of my day reading through a new green blog that I found:

They had an interesting challenge a couple months ago where readers tried to minimize their trash to a can a month for disposal. What a great idea! Unfortunately, I just don't feel that we're ready for that yet. Currently, we aren't recycling much since I only found out today where there is a local drop-off (Yes, I truly do feel shame considering we've been here over five years and I'm just learning such things TODAY!) but I do reuse much of my packaging and such for my classroom. I use many things in the housekeeping area as environmental print and real world objects for the kids to play with.

I'm going to try and focus on reducing as a compromise over the next few months. Namely, I plan to start using the abundance of extra teacher bags I have as grocery bags so that we don't have tons of plastic ones piling up. In addition, I'm going to focus on purchasing things that come with minimal packaging. The benefits of this will be twofold in that many products that require excess packaging are ones that we don't need to be eating/drinking anyway (read "processed") and will also take up less space in our trash can as foods in a more natural state generally don't need additional packaging.

Hopefully The Veggie Van will continue making it's rounds a bit longer so that we can take advantage of that as well.

In conjunction with all of this, I am also planning on taking a BIG step (in more ways than one) to lose this weight in preparation for my appointment with the reproductive endocrinologist on November 3rd. Starting tomorrow I plan to walk to and from work. Hopefully this will help both my waistline and save some gas too.

I'm also going to use Sparkpeople to track my food. I've packed my lunch for tomorrow and I'm trying really hard to get more fruits and veggies in. I can't have an excuse; I've GOT to do this!

On that note, I need to be heading to bed! I have my alarm set for 6:30 in hopes that I'll be up and ready to go no later than 7:15.

Please keep me in your thoughts and help me remember to have patience as I take another step through this journey called "life".


Anonymous said...

Hey Jenn! I think that is awesome that you are going to walk to and from work. You go girl! I am getting serious about this weight loss thing too. I am now Co-Leader of the SparkPeople team Moms & Dads At Home. We can cheer each other on! Where is the drop off place for recycling? I didn't know about it either and I've been here longer than you. We have 5 garbage bags full of cans and I don't know where to take them. Keep posting...I love the way you write.


Jenn said...

Awww, thanks Melissa!

I think you're actually the only person who read this, so you've got to keep those comments coming!

Apparently there is a place in Farmville where you can take stuff for recycling. I'll have to look it up again and send you the info.

Take care!

scrapperjen said...

Oh I love that song - not a Kid Rock fan but I LOVE that song! :)