Entries from September 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008
The other night after dinner we went to the park. The weather has really been glorious here lately. We'll still be in shorts for awhile but it's so comfortable and even cool in the mornings. We walked the trail around the playground and hunted for treasures. Bottle caps, cool rocks, flowers. The girls ran, and laughed, and we played until dark.
(It's Monday, as always join the fun.)
I haven't had a green post in awhile so Stacy's Theme this Thursday fit perfectly with something I think about everyday. Idling our cars. We all do it at some point and aren't even aware of it most of the time. Yes, drive thrus and stop lights are unavoidable. But we can limit the amount to time we sit idle most other times. Did you know:
- Tailpipe exhaust from both gasoline and diesel burning vehicles contains the pollutants that produce ozone
when combined with sunlight and heat. Ozone occurs mostly during the
summer months. A warming planet means more hot days, and thus more
ozone. Hence, global warming.
- Repeated exposure to ozone can reduce lung function and, reports show, can make asthma worse. My little V has breathing problems and I'd hate to think that I was the reason.
- Today’s engines don’t need a warm-up period. Idling at start up does not heat up the engine quicker. And If you’re idling for more than 10 seconds, it uses more gasoline to idle than to restart. It wastes fuel and money.
- In places where there are many idlers (like downtown areas, schools) it's worse because the pollutants are more concentrated and we are closer to the source. Children's lungs are very susceptible to pollutants because they are still developing.
When you're having fun without the kids. We left them at the grands on Saturday for a sleepover while Greg and I went to a dinner for his work. We decided to stay downtown at the hotel that the dinner was being held at. Kinda fun to have a getaway but we did feel like we were missing the kids.
We had some time to waste so we stopped for coffee. I think I've mentioned before that I have a hard time relaxing. Just sitting drinking coffee is difficult. I kept feeling like I was late for something.
The Hubs. How cute is he?
I wore the shoes. I was worried about the height but it turned out the height was not the problem. It was the numbing of the toes after only 30 minutes. Once we sat down I started to regain feeling again. I was really worried that I was going to have to have my toes amputated for the sake of beauty.
The Hubs all cleaned up and fancy in his tux.
I felt like a bloody nose in a sea of black dresses. Taken by someone else.
The event was held by the hospital that Greg works for. They were honoring a big wig who has generously given loads of money to the hospital. It was such a great lesson in karma and what goes around comes around. The University had treated his wife years ago and in return he gave back to the hospital. You never know how you effect peoples lives sometimes just by doing what you do everyday. Greg is a transplant doctor. He goes to work everyday to do what he does and probably thinks of it mostly as a routine. But he has truly effected many lives. This is a gentleman that Greg did a kidney transplant on earlier in the year. He couldn't stop talking about how great he felt and how grateful he was to Greg. We're proud of him.
I don't know, My Best Shot for today? What do you think?