still here, just been busy

really busy, and my wacom tablet notwithstanding my carpal tunnel is back – that’s how much computering I have been doing ;)

Anyhoo, I’ll write all that up later but for now, I have decided to only use Method products for cleaning the house. Method wipes are compostable, they have flushable ones for the bath. The sprays smell good and I’m not worried that Bunny will get sick from them, they have laundry soap, dish soap and mop-py stuff as well.
I might also use Dr. Bronner’s (the almond stuff smells like HEAVEN and now they sell the big ass size at Target!) but I like the smell of Method Grapefruit better.
Soon as I use up or give away or recycle the last of the existing cleaning stuff that’s it. No more.
I’ll use vinegar and baking soda on things if I can’t get those.

;)

Also, I have Tex on the solar bandwagon.
He’s got his Solio in the window and using it to recharge his iPod (thus getting one transformer off the grid…working on more permanently…some are already off when I am not at my computer (I flick the power strip off) and my charging station, my printer and my speakers are off at that point). Also I Netflix’d “Living With Ed” and we watched it today on the kitchen computer while I cleaned and (while I mocked Rachelle) Tex decided that the solar thing was cool and now he’s all for it. I just want to get things like rechargeable batteries, the cordless drill and our Bluetooth headsets away from being plugged in.
Now we are looking into a solar panel and a charge holder that will work in here. That will take a little research.

Also pondering a counter top dishwasher. I know it sounds like a waste and a luxury, but it only uses 3 gallons of water to wash and I’m pretty sure we use more than that washing by hand. Still haven’t decided on that one…but it sure would be nice. (and I’ve already mentally rearranged my armoire stuff to allow for my KitchenAid mixer to be there so that I can put the washer on the rolly cart to not take up the little bit of counter space I have.)

Thursday Whinging

I haven’t been this angry since that asshole I divorced showed up on my doorstep (I wouldn’t let him in) and then he proceeded to tell me that I was the one who did everything wrong in our marriage and that he was the injured party.
About that time I threatened him with a restraining order, detailed in excrutiating detail what he lied about for 4 years, what delusions he harbored and that if he ever showed up at my door again, I would have him put in jail and I would press charges to the extent that I could… and maybe more. (Plus, I know all of his and his fucked up family’s secrets, so he hasn’t been back since. I can’t even tell you how happy I am to be rid of that nest of snakes.)
Good.
But he isn’t the issue right now, someone else (two someone elses are), and I haven’t been this angry with people since then.
Last night, I watched the last installment of Micheal Palin’s Himalaya.
I’ve owned the series for quite a while, but strangely I don’t think I ever finished it. I’m a total sucker for just about anything travel documentary-y and doubly so with anything Michael Palin. Yes, I’m crushing a bit.
He’s pretty well suited for this job. He’s a dear person, funny, likes people, pretty patient and, in short, has made himself generally beloved… or at least he has managed to uphold the facade well.
I’ve followed him around the Sahara, the Himalayas, the 30 degree mark from Pole to Pole and Around the World in 80 Days.  And soon, I will see a New Europe.
But what I want to talk about is his segment in Bhutan.
A couple of things struck me about that.
1. The Bhutan-ese national costume looks like a very comfy stripey or plaid cotton bathrobe and leggings. Great, where can I get a few?
2. The hiking there looks FANTASTIC. Great, when can I go? (but the $200/day tourist fee? Hmmm maybe not so much.) Mom would dig hiking with ponies carrying all the gear… but mostly she’d just want to play with the ponies.
The whole country looked beautiful and the people pretty chill.
I think right now I need a little of hiking in a beautiful place in my bathrobe… with or without ponies.
Anyone been to Bhutan? Is it all that *and* a bag of chips?

Solio experiment is over for now. I charged my nano, my bluetooth headset and my Treo exclusively from solar power since last Friday afternoon. I probably could have gone longer if I wasn’t indoor or getting out of work so late every evening. But, even though I wasn’t fully out of power when I ended the experiment, all my batteries had been at or below 50% for several days and that isn’t good for longtime battery health.
I think it was pretty successful actually. If I was on the trail I’d be able to keep my nano topped up and my Treo would last a lot longer since I wouldn’t be using the data radio or the headset much so I could get by much longer, not to mention I’d have actual sunight with my Solio on top of my pack rather than UV filtered and greyed windows to charge it from. (Plus I found PowerHero to manage the on/off aspect automatically when I normally am not using it… ~12-7am each weekday and 1-7am on weekends. I’ll take that into consideration on the next experiment.)
I listen to Pattern Recognition as a bedtime story a lot. It helps my brain to focus on that instead of going at 3 bazilion miles an hour and festering over unpleasant things that will take place the next day at work. In the story, Cayce wears a Buzz Rickson’s MA1 replication jacket. When I first read the story, I Googled the jacket and liked what I saw. Then I eBay’d a knock off of a knock off for super cheap. I now call it my Pattern Recognition jacket and it is a bit of a comfort blankie on days like today. 
Good thing the Bay Area is nice and cool or I’d roast.