Saturday, October 6, 2007

Our Favorite Things

Recently our family journal entry for the week was this: If we suddenly had to move, and you could only pack ten things to take with you to your next house, what would those ten things be??

Mark's list (not in order of importance)
1. laptop
2. acoustic guitar
3. electric guitar
4. amp
5. photos
6. important papers
7. camera
8. football
9. desktop computer
10. my Bible
Sam's list
1. Rocky
2. NFL box
3. football cards
4. football
5. laptop
6. Madden NFL 2006
7. tv to watch football
8. CD player
9. guitar
10. clothes

Jill's list
1. my Bible
2. family journal
3. laptop (with all our family pictures stored on it)
4. MP3 player
5. Eating For Life cookbook
6. my Nikon D50
7. tennis shoes
8. coffee maker
9. piano
10. hanging candle holder
Jack's list
1. football cards
2. soccer ball
3. football
4. bicycle
5. Bible
6. Donald Duck comic
7. special box
8. drawing supplies
9. Legos
10. Astuce reading book
Joel's list (what we think he would take)
1. guitar
2. pick
3. music book
4. music stand
5. Pooh blanket
6. two George (Curious George) books
7. lion back-pack
8. my tools
9. two lawn mowers
10. my big doggy

Some things we can all do right now to help the planet.

Pump up. Properly inflated tires could improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. The average American who drives 12,000 miles per year could save about 16 gallons of gasoline annually.

Lose the phone book. You're probably using an online directory anyway. So call to stop the delivery of your traditional phone book. Telephone books make up almost 10 percent of waste at dump sites.

Go compact. Replace burnt out incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. If everyone in the U.S. replaced just five bulbs, we'd keep one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of our air.

Forget the receipt. Don't take an ATM receipt. ATM receipts are one of the top sources of litter on the planet. If everyone in the U.S. did not take a receipt from the ATM, it would save a roll of paper more than 2 billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator 15 times.

Don't wash your own car. Commercial car washes use up to 100 less gallons of water to wash a car. They often recycle and reuse rinse water. IF everyone who washed their own car chose to go to a professional car wash just once, up to 8.7 billion gallons of water could be saved and billions of gallons of soapy, polluted water could be diverted from rivers, lakes and streams.

Tips from The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time.