Let’s talk about trash

A recent discussion with some friends about what we all can do to make the world a better place (i.e. in the spirit of paying it forward) got me thinking about trash. Trash, you say? Yes, trash.

I was thinking about how my mom is an inspiration to me in that whenever she is out for a walk, on a hike or anywhere, she is always disposing of other people’s trash.

When I first saw her doing it I thought it was kind of gross. I mean, who wants to touch other people’s pop cans, fast food wrappers, used tissues, etc.? I guess the answer to that is not even the people who consumed/used them. But seriously, I think it’s admirable and endearing that she will pick up after the lazy and the careless. Somebody’s got to do it, right?

So I’ve started picking up trash lately on my walks, hikes or in parking lots. It’s amazing to me how much trash is really out there and usually in such close proximity to a trash can. Why can’t people take an extra 20 steps or carry it with them ’til they get home, rather than leave their Taco Bell bag and wrappers in the middle of a parking lot? (Yes, that’s what I picked up in the parking lot of the Co-op today, along with a Capri Sun pouch. Now that’s taking me back to middle school.)

I admit that I’m a little squeamish about snatching up trash if I’ve got Ava with me – germs and all. :oP So I’m thinking about putting a pair of rubber gloves in the car and carrying a plastic bag on our walks. That way I can avoid the ookies, but still clean up my neighborhood. πŸ™‚

Very productive day :)

Wow, today has been a productive one. πŸ™‚

I made amends with my old friend “Nelly” – (she wrote a bit about it on her blog too). It feels so good to have closure and be getting over that whole thing. I hope it will work out that way with my other friend (TF)…someday. Time will tell.

I ran some errands (with Ava of course). I went to the bank, picked up a little something for a ‘welcome to motherhood’ celebration we’re having for a friend this weekend, mailed off two photo orders (to grandparents of the little boy I photographed a few weeks ago), and found a pair of mary janes for Christmas for Ava at a consignment shop.

Then we came home. I washed the car in the driveway, swept out the garage and gathered up four large dog food bags full of cardboard to take to EcoCycle. (Our curbside recycle program doesn’t accept cardboard and I can’t see throwing it all away. We go through way too much with all the food packaging, etc.)

After Ava and I had some lunch, we drove up to Ecocycle and dropped off the cardboard. I love it when there are lots of other cars there, as there were today. Tells me that many other people in this community care about recycling! πŸ™‚

After all that excitement, Ava fell asleep in the car on the ride home and is in bed having her nap now.

It feels good to have accomplished so much!

Now I have to get work on resizing pics for a maternity order and do a bit of research because I’m taking some 4 mo. maternity pics of my friend tomorrow. I’m going to do three sets of maternity pics with her all at different stages in her pregnancy. Should be fun to have them to compare how she’s grown at the end. πŸ™‚

That reminds me, I never shared any of the newborn pics here that I took last weekend. Here are a few of my favorites and a collage. πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend. πŸ™‚

Bead for Life

On Friday, I attended a “BeadforLife BeadWear” party at a friend’s house. There were no demonstrations or games, just beaded jewelry for sale made by Ugandan women who are struggling with AIDS, poverty and violence. The women use colorful magazines to roll the beads which are then sold around the world through BeadWear parties.

The “BeadforLife” Web site goes into a lot of detail about the women who bead, their mission, the jewelry, how to host a party, etc. It’s really quite an amazing project.

Because the beads are made from rolled strips of colored paper (from magazines), every piece of jewelry is unique. There were many to choose from at the party and I had a hard time deciding which one to get for myself, but finally chose a blue choker necklace. I also bought some other pieces of jewelry for Mother’s Day gifts. πŸ™‚

The BeadforLife project has received media attention from Oprah – she included information in her Oprah Magazine. And the Denver Post ran an article about the project in January 2005.

If you’d like to do something to support these incredible women, consider hosting a BeadWear party, order some jewelry online or just spread the word about the project. Together we can help “eradicate poverty one bead at a time.”