April 23, 2014

A Little Earth Day Challenge

Yesterday was Earth Day.  Doesn't it seem weird that we have to have a day to celebrate the planet?  Shouldn't that be every day?  Who hasn't posted a picture of spring flowers on Instagram in the last few weeks?  We all kind of love this place.  I decided to step up my game a little yesterday and appreciate the earth a little bit more.

We read an article this weekend in our April National Geographic about coal and whether or not it will ever be clean.  One of the things that stood out to me was the average daily consumption of coal per person - worldwide it is 6.4 lbs and in the US it is 18 lbs.  You can read the full article here.

I decided to take the day off from electricity yesterday.  Now, I live in an apartment and I left the major appliances alone, but I unplugged everything small and didn't turn on a light or a TV or even charge my personal phone or laptop yesterday.  Work kicked my butt so it was nice to not have any music on in the background.  I got so much done.  Obviously, I had to keep my work computer charged, but at the end of my long workday, I unplugged the power strip and shut it all down.

To be totally honest, it was super easy.  Trust me, I love TV and cooking things and my Keurig as much as the next person, but I could do this at least once a week.  I found myself just quietly sitting and taking it all in.

My dogs were content.  We had longer walks yesterday and without a laptop on my lap, I was able to cuddle them both at the same time.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so an entire evening of reading a few of my current books was incredible.

You could smell the rain outside.  Plus, the candles I had burning in the apartment were Huckleberry scented and that also made me very happy.

I could hear my dogs snoring, the people outside and all the birds.  I heard hysterical parts of conversations as people left the happy hour across the street.  I also was able to hear my phone ringing and caught up with my sister-in-law and one of my best friends from home.

I ate up a ton of fruits and veggies that were in our fridge as well as some yogurt and granola. My dinner was a smoothie and some cold pasta salad.

It was a totally normal day and even though I challenged myself to do this tiny little thing for Earth Day, it didn't feel like a challenge at all.  It was much more of a relief to have a night off from stuff.

Also, I will say that I didn't have the stress of watching the Ranger game last night.  But I'm totally stress free this morning because they won, plus I'm drinking coffee.  Hope you all took a minute to appreciate this planet.


  1. WOO RANGERS WIN! I give you so much credit for your challenge! I truly don't think I would be able to do that!

  2. THAT is an interesting idea! I might have to do that - give up electricity one night. VERY interesting! :)

  3. We were watching the voice and I don't know why it was hilarious to me that they made a comment about unplugging your lights-- buuut you're still watching TV sooo is that really that great? haha

  4. I really like that Steph! That's a great idea.

    Also, Huckleberry candles? From where!?

    It's weird, over the last few weeks I have turned the TV on less and less, and I only have my computer out on Sunday mornings when I blog. I haven't done it intentionally, but it's been really nice nonetheless. The computer part is not too unusual for me, but the TV part is. I just don't even want it in the background recently.

  5. I am proud of you! I celebrated the Earth by picking up bags after bag of dog poop in the backyard! Yippee! Don't you miss home ownership? Hehe

  6. Simple but great ideas for ways to "unplug"! I'll definitely keep them in mind for next year. We celebrated Earth Day at my work, so I cleaned up a little around my office. I had to giggle to myself last night while watching our beloved Bravo and Andy suggested watching in the dark in support of the day. I was...so score! So, yeah, that was my BIG contribution for the day, haha! Yours was much better. :)

  7. I just might have to try this! Like you said... even just one day a week!

  8. What a great idea! I have 2 books that seriously need me to read them. Going electricity-free for even just an evening is a great idea and great for the earth. I'm all about being green (as much as I can).


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