Hi there, whether or not this is the beginning of a comeback will remain to be seen. I will refrain from any promises, mmmkay? But I feel like writing something, even if it’s just to let you know I’m still alive. But since I’m quite hopelessly inept at this kind of thing and I didn’t want to catch you all off your guards with a super awesome post out of nowhere, I thought I would just start small.
I have a flea problem. This is what it looks like:
I changed those sheets yesterday night, after ‘flea problem’ finished his daily nap on my bed and left some uninvited guests behind. That’s a loft bed, which means you need to climb some stairs to get there. So today, I thought, I’ll make a ‘flea barrier’ to keep the “problem” out of the bed:
Then I opened the window:
Clearly, I had underestimated the ‘problem’. Flea Buffet jumped in through the window, ate his breakfast and went straight for his nap, unhindered by my silly human barriers. “Yooppie, NOOOOOOOOOO!”, I cried, removing the barrier and climbing the latter. It seemed Mr. Flea Spa had gotten the message, as he promptly climbed down the latter and left, clearly offended.
Satisfied with myself for resisting his cunning feline deception, I went about my morning routine. Halfway through checking my email and daily reading, I start to get this uneasy feeling that I am not alone. I only left for a few minutes at a time, surely he wouldn’t go for it a second time. I removed the barrier and checked the loft. Sure enough:
I gave up. Asshole.
Hi there and welcome to the 147th edition of the Carnival of the Green. As you can see, I am on a sort of hiatus right now (busy busy!) and this here little blog is looking as neglected as the environment in a Sh&ll board meeting. Well… sorry about that. I’ll be back soon. Don’t you quit on me now, all 6 of you!
So anyway, I’m interrupting our regular programming of radio silence to bring you Treehugger’s Carnival of the Green, a weekly digest of green stories from around the blogosphere. Last week, the Carnival made a stop over at The Green Guy and next week Sustainablog will pick up the torch.
And now, without further ado, here is your Carnival:
- Nimic over at the Green Routine surprises us with 8 unexpected products derived made from oil.
- Beth Terry from Fake Plastic Fish meditates about her experience of encountering a plastic water bottle in the most unlikely place.
- This Sustainable Life finds the beauty of community gardens born from the most unlikely urban spaces.
- The Expatriate’s Kitchen shares her thoughts on school lunch.
- Over at the Veggie Revolution the case is made for drinking greener, tastier and cheaper Arabica coffee instead of Robusta.
- The Digerati Life has some, uh, original suggestions for house furnishings on $0 budget.
- And The Bad Human does green renovations.
- Super Gas Saver goes back to the basics and explains what is a hybrid car.
- However, the Triple Pundit reports NYC cabbies aren’t too keen on hybrid cabs.
- Lighter Footstep proposes the Ten Mile Pledge – saving ten miles of driving each week would cut 500 punds of CO2 a year.
- Money Blue Book, on the other hand, proposes driving in the rain to get a free car wash and welcomes high gas prices as traffic control.
- And, according to Saving Advice, green electricity is not worth the extra cost.
And that’s it for this week’s carnival. Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments. Thanks to everyone who submitted their stories.
Dear space vaccum formerly known as readership
I know I’ve been a bad bad girl. But you know what? I did it! I finished my “#$&%~@§&(not enough symbols to describe the horror) THESIS! I’m graduating! I never thought I could be so happy to be unemployed. You all can come back now. I’ll write…. regularly… I promise. Please? Hello?
Hey, I’ll even throw in a loosely related comic strip… Now don’t say I don’t provide you with meaningful content.
Not that this ever happened to me… ahem *whistles and looks around*
Just look at it. So ominous and creepy. Photo by Pulpolux.
O hai! It’s been a while, eh?
I just thought you might want to hear how disturbed I am. For reals. I think I might have possibly had my first ever green nightmare this week. What do you think it was about? Do I hear you say “GMOs destroying all life on earth”? Earth invaded by armies of disfigured cloned pigs? Plain old boring sea level rise? Nope. I’m afraid I completely lack the ability for such complex abstractions.
My eco-nightmare was but this: I broke a fluorescent tube light. And there was glass and mercury everywhere. And in typical dream-state incompetence I didn’t manage to clean it up properly and was walking over it in my socks and stuff. And getting all contaminated. *shudder*
So there. I found out that I must have some weird CFL phobia lurking below the surface. Maybe that’s why I don’t have many of them.
So, your turn now. Ever had an eco-nightmare? Tell me everything!
Tsk tsk you guys. I expected more people to call me out on the blatant April 1st joke that was yesterday’s post. Some of you actually believed me, it seems. But come on! Evil corporation? Pork Procurement Associate? (Actually, what’s funny is that that job title actually exists at said evil corporation. Look it up.) Commitment to the environment, animal welfare and food safety? C@rgill? Deleting the blog? *long sinister evil laugh*
Word up to Ashley for calling it out.
So I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I have new job. The bad news… well, it’s complicated. This has been kind of a crazy week and I’m still a little overwhelmed with it all.
I went to this university career event this week and one thing led to another and well, I am happy to announce that I have received an offer which I accepted. So as of April 1st, I am the new Pork Procurement Associate for Cargill in the Netherlands.
Of course, initially I was a bit wary at first, considering their reputation but I have been persuaded of their commitment to the environment, public health and animal welfare.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, this position will not be compatible with this blog, so I will have to delete it by tomorrow. So cache it while you can because tomorrow the archives will not be available anymore.
Well. It’s been fun. Ta-tah!
… to me! Today is the Closet Environmentalist’s 1st ever blogiversary! Which as you can see I’m celebrating in style with some gratuitous lolcat blogging.
Just look at all we have achieved here:
- unsolicited expressions of opinion: 66
- highly appreciated reader comebacks: 441
- spam comments you never got to see: 2,967
- eye rolls: 62,938 and counting, only 2 of them from relatives, 6 from friends
- promises unfulfilled as of yet: 3 so far (photos for this, follow up to this, overall increase of blog awesomeness).
- items crossed off the list: 24
- plastic bags saved: 1,347
- carbon-free house moving operations: 2
- dumpster-diving operations personally engaged in: 1 (yes, you will definitely hear about this! Soon. I promise :D)
- dumpster items consumed obtained by others: ok, I don’t really know how many, but a lot. Definitely more than 20.
- individuals lectured on “the environment” in person: 37
- with visible behavior modification: 16
Thank you all for bearing with me. I owe it all to you! *blowing kisses to all of you*