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So it seems that I can’t create anything right now aside from knocking out an occasional towel for my kitchen. I want to make a small coin purse from my most recent cotton time mag. But alas I think Noah may have stashed my magazines somewhere where I will never again be able to find them. In other news I made shrimp fra divolo tonight…it turned out wonderfully defiantly a recipe I will be trying again. It was a hit with Noah as well so thats always a good sign. I am really excited I bought a bike trailer off of my husbands co-worker and tomorrow I am going to buy a new bike…and not just any bike but the coolest bike ever. Its bright red with 2 baskets and a bell. I should really blog about the bikes here in Japan.

This is a bit political sort of…but speaking of bikes makes me think of fuel prices. I Hate that people are so up in arms over fuel prices. I don’t think a luxury like gasoline should be dirt cheap. I hear constantly about how people are moving to be closer in proximity to town centers and where they work…Great! And the fuel prices are making people get on their bikes now and then to save a few bucks…wonderful! here a a couple fun facts I found the other day

The Hubble telescope has orbited the earth 100,000 times.
And has traveled 2.72 billion miles since it was launched which is approximately the equivalent of 5,700 round trips to the moon. 2.72 billion miles is also the distance traveled by every car in the U.S every 3 hours!!! This stat only takes vehicles in the us into account imagine if this number took vehicles worldwide into account. We do this every 3 hours OMG. Anyone else get the feeling of impending doom when they read that stat? I sure did. How is there enough oil on earth to sustain one day of our driving habits? Thinking about this on a global level makes me shudder a bit.

Then the other day when gas prices lowered a bit edmunds.com reported that the most common vehicle type searched changed from fuel efficient hybrid car to hybrid SUV. I think we have collective ADD as a country. If our face isn’t being rubbed in something every second we forget.

So now that I am in a full environmental rant…I may as well toss in an Idea I have had for awhile. The town where my aunt used to live had very strict recycling policy’s. Basically the town would not pick up unsorted trash. They only picked up recycling. if you had “normal trash” you had to bring it to the dump and pay for it. I would love to see a presidential candidate throw this Idea out to our military. Make our bases testing grounds for these sorts of environmental programs. I think it was ft. brag that saved itself a couple million dollars through its recycling program all army bases should be doing this. Every Army base should at the very least offer curbside pickup for recyclable materials.

Anyway. Every day Americans toss 44 million newspapers in the trash which is the equivalent of tossing 500,000 trees into a landfill every week. (one reason I don’t subscribe to the local paper) If you have a scary enviro fact like this please feel free to leave a comment with it.

I am too tired to keep ranting but I hope everyone else has a great night.

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Fabric for Tia

Originally uploaded by tokyo mommy

well I finally did it and opened an etsy shop to appease my husband. I am a bit overwhelmed I didn’t realize exactly how complicated this little venture would be. Marketing, Shipping charges, Pricing, Photographs and all the little details like what to package things in I have to put everything in a waterproof barrier just in case. I feel bad it seems a bit wasteful to double pack things. Another problem is the language barrier with the postal service that can be interesting.

I also hold a board position in my spouses club and really really need to get working on our newsletter. Do you ever wish you could physically divide yourself to get more work done?

This morning I have a Japanese lesson with my children. Then Lunch with my awesome husband. Then a trip to the gym while the kids nap. When I get back I have to start working on a newsletter my goal is to get it about halfway done. Then maybe get the kids outside for a bit if it isn’t sweltering cook dinner & get everyone fed. Then after dinner I hope to go check out our Buddhist service on post, and hopefully when I get back home I can get a few more listings up on etsy so…woo-hoo thats going to be my day today! If you are a mom as well it probably sounds similar to yours in many ways. Not to mention any time I am on the computer one of my children manages to find a spot on my lap to “assist” me this is even more helpful when its my 10 month old who loves to smack the buttons on the keyboard he has even “helped” a bit with this blog entry. Its almost 9 am time to get going.

Leave a comment on any post for a 10% discount in my shop on your first order. Mention your blog comment in the message to the seller when you check out and I will refund you the 10%.

Hope you all have a great day!

You can find my shop at tokyomommy.etsy.com