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On Top of the World

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Earth Week!  This week (really April 17th – 22nd) is a chance to not just learn more about environmental impacts that you incur on the environment every day, but also to make some changes to make your life better, and hopefully the planet a little better.

I’ve loved this holiday week since elementary school.  Yes, it may be weird, but Earth Day was always one of my favorites!  The highlight of Earth Day came in P.E. class each year.  My school had these huge inflatable Earth balls (and oddly are available for sale on Ebay!).  I would run, jump, and roll onto the top, trying not to fall off as my teachers kept the ball rolling.  As corny as it sounds, I really was on top of the world then, and it was a great feeling. 

Well, I do not get a free Earth Week to just play outside with huge balloons anymore, but I still find ways to celebrate the planet each April.  If you’re looking for a way to make a difference this Earth Week, just make a pledge or attend a local event.  You’ll help raise awareness and probably learn some new things, too.

Another option — just take a walk and marvel at what Mother Nature has to offer.  I went for a walk this evening in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on campus.  These gardens are one of my very favorite places to visit at Duke, and are absolutely gorgeous this time of year.  Spring is definitely their time to shine. 

Enjoy the pictures!  I was amazed by many of the plants and flowers I saw, and just being able to see, smell, and take photos of them made me feel like I was on top of the world again.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. 

– Native American Proverb

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…

…a day late! This no computer thing has put a bit of a damper on my posting abilities, but at least it allows me to extend the holiday for a bit longer.

Yesterday made me think about the word “green” for obvious reasons. Being the nerd that I am, I looked it up.  Dictionary.com gives a whopping total of 33 definitions!  That’s a substantial number, but I actually think there could be more.

“Green” was an apparent theme throughout my day yesterday, and thought it would be fun to share how many ways one word can mean a different thing based on the context.

 

For starters, I made sure to wear green clothing to show my spirit for the holiday.
Definition #1 – “Of the color of growing foliage.”


I ate my greens at lunch yesterday.
Definition #22b – “The leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.”


After my training class ended, I went for a run and saw many bright greens filled with sunbathing, relaxed UNC students (yes, I ventured into enemy territory).
Definition #24 – “A piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common”


I had my hair cut by a green stylist at a salon on the main drag in Chapel Hill.  He had only been on the salon’s floor cutting hair for a month but did a nice job!
Definition #7 – “untrained; inexperienced

 

I felt green when mid-shampoo, I was told to evacuate the salon because the fire alarm went off.  This led to almost 200 hair stylists and their clients flooding onto the main downtown thoroughfare in Chapel Hill in the middle of the afternoon.  While I could have been annoyed or embarrassed that I had sopping wet hair and a black gown on in public, the whole experience was hysterical to me and very enjoyable.
Definition #11- “full of life and vigor”

 

A good stylist checked his client's highlights while we were evacuated.

 

I think that last definition is the one of my favorites for the word “green.”  It goes along with joie de vivre quite nicely.

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday!  Let’s hope I get my computer back soon!

 

*All definitions from Dictionary.com.

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St. Patrick Makes an Early Stop in Raleigh

Raleigh hosts the Southeast’s 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, and it took place yesterday afternoon!  A 90-minute parade was followed by the Wearin’ ‘O the Green festival that boasted plenty of Irish dancing, fair-style fried foods, and Irish beers galore.  Downtown Raleigh is home to many Irish pubs, so people of all ages and background (Irish or not) got a bit rambunctious.

I made sure to wear green and enjoy a Harp lager in the sunshine.  It was perfect festival weather!

 
Unfortunately I left the memory card to my digital camera at home, so I used my phone to take all pictures.  I think they came out pretty well, surprisingly.  Enjoy!

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