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Too cool…

Hello!  Happy Friday!  Woohoo, it’s another weekend..and a long one at that for most of you, right?  It’s the 4th of July weekend yet the 4th is actually on a Tuesday so it’s makes it one of those weird holiday “weekends” I remember for having an office job.  Anyways, what are you plans?  I have yet to finalize mine so right now, it’s just another weekend in paradise. =)

Alright, todays topic is on this little personal air conditioner I saw posted on facebook.

MyChill PAC-20 Personal Cooler
Photo credit: http://www.homedics.com/mychill.html

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solar PAINT?

Hey, hey!  Happy Wednesday friends! How’s your week going so far? Mine is good.  Not quite as productive as I’m hoping (or needing) but still getting some things done.  So your probably wondering, “what does a professor do in the summer?”  Well, the summer is the time to do and/or write our research studies.  Since we’re so busy during the academic year with teaching classes the summer is the “free” time to work on research or write grant proposals.  It works REALLY well for me because I can work anywhere during the summer  months and since I’m more comfortable (and on my own time schedule) I get a ton of work done! It’s really great for me and my working style.  =)

Ok, so now on to today’s topic..solar paint!  Have you heard of it?  Have you seen it?  No?  Me either!  well, that’s because it won’t be available for another 5 years…

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Back in action!

Hello friends!  How are you all doing?  Sorry for my absence last week.  I’ve been busy busy with work but am now back at it!  =)

Today’s topic is the Tiny House Jamboree!  I mentioned it a few weeks ago that the date and location changed and I got an e-mail yesterday with the updated information.  If you don’t remember, I went to this conference last August in Colorado Springs and had a fabulous time.  While it’s more for those in the planning or building phase it was still a great experience for me.  In fact, any time someone calls or writes me because they are interested in tiny houses I tell them to go…it was THAT good.  Honestly, for the $50 cover charge you got to listen to 3 days worth of seminars on all topics tiny house and the lifestyle to touring 50 tiny houses. =)  You can read about my experience last year here and here.

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Dreaming

Hello, hello!  How are you all?  Did you have a good week?  It’s Friday again.  Woohoo! Do you have fun plans for the weekend?  I’m going to be working…yup, during summer break.  good times, right?  =)  In all seriousness, I can’t complain because I do get 3 months during the summer to work from anywhere I so please so having to be somewhere for a week is manageable.  =)

Today’s topic is on the reality of living tiny.  This article was in the New York Times awhile back and thought it brought up some good items for discussion.

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no fuel cooking again…because why not!

Hello, hello!  I’m really on a HOT topic (get it?) here and going to go with it while it lasts.  I’ve discussed this topic quite a bit recently –  solar cooking options – and last night, a new one popped up in my facebook feed.  So here you go…similar to the solar slow cooker oven, here is a solar grill!

image copied from: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scotfrank/solsource-sport-cook-anywhere-under-the-sun?utm_source=OEDdotCOM&utm_medium=Product_Page

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Water (re) use on the Earthship

Hello, hello!  Happy Monday friends!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one for you.  Today, I’m going to talk about water at the Earthship.  This is a hot topic since the Mothership of the Earthship is in a high desert climate where water is at a premium (Taos, New Mexico).  One of the things our tour guide repeated multiple times – and it was shown as displays in the visitor center – was how each Earthship re-uses and recycles all the water.

Each Earthship has a sloping roof towards the built up “underground” side of the house as shown here:

Roof (our tour guide showing us the water catchment)

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Earthship!

Happy Friday!  Welcome back!  Can you believe it’s already June?  Where did May go???

Anyways, today’s topic is on the Earthship!!!  Have you heard of it?  If not, it’s a way of building a living structure that is completely off grid using recycled and natural products only.  You can read more here: http://earthship.com/

Earthship (from afar)

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More alternative cooking…

Hello, hello!  Welcome back!  Did you all have a great memorial day weekend?  I guess we can say it’s officially the summer now!  Woohoo!  Anyone doing anything fun?  I’ll explain a bit more in this post about my absence the last 2 weeks but other than that trip, I have a few more work trips scheduled for this summer and then it’ll be over.  I feel like summer always fly by anyways and have a feeling this one is going to as well.  Gotta enjoy it while I can, right?

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