Here is a great interactive graphic that shows how we actually spend our time during the day acording to various demographics. What would be interesting to see how people from different countries factor into this. check it out here
I always knew that my food didn’t just appear there, that it had to travel there. I knew that certain things might have come from Mexico or Florida, but until I really got into it, I didn’t realize the scale of this. The companies use little tricks like packaging the produce in America, even if it was grown in Brazil. This allows them to say “made in America” they add a little fine print saying packaged = made and they are done. I found this concept art over at Design Verb, it shows tomatoes with a luggage check tag on it and then a receipt showing the price and distance of the foods.
While looking around at this I came across a movie that is in theaters now. You will most likely only find it in your local independent theater though, but it looks great! I have added it to my Netflix Queue and can’t wait to watch it. So check it out!
The other day I was sitting at home talking with a friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in a while. A tweet came up on my phone from Michael Jazen, our friend at Tiny House Design, which showed a Tiny House and sparked a conversation. She looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to live in a Tiny House, which I normally get that reaction, but what was interesting was what followed. She said “that’s so weird, why can’t you be normal?”
I had a little chuckle and said this:
Well what IS normal? Normal is to get married, have a few kids, drive a nice car, have a successful career, live comfortably and live in a nice houses don’t you agree?
She agreed and I went on.
Well let’s take a bit closer look at this; What are the implications of being normal?
- Getting married is great but it ends in divorce 60% of the time (average cost of $15,000).
- Having kids means your life isn’t about you anymore and kids are expensive, Half a Million expensive!
- The average cost of a car is around $30,000
- The average cost of a house today is around $260,000, but you will pay $800,000 through the loan
- For living comfortably 1 in 20 Americans have $8,000+ in credit card debt
- A successful career means you spend most of your time not with loved ones or doing what you love
So if I am NORMAL it means that in the end I will be done with my divorce, “own” a house and a car that I really don’t own, but will pay 4 times the original price tag for at the end of the loan. Then to top it off I will have two kids, who I love very much, but will only get to see them for two hours, which debt collectors will be calling during, until I get them to bed and collapse myself. All in all, I don’t get to spend time with those who I love. I own nothing and I owe an average of 1.85 million dollars over my lifetime.
If Normal is being away from people I love and forever in debt, then I sure as hell don’t wanna be normal do you?
She looked at me as if she had suddenly seen color for the first time in her life, as if she had be seeing in black and white up to this point.
So people, the rub? BE WEIRD!
So I have been inspired by the folks at Path To Freedom. While I don’t ever think I will go as far as they do, I really want to bring in allot of things that they do into my life. I have recently just installed a new raised bed, which I planted Lima Beans, Snap Peas, Mustard, Spinach, Rosemary and Lavender. I of course want to expand this, but I will have to wait till next season.
The next thing I tried to do is to have chickens. I wanted 3 Hens to get my own eggs, after researching, choosing a coop design, finding out where I can get chickens the Home Owners Association shot me down.
Apparently someone had hatched 50 chicks from eggs for an activity with their kid, then realized “aww crap I have 50 chickens” and let them go amuck in the neighborhood. Needless to say, the Home Owners Association were jaded and my hands tied.
Just tonight I tried baking my own bread, with aspirations of never needing to go to the grocery store and knowing what was in my bread, I was excited! As it turns out this excitement was justified!
Even better, it takes only 4 ingredients, all of which you might already have and are really cheap to get anywhere. I found this great recipe that is stupid simple and taste great too! The best part is from start to finish, it took 4 hours including proofing, rising, etc.
I had a bit of trouble with the dough being so sticky then I found the video below. So basically use the recipe and directions at this website here. But incorporate the techniques of the video below to overcome the stickiness. The final product was below, nothing fancy, but for a first time it doesn’t look bad and it tasted amazing!