Happy Birthday Mother Nature!

Credit: The Go Green Blog (thegogreenblog.com)

As I drove to work today and belted out Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” not only did I become aware that the people passing me were giving me funny looks but I also realized that I hadn’t decided on a goal for Earth Day today.  A few days ago I started seeing articles and other reminders that Earth Day was coming up and I figured I should do something (even if it was small).  I hadn’t done anything since elementary school when we were forced to take home little twigs with roots wrapped in wet paper towels inside zip lock bags to plant at our homes.  The zip lock bag totally defeated the purpose but I guess it was the only way for us to bring it home.  Of course, most of our little twigs ended up in the trash because our parents weren’t interested in the project and didn’t want us ripping up their lawns in order to plant the little branch. 

These past few years I’ve been taking small steps to help the environment.  I already recycle like a fiend, I’ve almost stopped using plastic wrap and foil to cover my lunches, I bring my own reusable bags when I go grocery shopping, I use a reuseable water bottle, and we use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs in our home. 

I decided that my goal is to volunteer for at least one beach cleanup in the state of CT this year.  I find the ocean to be fascinating and beautiful and it’s a shame that our waste ends up in it.  I’ve never done a beach cleanup but I figure it’s a nice way to help out and meet new people.  Ocean Conservancy has a lot of information on what they do, what kinds of rubbish they find during their cleanups and how you can help.  I’ve signed up for their 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup taking place Sept. 17, 2011.

Take the time today to wish Mother Nature a happy birthday and reflect on your relationship with her, she’s irreplaceable.

Rain: My Allergies’ Savior

New England had it rough a snowpocalypse this past winter (see: Remember actually enjoying snow days as a kid? ), so for weeks I longed for the sun, green grass, flowers, and the sound of birds.  Although, there was this one morning when those birds woke me up 10 minutes before my alarm and I wanted to shoot each and every one of them.  Anyways, how quickly I’d forgotten that with all these wonderful things comes my worse enemy…springtime allergies!

I’ve never been tested so I don’t know the specifics of what kind of pollen I’m allergic to, but I do know that it’s the most annoying thing ever!  I can barely breathe at night.  My eyes and throat are all kinds of itchy and the sneezing, coughing, and nose blowing become somewhat exhausting.  I usually reach for a Claritin (loratadine) which helps with the itchiness, but this year someone recommended Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) so I’m trying that out to see if that helps with all the symptoms.  For those of you who can relate, is it just me or is the pollen really bad this year?  Pollen.com is a helpful site where you can type in your zip and it gives you the pollen forecast for you area and information on allergies.  It’s convenient because it reminds me to grab my bottle of Zyrtec and pop it in my bag if the pollen conditions are going to be high so I’m not dying all day.

When I’m in my allergy slump, and there are days where even the meds don’t seem to be working, the one thing I look forward to are spring showers.  I love the rain, mainly in the spring and summer when it’s refreshing and not freezing like winter rain.  It forces all that pollen to settle and then washes it away.  The mugginess/humidity before the rain is the worst but as soon as the sky opens up I’m breathing easier and sneezing less.  It’s relief, if only for a little while.

%d bloggers like this: