I've really been enjoying the weather this week, especially on my bike ride to work. The highs right now are around 100, so it's probably about 80 degrees by the time I drag my lazy ass out on the road to work. The sun is warm and welcoming, there's a light breeze that still is a little cool - I treasure that now since in a month, it will be like a heater. The air has been pretty clear lately, so I enjoy looking at the various peaks I see - Tempe Butte, Papago Park, Camelback in the distance.
The Arizona Republic has been running articles nearly every day this week on sustainability issues - water conservation, air quality legislation, mass transit. It makes me happy that it's something that is showing up every day, even if it's not a huge article. I think that it will gradually permeate into everyone's brain, little by little, to do the little things that add up to a huge difference, if they see it every day.
I've been impatient to do my own part - I want to put solar panels on my house, improve the insulation, get energy-efficient windows (I was so jealous when the St. Weech's did theirs last year), energy-efficient appliances, and dammit, a low-flow shower head. This last is probably all we will swing in the near future. I wish all these things were not so expensive. And that the house didn't already need so much work - before solar panels, the roof must be reshingled.
My friend Kerry has started her own blog, which I'm very proud of her for. I loved what she wrote for her "about me" section, about sustainability and conservation. I wish I could grow my own garden, but I am so...how do I put it...horticulturally challenged....I have plastic plants in my house. I can't keep anything but devil's ivy alive. I've tried, believe me - I love plants.
I reconcile myself with my bike riding. At least I'm not contributing to the brown cloud or traffic problems. And I pedal a little faster to burn off the desserts at all the library parties yesterday.