Monday, November 23, 2009

Twitter

Whoah, Nellie! Everybody's talking about social networking, and how important that it is in business. I don't like being social at all anymore, let alone networking all over the place. Anyway, because all of my BFF's are tweeting these days, I signed up for twitter tonight. For about 5 minutes. Geez, I was hardly done typing my name and email address and I had three new "friends" wanting to tweet. WTF? Come on, I thought that I would read a couple of Wolf Blitzer and Ashton Kutcher entries, but they started pouring in. Come on, I don't know you people. I can't spend all this time typing about the salmon that you had for dinner in a New York restaurant! Really! Call me crazy, but I don't care what you had for dinner. I care if you drove your car there and if you turned the lights off in your house when you left. I live in the sticks where they don't have salmon. Good bye, Wolf, glad you liked the Salmon tonight. And good bye Ashton. It appears as though you're the king Twitterer of all time. So long Trekkies. Good night, John Boy. Peace out.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

A lot has been researched and written lately about cruelty to animals and the environmental impact of commercially raised meats. I love meat. Especially a good steak. I rarely eat it anymore, except at a local restaurant where some friends of ours have raised the meat organically. My reasons for not eating much meat aren't well researched and designed, but simple. I don't like the fact that commercial animals are raised in such threatening environments that they live on antibiotics. That can't be good. For them, OR me.

It's also been proven that livestock production not only depletes earth resources, but produce toxic emissions into the environment. Lastly, meat is not as good for your body as the grains that we feed the animals that we eventually consume ourselves!

So, when I told my Italian Mother the other day that I was having a Vegetarian Thanksgiving, she was beside herself with TRADITION! "Of course, you can eat meat one day of the year!" She was acting like I had taken her piece of Pumpkin Pie! She wanted NO PART of NO TURKEY on Thanksgiving.

I assured her that we had a wonderful meal planned for the day! No, it's not a turkey shaped tofu sculpture. Nor is it some soy burger punishment for not eating meat. I don't know why some vegetarians feel as though they have to stuff themselves with some poor brown excuse for meat. Forget about it. Eat well, add protein in many forms!

Here's my Thanksgiving Menu:

Cheese enchiladas with black beans and olives
Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes with mushrooms and their gravy
Breaded Cauliflour with Parmesian
Corn Bread Stuffing with celery and almonds
Cranberry Sauce
Green Salad
Homemade whole grain rolls
Pumpkin Pie

Sounds divine! Nobody's suffering. Not even one little tiny turkey. Cheers!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

EcoBroker®

Did it! Completed the very interesting EcoBroker® program. I also got my background check information off last week. I've waited to move back to Eugene, Oregon for a million years. It looks like after 15 years of planning, it's going to happen. No, we haven't sold our house or anything. We are listing it tomorrow. I can't believe that I just said that! We should be marketing our books for the holiday season, and we're listing our house during the slowest month of any year, let alone a barely-out-of-a-recession year! I just think that it feels right. I'm ready to go right to work in the Eco Real Estate Business. Yeah, I know that it's a recession. All that I can say is that if you're  not moving forward, you're not moving. If we're bitterly impoverished, or starving, we'll throw some crab pots in the bay and wait for our dinner. It all sounds so great to me!

If you know me, you know that I love buildings. I like cute homes, unusual homes, commercial buildings, etc. Believe it or not, I like the maintenance and upgrading of buildings, and commercial spaces. I abhor when commercial tenants chop up a space that affects the air quality of other tenants. I've managed property since I was a teenager. Had it not been for a recession that sort of blew me out of the horse health business, I would not have found my place in the world of buildings. Don't get me wrong. You can still buy my book ... it's just not my only interest. Wish me luck. Can't wait. Be ready for some valuable home energy insights.