Thursday, April 22, 2010

blog 64: reduce, reuse, and recycle

happy HAPPY earth day!! one of my most favorite holidays :) i think now more than ever we must be nice to our mother earth and thank her, otherwise these volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, airplane crashes (gravity?), forest fires, ETC, aren't going to come to an end anytime soon!

aaaanyways, let's celebrate all the wonderful things mother earth gives us! in my preschool class today we made a list of the things we are thankful the earth gives us. "food to eat, clean air, clean water, oceans to swim in, land to play on, mountains, animals to play with, and animals to eat."

they then proceeded to list different kinds of animals you could eat (it was a mistake to do this right before snack time...). we made this list and hung it up next to the (ahem, awesome) picture of the earth i painted, complete with glitter of course.

my lovely co-workers then told the children they could thank their "treehugging teacher, allie" for that special lesson on the planet. you're welcome kids, because the earth is awesome. :)

i'll leave you with these fun facts.
recycle and love mother earth :)
  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
love love from the other side of the earth :)

blog 63: it's a dog eat dog world out there...

dogs. there are dogs everywhere in this city. dogs on the street, dogs in the metro, dogs in the trams, dogs in purses, dogs in backpacks, dogs on bikes (in baskets of course), dogs in bars, dogs in stores, dogs tied up outside groceries and banks, dogs, dogs, dogs. now i love love dogs as we all know (and can't wait to get my own...soon!) but in the spring? dogs, dogs, dogs everywhere means dog poo, dog poo, dog poo everywhere.

There are 1,223,368 people living in prague. oh, and me so 1,223,369 (oh, i am still an illegal immigrant, don't worry about it). and over 40% have dogs, so that leaves us with about 489,348 dogs running around the city. and that is assuming that each person only has one dog. (and we know dogs, once you get one you just want more. although not nearly as bad as "cat people", ew.) anyways, assuming each dog poops once a day (which we know is not true)... well, lets just say that is a lot of dog poo.

it's even better when you have a line full of 25 preschoolers on a walk and they all start screaming about the dog poo and start running away from it. lovely. one afternoon earlier this spring one of my kids, joshua was the unlucky one to step in the dog poo. all the kids were grossed out by how bad it smelled and were yelling that josh was covered in "dog ca-ca". (ca-ca in czech is preschool lingo for poo poo.) we got back to school and got joshua out of his boots and left them on the front porch to air out. later that day when his mom came to pick him up she remarked that she couldnt find joshua's outside shoes (we have to wear separate pairs for inside and outside). i realized i left them on the porch and told her why there were out there. she simply laughed and exclaimed, "oh, good!". i was confused. "oh, no, no." i explained. "he stepped in dog POOP, and it got all over his shoes." she was russian and i was semi-explaining in czech (czenglish, as we like to call it at school. half english, half czech) and thought maybe she was confused by the language barrier. "ya, dog poop! it's good!" she said. she went on to explain that in Russian culture if you step in dog poop it is a sign of good luck and means you will go on to be very wealthy. so she was just proud of josh for stepping in some poo and making some money!

it just goes to show that every cloud has a silver lining!

love love (huff huff) from prague.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

blog 61: google me, baby.

-How do you change the salt in your dishwasher?

-How do you say "baking soda" in Czech?

-How many degrees Celsius is 350 degrees Fahrenheit?

These, plus many many more, are all questions I have asked tonight alone. I asked Carrie, she didn't know. Some of them I internationally called my mom to have her answer, (How long do you boil a chicken breast for?) but if i were doing that every five minutes things could get quite expensive. Also, I'm sure eventually the inevitable will happen, and I will call and she will simply give me the answer, "I don't know!" (But that won't happen anytime soon, between my mom and my dad they know everything.) But do you know who really does know everything? My trusty go-to, Google.

I honestly would be curious to keep count of how many times a day my fingers instinctively fly over the keys, "". I have found out that living in the real world is much harder than "fake world" (age 0-22, apparently). Shocking development, right? Well these things that have always been taken care of, suddenly are my responsibility. Things that I didn't even know existed (dishwashers have salt??) are mine to figure out.

But Google is always there for me with an answer to my question, pictures to provide examples, blogs, video blogs, and much more. He always gives me all he's got :) I honestly wonder how all the twenty somethings before us made it without Google? And not only for answering my "how to survive each day and not burn down my apartment" questions. But when I march into the bathroom while Carrie is brushing her teeth and ask her "How does soap work? Why does it make us clean?" we just turn to our friend Google and he tells us all about lye and saponification. And yes, that happens more often than you think.

Eleven years old and you just keep getting better, thank you Google.

love love love from a curious prague :)