Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rare Sightings of the Elusive Jackaloptopus!

Here we present the Jackaloptopus. You cannot possibly imagine what an honor it is to have witnessed this amazing creature in it's natural habitat. A twisted love story between a jack rabbit and an octopus brought science this logic defying animal, and yet it has conquered all odds surviving both on land and at sea. With no camera available at the time, I'm afraid we were only able to scribble this Ink Blot of the creature as it slithered and hopped along the shoreline, nibbling at whatever washed up on the deserted beach. You can see here how only five tentacles protrude from what appears to be a fluffy bunny tail! Unbelievable. It remains unclear if a sustainable population is in existence, but this sighting certainly brings us a renewed hope that these creatures can become more than a genetic whoops.

We watch too much Discovery Channel. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Trying Not to Live a Disposable Life

Ok, I admit it- I'm a sucker for coffee. More specifically, I'm a sucker for walking into a place who's employees already have my order started when I walk in, know me by name, and ask me how my mom is doing. In this corner of Atlanta, that place is a Starbucks. Now before you get ready to lynch me, please note that we live in a land of office parks and mini malls and there isn't a home grown coffee shop for miles. When we visit Augusta, our favorite little spot is The New Moon Cafe, which sports fair trade beans that are roasted locally. If you want anything organic or vegan, they probably have it, and they encourage patrons to recycle and use fewer napkins. Here at home however, it isn't that easy, so I've decided to do what I can without giving up my morning stop. I present the cup:

Isn't it gorgeous!?!! And better yet, it was given to me by a friend who never used it. (Thank you Hannah) According the The New York Times, Starbucks uses an estimated 1.5 billion cups annually, a number that I'm ashamed to have contributed to. Previous to aquiring the cup we always took our coffee cups home for recycling- a great way to quantify your environmental and financial guilt. I am now disposable cup free. If we could just get a local roasting, organic, fair trade, shade grown, green as can be shop here in Dunwoody I'd be all set. :)

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