Monday, November 21, 2011

Stop comparing yourself to others

I was reading an article a few minutes ago.

From the earliest we can remember, we are compared to others. As kids, compared to your siblings with respect to behavior. As you start going to school, you're compared to other kids at school with grades or popularity.

By the time we are adults, it is etched into us that we compare ourselves to other people. To be happy, we need to stop comparing ourselves to other people. There will always be somebody more successful than you, richer than you, more good looking you, etc.. By comparing yourself to others, you will keep lowering your self-esteem and not be happy with what you have. There is a line between striving to achieve more and not being happy with what you have. You can strive for more and be happy with what you have.

One of the most difficult things in life is stop doing this. I struggle with this on a daily basis. I find myself feeling envious of others even though I'm happy for them at the same time. I hope to get better at this as I grow older.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Global Soap Project

Hilton Invests $1.3 Million in Global Soap Project, Redirecting Hotel Waste for Social Good : TreeHugger:

This is something I've always wondered about. What happens to those tiny soaps in hotel rooms => are they just discarded? If so, what a waste of money and resources. I'm glad that this is something that exists and that hotels like the Hilton are contributing to this.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Winter Snorm Drama

The northeast had a huge snow storm this weekend, as you probably know. This was one of the worst weekends ever - we weren't prepared for the storm. Our snow-blower didn't work and we lost power. We just installed a standby generator a couple of weeks ago but it didn't work.

We spent the Saturday night without power and the electrician came out and it turns out the generator was not activated. Also, the battery was dead. We jump-started battery with the car battery and activated it and found the battery has issues because the generator would run for an hour and then die. We'd charge it with car battery again and it would die again.

We bought a new battery late Sunday night and installed it and it ran for 9 hours overnight, thankfully. But Monday morning, the battery's low again. It looks like the battery is not getting charged from the propane so the generator stops working.

Overall, we were not as bad off as some people but it was quite stressful. One lesson learned - expect the worst to happen and try to be prepared.

Small moments

This week's small moments:

Monday - watched a beautiful sunrise on my drive to work

Tuesday - watched a beautiful sunset on my way to work

Wednesday - spoke to family on occasion of Diwali

Thursday - had lunch with someone at work & enjoyed my talk. First snow of winter 2011-2012.

Friday - looking forward to the weekend

Thursday, October 6, 2011

You will be missed...

Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs. You will be missed.

There's not much to say that other people have already said. So I'm just going to point to this Stanford commencement speech that he gave that is one of my favorite speeches.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

10 Places to Safely Donate an Old Cell Phone | Phone Service

Since Apple's announcing the iPhone 5 next week (I hope), I will probably be donating my old iphone to one of my relatives in India or to charity. It's in perfectly good condition and works very well. Here's some places to donate an old cell phone if you're planning to switch to the iPhone 5 when it comes out.

10 Places to Safely Donate an Old Cell Phone | Phone Service:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rhino Day: Not much to celebrate because rhinos are being killed - GlobalPost

Rhino Day: Not much to celebrate because rhinos are being killed - GlobalPost:

Today's World Rhino day - never knew about this. Sad that so many species are becoming extinct because people are greedy.

Healthy food vs Expensive food

Was reading an article today at Get Rich Slowly about healthy food being too expensive. I don't think so.

Organic food is more expensive than regular food, that's a given. But in general, to eat healthy food, buying groceries at the store and making them at home is cheaper and healthier than going out.

Apart from the type of ingredients, the way of cooking makes a huge difference. Deep-Frying and Frying & adding lots of butter is not good for health. Oil & Butter is not cheap. Comparatively, steaming is a very inexpensive option. I was reading just yesterday that cooking vegetables by boiling them in water is not a good way to eat them since water-soluble vitamins are washed away in the water. It's better to steam the veggies - that way you don't lose the vitamins.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tomato Hornworms

For the past few days, I noticed a couple of green worms in my tomato plants. They had white rice like bags hanging from them which is how I even noticed them.

After doing some research online, I found out that they were tomato hornworms and that they were attracted to tomato plants. While researching how to get rid of them, all of the places I read suggested that I should leave them alone since they had already been attached by the parasites which killed them - these were the white sacks that were hanging from them.

I left them as they are and harvested 5 of the tomatos which were red.

I hope I didn't do anything wrong and the tomatos are ok to eat. We already used a couple of them in cooking.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Much tougher than I thought...

Recently, I've started reading more about the environment and getting more and more concerned.

I started reading a few books about trying to be more green and reduce my impact on the environment. This is not easy and I can understand why so many people who want to do it give up and why so many people can't afford to be green. It's certainly the first impression you get.

After reading about the effects of SLS and parabens and the effect they have on us - reduced fertility, increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer and risk of birth defects in babies during pregnancy - I wanted to switch to greener products without these harmful chemicals. I started doing some research but it's so hard.

First, there's not a lot of information and it's very difficult to identify which information is correct and who to trust.

Second, what is the difference between green/organic/natural/sls-free?

Third, almost all the natural products are way more expensive than the products I use currently. Can  I afford to spend more money on this?

I was shopping the other day and bought a natural soap made of entirely natural ingredients like ground comfrey root, olive oil, etc. I started using it but after using it for a few days, I realized it leaves my skin extremely dry and I have to slather on body lotion to be moisturized and not itchy.

Monday, July 25, 2011

BPA-free plastics still harmful?

This is just scary...
  • Just because a plastic product is labeled BPA-free doesn't mean its safe to put food or beverages in.
  • It's possible to make plastics that don't contain hormone-disrupting chemicals, but it's impossible for consumers to tell which ones are which.
  • People can protect themselves by not heating plastic containers that they're planning to eat or drink out of.
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What's this blog about?

This blog is going to be mainly about my adventures living life in the suburbs and trying to handle everything. I want to try to be more green and live more eco-friendly.

Slid off again!

The last few weeks have been extremely busy and I have not spent much time on the computer at all. So I have not been blogging much - hope t...