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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Homegrown fun


A few years ago, I was interviewed by a “hip” local paper on my business. After the interview, I told the reporter I hated living in this “cow town”. She almost bit my head off, telling me how much she detested people like me who live in the ‘burbs and think the city is boring. Well…needless to say, that was not my best press article :).

Anyways, she was right. After living here for over 10 years, I have JUST discovered a jewel in this cow town. The river. The river that is feared, as we lie right between two big rivers, just waiting to overflow and destine us to bond with New Orleans (or so they say.) In my quest to find cheap things to do with my kids this Summer, I have purchased a regional parks pass, and we are exploring nature around us.

I must say, I have been missing something. Hanging out by the river, shaded by huge, old oak trees, with enough food and water, is BLISS!

Here are some pictures from our river outing this week. This is the first time our puppy has felt the water carry is body, and he did what every puppy and kid does in this situation: Panic and swim to mama!


Road Trip: Are you following Nuclear Waste?

This morning I picked up an old copy of National Geographic at a friends’ house. It triggered some real panic.

Though I have always known that nuclear waste is being stored somewhere, I do not think I realized the magnitude of the nuclear waste sites throughout the United States.

Wow.

The article is older, and it was describing the breakdown of Rocky Flats, and other nuclear waste/handling plants. The scary thing is (trust me, only one of many), the statement “Once we are done, you will see nothing but grass.”. Hmmmm…so a few years later, when Denver and Boulder become more populated, that prime space between the two may be used for housing developement? You know, the grassy meadow that once housed one of the nations largest nuclear handling plant?

Potatoes, Beer, and Trout

“The Snake River aquifer is huge—about 10,000 square miles (25,000 square kilometers)—and provides both drinking water and irrigation water to several hundred thousand people.

Water for agriculture is critical to the state. Idaho produces 30 percent of the potatoes grown in the United States and 25 percent of the barley used by the nation’s beer breweries.

The aquifer also supports the state’s trout farming industry, which supplies 75 percent of all commercial rainbow trout in the United States. “

At issue are 10 to 12 acres (4 to 5 hectares) of radioactive nuclear waste buried in shallow pits and trenches at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), the second largest nuclear facility in the United States.

The federal government began burying the plutonium-contaminated waste in Idaho beginning in the 1950s and continued doing so until 1970.

The state wants the federal government to come dig it out and move it somewhere else. DOE is thinking about leaving it where it is.

“Plutonium is dangerously radioactive, and stays that way for 240,000 years,” said Margaret Stewart, central Idaho coordinator for the Snake River Alliance, a group leading the campaign. “And there’s around 2,300 pounds of plutonium buried in those fields.”

“The radioactive waste is buried on ground that sits atop the Snake River aquifer. Activists and the state are concerned that the plutonium will leach into the aquifer.

The concern is not unfounded. In 1965, the federal government estimated that it would take 80,000 years before contamination from the burial ground would reach the aquifer. In 1995, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences revised the estimate downward to 30 years. ” Read more….

On the road again…..

If you are thinking “hey, I live far away from any of those sites!”, check again. There are sites everywhere, and they are leaching. Not only that, the government is transporting this waste over our highways. Though this particular map is outdated, it will give you a pretty shocking visual.

Just go into NG and search “nuclear waste”…if you dare. Prepare to be shocked.

Road Trip: Are you following Nuclear Waste?

This morning I picked up an old copy of National Geographic at a friends’ house. It triggered some real panic.

Though I have always known that nuclear waste is being stored somewhere, I do not think I realized the magnitude of the nuclear waste sites throughout the United States.

Wow.

The article is older, and it was describing the breakdown of Rocky Flats, and other nuclear waste/handling plants. The scary thing is (trust me, only one of many), the statement “Once we are done, you will see nothing but grass.”. Hmmmm…so a few years later, when Denver and Boulder become more populated, that prime space between the two may be used for housing developement? You know, the grassy meadow that once housed one of the nations largest nuclear handling plant?

Potatoes, Beer, and Trout

“The Snake River aquifer is huge—about 10,000 square miles (25,000 square kilometers)—and provides both drinking water and irrigation water to several hundred thousand people.

Water for agriculture is critical to the state. Idaho produces 30 percent of the potatoes grown in the United States and 25 percent of the barley used by the nation’s beer breweries.

The aquifer also supports the state’s trout farming industry, which supplies 75 percent of all commercial rainbow trout in the United States. “

At issue are 10 to 12 acres (4 to 5 hectares) of radioactive nuclear waste buried in shallow pits and trenches at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), the second largest nuclear facility in the United States.

The federal government began burying the plutonium-contaminated waste in Idaho beginning in the 1950s and continued doing so until 1970.

The state wants the federal government to come dig it out and move it somewhere else. DOE is thinking about leaving it where it is.

“Plutonium is dangerously radioactive, and stays that way for 240,000 years,” said Margaret Stewart, central Idaho coordinator for the Snake River Alliance, a group leading the campaign. “And there’s around 2,300 pounds of plutonium buried in those fields.”

“The radioactive waste is buried on ground that sits atop the Snake River aquifer. Activists and the state are concerned that the plutonium will leach into the aquifer.

The concern is not unfounded. In 1965, the federal government estimated that it would take 80,000 years before contamination from the burial ground would reach the aquifer. In 1995, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences revised the estimate downward to 30 years. ” Read more….

On the road again…..

If you are thinking “hey, I live far away from any of those sites!”, check again. There are sites everywhere, and they are leaching. Not only that, the government is transporting this waste over our highways. Though this particular map is outdated, it will give you a pretty shocking visual.

Just go into NG and search “nuclear waste”…if you dare. Prepare to be shocked.

Meltdown?

I recently found another soul sister. It is one of those weird things in my life, I randomly meet women who are like an answer to my prayer. Unfortunately, they are either on the web and millions of miles away, or I do meet them person, but they are ALMOST a million miles away.

I just read a post of friend (a million miles away in AL), who said she really NEEDS other, like-minded women in her life right now. I can totally relate. I miss the middle of the night girlfriend sprees, the unscheduled coffee chats, the sobbing phone calls at any hour, the knowledge that whatever happens, I have a safety net. A woman, or women, my sisters.

ugh, how mushy?

Seriously, I am so anti-group, it is not even funny. Schedules give me hives. I am not unsocial, but am a scattered soul that moves on a whim. But I need the consistancy, and the safety of a circle. Like-MINDED women, not women like me. That would be a disaster.

Why is it that we have such a hard time finding each other???

Meltdown?

I recently found another soul sister. It is one of those weird things in my life, I randomly meet women who are like an answer to my prayer. Unfortunately, they are either on the web and millions of miles away, or I do meet them person, but they are ALMOST a million miles away.

I just read a post of friend (a million miles away in AL), who said she really NEEDS other, like-minded women in her life right now. I can totally relate. I miss the middle of the night girlfriend sprees, the unscheduled coffee chats, the sobbing phone calls at any hour, the knowledge that whatever happens, I have a safety net. A woman, or women, my sisters.

ugh, how mushy?

Seriously, I am so anti-group, it is not even funny. Schedules give me hives. I am not unsocial, but am a scattered soul that moves on a whim. But I need the consistancy, and the safety of a circle. Like-MINDED women, not women like me. That would be a disaster.

Why is it that we have such a hard time finding each other???

Harry! Harry! Harry!

It is now 12:27 AM, and exactly 8 minutes ago, we purchased the 7th Harry Potter.

My daughter has been a die hard fan since I read her Book 1. Once she could read on her own, she devoured every single book in a matter of hours. Harry kind of lost me during Book 4…..In preperation for this monumentous event, she read every book once more to be sure she remembers all details.

Now she is on the couch with some food and water, and the long anticipated Book 7, and I bet she is going to pull an all nighter. I’ll give a review after breakfast…..

Harry! Harry! Harry!

It is now 12:27 AM, and exactly 8 minutes ago, we purchased the 7th Harry Potter.

My daughter has been a die hard fan since I read her Book 1. Once she could read on her own, she devoured every single book in a matter of hours. Harry kind of lost me during Book 4…..In preperation for this monumentous event, she read every book once more to be sure she remembers all details.

Now she is on the couch with some food and water, and the long anticipated Book 7, and I bet she is going to pull an all nighter. I’ll give a review after breakfast…..

My Mama paints Goddess buttocks

After a recent viewing of the movie “Forrest Gump”, our favorite family word is “buttocks”. Yes, we loooooooooovvvvvve to say “buttocks”…we even have down the southern, slow drawl when we say it :).

This is my time to work. It is 12:35 am, and my house is quiet. This is also the time I babble with my mom while I am working. When she asks what I am doing, I tend to say: “I am painting goddess butts”, and that gets a good laugh out of her. Well, my son heard me, and recently someone asked him: “What does your mom do?”

“My mama paints goddess buttocks”.

P.S. If you are missing me, I am precisely painting away for an upcoming show, check out http://healingartsfestival.com/. It is a wonderful place to be, almost like Disneyland :).