Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paperless Check In

Continental Airlines (which has a major hub at my home-airport) has just started doing mobile boarding passes for people with smartphones.  I was a little worried coming home, what with all the new regulations and all, but I tried it going back to school.  I went to security without a hitch - they have a special scanner for these passes, but it didn't scan when I was boarding.

I'm sure they save a ton of paper with these and it was super convenient to not have to go print out paper and to walk straight to security... but can they stop my flight from being delayed?

Hope everyone had safe travels,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Smells Like a Wet Dog

Casey and Oscar, post bath.

Since I've been home for a few days, my parents decided that my sister and I had to give my dogs a bath.  We have two dogs, a miniature dachshund named Oscar and an Akita named Casey.  Oscar is pretty easy because we can bathe him in the kitchen sink.  He doesn't like it very much.  When it's cold, Casey gets a bath in the bathtub.

We bathe them with earthbath pet shampoo, because Casey used to have really sensitive skin and my parents looked for a natural shampoo to stop her skin irritation.  We use earthbath shampoo in the oatmeal and aloe option, though it also comes in tons of other options - including options for cats, puppies, in hypoallergenic or scent-free.  The oatmeal and aloe shampoo is specifically for pets with dry, itchy skin.  It has a light almond smell, and works just like any other shampoo - it doesn't irritate my pets; it gets foamy just like any other shampoo; and most importantly it gets them clean.

earthbath uses only natural, non-toxic, paraben/phthalate/phosphate free, human grade ingredients, which means that the sudsy runoff won't harm your lawn, your family, or your pet.  Their products are even personally tested on their CEO! 

I've had great experiences with earthbath shampoo and would like to try the grooming foam for my cat, Monster, who really hates bathes... 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Things that I'm thankful for
1) To have had my friend, Drew, be a part of my life
2) My family, who loves me and whom I love
3) My friends, who put up with me
4) My roommates, whom I'm thankful to be able to say are also my friends

Now by way of introduction, my name is Kristin and I'm a student at Georgetown University.  I am a semi-avid blogger (Renewable Energy Turns Me On) and semi-avid environmentalist.  I've struggled with living my life in what I deem to be a sustainable fashion, while... you know, actually living my life.

For example, I love Diet Coke and can drink several cans of it in a day.  But Coca-Cola is one of the most environmentally irresponsible corporations in the world, with their vast bottled water operations.  I love buying new clothes, but I know that I don't really need them nor can I afford to buy strictly organic/fair-trade/locally made clothing - nor are those exactly my style.  I like smelling nice, but I know that conventional deodorant has all sorts of potentially environmentally unfriendly chemicals.

Which is how this blog has come to existence.  It is a personal blog at its core (so yes, I will have personal pictures, pictures of my dogs/cat... lots of them, and chat about movies I've seen recently), but I will address sustainable living in an urban environment while trying to keep it stylish.

Have a happy thanksgiving, please hug someone you haven't hugged in a while.