Tuesday, June 17, 2008
  Reminder to buy body products at Whole Foods
Apparently some scrubbing cleansers contain tiny PLASTIC beads.

Article at Slate explains how this harms marine life.

I may actually have one of those products in my shower... I used to get everything at you-know-which store, but since I stopped working there and getting the discount AND, you know, having an income, I have embraced the drug-store brands. Dove instead of Jason, etc.

I went to B&N last night for an evening of browsing and there were all these go-green books in my beloved nature section, so I went through a few of them and got some really good ideas. And learned how many gallons of water per two minutes in the shower you use (ten). The shower was always my guilty pleasure... I stay in there forever. But after everything I read last night, I decided I should stop being such a schmuck, so today I turned the water off for my lathering-up and shaving and conditioning and all that stuff.

Now I read that my cleansers contain polyethelene beads. Jesus. Maybe it's time to start shopping at WFM again, just for peace of mind; you can basically buy anything off the shelf there without having to do research to see if it contains any of this bullshit. Also, I should start using bar soap. I love the shower gel stuff, but when I think about all the plastic I'm throwing away (well, recycling, but still)... It's not worth it.

Speaking of marine life (we were, weren't we?), Chris and I did a dive on Sunday. I discovered that not are my fins busted, but my regulator as well. Galapagos sure did a number on my equipment, eh? But we saw an octopus... I located him because there was a little crevice surrounded by shells. I figured out a long time ago that that indicates octopus; I think they must eat stuff and just toss the shells out of the crevice. This guy was not only surrounded by shells, but hiding in one as well. It makes me happy to be able to find stuff like that. :)

Also, I picked up a hermit crab, like, three times to look at him and the last time he pinched me - hard - and wouldn't let go. I couldn't get him off my hand! That teaches me to only bug them for one peek in the future. Anything I get after that, I deserve.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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