The World Can't Wait

The views of a highly-ambitious girl stuck in the middle of California

The Lamest Product Ever Invented April 23, 2010

Kleenex ® has a new invention out: the hand towel, in which involved disposable paper towels designed for hand drying. The commercial involves a family who uses the same hand towel over and over again, in comparison to a family who uses the product.

Is it just me, or am I the only one seeing something wrong with this picture?

No, it’s not just me- it’s Earth that sees the big picture.

Kleenex ® uses the comparable misconception that we need to use a something that we don’t really need, identical to the bottled water conspiracy. The company takes the “scare tactic” route by having household members believe that reusing regular hand towels is unsanitary.  The truth is, that towel of yours is not going to cause you any harm.

Doesn’t Kleenex ® realize what kind of economy crisis we live in? Not only that these disposable towels are not drying their hands any cleaner than a regular hand towel, but more tress will be cut down & more waste will be put in the landfill.

Worse yet, the company has come up with a jingle (yes, that’s right. A JINGLE) geared towards children to consume their merchandise. You can even download the MP3! (Please note the fake enthusiasm). A child will not be interested in these kind of manufactured goods. A song about it is not going to sway them, either. Nice try, though.

Save your time, save your money. This product is not worth validation.

 

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Green — princess7strawberry @ 12:00 AM
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Just a quick shout out to EARTH! April 22nd is known as Earth Day, which is the most-celebrated, non-religious holiday. What are YOU doing in honor of this holiday?

 

Bad Beef! April 15, 2010

Filed under: Food,Green — princess7strawberry @ 5:05 PM
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I admit it. I eat meat. No secret there. But I’ve been wanting to reduce my meat intake for a while. Last night I was researching different approaches. Some including tips on making your barbeque meals green. This supplied a variety of veggie burger patties by Amy’s Kitchen brand, and recipes for black and white bean burger patties (which looks rockin’ rather than revolting).

It was probably a good thing that I started researching alternatives, because then I watched this ABC News video.

HIGH levels of dangerous chemicals and metals, such as copper which contributes to Jaundice and kidney failure when consumed! Even Mexico aren’t allowing this meat into their country. So why is the USA?

That is why I would like to encourage you with me to start on this road to a greener living. Throwing or attending a summer party? PLEASE skip the meat, whether making or consuming. If you are served food, politely refuse and tell them WHY. Try the barbeque tips I found!

I plan on trying both bean recipes, and I will review them when I do. If you would like to try these recipes as well, please let me know what you think!

I really hope you will consider this project with me, or at least take the time to read this and/or spread the awareness. I really do appreciate the relationship we have together, and if there’s any way you could contribute, I would greatly grateful.

Cheers!

 

iGo Green? April 10, 2010

Filed under: Green — princess7strawberry @ 8:50 AM
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With Earth Day approaching (April 22nd), I took this as an opportunity to point out a few things from my favorite TV show, Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” (Got a problem with it? Too bad. Read on).

While having my own marathon last fall, I started noticing some behavioral traits of the characters that made me ask, “Why isn’t iCarly more green?” There was even an episode, entitled “iGo Nuclear”, that even touched on the subject of being eco-friendly! Here are a few points that I wanted to note:

#1 In a numerous amount of episodes, Carly and her friends drink from bottled water. It has been proven that bottled water is unsafe and unnecessary. Tap water has been tested to be just as safe (not to mention that most bottled water ARE from tap!), not to mention you can get tap for FREE! To learn more about bottled water, please visit The Story of Bottled Water.

#2 Another matter about the bottled water situation is of the plastic. It takes a lot of energy to regenerate plastic, and many bottles end up in the landfill instead of the recycling! Using reusable bottles (like the stainless steel brand, SIGG) has become more than just a fad- it’s become more of a lifestyle, which I believe that everyone should participate in. Carly seems to be the kind of trendy girl to me that would carry around a cute & colorful SIGG with her… Let’s hope iCarly recycles those plastic bottles, at least.

#3 Speaking of plastic, in the episode “iMake Sam Girlier”, Spencer and Carly reveal that they choose “plastic” over “paper” in the grocery bag debate. Why, oh, why would you choose plastic? Better yet, how come they don’t use reusable bags, which almost all stores offer now at the checkout line? Now, there are a few things you can do about those plastic bags: reuse & recycle. Stash plastic bags away to reuse them, or iron them down to convert them into vinyl sheets (for your DIY reusable bags or a raincoat- get creative!). Plastic bags are also accepted in recycling.

#4 Okay, this point is definitely out of the ordinary. In “iEngrage Gibby”, Spencer takes home an indoor incinerator to burn all of the apartment residents’ newspapers because of a bad review on his artwork. I just have one thing to say to Spencer: “Can you say ‘carbon monoxide’?” That’s all I have to say here.

At least there are a couple of positive things that iCarly practices:

#1 In “iGo Nuclear”, Carly reveals that she takes the bus. Way to use public transportation! Using local services will reduce smog emissions. Spencer also does the smart thing and uses a motorcycle (which was a gift from Carly, as seen in “iPromote Techfoots”), which is typically more fuel efficient than most cars.

#2 Spencer, being an artist for a living, reuses items to compile in his sculptures (as seen in episodes such as “iChristmas”, where he announces he picks up found objects from the junkyard). The practice of reusing will keep trash out of landfills.

Despite looking at these negative aspects of these little details that appear on the show, it’s still very charming to watch. Just with a few minor changes to these details, I believe that iCarly will have a bigger impact on viewers by having the characters practice sustainability… Then maybe next time Carly and Freddie won’t have to go on the Roots & Berries retreat!

 

Gettin’ Crafty with T-Shirts March 29, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Fashion,Green — princess7strawberry @ 3:30 PM
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It’s Spring Break… And I’m bored! So to occupy my time, I’m trying to work up a brainstorm to figure out how to revamp some T-shirts I have hanging in my closet.

The inspiration source:

Generation T

Shirt #1: Front.  This shirt I received from participating in the Heritage Festival, March 2003. It is really huge, but I’ve been hanging onto it not only because it shows off a milestone in my life, but I think that the graphics are cool and I’ve been wanting to transform it into something really cool.

Shirt #1

Shirt #1: Front Detail.

Shirt #1 Front Detail

Shirt #1: Model Front.  Don’t laugh at how goofy I look in all these pictures. It was awkward enough to waddle backwards after setting the camera timer up.

Shirt #1 Model

Shirt #1: Back.

Shirt #1 Back

Shirt #1: Back Detail.  That’s me in the lower left-hand side, by the way.

Shirt #1 Back Detail

Shirt #1: Model “Back”.  I’m playing with the idea of making the back the frontside.

Shirt #1 Back Model

Shirt #2: Front.  Drake Bell shirt I bought on the official merchandise website, as part of a special deal during his release of his sophomore album, “It’s Only Time”. It was of his tour in 2006, but I saw him during his tour of the following year in July 2007. I like the fit, so I might just keep it the way it is.

Shirt #2 Front

Shirt #2: Front Detail.

Shirt #2 Front Detail

Shirt #2: Back.

Shirt #2 Back

Shirt #2: Back Detail.

Shirt #2 Back Detail

Shirt #2: Model.

Shirt #2 Model

Shirt #3: Front.  Concert t-shirt of the luscious hot blonde from High School Musical, Lucas Grabeel. This was on the HSM 2006 tour.

Shirt #3 Front

Shirt #3: Front Detail.

Shirt #3 Front Detail

Shirt #3: Back.

Shirt #3 Back

Shirt #3: Back Detail.

Shirt #3 Back Detail

Shirt #3: Model.

Shirt #3 Model

Shirt #4: Front.  Aly & A.J. concert t-shirt. The Living Room tour, August 2006. Really big, but really love it. Definitely one of the top projects I want to work on.

Shirt #4 Front

Shirt #4: Front Detail.

Shirt #4 Front Detail

Shirt #4: Back.

Shirt #4 Back

Shirt #4: Back Detail.

Shirt #4 Back Detail

Shirt #4: Model.

Shirt #4 Model

Shirt #5: Front.  Aly & A.J. concert t-shirt. Insomniatic tour, July 2007.

Shirt #5 Front

Shirt #5: Front Detail.

Shirt #5 Front Detail

Shirt #5: Back Detail.

Shirt #5 Back Detail

Shirt #5: Model.

Shirt #5 Model

Shirt #6: Front.  I bought this back in the summer/fall of 2008. It was exactly what I was looking for, except that it’s supposeto be a nightshirt, and thus has a really long hem.

Shirt #6 Front Original

This was meant to be part of a Back to the Future’s Marty McFly meets Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends’ Goo Goo Gaga look, for a mid-winter outfit. Now I need a yellow puffer vest to complete the look (http://www.landsend.com/pp/DownVest-77279_146484_59.html?CM_MERCH=PGGT_1_from_0000047371_to_0000027993).

Shirt #6: Detail.

Shirt #6 Detail

Shirt #6: Model.  This is how it’s original length looks.

Shirt #6 Original Model

Shirt #6: Front.  The hem is folded up to where I want the length to be.

Shirt #6 Folded

Shirt #6: Demonstration.  So my question is: What shall I do with the extra fabric?

Shirt #6 Demonstration

Shirt #6: Detail.

Shirt #6 Detail

Shirt #6: Model.  Hem folded up, how the length will look.

Shirt #6 Model Modified

Shirt #7: Front.  My Paul Frank’s Julius as Speed Racer t-shirt. I haven’t worn it in a while. It’s got a nice comfy fit. I don’t think I want to do any major changes to it, but possibly make it a slightly more fitted look.

Shirt #7 Front

Shirt #7: Detail.  His visor has a glossy finish.

Shirt #7 Detail

Shirt #7: Model.

Shirt #7 Model

Shirt #8: Front.  A shirt of “The Fairly Odd Parents” that I got from Paramount’s Great America back in 2004. I love the graphic. Not sure if I dig that the hem is so short, it’s more of a mid drift kind of fit.

Shirt #8 Front

Shirt #8: Detail.  Text reads: “NOD if you’re Fairly Odd” … “Paramount Parks”

Shirt #8 Detail

Shirt #8: Model.  The picture kind of came out dark, but you can see how the fit is.

Shirt #8 Model

Idea #1 for Shirt #8: Generation-T Project #22, The baby doll dress With star-pattern fabric for the skirt (see next photo)

Idea #1.8

The style & print I would use for shirt #8 & the baby doll dress. Calico Fabric-Multi Stars Black, from Joann # 7925746 reg. 6.99

Fabric

Shirt #9: Front.  This was my work shirt. While I love the color, fit, and feel, I feel it’s time to remove the label from sight. What kind of embellishment shall I try? A slashed-shaped look, or patchwork?

Shirt #9

Shirt #9: Detail.

Shirt #9 Detail

Shirt #9: Model.

Shirt #9 Model

Generation-T Project #94 (my 1st DIY!), the braided cord

Braided Cord Book

Three t-shirt hems (in pink, black, & navy) cut, stretched, & braided. The pink is from an older t-shirt, which was more stretched out. I decided to leave the longer bit instead of snipping it off. Hems included were actually from Shirt #1 & 5.

Braided Cord

Finished product on model, wearing it the traditional hippie/sweatband way, but carries other functions for hair, neck, or waist wear.

Braided Cord Model

Generation-T Project #94 Step 1: Cut hem off

Cutting Cords

Wanted to take a step up and add color to the band. I had these Tulip-brand spray-on color paints from a project beforehand.

Fabric Spray

Start sprayin’… Tye dye!

Tie Dye!

Final product. Came out a little less tye dye-like, but I’m satisfied with the color. Now just need to iron it & let it fully dry. Then save it to complete another project.

Finished colored cord

 

Quarter-Life Crisis? March 9, 2010

Filed under: Self-Reflection — princess7strawberry @ 10:47 AM
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March. It’s the month of Spring (21st)- yay for Spring!, Women’s Day (8th)- shout out to all my ladies!, and St. Patrick’s Day (17th). It’s also a quarter into the year. So let’s have a check up: Have you kept up with your New Year’s Resolution? … That’s okay. I haven’t reached my goals yet, either.

I am really happy in my life. I’ve got great friends and family. But I can’t help and get flashes of what I have been doing with my life- good and bad- in past years, sometimes wishing I could relive the moment and/or what my life would have been if I played it out differently. I wonder if this is what they call a quarter-life crisis or identity crisis. Here’s a secret about me: one of my biggest fears is growing up. It’s not really the act of growing up. It’s just the responsibilities that I know that I should be doing, and I’m just not at that stage in my life.

I’ve known for a fact that ever since I was born, I always take my time with things (Hence, why I’m still working on school, with several more years to go). But sometimes I get a little frustrated, thinking, “Why couldn’t I just have gotten my act together and gotten this done sooner? I really need to stop goofing and slacking off and get moving with my life!” (I say that, then I look back on that moment, I recall that I sat around my bedroom doing nothing after making that realization. How’s that for contradiction?)

Anyway, instead of constantly bouncing from past to present to future in a negative way (which I’m sure this affecting my self-esteem), I suppose this would be the time to look at the way Ferris Bueller put it: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And that’s sound advice. So is Rob Thomas’ “Little Wonders”: “Our lives our made in these small hours”.

Just live in the moment!

 

Songs Boys Need to Write for Me February 8, 2010

Filed under: Love,Music — princess7strawberry @ 4:37 PM
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“I would give body parts to have a guy write something like that for me. My kidney? Oh, both of them? Here, Nick, they’re yours-just write more for me. I’ll give you a start: boy in punk club asks strange girl to be his girlfriend for five minutes, girl kisses boy, boy kisses back, boy then meets girl-what did you notice about /this/ girl? Nick, let’s hear some lyrics. Please? Ready. Set. Go.”

– Norah, “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

A Proposal!

So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Which usually mean that I’m hiding underneath my bed covers wishing it would just go away. Luckily this year, I’m throwing a party that celebrates love with friends and family- particularly for those who are currently single (link below).

While I may be single now, I know that special someone will come along. I’ll patiently wait. But as a heads-up to all the guys out there- the best way you could win me over is to write me a song. Here’s my top 20 songs (in no particular order) in my iTunes of the kind of songs boys could write for me:

1. “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer Volume 2: More Music From The Motion Picture)
2. “No Myth” by Michael Penn (March)
3. “Just Wanna Be With You“, by Lucas Grabeel & Olesya Rulin (High School Musical 3: Senior Year)*
4. “It Had To Be You” by Motion City Soundtrack (Even if It Kills Me)
5. “Whatever My Love” by Mickey Drummond (iCarly)
6. “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band (Crash)
7. “Best Days” by Matt White (Best Days)
8. “Hey You” by Jimmy Robbins (Too Sorry for Apologies)**
9. “O.K. It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutcherson (Sounds Like This)
10. “Boy Meets Girl” by Evan Taubenfeld (Welcome To The Blacklist Club)
11. “Mario Kart Love Song” by Sam Hart (Mario Kart Love Song)
12. “Georgia On My Mind” by Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (Ghost World)
13. “Ancient History” by Hawk Nelson (…Is My Friend!)
14. “Other Ways” by Trevor Hall (Shrek The Third)
15. “Always” by Switchfoot (Hello Hurricane)**
16. “Never Better Off Alone” by John Spengler (It Is Well)
17. “Somebody To Talk To” by This Providence (Who Are You Now?)
18. “Hey Ya” by Obadiah Parker (Obadiah Parker Live)
19. “Telegraph” by Drake Bell (Telegraph)
20. “Anyone Else But You” by Michael Cera & Ellen Page (Juno)

*Yes, only the Ryan & Kelsi part! And don’t be making fun of High School Musical! If you had written me a song, we would have ended up together like the two characters did.

**Or any song by that artist or Goo Goo Dolls