Kiss me, you’re beautiful…these are truly the last days.

Via on Aug 19, 2009

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After all our summer festivals had ended we returned home, to Houston, TX,

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where we were handed a key to our new home

(for now).

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…and we discovered that we had a lot of cleaning to do.

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At the same time,

Abilene had started potty training

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so everything was a bit out of the ordinary.

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Though one thing was for sure, we needed to get ourselves a washing machine,

so we headed to the Sears Outlet.

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We had never purchased a washing machine before,

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and there were so many to choose from.

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We knew that we wanted to make the most of our energy…

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Fortunately, there are several models of washing machines built for energy efficiency.

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However, there is no such thing as an energy efficient dryer, aside from a drying line.

(In most of Europe, Great Britain, and Australia, this remains the most common way to dry your clothes.)

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Fortunately for us, we have already chosen to run our house on clean energy, so we can dry our clothes the old-fashioned American way without a heavy conscience.

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It is deeply ironic that the same energy deregulation that gave us Enron and the California energy crisis has allowed Texans (along with residents in an increasing number of states–now including New Jersey, New York, and Oregon) to choose where they buy their electricity.

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We chose Green Mountain Energy, because it uses only renewable energy sources (like solar and wind).

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There is no doubt that sustainable energy and global climate change is the defining question of our generation.

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Questions define us because they lead us on a path of thought, a course of actions.

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Where do we focus our resources? How do we allocate our time?

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Who are we?

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*photo of broken birdhouse/beachouse taken at a Galveston beach after Hurricane Ike. Courtesy of pulse: repulse art collective

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About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

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5 Responses to “Kiss me, you’re beautiful…these are truly the last days.”

  1. dalia says:

    your kitchen look so nice and the desserts look yummy! what washing machine did you end up choosing?

  2. Joana Smith Joana Smith says:

    Dalia~ thanks! The washing machine is called an Elba by Fisher and Paykel (a brand carried exclusively at Sears). It uses an estimated 198Kwh of energy a year- washers can range from 113 up to about 680. This one fit in our price range and it was an energy star, so we went for it. It's amazing to do laundry now and not worry about whether or not I have nine quarters for each load! I do miss all those State quarters though…

  3. Chuck says:

    Jo, Welcome back to publishing. I loved the pictures and tour around the house and the big purchasing event. You and Abilene appear to be getting on well as well as your old man.

  4. thekitchenboy says:

    i love your home! and your life!

    catching up on the posts… have been running around (and seems you have, too)… happy to see you at it again, though!

    xo xo

  5. Grandma D says:

    Grandma D is very proud of Abilene for beginning the big girl potty process and for her mom and dad for getting an energy efficient washing machine! I love the pictures of your new home – please send more via email! Sending lots of love as you nest and get ready for Smith kid number two!
    Love you all, D

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