A sure sign of spring: it's snowing but not sticking because the temperature is just warm enough to melt it away. Nature's snow shovel is 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Fabulous!
In other fabulous news, I spoke to a town council member about recycling bins and it turns out they're slated for purchase, but they're waiting to order with another community to save on the expense. The recycling bins will be the same ginormous size as our garbage bins (squee!), but recycling pick up and garbage pick up will remain the same schedule. I was glad to hear this, but will write letters to prompt things along. The local paper doesn't want to publish all of my splendid editorials about environmental issues (like generating less trash, not throwing trash out of car windows onto the road, not flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet and into our water supply), but I haven't tried taking the staff out for cocktails yet...alcohol can be a mighty convincing tactic.
I fear I'm gradually becoming that crotchety old zealot who kvetches about politics and environmental issues at every opportunity. People are starting to avoid making eye contact with me, suddenly whipping out cell phones or bending over to tie their shoes as I approach. "Where the hell were all the parents for that school board meeting? They pack out the gym 8 Saturdays in a row to watch their five-year-olds chuck up air-balls, but they can't be bothered to speak out for their kids' education?" "Recession my ass! Have you seen how this town fills its garbage dumpters? You can't be that poor if you're shopping every weekend!" "What this town needs is a giant community garden and compost collection sites! Ban the plastic shopping bags and make the school cafeteria serve locally grown parsnips!"
Thank goodness for fabulous bloggy friends who pat my hand and say, "There, there, Green Girl, it'll be OK. Keep fighting the good fight."
And speaking of fabulous...
it's the end of February and time for another fabulous giveaway! My writing partner and dear friend Nina Romano has a new poetry collection fresh off the presses: Coffeehouse Meditations (Kitsune Books) is finally available! The poems are as stimulating, rich and complex as a good cup of coffee--and to sweeten the deal, I'm including a $5 Starbucks card with a copy of Coffeehouse Meditations because this book begs to be read with your favorite coffee drink in hand (ideally at an outside table alone--but I can't give away good weather and babysitting). Nina writes lovely, accessible poetry and I am so excited this collection is at last for sale because I'm dying to share it with friends and family.
Here's how you can win February's Fabulous: leave a comment between now and Saturday. I'll pick one lucky winner and announce them on Monday. Spill it, reader, what would you spend your $5 Starbucks card on? I'm a Venti Latte, no shots, no skinny, no soy, nothing but fattening, creamy, delicious caffeinated bliss!