Hello, Monday. We meet again.
Can I just say how grateful I am for you guys for responding so nicely to my last post? I’m not usually a venter, but man I can definitely see the value in it. I was really upset and discouraged, but getting all those feelings/thoughts out helped me move on and forget it.
You know what else can help me feel better? Ice cream. Homemade ice cream from a local farm, Bush N Vine, as a matter of fact. The farm uses green houses in the winter, so we can enjoy their delicious strawberry ice cream year around.
The two highlights from this weekend were the Water Conference and having my family come see me.
My university held it’s first regional water conference, which focused on the “uses, politics, art, history, and economics of water worldwide”. Two other nutrition students and myself investigated water usage in Winthrop students and present a poster on it.
Students voluntarily participated in a survey that asked them to perform a water audit of their personal daily water use. They also answered if they were or weren’t willing to engage in specific water conserving behaviors.
Some interesting facts I learned while conducting the research:
-The average shower uses 2.5 gallons of water/minute.
-The average toilet uses 3 gallons or more/flush. Newer, more efficient toilets s use ~1.28 gallons.
-Dishwashers and clothes washers use about 40 gallons/wash each.
-The average Winthrop student uses ~183 gallons of water/day!! Insane, right?
-Most students are not willing to turn off the shower while shaving or shampooing.
-Most students are not willing to take showers that are less than 5 minutes.
Those are just little bits of what I found. The hope is that by performing these water audits students will see how much water they use and strive to make changes. Obviously, the intervention would be education and push for use of low-flow shower heads.
[Sorry if my nerdiness bored you for a minute there. This was fairly light compared to most of the biology-based research presentations that were there.]
Lastly, Terry was out of town for a youth retreat, so my Mom came and stayed with me. I don’t think I’ll ever be too old for sleepovers with my mom. My sister and her son also came up for a visit also and we went to see The Peanuts movie together. It was really cute and the 3D was neat too! In the past 3D has been somewhat headache-inducing, but it worked well in this movie.
This week will be packed with school projects, but it’s just that time of the year! My biggest goals this week are to work out all 5 days of the school week [wish me luck!] and to complete a couple of projects.
I am sharing my happenings with this lovely lady.
What are looking forward to this week?