Camping in Cuba

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I ended this semester right by traveling to the boonies where my friend owns a quaint little cabin. It was hot in Cuba, NY but not nearly as hot as the real Cuba. I have to share my experience because the cabin was such an efficient use of space! There were 16 people having a blast in that cabin and there was still room for more.  The bathroom had a great shower, toilet, sink, soap, and there was a microwave, stove, oven, and fridge in the kitchen. There were bunk beds everywhere, a master bed, even more places to sleep upstairs, couches, a television with a gaming system, the list goes on…It was very organized. My friend said his grandpa bought the cabin years ago and fixed it up himself. They even added their own balcony to the second floor. The cabin was practically livable. A lot of thought and upkeep went into it, but the result was amazing.

Day one was spent decompressing from college finals. We played minecraft on the plasma and waited for people to arrive. Our second day was full of hackensack, singing, dancing, beatboxing, cajon and djembe drumming, guitar playing, and generally causing a ruckus. I encourage every one of you guys to get outside and enjoy the sun this summer. I won’t be missing the flying ants or creepy crawlies from Cuba but I can say memories were made.

Peace out. Jess

Product Life

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Repurposed skateboard idea from boredpanda.com

When trends die, where do they go? You may be surprised to find that junk can go in more places than just the trash. In fact, there are five possibilities:

  1. Landfill
  2. Combustion – incineration is a popular method used in regions such as Japan but not the U.S.
  3. Recycle – recycling companies melt down certain materials so they can become new products
  4. Reuse – for example, rinsing out your starbucks cup and using it again instead of throwing it out
  5. Re-purpose – for instance, turning a broken sled into a new shelf

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Spring Break

Check out this adorable sign from the maple farm! There are four within our region, some offering pancake breakfasts and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the maple trail. Mom asked if I wanted to go out when I arrived home from spring break, and I thought all I want to do is lay around and do nothing. But the maple farm is only open to the public twice a year, or so she said, and I have a total of 8 other days to sit around and watch t.v. When I called my job at the VA, they reported back about a hiring freeze. Freeze? Hiring? VA? They seemed to know little about it other than the fact I couldn’t come back. So here I sit- slouch rather- twiddling my thumbs over spring break. I’ve been outside a few times already. I even cracked a book. Best of all, I’ve blogged. Continue reading “Spring Break”

Holy Cow

'She had high standards. Everything she did was well done.'

Dear fellow tree huggers, bloggers, and socialites: Follow me on twitter @definearth if you would like to participate in a weekly eco-challenge! For my sustainability class we are being given weekly challenges to change our perspective on personal impact and to encourage discussion surrounding the environment. This week was #nomeatweek and it was a little challenging for me, but I have had some really good meals. Continue reading “Holy Cow”

Storms

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Exhibit A: Picture of a microburst.

I was standing in front of the window of our small apartment. I could barely see it at my height. Perhaps it is one of my first memories. The sky was a purple and pink hue. It looked so pretty but Mom said there was a storm. You shouldn’t stand near a window in a storm. Continue reading “Storms”

Guilty Confessions

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Microbeads are banned in some states.

Environmentalists like to act high and mighty sometimes, like earth goddesses destined to restore the ecosystem and punish those who harm it. Labor Day Weekend I was feeling determined. I ran two miles to watch Suicide Squad at the theater, and ran back. How environmentally conscious, right? I know I seem perfect, but I have some confessions to make. Continue reading “Guilty Confessions”

On Water

The following was my submission to Kelly Engineering Services for an annual scholarship. Although I was not the winner, my essay had a strong message. I titled it: “On Water: The Social Complexities of a Simple Molecule”

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Water surrounds us; it is in our showers and baths, it washes our hands, cooks our appetizers and entrée. With it, we continue living like nothing ever happened. Without it, the most basic forms of life could not exist. Although water encapsulates seventy percent of our planet, there are people struggling to find it. I believe that engineers have a responsibility to protect humanity; to share knowledge of technological advances with the world, and correct their mistakes in social and political aspects. As of late, issues such as the Flint water crisis and Porter Ranch methane leak reflect engineering at its worst in the US. However, I still hold true that engineers are capable of so much more.

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