This weekend's "Loves" feature is devoted to energy sources (and I'm going to get all clever and creative about it). We had great weather in northern Maine this week and a big shout-out goes to the ultimate energy source, the Sun (here's lookin' at you, big guy). I'm sheepish to say I didn't spend all my days outdoors. I've spent (too much) time sitting at my computer (hope hunchbacks and crow's feet are an up-and-coming trend) poking around and researching these less-obvious energy sources:
There are a lot of parts involved, but it is possible to build your own wind generator.
Interested in a renewable energy project that doesn't require so many parts? How about solar panels? We should really be putting all that incredible sun energy to work. Thing's beaming down on us all day, for pete's sake.
Or, how about going for ultimate-eco-style-points and repurposing a bunch of broken solar cells into a fully-functional solar panel? Broken solar cells are much cheaper than, well, not-broken ones (obviously).
Need something to perk you back up after using all your own energy on your renewable energy projects? Listen to this song; it's really nice. So nice that Bing had to use it in their recent commercial (plays often on Hulu). Now when I hear it I see search engines instead of fireflies (lame!). So, if you heed my recommendation and listen to this song and are also a Hulu viewer, then I apologize in advance for handing you a bittersweet experience.
Did listening to that song get you and/or your kids all excitable? Pour that energy into making a candy dispensar. Because we all know that sugar is our favorite renewable energy source.
And, now that you're hyped up on candy and tunes, why you don't you go ahead and make some cardboard lumber (bragging rights included). Think about it: whenever you're exhausted from this energy source scavenger hunt I've lead you on, you'll be able to put your feet up and finally relax.
So, folks: join with me in acknowledging this fact I discovered back when I was 24:
"Sundays that live by their name are more fully enjoyed than those that lie about it altogether."