Last night, as it neared 8:30pm, my husband and I shut off all our lights, I unplugged as many wall warts as I could find, and we met on the couch with the two dogs at our feet...
|Our brightest light|
|Book 1 of the Famous Five by Enid Blyton.|
It was an easy yes - after I read the blog post about Ms. Blyton to my husband he was just as ready to get into the story as I was!
|He got under the light...|
Made all the better when the story is read aloud, shared together at the same time. I got a little jealous of my read aloud hubby, and headache-be-damned, I decided to read a little aloud myself (one chapter only, but somehow I made it through!).
|I found the words...|
|and I read them...|
|I shared what I could...|
When my husband picked up the reading again, I decided it was time for a reward (also a little caffeine always takes the edge off a headache!).
|Yummy! Although, for Earth Hour, I think DARK chocolate would have been more appropriate!|
|Timothy was described as "an awfully chewy kind of dog."|
The hour passed quickly. We barely scraped the surface of the Famous Five book, but we are curious enough to want to know what happens next. We had a wonderful Earth Hour, but you may be asking one really big question:
How Did Your Participation In Earth Hour 2011 Help Climate Change?
It is a salient question, and one that I was left asking myself as the night came to a close. After all of that what difference did we really make. For one, I was disenchanted by my surroundings:
|Lights may be out in my house, but the street lights are always shining brightly!|
- I recognized the complete addiction I have to electricity and how unnecessary it is in many instances.
- I began to think about what power is needed and when power is wasted.
- I started a mental (and the preliminaries of an actual written) inventory of power users in my home.
- I have begun to question my need for so many of these things.
- I felt more relaxed last night after operating in candlelight alone for a little over an hour (I actually prepared dinner by candlelight as well to test the effectiveness of the candles I had as light sources) than I have in years.
- I had an amazing sleep last night.
- Due to the last two bullet points I am thinking about incorporating more candle time and less light bulb time in my nights.
- Climate change is on my mind.