Because tomorrow is Earth Day, Ryan and I decided we needed to do something to celebrate. Planting a tree is done to death, so we want to do something a little different. We’ve decided that we aren’t going to use any electricity (with a few exceptions) or drive anywhere.

Our exceptions to the electricity rule are: the refrigerator, the fans we run for white noise while the kids sleep, and Ryan’s radio. He’s agreed to give up television and his PlayStation for the day, but he just can’t live without the radio.

We’ll turn everything back on tomorrow night so I can get back on the computer and update how our experiment goes. I imagine it will be interesting!

We’ll also be wearing our new eco shirts. Yes, they were bought from the Evil Megastore. But they are made with transitional cotton, which means they were grown with no pesticides or fertilizers. The cotton is grown in fields in transition from regular farming practices to organic fields. My shirt says, “Endangered Species” and has a stick figure of a human. Ryan’s says, “Save the planet. It’s the only one with beer.” The kids both have shirts, too. They say things like, “Little Treehugger” and “Save my planet!”

Today we planted the rest of our garden. We already had potatoes and onions in the ground, and today we planted corn, carrots, green beans, and peas. Of course, Ryan is watching the news as I type, and they just reported a possibility for frost later this week. DOH! I hate midwestern weather.