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Rain oh mighty.

I’ve been getting a little sick of the gray existence that is the Willamette Valley.
I mean, it started about 5 years ago, but boy I’m serious now about being over it.

The thing is, I feel like the rain “problem” is similar to say, a weight problem:
If I decide I want to change it, it will be fixed!

Well I’m no weather man, I have no rain dance, and I’m hardly in the mood
to learn some black magic which will make the sun come out.

I just think that the weather
has gone too far this time.

It’s gone too far into the spring, and has proceeded to play dirty.

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Yes, the cow is adorable...but I'm still pretty upset about this.

Cancelling Easter Egg Hunts? Really rain, really?
Where does it stop?
Are you going to do away with fireworks this year for the 4th of July too?
Think of the children!

It’s just my luck that the only climate change I might see is the increase of gray skies.

I think I’ll watch a little It’s Always Sunny… and pout.




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As I’ve continued on my quest for environmental jobs in Oregon,
I stumbled upon this project conducted by the Oregon Environmental Council

What’s in my makeup bag?

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This .pdf report,
which I highly recommend you review,
is the product of a survey of over 1,000 women from Portland State University.

The results, which were summarized on the OEC website,
are a frightening reminder of the subtle ways in which society grossly undervalues of the health of women:

  • These women use an average of 10 personal care products a day, most of which contain toxic chemicals

  • Many of those chemicals are linked to hormone disruption, cancer and other long-term irreversible health impacts

  • Because of a broken oversight system, these personal care products are not adequately tested or regulated, and manufacturers aren’t required to list all ingredients on their labels


Pretty scary? Right?
And 10 products? I believe my accurate count would be roughly 37.
Because, I have a serious addiction.

Even if you DON’T wear makeup, this study includes any type of personal care product.
Toothpaste, deodorant, soap.
{Please tell me that you use at least one of these.}

Do you realize what this OEC report suggests?
Even if you are an ‘au natural’ beauty, you are exposed to carcinogens on the daily.
It’s wrong.

It only takes a minute, and there’s something you can do about it:

Click here to sign the Safe Makeup Petition

Because it’s all fun and games, until someone dies of lip gloss induced cancer.

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Speak up, it’s what this country is all about. Xox.