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Long time no see! Partly my fault, partly the fault of the Chinese government. Since December 15th I’ve been on the road- NYC, Thailand, and China. It was a pretty amazing experience overall. In NYC I visited family and friends, ate pizza, and made snow angels. In Thailand I ate massive amounts of delicious street food, said hello to the Reclining Buddah @ Wat Pho, and paid $15 for a 2 hour massage. In China I ate a lot of things that aren’t served in the US, met with about 14 businesses and 3 MBA schools to learn about doing business in China, and kept a blog to record all my learnings. China doesn’t allow access to WordPress, so updating required a bit of help from my friends, mainly Alexis (thank you).

Now that I’m back I’ve embarked on a few new projects, but the blog lives strong of course! Last night I attended a SF Green Drinks event at 111 Minna and met a few great people to add to my ‘environmental interviews’ section, so keep an eye out for that. I went with Katherine Webster, my new boss and founder of TechCentralSF.com a website that brings together SF startups involved in high tech, biotech, and clean tech. I’m taking care of the clean tech section as well as community management! Exciting stuff.

In other news, I attended my first practice today for the Team In Training triathlon team. That’s right, I will be in a triathlon May 1st called the Wildflower Olympic (.93 mi. swim, 24.8 mi. bike, 6.2 mi. run). I am also raising money to go towards the funding of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma research. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers, including my honoree, classmate, and friend David Rauscin. For more information on the race, Team In Training in general, or where to donate and support my race, check out my Team In Training fundraising page. Also, David and I will be doing a work-out photo shoot at some point involving bright colors and sweat bands, so you might want to see those pictures at some point.

I am still making shirts out of pillowcases, so breathe easy. Found & Lolafied is still up and running, and being sold at The Common in SoMa. I’m also exploring the idea of selling in multiple stores, and am working on increasing my inventory in order to do so.

So after this lengthy overview of my life, I hope you get ready to see some posts on things that actually matter, like environmental issues! Get into it.

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The day finally arrived, I am officially selling my shirts made from pillowcases at a store in SoMa called The Common. Monday night I invited a few friends to the store & celebrated the shirts debut. Did I take pictures? You betchya. I took my growing inventory of pillowcase photos as a sign to get my online act together and create a separate page for Found & Lolafied so tonight, I did just that. If you go to the ‘events’ tab you can see photos from the night.

Hello Labor Day weekend! In the life of Lola, it is less a Labor Day celebration and more a arts and crafts fiesta. Yesterday I made my first-ever set of original global-warming themed cards and envelopes. Yes, they were created on recycled paper. I will mail them to my friends and  family, and you can send them to yours as well. Along with some other recycled and repurposed goods I’ve Lolafied, they will be up for sale on Etsy.com soon enough so keep your pants on. For you local SFers, I’m looking into some vendor space for a few festivals and craft shows. For now, here’s a sneak preview.

The Detriments of Global Warming: Increased ocean temperatures cause humans to fear jellyfish > sharks.

Yes, they were really fun to make! What? You want me to make place-mats and coasters also? I couldn’t possibly. I mean, I guess could try…okay okay don’t twist my arm I’ll make them. Sheesh, tough crowd.

Good morning! Below are three ways that I have been reducing waste. Reinventing the purpose of many household products make it is easy to reuse.

1. Finished your white wine? Looks like a nice bottle. Remove the label with some hot water and elbow grease. Wash it out a bit. Now its an even nicer bottle. Pour some water in it and voila! You have your very own carafe. Goes with breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert! I have several bottles and I use two for carafes, and two for watering my plants.

2. Do you buy cereal in bulk? Did you eat it all? Do you now have an empty but sturdy cardboard box? Cut one side on a crease so you can turn the box inside out so it’s just plain cardboard on the outside. Tape it up. Looks like a shipping box to me. Saves the environment and your wallet- The post office has not been getting any cheaper! *Thanks to Papa John who taught me this trick.

3. Have an outdoor market where you buy your eggs from? I do. Every week I pick up a dozen and every week I go through a cardboard egg carton. On Sunday I asked the kind lady who sells me my eggs if she reuses cartons and if I could give her my old ones to reuse. She said she would accept them as long as they were her brand. Sounds good to me. I just reduced unnecessary waste! Now I’m going to try and give back my strawberry cartons…

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