Weekend Warrior #11

weekend-warrior

Weekend Warrior

Yesterday was busier than I had planned it to be.  Also, I was still fighting an almost week long migraine and was still not feeling so good yesterday.  So I took a nap in the middle of that busy day, and it ran longer than I had planned.  When you fall back to sleep on a Saturday after you woke up and turned off the alarm, obviously the nap was a necessary thing.

In the morning, I attended the #BUTTBLITZ2017.  You can read all about it here: Butt Picking in the Rain It was my third year volunteering at this event, and I stayed dry by working at the event table and running the numbers.

Insert lunch and a nap here.

Then I woke up to the phone ringing.  I had an invitation to join some friends to play Cards Against Humanity.  They have mixed in 4 booster decks and a Kinderperfect deck. Hilarity, Margarita Moments, and the consumption of adult beverages were just what I needed to kick the migraine out of my head.  I am glad I decided to join in for a night of fun!

Today, I must scramble to resume the kitchen to its shape of last weekend.  When the dishwasher is running, I will also be prep cooking.  That is probably going to fill up my Sunday.  I need to be ready for the upcoming week, and today is when I have the time, and more importantly, I feel like doing it.  Soon after I publish this story, I will be making something to eat and heading into my kitchen.  Coffee will be consumed with the meal.

I think it stopped raining!  That sentence has an exclamation point because there is a flood watch here this weekend.  It happens every year, and they were not expecting it to be too bad this year.  It is bad for some areas, there have been evacuations and roads are blocked also.  I am staying home today, and my house and street are still OK.  If I get a chance, I may go take some pictures of the flooded areas, but that will be another day and another story.

What are you up to this weekend?

 

Butt Picking in the Rain

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#ButtBlitz2017

This Saturday was my 3rd Annual Butt Blitz Event that I volunteered at.  Some friends of mine have Boston Terriers, and they are rescue dogs.  I have joined them as a volunteer at Boston Terrier Rescue Canada (BTRC) to help with fundraising for the group.  This group has no building as an official shelter.  They run their non-profit organization completely from the generosity of their members, from donations, and from fundraising events like this one.

A Greener Future  sponsors this event and others like it.  BTRC enters this and other contests to raise money for the rescue, but also to help the environment.  It’s a win-win for everyone.

The Butt Blitz 2017  page has pics from past events (I forgot that I was in a pic there from last year!) Last year it was a sunny, beautiful day.  This year, it was raining; so not as many people dropped in for the event this year.

TerraCycle works with A Greener Future to encourage people to recycle various products and clean up the planet.  If you want to know what happens to the cigarette butts after we send them to Terra Cycle, check out this link: Cigarette Waste Recycling Program

Some people take the time to count the butts they put in their used containers or sandwich bags.  This is fantastic!  What about the other bags, the ones without the number of butts written on the bag for us to add up?  Well, we have a formula for that!

Conversion from OZ to # of Butts

How we calculate the number of Butts from the weight of the bags

We weigh the bags and convert the weight to ounces.  1lb=16oz.  so for example, 1lb, 4.2oz is 16+4.2 = 20.2 ounces.  I then needed to calculate the reference weight for 1 cigarette butt.  I weighed 6 bags of butts.  3 pairs of the same butt count on them.  I then averaged out the results, and the result was that one butt weighs approximately:   0.01095 oz.  From that number, I was able to plug in the weights of the bags and come up with a grand total of 45,530 butts sent off to be recycled yesterday.  That’s a lot of butt picking and collecting.

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Thanks to UNB Fredericton for hosting the event again this year!  The Student Union Building was our base of operations for the event, and I was happy to have a dry location away from all that rain to run the numbers and calculate the grand total number of butts we sent off to be recycled.