Alli (neugotik) wrote,

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So I guess sometimes people to read, like writing -

I don't write often in this journal - it's more about what I'm learning & photos of my life ; I relate better to images.

  • When I come in to work in the morning, I know my boss is in if his office lights are out & his office dark, or with just a small corner desk on. If his fluorescent lights are on, that means he's out.

  • I almost always skip the regular lunch-hour because I get caught up in what I'm currently working on & want to finish before eating.

  • I feel a lot better in the afternoon if I take an exercise break (either at the gym area at work or just even taking a brisk walk) _ I think adults should resurrect recess for the work-place. That would rock.

  • The girls & I went to the Mayday parade this weekend: it was fun, as it usually is - sunny & warm, so I got that sun-exposed glow for a few days. Lots of Blue in it this year: There were blue giraffes & elephants in the parade for some reason this year, and Chinese-style air & fire dragons; a giant blue transparent blue whale, a whole bunch of white-cranes, and a neat section with huge grass seeds which made me feel like a was a small bug or ant for a minute while that part passed by. I'll probably post a few photos, as their floats are usually neat, even in still-photos. (Heart of the Beast theater, that is).

  • I took an "eating style" & "exercise style" assessment, since I was thinking about it (at Spark people)

    My eating style is "fast fueler" which means I eat good food but am too often tempted to eat poorly just to save time, and it says I often skip meals because I get caught up doing other stuff: yup, true. But I already kinda knew that. Their tips were to:
    Pack your lunch or have someone pack for you so it's there when you need it.
    Have and use plenty of disposable resealable containers of different sizes.
    Batch-cook food on Sunday for the rest of the week
    Make a point to have more fresh fruit and vegetables within arm's reach.
    Try cutting the intake of coffee and soda in half or substituting with green tea.

    In exercise I'm mostly an "independent thinker" followed by "adventurer" & I got zero "social exercise points"
    - trust your intuition and value the time you can spend alone. For you there is also a spiritual side to fitness that helps you connect with your mind and body. For the Independent Thinker type, exercise is a great way to reflect and learn more about yourself. For you, exercise is important to help you grow as a person and each new physical experience is meaningful.

    I guess that's all true.

  • I've been seeing a male Peregrine Falcon on the drive home from work once in awhile - that's pretty neat. They have a gorgeous coloration & can just "hang" in the air in a way that looks impossible.

  • Aurora's starting summer soccer season: which is fun - I like to go & watch the games, and hopefully Athena will like that as much this summer as she did last autumn - I bet I won't get to sit still at all this season though. *grin* - good thing there is a playground on the same field.


    Avoid aggressive driving. "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. Tests show that "jackrabbit" starts and hard braking reduces travel time by only four percent, while toxic emissions were more than five times higher. The proper way is to accelerate slowly and smoothly, then get into high gear as quickly as possible. In city driving, nearly 50% of the energy needed to power your car goes to acceleration.

    Drive steadily at posted speed limits.
    Increasing your highway cruising speed from 55mph (90km/h) to 75mph (120km/h) can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%. You can improve your gas mileage 10 - 15% by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph (104km/h).
    Note how quickly efficiency drops after 60 mph.

    Avoid idling your vehicle, in both summer and winter. Idling wastes fuel, gets you nowhere and produces unnecessary greenhouse gases. If you're going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off the engine. In winter, don't idle a cold engine for more than 30 seconds before driving away. (Older vehicles, however, may need more idling time when first started. In cold, winter conditions all vehicles may need more idling time to warm up and ensure the windshield is fully defogged. Be sure your vehicle is warmed enough to prevent stalling when you pull out.)

    Think "aerodynamic" and "lightweight". Reduce drag. Out on the open highway, keep windows rolled up to reduce drag. Remove bicycle and ski racks when not in use. Excess weight also uses more fuel. Remove unnecessary items from inside the vehicle, trunk or truck bed. An extra 100lbs (48 kg) of weight can increase your fuel bill by 2%.

    Select the right gear. Change up through the gears and into top gear as soon as possible without accelerating harder than necessary. Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel; so does letting the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners. Automatic transmissions will shift up more quickly and smoothly if you ease back slightly on the accelerator once the car gathers momentum.

    Use your air conditioner sparingly. Using a vehicle’s air conditioner on a hot summer day can increase fuel consumption by more than 20% in city driving. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation on your car instead of the air conditioner.

    Use the cruise control. On long stretches of highway driving, cruise control can save fuel by helping your car maintain a steady speed.
    Note: These below I've segmented off, as they seem to be more about car care: but it does affect milage
    Make sure your tires are properly inflated to prevent increased rolling resistance. Under-inflated tires can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 6%. Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 40 kPa can reduce the life of the tire by 10,000 km and increase the vehicle's fuel consumption by three per cent.

    Check tire pressure at least once a month, when the tires are 'cold' (i.e. when the vehicle has not been driven for at least three hours or for more than 2km). Start by checking tire pressures in your driveway. Note any tire that is underinflated, and then drive to the nearest gas station to add air. Check tire pressures again at the station, and inflate the low tires to the same level as the others (these will likely have higher pressure than they did in the driveway, since the tires have heated up.) Radial tires can be under inflated yet still look normal. Always use your own tire gauge for consistent results. On average, tires lose about 1 psi per month and 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature.

    Choose the octane fuel which best suits your car. Premium, high-octane fuels aren't necessarily the best choice for your car; higher price doesn't guarantee better performance. In fact, such fuels don't provide any greater fuel efficiency. Many cars are designed to use regular low-octane fuel. Check your owner's manual to see what your car requires.

    Service your vehicle regularly, according to the manufacturer's instructions. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.

    Air filters: Dirty air filters can also cause your engine to run at less than peak efficiency Regular visual checks of the air filter will tell you if it needs replacing and your owner's manual will also recommend appropriate replacement intervals. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10% increase in fuel consumption.
    Oil: Using the correct viscosity oil is important because higher viscosity oils have greater resistance to the moving parts of the engine, and therefore use more gas. Clean oil also contributes to better gas mileage. It is usually recommended that engine oil be changed every three to five thousand miles.

    Monitor power accessories. Be sure to shut off all power-consuming accessories before turning off the ignition. That way, you decrease engine load the next time you start up. Items that plug into your vehicle's cigarette lighter, such as TV consoles for mini-vans and SUVs, can cause the alternator to work harder to provide electrical current. This adds a load to the engine and added load increases fuel use, decreasing your gas mileage.

    That's about it for rambling thoughts - just thought I would try it out. ;p
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