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Tiny House Visit

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It finally happened! After years of admiring tiny houses from afar, I finally got to visit one in person! This beauty, built off of the XS-House plans by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is the smallest tiny house on the market.

Built as part of the Small Worlds exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art, this 65 square foot home fits snugly into a parking spot. Despite its small size, the XS-House has everything one would need. Two closets stand on either side of the front door, followed by a tiny desk opposite a couch, OK really its a bench, but have some imagination! Then there is a kitchenette (a little counter with a sink and a mini fridge) and a wet bath.  Up a little ladder is the cozy sleeping loft, I tried it out and it was rather comfy.

Could this be my future tiny home?! Maybe! It is up for auction in March, proceeds will benefit early childhood programming at the museum. I am definitely bidding on it, if I win, (fingers crossed!) I will perform a little interior decor magic (I have so many ideas!!!), make it my primary residence, and post video blogs about living in 65 square feet.

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Green Cars and the LA Auto Show

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photo by Ben Philabaum

That’s me with the Ford Focus 2012 Electric. It has a special place in my heart, because I have been driving the same Ford Focus for ten years. For last year’s LA Auto show, I booked a job for Ford, driving a Focus in competition against a Bentley and narrated by Olympic Skier Jonny Moseley. Unfortunately, every dime I made from that job went directly into ‘Old Bobby to keep her running, but other than that I have had very few problems with her over the years, she has been a dependable girl and I hope she lasts me another decade. But if not, its nice to have a fully electric version of her on the market. Here is my post about The LA Auto Show as contributed to GreenLAGirl.com

Free online Doc Streaming with Ed Begley Jr.

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I love streaming movies, but sometimes I think I am missing out on cool Q&A sessions because of my reluctance to put on real clothes and leave the house. Well the future is here. The documentary film Bag it is having a free online screening by the Plastic Pollution Coalition on Sunday Nov. 20th at 8:30 pm EST. The actor, activist and awesome Ed Begley Jr. will be hosting a live Q&A with audience members.

Bag it follows a normal guy who makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Seems simple enough, right? But this decision leads him down a path that starts in a quiet mountain town (where I used to do theater with the filmmaker!) and goes all over the world looking for where the “away” is that we throw our trash. You will never look at plastic the same way again.

So this Sunday, put on your jammies, pop some corn and stream Bag it!

Squirrel Approved Adventure!

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Me, ziplining, courtesy Benjamin G. Philabaum

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of experiencing the Navitat Canopy Tour, a four hour adventure in the trees of Wrightwood, Ca, just 75 miles out of LA. This “Squirrel approved Adventure” includes 10 zip-lines, 2 repels through tree branches, bridges, and my personal favorite, sky-stairs.

Afraid of heights? Never fear, the friendly staff fasten you safely in a harness that you wear the whole time, and your tour guides are in charge of clipping you in and out of the zips, so you pretty much just enjoy the ride! At one point I even zip-lined alongside a really pretty blue bird, we were going the same speed.

Navitat’s platforms and zips are built in harmony with nature, and the tour guides do an excellent job of explaining how they minimized the impact on the trees, allowing them to continue to grow unaffected by our exploring from their mountaintop views. Of course all I could think about was how to build a tiny house with zip only access!

Bridge in the trees by April

Tips to plan your visit:

  • Get there early, Wrightwood is a cute little town up the mountain off of the I-15, walk around a little before your tour.
  • Wear pants! One member of our group didn’t, and it gets cold up there.
  • Keep your eyes open for the San Andreas fault line, you cross it on the way up!
  • Hydrate ahead of time, but know there are no bathroom breaks once you get started. Small water cups are provided twice along the tour, but you will still be thirsty.
  • Check out the Yodeler for some drinks and pizza after, it won’t disappoint!

Navitat also provides tours in Asheville, NC and they are possibly coming to a forest near you, with plans to open a new location each year for the next ten years. Learn more at Navitat.

SXSW Eco Conference

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Ian Broyles

I discovered the South by Southwest Eco Conference inadvertently due to my burning desire to someday attend the SXSW Film and Music Festival (ideally with a film). This is the first year for their Eco Conference which is a three day event focusing on innovative solutions for sustainability and environmental issues.

While I’ll have to keep dreaming about attending the film version, I actually sat in on a couple of Eco lectures this morning. In my pajamas. From home.

Their live streaming keynote speakers and panels hold up their SXSW rep as being the premier destination for discovery.

So far, my favorite quote to come out of the conference was by Alex Steffen, “Time you’re walking is not time you’re wasting, it’s time you would have spent dead.” On compact communities and why walking may take a little more time than driving, but doesn’t actually cost you any.

This is a really cool convergence of new ideas and awesome people who are committed to sustainability. Between Texas Tiny Houses and SXSW Film and SXSW Eco Conference, my heart may very well belong to a state I’ve never stepped foot in.

The conference runs from October 4th- 6th, to watch live click here.