Have you ever bought cauliflower because it was on sale, or packaged in ready-to-go bags at your favorite box store, then wondered, “What am I going to do with this?” The other day I came across some fun uses. Check them out here.
Prior to this my DH had a weakness for pizza. Oh sure, we’d buy the organic, expensive kind once in a while to appease him, but it still had its draw-backs.
But now he finds he likes cauliflower-crust calzones with goat cheese and Italian sausage (vegetarian variety) even better. How fun is this?
Don’t you get a kick out of finding new ways to use something?
When I was a child we found new ways to use an inner tube. (I thought I wrote about this previously, but after a search through dozens of posts, I’m going to retell the story.) Dad worked in an office at a phosphate mine. The trucks had HUGE wheels and one day Dad brought home an inner tube from one of them. Inflated, it was large enough to roll us around inside. Or we could jump on it like a poor-man’s trampoline–if we kept the sides balanced. And it made a great home base for hide-n-seek.
Children are masters at repurposing.
But now that we’re older, we get to think bigger. Take geothermal energy.
With the natural, constant temperature below ground we could all be heating and cooling our homes with the ultimate in renewable energy–and for little or no expense beyond the initial installation. I sooo wish I had a geothermal pump! In fact, imagine a world where everyone did. There’d be no black smoke producing refineries. No dangerous places to mine that cause black lung disease. And no hazardous power plants that may crack in an earthquake. (Just the suggestion toward the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant chills me.)
Plus, as much as I like windmills, a geothermal pump doesn’t require wind, a huge battery or a tacky chrome fan on top of an ugly tower.
All in all, geothermal energy is just hot. That’s why, in Hot Pursuit (which my editor says she is starting the edits on today!—Wahoo!) geothermal energy gets a scene to itself. Well, almost. It gets upstaged by a bigger natural phenomenon. But that’s life. As Qui-Gon Jin said, “There’s always a bigger fish.”
Okay, I’ll kick off my Hippie sandals for now.
So speaking of Star Wars and renewable energy (warning: my mind often jumps to random connections), did you know the “TIE” in TIE fighters stood for a “twin ion engine” system that was fueled by solar panels? I guess it “accelerates gases at a high speed along almost any vector, affording the ships tremendous speed and maneuverability.”
Sometimes you don’t have to understand technology to be impressed.