Monday, September 28, 2009

Kay - Living My Five

It's been one of those two-week periods where I feel like I've been running around and not getting anything done that I'm supposed to. With a deadline for my next book looming, I've been wondering how in the world I'm going to make progress on my Five. The answer, as far as I can tell, is to simply keep my Five in mind as I go about the business of getting through the next 5 weeks. Very often, the opportunities present themselves if I stay mindful of my Five.

Here's where I netted out for the last two weeks.

2. Pay it forward in ways that are meaningful to me

One of the ways I pay it forward is by hosting the national Great Scavenger Hunt reading program for school and public libraries. As I was looking at my Spring 2010 schedule, I decided that I wanted to pay it forward by offering to speak at one of my state library association's district conferences to introduce librarians to the program. With my book releasing a month before the conferences and a lot of book-related travel to contend with, I wasn't sure if I could swing it.

But that's always the case, isn't it? If it's important, you make it work. So I volunteered. We'll see what happens, but I feel good about doing that extra little bit of outreach to help librarians discover a year-round free program that inspires kids to read (and has prizes for kids and libraries alike!). That's meaningful to me.

5. Live a greener life

It occurred to me this week that I sometimes leave the water running while I'm washing at the sink because it's so messy to turn the water off while my hands are all soapy. And even if you turn it off, you still waste water when you turn it back on and try to get it the right temperature. Surely someone has thought of an eco-friendly solution for this, right? So I did a little digging and here's what I discovered:

Touch20 technology from Delta

You know those public bathroom faucets that you just have to bump with your arm to turn on? Now, Delta makes a version for home use as well. There's a little handle on the side where you can turn it on and set the temperature. After that, a simple bump of the forearm will turn it on and off... leaving it the same water pressure and temperature every time. Now that's green technology designed with real people in mind. The faucet is now on my holiday wish list.

So that's my Five progress for this week. How did you do on your Five? Let us hear how you're making a difference!

Are you ready to Live Your Five?


  1. I didn't know that about the automatic bathroom faucet, very cool. I know that I've been working on conserving water, especially when I brush my teeth (I mean, who really needs to leave the water running when they aren't using it?). Thanks for the tip!

  2. I agree with Lizzy! The bathroom faucet sounds really cool! I might ask my mom to get us one! We're renovating anyway :-)

  3. LOVE this bathroom faucet idea--thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I had no idea there was an auto-shut-off faucet for home use. Way cool! Thanks for digging that up, Kay.

  5. Timed showers! I pick a 4 minute song on the iPod and must finish by the time it's over!

  6. Thanks, everyone! I know... isn't that faucet the coolest??? LOVE it.

    And Daisy - what a fabulous idea! Especially if it's a song that really gets you going in the morning. (I so need that.)

  7. I really love this idea of living your five and I really appreciate you all sharing your five with us. I will have to start working on mine.

    I think that the faucet sounds really useful. I often wonder about the amount of water that I am wasting as I am washing dishes and I will really try to pay more attention from now on.

  8. Lori - Thank you so much! I can't wait to hear what your Five end up being. :-) There's an Honorary Fiver feature coming up this Friday, so be sure to check that out!