Pandora Picks: “The Reeling,” Passion Pit

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Pandora Picks: “Breathe Me,” Sia

I love Pandora. I know there are tons of music sites available out there, but I feel like I get a good variety of music from my Pandora radio stations.

I always want to share songs I encounter on there — both old and new. So, to motivate myself to update the blog, I will be posting a variety of songs from Pandora in posts called “Pandora Picks.”

Here’s one from Sia, an Australian singer who has become popular due to her work with David Guetta in the song “Titanium” and Flo Rida in “Wild Ones.”

Living small

I’ve looked at the concept of living in a small space for a while now. Some people look at my goal of living in a tiny home as a craze that I would end up hating, but I think it would be an adventure.

We recently connected with a family who lives in a 320 square-foot house in northwest Arkansas. I really love everything they’ve done with their tiny home, and I think it’s a realistic way of life. The key that you will see in their video below is that they live mortgage free. The bottom line for my curiosity in this possible future venture is living without the burden of a mortgage. Think how much money you could save and put toward other things in life if you only had property tax — or a rental spot for a tiny home that is mobile.

Another possible idea I’m including in my research is the idea of owning a shipping container home. Using a 4o-foot shipping container as a home not only provides a small space, but it also allows the opportunity to recycle.

A shipping container home can be converted into a living space. Notice how they’re also opting to include solar panels.

It will likely be a year or so before we are able to convert to a new type of abode since my wife in school, and we’re still transitioning from our time in Chile — but it’s certainly something I’m researching.

I’ve gone a little crazy on Pinterest; you’re invited to view the cool tiny homes I’ve repinned.

Summer 2012 — What a Waste

It’s become a tradition in my classroom.

On the first day of school I like to do a Letterman-style Top 10 Ways to Waste the Summer of __. I’m currently compiling my list so as to be ready for the first day of school. I find it’s a great way for students to reflect on their summer, and they get to see what a dork I am.

A few Internet sensations will be included on my top 10 list:

If you have any ideas to include on the ways we’ve all wasted away the summer of 2012, I’d love to hear about them.