My Green Weekend

This is my post for this months Green Mom’s Carnival, it’s hosted by the amazing Beth Terry who writes about living a life with less plastic at Fake Plastic Fish. Be sure to go check out the other great posts.

This past weekend my mom and I went attended the Oklahoma Sustainability Network’s conference in Edmond, Oklahoma. This is the second year we have gone.

Neither of us our morning people and were not looking forward to getting up around 5 a.m. to go to the conference. Thankfully my wonderful husband found us a hotel for the night before.

So Friday evening we headed up to the OKC area. On our way up we stopped at what we call our hippie restaurant (The Pink Elephant Cafe). We had a nice semi-organic dinner and headed down the street to Native Roots Market, a great store that carries a lot of local products as well as fair trade and organic products. We got some food for our breakfast and headed to Edmond.

We had a bit of trouble finding our hotel in the dark as there was only a tiny sign but once we got there we read some green blogs and went to bed way to late.

The next morning we got ready, made hot tea (fair trade and organic of course!) to put in our Klean Kanteen insulated mugs and headed to the conference.

Pulling in to the parking lot (in my mom’s Prius) we noted how many hybrids were there and all the green bumper stickers, for once in Oklahoma we felt we belonged.

Once inside we were surprised to find a friend from Ada was there, he is a member of the recycling coalition with us. We ended up going to the morning sessions together. The first session was with Paul James about gardening. It was very interesting though I do have to say I disagreed about a few things, like he isn’t big into native plants and a few other little things but overall I learned a lot.

After a few of the sessions we went to Chipotle for lunch as that is one thing that is always lacking at this green events, sustainable food. We also have food allergies so it’s easier for us to eat some place we know is safe and Chipotle doesn’t even service the food we are allergic too.

After lunch we headed back to hear the keynote speaker, Katharine Hayhoe, an author, professor, and climate scientist. She was great and I did pick up a copy of her book. I will be writing more about that after I read it.

One of the highlights was getting to meet another green blogger, Christine of Peak Oil Hausfrau was there. She spoke a bit during the session on being a citizen journalist. We got to talk to her after so that was a lot of fun.

Other sessions we went to included a talk from a panel on sustainable home improvement and a few talks about building a sustainable community.

After the conference we headed to OKC and had dinner at the semi-organic restaurant Sage. I spent a lot of the meal sending my husband picture texts of people in the restaurant because they were having a party for the makers of a film about the basketball player Wayman Tisdale, it was sponsored by the OKC Thunder so I was on the look out for Thunder players.

After dinner we went to Norman and back to Native Roots Market to get a few things and then we headed home. We both were very tired but had a lot of fun. I will be writing more in depth about the conference on so be watching for that.

What did everyone else do this weekend?

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