Crime Noir: “Key Lime Pie”

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I love dark crime noir, and I loved this. It may not be for everyone, but as someone who is on a diet and loves key lime pie, it tickled my funny bone.

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You Can Help NOAA Understand the Weather

The Ping ProjectSo, I thought this was cool: yesterday I heard about “mPING” a new app released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The idea is to get people to use the app to record the exact precipitation that is occurring. Apparently radar is not very good at determining mixed precipitation very well – ice mixed with rain, drizzle and so on. With this app we amateur meteorologists can report what is happening on the ground right now and all the data goes realtime to a map.  How cool is that?

There is a great article about the app on the Talking Points Memo website by Carl Franzen. If you think this kind of thing is as interesting and fun as I do, you should hop over to their site and read all the details.  Here’s a quote from Kim Elmore, a PhD meteorologist from the article:

“If you’re working for a power company and all of the sudden you start to see reports of freezing drizzle that weren’t forecast, you might think, ‘OK, we’re not in trouble now, but we could be in the next few hours. Let’s get crews in place in case any power line get knocked down,’” Elmore explained. “If you’re a city manager, you can begin to get salt trucks and plows ready to go as soon as you see reports of snow or freezing drizzle. If you’re a forecaster and the reports disagree with your forecast, you can update it, so the uncertainty is minimized.”

If you want to hear the article that got me excited about this, here’s the link on NPR. I just downloaded the app – and almost immediately the sun came out! Well, I live in the Midwest, there will be precipitation of some kind or another shortly!

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Sisters QuoteWeight Loss Update:

So, not only is my fabulous boyfriend on the weight loss journey, my sister is trying to take off a few pounds as well. Perhaps it is selfish of me to say this, but this is awesome. I have read that having a “weight loss buddy” is incredibly helpful, and now that I have two, I totally understand why.

Whenever you become focused on something, whether it’s weight loss, building a Deathstar, or urban homesteading, it’s easy to become a bit obsessed. That mental focus starts to drive you – to do research, make plans, try new things.  You are thinking about it all the time, and so, want to talk about it all the time. Having two people in my life that I can share with is wonderful. I know they will both support me and listen when I need to vent. They understand my frustrations… like when my coworkers put things like chocolate covered macadamia nuts and free pizza in the lunch room. (Seriously. Both of these in the lunchroom… which is right next to my desk!)

My boyfriend (who is doing low carb) and I (who is doing low cal) spent about an hour on our phones researching where we could go out for dinner. Neither of us got upset or bored because we were working on it together. I love that we can do that. I love that I can tell him how I am doing and where I am at, and not feel self conscious about it at all.

And as for my sister… we decided on a little competition!

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What is Life?

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Dusk Wheat by Dave Hopton“What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

– Crowfoot, last words, 1890

A quick reminder, for when I am feeling overwhelmed and stress – these things are but fragments of a much greater and richer life. Let them go.

Photo credit: Dave Hopton

To Be Aware

This is the first post out of 4 which will explain how does the human mind works (and yours included :-)).

It all began just a few days ago, as I was walking around my neighberhood, when suddenly I heard a call: “Hey you, do you know how to get to the beach?”, as I turned around, I saw this guy ——> “Sure man, Just take the left turn and you’ll hit the main road, and as you arrive there, you can basically take which direction you want”, “10x dude”. Just a few seconds later, I suddenly realized how strange  this situation was, so I turned back and ran after him.                   “Hey” I said, “I have never seen a talking duck!”                              “A TALKING DUK?!” he replied with astonishment…

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