Raw Bob’s is Gettin’ Famous

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Folks –

Below is a video featuring my lovely town of residence, East Greenwich. As you may know, I work part-time at a local, AMAZING juice bar in town, called Raw Bob’s. Since we kick ass there, we were featured in the episode, and I wanted you all to be able to check it out. Of course I encourage you to watch the episode in its entirety, but if you fast forward to 15 minutes it, I won’t judge.

Juice Cleanse (Round 2)

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Hello Love Bugs.

A few days ago, I finished my second ever juice cleanse.

I did my flagship cleanse (read the original blog post with tips included here) in April of 2014 and I can’t say it was enjoyable… this one wasn’t much different, though I think it may have been more tolerable. I think I have gotten even healthier in the past year (go me!). But I mean, it was three days with minimal food = not my idea of a party.

It did the trick, however. I feel fantastic and I dropped 8 pounds in 3 days, which is even better than last year. I figured I would give you a play-by-play of my three days in case you were feeling brave. I made everything myself – including the pudding and soup – so if you desire any recipes, let this lady know! Maybe I’ll post them at some point on my own in the future.

DAY ONE
09:00 – two hard boiled eggs, hot earl grey tea with 1/2 lemon
09:30 – water with chia seeds
11:00 – 8 oz juice (dandelion, lemon, ginger, turmeric, celery, green apple)
13:20 – 16 oz juice (celery, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, ginger, lemon, cayenne)
14:30 – one medium red apple with 2 T peanut butter
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cayenne, lemon, lime, beet greens, ginger, cucumber, grapefruit)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
20:45 – 16 oz juice (beet, kale, cayenne, lemon, ginger)

DAY TWO
09:00 – one hard boiled egg
09:15 – 16 oz juice (grapefruit)
13:00 – 16 oz juice (kale, cucumber, parsley, lime, cayenne, red apple)
14:30 – 4 oz sprouted seeds and nuts
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cabbage, celery, ginger, jicama, carrot greens)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
21:30 – 2 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, carrot, garlic)

DAY THREE
08:30 – 1/2 cup quinoa, plain
09:30 – 16 oz juice (tomato, dandelion, cayenne, parsley, basil, celery, lime)
11:45 – 4 oz chia pudding
13:00 – small coffee with coconut oil
16:00 –  3 0z wheat grass shot with ginger
16:30 – 16 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, garlic, carrot, jalapeno)
21:00 – pint of detox soup

Notice that I didn’t only drink juices for three days straight; I added some healthy foods and snacks in there as well. Of course, you can totally only drink juices during a cleanse, but it would just be too torturous for me. Plus, my juices are intense enough a little food is probably a saving grace.

That’s it for me tonight! My sister and mom expressed interest in cleansing in the near future, too, so I’ll let you know how they wind up doing. Stay awesome my friends.

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When The Going Gets Tough
by Katrina Kenison

When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore.

May I sit down instead.

When the going gets tough may I be quiet.

May I steep for a while in stillness.

When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as they are meant to.

May I remember that my life is what it is, not what I ask for.

May I find the strength to bear it, the grace to accept it, the faith to embrace it.

When the going gets tough may I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else.

When the going gets tough may I assume nothing.

May I not take it personally.

May I opt for trust over doubt, compassion over suspicion, vulnerability over vengeance.

When the going gets tough may I open my heart before I open my mouth.

When the going gets tough may I be the first to apologize.

May I leave it at that.

May I bend with all my being toward forgiveness.

When the going gets tough may I look for a door to step through rather than a wall to hide behind.

When the going gets tough may I turn my gaze up to the sky above my head, rather than down to the mess at my feet.

May I count my blessings.

When the going gets tough may I pause, reach out a hand, and make the way easier for someone else.

When the going gets tough may I remember that I’m not alone.

May I be kind.

When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time.

Inspirations

Just Dropping In…

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Hi Friends.

Life is good. I hope it’s good on your end, too. It’s sort of been a while, but since I’ve been away… I got into my Masters/PhD Program! It’s Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and I’m excited. I want to try and work with renewable energy, especially solar power. If anyone knows anyone involved in this line of work in any way, shape, or form… introduce me! I want to learn it all. Classes start soon and then the real work begins.

I finished all my summer classes up with straight A’s, so that was cool. I’ve also been reading a lot, so check my books section for updates there. Working a lot too, but since I won’t be doing much of the money making during the school year, I embrace it. Plus I get to drink juice :) I’ve also begun volunteering at a bookstore near campus and that’s awesome. I want to start building up their social media presence so stay tuned for me promoting that!

Max and I have also been spending our free summer hours climbing. The other weekend we traveled to Maryland for an outdoor excursion and checked out a different indoor climbing gym. He’s starting to like to travel, success! Stay tuned for pictures someday in the future.

… and that’s how my summer has been going. I’m happy and I’m tan – I’ve been managing to sneak in about one beach day a week thanks to our new beach house, which is probably a new record for me and I really enjoy it. Today, Max and I spent the day on Block Island driving a moped around the island. Local Rhode Islanders: I highly recommend you try this. I’ll try and post those pictures when I post the Maryland photos. I am currently super duper exhausted so I’m going to hit the hay, but I thought I would touch base while I had a free evening.

Stay lovely.

Statistical Swag

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Boo Thangs,

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting my blogging post of late – I’m in the midst of two summer classes at the moment (Statistics and Macroeconomics) and since they’re only 5 weeks long, they are quite intensive, so unfortunately that’s where the majority of my free time goes. Though I guess that’s not exactly free. Good news though, I finished my Microeconomics summer class and received an A in it :D Let’s hope I do just as good this session!

I decided I wanted to try theoretically killing two birds with one stone today, so this blog post may be relatively boring for some of you (hopefully not all). I have a statistics exam tomorrow and I need to study. However, instead of doing the run of the mill study routine, I thought I would turn it into an academic blog post. The exam is on the beginning material of the class, so don’t worry, it’s not incredibly intense. Also I won’t be insulted if you skip over this, but I think it’s at least worth giving a quick looksie ;)

OK. SO STATISTICS:

First, statistics is the embodiment of principles and methods concerned with extracting useful information from data; it is a descriptive measure or characteristic of the sample. It’s important, and it is used all the time, everyday, to help keep the wheel of our society spinning. I bet you can think of at least one example.

There are two different basic areas of statistics – descriptive and inferential. Descriptive statistics deals with methods of organizing, summarizing and presenting data such as describing shape, the average value or a spread of data. In descriptive, you have all the information already and no inferences are made. Descriptive stats are things like graphs, charts and tables. Then, there is inferential stats, which is a body of methods for drawing conclusions about a population based on information available in a sample taken from that particular population. We do this because a population can be so large that we cannot measure it in its entirety. When we gather our information for inferential stats, we generally use simple random sampling, which basically means each item of a population is equally likely to be chosen, there is no predisposition/bias. Other samplings exists, such as systematic, cluster, stratified and multistage.

Now let’s move into data, the information that is obtained by observing values of a variable. There are two types of data – quantitative and qualitative. Qualitative is simple enough; it is non-numerical, categorical or nominal. You list the distinct values and their frequencies and then divide the frequency by the total number of observations to get the relative frequency distribution. Then, there is quantitative data, which is numerical and where the variables are broken down into either discrete (whose possible values can be listed even though the list may continue infinitely) or continuous (whose possible values form some interval of numbers and usually deals with decimal points). For qualitative data, we look at frequencies or “counts”, where in quantitative we look at means and standard deviations. Which leads me to my next point…

Descriptive measures in stats are measures of central location, which are the mean (average), median (middle of data), and mode (most frequently occurring). If the distribution is symmetrical, the mean will equal the median. Then there are measure of variation, which are range (distance between minimum and maximum), sample standard deviation (measures the extent to which values differ from the mean) and the inter-quartile range (the third quartile minus the first, which is a range of the middle 50% of the data). There is also something called the five number summary, which includes the first, second and third quartile, along with the minimum and maximum.

I want to talk about standardized variables, z-scores and how to actually obtain the standard deviation, but I think that’s maybe for another day. Or maybe never for this particular blog. Either way, enjoy the rest of your summer Sunday! x’s and o’s.

Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines

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Fellow Nerds!

I came across this article that features a crap ton of hilariously awesome pick-up lines that are as the title alludes to… Harry Potter themed. Obviously, I love them (some are gold, others are merely bronze, but all are still creative) and thus, they needed to be added to my blog. Enjoy! Or don’t. Either way, I do.

1. Wanna go manage some mischief together? I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.

2. Are you a Snitch? Because you’re by far the greatest catch here.

3. Call Ollivander, because I think my wand has found its master.

4. Girl, are you sure you’re a muggle cause I’d swear that ass is magical!

5. I’m not wearing an invisibility cloak, but do you think I could still visit your restricted section tonight?

6. Are you sure you’re not a Dementor? Because I’m sure I’d die if you kissed me.

7. Did you order some Felix Felicis? Cause you’re about to get lucky!

8. Did you just use the stupify charm or are you a natural stunner?

9. I don’t need accio to make you come.

10. What do you say we disapparate out of here?

11. I might as well be under the Imperius curse, because I’d do anything for you.

12. I can be your house elf. I’ll do whatever you want and I don’t need any clothes.

13. You must play Quidditch. I know a Keeper when I see one.

14. Is this the Hogwarts Express? Because it feels like you and I are headed somewhere magical.

15. I’m very interested in exploring your Chamber of Secrets.

16. Wow, when I said “Accio hottie”, I didn’t expect it to work!

17. I could make you scream louder than a mandrake!

18. We may not be in Professor Flitwick’s class, but you sure are charming!

19. I need to learn Occlumency, because I can’t get you out of my thoughts.

20. The Sorting Hat has spoken, and it says I belong in your house.

21. Are you a basilisk? Because when I caught sight of you, I froze.

22. I may not be the boy who lived, but I can still be your chosen one.

23. You must be my horcrux, because you complete me.

24. Did you say “Petrificus Totalus”? Because you’ve made me stiff.

25. Is your basilisk interested in exploring my Chamber of Secrets?

26. Wanna make me moan like Myrtle?

27. Speak Parseltongue to me and I’ll let my snake out.

28. Are you a Dementor? Because you just took my breath away.

29. What do you say we go look for the Room of Requirement?

Over and out ;)