Perfect Picnicking

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Howdy🙂

It’s nearing the end of picnic season, which makes me a little bummed, but hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in one more before my hands get too cold being outdoors without gloves.

I’m a big fan of picnicking, and wanted to share with you some of my favorite sandwiches and snacks to bring along, as well as some other items I deem useful. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect picnic basket, so if anyone has any recommendations, please share!

Sandwich Combos:

  • fig jam/arugula/prosciutto/asiago
  • mustard/brie/ham
  • mustard/cheddar/apple
  • dijon/swiss/ham/cornichon
  • goat cheese/grilled veggies
  • gouda/chicken salad
  • cream cheese/cucumber

Snacks:

  • olives
  • fruit
  • dates stuffed with almonds
  • crackers
  • cheese
  • meats
  • honey/jam/peanut butter/chocolate spread

Other:

  • beverage: wine, of course! I store mine in my corkcicle canteen
  • blanket: very important. I adore my tarpestry
  • basket: as I mentioned… still on the hunt!
  • utensils: I want to invest in some nice picnic utensils, plates, cutting board and knife. Again, recommendations are highly encouraged.
  • books, music, and a perfect location are also good to have on hand🙂

I highly recommend you give the sandwiches a try. Tres delicious. Happy picnicking!!

Aquaculture Tour: Ninigret Pond

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Hey Baby Loves –

It’s pretty rainy in my neck of the woods — apparently there’s a tropical storm somewhere off the coast bringing in all the water. Probably I should be doing work, but I’m really quite cozy in my bed, so I figured as a form of semi-productive procrastination, I would do some blogging!

Back in June, a few days after returning from London, I partook in an amazing and free oyster aquaculture tour at Ninigret pond over in Charlestown. It was beautiful weather and I learned a bunch, so as per usual, I wanted to share that learning with you!

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If you are unaware what aquaculture is, here’s a definition:

The rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food.

Simple enough, right? In theory, yes of course, but like any type of farming, a ton of time and effort goes into aquaculture, and you’re always at the will of Mother Nature.

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Here are some fun facts I learned about the aquaculture industry in Ninigret Pond:

  • Ideal depth is 2-3 feet
  • 45 acres used for aquaculture so far, which is ~2.5%, and the max is 5%
  • 7 farmers use the area
  • Names to know: David Beutel and Nick Poppa from East Beach Blondes
  • Visit seafoodri.com
  • Diploids spawn in summer, whereas triploids don’t
  • Walrus and Carpenter do dinner on the barrier island creek (ducksbury)
  • Natural wildlife refuge: harvest and fosters coves

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Unfortunately I didn’t take as stellar notes as I usually do… sorry about that. I was missing the ocean from my time spent in London and the day was gorgeous, so most of my attention went to taking in the sites, sounds, and smells. One additional fun fact I did pick up is that in Block Island, they offer a paddle tour of Aquaculture sites in the area. The above picture shows essentially an oyster nursery. A really cool guy grows oyster spat (baby oysters) and then sells them to the farmers in the area. Now that’s going local!

Two weekends ago, I attended the second annual ocean state oyster festival with some friends, and it was once again all I could have hoped. It was also pretty cool seeing some of the harvests that I saw on the water back in June. That same day, I also took a free clamming seminar, but more on that later.

That’s it for me for the moment — time to do some leisurely reading on this wet afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xx

Beneficial Morning Rituals

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Yikes! My blogging average has not been very good lately, and for that I apologize. Summer was crazy and Fall has started on an equally crazy note. Maybe sometime soon I’ll find the time to update and share some pictures (fingers crossed).

Anyway, how is everyone?

This is going to be quick – much to get done!! Every morning, I spend a little bit of time reading some articles, and this morning I came across this one, that talks about 7 things to do for a good morning ritual. If you want to read the article in its entirety, click the link. If not, here’s a summary of the recommendations:

The morning ritual that will make you happy all day…

  • Have something to look forward to: Plans with a friend are always good.
  • Manage your mood: Don’t check email. Do what gives you a feeling of control.
  • Eat breakfast: If you eat nothing and end up killing someone, well… I hope it’s not me.
  • Do something you dread: You’ve got the willpower. And you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
  • Send a “thank you” email: Yes, it’s that simple. Really.
  • Plan how you’ll deal with challenges: Think about the worst that could happen and it probably won’t.
  • Kiss somebody you love: If this makes you late for work, feel free to blame me

That’s all the time I can spare for now, folks! Enjoy the rest of your day🙂

Body Worlds Vital

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Baby Loves <33

How is everything?! I wanted to share with all of you an AWESOME exhibit that I went to the other day. It’s called Body Worlds Vital and is currently in Rhode Island — I believe until January — so those of you that are in the area, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s relatively inexpensive and you’ll definitely learn something from it.

For those of you not in Rhode Island, keep an eye on where they go next. It travels all over the world and hopefully will come to you! If not, read on, as I will share some pictures and fun factoids. Happy learning!

The Orthopedic Body

Above is the “Orthopedic Body”, posed as a dancer. It is fitted with various artificial joints. Orthopedics corrects skeletal deformities.

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The Skin Man

Directly above is the “Skin Man”. The skin is our largest and heaviest organ. Despite being a few millimeters thick, we cannot obviously survive without it. It protects us from micro-organisms, stops us from drying out, regulates our temperature and provides information about how the outside world feels. Ageing of our skin happens when special elastic fibres within it are damaged. This causes the skin to lose its youthful recoil and stay in permanent wrinkles. The main cause of elastic fibre damage is UV light from the fun. This is why tanning, however good it may look in the short term, actually speeds up the ageing process -_- Repeated exposure to cigarette smoke alos seems to damage skin over time and enhance wrinkling.

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Arteries

Thoracic Cavity

Directly above is a cross-section of a Thoracic Cavity. The bronchial passages in the lungs lead into clusters of tiny air sacs (alveoli) that give the lungs a sponge-like appearance. Each alveolus is surrounded by a network of capillaries where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. Each lung contains 300-450 million alveoli. Spread out flat, they would cover an area of about 850-1,300 square feet.

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Pretty neat, right?! Some other interesting tidbits of knowledge I picked up:

  • The human hand has 27 bones, controlled by 37 skeletal muscles. They allow for a wide variety of movement with exceptionally fine control and a powerful gripping action. In particular, it is our ability to bring the tips of our thumb and fingers together that gives human hands their unique dexterity.
  • That “pins and needles” sensation you get is usually caused by sitting or lying in a way that restricts the blood supply to the area. Normal feeling is restored by changing position and letting the blood back in. The numbness is replaced y that prickling sensation, as the nerves wake up again and start sending messages to the brain and spinal cord.
  • The knee joint bones are not a perfect fit. To fill the gap, they have two crescent-shaped cartilage wedges called menisci. Only the outer edges are supplied with blood and therefore regenerate poorly following an injury.
  • A muscle can only shorten and relax. When we move, different muscles act on opposite sides of a joint, pulling it in different directions in which it can move. For example, the biceps flexes the elbow, while the triceps at the back of our arm does the opposite and extends the elbow. When the biceps contracts, balancing activity in the triceps inhibits excessive movement. This makes our movements fluid and controlled.
  • The cerebrum is the largest part of our brain. Almost two thirds of the brain’s surface are hidden in the furrows. Spread out flat, the cerebral cortex would cover about 16 square feet.
  • The biggest risk factors of a stroke are high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity and high cholesterol levels.
  • Twins are conceived when a fertilized egg divides into two embryos or two fertilized eggs develop simultaneously. In the former case, the twins share the same genetic code and are identical twins. They are always of the same sex. In the second case, the twins are fraternal. They are genetically as similar or different as any other non-identical siblings and always have their own placenta.

Now you know! The body is an amazingly wonderful thing and I love learning more about it. Treat yours well🙂

Chile? Cool.

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Hello beautiful people!

Chile has been getting some positive publicity lately and promoting tourism within their borders. Being a supporter of all things travel, I figured I would help them with their promotion; plus, I think these sort of information tidbits are beneficial to any travel bug😀

  1. Beaches. With thousands of miles of coastline, Chile is almost a country entirely of coastline.
  2. Desert. In northern Chile, there exists San Pedro de Atacama with awe-inspiring skies.
  3. Patagonia. I don’t think I have to say more. Just know in southern Chile, Patagonia = awesome.
  4. Art. Specifically, street art in Valparaiso; it’s badass.
  5. Food. Need I say more? A wide array with amazing flavors. Try it all.
  6. People. Good people are quintessential to a positive travel experience. Apparently, Chileans are just that.
  7. Sandboarding. It’s on my life to-do list, why not add it to yours?

That’s all I’ve got right now. I just made these ah-mazing plant/veggie burgers so stay tuned for a recipe and pictures at some point! I love when healthy tastes good.

x’s and o’s