Category Archives: Quirky

Pigeons & Pollution


Hi Nuggets –

I just finished reading this article and must say, everything about it is awesome and hilarious. I highly recommend you read it (it’s a quick read), but if you don’t feel like it, here is the gist: racing pigeons wearing backpacks that monitor air pollution. Enough said. Maybe I need to spend more time in London; they’re pretty darn crafty over there.

Pigeons were used to monitor nitrous dioxide in London

Happy Tuesday! x’s and o’s.

Tea Talk: Fat Reduction


Hey Baby Loves,

The grind called Graduate School continues! I’m always busy it seems, but I guess I should appreciate it. I scored a big Graduate Assistant job which I’m incredibly stoked about, but I’ll save the details for that for a later date when I’m more informed.
Before I launch into my theme for today, I wanted to talk about something Max and I did this weekend, called Adventure Rooms. We went to the one in Middletown, CT, and it was awesome. Essentially, you have one hour to escape out of three separate rooms via solving puzzles, problems and riddles. We were told that for groups of 2 people that the escape rate was 20%… and we escaped with 8 seconds left on the clock. Talk about a close call, but hey… we made it! BOOM. If this seems like your kind of thing, I highly recommend you try it out.

Here’s our victory shot:
Adventure Rooms

Moving on: I want to talk about Tea. As you may know, I am an avid lover of tea. It’s just so delicious with a multitude of benefits to your overall persona, how could you not be a fan? In today’s tea talk, I want to hone in on those lovely leaves that help with fat storage and weight loss.

  1. Green Tea. Due to its high content of EGCG (a type of catechin), which has the capability of turning off genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity, green tea is great for reversing those pesky fat-storage genes. It also helps amp up CCK levels, which is a hormone that quells hunger.
  2. Barberry. I had no idea what this was until doing my research; it’s a natural chemical made from barberry shrub that can help prevent weight gain, boost energy expenditures, and decrease your receptors that lie in wait on the surface of fat cells. This means you will absorb fat sources less.
  3. White Tea. Fun facts: white tea has the richest source of antioxidants (which triggers the release of fat from cells) of teas and has 3x as many polyphenols as green tea. According to a study, white tea can help accelerate the breakdown of fat while blocking the formation of fat cells, AND it speeds up your liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
  4. Rooibos. Another tea high in polyphenols (as well as flavonoids, particularly aspalathin), which inhibit the formation of new fat cells. Aspalathin can also reduce stress hormones, which as we know can trigger hunger and fat storage.
  5. Black Tea. Side note: when you are stressed, adrenaline causes fat cells to release fatty acids to your blood stream. Black tea is another great tea that reduces stress and normalizes your cortisol levels; cortisol absorbs the fatty acids and stores them in your belly… yuck.
  6. Pu-erh. This was another new one for me. Pu-erh is fermented green tea that is dried then rolled into blocks. It lowers a bad fat found in the blood and potentially belly fat as well, essentially shrinking fat cells.

Welp, that’s it for today. I have real world work to do and a movie to watch before I have to return it to the library. Over and out, fabulous peeps!

A Little Of This, A Little Of That


How’s it hanging, pretty people?

The last two weeks have been grueling, so please excuse my lack of blogging. I’m about to make up for it, though 🙂

In case you care to know, I had three exams last week (two in optimization/mathematics for economists and one in advanced microeconomic theory), two big homework assignments and then this week I had one major presentation in Econometrics, more homework and I have a final exam for my Mathematics for Economists class on Friday. BLAH. On the bright side, after Friday I will be officially done with one class! That’s a whopping 6 hours of class time and about 3-4 hours of studying every week.
Hopefully after that life will get a little bit calmer. My workout routine/climbing has seriously diminished as well, so that is where some of my free time will go.

Although I have been swamped with school, I have been managing to enjoy myself (because well, why not?). Last week I stopped in to watch a little bit of the Zedd concert, but because I had a crazy week of exams I was only able to fit in an hour. Still, it was a break and a musical one at that. Tonight I will be going to the Passion Pit concert, wahwahweewah.

The first weekend in October (Saturday the 3rd), Max and I attended the first session of the WBRU Craft Brew Fest at Lupo’sit was awesome. Lots of delicious craft beers were consumed and I ended up winning the “hangover basket” raffle which had a bunch of fun goodies. Afterwards, we met up with a friend in Providence and ate at one of my favorite Mexican spots – Viva Mexico Cantina Grille. Overall, a very successful Saturday.

"Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer" + hangover basket!

“Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer” + hangover basket!

I’ve also been managing to fit in a little ride time here and there; hopefully more post-Friday. Sunday, October 4th I rode Digger (my mom’s horse) in an Eric Horgan clinic – a fabulous clinician I have been riding with since I was 10. It was a fantastic lesson and we have some high hopes for next show season… he even mentioned I should aim higher than first level, which would be freaking awesome! But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. We did, however, have a wonderful show a few weeks back in Connecticut – we won first place with a score of 70% in Training 3 and second place with a score of 68% in Training 2. For those not aware of dressage scores… those are high. Basically, I self-proclaimed us being official graduates of training level. About damn time!

WinningLet’s see, what else have I been up to…

Did I mention I tried hot yoga? Max and I went a few weeks ago and I highly recommend it. We went to Rhode Island Power Yoga in North Kingstown; they were offering a free class due to their one year anniversary and it was so much fun we both bought their “beginner package” which was 3 classes for $20. Woo! Let me know if anyone wants to give it a try.

I’ve still been working, albeit only once a week, since that’s all I can handle. My juice game hasn’t been as on point lately, but hopefully when I get more time that will be altered.

Oh! Last weekend, I went to Point Street Pianos for a friend’s birthday. It is a dueling piano bar in Providence, and if you have a dirty sense of humor (as I do), or if you enjoy a fun, musical time with a bit of raunchiness mixed in, I highly recommend you check this place out. We went on a Friday night so it was pretty crowded, but we had reservations; I encourage you do that as well to ensure a table. It’s a comical time, but be forewarned: it does get loud, so if you’re looking for a place to sit and talk/be romantic, this should not be your destination.

The final fun thing I want to touch on is my rock climbing as of late. The Rock Spot (my climbing gym) started this new thing called the “Adult Climbing League”, which is a low-key competitive league that runs on Thursday evenings for 6-weeks; the kickoff event was last Thursday and I scrounged myself up a team! Obviously Max was part of it, but we needed at least one other person, so I convinced one of my fellow ENRE classmates, Kyle, to join us. He’s an amazing climber so that’s a feather in our cap. Our team name: The Crack Fisters. Yes, it is inappropriate, but we only chose that because everyone else had raunchy names as well. Teehee.

Kyle also happens to be friends with some of the really kick-ass climbers at our gym, and on Saturday, Max and I went with him and some other diesel climbers to Lincoln Woods to climb on some real rocks! It was challenging in the best way. Afterwards, we went to this little Venezuelan restaurant called La Arepa in Pawtucket. SOOO GOOD. Go there if you are into that kind of thing and in the area. Seriously, though.

Okay! Well, I think that is enough for me for one day. I should get back to some school work and final exam studying… later my loves ❤ I’ll post a side note later on about some upcoming events that may be of interest to you all.

Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines


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 😉

Glorious Gatherings


Howdy Hey Beautiful Humans!

I’m sitting on URI campus waiting for my class to start, so I figured giving a quick hello would be a good use of my time. Over the last week or so, two amazing gatherings/festivals have been brought to my attention; naturally, I wanted to share. One is local to us Rhode Islanders, and the other is regional to New England:

Green Market Festival: I don’t know if this is happening again this year, but I sincerely hope that it does. Last year, the 3rd annual Green Market Festival took place (from 10 am to 5 pm) at The Farmer’s Daughter and Landscape Creations of RI, located at 715-716 Mooresfield Road (Route 138), South Kingstown, RI – conveniently, mighty close to where I am currently sitting.

Events of this festival included interactive events for the whole family, such as: Hands-on Demonstrations, Family Fun Activities, Learn from the Experts: Educational Presentations,  Exhibits & Vendors, Live Music, Green Businesses, Great Food, Big Nazo Puppets, Story Telling and BoldrDash Kids. In the “Learn from the Experts” portion, landscape professionals offered workshops on a variety of topics. Admission for an adult was only $10, ages 12-18 were $5, under 12 was free, with $25 maximum per family over 4. Not a bad deal, eh? 

I’ll keep my eyes peeled for this event popping up again, and of course I will keep y’all posted.

Epic Skill Swap: Okay, now this is genius. Of course, it takes place in New Hampshire (live free or die, duh). Basically, this event is amazing; it is a participatory weekend (it just ended – it was Memorial Day Weekend) festival at Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, New Hampshire.

At this event, you can learn new skills, share the skills you have and spend a couple days with some equally as awesome people. The cost depends on your individual situation. There are potluck dinners and a whole slew of other amazing things; click the link I provided to see all the full details. I need to attend this next year. It’s almost too good to be true, but it IS true! Naturally, I’ve already emailed them and I’m crossing my fingers I’ll get a spot for 2016. Now I just need to figure out what skills I want to share… Come join 🙂

I’ve got to run… class has begun! x’s and o’s.


Lovelies –

I came across a splendid Mark Twain quote the other day and wanted to spread the wealth:

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.

Now, those are words to live by; don’t you forget them!

That is all. x’s and o’s.

Be Your Best


Hey Babes!

I’m trying to find a cool use for my old perfume bottle, and while searching for inspiration I stumbled upon this post. It is by far one of the most crafty pieces I have come across in terms of re-purposing regular household goods. I highly recommend you check it out. Stay tuned because I have every intention of utilizing essentially all of the 51 ideas. Soooo crafty!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your week! I’m off to the gym and then onward to NYC tomorrow for a few days. I’m sure I’ll come back with some fun stories/things to share.

Hugs and kisses,

Re-Purposing At It’s Finest