Monthly Archives: March 2016

7 Stages of Eating Easter Candy

Peeps Eating Candy

Recently a friend informed me her family doesn’t do Easter baskets anymore because she just doesn’t like the candy that much. I was confused and thought a) WHAT and b) you don’t pre-coordinate with your mom to make sure she only chooses candy you like? Isn’t that what all adults do?

After eating a lot of pre-coordinated candy on Easter I naturally fell into a sugar-induced, early sleep.  I awoke on Monday, the day that traditionally marks the beginning of another week of attempting to eat healthy.  If anything, falling at the beginning of the week makes Mondays the most successful day because you have the most healthy reserve.  However, this Monday I awoke to a bounty of Easter candy and leftover cakes in every direction the eye could see.

In the dining room giant chocolate rabbits peeked out from under a mountain of croissants and cookies.  In the kitchen two half eaten cakes stood side by side.  Looking around frantically it occurred to me–it all has to go, but a healthy does of Catholic guilt and a bit of sugar addiction made this hard.  Staring at my bounty of candy and goods I began to think.

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Can this quiz guess your gender and income based solely on your apps?

Cell Phone with apps

The Washington Post created a quiz that guesses information about you based on which apps you have on your phone.  Being a consistent high-performer on Bejeweled 2 should tell people all they need to know, but I took the quiz anyways.

Researchers with Verto Analytics and the Qatar Computing Research Institute cross-referenced demographics and app usage of over 3,700 people and found by analyzing the data they could guess, with some accuracy, the demographics of people by which apps they have on their phone.

WaPo used the data to make a fun quiz to test on yourself: Take the Quiz  

Below I went through some of my answers and then referenced the original paper to try and get to the bottom of this.  How much can they tell about people who have Uber?  Apparently a lot.

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Fort Hill, Eastham MA

Fort Hill 1

Since I’m currently plotting my next big travel move I’ll be home through the summer, this means you’ll be treated to in depth explorations of Cape Cod.   This past week I decided to explore Fort Hill in Eastham.

Fort Hill is a large area of fields, salt marsh and Red Maple Swamp that is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, or as I call is—God’s Chosen Seashore.  It has a few gently sloping trails, a lookout and some surprising Native American History.  Continue reading

So Yoqua is a Thing

A Guide to Yoqua

When I saw Yoqua on my gym schedule I thought it must be a typo, but upon googling I found it’s actually “the latest fusion concept from the USA!”  The last fusion concept I entertained was the cronut, and since that was an astounding success I expected good things from this Yoqua. It turns out it’s the slightly less delicious, but still nutritious, fusion of water and yoga.

With dreams of cronut fresh on my mind, I decided to check out a mid-day Yoqua class.  There was only one other person in the class to embark on the journey with me.  To paint a logistical picture– my fellow Yoqua-er and I stood in 4 feet of water near the edge of the pool and faced our instructor.  Let the Yoqua commence:

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Things You Have Probably Never Said to Bostonians

Picture of Zakim Bridge, Boston

Occasionally New England based articles flutter across my Facebook feed. Usually I don’t click them, but I guess today I was seeking validation of my geographic identity.  It’s like do I even live here?  I’m not sure, maybe this listicle can tell me.

So today in a weak moment I clicked on 15 Things You Shouldn’t Say To Bostonians. I know having any standards for internet listicles is only asking for disappointment, but I have to draw your attention to #7:

“You must eat so much clam chowder”

Listen, I don’t like to speak in absolutes, I like ambiguity, gray areas, and plot lines left open to subtle interpretation.  That being said, I feel I can speak conclusively for the entire the world and everyone in recorded history when I say, without a doubt, no one has ever said “ You must eat so much clam chowder” to someone from Boston, or nay! to any other human being at all.

True Life: I just started a weight loss blog, but my Mom is Italian

Large plate of cookies my Italian mother made

In between researching static front pages and meta descriptions I decided it was time to go make lunch and I walked right upon this pile of cookies lying in wait.  For the record my mom can’t eat these due to dietary issues, I think her life force just starts to dwindle if she hasn’t provided baked goods for public consumption in the last 48 hours.

 

Welcome.willkommen.bienvenido to this Blog!

 

Leap and the net will appear...or you will default on all your student loans. One or the other will happen

Welcome to my blog! I am starting this blog to write about travel, attempts at healthy eating and having passionate views on the personal development of fictional characters.

This is the type of blog that promotes attempts at healthy eating, risk taking, and traveling to escape the traditional 9 to 5.

However, there will be no judgement for:

  • Extensively researching whether Game of Thrones viewing is possible in your future travel destination
  • Further research into whether peanut butter is cheaply and abundantly available
  • Accidentally watching season 2 of American Horror Story when you should have been outside exploring Sevilla. (These things just happen!)
  • Winning back the family size Russell Stover’s you put into the work Christmas swap, and silently eating it in your bed.
  • Starting a weight loss blog and then not working out for the next 4 days

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