Archive | December 2011

Make Sustainable Seafood Easy

Consider the affect your food has on our oceans: choose hook and line caught fish (trolling) over trawling (destructive nets dragged along the bottom).

This video highlights some common places to buy seafood and what types you should look out for.

For your convenience try the mobile apps developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Monterey bay also provides location specific seafood guides here.

You can also check out Canada’s seafood guide.

Now there’s little excuse for you not to help our oceans by eating sustainably.

Don’t need to be a pro to get stoked

Found this,

which linked me to this article,

For many people – surfers and non-surfers alike – the experience of standing on the shore and gazing out at the ocean is deeply satisfying. There is something uniquely calming and contemplative about an ocean vista – something that touches us on an emotional level, but is nonetheless difficult to put into words, or even fully understand.

– Mind surfing, Tom Garlinghouse

And I totally agree,

I would love to have a paddle board and an oceanfront home so I could go sit out on the ocean whenever I want.

One of my favourite parts of diving is the swim back to shore after a good dive, especially when it gets late in the day, the water is super calm and the air is warm, you feel so refreshed and tranquil, then a seal swims by… definitely relaxing.

Communicating Science

Last year I did a project in the realm of Science journalism.
See the final product here.

Included is the following video which I narrated myself, and filmed with 2 other classmates

Today science is playing a larger role than ever in our everyday life, it’s important that we are able to understand what is being discovered.

made christmas ornaments that smell good

Great as a gift or to make your home ready for the holidays.

Materials:

Crochet hook, 5mm. Yarn in holiday colours, sparkle is good too. Scissors

potpourri (bought or homemade). Cotton balls or polyfill stuffing

Part 1: See my post on homemade Potpourri

Store in a tupperware until the balls are ready to be stuffed.

Part 2: The ball

**If you are new to crochet try a granny square first

Crochet Pattern: Sphere

Pattern taken from http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-a-sphere/ and adapted.

Terminology: ch- chain, sc- single crochet, decrease- sc skipping over one stitch

**use sheet bend knots to switch to a new colour after every 2 rounds.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook: Row should be a total of 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: total 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc

Round 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around: 36 sc

Note: to increase the size of the sphere, continue to increase this circle.

Round 7– 11: sc in each sc around: 36 sc
Note: rounds 7 – 11 make the body of the sphere. In general, the number of rounds to make the body should be the number of rounds completed thus far minus one. For example, there are five rounds before round 6 in this pattern. Therefore, there are four repetitions of the above line. The amount of repetitions for a different sized sphere also depends on a crocheter’s style. Some crochet tighter than others.

Round 12: (decrease, sc in next 4 sc) around: 30 sc,   aka sc 5 in a row then skip one and repeat.

Round 13: (decrease, sc in next 3 sc) around: 24 sc,   aka sc 4 in a row then skip one and repeat.
Round 14: (decrease, sc in next 2 sc) around: 18 sc
Round 15: (decrease, sc in next sc) around: 12 sc
Stuff sphere as full as possible with potpourri
Round 16: decrease around: 6 sc
Note: if you increased the size of the sphere you will also need to decrease the sphere as much as you increased it by.

Green Snowflakes

A great idea to save our oceans and decorate for the holidays!

Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Berry delicious salad

Ingredients:

Assorted berries

Baby arugula and spring mix,

Add some goat cheese

Top with some dressing

Or  just mix 1 part balsamic vinegar and 2 parts olive oil for a homemade dressing

Made potpourri

Christmas potpourri

A super easy and cheap way to get into the holiday spirit!

Go to your grocery or bulk food store and get the following:

Whole all spice, whole cinnamon sticks, bayleaves, and whole cloves.

Try a cup of each all spice and cloves, and about 10 cinnamon sticks and 10 bay leaves.

Break the cinnamon sticks in half or thirds, try scoring a line where you want to break it then break with your hands, if not try using a saw or a hammer to break it up into smaller pieces.

Toss together and Store in a tupperware until ready to use, or put in a decorative bowl for immediate aromatherapy.

Try out different spices if you can find them, I can’t find the original website that I got the idea from but this one is close.

Whole nutmeg, star anise or whole cardamom pods would be good additions.

Worked on my abs

I’ve always less than enjoyed my stomach area, and I’ve never thought I could actually get the results you see on tv.

Until now.

Step 1. give your workout routine a catchy name, I chose “8 minute abs”

Step 2. Find someone who will

a. do the work out with you, nothing inspires us more than a bit of competition, or

b. will make you feel guilty when you don’t do your workout

Step 3. Design your work out, 8 minute abs is easy, its just 8 straight minutes of gut wrenching crunches and sit up variations.

Choose a time limit that is achievable but still pushes you, halfway through you should feel the burn, the last minute you should be ready to just about die (trust me you won’t), don’t stop until the time is up. Also choose moves that you can do anywhere (your living room, dorm room etc., then you have no excuses).

Step 4. Use youtube to add to your repertoire of exercises, lots of people have posted personal trainer style videos.

Step 5. Find some music to pump you up and do your work out to. Songs make it more fun and help you time your workout. Try this:

Step 5. Do your workout right now, this instant, then finish reading this article.

The hardest part is always getting started.

Step 6. The next time you think about how your stomach is flabby, do your workout, right then and there. If you did not just do it, now is the time, seriously

Step 7. Do your workout the same time everyday. I do mine right before bed, in the dark, it actually helps me fall asleep.

Step 8. Admire your results, often, I swear even after one day my abs are tighter. Also try using harsh side/top/bottom lighting to make what definition you have achieved really stand out.

Step 9. Change up your music selection often and regularly swap in new moves. This ensures it stays interesting and you work as many muscle groups as possible giving you more definition.

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