Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I will be trying this at home

So beautiful! Amazing! I must try this soon! Home experiment instructions here!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I love Germany! I love Aldi!

I went to an Aldi store in Germany tonight (yes, the originator of Aldi's!!) and guess what I bought:

delicious chocolate
2 (TWO) bike panniers
bike gloves
pretty women's bike jersey

...all for about 20 euros!!! bike gear at Aldi's even?! This is bike commuter utopia! It's crazy. I am very happy about my Aldi bike purchases though. Yes, I could have even bought an actual bike at Aldi.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

France Photos!

Here are some photos from my trip thus far:

The last photo is very funny. There were some interesting options on the toilet that I tried, and let's just say I left the bathroom with a rather wet shirt! :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My First Fotos from France

Are from Fiancé Forrest! He sent me flowers! All the way to France!! I am completely surprised!! :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Go Google!  I have been loving Google documents and now I can love them offline, too:,1759,2280417,00.asp

Friday, March 28, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

They May Not Use Gasoline, but They Sure Burn Through Water

I think we need to probably change our lives (ride our bikes, walk more) to really make global change, just consuming different kinds of energy will not work!   This is an interesting look at something I haven't thought about with electric cars and makes my point:

They May Not Use Gasoline, but They Sure Burn Through Water
Published: March 18, 2008
Peter DaSilva for The New York Times
One way to reduce the world’s dependence on oil is to produce more cars that get their power from the electrical grid rather than the gas pump. In the United States, replacing a large percentage of the roughly 235 million cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles with all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (which have a supplemental gasoline engine) would make a big dent in gasoline consumption, currently about 380 million gallons a day.

Adding more plug-in vehicles would mean a sharp increase in water use.
But such a shift would have an impact on another of the world’s precious liquids water.
It takes a lot of water to produce electricity, both to mine and to process coal and other fuels and to cool power plants. Production of gasoline uses water, too, but in an analysis in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, Carey W. King and Michael E. Webber of the University of Texas found that adding more plug-in vehicles would result in a significant increase in water use because of the additional electricity that would have to be generated.

For every mile driven by a gas-powered vehicle that is displaced by one driven by an electric vehicle, the researchers report, about three times as much water is consumed (that is, lost to evaporation) and about 17 times as much is withdrawn (used and returned to its source).

The researchers say the impact on water use does not mean a shift to electric vehicles is a bad idea. But they say the impact would be severe enough, particularly in areas like the Southwest, that it should be considered in policy discussions about widespread use of electric vehicles.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Feeling Tired? Exercise a little!

Yes! What a wonderful article, it's so true when I remember it :) (like today, I didn't!)


Feeling tired? Exercise a little

Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:54pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Couch potatoes who complain they are tired all the time have an easy solution -- a little light exercise.

Regular, low-intensity workouts such as a leisurely stroll can boost energy levels by 20 percent and decrease fatigue by 65 percent, a team at the University of Georgia found.

"Too often we believe that a quick workout will leave us worn out, especially when we are already feeling fatigued," Tim Puetz, who helped conduct the study, said in a statement.

"However, we have shown that regular exercise can actually go a long way in increasing feelings of energy, particularly in sedentary individuals."

Puetz and a team led by Patrick O'Connor at the university's Exercise Psychology Laboratory studied 36 people who did not exercise regularly and who said they were always fatigued.

They were divided into three groups. One did 20 minutes of moderately intense exercise on an exercise bike three times a week for six weeks, the second did similar workouts but at a much more leisurely pace and the third did no exercise.

The low- and moderate-intensity groups had a 20 percent increase in energy levels over the non-exercisers, the researchers reported in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

To their surprise, the researchers found the low-intensity group reported better reduction in fatigue than those who worked out harder.

"It could be that moderate-intensity exercise is too much for people who are already fatigued and that might contribute to them not getting as great an improvement as they would had they done the low-intensity exercise," O'Connor said in a statement.

"A lot of people are overworked and not sleeping enough," he said. "Exercise is a way for people to feel more energetic. There's a scientific basis for it and there are advantages to it compared to things like caffeine and energy drinks."

Many studies have shown that exercise can boost energy, especially over time. O'Connor's team published a report in 2006 showing that exercise can reduce fatigue in patients with cancer, heart disease and other medical problems. This study looked at people whose fatigue did not seem to be associated with any medical condition.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Bill Trott)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Starship Kimchi

Need I say more? Information Here

Friday, February 22, 2008

Becoming Healthy

I thought this was a great article about how to make small changes over a long time to make big life changes!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Order your own food bars!

Check this out!

This is my dream!  They are expensive to order, but I have lots of ideas now to make my own!


I thought this was interesting (and funny).  Don't worry faithful (Northern American) readers - I continue to follow Jesus, not Elisabeth Elliot. 

    It is not difficult to imagine, in certain moods and settings, that we love people. We may feel expansive and good-natured for a variety of reasons--our own good health or digestion, for example, or beautiful weather, comfortable circumstances, nice folks doing nice things for us. The Bible is a sword that cuts through mere sentiment. It tells us that the accurate test of our love for God's children is obedience to God.

    "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments"
    (1 Jn 5:2 RSV). It is an objective test, not a subjective one. Love as the Bible defines it is perceptible through action rather than through mere feeling. It is not, as Eric Alexander of Scotland put it, a "glandular condition."

- A Lamp for my Feet

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Question of the Day

When wearing long (thermal) underwear does one wear real underwear?



I have been on the Asbury campus and even know people who went there, so I feel experienced enough to be able to post this :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Interesting and Encouraging Article

I haven't read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich, but have heard of it and always wanted to read it.  I thought this was a really inspiring article though!  Spend less, save more - genius :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008


I don't really like/follow politics very much, but thought this was funny:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Article: Outcomes: Heeding Familiar Advice May Add Years to Your Life

Published: January 22, 2008

The advice is as sound as it is familiar: avoid smoking, exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink alcohol if you want (but not too much). Now researchers have figured out exactly how many years these habits will add to your life.

An 11-year study, published Jan. 8 in PLoS Medicine, began with interviews of more than 25,000 men and women ages 45 to 79 in the English county of Norfolk. The researchers gathered information on health and illness, smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity both in manual work and at leisure. The participants also had physical exams and blood tests to determine vitamin C levels as evidence of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Using this data, the researchers built a simple 0-to-4 scale that indicated how many of the four behaviors each person habitually engaged in — one point each for not smoking, exercising, drinking moderately and eating the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables.

The trend was unmistakable: with each added positive behavior, people lived longer. Those who scored 4 had about one-quarter the risk of dying of those who received a 0 — equivalent to living an additional 14 years. The trend was strongest for cardiovascular disease and cancer, but also significant for other causes.

“We’re not talking about extremes of behavior,” said Dr. Kay-Tee Khaw, the lead author and a professor of gerontology at the University of Cambridge, “but easy behaviors that most people can achieve.”

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Two articles, just for Jo

The evils of sunshine-like (but energy inefficient) incandescent bulb replacements outlined here and why Joanna will be even gladder she lives in Canada in 2012 here.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

More Fun!

Learn new words AND feed people, this is great. Thank you Josephina for the link, and for coming back :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Purgatorio Returns!

For so many months, I wondered, "should I just take it off of my bookmarks list?" but I always held out hope. And now, that hope is fulfilled! Welcome back Purgatorio.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Net Granny

Perhaps someday, I could become a "net granny" and knit socks for people!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Another reason to buy a wii!

Starbucks and Heaven

This and this are interesting articles about perspectives on Heaven. It started with an atheist's comments about heaven, and a book written about Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I used to be discouraged by Heaven because I think I thought it would be boring, singing all the time, etc. but this is not a Biblical perspective. This isn't very well thought out, but anyway, good articles.