Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The World's Lightest Material Ever Created

Chinese researchers have been busy inventing some of the coolest stuff you couldn't even imagine.  Graphene aerogel weighs just 0.16 milligrams — or, if you’re having a problem conceptualizing that, a cubic meter weighs just 160 grams (5.6 ounces) (from here).  This material is light, spongey, and has the potential to do a world of good.  Imagine a huge oil spill occurs in the middle of the ocean.  Now we may have just the material to drop, absorb, and lastly, reclaim the natural resource/pollutant.  Scientists are still developing the material more and thinking of uses.

Perdy cool.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wish List: Mounted Bike Speaker

mounted bike speaker

Sometimes I just wanna jam out on my bike, nobody in sight, just me pedaling listening to the *new Drake album*.  Outdoor Tech outdid themselves with this bluetooth speaker.  10 hour battery life, power bank, and a built in light.  Comes in at ~$80 bucks, but just might be the summer time accessory you absolutely need.  Also, you need the new Drake album. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen is situated in Luzerne, Columbia, and Sullivan counties in northeast Pennsylvania, or NEPA as we lovingly refer to it.  We also refer to our state as PA (pronounced PeeeAyyy) for those of you from other states that do not refer conversationally to your state as the abbreviation.  Ricketts Glen is a beautiful stretch of land and home to beautiful waterfalls, in fact, 22 beautiful waterfalls!

I'm originally from a tiny town called Tunkhannock, but I drove up from Philadelphia where I've lived for nearly a decade, and explored the trails.  It's about 2.5 hours one way and I made it into a little day trip. The trail now has a new, lovely parking area complete with bathrooms!  Heck yeah!

Next time I'll tack on a hike at World's End State Park to make the day more challenging.  Ricketts Glen is a rather easy hike, but totally worth the trip for the sights alone.  Head out during a warmer season and bring your bathing suit!  Lake Jean at the top of the hill is a great little spot where you can rent boats and cabins.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Beer Review (56): Saison au Miel by Left Hand Brewing Company

BreweryLeft Hand Brewing Company BeerSaison/Farmhouse | Beer Advocate Score: In Review Abv: 6.80%

It's one of my favorite beer seasons of the year.  I long for the fragrant and spicy beer to hit the shelves with the intent to pound a can after a long bike ride or a stroll in the spring sunshine.  The Saison au Miel by Left Hand caught my eye and I popped one out of the beer fridge.  Part of the sell was that it came in a 16oz can and I was a thirsty gal that day.  Carbonation was low, color a nice gold, and the taste sweet and spicy.  With the addition of honey in the recipe, I think it really toned down some of my favorite things about a saison, the spice!  So a little sweeter than expected, but sort of a welcomed change.  I'd definitely try it again pair it with a salad or something crisp and fresh.  Let's see if a rating comes down the line soon!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Paper Parrots

Build your own or DIY yourself a couple of parrot lamps!  I think these are so beautiful and creative!  I'd love to have a couple of these guys perched around my room!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello, Spring! Missed you, boo

Spring selections for shopping, exercising, and gardening

It's technically the third day of Spring and it's really, actually, swears to god, starting to feel like it!  The bike ride into work this morning was divine!  My little seedlings are popping up and growing along the windowsill and the saison and IPAs are flowing.  Warmer weather means a ton of time spent in the garden and also, suddenly, the drive to work on that Summer-bod (insert fancy new workout gear justification).  Here are a couple of my favorite things this season!  Enjoy

Monday, March 20, 2017

Philadelphia Flower Show 2017


The amazing floral and landscape displays showcased at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show did not fail to impress.  Tulips overtook the convention center and I suddenly felt like I was dropped into an idyllic Holland-esque village.  This was my first time making it to the spectacle and I'm so happy I did!  I was running close to a sugar overload thanks to Beiler's from across the street at the Reading Terminal.  I highly recommend turning up to the convention center full of sugar, ready to be dazzled, and excited to sniff the delightfully fragrant air.  Until next year...!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We get it, Winter

It's been one of those long, lingery winters that just never seem to have an end in sight. Until they do, then you wear short sleeves on ONE bike ride, and the next day the Mid-Atlantic region is being annihilated by at least 6 inches of snow.  Here in Philadelphia we were supposed to get 8-12 inches of the fluffy white, but I woke up this morning to ~4 inches and sleet.  Lovely.  Also, yes, I had to go to work.  Me and the 10 other people in the city that had to go.  My car slipped around and I bought myself a chocolate bar to ease my inner, angry dialogue.  Yes, I'm an emotional eater.

I didn't take any pictures of the mess the snow has made, but I did have a few shots from a month or so ago on my camera.  I cut two cords of firewood with my dad.  You know, for all those lucky bastards that love being warm in the longgggg winter months,

Stay warm. Spring is right around the corner.