Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Review

Title: Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explore
Author: Mireya Mayor
Pages: 304

Description:
A quick examination of her roots, and one may never have guessed that Mireya Mayor would become the woman she is today. Yet, against all odds, this self-professed former "girly girl" daughter of overprotective Cuban immigrants blossomed from NFL cheerleader to Fulbright Scholar to field scientist and ultimately, quintessential adventurer. Now, with more than a decade's worth of thrilling exploits under her belt, Mayor recounts her life in a riveting, awe-inspiring new book.

In a series of short chapters, she relives each exhilarating event with uncanny charm and self-deprecating humor. Readers have the rare opportunity to follow the renowned primatologist around the globe as she unlocks the mysteries of the natural world and endeavors to save some of the planet's rarest creatures. Says Mayor: "I love the adventure, the exploration, the scientific discovery and the documentation. But really what drives me is the thought that future generations—my own children and their children—can one day learn to appreciate them like I do."

Throughout this unforgettable volume, she describes in stunning detail how she survived a plane crash...slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes...dove with hungry great white sharks...rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs...draws blood from critically endangered lemurs...was charged by an angry silver-backed gorilla...was chased by elephants...and the list goes. Suffice it to say, Mireya Mayor has seen more in her 30-odd years than most of us will see in a lifetime. Her plucky spirit, brilliance in the face of calamity, and sheer will to succeed make this a classic mission book, and a thoroughly breathtaking read.

My Thoughts:
I should have stopped reading this when the first thought crossed my mind, but for some reason I stuck it out. Bad decision. It wasn't the worst book I read, but I would not recommend it. Mireya Mayor has gone on some awesome expeditions and had very unique experiences... but her story telling, blah. Boring. This book was not as exciting, engaging and inspirational as it could have been. Not to mention she constantly had to remind us she was a formal NFL cheerleader and she always packs her little black dress. I get it. You're a girlie girl - shut up and tell the story.

The writing was definitely lacking in this book. If you looking for something to put you to sleep before bed, this might be a good choice. If you want to read anything remotely exciting - this is not the book for you.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Mile a Day for the Month of May!

Join me in walking an average of at least one mile a day for the month of May!

When?
  • Challenge runs May 1st - May 31st

Where?
  • Wherever you can walk! In the neighborhood, on the treadmill, around the mall, out on the trail, across campus or anywhere else you can get those miles in!

How?
  • Sign up on Dailymile.com.
  • Join the challenge: A Mile a Day for the Month of May
  • Log your miles after every walk! I believe there is an iphone app(Android is in the works I think) called "Electric Miles" where you can log your miles on dailymile from your iphone. I personally just use Dailymile.com to log my walks.
  • You don't need a GPS to log your miles either! If you don't know how far you walked, simply map your walk using the map feature on Dailymile and it will give you a mileage read out.
Why?
  • To get us all out and moving!

To complete the challenge you must walk an average of 31 miles in 31 days! While it's probably best to walk mile a day, feel free to mix it up, as long as you get 31 miles in ;-D Don't be left doing all 31 miles on the 31st!

Challenge your friends!!! Copy and paste this post if you want!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Postcrossing Meet-Up!

I went to my first Postcrossing Meet-Up today. There were only 5 of us, but it was still nice getting together with those that share the Postcard hobby.

Postcrossing

None of us had ever been to a Postcrossing Meet-Up so we weren't quite sure what to do. I brought my shoebox full of blank cards in hopes of someone wanting to trade... but no one brought theirs, so I held on to mine ;-)

One thing we did do, was pass around some of our own cards for user-name signatures. These cards can then be sent off to other Postcrossers or held on to for a small memento of the meet-up.

I wanted to have a postcard to give to everyone at the event, so I made these cards up the day before. I think they were a big hit!

Postcards

We had our meet up at a cafe type place... and next door was the used bookstore! So of course I had to run over their and check it out. I'd never been to this particular store, since it was on the other side of town... but it was a BIG store and they had a TON of postcards. This is what I ended up buying...

Postcrossing

If you are a Postcrosser, have you ever been to a meet-up? What did you do there?

If you're not a Postcrosser, do you send postcards to those at home when you go on vacation?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

Easter is approaching!

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

I've been wanting to make these silk tie Easter eggs I've seen all over online. And today seemed like a perfect day! I dragged my mom to Goodwill in search for silk ties. I thought they were going to be hard to find, but they had a ton there! The cost $2.99 each. It was hard to pick only 3!

Silk Ties from Goodwill

You kind of had to search everywhere for the "silk" tag.

Up high,

silkd ties

In the middle,

silkd ties

and down low.

silkd ties

After I cut up the ties, I wrapped the eggs with the silk and then with white cotton. I did a different wrapping method with each one, in my opinion cutting one square of silk and wrapping it around the egg worked best. Also, I think I should have wrapped more string around, so there was better silk-to-egg contact.

Silk Tie Easter Eggs Silk Tie Easter Eggs

Next was a 20 minute boiling water and vinegar bath...

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

After the 20 minutes was up, I let them cool in cold water and then unwrapped them.

They didn't turn out as good as I had hoped, but you never really know with each tie... So who knows what would have happened if I picked 3 different ties.

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

If you make these eggs for eating... there are some worries about the safety of using silk to die eggs (read here), but I'll leave that decision up to you! I didn't eat mine, but I at my rubber cement eggs from last year and lived to tell about it.

If you're interested in making some silk tie eggs, just Google "silk tie eggs," and you'll find plenty of tutorials. I also recommend checking out pictures of the ones that people have done on Flickr, they look pretty cool!

And if anyone here in the states wants to send me a postcard, I'll send you my left over silk in return ;-P Just let me know in the comments.

Oh yeah, you can rub a little vegetable oil on them to make them "pop" a little more.

Easter Eggs

Book Review

Title: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Pages: 528

Book Description:

An unsolved murder.

A missing child.

A lifetime of deception.

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies…

My Thoughts: I really liked this one... and as usual, I was crying at the end! So in my opinion that defines a good book. This was loooong read but it covers two decades of CeeCee Wilkes and her secret life. Is was a bit jumpy at points, but I understand the story had to keep moving. The main themes have a lot to do with growing up, facing fears, motherhood and family.... and lying, lots of lying! Good book. I might even have to look up some more by this author!

GoodReads

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Zap!

Just wanted to send all you geocachers here to a blog post about the dangers of geocaching on/near electrical equipment. It's a good quick read and at one point or another I'm sure we've all found a cache that applies.

It has certainly made me think twice about making any placements near electrical equipment of any kind. Though I can't say I'll be able to stay away from finding said caches ;-P - maybe I'll just bring this post to the attention of the cache owner next time I come across one.

Go check it out and pass it along!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Abandoned Mine

I visited a geocache over the weekend that was near an abandoned mine. Abandoned mines seem to be all over here in the desert. All the ones I have seen are pretty much a hole surrounded by a barbed wire fence with a warning sign.

Warning

We saw two mine openings. I'm not sure if they are connected some how, but they were pretty close. The first one was all closed off.


Some one had cut the fencing around the second one.

Mine

Being the risk taker that I am (ha!) I had a peek inside (and this is where I tell you I'm a professional nosy person and do not try this "at home"). I didn't go more than about 20ft in... but you could tell others had been in too.  There was quite a bit of graffiti and even a fire pit with ashes in it.

Me at the opening. I just went to that doorway you see to the right below.
Mine

Inside and to the left was a little nook.
Mine

Looking in straight ahead appears to be another little "room."

Mine

Peeking in there I could see a fire pit with an convenient ventilation hole.

The "room" looked like it split into two separate channels. But I wasn't about to venture in any farther. Stay out, stay alive!

Mine

The actual geocache was not in the mine, just nearby. It was a fairly easy find and had some TBs in it!

geocache

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy featured somewhat of a musical episode last night. I did NOT like it. Their voices weren't particularly good and it was jumpy as hell. It took away from the episode - it did not add to Grey's at all. I cringed evertime Hunt had to sing. Ick. I mean I understand it - This is what Callie was seeing/imagining.... But seriously I'd rather watch a couple episodes of crazy Izzie than anymore of that singing crap. This isn't Glee people. Don't ever try that again!

Does anyone else watch Greys Anatomy? What did you think?