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Turn Parasites Into Pearls

Most of us have probably heard how an oyster creates a pearl. But in case you haven’t, here is the gist:

An irritant enters the oyster’s shell and imbeds itself in the mantle (the layer inside the shell that surrounds its body).  The oyster secretes nacre to smooth over the irritant, and a pearl is formed. Nacre is sometimes called “mother-of-pearl” because of this process.

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Earth Month Conservation “Easter Egg” Hunt

The current environment and situation we are all dealing with has brought some frustrations and anxiety to our lives. While some stores won’t let me use my own containers (for bulk food), or even my own bags, and some stores don’t pack the groceries the way I’d prefer to conserve plastic, I have to remember I can compensate in other ways.

Yes, it’s frustrating, but I try not to get upset over policies and protocols different stores are practicing. Managers are just coming up with ways they feel can keep their employees and customers safe. We’re all in this brave new world together. Everything is an experiment. I’m just grateful they are OPEN.

I’ve considered skipping this idea for Easter, because I can imagine some push-back that I’m not being careful enough. But if you do take precautions (wearing gloves, a mask if necessary, stay out of the roads), I have an excellent idea for adults to make a difference in their community, clean up the planet, and maybe have a little fun.

Plogging

In 2016, a phenomenon started in Stockholm, Sweden and quickly gained popularity in Europe and beyond. They call it “plogging”, which was derived from the term plocka up (pick up) and jogging. So, basically, jogging while picking up litter.

My husband started plogging, or at least plocking (picking up litter while walking) when he started going to the playground down the street to work on his pull-ups. It was a special way to get a little more walking in, while making a significant difference in our community. I loved it, and joined him for a couple plocking workouts. Both times we over-filled our bags, but the neighborhood looks terrific.

It is unfortunate, to me, that we do tend to have to repeat routes every now and then, as trash gets littered throughout the side streets nearly every day. But this does give Chris and I an excuse every week or so to cut out the strenuous exercise programming, go for a walk, and keep our area nice and clean.

Conservation Easter Egg Hunt

Since the wonderful world of quarantine and social distancing, we haven’t done as much plocking as we’d like. Sometimes we see garbage on the side, and in days past, I’m pretty sure I would just pick it up. Not anymore.

But the trash isn’t going away. And even before coronavirus, Chris and I would always wear gloves to go plocking. One time, we found a bag with a FISH, a whole fish in it. Yeah, you need gloves. But if we want to be extra cautious, we can wear masks, too.

So, I have a handful of plastic bags I was not “allowed” to avoid (repeat mantra “I’m grateful they are open, and they are doing what they feel is best to keep their employees and customers safe”). And our neighborhood could use a good plocking.

So, this year, instead of an Easter Egg Hunt, Chris and I will be going on an Easter Plocking Hunt. What goodies will we discover? That’s the excitement of the Plock.

We also up our game of exercising while plocking by picking a particular piece of litter (say, plastic bottles), and do a quick set of exercises whenever we find that trash on our hunt. Sure, we may look silly to some people driving or walking by (safely 6 feet distance) and they see us randomly squatting, doing jumping jacks, or butt-kickers, but this is also why we work out together. It doesn’t phase us when we are BOTH doing the exercise.

So, join me this year on a conservation Easter “egg” hunt. Let’s clean up our communities, living green, and training positive.

Recipe of the Week: Rustic Almond Flour Loaf

Being stuck at home with nothing else to do except write, create videos, and cook has led to long creative hours. Today, I played with an oldie but goodie recipe, my Rustic Almond Flour Loaf. I played with it because my husband and I are on the fence with eggs. They are a terrific source of protein, but sometimes they don’t sit well with either of us. So, I wanted to see if I could still make some of my normal recipes using alternative ingredients. Read More “Recipe of the Week: Rustic Almond Flour Loaf”

ZooFit Earth Month Workout: Conservation Hero WOD “Lawrence Anthony”

At ZooFit, we don’t just celebrate Earth DAY, we celebrate the earth all month long. (Remind me to share with all of you my Earth and Ocean Month presentations I have online…) In honor of a whole month challenging ourselves to do our part to care for the planet, this month’s workouts are all Conservation Hero WODs. Read More “ZooFit Earth Month Workout: Conservation Hero WOD “Lawrence Anthony””

Lads Before the Wind

Welcome to my Book Project, currently called Animal Notes, but I’d love suggestions for a better or more apropos name- Keeper Records, Training Notes, Reviews for Zoos… Whatever conveys the sharing of ideas to improve the lives of (not just) animal care professionals so we can show up as the best versions of ourselves for the animals, the community, and the world.

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Recipe of the Week: Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

I had a little fun this week learning how to EDIT VIDEOS and even add text to them! OOOOOOHHH! A whole new world has opened up for me!

So, I’m starting yet ANOTHER fun new project that I hope continues and I grow in developing- Small Kitchen, Great Meal. This was really just a tester video, but I’m actually pretty happy with it, to be honest. Read More “Recipe of the Week: Red Pepper Pesto Pasta”

Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell

Missing the gym because it’s closed? Or because we are social distancing, self-quarantined, or simply sheltering in place? Today may give you one small ray of hope that we can stay true to our commitment to stay healthy and exercise regularly, even at home. Many of our household items work super well in place of dumbbells, mats, or kettlebells. Read More “Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell”

Animal Notes- Flight of the Hummingbird

This week’s Animal Note we’re going to be discussing the PHENOMENAL and super short story The Flight of the Hummingbird. This parable has origins among the Quechan people of South America and the Haida of the North Pacific. But the book we will review is interpreted by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with commentary by Wangari Maathai and His Holiness the Dalia Lama.

If you would like to watch my note, it’s on YouTube Here

This book is definitely a MUST HAVE book for any conservationist, environmentalist, or anyone who wants to make a difference in this world. The story and commentary themselves are only 50 pages long, but the ideas presented could fill encyclopedias, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I have, so let’s dive right in. Read More “Animal Notes- Flight of the Hummingbird”