Three Ring Week

Last week, for the first time, I closed all 3 activity rings on my watch/phone. The Red ring is for calories burnt due to movement, the Yellow ring is for minutes of exercise, and the Blue-ish ring is for standing at least 1 minute every hour.

The ring that gives me the most trouble is the stand ring, not because I don’t stand, but because it doesn’t consistently recognize when I do.In fact this was the first time I’ve ever closed the stand ring Monday-Sunday of the same week.

I consistently close the exercise and move rings 6 of 7 days per week and have completed the week on both several times.

To Learn is to be Free by Shameem Akhtar

Shameem Akhtar presented To Learn is to be Free as a TED Talk.

The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise by Wendy Suzuki

Wendy Suzuki presented The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise as a TED Talk.

A Funny Look at the Unintended Consequences of Technology by Chuck Nice

Chuck Nice presented A Funny Look at the Unintended Consequences of Technology as a TED Talk.

Margarita Summer

This summer we’re resuming the goal of creating a magnificent margarita and will be lightly documenting the journey and letting everyone know what we come up with when we’re done. Phase 1 of this experiment is creating a margarita on the rocks. After that we’ll play with frozen margaritas and adding extra flavors, but only after we have the rocks version down.

This was inspired during a trip to Mexico City last December in which I had 2 of the best margaritas I’ve ever had despite them being very, very different. One was dry and a bit sour and the other was sweet and slightly bubbly. During this trip one of our hosts and friends, Ricardo, recommended Don Julio Blanco as the tequila we should be using for Margaritas. Shortly after that I started the search for the perfect margarita with the only limitation being using that tequila.

Our first pass at the Rocks version including Don Julio Blanco and Grand Marnier. Although we made it to very good we didn’t quite hit magnificent so our quest will continue. Version 2.0 will swap in Cointreau for Grand Marnier.

So far the taste testers have included Norris Domingue, Joe Arkansas, Tony Crump, Josh McCurdy, Sean Williams, Scott & Erica Bell, Jenna Scheiner, and Taylor DeSimone. After a few more experiments I’ll let you know how it’s progressing.

Wish us luck, and maybe join us for a round or 2.