Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Update #12

Goal Update
Guess what?!?!? I GOT IN THE POOL! Had water in my ear for half the day (just bought some ear plugs to try out), but I swam just over a half mile. Wow; I forgot how to swim efficiently. Time to get back on that horse! Little bit of reading and viewing the Total Immersion series before too long, but I made the dive. Other than that, it has been a recovery week, and I took the weekend off while in Chicago celebrating St. Patty’s day with friends. The bitter cold, among other things, kept me from any outdoor activities unfortunately. To make up for my slacking, I have almost finalized my racing plan for the year. Stay tuned!

Weekly mileage update
Miles Swam: 0.63 [0.63]
Miles Run: 20.46 [273.53]
Tacos Ate: 19 [238]
Miles Biked: 28.17 [577.65] - Almost ran as much as I biked…

Things I worked on

Last week was a busy one, and with my weekend travels among other excuses, I did not accomplish much. Monday’s after the 6 hour drive back from Chicago always unfortunately end up as a waste. This upcoming weekend I have several projects planned and ready to cut. I should be getting some run-time on the Z-carve in all its glory (pending table lowering, waste board installation, and enclosure installation). I will also update the raspi code so that all my fantastic buttons and lights all work.

Favorite Podcast of the Week

During my 7 hours alone in the car this weekend, I listened to approximately 20 hours of podcast content… It is difficult to pick just one favorite of the week, so I will give you my top 3.

Simple one liner to catch you interest… in this episode you will learn about ‘the largest revolution most people have never heard of (happening right now).’

This one really resonated with me; these are all things I have been trying to bring into my everyday life as they are common among many of the lessons learned through my diet of 31 days of podcast content in the past year. ‘Here are the 7 nuggets of wisdom: Use focused goals, seek knowledge, learn how to change, control your money, master time, surround yourself with winners, learn how to live well.

I have been very intrigued with minimalism, having just successfully completing 17 days of the minimalist challenge with my little sister (kind of lost when I wasn’t here). Basis of minimalism is “the thing that gets us past things so we can make room for life’s most important things, which actually aren’t things at all.”

Favorite Quote(s) of the Week

“Creativity is probably the most important skill in the 21st century.” - Steven Kolter
“The people that matter don't mind and the people that mind don't matter.” - Jerrod Camichael

Random of the Week

As I am running out of time (seems to be a common theme… I’ll look into it), I would like to quickly share something simple that has recently brought me a lot of joy with a very little cost. Anyone who works (or has worked) in an [corporate] office building knows how terrible the coffee is. If you don’t you either have a full time barista, a coffee snob in your area, or most likely you have no idea. As a former barista for Caribou Coffee for 1.5 years through high school, I can tell you there is a better way, which may be a fad; cold brewed coffee. While working at Caribou, I never realized how good the cold brew was because 1) I didn’t care for coffee and 2) the hot brew and mixed drinks like lattes and mochas were just awesome.

Today after going through stages of ‘caffeine is bad’ to ‘the things in coffee are healthy’ I have been been brewing my own cold brew coffee for about 4 months now and think the little caffeine in my mornings (always after 9am when my cortisol levels begin to level out) seems to keep me energize throughout the day. Cold brew not only tastes amazing, but it is easy. There are hundreds if not thousands of recipes and contraptions to make it (just google ‘cold brew coffee’), but here is my system.

Things required
  1. 1 cup of coffee beans - grind coarsely (french press)
  2. 4 cups of water
  3. Storage Container (I use mason jars)
  4. Paper coffee filter
  5. Funnel
  6. (optional but nice) french press
  1. Add water to storage container (french press)
  2. Grind 1 cup of coffee beans coarsely
  3. Add coffee beans to water.
  4. Let sit for 10-12 hours
  5. Pour cold brew coffee out through a coffee filter paper lined funnel into storage container (mason jar). The filter paper is not required, but I do not like any coffee remnants in my cold brew.
  6. Leaving a small amount of water in the french press (do not press the plunger down), add 4 more cups of water to grounds. Stir to suspend grounds.
  7. Let sit 12-36 hours (stirring even 8-12 hours).
  8. Repeat step 5 and 6; however, you press as much water out of the french press as you can. Discard the spent coffee grounds.
This process yields 8 cups of cold brew coffee, which is concentrated. I usually dilute it at 1:1 - 2:1 water to cold brew ratio as I rather sip on it vs. sipping on a espresso shot. Great, simple process that takes me about 10 minutes a week to make coffee that tastes fantastic. Trust me, you will be surprised. Alright time to sleep, have a great week everyone! Leave questions or comments below!

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