The Life and Times of a Curious Conservationist

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Fashion Friday: what I’m obsessing over this week

Fashion Friday is back!

For my second post in this series, I’d like to pay tribute to…capes!  They’re no longer just for fairy tale characters and superheroes, you can wear one too (or several, who am I to stop you?)!  I personally am loving the brightly colored and patterned ones, they make a statement in the midst of all the black and gray peacoats of winter.  Here are a few of my favorites:

English Nights Cape, Nasty Gal

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Helene Berman Cape, Asos

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Wool Capelette, kate spade new york

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Show your fairy tale side!  And enjoy some bright colors during the gray winter months with these beautiful capes!

Happy Friday!


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Fashion Friday: what I’m obsessing over this week

Welcome to Fashion Friday!

I’m a compulsive Internet window shopper, and absolutely, entirely, crazy obsessed with fashion.  In order to share this obsession with the world, I’ll be dedicating each of my Friday posts to a new fashion trend or product that is making my heart race that week.

This week I am addicted to JumpFromPaper’s line of bags that (no joke) look like they’re straight out of a cartoon.  Literally, they are designed to look pretend, as if they’re part of a 2D hand-drawn cartoon world.  In my humble opinion, this is the single most creative take on bags and backpacks since…well zippers.

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Now it just so happens that if I could choose any other world to live in, it would be the world of cartoons.  The colors are bright, the injuries don’t really hurt you, and the heros always live happily ever after.  Sounds like a pretty fabulous world to me!  So I’ll be taking every opportunity to put a bit of that world into my world!

Happy Friday!


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Life in the Shadow…(a short view of a total lunar eclipse)


“Blood moon” full lunar eclipse, Oct. 8, 2014.

This morning a rare event occurred.  I’m not referring to the full lunar eclipse that happened (for once) at a time when many people were awake to see it…I’m talking about me, getting out of bed before the sun was up.  Yes, I managed to drag myself out of bed before the crack of dawn to view the eclipse for a full twelve minutes before it dipped below the tree line.  (It’s a good thing I live on the third floor or I’d have missed it entirely.)

Although I don’t have the best camera in the world, I took a few photos (for the benefit of my roomie, who couldn’t get out of bed in time). I hear that some very lucky people will get to see an even rarer event…the eclipsed moon and the rising sun at the same time.  Sadly, due to aforementioned trees, I will not be part of that club.  But the eclipse was still an extraordinary event to watch.

One time when I was young, there was a full eclipse visible from the area in which I grew up.  My parents explained the day before that sometime during the night the moon was going to disappear (I now know that’s not exactly true, but I understand the difficulty in explaining an eclipse to a four-year old).  I woke up once during the night and the moon was still shining brightly…back to bed for me.  Of course then when my parents did try to wake me to see the show, I wasn’t having it.  And so I slept through the first full lunar eclipse of my life.  The disappointment the next morning was palpable.

Now, as an adult, I’ve come full circle.  I’ve managed to wake myself up and stay awake for the eclipse…a magical experience! Of course it helps that the universe decided to align the Earth and moon at a decent hour.  And for those who didn’t make it out of bed…there’s always next time!

P.S. Did you get any pictures of the “blood moon”? If so, leave me comments with a link so I can check them out!

(If you’re interested in more about astronomy and science, check out Write Science.)

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First-ever national survey reveals what americans want from public transit


This is an excellent study on transit perceptions across our nation! Sometimes I wonder why much of America finds it so difficult to get behind real, connected, public transit systems…but this study shows that reliable public transit IS important to people!

Originally posted on TOD News:


Three design firms are competing for the future Mesa City Center design. The team of Otak and Mayer/Reed (image) propose preserving mature downtown trees on islands in a water setting emulating Mesa's history of canals.A first-of-its-kind study about attitudes toward transit use in the U.S. was released today by TransitCenter, a philanthropy committed to improving transit through innovation. The study – Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey – reveals that Americans from regions coast to coast think about and use public transit in remarkably similar ways.  The report is the first to compare rider and non-rider attitudes by age, income, education, family status and ethnicity, and to examine both cities and suburban areas across various regions of the U.S.

“We commissioned this survey to take a deeper look at the public attitudes which are propelling recent increases in transit ridership,” said Rosemary Scanlon, Chair of TransitCenter and Divisional Dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. “As Millennials begin to take center stage in American life and the Baby Boom generation confronts retirement, both the transit industry and the…

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A crisp fall day

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New poll! What do you like most about autumn?



Why am I always cold?

I’ve been sadly absent from writing over the past few months as I transitioned into my new job (and of course, spent time at the beach over the summer), so I apologize for not writing. I’m a terrible blogger, but I knew that starting out.


My jack-o-lantern from last year!

Today, I am both happy and distressed to say that it is only 57 degrees outside…fall weather is officially here! Unfortunately for me that means we’re entering the half of the year during which I AM NEVER WARM.   I’m generally cold all of the time, but at least during the summer I can step out on my balcony to warm up a bit.  In the fall and winter, that only makes it worse.  I have to survive with three pairs of slippers (yes, at the same time), sweaters and blankets.  It doesn’t help that my roommate is always hot, so she doesn’t tolerate keeping the apartment warm(er).

However, autumn also brings lots of things I love: pumpkins, pretty leaves, not sweating every time I step outside, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, cozy scarves and sweaters.  Mostly pumpkins though.  And pumpkin-flavored baked goods.

So with that short post, I’d better get started on my real work…but before I go, one quick bit of exciting news: I’m starting a side-business as a dogwalker!  I can’t afford a puppy of my own, so I’ve decided this is a good compromise until I can.  You can check out my profile here and let me know if you’re interested!


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