Learn Something New Every Day

I’ve learned some new things recently and thought I’d fill you in on my little tidbits:

1. I was recently chatting with a coworker who breeds koi fish.  She told me that koi fish can live for over 200 years!  I was in shock.  Yes, they can live for centuries with common life expectancies being in the 25-30 year range.

That’s a far cry from any of the fish I had growing up in which a “long life” was anything more than a month before they were flushed down the toilet had a burial at sea.

My coworker told me that they have personalities, they will “come” to her as she walks along the edges of her pond, and that there are champion bloodlines and that people pass koi fish down through the generations.  I had no idea!


2. I realized it’s a full moon on June 15th (t0morrow).

I have previously posted before about Full Moons but thought I’d touch on it for new readers and remind everyone that if things seem a little off the next few days, the moon may be to blame.

Full moons are known for contributing to everything from insomnia, sleep disturbances, irritability, moodiness, heated interpersonal exchanges, to computers and tech-related things being glitchy and malfunctioning.

More info here

And I’ve also posted a full moon list of things to do and try

During a Full Moon, the world is filled with excess prana, or life force energy. Technological or mechanical glitches are notorious during Full Moons.   Computer problems, car problems, appliances breaking.

For example, during this month’s full moon my ice maker in my fridge broke and the next month during a full moon my microwave broke.

Those who are traditional yogis don’t tend to practice during full moons because although we feel we “have tons of energy” to practice, it’s not a calm and centered energy.  It’s more of a manic, chaotic energy and we are prone to emotional upset like crying or feeling very uncerented if we practice when the moon is full.

Conversely, during new moons where there is excess apana (downward pulling energy) we don’t typical practice because we are much more heavy-filling, sluggish, tired, and just don’t have the uplifting energy to sustain a nice practice.

But full moons are not all about glitches and insomnia and excess energy.  Many people believe that Full Moons are a time of good luck and good fortune.

3. I’ve learned that Peanut Sauce makes everything better.

Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu is one such example.

As are fresh vegan spring rolls dipped in 2 minute peanut sauce


4. I recently came to the realization that photography + writing + food is going to play a significant role in my life.  And things keep happening that are guiding me down this path even farther.  And I am so happy about it!

5. I learned that it’s possible to eat Chocolate every day, in some form, and never really tire of it.   Or of cookie dough.

No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

From my last post, Blogging 104, I am glad that it was helpful and many of you told me you were extra excited to see the post pop up in your ‘Reader.  Thanks for telling me that.

I always wonder if certain posts will be a bore-fest for the non-bloggers who are readers, but it’s only one post and for those of you who are bloggers, new bloggers, or contemplating starting a blog, I’m glad I can shed some light on things you had questions about such as running giveaways or receiving free products.


1. Did you know that about Koi Fish?

I am still shocked!  But that helps explain why koi fish are a popular tattoo. They live on for centuries, have personalities, and there is so much deep meaning associated with them; as is the case with tattoos.

2. What have you learned recently?

I’ve also learned that I need to push back from my desk chair and go enjoy a nice run!

P.S. Thanks for your NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway entries!  Enter to get your sweet on.

41 comments on “Learn Something New Every Day”

  1. well i had NO idea about those fish! i have learned thats its REALLY important t o be happy at your job! I mean you spend more time there then lots of other places, and its important to feel wanted, hard working etc…yeahhhh thats what I realized! :)

  2. that’s so interesting about koi fish! they are beautiful fish, but i had no idea about their longevity and personality. cool!

  3. 200 years?! whoaaaaa. That’s crazy.

    I’ve learned to RELAX and ENJOY my summer. :D

  4. I learned that in 2007, the average American consumes 33 pounds of cheese a year, partly due to increased portion sizes compared to 100 years ago (back then the cheese intake was 4-5 pounds a year) but mostly due to excessive pizza consumption!


  5. Wow I had no idea koi lived that long!! I guess the new saying should be, if fish could talk, eh? :)

    Yikes full moon tonight, I’m glad I posted to my blog this morning. There’s no telling what might happen later :)

  6. That is so cool about koi fish! I had no idea! I love learning random trivia. Too bad my memory isn’t that great, so I tend not to remember things I’ve learned, but when I hear them again, I get a little happy feeling. Hey…I knew that!! :)

  7. whoa whoaaaa that wrap looks so delicious~ to be honest, I didn’t even know all those ideas about the full moon to start with!

  8. Wow, I had no idea koi could live to be 200+ years old! Its actually a little embarrassing since I grew up with a koi pond in my backyard. They’re my dad’s pride and joy :) I do know that they love fruits and veggies though!

  9. did not know that abouit koi fish!
    ps your summer rice wraps look amazing! i’ll make some this friday…my girls love to make them too…

  10. I didn’t know that about koi fish. That is so interesting. Thanks for passing that along.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the food + photography + writing.

  11. I had no idea about the fish, but I knew there was something special about those colourful little guys!

  12. Wow! Neat info on the koi fish. I think they’re such a cool fish to watch for some reason. ;)

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