Maker’s Day

Yesterday I went to one of the biggest, most amazing convention/festivals I had been to in a long time – the Maker Faire, in Flushing Meadows Park, in queens.  No, this festival had nothing to do with food or fitness. But so many people – myself included – forget that a healthy is not only about food and workouts.  We need balance, and fun, and that what my Saturday was about.

I forced myself to put aside the massive homework assignment I have due monday, because I would not have made much progress anyway.  Instead, I nerd-ed out all day, at a giant DIY fest.

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they handed out some free healthy snacks!

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I saw the 'Sashimi Tabernacle Choir'! Yes, these fish moved and sang.

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I boarded & toured the BioBus

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saw some awesome DIY contraptions, like this knockoff segway

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ogled at the amazing 3D printers

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so. cool!

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I learned how to pick a lock! ...watch out...

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almost bought a plate of the delicious-looking vegan paella - cooked in HUGE vats!

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yes, there was a fire-breathing dragon.

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does anyone remember Mouse Trap, the board game? This one is Life-Size.

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We also saw some awesome circus students perform

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these guys are so amazing strong!

It was a blast, and I don’t regret doing it.  Yes, I may be slightly more anxious now that I have less time to get my work done, be feel so much less guilt.  If I had stayed in and worked all day, and still not gotten anything done, I would have felt worse.

In the spirit of the Maker Faire, I did a little ‘making’ of my own. In the form of two loaves.

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super moist banana oat-bread

This came out super moist, not too sweet.  I’m not sure if I want to tweak it or not.

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dark chocolate loaf, light and not too sweet

This one was bitter and bread-like, not so much like cake – but the consistency is near perfect, and it cuts like a dream.

So, I’m leaving this one up to you:

Which would you rather see the recipe for first? Banana bread or Dark Chocolate Loaf?

I hope the weekend went well for everyone.  I think we are finally getting some real autumn weather around here.  Now I’m off to finish some homework, and maybe get a little sleep.  I will certainly try 😉

What kinds of festivals to you go to for fun?

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12 thoughts on “Maker’s Day

  1. Some weekends I have nothing going on and other weekends are chock full of fun stuff to do. This weekend was the latter scenario so I missed this event. I’m so glad that you posted about it. Next year I’m there for sure. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. That festival looked amazing! I recently went to two festivals up in London, The Gadget Show and Grand Designs Live (which is like a property development show here) 🙂 you’re right, its so important to put aside work every now and then and just have fun! To be honest I just spent about five minutes considering which recipe I’d rather see, but I’m completely torn because they both look so yummy!

  3. DARK CHOCOLATE LOAF PLEASE!
    That festival looks so cool! I love all the neat contraptions, they must have been so cool up close and personal. I also think that those paella vats are prettty sweet – I loooove paella!

  4. I vote dark chocolate! That festival looks so cool. I would love to geek out there 🙂 I tend to gravitate toward literary events: author readings and the like. LitQuake is coming up in San Francisco, and I can’t wait!

  5. That looks like so much fun! We had buckeye frenzy today, which was so much free food and free giveaways and the like which was awesome. Banana bread please! 🙂 I love new banana bread recipes 😀

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