Five on Friday – Oct. 21, 2016

WOW.  This week.  I feel like I am sliding to home, running on fumes.  Oh wait.  That is just that feeling of the year- like 2016 is spinning out from under me faster and faster.  Yikes.

Some things that are taking up my bandwidth:

  1.  I don’t mind Facebook ads when they are relevant.  In fact, I probably click on more sponsored posts in my Facebook feed than anywhere else.  BTW- if you are trying to figure out what the inputs into that algorithm are, they are as follows:  anything fitness  related, anything bags related, anything planner related, anything productivity related, anything blog related, and anything craft/maker related.  That is how you get me to click on your post on Facebook.Anyhoo.  I came across Stitch People in Facebook.  I WANT IT.  I WANT IT ALL.  Seriously, how cute are they????

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They are so cute I wanna die!!!

2.  Am I the only person on the planet that is real annoyed with students in 2016?  Seriously, it isn’t enough that they have access to the internet, chat, spell-check, and zotero, but now they have bullet journals and study-themed Tumblr?

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What the dick, people?

I remember cheap vinyl binders with looseleaf paper.  The nicest my notes ever looked was when I was in grad-school and I came across some cheap fountain pens.  Before that tho: not pretty.  Not pretty at all.

I am half-considering going back to school so that I can get in on the pretty study notes action.  I appreciate how ridic this is for someone with a PhD.  Even more so as I type it.

3.  I was full-on 100% distracted today by Amazon Music Unlimited.  I signed in to buy some stuff with some birfday money my mum sent me.  Amazon showed me that they had Garth Brooks’ Ultimate Hits.  Don’t mind if I do.  If you have a Prime membership, you can get Music Unlimited for $7.99 a month- which is sweet.  I already pay $10 a month for itunes- so the catalogue would have to be fire in order to get me to switch.  Still looking around.  But am very happy to be listening to old Garth Brooks.  Honestly, you can take the girl out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl.

For kids that grew up in the south in the 1990s- Garth Brooks was part of your childhood soundtrack.  It was inevitable.

My top ten Garth Brooks tracks (of all time):

  1. Two Pina Coladas
  2. Calling Baton Rouge
  3. To make You Feel My Love
  4. That Summer
  5. Unanswered Prayers
  6. Standing Outside the Fire
  7. The Beaches of Cheyenne
  8. Friends in Low Places
  9. The Thunder Rolls
  10. The Dance

Game over.  Seriously, when I hear of the zombie apocalypse starting, the very first thing I am going to do (obviously after securing the safety of my family) is get all of my music and e-book situation sorted out.  Can you even imagine how awful it would be, to suddenly have nothing but time on your hands (because it is the zombie apocalypse and der- no work) and not have access to decent books?  Or worse, to have to do all the chores associated with a zombie apocalypse without any music?  AWFUL.  JUST AWFUL.   So much so that I’d say that when evaluating potential safe zones, access to a library and/or internet is a characteristic I am looking for.

I can sense you laughing at me.  It’s okay.

4.  I caught my reflection in the window of the laundry room last night and couldn’t help but check myself out.  As always, my body is responding in its usual ways to my current strength cycle, which is to say, that my traps and shoulders are legit.

I like to imagine the conversation between my brain and my various muscle groups like this:

JBR Brain: Yo, guys!!!  Muscles!!  What’s up?  Hey, just wanted to let you know that we’re up for that meet in Feb- so we’re going to be hitting that starting strength cycle pretty good.  Hamstrings, you in?

Hamstrings: I got you fam!!!

JBR Brain:  That is great to hear- I’m looking to add maybe 20 lbs to our deadlift numbers.  We’re counting on you.  What about quads and glutes?  You guys down?

Quads and Glutes:  We’re on this, B!  Knees is a little janky, but  you know us!!  We about that life!!!

JBR Brain:  I knew I could count on you guys!  You’re wonderful.  What about The Core?  Core?  Are you ready for this?

Core: Yeah, don’t sign us up for that!

JBR Brain: See, Core, that is disappointing.  You know, if you just chipped in a little, it would make all of the rest of our-

Core: Like we said- bugger off.

JBR Brain: Well, that is insulting.  You’re worthless core.  Go.  Go on- we’ll do this the hard way.  Without you.  Again.  Thanks for being useless.  What about Traps and Shoulders?  What are your feelings on this?

Traps and Shoulders: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!  WE GOING HAM, BITCHEZ!!!!!!!!!! LIFT ALL THE THINGS!!!!  LOOK AT US!!  SOMEONE GET US A BANDAID- CUZ WE ARE CUT!!!!

JBR Brain: Jesus, Traps and Shoulders… can you take it down a notch?  I mean, it is about to be winter and its already difficult getting you into jackets and-

Traps and Shoulders:  TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WE’RE BRO’ED TO THE MAX BRO!  LET’S LIFT, BITCHES!!!

JBR Brain: I am not your bro.  Can you not?

Traps and Shoulders: TOO LATE- WE’RE AT THE MUSCLE PARTY!!  AND WE GOT ZERO CHILL!!

5.  I am with HER- buuuuuuuut I think we need to talk about a Jon Lester-David Ross campaign ticket.  Honestly, the Cubs were ridiculous last night.  Ridiculous.  I cannot even with them.

It’s funny, because I think I am starting to get a hang of the personalities of the players- since we’ve watched them so much this season.  For example, if I ever saw John Lackey in real life, I am going to pretend like I didn’t.  His intensity on the mound makes me think that he would not have time for my nonsense.  Javier Baez  though?  I bet I could get Javy to play a game of 4-square or Kick the Can in a parking lot.  He is cheeky and fun- but that is part of this thing.

However, I don’t really ever worry when Lester and Ross are starting.  I don’t want to say that I think it’s a done deal- but its reassuring when they’re up.  Like, there aren’t going to be ridiculous mistakes here- when they are up, things are going to be okay.  Lester and Ross are a great team.  Both seem to have a really great understanding of each other’s weaknesses and complement each other well.  For example- because he is a lefty, Lester can see when base runners are leading off far from first base. Do you know how much discipline it takes to be looking at a guy pretending he is going to steal and be like, “Nah- I got a game plan to execute.”  I wanna throw these guys out at first and I can’t throw for shit.  But, they have a game plan and it does not include Lester throwing out guys at first.  He can do that, because he has Ross- who routinely throws out guys trying to steal bases.

I love the elegance of that.  But I also love that THEY’RE ALL BUSINESS. I think that is what America needs right now.  Just a couple of guys who are going to do their absolute best and not make stupid mistakes.  And, I think that is all we can ask for.  Lester and Ross in the White House would Make America Great Again, most definitely.

 

Five on Friday – Oct. 14, 2016

Friday Friday Getting Down on Friday!

I am starting a Five on Friday feature.  It is meant to be a random hodgepodge of things that are taking up my bandwidth.

Without further ado:

1).  In celebration of my birthday this weekend, I bought myself a new bag.  It deserves it’s own blog post, but at some point, I need to explain myself and exactly what my problem is when it comes to bags.  But this isn’t that kind of post.  The point is, I am kinda fussy when it comes to bags.  Right now, I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag that I have been carrying for about a year.  But, It’s not great for walking long distances.  I always put *way* too much stuff in it.  My water bottle doesn’t fit in the water bottle pocket on the outside of the bag.  And it is just a heavy bag.

I am trying to take public transit and walk a lot more- so I figured if I went back to a backpack, that might help. We should definitely NOT talk about the two other LL Bean backpacks that I have currently.  Let’s just say that they are not big enough for my lunch and my laptop.  Don’t judge me.

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I wandered into the Lincoln Park Title Nine last week and came across this guy, which I am currently in love with.  It is also Timbuk2.  Which is crazy.  I didn’t realize that that was a thing for me.

2). I discovered Katie Fleming’s blog last year, just after she took off on her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Despite being a Florida Gator, I really like her.  Her blog is pretty sweet- giving a wonderful description of hiker life.  She just completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (which is walking from Mexico to Canada).

You know how there are those hiker types that seem so alien?  It’s like they were born outside, walking a trail?  They eschew most of modern conveniences and are just so alien to most of us?  These are often the same types of people who are like, “Hahahahaha!!  I forgot to eat lunch today!!  Isn’t that funny?”

I’m like, “Bitch, I plan my whole day around lunch, so what are you talking about?”

Katie’s blog is the kind of blog I would write if I ever get off my ass to hike over 5,000 miles.  She’s real- its not all rainbow barfing kittens.  Sometimes the weather sucks.  Sometimes you bust your ass on the trail.  Sometimes you just can’t even.  She posts just about every day or every other day, which is really quite a feat, if you think about it.  Her posts are also pic heavy- so in addition to it being a nice account of recent PCT and AT thru hikes, it also fulfills my need for shiny, pretty things.

3).  I just finished listening to The Bridge of San Luis Rey.  The audible version was read by Sam Waterson, whose voice is sooooo recognizable.  I think he has a really reasonable voice.  You know how in tv and movies, the angels that sit on our shoulders, who are theoretically representations of Selfishness/Evil and Altruism/Goodness?  If there was a similar angel, for reason and intellect that sat, maybe on our brain, it would have the voice of Sam Waterson.

I am reading/listening to TBSLR (can I do that?) as part of Modern Ms. Darcy’s 2016 reading challenge.  This is the book I should have read in high school.  See what happened is that we were supposed to read it second semester of my senior year and I was done with high school everything at the point, so I definitely didn’t read it.

I never even bought the book.  Which is a shame- because it has a brilliant line in it.

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4).  I don’t know who this guy is, but he is adorable.

Moreover, I could eat a chocolate croissant every day of the week. EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. But who even has the time to make chocolate croissant every day of the week? Why is my life so hard? Why can’t I just have a cook/chef who comes to my house, makes our meals and restocks my chocolate croissant stock? Every day? Is it too hard to ask that I have this in my life?

Apparently, chocolate croissant (sorry, I am not calling it Pain au Chocolat- I am already insufferable enough) isn’t that hard.  It is just time consuming.  And a little fussy.  Honestly, if I were on GBBO, I would just get really good at this and just make this for bread week- no matter what the challenge was.  Mel and Sue would be like, “Paul and Mary would like you to make a savory focaccia” and I would still make chocolate croissant.  But, I would make it so well, that they couldn’t even be mad.  Like, “We’re not even upset that she didn’t make a savory focaccia, because these chocolate croissant are amazing!!!”  Then I would moon walk right out of the tent!!

5). My kid is fighting in his third judo tournament this weekend- actually on my birthday.

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I am nervous for him. I am also supposed to have a soccer game that day. But it is the last game of the season and it is a consolation game, because we went 0-6. 0-6. Can you believe that? What is my life even?  I wish I could say that my presence in goal will matter to this team.  But I am not sure it will.  It hasn’t mattered all season- seriously.  I can’t put my finger on what our issue is.  I concede it is probably me.  This old girl just aint what she used to be.

Regardless, I think Nico would like it if I was at his tournament.

After two tournaments, we have settled into a pretty good groove- Dave coaches and I record on my phone.  Then I upload and send links to the grandmas and grandpas. It is almost like they will be there.

I hope your weekend is amazing.  Whatcha got shaking?