Friday, February 18, 2011

Best of the Week #10

So here’s the news.
1. I ran 5 miles last night at 8-minute pace! Woot!
Mollie: 1!
Powers conspiring to make running difficult for me: 0!
Holler new PT regime (I’ll share it with you later, I promise)!

2. I did the aforementioned run in shorts and a t-shirt. Outside! And I sweated! Recently the only time I sweat has been in yoga, so this is a pretty big deal for the DC world. (This time last year we were under feet of snow mid-Snowmageddon/Snoverkill.)

3. On the tragic news front, Verizon has frustrated me to the point of tears 3 times this week. But this story has a happy ending – my phone is now up and running, so my bosses can stop asking me why I’m so incompetent! (I’m kidding, they didn’t say that…that’s just how I felt.)

And now I bring you Best of the Week! Since Mer of the Treadmill Chronicles guest-blogged last week, this is a 2-week best-of build-up.

My most popular post this week was Wedding Food (again), closely followed by Shout-Out for SHELTER.

This is the most adorable video ever. Watch it if you love corgis, or dogs, or animals, or really anything. “You'll need some Oxy Clean to get the adorable out of that couch.”

This photo project is really interesting. The artist re-created old pictures…I kind of want to try this. See all the pictures here

A Malaysian man was out hunting squirrels in the jungle when he was attacked by a tiger. His wife heard his cries for help, and rescued him by hitting the tiger with a wooden soup ladle until it fled. Read the story here

A friend sent me this list: 50 things I've learned in 50 years, a partial list in no particular order. It’s almost cheesy, but I actually really like it. Some of my faves:
2. Promptness shows respect.
10. Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.
14. It’s not “political correctness” that dictates that we try not to insult others’ beliefs and identities. It’s common decency.
21. Fear of failure is a ticket to mediocrity. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not pushing yourself. And if you’re not pushing yourself, you’re coasting.
25. In everyday life, most “talent” is simply hard work in disguise.
40. Exercise does not take time. Exercise creates time.
41. Almost no one stretches, flosses or gives compliments often enough.
46. Be truthful or be quiet. Lies are hard to keep track of.

I hope you’ve all been following the news in Egypt, and now Bahrain and Yemen. Pretty crazy stuff. On the lighter side, the CS Monitor published a photo essay of Tourist Sites in Egypt minus the tourists.

And a reader and fellow Nutella-lover sent me this article from NPR: A Mom Sues Nutella Maker For Deceptive Advertising. People are nuts. Haha oh I’m punny…

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Celebrate those presidents!