Friday, September 30, 2011

Best of the Week #34

It’s the last day of September, can you believe it? Tomorrow is October and that means fall is fully underway…yay!

I’m totally psyched about fall, looking forward to the weekend, happy about the carrot muffin I’m eating, please the humidity has finally broken, and delighted with my run around the Monument this morning! (So many positives this lovely Friday!)

My most popular post this week was The Pudgy Cake. Oof.

Jess got to go to an amazing dinner and write it up for FinanceFoodie in Boston. Sooo jealous! (And this girl is the only person I’ve encountered who might abuse alliteration and figurative language more than I do…). (Read the full post here.)

Lydia Shire and Jasper White are kind of like the Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn of the Boston restaurant scene – no matter the space, no matter the cuisine or no matter the clientele, they just make it work. Upon entering their year-old Towne Stove and Spirits nestled next to Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay, it was pretty obvious that Shire and White could keep this valiant venture working for many more to come. The warm, relaxing décor washed everyone and everything aglow, while despite the menu’s inherent pricey-ness, it was obvious that Towne already touted a healthy round of regulars– a true testament to the high-end, but low-maintenance restaurant’s staying power.

AKA Darkwave published a Pool Etiquette article for pool runners. This one was particularly amusing to me…I hope I’ve never done this to anyone (SpeedyKate? 6x6? Let me know next time)!
If you're running with a buddy, you're going to be chit chatting face to face for a while.  Brush your teeth!  Mouthwash! (fortunately, I've never had this issue with any of my pool-running buddies). 
Flashback to the World Track and Field Championships…this video is a Claymation of Usain Bolt’s false start in the 100m. Hilarious.

Stop motion Usain Bolt from Kimmel Carole on Vimeo.

Did you hear that “Coffee Cuts Women’s Depression Risk”? Yup, no wonder I’m so happy this morning! 

Also, yesterday was National Coffee Day. I celebrated by drinking coffee. (As I do every day…but yesterday I drank with purpose!)

I could never work somewhere like this

Yesterday I chatted on the phone with my dad. He had no idea that there is a horrendous famine going on in Somalia right now. Seriously. VOA created this awesome infographic - learn more about it!

SpeedyKate says I should read this book – The Last Resort. I will once I finish The Three Musketeers.

When all the new tablets and kindles came out earlier this week I saw this tweet and was amused: @markhachman My consumption of books is not really limited by features but rather available time... If Amazon could work on that now, that would be swell

The Sweet Details posted my Lemon Filled Cupcakes as a "Baking Goal." Yummm! This weekend I'm going to make a raspberry version - has anyone heard of raspberry curd? Stay tuned! 

Two awesome things from Runners World Daily this week:
1. rogue gourd (that phrase just makes me giggle) 
2. This quote: "To quote Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride: 'You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.'"

Discovery announced the discovery of an orange crocodile. Weird. 

In China, business travelers take extreme precautions to avoid cyber-espionage. (source)
Other travelers hide files on thumb drives, which they carry at all times and use only on off-line computers. One security expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid drawing scrutiny from the Chinese government, buys a new iPad for each visit, then never uses it again.
This Slate piece is weird and hilarious: “The Joy of Unicorns, The real reason you never see the mythical one-horned beasts.” (It feels like taking a bubble bath full of giggling puppies!)

And new life-goal: to pool run in all these places - 10 Amazing Public Pools.

Have a great weekend, and Happy October!!!