Friday, December 9, 2011

Best of the Week #41

This week had its ups and downs…despite a minor hip flexor situation, I am still hoping to run the Jingle All the Way 8K this Sunday. In the past 5 days DC has given us a weird combination of disgustingly rainy and gorgeous weather, which I have not been able to take advantage of (refer back to aforementioned “situation”), so I’ve been a wee bit cranky-pants.

On the brighter side, the CAR holiday party was last night – love my teammates and coach! (Coach George in his new CAR bathrobe.)

My most popular post this week was the Weekend Report: Jersey Boys and Hot Chocolate 5K/15K. I imagine its popularity has something to do with all the controversy surrounding that ridiculous race. Because I wrote the WRR article I find myself peripherally involved in this controversy…major bummer. I do not like receiving hate mail, thank you very much!

Anywho, here are your weekly links:

I did Zumba once and did not particularly like it…this article is snarky and funny. 
“You could do it naked. You could do it half-naked. You could do it alone. You could do it with 65,000 other people.”
Zumba classes are populated by people who are either amazing dancers or believe themselves to be amazing dancers. Zumba is the kind of freeing experience that causes its attendees to fling themselves about in delirious passion, so moved that they do not even notice when they have Zumba’d their own bodies into unnatural and inadvisable contortions.
I love the muppets. Mrs. Piggy sings "Baby It's Cold Outside." (singing starts at 1:40)

A while ago I read Life With Picasso. This series of pictures is pretty cool and reminds me of that book.

If you happen to be an IR nerd, check out the debate on the International Criminal Court jurisdiction in Sudan.
A second argument, however, is much more interesting.  South Sudan could invoke the Eichmann “precedent” and argue that a state should have the right to give the Court retroactive jurisdiction over any and all crimes committed against its citizens, even if the state did not formally exist at the time of their commission.
China building new airport the size of Bermuda (source)

The Chinese are building a new airport just outside of Beijing, because the other two giant airports they have in the area just can't keep up with demand. When it's finished, it'll be the largest airport in the world by far, at approximately the same size as the entire island of Bermuda.

I find this deal on a trip to Turkey incredibly tempting…someone stop me? SpeedyKate just got back from Turkey and her pictures look fabulous!

I’m not usually into this sort of thing, but these engagement pictures on Tartlette are adorable.

LOTR-Emily told me about Coeur de Pirate, a French singer - great work listening!

I want to go to here. Who’s in DC? Who wants this pizza? "The Countryman pizza with black truffle, fontina cheese, and a soft egg. The yolky truffleness was ridiiiiiculous."

The title of this got me: Lost puffin found at Winchester hospital sex clinic. How can you not click on that????

Pretty bad-ass: I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer

I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!!!


  1. I tried Zumba a few times years ago and enjoyed it. I am normally kind of inhibited and uncoordinated, so it's fun to let myself go. I don't have any delusions about being a good dancer; in fact, I think I've very much below average. But it's fun and the music is so upbeat. I even bought a version for Wii, but I think I only used it twice.

    Actually though, I just joined a gym and went to a Zumba class last week. Despite being fairly active normally (I run 4 times a week and swim twice), I had DOMS in my hamstrings the next day and my right hip was sore for several days.

  2. It was great seeing you last night, I hope your hip flexor comes through!

    I used to have a Miss Piggy hand puppet and it was the best. You could scrunch up her face with your hand, it was so life(?)like. :)