As it’s once again Friday. Finally. For some reason, I kept thinking yesterday was Friday and had to keep reminding myself there was still one more work day to go. But, since the day is now here, I present five of my favourite (or not so favorite) things from the past week!
C and I celebrated our 15-years-since-we-met anniversary (which I totally made up) by building lego.
Independent Study, the second in Joelle Charbonneau’s Testing trilogy, doesn’t really stand alone as an independent book. I’m about half done the final book and the break between the two feels more like a way to sell additional books than because book two has come to an actual conclusion. The third literally picks up immediately after the second, and reading them the way I have just serves to highlight that it should have been a chapter break, not an entirely different book.
Overall, this one feels rushed and there is little in the way of character development for the main characters (Cia and Thomas) and all the other characters feel flat and stereotypical. Also, I get that this is a YA novel, but in comparison to some of the other stuff out there it doesn’t stand up. At least they’re short books (hence why I’m plugging through Graduation Day in the hopes of a serviceable ending). I’ll let you know my verdict next week.
I listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey (written and read) during my past few runs. It was awesome, and if you like Tina Fey you’ll like this. I didn’t learn anything, for those of you who think you can’t just enjoy things and must learn always. But I did laugh out loud a few times while on sparsely populated trails in the river valley, which confused and frightened my fellow trail-users. So that’s a win.
As for Click-clack the Rattlebag, just go read it. It’s creepy and beautiful and short and written by the amazing Neil Gaiman so if you like even just two of those things you should stop slacking off here, go read it, and then come straight back here for more slacking off.
Interesting happenings in the health world on the Internet:
- Phony chocolate study and a couple responses. Lesson learned: if it seems too good to be true, it is. Also, real chocolate is delicious and therefore good for your mental and emotional health. Even for us lchf folks 🙂
- On that note: more research on fat adaption as a fueling strategy. This one focuses on ultrarunners and suggests that slower, smaller runners covering longer distances could benefit from this type of fueling strategy. Perfect!
- Improving running speed. I need to incorporate some of these, as well as cadence training (160-180 steps per minute), into my plan.
- Fitness bullies. A lovely reminder to refrain from judging. We’re all guilty of it, so let’s tamp that shit down.
- Again, on that note: A gentle reminder to show yourself that same love and compassion.
- And finally, robots. Beautiful, terrifying robots. These ones to hunt you down and rip you apart (I’m sure they will incorporate jaws to bite and claws to catch in the next iteration). And then these ones to patch you back up, good as new, once your behaviour control chip has been inserted and activated. Welcome to the future.
- Landscaping designs are way overpriced and not worth it. Get out some graph paper and a mechanical pencil like the high school math nerd we all
wereknow and love, and sketch out where to put your damn shrubbery yourself.
- Someone broke into our trailer (along with about 20 others) while it was being de-winterized. I have absolutely no idea why someone would think people keep anything of value in a trailer that has spent the winter in a frozen trailer park storage lot. Maybe that’s where most people store their diamonds and original art? The good news? They only broke into the compartment where we store the wastewater hoses *evil grin*
And because this makes me laugh every time I see it:
I saw this on Buzzfeed. I don’t know who made it, but I’d like to.
And that’s five!
I have another “race” this Sunday – the 10k Loops for the Troops at CFB Edmonton. C is running this one with me so we’ll keep to a nice, steady pace. He’s decided he wants to do 10k in under 60 minutes, and that seems like a nice target time for an easy recovery run.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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