Tuesday, January 27, 2015Favorited on Twitter
Monday, January 26, 2015Reading on Flipboard
Brunch: Three eggs scrambled in ghee; pork chipolatas; salsa
Dinner: Meat loaf muffins and cauliflower slaw
Sunday, January 25, 2015Favorited on Twitter
I'm trialling the new Australian streaming service Stan, so the Snook and I have finally started watching Deadwood. I was getting a little lost in the stylised dialogue for the first few episodes so I googled to see if I could find any recaps. To my surprise, TWOP came up. I thought it closed down last year! Instead, the fan outrage seems to have convinced NBC to keep the archives up. I happily started reading the first recap and then ran into trouble when subsequent pages kept timing out or getting stuck in a redirect loop. I guess that while NBC kept the site up, they sure as hell aren't doing any maintenance on the servers. Just as I was starting to get really, really frustrated, I found the answer: TWOP One Pager. That awesome little online tool allows you to paste in a TWOP recap link, and it will then fetch all the pages and combine them into a single document. It works great, even on the crappy archives. Highly recommended!
Also highly recommended: Deadwood. Damn. Although the more I watch, the more the, uh, colourful vernacular threatens to impinge on my own vocabulary. I almost called the cat a c**ksucking hooplehead this morning.
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut cream
Lunch: Green salad with tuna, bacon, and baby beetroot
Dinner: Carrot and cardamom soup with some sauteed prawns
Breakfast: Apple and a couple handfuls of almonds; black coffee
Lunch: Leftover Paleo Tex Mex casserole
Dinner: Apple Dijon Burgers (no bun of course!) and oven-baked sweet potato fries Instagram
Saturday, January 24, 2015Reading on Flipboard
Could You Go 40 Days Without Being Mean? -- The Cut - Given that they include sarcasm in there, I'm gonna have to say "No." (I'm amused by imagining Dr. K trying this experiment. I think her head might actually explode.)
Lessons on Women and Power Dressing -- The Cut - Interesting thing to think about. I want to be someone who has a definable personal style, but I'm constantly getting distracted. I can never quite get it together to ruthlessly curate and edit a wardrobe to just things that go together. A few years ago someone gave me a tip that Sportscraft would suit me, and I'll since bought several of their dresses. But they're mixed in my closet with dresses from Op Shops, Target, Heart of Haute, Myer, and of course, dresses that I've sewn myself. If I've got an important meeting, I usually dress a bit more "grown-up." (That's how I actually think of it in my mind.) But at the end of the week on a Friday, all bets are off. Yesterday as I walked to work in a homemade sundress, cardigan, and sneakers, I found myself standing at a crosswalk next to a 10-year-old wearing pretty much the exact same outfit. Hmm. I secretly wondered if I looked ridiculous, a grown 37-year-old woman dressed like a grade schooler. I went from feeling happy and comfortable to a bit embarrassed. Maybe the real problem is that I OVERTHINK EVERYTHING, RIGHT?
I did dress "corporate" for the three months I worked at CBA, and I hated every minute of it. I hated having to always tuck in my shirt; I hated having to carry a "sensible purse"; I hated hated HATED women's slacks. It was such a relief to get out of there and back into a more "startup" style culture where a bit more personal expression was expected. Maybe that's why I haven't settled on a work "uniform" yet - because my career has meant that I never really had to.
Still, my style has changed a little. The big change is that I wear dresses a lot, LOT more than I did just a few short years ago. When I first participated in Frocktober in 2011, one of my co-workers at the time commented with surprise that "You never wear dresses!" And now I've got enough for every day of the month plus some. And now here we are a mere three years later, and when I wear jeans now people comment on the novelty of it. So I guess that's pretty much the extent of my style evolution these days.
Oh, and I wear a little makeup now, but only when I feel like it.
The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit | Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy recut into a single 4-hour film - Interesting! I would like to see that. I did laugh when I read this bit about one of the additional cuts s/he went back to make: "taking out the Bombur “barrel bounce” (which is apparently the bane of some people’s existence)".
Huh. I just realised that I used "he" in the original version of this post, automatically assuming that it would be a guy who did this. That bothered me. I changed it.
Friday, January 23, 2015Reading on FlipboardTwitter
`Fifty Shades of Grey´-inspired burger returns to UK pub - NY Daily News - I'll be honest. My first thought was, "What, does it have LUBE ON IT?"
I'm getting to the stage of weight loss now where people are really starting to comment on it. (13.3kg so far.) Above is a graph of my daily weigh-ins since January of 2014. I have a Fitbit Aria scale, but simply using Fitbit's dashboard can be confusing because the numbers jump a lot. That's why I also use TrendWeight to pull in the data and give me a smooth trendline from a rolling average. It makes it a lot easier to visualise whether a big jump (and as a lady, I can easily jump a kilo or more in 24 hours) is just a momentary blip or part of a larger trend.
While I did start 2014 on a health kick determined to shed some weight, I can't claim that all of what happened was intended. I got a big promotion that February and spent the next six months working my ass off (pretty literally). It wasn't particularly healthy, in that I was often skipping meals. I had trips to the US in April and June that threw off my routines as well. Fortunately by September things had evened out and I was pretty constant. My weight was starting to creep up by the end of the year though, which is why I've recommitted to Whole30. I feel really good. My knees are hurting less. And though I really miss alcohol and the occasional bit of dairy, I'm starting to think I really should stay as close to this going forward as I can. It suits me. I'm still firmly in the "overweight" BMI category, but at the rate I'm going, I won't be there for very much longer...
Breakfast: Two eggs fried in ghee over leftover roast pumpkin and broccoli
Lunch: Leftover curried broccoli soup
Dinner: Leftover paleo Text Mex casserole
The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What The Old Reader Readers Are Reading - I wonder to what extent Flipboard has further cannibalised RSS usage? I'll admit that I actually read Flipboard more, just because it looks a lot nicer.
Why are Some Croissants Straight, and Others Curved? | The Everywhereist
Thursday, January 22, 2015Fretting
Why You Should Never Worry Alone -- Science of Us - Good advice. I'm a perpetual worrier, and it causes me issues. (Search the blog for "stomach" if you're curious.) I've gotten better at sharing things with the Snook though, which helps. Sometimes I can't even put it into words, but he knows when I say "Everything is ruined," it's time to pull me back from the abyss.
The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread - Leatherman Blog - I thought it looked dorky til I saw the version with the watch face. Wow. That's pretty neat!
Breakfast: Apple and a couple handfuls of almonds; black coffee
Lunch: Leftover sweet potato and spinach curry
Dinner: Super porktastic meatloaf, roast pumpkin, and broccoli Instagram
Wednesday, January 21, 2015Shared on Instagram
Barack Obama Is Out Of F**ks - Medium - I really liked this summation of today's State of the Union address. Also, it led me to this masterpiece: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k. That's my new mantra.
It's probably fair to point out that if I truly didn't give a f**k, I wouldn't star the profanity. But hey, parents read this. Them I give a f**k about, okay? FlipboardTwitter
I've got five months to find the perfect onesie for the next knitting retreat. The sparklier the better. (NO, I'M NOT KIDDING.) Any ideas?
I do rather like Cara Delevigne's pizza onesie...
Breakfast: Black coffee
Lunch: "Morrison Burger" (from Parlour Burger) without the bun; cabbage & parmesan slaw
Dinner: Tunisian Prawns, broccoli, and roast pumpkin
Yeah, so that slaw at lunch had the first dairy I've had all month. I rationalised it as a very small amount of a hard cheese, and it tasted fantastic. But within a couple hours, I started to feel extremely crappy and run down. I don't know if it's related or I'm coming down with something, but twenty hours later I'm still feeling sluggish. I'll have to do a controlled experiment in a couple weeks and see if it happens again.
Might have to try this on the weekend.
`Serial´ Witness: I Never Recanted Adnan's Alibi -- Vulture - I am unable to NOT click on a Serial-related link when I see one. previous week
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