Three things ~ 9.16.21

Things I’m loving this week

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Racing. It’s been a while….like, more than a year….possibly two since I pinned a number on, but last weekend, I did the Bull’s Dam 5K and Dan did the 10K and I forgot how much I both love and hate it. It hurts and it’s hard, but I will never, ever, ever, ever run that pace if I don’t race. The key is to run as fast as you can stand considering the distance you need to run. In a 5K, it’s  practically an all-out sprint. I used to hate that, but…it was actually “fun.” Also, I took 2nd place in my A.G. and knocked out a 29 min. race on a XC run (all flat, but…still).

megan trainor

Megan Trainor. I don’t know how I missed hopping aboard the M-train long ago, but since Spotify has been serving her up to me, I realized how much I absolutely love her music and her message. I’ve been listening to this one on repeat lately.

rainbows

Rainbows. I mean…this photo I took driving home from work the other day….a rainbow coming out of a cloud over a field of goldenrod and a rustic barn in the background.

work bag

My new work bag. I am in LOVE with this bag. It is the perfect work bag to lug my stuff to the office every day. I usually have few files, my lunch, shoes, keys, etc. I bought it in gray (though I was super tempted by the pink). It’s gorgeous, sturdy/stands up by itself, and — this is so key — the straps are long enough to fit over my shoulder comfortably.

Things I’m not loving this week

Texas. I don’t even know what else to say. I think the time for talking is done anyway. If they were looking for a way to keep the Dems fired up and the women ready to march to the polls and burn this house down, well go ahead and start offering bounties on desperate women. Question: Are the fathers now responsible for fetus/child support from 6 weeks on? Are they required to provide for these unwanted babies?

Worth Reading ~ 9.15.21

A few articles, blog posts, and other things I think are worth your time.

Mental Floss: A brief history of pickles

Life, but better: How to fix your job so that you love it, in three steps

Atlas Obscura: I Asked Leading Entomologists: ‘What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?’

“The social brain hypothesis states that intelligence evolved in animals, including humans, specifically to work within and survive with social groups, not in order to solve any particular ecological problem. In other words, living in a group forces an individual to become smarter, rather than a smart individual choosing to live in a group.”

The Atlantic: The Roe Baby

 

Year 49 in 6 minutes and 55 seconds

 For about five years now, since I saw this TED talk and downloaded the 1-Scond Video app, I’ve been recording one second of my life every day. Every year on my birthday, I have the app “mash” it and I upload it to YouTube.  (45th year, 46th year, 47th year). 2020 being the shit show that it is/was of course that one got screwed up, so it’s in two parts — year 48 part 1 and year 48 part II.

I just turned the big 5-0 and mashed my 49th year….all in one piece because things are looking up now (I mean..I hope). Enjoy: 

My 49th year – 1 sec video – YouTube

Why I left Facebook

There are a lot of reasons I suspended my FB account a week or so ago. It goes way back to the 2016 election and the Russian trolls/bots that stole it by manipulating people and flooding the platform with false stories designed to sow division. It continues all the way to 2020 with the continuation of disinformation and the Capitol riots, which were largely organized (at least initially) on Facebook’s platforms.

But, ultimately, it comes down to this: I’m tired of the constant negativity and there are a limited number of people I want to share my real feeling and details of my life with.

And, yeah…I see the irony of posting about why I left FB and whining about not wanting to share my life with the world while I write a public blog. But only the ones who really care (love or hate me) will bother to follow me here. My own husband doesn’t read this, so I am under no illusion that I have a large audience and I don’t care. I’ve never once looked at my stats. It doesn’t matter to me.

I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stay away from Facebook. I had to create a second — professional — account for work because posting on FB is literally part of my job at the college, but I started anew — I have one “friend” — a coworker who had to made me an admin on our page. I follow only college-related sites/pages.

I’ve learned a few things in the last week or so:

  • Deactivating your account, does not effect Messenger, so you can still chat and private message all your friends.
  • I’m insanely productive without FB in my life. I caught up on all my work and I think I wrote five stories in three days last week.
  • I’m exponentially happier. I have no idea what’s going on in the world (other than looking at Washington Post and reading the Erie Times-News) and I don’t care. It feels great to not be immersed in news and provoked/angered by so. many. things. I feel great…really, really great. Happy, even.
  • I’m going to miss stuff. No doubt, I’ll miss things that are going on but I figure if it’s big enough, I’ll hear about it. Someone will text me and the friends I see in person will keep me in the loop.
  • I do miss seeing all the photos. I do have Instagram, but….people don’t post there as often. That’s good and bad, I guess.
  • I have a lot more free time. I’ve filled it with writing, reading, catching up on random projects. Again….crazy productive these days.
  • I’m not sure how I’ll handle freelance assignments when I need to crowd-source or when I need advice or recommendations on something. I can see me popping back up on FB here & there. It’s easy to active and/or deactivate.
  • I don’t think I can leave it activated and just ignore it. I’ll end up scrolling that feed ….it’s like a drug. Thank god I never got/understood Twitter. One less habit to kick.

So, for now, I’m MIA on FB, and I’m loving it.  You can find me on Insta, but only if you’re not going to bring me down. (Get off of a my cloud). 

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Three Things ~ 9.9.21

Things I’m loving this week:

50th bday at EBC

50th Bday dinner at BrewErie. I do love The Brewerie at Union Station. They have a great menu, friendly staff, good beer and they can always handle a table of 8 or 10 with no problems and no reservations.

2nd place

5K ing again. I used to hate, hate, hate the 5K because it’s hard because it’s short (3.1 miles) so you need to go hard from the start and never let up until you cross the finish line. There’s not “settling into a pace,” no “finding your rhythm,” it’s literally just run like hell — as fast as you can while still being able to breath. But, I did a 5K this weekend — a cross-country one (though, only because it was on dirt/grass ….it had no hills) — and I came in 2nd in my old-lady age group with 29:15 and I honestly cannot complain about that. I was happy with that time and happy to learn that, yes, I can still race — even if I haven’t done it in about two years.

salsa

Salsa season begins. Our first quadruple batch of salsa is canned and — for once — we weren’t even doing it on a sweltering day as it was blessedly cooler this weekend. 10 jars down….dozens to go when our tomatoes really come in.

photo

Evening walks. The sun was setting and I was trying to capture the sign that said “City of Erie” and it didn’t quite work out, but it’s still a gorgeous photo that literally screams Late August.  Taken on a recent walk in the bayfront connector trail.

Things I’m not loving this week

toe holes2

Toe holes. Every. Effin’. Time. I wish shoe manufacturers would add some reinforcement to the area on the top of the shoe near the big toe. I rarely have a pair of shoes for more than two months before my big toe pokes it’s way out. Drives me nuts!

useless textbooks

Clearly unnecessary textbooks. This book that I rented for $68 for Lauren’s math class has been sitting on the steps to the 2nd floor since we received it in the mail. Classes have been in session for two weeks now. I asked Lauren why she hadn’t used the book and she said it was just for “extra” work. Um….I wish I’d know that before I blew $70 RENTING it.

AARP

AARP Membership Offer. This arrived two days after my 50th B-day. Nice, eh?

locked keys in car

Lauren’s habit of locking her keys in her car. In this particular case (on my 50th bday while we were all waiting to go out to eat), she locked not just one set of keys, but BOTH of them in the car. She’s already burned through her three free lock-out calls to AAA, so she had to call her dad….after she tried almost everything else (campus cops, boyfriend, random boys in her class…)

 

 

Worth Reading ~ 9.8.21

A few articles, blog posts, and other things I think are worth your time.

The Atlantic: People Liked Malls: Amazon appears to have discovered that the fastest, freest shipping is picking stuff up in person.

The Hollywood Reporter: Why Brett Butler Is Broke: ‘Grace Under Fire’ Star on Struggles and Survival

Variety: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Reflect on ‘The Sixth Sense’

The New Yorker: The Other Afghan Women

Texas Monthly: Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives