Before we start: I wanted to double-check proper title capitalization, and apparently everything I thought I knew (by which I mean capitalizing "principal" words) is wrong. According to this random website, the only two consistent rules are a) capitalizing the first word, and b) capitalizing all proper nouns. Another method is to capitalize every word in the title. I have opted for this for simplicity's sake. My world has been shattered.
For the first time in my life, I'm experiencing a double-dip sickness; just when I thought I was in the clear, I got knocked right down again. My body likes to live on the edge. Fortunately, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and I think I'll rejoin society tomorrow.
Apart from basic dog duties, I've largely been confined to my bed since last Friday. Four days is a lot of time to spend in a bed. I wish I could say that I've used this time to expand my mind, make glamorous plans, and think about the future, but in reality I've spent most of my time watching Orange is the New Black (raunchy but SO GOOD) and West Wing (one of those shows people have bugged me about for years to whom I've always responded, "Yeah, yeah, I'll watch it someday, lay off me." Well, someday is NOW, and it's bad).
This post, the result of four days confined to a bed, is going to be randomly shitastic, so let's slap a RST label on it and get to work:
- I'm back on THE CORE train. This is the one weight workout I can tolerate, although I'm not sure why. Maybe the free weights make me feel like a 'roided Soviet Olympian? Which, let's face it, is every woman's dream, amirite? THE CORE isn't the most interesting workout (in fact, another name for it could be "do 200 squats") and fails to target a lot of the muscles I use for running (most importantly, calves), but I do feel like it must be beneficial in some way. I managed to cough through an entire set this morning, albeit with 5-pound weights (HOTR uses 10 pounds, that beast!).
- Speaking of 'roided Soviet Olympians, I'm reading "The Sports Gene" on GCA's recommendation, and it's pretty awesome. In one chapter, the author talks about the huge progress female athletes made in the 1970s and 1980s and how the rate of convergence of male/female records suggested that women would surpass men (athletically) sometime in the 22nd century. Well, the author dug through the available evidence and concluded that much of the huge gains made during those years was due primarily to widespread testosterone injection. In fact, many of the female world records in sprint and "power events" (I assume this means shot put and the like) were set in the 1980s. Bummer. Another cool tidbit: in whatever year studied, half the players on the Dodgers had 20/11 vision, and about 2% dipped below 20/9, "flirting with the theoretical limit of the human eye." Oh, and apparently ALL fetuses are female during the first six weeks of life. I feel like this is common knowledge but I had no idea. So much knowledge in one little book.
- I continue to search for housing in Eugene and it's really stressing me out. You mean people actually want to MEET me before letting me move in with them? That's whack. In the past, I've already had a roommate(s) and we searched for a vacant place together. Now, I'm trying to latch onto strangers already living in an apartment and it's proving to be tougher than I had envisioned. It doesn't help that I won't have a chance to fly down there before I move (22 days and counting!).
- The Civil Wars have a new album out!!! The band broke up but now, magically, there's a new album, recorded while everything was going to hell. Hurrah! I've only listened to the first single off the album, but I think it's gonna be pretty awesome.
- I recently became aware of the website "Get Off My Internets" (GOMI to the uninitiated). It's insanely mean-spirited, but in fact there's a lot of legitimate (and entertaining) criticism on there. Plus, those ladies write better than most bloggers. New life goal: get a thread on GOMI! I kid. Also, they just managed to unearth something that I'm pretty sure is going to make the internet explode, so I guess it's also a (trashy) detective agency?
- I watched a delightful documentary about Tetris last night. "Delightful" if you spent half your childhood playing Tetris. "A study on extreme nerddom" if you didn't. You're welcome for that link.
I can't tolerate a post without a picture, so here's one of a horrifying, mutant baby Jeano my mom recently sent me (I'm the fivehead in the middle). This is unassailable PROOF that babies can, in fact, be ugly.
- Thoughts on GOMI? Disgusting or fun?
- How have you found housing in the past? I've always used Craigslist, but Craig's failing me at the moment.
- Learn any cool new facts recently?