Friday Randomness – Dec. 2

I’ve been totally off-kilter ever since the Thanksgiving holiday.  I don’t know if it’s because I got sick or because it’s now cold here or because of a tryptophan hangover (I didn’t even eat that much turkey!)  or what, but I’ve been totally slacking on the blog…and the zines…and the emails…and the manuscript…

I swear, one of these days I’ll find the energy to do everything I want to do as well as everything I need to do.  (Note: Running and working out?  Falls under the category of “need to do.”)

Anyway, here’s a short round-up of some links I found while clicking around the interwebs last week.  Enjoy!

So in case you hadn’t heard by now, Siri, the personal assistant for the iPhone 4S, is rather deficient when it comes to the needs of a certain half of the population.  I personally don’t think this was a deliberate fuck-you as much as it’s a good example of the kind of oversight that happens when you have too much homogeneity within organizations. Diversity is a good thing for many, many, many reasons, and this is just one of them.

And while I’m on the topic of birth control, Catholic organizations are raising some very loud concerns over the new health care laws, which require insurance plans cover contraception free of charge, a move they say will violate their religious freedoms.

I thought I would agree with this list about the 10 most annoying people at the gym, because there really are some annoying people at the gym, but you know what?  I found most of it really annoying and judgment.  I say we come up with our own list. Or…not, because really, life is way too short to spend it talking shit about other people.

However, I do reserve the right to talk shit about Spud Webb, who I used to think was awesome but now I cut a total side-eye to now that I know he’s using his ball skills to be the head coach for a topless basketball league.  I wish I was shitting you, but I’m not.  A topless basketball league.  No one who has ever had a pair of breasts could ever think this was a good idea.

Jezebel has a screengrab that shows an ironic – and infuriating – screen grab from the Fox News website.  I tried to write something pithy about it, but just go look.  It’s completely absurd.

Yesterday was World AIDS Health Day, and RH Reality Check shared this essay that reminds us to remember the role women and girls play in AIDS prevention.  I was a kid when AIDS first started making inroads into the public consciousness.  The death of Ryan White left an indelible impression on me, as did learning about Magic Johnson’s HIV positive status.  It’s remarkable to see just how far we’ve come since then, but man, we still have so far to go.

The lovely Sally at Already Pretty shared a post about honoring our beauty.  This really resonated with me as someone who has the hardest time accepting compliments, and who was actually called out by the lady who lives next door when she tried to tell me I looked nice.  I love her perspective on recognizing the things about each of us that make us uniquely beautiful – because make no mistake about it, we are beautiful – and to nurture them instead of trying to hide them away from the world.

I’m two days into Tori at Anytime Yoga’s Daily Dose of Yoga for December.  It’s not too late to join us!

P.S. – I have a secret to tell you.  I have more links that I want to share with you, but the thoughts I have about those links are too wordy and voluminous for a Friday Randomness post.  I’m really excited about them, so stay tuned – I’ll be posting about them in the upcoming week.

P.S.S. – I’m running a 5K tomorrow, and my goal is to stick with my super-speedy husband the entire time.  I may tease Brian about being old, but he has a handy retort – he can run a 5K way faster than me. I mean, he consistently turns in sub-22 minute 5Ks.  As a result, I am practically vomiting with fear and nerves over tomorrow’s race.  Wish me luck.

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9 responses to “Friday Randomness – Dec. 2

  1. Good luck with the 5k! Also, just wanted to say thanks for consistently writing really good, informative posts. I’m fairly new to the blog scene, but I read yours on a regular basis. Keep up the great work!

  2. Good luck! And btw, that post about the 10 people you hate at the gym was kind of ridiculous. I mean, yeah, there are annoying people at the gym, but I think it has more to do with their attitude and manners rather than what they’re wearing (or not wearing) or how buff they are(?!).

    • Agreed. I can understand the “people who take too long on the machines” one, particularly in a crowded gym and/or where there are signs posted. If there are established norms, and everyone else is following those norms but Person A, and by that Person A is keeping other people from their own workouts — that’s inconsiderate and, I think, legitimately annoying.

      But, like, what the fuck difference does it make to anyone else whether I read on the treadmill or not?

      • Or how intensely I’m exercising? I’ve paid my membership fees too.

        That one really bothered me, because I have an invisible disability. I can’t run–or even walk very fast anymore–or lift heavy weights and so on. And even if that weren’t the case, people can’t have an easy day? Or have a different fitness level or different goals from the author?

        (The less mature part of me wants to point out to the author that the ‘super buff people’ who are apparently also such an annoyance would likely think hir workouts leisurely, but that makes them no less worthwhile.)

      • That was something that bothered me, too. I’ve learned to keep my judgments in check when it comes to people at the gym, because I have no idea what a person’s capability is when it comes to working out. Certainly I do think many people are capable of more than they give themselves credit for, but as far as specific people, I have no idea if they are dealing with a disability that I cannot see (as with you). So really, it’s better to just check the judgment pants at the gym door.

        And then for the author to turn around and criticize fit people for making hir feel insecure about herself…it’s like, pick one. Do you want people to work out really hard, or do you want people to slack so you don’t feel bad about yourself? Gah!

      • Very much agreed. “30 minutes on the treadmill” (for instance, if that is the established gym rule) doesn’t mean I can keep people waiting while I do 60 — but it also doesn’t mean that I’m obligated to use the treadmill for running rather than walking.

        I have cyclic chronic pain, and one thing I still struggle with is giving myself permission to do bad-pain workouts — which for me, means walking on flat or low incline and/or some gentle yoga — in public.

  3. Good luck!! Maybe the course will be short like the 5K I ran today and you can finish in the 22s like I did. (Which would have been over 3 minutes off the 5K PR I set last month … yeah not quite.)

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