So I have a friend, let’s call her LB. She likes tech news and social media stuff. I think I even convinced her to by a MacBook Pro back in the day (so we know she’s got great taste in laptops). I’ve decided to dedicate a weekly post to providing her with five links to interesting, current web content that she can peruse at her leisure
while at work during her free time. Without further ado….
1) “How the NCAA Stays on Top of the Social Media Game” (An Interview by Meaghan Edelstein): The NCAA is jumping into the social media foray with thoughts on use and regulation
2) “I Was Dwinking” – My favorite reddit picture to date. Extra points for guessing the species.
3) “BreathingEarth.net” – just the sound alone is cool. Slightly disturbing overall, but still really cool.
4) “Don’t Drink and Drive. Run, Instead” – A great little article about running, purging and beer.
5) “The Biomechanics of Footwear” – So how useful are shoes anyway?
I just noticed that three of these links are related to running or sports…but I’m perfectly fine with that. Enjoy!
My brother Mark graduated uni in Adelaide, Australia, and then immediately packed up his life and headed to Whistler, Canada. It’s about 2 hours north of Vancouver, and is one of the most scenically epic places in North America. Mark got a job at a snowboard shop, bought a season pass for the mountain, and proceeded to shred snow for about 2 1/2 years. And do you know what else? He’s really good at it. He’s been in a magazine…
Mark shredding some Canadian powder
Yeah, that's him in the red
For a while I thought he needed to give up the snow-bum lifestyle and grow up. You know, get a real job, get serious (like me). But it took me a while to realize that what he did takes a lot of guts. He’s experiencing the world, is making a living, and he’s doing it in a gorgeous location, where he’s made tons of friends for life. Why would he want to leave it all for a cubicle at some boring office?
Well actually, he eventually moved back to Adelaide and is working on his Master’s degree in architecture. But the best part? He still lives in Whistler and snowboards during the Australian summer break. I wish I had the guts to split my entire life between two locations that are 10,000 miles apart, AND make a livelihood out of it. My brother is living the dream, and I’m so proud of him. Also, I’m very jealous. But mostly proud.
The point is, if you want something, don’t let it simmer as an idle thought in your mind forever. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Make it happen. Implement a strategy and follow through. Would it really be that hard to accomplish? What’s standing in your way? Save up the money and go. Hey, what’s the worst that can happen? You wind up with your very own magazine spread? Puhleeeze, I can think of worse endings.
222 years ago, Captain Arthur Philip arrived with the First Fleet into Sydney Cove (now known as Botany Bay), and claimed (what would be known as) Australia for the British.
But enough history! On this day, January 26th, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Australia Day! Especially those Aussies who are away from home. Wherever you are, try to find a Coopers, or a VB, a Swan, a Cascade or a XXXX, or maybe even a Fosters if you really have no other choice! Cheers to us!
If we are friends on Facebook, then by now you know that my dog Arri has been limping around for the past few days. I let her out to run around in the backyard on Friday afternoon – five minutes later she was trying to get back inside by leaning her entire body in earnest against the back door (it wasn’t working, the glass panel is just too sturdy).
She came hobbling in, looking as pitiful as Ralphie when he almost shot his eye out in A Christmas Story. I thought she might have twisted or sprained her foot chasing after squirrels, and I didn’t want to overreact and take her to the emergency vet. The pain seemed to be localized to just one of her weight-bearing toes (is that what they’re called for dogs? Toes? Or is it pawlets?). So I carried her to the couch and make her stay there for as much of the weekend as possible (refer to picture on my previous post).
By Saturday she had figured out how to hop, and fast, too. If there was a picnic to attend that day, she would have won the three-legged race, sans sack. By Sunday she was jumping up and down off beds and couches, and going up and down the stairs looking very happy with herself. Hopping, yes, but mostly normal. Well this morning, said weight-bearing toe was blooming like a rose bud: Bright red and looking very delicate indeed. After work, I took her to the vet for a proper checkup. I’m glad I did! Check through these photos to see why (click on a photo for a larger version)…
Dr. Pittman at the Fountain City Animal Hospital did a thorough checkup on Arri – definitely a bump on the toe, but not sure how bad. X-ray is a go.
Arri gets bonus points for exemplary cooperation
Dr. Pittman tests Arri's leg
Arri waited nervously for the results. Would it be back to chasing squirrels? Or 4 weeks of couch rest?
Arri anxiously watches the vet door
The results came back: Bad news? Definitely a broken bone. Good news? It’s a clean break, so it should heal nicely.
Ouchy! (It's okay, Arri's as tough as a dingo)
Because Arri hadn’t eaten since this morning, Dr. Pittman was able to reset Arri’s toe that night. A little doggie anesthesia, some straightening and Arri was good to go!
My favorite part? Arri’s awesome hot pink splint with accenting blue hearts! She was a very happy camper when she came out to meet us. And she’s given up hopping in exchange for a promising career in tap dancing – just one foot of course.
A happy reunion: A hot pink splint with blue hearts!
We even got a smart little IV bag with a draw string – whenever she needs to go outside, the splint gets covered to prevent moisture damage.
Ready to go home and eat some pain meds
We will go back to the vet next week for a splint check and possible redressing, then a second X-Ray in a month. By then, the vet is hopeful that Arri’s bone will have calcified and be well down the road to recovery.
For now, Arri’s happy to be home, fed & medicated. Fingers crossed she doesn’t start chewing on the bandages, or she’s going to need a neck cone! (That would just be too pitiful)
Back home, fed, medicated & rapidly passing out
Arri napping in a ray of sunshine, while I read articles for class and drink “cheerwine”. But alas, this perfect peace can’t last – the roommates are due home soon!
On a side note, this is my first mobile entry using the WordPress app. It’s great! – So easy to upload a pic and type a brief post. Will try to use more often when possible.