22 August 2015

Weekly Roundup of Interesting Things #2

I had hoped to have at least one or two posts in between these link posts, but this week turned out to be a ridiculous one at work (trust me, you don't want details), so let's just move on, shall we?

I was wondering if this was something that would ever be tried by stores like Sephora or Ulta.   Apparently they were thinking about it too!  My problem with random samples of products is that for every one I might actually want to try, there are a lot more I just don't care about.  So although I've been tempted to try one of the beauty box subscriptions, I know that I would probably only use/care/want to try one or two of the items.  However, I think this is truly brilliant for those who are maybe only not interested in one or two items.  This is where I get my hair cut and I've seen the swap baskets, so it appears to be a popular idea.  

Though I do like them on occasion, I'm not much of a soda drinker.  I probably drink too much iced tea in the summer, but I only add lemon or lime, or on rare occasions, do a half and half iced tea/lemon mix.  But I found it interesting to read that Americans are not the ones who consume the most sugary drinks.  Go figure.

This past Wednesday was the last session of my five-week class on learning to use Pilates equipment.  Sadly, I can't afford the next level class, but I do plan to continue with my mat Pilates exercises and DVDs at home.  I did gain some flexibility, and my posture definitely improved.  I'm going to try to also do some of these exercises regularly, because now that my posture is improved, I want to develop better habits to keep that.

I found this article in the New York Times fascinating.  How often does anyone ask you to really think about your life and why you make the decisions you do?  I think there are plenty of kids who start college without a specific plan (I was one of them), but who feel some pressure from families, friends, etc.  I have a co-worker who told her kids that unless they majored in one of the sciences or math, she and her husband would not contribute to their college education!  The reason: if they focus on those majors, they will be able to find jobs that pay well.  Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but I thought that was appalling.

And finally, I think that this blog post is brilliant.  Even though I am not a fan of the F word, I was able to appreciate and enjoy what this person was saying.  And frankly, I agree with a lot of what she is saying.  Plus I love the title of the blog!

And that, my dears, is it for the things I found interesting on the interwebs during the past week.  I hope you enjoyed at least one of them and/or maybe learned something.

Have wonderful weekend, and be sure to enjoy  at least one thing!


Lorette said...

OK, the links are fun, but the popcorn cartoon is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh!

Marie said...

That blog post is wonderful! And now that I'm in my middle 60s, I agree with the blogger completely. Most stuff that people think you should worry about are just not worth spending the time worrying about them.

Mereknits said...

I love the last two articles you suggested. My son is a freshman in college, he is frustrated he does not know his major yet, but interestingly enough I am not. I tell him to explore different courses, and experience different things. There is no rush. By the way I am a fan of the f-word, it is a hug downfall of mine.

elns said...

You're killing me. That blogpost was hysterical. I've been friendly with more than one F bomb, so it's no thing to me. It works here.

My husband on the phone asked me if I like it when people tell me to relax. I paused. I said, "no." (this was like therapy for me. I was accepting myself.) "No, because I immediately feel defensive. It doesn't work for me." I can read "You should relax." because it sounds you know like a global shout out of positivity, but when someone says it directly to me, personally. Guess what, I take it personally. Or maybe today. I dunno. Your post made me think about it.

Don't ask me what's going to happen to the next person who tells me to smile more. I might hit them with my night cream. It's been working hard on those wrinkles ;)

Love to hear you thinking.