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friday favourites 01.07.11

it's canada day! that's about as much nationalism as i can muster at the moment. it's also friday, which means it's that time where i pause on reflect on the things that brought a few smiles and warm feelings to the week that was. this week can be tentatively titled "sh*t i found on the internet", since it seems like this was the week in which the web decided to reveal its humourous, beautiful and useful bounty to me. hey, it's a big world and it turns out that you can access surprising parts of it while sitting on your butt.


here's what put a curl in my lips this week ::

the bloggess :: a lot of people saw her post last week about picking your battles, enough that her site crashed and things went all crazy. but you'd really be losing out if you didn't take the time to go and look at the rest of her site, as well as her links to her advice columns on parenting and sex [which are ideas that go together, even if you don't want to think about it. don't get a mental image.] you can also peruse her web shop, which has some beyoncé the giant chicken merchandise now that the dust has settled.

beauty and the bullshit :: a blog from a former cosmetic industry insider that helps people like me understand how they're being manipulated. it's fun, it's practical and it's what you've always suspected, but the detail that she gives on how you're being conned is enlightening and gives you an idea of how to evaluate what you see with a critical eye. [assuming that everything is lies is not evaluating with a critical eye. some stuff works and you want to know how to tell the difference.] note :: i've linked to her blogspot address, but i understand that this will be switching over to her own "proper" address in short order.

THERE'S MORE! PLUS THE WEEKLY CAT PIC...



bats. fuck yeah :: i've gone on about my love for owls, but i'm also really fond of bats. last year, when dom and i were at his high school reunion, we were looking through the building so that he could walk me through moments in his past, as well as show me what places gave him some inspiration for his first film project, hallowed halls, we came across one flaying through the school's own hallowed halls. it gave me a strange thrill. just looking at the images that people have uploaded fills me with wonder and, in a lot of cases, makes me squee.

shoe therapy :: it's been a while since i picked up a new pair of fluevogs, so i took advantage of an invite to a "pre-sale" event they had at the local fluevog store this week. in fact, both dom and i indulged and our feet are the happier for it. the sale continues both in fluevog retail locations and on line while stock lasts. please make sure to ask my permission before ordering size 6 in anything. i have dibs. seriously. if anyone would like to buy me a birthday present, it's still several months away, but you can save money by buying early.

bitchcakes :: this is exactly what i need to be reading as i attempt to progress on my diet. perhaps it's the fact that we're around the same age, or the fact that she believes in the importance of saving weight watchers point for booze, or the fact that we're both neurotic, but i find her blog really inspirational. it's refreshingly honest and human and it also makes me feel extraordinarily lazy, because i know damn well i'm never going to be in the shape that she is, but it does give me a good idea of what one determined person can do.

the main problem i've run into with my own diet this week is that i've not been making myself eat small meals on a regular basis, but rather letting myself get really, really, really hungry, which is hell on the metabolism and leaves me wanting to devour huge quantities of food at once. while i haven't necessarily been bad about dieting, i haven't been pacing myself properly, which is kind of key to doing it right. this week, i shall behave myself and be healthy, i swear.

one other thing that i've started to crack down on a bit is making myself record details of my dreams. this is something i like to track, because i like to know what my mind is thinking when i'm not there, but i also find it a great source of writing inspiration. even if it's just one particular image, it often helps. so i'm also promising to be disciplined about that. i'll kick my own butt into all sorts of shape.

i hope that everyone has had a fulfilling week and that good stuff continues to haunt you. feel free to share your high points [or low points, if you need to vent] and, as always, thanks for reading. here's your kitteh pic of the week. this started out as a brother-sister cuddle between seth and julia, which was cute enough, but hecubus decided he wanted in and that he had to be right in the thick of things, which is usually where he's most comfortable.

Comments

Biba said…
What an adorable furry crowd :)
flora_mundi said…
Thanks Biba. That's actually only 60% of the crowd- there are five altogether.

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jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

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i picked up three products, which are offered individually or as a set, as the "fleur sauvage" collection, inspired by "lush overgrowth, the deadly allure of carnivorous plants, and the strange chromatic language whispered between flowers and pollinators". there is no price difference between buying the items separately or individually, it's just a matter of selected partnering [and i believe all three products were launched together in spring 2015]. there are tw…

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