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"saturday selections" aka, friday favourites 13.09.13

image of the week
no, i did not miss yesterday's "friday favourites" because i was superstitious about friday the 13th. if you check, this isn't the first friday the 13th to hit this blog. i missed posting yesterday because i was exhausted after a long week at work and a long week of having lulu getting energy spurts in the middle of the night and using her time to attack my vanity and all the toys that i keep there. what's most infuriating is that she knows she's being bad, that she's being awful, but she won't stop when i ask/ tell/ beg her to. she does immediately stop and bounce lightly out of view when i start to get out of bed to stop her. but she returns minutes later to continue playing. and i just don't have enough storage space to put everything in drawers. so in other words, i missed yesterday's post because i came home, had dinner and promptly passed out.

i have no excuse for last week. that was just stupid.

but without further ado, here they come...

good news :: things i can't make up from around the internet

hey, remember that movie where the computer becomes sentient and evil and starts preying on everything that opposes it? oh wait, that wasn't a movie...

you know who makes a lot of stupid comments about rape? everybody.

fda tells americans to eat shit. and that's not even a euphemism.

human surfer brined and marinated in molasses: coming up next on the food network's "shark week".

so if you're ever pulled over because you have passengers in your trunk, the police do not accept the excuse that there was no room in the car because the back seat was filled with pot. although you might have a shot at escaping while they're rolling on the ground laughing at you.

musical notes 

forget the new my bloody valentine. the new medicine album is th'shizzle.

something i learned this week

it's been going on for a while, but as i've been dieting and trying to improve my eating habits overall, i've completely gone nuts. and not in the "mental health mondays" way either. [that happened long ago.] i was told by a naturopath i work with that i should consider keeping different types of raw, unsalted nuts at my desk to snack on, since my biggest weakness comes from cravings for fatty foods. now, you can't just shovel them into your maw by the fistful, since they're pretty high-caolrie and, yes, high in fat. but they have good fats and the fact is that it doesn't actually take that many to sate a craving or make you full.

how much they've been helping my weight loss is something that will be determined over time, but i can already report that they've helped in just about every other way. my energy level has been higher [lulu's best efforts aside] and steadier than ever. i have not been craving greasy foods [the system works!] and i've even found my mood has been better. and i owe it all to nuts.

the best part for me of course is that i really haven't ever met a nut whose taste i didn't like [i'm a little ambivalent towards peanuts and walnuts] and practically every type of nut has something awesome to offer. aside from healthy fats, most are high in fibre and contain vitamins that are easily absorbed, can help regulate your cholesterol [lowering the bad and raising the good] and are a good source of calcium. read all about it.

all hail nuts [in moderation]!

goal for the week

the weather has turned cooler and in my world, that means one thing: it's time to make soup. so this week, i want to make sure that i cook up a nice batch of something that reflects the autumn colours that i'm just starting to see outside.

follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well, seeing as my very last post was self-promotion... i don't really have anything to add here. thanks to those of you who jumped at the chance to download your very own copy of "conversion"!

kitteh of the week

although lulu is not averse to posing for photos, it can be difficult to capture them when she's at her most energetic. although sometimes, you get a shot that does give a reasonable impression of what it's like to be around her.

my god, it's full of beans

that's all folks! i think it's about time for my nap...

this week's image of the week was taken by robert seber. find the original here. and thanks to dom for coming up with the alternate title!


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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.

mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…