meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • How to read more (Austin Kleon)
  • Millennials Are Screwed … or millennials got screwed (Huffington Post)
  • Finding Frenchy’s (The Coast, thanks Kathleen!) … perhaps a Frenchy’s road trip should be on this year’s 100 Days of Summer bucket list?
  • A pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime — and feels like it’s about time they gave Must a shot (Medium)
  • Seed Cycling: The Trendiest (And Weirdest) Tool For Better Hormone Balance (Mind Body Green)
  • My RHR is 42 (NYT, thanks Kelly)
  • The problem… isn’t the flame-orange poppies themselves… It’s their adoring, smartphone-equipped fans, who have shown up in droves over the past three weeks, bringing with them horrible traffic and occasionally horrible etiquette when they wander off the trail to pose with, trample or even pick the poppies. (NYT)
  • The Tiger and the Tragic Trick: Siegfried & Roy’s Animal Handler Breaks Silence on Mauling, Alleges Cover-Up (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, not a time management problem (NYT)

Have a great weekend!

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step by step

Since October 1, I’ve had a goal of getting 10,000 steps a day. Some days my goal is accomplished by 7:00 am, but other days it’s a struggle.

I run 5-6 days a week, so it’s rest days that are the problem. My commute to work is 0 steps (work from home probs), and David joined the North End Blob, a crew of kids who walk to and from school, so I’ve become a total hermit, sometimes not even going outside once. Things got much worse when I lost my most favourite walking companion, Henry – he got me outside every day adding a few more walks around the block to my count.

But I diverse… I thought it’d be fun to share…

a few easy ways to get 10,000 steps a day:


Step one! We can have lots of fun:
Train for a marathon! You’re sure to exceed your daily goal when you have a 42km run on your calendar! My recorded highest daily step count is +49,000. Best sightseeing tour of New York City is running the marathon!

… still with me?

Step two! There’s so much we can do: Steps can come from rowing, biking, swimming, and even weight lifting. Just do something that involves your arms moving enough to make it count. I’ve been parking further away from the grocery store door and taking the stairs way more. Also, add a little time to your plans and walk a block before you meet up.

Step three! It’s just you and me: Find a walking buddy. I need to do this more but make a date and walk. Add wine and call it a walk and wine!

Step four! I can give you more: Wear a Fitbit or Apple watch, not a Garmin. In my limited research, everyone who uses a Fitbit is getting way more steps than me and my Garmin. It’s a fact.

Step five! Don’t you know that the time is right. Huh! It’s 9:45 pm and you need another 1,000 steps. I like doing kitchen island circles or dance moves.

All gifs from Giphy

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” (swissmiss)
  • The shift away from private vehicles will happen faster than we think. (NYT)
  • Everybody Loves Samin (Bon Appetit)
  • The concept is simple: Intensive activity followed by high-quality rest and recovery. Most of the growth actually comes during the recovery process. However, the only way to truly recover is by actually pushing yourself to exhaustion during the workout. The same concept applies to work. The best work happens in short intensive spurts. But this must be “Deep Work,” with no distractions, just like an intensive workout is non-stop. Interestingly, your best work — which for most people is thinking — will actually happen while you’re away from your work, “recovering.” (Medium)
  • Homework: How to write an “About Me” (99U)
  • A 100-Podcast Syllabus. Here are the ones worth listening to. (Vulture)
  • Booksmart review – wild, warm high school comedy puts girls on top (The Guardian)
  • Just because y’all love fanny packs (design milk)
  • What’s Wrong With This Diorama? You Can Read All About It (NYT)
  • Why We Dance: An Animated Video Explains the Science Behind Why We Bust a Move (Open Culture)
  • I should have added “find a new career” to my forty before forty bucket list… this is depressing: Over the hill at 40? Could be, if you work in advertising (CBC)

Have a great weekend!

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