Having a tough time turning my brain off with so much stuff happening in life, especially at work. What I really need is a good long run to clear my head, but the air quality here is unsafe to exercise outside because of the smoke from all the fires in the North Bay. My throat and eyes burn and our stuff is coated with ash. It smells like there's a campfire in our house. Of course this is nothing compared to what those folks are dealing with and thank you to all the women and men putting out the flames.
The fires in Napa are really scary and took over whole neighborhoods with little warning. The resort where we were staying over the weekend got evacuated just hours after we left, and now I see photos of where we were and it's just char and ashes. People with asthma are wearing face masks at work and on the street, and you can see this eerie smoky glow in the sky to the north. Hoping everyone gets reunited with family and friends there soon. Stay safe.
Tomorrow I'll continue to stay indoors and remember to pack my workout clothes for the gym in case I can squeeze away at lunch. Isn't it true that you don't realize how important exercise is for your mental health until you don't have it for a couple of days? I'm always telling the hubs that running is my therapist!
I love finding little things like this around the house. Play-dough shoved in a candle cap for no apparent reason other than why not?! This has Croc's name written all over it. And then somehow the Easter bunny decorations came out?
And since it's Tuesday I'll share some smatterings...
What does a cargo ship see in one month?
This will be one of the best 10 minutes you spend looking at a video. It's a 30-day time lapse video taken from a cargo ship. A YouTube user named JeffHK uploaded the video made up of 80,000 photos. In case you want to fast forward to the highlights, JeffHK made a highlight list. But I'm telling you this is worth cracking open a Pellegrino, putting your feet up, and watching on a big screen. There is so much to see when you remove city lights and people-made things.
0:32 Milky Way
0:53 Sirius Star (I think) Correction: Jupiter the planet according to some viewers
1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo
1:45 Cargo Operation
2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm
2:29 Beautiful Sunrise
3:13 Lightning Storm at Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait
3:29 Clear night sky Milky Way with lightning storm
4:01 Camera getting soaked
5:09 Arrival Singapore
5:56 Departure Singapore
6:20 Moon-lit night sky
6:48 Another Sunrise
8:30 Headed due north and you can see Ursa Major rotating neatly around Polaris.
8:36 Squid Boats
8:54 Chaotic Traffic
9:15 Arrival Hong Kong
Inviting the whole neighborhood for dinner
There are so many things I love about this story: it's set in San Francisco, brings people together in a positive way, and involves food!
Beth Hoffman, an assistant professor at University of San Francisco and resident of SF's Mission Terrace neighborhood, had an idea to create a similar dining experience as the ones you'd see in Italy where whole towns come together to dine outside.
She and her neighbors used the alley behind their homes to set up a long row of tables covered in butcher paper. Everyone was invited to enjoy the veggie pasta sauce served up, and were only expected to bring their own cooked pasta. Neighbors waited in line, bowls in hand, to get a scoop or two of red sauce, and then sit down with friends to break bread.
"For me, the best part is looking around the massive table and seeing people of all ages and backgrounds sharing a meal together. Strangers talking about kids, religion, education, transportation, getting to actually meet and spend time together. And aside from people taking pictures, I don't recall seeing a single phone out, no texting, no Facebook. Just people in the moment, in a place we all call home, together."
In their first year holding the event, they fed 100 folks. This year, their fourth, they served over 170 neighbors! This is my kind of story.
Christian Bale and Kermit the Frog are the same
Wow I only started this blog in July yet this is my second post about Kermit. Weird. Yet this is too good to keep to myself. It is very old but very much a classic. Someone took the time to assemble proof that Christian Bale and Kermit are actually one in the same. Take 2 minutes out of your life to scroll through these—you won't regret it!
It's like this inventor has a peephole inside my brain
I have resorted to using a wash and fold delivery service more times than I care to admit and it is mostly because our clothes inevitably end up in a crumpled mess on the couch when we take them out of the dryer, or we forget to move them from the washer to the dryer and they get that soggy-sponge-like odor about them. I digress.
Check out this new invention that is clearly speaking my language. A robot that folds your laundry!!
That's all I've got for today. I've just consumed my second and last Justin's dark peanut butter cup. Let's shed a tear of sorrow and then move to bed. :)
How much would you pay for a laundry-folding machine?
What other chore would you pay someone to design a robot to do for you? I think I'd say loading the dishwasher or cleaning my bathroom floors.
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.