Ahh, let me tell you, the view right here is lovely. I am kicked back on my couch with a little dog beside me, watching me type on my pretty new laptop. I love this new machine.
I have gotten a bit behind in my blog reading and commenting lately, having spent the past week and weekend up to my eyebrows in grading and other projects. When that happens I often wind up reading blog posts via Google Reader on my phone at bedtime. What this means is that I am not able to comment as easily — the combination of being in a feed reader and on a phone makes it very unlikely that I’ll make the effort to post a comment. I don’t like this. As I’ve mentioned before, I really think blog comments are the best and I love chatting back and forth with people on the internets, both here and on their blogs.
So last night I wound up bookmarking a bunch of recent posts on the phone, then syncing it to my laptop so I could go back and comment on them when I was at my desk. But then, see, I had a better idea! I thought I would share the links here and send you guys over to read (and maybe you can leave a comment, if you are so inclined). I was even thinking maybe I could make this a regular feature and share interesting posts from my Google Reader every week or two, but then I realized that is actually already a function built into Google Reader. You can share posts with your Google Reader Friends. I don’t do that though. (Because honestly I have enough social media connections and I prefer to just have Google Reader be the place where I go read blogs and not another friend- and connection-making kind of place. It’s strictly a reading-based place in my mind.)
Which was all my long-winded explanation of this: I am not sharing these posts in Google Reader or on Facebook or on Twitter or on Tumblr. Oh no. I am sharing them here! So you’d better like it! And I won’t take any guff! (I don’t know why I am suddenly getting all defensive about this.)
Without further ado, then, here are some great blog posts from around the internet that I think you just might like. Stop by and check them out and say hello to these awesome bloggers:
Holly from Holly Would if She Could recently posted about popular music and I was just giggling throughout the whole thing. I can tell you that I am right there with her when it comes to that new Rihanna song — yikes!
Matt from No Meat Athlete on his decision to go from vegetarian to vegan and on his first vegan grocery shopping trip. If you ever wonder what motivates us crazy vegans to do what we do, or wondered how exactly we do it, check out these two posts.
Speaking of vegan stuff, please read this really thoughtful post from Gena (of Choosing Raw, but guest blogging at JL Goes Vegan) on the ethics of veganism. She explains it all and doesn’t do so in a manipulative or overly preachy manner. I love this post.
Caitlin from Heathy Tipping Point blogged this week about the emotional side of sports injury. Let me just say that (with my nagging hip flexor keeping me from running yet again), I have been going through almost every one of these emotions lately, too.
SarahLena from The Anvil Tree wrote about the life and work lessons learned from working in restaurants and I think she is spot on. I worked in lots of restaurants back in the day and I think it really changed me for the better — I learned new skills, gained confidence, understood the idea of work better, and the list goes on. When I hear from my students that they don’t have jobs outside of school, I feel kind of sorry for them.
And lastly, Slynnro has got the perfect new idiomatic expression for you to use regarding bitchy coworkers, passive-aggressive Facebook friends, and drunks at the bar. You’ll have to read it to find out.
And now, have you read anything good on a blog this week? I’ll take links if you’ve got ’em.