My Reading List: August 25 – 29

Walked over to the White House on a nice weather day this week. 200 years ago, the White House was on fire. Nothing but blue skies today.
Walked over to the White House on a nice weather day this week. 200 years ago, the White House was on fire. Nothing but blue skies today.

1) 200 years ago, the Brits stormed our White House and burnt it down. 200 years, a couple of regional alliances, and a handful of totally awesome rom-coms later, The British Embassy tweeted a picture of a White House-shaped cake complete with sparklers and the flags of both countries with a message that they were commemorating the White House burning anniversary with sparklers….and then proceeded to burn down the Internet. Coincidentally, I saw the tweet come through on my Twitter feed and my first reaction was, “Well, that seems wrong,” but then I kind of laughed a little. I mean, it’s kind of like the old man getting pissed all over again about that time his next-door-neighbor’s kid hit a baseball through his window when years later he sees the kid up to bat for the Yankees. Maybe I need to read the history books a little, but it seems that 200 years later, old enemies who are the best of friends now can share a harmless laugh about that time we battled each other for worldwide supremacy. And a piece of that cake…hello, Britain? Don’t you know us but at all?? Continue reading “My Reading List: August 25 – 29”

My Reading List: August 18 – 22

One of the most beautiful post-storm skies I’ve seen. And yet, I didn’t want to go swimming….

1) My legs are going through marriage counseling right now. Once I read Competitor’s article “Single-Leg Drills For Balanced Running,” I decided it was time to face the hard truth that my legs are going through a rough patch and need time to focus on themselves.

2) Right before I moved back to DC, I traded in my mahogany Fender electric-acoustic guitar for a ukulele. I’d had that guitar for nearly two years and I could barely strum a chord because my fingers hurt so bad when I pressed the strings and my hands were too tiny to wrap all the way around the neck. I decided a ukulele would keep my dreams of learning a string instrument intact with the added benefit of portability right before a big move. To aid me in my musical adventure, I downloaded the book Ukelele Mastery Simplified: How Anyone Can Quickly Become a Strumming Chords and Melodic Uke Ninja. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but any book cover that has a picture of a ninja strumming a ukulele on a white sand beach is immune to this rule. Continue reading “My Reading List: August 18 – 22”

My Reading List: August 11-15

Remember how she just seamlessly stepped in to tell Miranda what was going on? This is The Skimm. Photo Credit: The Devil Wears Prada
Remember how Andy just seamlessly stepped in to tell Miranda what was going on? This is The Skimm. Photo Credit: The Devil Wears Prada

1) Starting a new job in a new issue area (healthcare), I have been reading a lot lately to catch up to speed. No, I’m not going to post any articles on meaningful use or ICD-10; however, having to digest a lot of really wonky stuff in a short period of time leaves little room in my mental hard drive for reading anything else, like why the U.S. decided to introduce itself to the new non-state actor on the block in Iraq or why the FAA put a no-fly zone over middle-of-Flyover Country Ferguson, Missouri. For people who just want to know what is making headlines but don’t have time for big words or the helpless realization that journalistic integrity is taking a backseat to ideological houses made of ticky-tacky, you need to sign up for an e-mail subscription with The Skimm. Continue reading “My Reading List: August 11-15”

Weekly Running Reads

Here’s something that’s hard for me to admit: I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, I spent my entire childhood writing stories, and yet staying focused on a book is one of my greatest challenges. I really admire people who can just sit down and get lost in a book because frankly, I just can’t do it. I blame it on two things: I think way too much and, for some reason, I have to re-read something a few times over to really understand it. Curiosity requires discipline; who knew?

Even such, I have managed to keep my brain active with a few reads, so here are a couple of things that I have been reading this week: Continue reading “Weekly Running Reads”