Category: Randoms

#MeatlessMonday

Guys, it finally happened. I watched Food, Inc., and now I’m going through the existential crisis that I knew would come.

Dang it.

I’m on the metro home after spending the last half hour at Whole Foods checking for cage-free labels and googling meatless meat brands.

The Haul: I ended up with (the safe bets) tilapia, tofu, veggie Thai, and (this one is new) Gardein Beefless Burger Sliders. Some white nectarines and dried fruit bars.

I have no idea if/how this is going to work, but I am the ultimate sucker when it comes to trying something new. (Hence the stacks of unused card-making supplies and a Capital Bikeshare fob hanging around here somewhere.)

To tie it all back to Daily Medal, fun fact. Countless athletes from Carl Lewis to Ronda Rousey have adopted plant-based, veggie, or even vegan diets, and they’ve won plenty of titles along the way. I won’t use the v-word yet, but Meatless Mondays, I can do.

Edit: These beefless sliders are bomb. And they took about two minutes to heat up in the pan. I might be the laziest cook on the planet, so clearly these are now staple.

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Novak Djokovic & the Umbrella: A Not Quite Silent Film

Had to share this clip of tennis great, Novak Djokovic, sharing a drink and an umbrella with a (p)lucky ball boy at the French Open. This is what happens when you take initiative! Life lessons from this young man…not unlike Lupita Nyong’o’s selfie-crashin’ brother. Courtesy of Deadspin:

“We waited for around 10 minutes in the pouring rain on the court,” Djokovic said, “so I felt there’s something I should do and make a new friend. He accepted the offer to sit down, which I didn’t think he would do. So he’s a very spontaneous little boy, and I hope I see him my next match.”

Classic. He also won! (But that’s less exciting.)

2012, The Wrap Up

Hey peeps! An early Happy New Year to everyone! 2013 happens here in about 14 hours, and I am beyond ready. I gotta say, though, 2012 is going to be pretty hard to top.

A year ago today, my mom will tell you, I was wishing and praying to be anywhere but where I was. A rough winter then turned into a vaguely disappointing spring…but then I got a phone call. Next thing I knew, I was chopping off my hair, flying to San Diego, running around Southern California with interns and athletes turned friends, riding in breaking news vans at 4 in the morning, eating fish and chips in London, starting my last year of grad school, and getting a job. I am beyond grateful to God for this incredible year. And I am beyond grateful to you guys for sticking it out with me. This blog with a total readership of my brother and the occasional Facebook friend means so much to me because it chronicled this crazy, roller-coaster, blessed time in my life. So at midnight I say…

Let’s do it again!

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2012 In Review (compiled not at all by moi)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2012, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 45 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 24th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was London logo triggers….epilepsy?.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

  1.  For 1st Time in 16 years, Team USA Basketball advances to Gold Medal Round September 2010
  2.  Citigroup, inc: Official 2012 bank of championsApril 2011
  3.  London logo triggers….epilepsy? March 2010
  4.  Defect to Mother Russia…All the cool kids are doing it! May 2010
  5.  “Settle” and other words I don’t believe in yet September 2012

Click here to see the complete report.

Bolshoi, Basil’s, and Babushka: Just what is Russia’s Sochi Strategy?

Last week in class, to my utter delight, we talked a bit about sports diplomacy and the media. The course is Media & Foreign Policy, so basically take any subject you want, add media, and we could probably go for a couple hours if you let us. Last week, we started talking about the messages host countries send by hosting the Olympics, the World Cup, and though we didn’t bring it up, I’m going to retrospectively throw in world expos because I love them and it’s my blog. Diplomacy, for the most part, is half about knowing your audience and half about knowing your message. Forget the Socratic adage “Know thyself.” It’s more like “Know what thou wantest them thither to know.” Longer, but truer.

Textbook case would be Beijing 2008. If you watch television, read magazines at the doctor’s office, or are really just alive in any way, you would know that China kind of knocked those opening ceremonies out of the park. In the build up to London 2012, the question on everyone’s lips: how could Britain possibly top that spectacle of power, numbers, and strategically-placed LED screens?

Danny Boyle’s ode to Britain was the best thing London 2012 could have done. From a personal point-of-view, I thought it was highly enjoyable. I love the theater. From a Media & FP perspective, they succeeded. Because you know what, they knew their audience. China’s whole messaging was focused on introducing the world to China, demystifying an ancient land, and setting the stage for its arrival on the world scene. Britain’s been on the scene since Methuselah. People know Britain and British culture already, from Shakespeare to Rowling, Mary Poppins to James Bond. Danny Boyle was like “We may not have 2,008 frighteningly in-sync drummers, but darn it, we’ve got the Queen!…Let’s throw her out of an airplane!”

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It’s all about knowing your audience, guys. So as news alerts about Sochi start to rush into my inbox, I have to wonder what Russia’s Sochi Strategy is. Will their display of history and culture jump from the tzars to Sharapova, or are we going to be honest and throw a little Cold War in there? Britain conveniently side-stepped that whole Imperialism bit, so I doubt it. I for one predict an opening of Matryoshka dolls…over and over again, some Sochi Smackdown: War & Peace vs. Crime & Punishment, all rounded out by the entire Bolshoi Ballet contorted into St. Basil’s Cathedral. Called it!

Side-eying my autocorrect as I type this

Greetings from my new mobile device, peeps. Yes, I finally did it. Betrayed my beloved Blackberry for an iPhone. I think we’re somewhere in the reverse honeymoon phase, as I started off hating this touchscreen keyboard and the lack of message waiting indicator light. I’m a simple girl, folks. Give me a bunch of new apps and access to the world at my fingertips, and I’m like “eh.” But take away my flashing red light, and we might need to step outside.

One must stay current, though (or in my case, at least less than 5 years behind). I will say that one of the best things about this new phone is this handy-dandy WordPress app, which I’m allowing to fool me into thinking I’ll post more often. In reality, it’s taken me entirely too long to write this paragraph and I’ve already side-eyed the autocorrect more than I can say. But I will try my best! 50 posts by the New Year! Yay iPhone!…o_O

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