Thursday Trending: What’s Happening In My World This Week

Hey friends, sorry for being kinda absent this week from the blog; I feel like I’ve been absent in more ways than one. But there’s just been some not-so-fun stuff going on. Don’t worry, I am fine, it’s mostly in my head, I feel. Sorry as well for today’s post being on the personal side, and not so much on the fun side.

Someone told me recently that a month or two from now, whatever we are stressing out about at the moment will be but a memory. I don’t completely agree, but to an extent it is true. At least I hope it is, because if this keeps up, I’ll spend my summer hiding under the covers.

So, I thought I’d cheer myself up and maybe make some waves – or something like that – by giving a what’s hot and what’s not list of things that I’ve been into this week.

1. Green Smoothie.

I got this recipe from this awesome rabbi I met last week, and I’ve been drinking it every day. It sounds terrible but tastes incredible. Plus, the ingredients are cheaper than getting a Starbucks every day. I combine:

  • water
  • ice
  • almond milk
  • protein powder
  • honey
  • peanut butter or almond butter
  • banana
  • fill up the rest with fresh spinach leaves

Blend, and enjoy the fortifying vitamins. Yummo for the tummo, the heart, the joints, and the brain.

2. Rachel Sweet on Pandora.

I’ve adored Rachel Sweet for awhile, but only recently did I get the Rachel Sweet channel on Pandora, and it’s just the perfect mix of 1980s teenage angst, black leather jacket behind the malt shop, don’t-fuck-with-me soundtrack. Not only does it play the Rachel Sweet classics but some of her covers (“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “Shadows of the Night”) but also some people I like, like Toni Basil and The Go-Go’s. And some I didn’t know I liked, like Josie Cotton, Tracey Ullman, Chasing Furies, Virginia Coalition, Earth & Fire, St. Helena, and Kate Linne. When I was younger, I imagined my future self as someone who liked eclectic, obscure, ahead-of-the-curve music, or at least had a custom life soundtrack. This cuts it pretty darn close. There’s something for every mood, from not wanting to get out of bed in the morning to depressing times to party-for-one-in-my-living-room jams.

3. Panini bread.

Metcalfe’s panini bread is my bitchin’ food discovery. I eat one piece and it makes me feel both fancy and full.

4. Sitting up straight.

I woke up on Wednesday morning with a terrible pain in my shoulders, neck, and back. Laying in bed or on the couch only aggravated it, and reclining in the van and in class with a pillow wasn’t much better. However, I went running on Wednesday night, and though it initially hurt, the more I stuck my chest forward, the lesser the pain. I thought I was all better, but I woke up today just as stiff and sore. I didn’t do much in the way of activity until 2 PM, but when I finally got out of the apartment, I walked with my shoulders back and head forward, and it felt soooo good. Going to standard class tonight helped; I even got compliments on my frame for tango and foxtrot.

5. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Okay, this one’s probably going to become a regrettable addiction pretty soon, but at least the game makes it so that the further you go, the less frequently that you play it actually helps you get further. Good strategy, app-planners.

So there you have it, my yes-list for the week. And a half-decent post, or something.


Masterpiece YouTube: Donald O’Connor, Applied Mathematics

Today was a horribly cold and blustery day, the first of the year. Let’s hope this doesn’t mean six more weeks of winter for Madison. I actually had a nice day, though: lunch with 12 friends at Great Dane, and I also got to the gym, which was just about empty, thanks to the Superbowl and the weather. I’ve got a lot on my mind, so to give you a more accurate picture of what it looks like and because I don’t have the wherewithal at the moment to think of something interesting and new, here’s an updated episode of MYT from last September that I’ve been meaning to fix.

Just watch.

That’s So Jacob Presents:

Masterpiece YouTube

Episode 14: Donald O’Connor, Applied Mathematics, Are You With It? (1948)

This, my friends, is talent. No offense to the silver screen stars of today (does anyone even use that phrase anymore?) but Donald O’Connor’s feet have more talent in them than the majority of this year’s Oscar nominees. It’s even more striking in black and white. And yeah, it’s not really about math, but it’s fun to watch and pretend that it’s your math homework.

Donald O’Connor was part of an amazing generation of performers. And when I say performers, I mean performers – people who could sing, dance, act, and had personalities and energies that were just electric. People like Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Vera-Ellen, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly. There’s a reason why Singin’ In The Rain is one of the best American movies of all time; it’s because the viewer is drawn into the story and its characters. These days, I feel like popular movies are all pretty much the same animal; remake of a remake of a remake, sci-fi aliens/dinosaurs/warriors, romantic comedy, or screwball comedy. Not to say that they aren’t good, there’s just a certain magic that goes into a musical film; as the characters go through their changes through song, so do you. I think the only major movie that would fit this category is Pitch Perfect, and even that’s pushing it.

Speaking of remakes, I think it’s high time for Are You With It? to mount a comeback. From what I understand, the plot is about a math teacher who joins a traveling carnival. In today’s economy and the worrisome job market, this might be just the thing to inspire people, or at least entertain them.

Or you could just watch Donald O’Connor dance some more.

This episode of Masterpiece YouTube has been brought to you by the Rachel Sweet Pandora Radio channel, which I’ve been rocking out to for the last half-hour while I wrote this.

In other news, I hope that y’all come back and visit even though the January Blogging Odyssey is over. I’ve had a pretty good day though, with five continents reporting in, all but Africa: North America (Canada and USA), South America (Peru), Europe (UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, and Liechtenstein), Asia (Israel, India, UAE, and the Philippines) and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). Tell your friends?