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04 April 2011

Breathe, Relax, Repeat

So perhaps it is the combination of the annoying debacle of the dress from China for the wedding, the desire to feel physically different from the draining two weeks I spent holed up in my apartment writing reviews every evening without change, or the freedom that was involved in the daily required walking in Seattle, but I have had constant cravings to exercise in the last few weeks back in Dallas. I have been running consistently for a year, but the last few weeks have made me desire to hit the trails or the gym every day, and feel frustration when I have not been able.

Not to say that the time I have spent in other activities has not been enjoyable. The friends I have seen, the simple act of cooking, sleeping in, etc. have been remarkable. But I hate the feeling when my body requires me to give up. When the muscles ache at night, when I cannot run another step without my lungs exploding or do one more repetition without shaking arms that drop the weight.

I sit here tonight, exhausted, addicted, wanting to do more, prove myself to me, and really, hating the healing time of the body most. Setting goals and seeing results is a driving force, but mostly, I need reminders that not everything can be done at once, that everything takes time.

02 April 2011

Reimagining the Skyscraper


eVolo's Skyscraper Competition for 2011 takes the ides of a skyscraper very loosely, allowing the designer's imagination to create whole new ideas of what classifies as a building. The third place winner (my favorite) above, was designed by Yheu-Shen Chua as a new world over the Hoover Dam, combining the "power plant with a gallery, aquarium, and viewing platform that engages the falling water directly." So much more beautiful.

..via Architizer

Drams for Sale!

Master of Malt offers a sample dram (3cl) to purchase for many of their spirits. Whereas there is no way I could afford a Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask bottle for my 30th birthday this year, I can afford a sample in honor of my birth year. Great way to taste different types of whiskeys and scotchs (and a few vodkas and gins) that otherwise would require laying out a lot of money in hopes you like the flavor.