The View from Here


About 30 seconds’ walk from my office. So very blessed.
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The Greatest TV Show You’ve Never Seen*

This is where man finds himself these days.  10,000 years in the making, 10,000 years of endeavor in art, in science, and the humanities; and within one generation, he’s been reduced to a feckless, bed-wetting, parmesan-shaving imbecile who revels in his own uselessness.  Something has to be done.

Thus begins the first episode of James May’s Man Lab, which is perhaps most succinctly described as Mythbusters meets Red Green meets The Art of Manliness.  Oh, and hosted by someone from Top Gear, so British Wit abounds (see especially his comments to a colander).  In the first episode alone, he tackles home improvement, bomb defusing, serenading, with a few other odds and ends.

It appears that several episodes (perhaps all of them, in fact) are available right now on Hulu; that’s where I caught episode 1 this morning.  Do check it out (unless you’re afraid of the responsibility that comes with awesome knowledge).

*Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that my sister and brother-in-law have been watching this for years, but I had never heard of it.

A Little Updating

Well, I finally got around to updating the blogroll on my sidebar (I can call it an “update” even though I didn’t even have one until now, right?).  As I went through my blog subscriptions, I realized that they more or less fit into a few categories:

Catholic Girls

As a Catholic girl myself, I guess everything I read has some appeal for Catholic girls.  However, there are good blogs, and then there are If-I-see-a-new-post-I-must-stop-and-read-it-no-matter-how-late-it’ll-make-me blogs.  If I had to pick out three blogs to recommend universally and without reservation to Catholic girls, I’d pick these these three.  Betty Beguiles has style advice for everyone, and her posts give me hope that feminine class isn’t dead.  Seraphic Singles can’t be beat when it comes to dealing with boys; it’s the advice your mother should’ve  given you (or did, and you didn’t listen, but somehow it’s easier to take when it comes from a stranger).  And the Pious Sodality will help you with all of your domestic church needs.

Catholics in General

This is a list that I’ve been cultivating for years.  Promising blogs go on, annoying blogs come off – my answer to “What Catholic blogs should I read?” will be different in two months than it is now.  How awesome that there are so many choices!

Crafty Blogs

This is a fun category, and one that really resonates with the BFA in me.  The blogs I’ve listed here are guaranteed to inspire you, no question.  All the bright colors of the craft blogs make a great pick-me-up during the bleak midwinter.

Happy Cabinet Update

I followed up on my plan to stockpile items to combat the winter blues.  I ended up coming across a fun assortment of things, and then I just had to wait for winter.  And wait and wait, seemingly.  We made it all the way to January without significant snow, but the last two weeks have been pretty icy.

I was pretty impressed with how chipper I’ve been this winter, and then I realized that the muscle aches I’ve been having were not due to running or even Zumba (yeah, more on that later).  Instead, every time I get in the car, I tense up so ridiculously that I have to make a conscious effort to loosen my fingers off the wheel when I get to work.  I’m lucky to have just a 4-mile drive every day, but yesterday’s trip home took the better part of an hour.

Once I got home, pried myself out of the car, and heated up some cocoa water, I made the year’s first trip up to the Happy Cabinet (also known as my nightstand).  Time for a little color.  I pulled out my bottle of Meep-Meep-Meep nail polish (pictured below) and went to town.  I have to say, it’s absolutely not a color I would’ve pulled off the shelf for myself, but it looks awesome on.

Here are the current contents of my “Happy Cabinet”: