This video has gone viral, so it's likely that everyone reading this blog has already seen the video... but it is so freakin' adorable that I wanted to post it here just in case you hadn't seen it yet.
Hugs are really important. They're a way to show someone how you feel about them without using words. And rhetoric of the body is just as important as - if not occasionally more so than - vocal rhetoric.
The boyfriend pointed out something the other day which really stuck with me. He observed that although the standard line is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, of late the slogan seems to have evolved and dropped the first two parts.
These days, you hear a lot about recycling. Manufacturers are coming out with new items which are "environmentally friendly." Instead of reducing and reusing, we are taught to consume! more! stuff! and focus more on the recycling aspect. Apparently it's okay for us to consume a lot of products, as long as we recycle it.
Does anyone ever talk about reducing and reusing anymore? When did they fall out of our daily rhetoric? It's concerning that there's been this slow change which seems to have phased out the reducing and reusing parts of recycling. Words are powerful: if we remove the words from the slogan, we begin to forget about them, and we concentrate only on what's left: recycling. Which would be fine, if it weren't for the fact that as a society we are in desperate need of reducing and reusing as well as recycling.
Are the reduce and reuse parts simply implied these days, and that's why they've dropped off of the slogan? Or is it because we as a society have realized that we aren't willing to give up our habit of consuming, so we decided to focus more on recycling rather than reducing and reusing?
I was cruising through the dictionary when I came across this word. I like it! Hadn't ever heard it before and wanted to share.
Ironic understatement, esp. the expressing of an affirmative by the negative of its contrary, e.g. no mean feat for some great accomplishment. [Late Latin from Greek litotes from litos plain, meagre].
There's something magical about words that describe something about language. I think these are my favourite types of words.
2011 has been a great year so far for me in terms of the books I've been reading. As a kid, I'd gobble up books and read pretty much non-stop in my spare time. I got away from it a little bit with university and such, but I've really missed it. These days I work a regular office job 9 - 5, and I often do freelance work in the evenings and on weekends, so it's been something of a challenge to find time to satisfy my craving for books.
These are some of the strategies that I use to ensure that books remain a daily part of my life, no matter how busy things get:
- At the office. I know that not everyone gets "free time" at their workplace, so this one isn't going to apply to everyone. At my vet clinic job, I get some time between/during appointments when the phone isn't ringing and such to pull out a book and read. You can also easily read during your lunch hour.
- While exercising. Walking on the inclined treadmill is one of my favourite exercises (especially when the weather isn't ideal!), and reading a book at the same time really makes the time fly. When I read at work, I also pace back and forth in the back room. You can easily add 30 minutes to your walking routine this way.
- Before bed. I'm often very tired in the evenings but I nearly always make the time to read even just a couple of pages. It's a great way to unwind.
- With friends. The boyfriend and I will sometimes get comfy on the couch together, each with our own books. It's a relaxing way to spend time together while doing our own thing. Plus it's fun to have someone right there to share a good quote or to discuss the book, especially if the other person has already read it.
- As "downtime". At the end of the workday, it's nice to curl up with a good book. Books are also a nice "escape" from the workload and are great when you need a quick 15-minute break to recharge. Taking the book to the salon and that sort of thing also works nicely.
- On the weekend. It's a beautiful sunny day and you want to spend it riding your bike or having a picnic at the park - well, why not bring a book along and enjoy it while sitting under the trees?
- On the bus. If you use a bus, taxi or train as your main form of transportation, or if someone else drives you around, the car can be a very nice place to read a chapter or two as a passenger.
- While doing chores. I don't listen to audio books just because I prefer holding a book, I guess, but audio books are a wonderful hands-free alternative for when you're dusting or washing dishes etc.
So there you have it! There are plenty of ways to incorporate reading into your life. I find it works really well for me to have a book at work, at home and at the boyfriend's place (the three places I frequent the most). If you know that you'll be waiting around somewhere and need something to kill the time, stashing a book in your bag is a great option.
How do you ensure that you read books on a regular basis?
Why is it that we never use the phrase "I believe/don't believe in Western medicine/pharmaceuticals," yet it's the norm to talk about "believing" or "not believing" in holistic medicine/acupuncture/herbal remedies/Chinese medicine?
Both are science. It seems odd that we as a society find it so difficult to reconcile that within ourselves.