Friday, August 31, 2012

fun things on friday

I've been saving up all of the interesting stuff I stumble across on the 'net, in case you're in need of amusement over the long weekend.

First up is this video called "Oh My Dayum." This dude really likes his hamburger, and someone went ahead and songified it, and it's pretty much the best. After listening to it I sometimes catch myself fist-pumping and singing, "Dayum!"

Next up is Gangnam Style, in case you're one of the last people on Earth to have seen it. It's catchy and the video is hilarious.

When you're done watching that, here's any interesting article about how this video is actually kind of a political/social statement about a certain class in South Korea.

Next up, a really interesting excerpt from a book I plan to eventually read, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. It answers the question: Where does all that cheap shit I buy from Target and Old Navy go after I donate it to Goodwill? Just reading this excerpt makes me want to only buy investment pieces when necessary, and never buy cheap crap. I cleaned out my closet a couple weekends ago and got rid of more than half the crap I own. I'm ashamed to say most of it was just cheap crap. I felt very wasteful.

And lastly, an article titled: Humans Have Finally Ruined the Ocean. This is the kind of stuff I sort of obsess about. I've been reading lots of articles about climate change and pollution and such, and the most strongly worded of them say we are headed toward a sudden shift in climate this century. The most paranoid part of me believes my ovaries already know this, and that's why I can't have kids. Anyway, all that has little to do with this article, which is about the ocean and how there's lottttts and lots of garbage in it, and how the garbage breaks down into teensy tiny pieces and then little fish eat it and bigger fish eat the little fish and so on, and then we eat the fish and then we've successfully poisoned ourselves and our children. Hurrah!

Ok, that was kind of heavy. Let's loosen up a bit.

Having people over this weekend? Here's some stuff you could make.

Strawberry cupcakes. These are SO GOOD. My family and neighbors devoured them and there was high praise all around. Recipe here.

This salsa. I've made several batches. It's the best homemade salsa I've ever had, and my picky husband even likes it! Recipe here.

Ina Garten's tequila lime chicken. You use skin-on chicken, marinate it in tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and a bunch of spices, then grill it ... the skin gets crispy and it's just delicious. Rave reviews at my house. Recipe here.

Now I'm hungry. Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. One of the most poignant moments after 9/11, at least for me, was a woman who was selling lipstick at Macy's in New York realized for the first time how she was earning a living. The terror attacks opened her eyes to how hollow her life had become. Gangnam Style is everywhere, really. Go to any mall for proof. The pull away here for me is balance. I think we need the banality of ordinary life to help us escape from the awful realities of our human existence combined with the deep spiritual connection that we share with friends, family, church, etc.