Link Love, and a Rant

Good morning! I’m on the train once again, waiting for the right moment to dive into the yogurt I picked up from Peet’s on my way to the station. I’m super hungry, but I don’t want to make a mess on the train. Gah, first world problems.


Yesterday and today I’ve changed up my commute a bit. Normally I ride my bike to Caltrain, take the train to Redwood City, then ride to the office. This works great as long as I’m feeling well. But in the evening the train is usually pretty crowded, and more often than not it’s standing room only. I’ve even had it where the bike car is too crowded to rack my bike, and I have to stand there and hold it the entire 30-min trip. Given my sickness (I’m not calling it morning sickness anymore since it’s not limited to mornings) and extreme fatigue in the evenings, I don’t want to be stuck in a hot, crowded bike car holding my bike and feeling like I’m going to puke/pass out any second.

I tried driving to work a couple of times, but what can I say? The commute driving is just as long as the train, traffic is stressful, and I’m spoiled by being able to work, blog, read, sleep, or do whatever during my chauffeured commute on the train. So I found out there’s a shuttle from the station to my business park I can take, and I can take bus from my apartment to the train station. It adds about 20 minutes to my commute, but it’s still cheaper than driving ($5 for the train plus $2 bus fare each way) and I get to chill and do whatever while other people worry about getting me where I want to go. Three cheers for public transportation!

Anyway, the real reason I’m here is to share some interesting links I’ve been looking at lately. It’s Link Love Wednesday! Because I say it is.

This was a great read last week. On Mark’s Daily Apple, he posted about being “stuck” in less than desirable habits and ways to break through the plateau. This was 100% me; I know what to do, I’ve done it before, but goodness help me I can’t seem to climb back on the wagon from time to time and stay there. I’ve been taking stock at my environment, habits, and routine to see what I can tweak to get me through this hump I’m in. However not feeling tired and sick might help my resolve, too. You never know.

Yesterday I stumbled on this post from Renee at Bendiful. I have so many feels on this one, I don’t even know where to start. First, you are awesome, beautiful, and perfect, Renee. Second, this is a big reason why I don’t read women’s magazines anymore. The two-faced attitude of the media/fashion industry is appalling. They’re just trying to capitalize on this “love your body” movement by selling products that are totally contradictory to the message of advertising. If we all thought we were beautiful and perfect, then we wouldn’t need wrinkle cream, fancy “30-day shred!” exercise programs, and Spanx. Then what would retailers market to us? They have to instill a sense of insecurity in us so we buy their product, thinking we need it and it will help us be better. Since I’ve stopped shampooing and using makeup regularly, there is a whole industry that I no longer need. What if we all realized our inner beauty and decided we don’t need all this powered and coconut-smelly “extra shine!” hair goop with god knows what chemicals in it and  lotions that are weird chemical concoctions that guarantee cellulite loss? If we know we don’t need it, they can’t market it and make money. So they have to keep us trapped in this state of waning self-confidence so they can make a buck. We should all be Ambassadors of Body Love and give big beauty industry the middle finger. Okay, rant over … for now.

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Okay, so I only have two links for today. But they’re good ones, go check ’em out!

As always, make it a great day! 🙂