thoughts + debates
◼ when to push?
perhaps yesterday's post suggests that my answer would be 'never', but today i'm not so sure. last night, josh mentioned one of the residents on his team, a former classmate of mine that is now 35-week pregnant. working surgical residency hours. if she can do that, maybe i should be able to drag my lazy butt into yoga post-work?
i have a long history of pushing. pushing to finish projects, to survive residency, to study for exams, to train for marathons -- etc. i like to work hard. or . . . liked? perhaps this is just my body's way of preparing me for a time when the day's structure will no longer be under my control.
regardless, i think there is a balance to be found here. i will continue searching!
◼ paid reviews: are they okay?
one of the reasons i didn't write anything yesterday morning was that i was actually completing a paid review for a product [to be posted on a later date]. every couple of months, blogher will offer these opportunities [here's an example from a blogger i respect a great deal!] for a compensated post featuring a sponsored product. if the product sounds reasonable [ie, something i am likely to truly like] then i will usually take the bait. honestly, i do it because i spend a fair amount of time writing here and it is rewarding to get a little return on my time investment. it's also nice that sometimes the reviews come with great prize giveaways [$100 gift cards!] that i probably wouldn't be able to offer on my own.
you will always know if a post is a paid review because i will state so clearly at the top -- we are required to! i actually think that a paid/sponsored post is more straightforward than a freebie 'giveaway' [where the author receives some product for free WITHOUT compensation] because it is more clear that it is an advertisement. however, i still have some mixed feelings about putting content that is 'sponsored' on my site.
so: this is a little bit out in left field, but i think i will assuage these feelings by giving a portion of my earnings to sponsor a child in africa! can anyone recommend a good, reliable organization?
◼ baby toms: when can i buy these!??
silver is kinda unisex . . . right?
[i'm kidding and will not start buying baby outfits just yet. but after the anatomy scan . . . watch out.]
2 dinners: now + later!
wednesday night: buffalo chicken thighs + buttermilk blue cheese smashed potatoes
thursday night: salad with leftover buffalo chicken, tomatoes, avocado, celery, cucumbers, blue cheese, and light ranch dressing [this one]
YUM. i'm not sure which version i liked best! josh informed me that he can no longer eat any chicken other than breast meat because it is 'too anatomical', but i was craving dark meat [needing iron?] and loved both dinners.
friday link luv
♥ i liked gretchen rubin's very honest happiness project blog post on the ways she aims to improve her marriage. i think that these 'little things' are crucially important in any long-lasting relationship, but particularly one as incredibly cherished and important as married partners. i also think i am guilty of some similar things [i like my gold stars, too!] and she makes some great points. i am super-excited for her next book to come out [it's supposed to be a happiness project focused on home life!]
♥ HOW was i not reading the oatmeal before!?? this cartoon site is BRILLIANT. i laughed out loud while perusing the archives last night. check out popular posts or the latest state of the web. love it!
♥ i discovered beautiful australian stationery site kikki-k through deliciously organized.
HELLO, australian stationery - where have you been all my life? however, i was dismayed to see a $70 shipping charge for north american orders. guess it's a 'look but don't touch' kind of shopping experience for those of us in the northern hemisphere -- but still worth checking out!