Art & Photography Monday: HuffPost Arts

My former employer, The Huffington Post, recently launched a new Arts vertical which I feel is worth bringing to your attention.  It is of course in the same tried and true format as all of their other verticals where they have blog posts from notable people in the art world down the left side of the page then links to news and information in the middle column.  I noticed that one such article was pulled from the NY Times this past Sunday in which they shadow a freelance ballet dancer for a season and let us in on the realities of that grueling lifestyle.

What I find valuable is that you can read interesting opinions and insights into the art world via the blog posts then also learn about the latest news regarding art, photography, dance, theater, music, etc.  They also keep you informed of important exhibitions around the globe.  Overall, it’s a great summary of the latest and greatest on the art scene all in one place!

Sunday Wrap Up: Sunday Times & Jack White’s Eyeball

Today was the first Sunday in a very, very long time that I went to a local pub for a great brunch and sat there for about 3 hours reading the Sunday NY Times.  MAN, I missed doing that!  I felt bad at first because I thought I should be reading The Denver Post instead to support my new city’s paper but a local source has told me that their reporting isn’t quite up to snuff so I let go of my guilt and indulged in the superior paper.  Being unemployed, I’m trying to watch every penny I spend but decided that the $6 was worth it.  Sure, I could read it online but it’s just not the same.  I hope printed papers never go away.  And I hope that I won’t re-read this blog post in 20 years and smirk to myself about how naive I was back in 2010.  Thinking that printed papers would actually last.  I also hope I have better things to do with my time in 20 years than re-read this blog post.

There was an interesting article about Greg Mortenson, the author of “Three Cups of Tea” (a book I still need to read), and how he has become an unlikely U.S. military adviser in Afghan tribal areas.  Worth a quick read.

Went to trivia night for the second week in a row.  Our team placed second for the second week in a row.  Enough is enough.  Next week the title is OURS.

One more tidbit from the weekend is that I went to a “Dead Weather” concert which is another side project of Jack White’s.  Below is a photo of what was looking at me the entire show.  A little freaky but the music was good.

New Feature: Photo Books

One of my favorite things to do is to take photos then organize them into photo books.  As most of you know, I have been fortunate enough to travel to most of SE Asia and to parts of Europe but my travel destination list is still ridiculously long.  I am going to work on creating what I hope to be some interesting travel books and I have several ideas for books that are not related to my travel photos as well.  I will feature them here on the blog and I’ll begin with this first one I’ve just completed entitled “Fireworks”.  Pretty self-explanatory.  You can preview the book below and if I’m lucky enough you’ll be inspired to click on the little “Buy” icon on the bottom there.  “Fireworks” is a 20-page 7″ x 7″ book that could be a cool addition to your magazine basket in your bathroom or perhaps it will spark your kids’ imaginations.  Thanks for taking the time to take a look!

Free For All Friday: White Women’s Workout & Hot Idiots

Happy Friday!

Two videos for you:

(1) Hopefully you all won’t be offended by the first video.  If you are I truly apologize.  But I thought it was funny enough to take the risk and post it.  Godfrey is always a bit over-the-top in my opinion but the concept of this video is hilarious.

Check it out!

(2) Hot idiots.  I love this.  Especially because I remember Victor Webster from my casting days and always begging my bosses to bring him in for an audition.  Pathetic, I know but he’s so PRETTY!  He’s the robot guy in the video and looks a little scruffy here but there are better photos here.  Or just Google him for hours of fun.

Check it out!

Travel Thursday: Rocky Mountain National Park

Over the Fourth of July weekend I took an overnight trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.  I feel so lucky to live just over an hour from a place this beautiful.  I literally sang, “The hills are aliiiiiiive with the sound of muuuuuusiiiiiiiic!” and danced around while twirling my arms.  I then proceeded to do cartwheels, which is something I always feel compelled to do when I’m in the middle of a field, but I was especially inspired there.  Forgetting that I was at an elevation of over 11,000 feet, I grew a little woozy after only 4 cartwheels and had to chill out.

I highly recommend putting this National Park on your must see list.  You can see all of my photos here but below are some of my favorites.

Alluvial Fan. I love the guy at the top.

Further into the park

Using my new wide angle lens

We all tried to make educated guesses as to the purpose of these sticks

The hills are aliiiiiiive with the sound of muuuuusiiiiiiiiic

Elk!

Motivation Wednesday: The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin’s #1 NY Times Bestselling book “The Happiness Project” came out in December 2009 and I wish I had heard about it back then because that is exactly when I returned to the states after living abroad for 2 1/2 years.  I was pretty lost and certainly could have benefited from her account of her experiences.  As she says on her website she, “spent [a year] test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy–from Aristotle to Martin Seligman to Thoreau to Oprah.”

She now has a blog in which she helps you create your own “Happiness Project”.  You may not want to get as involved as she did but her blog is definitely worth bookmarking and visiting once a week.  Coincidentally, she has deemed Wednesday her day to give a motivational tip as well.  She has tons of tips, quizzes, videos and advice posts to help you with any sort of specific motivational topic you may be interested in.  I personally love her Twelve Personal Commandments:

  1. Be Gretchen. (insert your own name)
  2. Let it go.
  3. Act the way I want to feel.
  4. Do it now.
  5. Be polite and be fair.
  6. Enjoy the process.
  7. Spend out.
  8. Identify the problem.
  9. Lighten up.
  10. Do what ought to be done.
  11. No calculation.
  12. There is only love.

As soon as I’m done with my current book I’m going to check this one out.  I suggest at least giving her blog a look to see if you can get anything out of it.  I’ll bet that you do!

Health & Wellness Tuesday: My Trainer Bob

I'm all about listening to what this guy says

My friend Sarah and I were talking about which Twitter accounts we follow and since talking with her I’ve added a couple to my list (yes, Lindsay Lohan was added but now that she’s going to be in jail my guess is she won’t be quite as Twitterlicious).

My best addition though is @mytrainerbob.  It’s the account of Bob Harper from “The Biggest Loser” and I think it’s a great idea to get a daily tweet-minder (Okay, that was supposed to be a play on “reminder” but it doesn’t really work.  My apologies.) to help you stay on track by eating right and staying fit.  For instance, the other day he said to check out his website to see a video on how to do the perfect push up.  So, I went and was inspired to do some push ups right then in my room.  I barely made it to 11 but I have now vowed to do them at least 5 times per week to see how many I can build up to.  Mostly, because Bob says that it’s one of the best exercises you can do.  It hits everything.  And I listen to Bob.  I mean, LOOK at him!

On his website, he just launched a Daily Journal for which you can sign up.  I just did.  It’s FREE and allows you to track your food, exercise and daily motivations.  Also, on his website you can go to the “Challenges” section for new exercises to shake things up.  I get so bored doing the same exercises.  He might say something like, “Your Challenge today is to drink 10 glasses of filtered water, 50 push ups, 100 squats & shave 200 calories off your diet. You can do it!”  Or, he might post a video to show you how to do a particular Yoga Challenge.

I highly recommend using Bob’s knowledge to help you reach your health and fitness goals!  Let’s do it!