Thoroughly Thursday - the "Lurking In the Dark" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Lurking in the Dark Edition. Recently, my doctor suggested I use a week-long chemical treatment on my face to prevent skin cancer (always use sunscreen kids). "Your face may get a bit inflamed," she said. Assuming I would get the equivalent of a bad sunburn, I started applying it last week. For the first couple of days, nothing happened. Then, last Thursday, I noticed that my skin was getting splotchy. A quick Google search determined that the chemical was actually a chemo drug. By the final day, my face looked like I had tried to kiss the Chernobyl reactor on a dare. When I texted a selfie to my sister, she wrote "You kind of look like Deadpool. You get to say ALL the snarky things now!"
What I Have Been Reading - Did You Bring a Shovel?
This last week, I've been reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. The central tenet is relatively straight-forward: the majority of us in the information economy have jobs which require us to complete cognitively demanding tasks which require serious concentration. However, more than ever, we are also pulled continually to shallow interactions via email, social media and the din of open floor plans which may make us feel like we're busy, but rarely lead to practical results. Unfortunately, the ability to concentrate with "deep work" is a skill which requires practice (i.e., much like "deep reading"), which can only be mastered if we resist the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, and Buzzfeed every few minutes. I noticed a lot of similarities between this book and some other recent favorites, such as Essentialism by Greg McKeown and Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
What I'm Listening To - A Few Steps Away from the Stairway to Heaven
On the advice of TT-friend Anita, I recently started listening to Raising Sand by Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, and produced by uber-producer T Bone Burnett (of O Brother, Where Art Thou? fame). It's a beautiful album and was a huge hit when it came out in 2007. I have to admit that I'm a little late on the scene with this one, if only because of the pain to my inner emo kid's heart in admitting that I'm enjoying "country" music.
What I Have Been Watching - The Bend and Snap
This weekend I watched Legally Blonde for the first time with my youngest daughter. I realize that this movie has many admirers, has spawned numerous sequels, and become a musical, but... really? Granted, Reese Witherspoon is charming as the deceptively-intelligent, Valley girl Elle Woods, but am I missing something? If you are a fan of this movie, please "reply" and let me know what you like about it.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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