Last week was all about pain and discomfort. My busted neck finally got the best of me and I went to see the physio, who promptly informed me that my god-awful posture was the culprit behind my neck issues, my back issues, a lot of my headaches, the weird pain I get in my ribs (and who knows, perhaps it’s also the cause of my terrible skin, poor fashion sense and why I’m always leaving umbrellas on the train.)
No one ever taught me how to stand ‘properly’ before now. Perhaps this should be on the primary school syllabus or something? I’ve spent the past few days practising decent posture and it’s been rather a struggle after 31 years of standing ‘wrong’. (I’m also always holding my head tilted upwards, which is no doubt a symptom of spending a lifetime at one and one half metres tall. I swear, I’m just trying to see over everything!)
So, my two wondrous days off? I spent most of the weekend seeing awesome people and eating really good food – it was a lovely time (except for that incident involving the Mojito made with salt instead of sugar…) I actually drank enough to become slightly inebriated and fabulous (this doesn’t happen too often, but there were five dollar pints of cider, come on!) and slept on a friends couch in a room full of other folks passed out on couches. Bonding!
This was my fourth (?) weekend in a row in Sydney and it has really made me pine for that kind of lifestyle again! Of course, this is the perfect time in my life to suddenly question what I want to do with my life and where/how I want to live. NO PRESSURE OR ANYTHING!
It’s Monday, and everyone knows articles happen on Mondays. I only have some this week, but some is better than none, yes?
From Nat Geo, an article on why some animals adopt others, including those from differing species. Archaeologists have used planes and fricking lasers to find the lost fabled lost city of Ciudad Blanca, in Honduras(via LiveScience.)
In this piece from Treehugger, scientists decode the secret language of prairie dogs and finds that they possess some pretty complex vocal skills. From on io9, this interview with geologist Jake Lowenstern explains what would really happen if the super-volcano of Yellowstone National Park erupted.
A study finds that smoking marijuana helps to buffer the pain of social isolation and loneliness (though researchers admit it’s quite a ”poor way of coping with social pain”), via io9. From the NYTimes, a long read by Michael Pollan about the 100 trillion bacteria that share our bodies.
Finally, in lady business: here is a piece from The Frisky on the ‘penalties’ experienced by women in powerful positions who admit to their past mental illness.
How’s your posture? Read any good articles this week? And by the way, what do you think I should do with my life (no pressure, right?) Suggestions and links go below!