The Way of Mei

Hi. I'm Mei. It rhymes with "way" which explains the title of this blog. (I consider myself very clever)

Jul 30

nekobakaz:

yumyum-h:

mrzim:

ragingbitchfest:

stylinfcuk:

laughing so hard because this is so accurate

We used AIM but same thing.

oh mer gerd

I miss MSN :’(

aaaaaaaaaah, MSN….. 

ICQQQQQQQQQ

(via cognitivedissonance)


Jul 28

Sometimes I feel like I am out of step with the whole idea of dating and voluntarily giving up free time and space to be with someone. Other times, I think it is really just that I haven’t met that someone that I would be willing to do that for.


I vastly underestimated how painful physio would be today.


micdotcom:

NASA confirms the world was almost knocked back to the 18th century


On July 23, 2012, two giant plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) erupted from the sun creating an epic solar storm. As luck would have it, the CMEs weren’t directed at the Earth, but if it had happened one week earlier the point of eruption would have been Earth-facing and would have resulted in trillions of dollars of damage to the planet, mostly due to the widespread blackouts, damage to satellites and general interruption of and damage to various electrical systems on Earth. 
Odds it will happen again | Follow micdotcom

micdotcom:

NASA confirms the world was almost knocked back to the 18th century

On July 23, 2012, two giant plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) erupted from the sun creating an epic solar storm. As luck would have it, the CMEs weren’t directed at the Earth, but if it had happened one week earlier the point of eruption would have been Earth-facing and would have resulted in trillions of dollars of damage to the planet, mostly due to the widespread blackouts, damage to satellites and general interruption of and damage to various electrical systems on Earth. 

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Jul 27
That was pretty much my reaction. This is extreme even for me. 

(Oh and! I love my red hair too - I may actually KEEP IT for a while. *gasp*)

That was pretty much my reaction. This is extreme even for me.

(Oh and! I love my red hair too - I may actually KEEP IT for a while. *gasp*)


“Norfolk was degraded from the Order of the Garter… and, as custom demanded, kicked into the moat.”

Elizabeth, the Queen by Alison Weir.

(I somehow feel supremely satisfied knowing that he was kicked into a moat.)


Of course, on the downside of things, I was wearing a pair of running shorts which I do not normally wear on long runs (I’ve either always trained in winter, I am certainly not wearing shorts, or worn capris).

I didn’t realize these shorts were just short enough that my bare thighs would rub together, which causes chaffing when you run that kind of distance. And they did. Like to the point of some blood. On my way home, I terrified a little tourist girl.

Sorry, little tourist girl. Sorry thighs.


Calf compression sleeves: run #1

As I work up to the longer distances in half marathon training I find that my body starts to revolt. I tend to get injured. Non-runners may suggest that it’s a sign that I shouldn’t be running that far, and they may be right, but I’m not willing to cede that yet. Having chronic pain has, for me, created a mindset where just because it hurts doesn’t mean I have to stop.

It’s the mindset that sometimes gets me up in the morning but it’s also the mindset that had me running on an injured Achilles’ tendon until I could barely walk. So, you know, upsides, downsides.

Anyway, my injury pattern tends to focus on my lower left leg,. Since I have increased sensitivity to pain there as well as less flexibility with increased tension this isn’t shocking. Mostly I hurt my Achilles, though last week it was the outside of my shin.

There is a bit of conflicting evidence on compression and the benefits of running, and a few thoughts on how or why it might help. One is that compression increases blood flow, the other is that it decreases muscle vibration. The increase in blood flow may help with flushing out the by products of exercise thereby decreasing muscle fatigue and lactic acid build up. The decrease in muscle vibration can help decrease muscle pain and irritation, essentially cutting down on the effect of each foot strike has on your calf muscles.

For me, small changes often have big impacts. When I started to learn to foot strike more softly, it decreased my foot and muscle pain. When I switched to forefoot striking, it helped my back. So, I thought even if the science of compression helping decrease muscle fatigue was shaky, the idea of decreasing muscle vibration wasn’t so bad. Plus, compression helps with swelling, so there’s that.

I put on the compression sleeves and I immediately felt an improvement in my left calf, which always hurts. An excellent start. Throughout the run, though the sleeves were a little hot, I found that I was feeling less twinges and pains in my calf and I didn’t need to stop and stretch like I sometimes do, particularly at this distance (14k). Post run, I felt like even though I was fatigued, I wasn’t as sore as I usually am (which isn’t to say I wasn’t sore at all, but there was an improvement). Right now, about 5 hours post race, I feel more tired than sore. So, so far, major improvement. I’ll have to see how I feel tomorrow and Tuesday as well as after hill running on Wednesday to get an idea on whether or not it is working, but so far, I am optimistic.


tuscanystuff:

I actually really like this ad campaign.

(via ipayrenttothedunya)


it-grrl:

princess-slay-ya:

My most popular post has received a lot of arguments lately, so I figured I’d respond to the most common points people bring up.

Sources:

Carrie Fisher on her costumes 

what supermodels wear in hell

 on Padme’s wardrobe 

to get a general gist of Queen Jamillia’s and Oola’s screen time, here are the scripts for Attack of the Clones (Jamillia is in 359 word scene) and Return of the Jedi (Oola is in scenes that add up to 275 words)

Star Wars Bechedel Test results  here

We are old enough to know we deserve more.

(via cognitivedissonance)


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