Interweb Finds: the most-hated dog, Eurotripping & more

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I’m trying to be kind to my body.

Lately, I’ve had lots of aches and pains in my neck and back, and it’s no secret why. (Blogging, technically, is only making it worse.) I’ve also found myself popping more Ibuprofen than usual for headaches. So I’m doing more yoga at a new place (I’m taking a yoga studio tour, if you will, via Groupon), drinking more water and drinking less alcohol. And this week, I plan on taking the plunge and buying new running shoes. Mine are almost three years old. It’s time.

But right now, it’s interweb finds time. Check out this week’s link roundup:

Speaking of yoga, pets interrupting yoga is the cutest thing you’ll see all day.

Did you hear about the American Ninja Warrior competitor who kicked ass and broke records? She is incredible. (Kacy went to my undergrad alma mater, too—represent!)

As someone who browses rescue sites almost daily (ahem), I’m well aware of how overpopulated shelters are with pit bulls. In Los Angeles County alone, an estimated 200 pit bulls are killed every day. Here’s a powerful essay about the breed by a pit bull owner:

“There is no other dog that figures as often in the national narrative—no other dog as vilified on the evening news, no other dog as defended on television programs, no other dog as mythologized by both its enemies and its advocates, no other dog as discriminated against, no other dog as wantonly bred, no other dog as frequently abused, no other dog as promiscuously abandoned, no other dog as likely to end up in an animal shelter, no other dog as likely to be rescued, no other dog as likely to be killed.”

Check out these tree roots growing among concrete. They look like art!

I’ve loved following along on Sydney’s Eurotrip. (Doesn’t she look like she’s having a blast?)

“Women who are ambivalent about women against women against feminism.” The Bloggess nails it:

“I’m not saying you can’t choose to not be a feminist but know what you’re choosing. Don’t make a decision about a group based on the most radical beliefs of a group. Don’t get defensive if you get deeper and are exposed to difficult ideas about intersectionality and race and gender and colonialism and patriarchy and male liberation. Just listen. Some of it will make sense. Some of it won’t. Some of it will later when you’re a different person. Some of it you’ll change your mind about throughout your life and the world will change too. Some of it is bullshit. Some of it is truth. All of it is worth listening to.”

Age 30 is not a deadline. (Seriously, this mentality of “doing it all” in your twenties hurts everyone.)


And that’s all for now! Come back later this week for my monthly photo roundup, including shots of the Obama at LAX (!). But right now, I’m going to shut the computer and do a few stretches. What do you do when you’re not sick but your body hurts?


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  1. The pets interrupting yoga is absolutely awesome!! I love when that huge black poodle mixed breed is humping the owner! I saw that video of Kacey winning the Ninja Warrior it was insane however, the naked man doing it was way more entertaining: He’s very graceful lol That pitbull essay is powerful indeed and very heartbreaking.. The tree images are epic – the roots are truly remarkable and they look so powerful. Great links Cassie and hope you’re having a great weekend! -Iva

  2. Oh my gosh…the pets interrupting yoga is hilarious!!! Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Samantha

  3. Kacy’s performance gave me chills as I watched it on television and even as I think about it now! You know, I never think that a woman breaking barriers is a big deal because I understand that as women, we are more than capable. But then there’s a moment when it happens and emotion swells up in me in a surprising way and I realize: knowing is one thing, but seeing it realized is another.

    Off to check out some of these links. And also, totally get the getting healthier thing. That’s what’s up for me right now, too!

  4. I need to do more yoga, too.

  5. I’ve had so many random aches and pains too…sometimes I feel like my body is disintegrating from all the anxiety I force on it. Maybe I’ll go and do yoga right now, haha.

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