(source)Ack! How did it become August already? Although really it's one of my favorite times of year. August can be ugly hot, but the pace of life seems to slow down quite a bit. It's a good time to rest up before September gets here and we're back in the whirlwind.
When it's too hot to be outside, here are some awesome distractions...
Loved this post from the Pioneer Woman about work on the ranch. "My girls have grown up on this ranch, and while they're distinctly feminine, they've gotten to experience a working world where there is nary a distinction between girls and boys." In between the awesome recipes (like this and this), there is great writing and beautiful pictures. Her Facebook page is an easy way to follow her.
I am reading Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, and really enjoying it. If you set aside the repeated theme of "Democrats awesome, Republicans evil," he has a lot of great things to say about working together. "At the end of the day, the Senate is like any other workplace. You don't always enjoy all of your coworkers, but you're far better off finding a way to get along with them then you are harping on the things you don't like. And being a successful senator is as much about being a good coworker as it is about being smart or well-versed on the issues or a talented orator."
I love the podcast How I Built This.The July 27th episode with Jonah Peretti (founder of Buzzfeed) is really excellent. The June 26th episode with Randy Hetrick, former Navy Seal and inventor of TRX exercise equipment, is great too.
And now for some complete brain candy, I am really enjoying the Who? Weekly podcast, "everything you need to know about the celebrities you don't." It's ridiculous and frivolous and makes me laugh out loud.