January 24, 2014

Loopy Linkage

chain link photo: Zen Sutherland
By Crabby McSlacker

So there is absolutely no theme this week...unless "how the hell did it get to be Friday already?" can be said to be a theme.

But y'all have been so patient with the coughing and sputtering engines as I try to crank up the Cranky again--I sure appreciate your continuing to hang out and comment! Especially with more posts and my more sporadic and belated replying. I am queen of going back and replying to comments long after no one cares anymore. I'm super efficient that way.

Anyway, how 'bout a bunch of random links to start your friday with?

By Way of Apology for My Obnoxious Sunshiney San Diego Biking Post:

Here's something for all of you in winterier climates. (And what do you mean, stupid red squiggles-- winterier sure should be a word.)

Check out the adorable hats that Shelley of My Journey to Fit is now knitting for folks.

I hope she sells bunches of 'em. There is something so damn cool about people making beautiful things by hand.  Note: they even have little holes for pony-tails!

Retro Diet Commercials:

Photo: Swiped from wherever blisstree got it and hopefully old enough not to get me in trouble.

The fine folks at Blisstree alerted me to a great and horribly addictive new time suck--watching vintage ads on youtube!  The post theme is diet ads, but that doesn't mean once you're on youtube you can't keep going from there... and going, and going, and going. Sigh.

Where Have I Been?
Further evidence Cranky Fitness needs to get out more, is my ignorance of Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, a website with a crapload of health and fitness info, including resources like recipes.  For example, if you are a runner and trying to suck it up and do the Foam Rolling thing, they did a good job demystifying it. (Thanks Midlife Mom!)

Gluten-free Grain-free Cornbread? With no Corn?
Lyn at Escape from Obesity found and modified a paleo recipe, reducing the honey and making it less coconutty--a change of which I heartiliy approve. Because some things shouldn't taste too much like coconut and cornbread is one of 'em! She says it tastes great and even her kids are cool with it!

Consciousness After Death?

I love stuff like this: smart scientists who say things I don't understand, but that allow me to feel more optimistic about the possibility that my Cranky Consciousness might live on to gripe about things in other universes for all eternity.  Whether these biocentrism theories about consciousness are true or not, I feel way less gripey in this universe thinking that it's even a possibility. (via Deb Roby's FB page).

Horrible Valentine Cards

Where else but from the Oatmeal?

Looking for Something?
So when I asked Charlotte Hilton Anderson Three Annoying Questions, (which she of course answered in a very entertaining fashion) I had one about search terms.  See, I forgot that other bloggers don't all sit there wasting time giggling over the google queries people use to find them. But I do! My fave this week:

"not pooping on weight watchers."

And then I discovered a couple people googled in looking for time management tips, which is kinda hilarious in itself, given I have absolutely no ability to get anything done, but you know what I discovered? It actually wrote a pretty good post on the subject that I don't feel embarrassed to recommend! Even if it was secretly an excuse to share leftover summer vacation photos.

So check out these Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed, complete with...


Still time to Win!

Don't forget to enter the minimalist shoe giveaway if you haven't yet. Your chances are still excellent!

Anything you'd like to see more (or less) of on Cranky Fitness? Any thoughts about anything at all on this fine friday? 


  1. I love the word Geeps. Be it a sheep or goat or both I want one.

  2. yes, love the random links (thanks for the shout out) you should really try Google + i hear those comments get picked up at anytime! But I am just learning all the cool things it does and it fits into my desk sitting exercises LOL

    1. You're right, I definitely need to do this Jules!

  3. I need to go back and read time management for the self employed since that would be me now.
    And I'm excited about the Sisterhood site - new to me!!!
    All, I can say is I'm loving the more frequent posts over here!!!

    1. I have to agree with you I spend a lot of time reading this blog instead of working on my own projects. Here's to time management but good job with the blog I'll still continue to read it.

  4. At first I thought the chain in the opening picture was made of pretzels. Wondering what that says about my current mental state. :-P

    I, too, have lost more than one morning engrossed in old commercials on Youtube. They were 80s soda commercials, and they were hilarious. How did anyone ever think those were cool?

    The Oatmeal is awesome.

    I am now off to read your time management post, because I need some of that these days. Thanks, Crabby!

    1. Update: "accomplishment-obsessed workaholic chore whore" is my new favorite phrase. Snork!!

    2. Some day I aspire to be one Heather, just for novelty's sake, but no worries of that any time soon! And thanks so much for reading the old post!

  5. Heather, I was making my way here ASAP to say the same thing about the pretzel, er, I mean chain.

    1. Oh good, that makes me feel better. :-D

      And I believe in The Blerch, too! Really want that running shirt. One of these days...

    2. When I first looked at it, I saw chocolate. (I don't like pretzels.) With fudge icing peeling off.

      Mary Anne in Kentucky

  6. Re: "not pooping on Weight Watchers" - that is so good to contemplate in both a literal way as well as a figurative way. Or maybe that's just me, because I am a WW gal.

    I'd heard of the Sisterhood, but never really checked them out. So thanks for the nudge.

    Also, I love The Oatmeal (my husband got me the Blerch running socks for my birthday and I actually wore them this morning). While we don't do valentine's day in my relationship, there was one year that Natalie Dee (another fab web comic this crowd might enjoy, and I think you've used her images before) did some valentines in a similar vein, and I bought those and gave them to my husband anyway. There was one that said "I Tolerate You." That was a phrase we used for awhile after that when we were joking around.

    1. I actually thought of you OtF when I saw the query, hoping that the person indeed figured out how to avoid pooping on any of my favorite weight watchers!

      Then I realized some people must have constipation issues on the WW plan? Or something?

      Note to self: blerch socks! must have blerch socks!

  7. Thank you so much for the shout out - what a surprise to see my hats here today! :)

    1. They're so cute! What a great idea. I'm a pony tail girl, so I appreciate these things.

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  8. so many links!! I only allotted myself 15 minutes for Crabby time today and now I'm having to make some hard choices...
    I need to try that "not" corn bread recipe. If only I loved to cook and bake...
    Can't wait to see the retro commercials.

  9. I think cornbread is legally required to have corn in it!! I'm sure it tastes great but its not cornbread. Somebody has to draw the line in the sand.
    I read your time management article and I am a morning person and I have moved morning back as far as 4:15 AM and forward to Noon so I can cram as much as I can in there. Since I am a bad sleeper I am ready to go at 2AM as well but I figure that probably isn't a good idea.

  10. Nice little round-up! ;)

    I love The Oatmeal and was dying laughing at some of those love cards. He's hysterical. I even got his Blerch shirt from a friend for Christmas. I'm off to check out the Shrinking Jeans site now.

    Have a great weekend!

  11. The cornbread recipe is one i'm going to try -- Sweetie adores cornbread, and yet complains about eating too much grain and not losing weight. This could be a great compromise.

  12. Fun post. I used to keep track of the strange search words which led people to my blog and still have them somewhere. I decided to see what the current ones were and the strangest one today was "pee on dad." I might just have to do a post about the ones I've collected.


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