In My Perverse Jute Way

There's some entertainingly mangled English on the Wayfair.com home decor shopping site. We bought a nice hall tree there and now need a storage/accent piece as well.

I'm seriously considering this one, but worrying about whether our cycling stuff and winter gear will be corrupted, if the description is accurate.

"Out of six, four drawers is designed in perverse jute way."

The top drawers are vanilla, so confusing.



Wayfair.com – Online Home Store for Furniture, Decor, Outdoors & More | Wayfair

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They're Called Listicles

Gleaned from this that those ubiquitous web stories that are just a list of weird old tips, often with one page (and many ads) per item.

And yes, the Amish are an interesting population.



Anti-Vaxxers Are Idolizing the Amish, Inexplicably
A viral pseudoscience article claims the Plain People never get sick because they don’t get vaccinated. Actually, members of the religious sect are prone to some terrible diseases.

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Now that it's a GOP Congress, my Senator Mark Kirk sends me a triumphant email that he supports the suspiciously ebullient-sounding Hire More Heroes Act

Last year in February he didn't support the Veterans' Jobs Bill, as GOP leaders tried to slide some dirty work amendments in and Harry Reid wasn't falling for it.

Funny how the GOP gets to claim victory no matter what happens, but vets almost never win.



GOP blocks veterans bill
Republicans said the new healthcare and education programs was not properly paid for.

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The Bad Old Days Redux: #NAACPBombing

This is where the mainstream media fails us.



Frustrated by lack of mainstream media coverage, #NAACPBombing hashtag goes viral
In broad daylight on Tuesday morning, a bomb, also called an improvised explosive device (IED), was set off next to the exterior wall of the local offices of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, NAACP …

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Hey, Dylan! Take a Look At This!

Not what you'd expect…



The Ultimate Breakdown Of The Hobbit’s Battle Of The Five Armies
You know that the third movie in The Hobbit trilogy is subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies, but how much do you really know about the titular battle? This infographic not only explains the strength and armaments of the various combatants, but reveals each armies’ tactics, step-by-step.

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I'm A Red Rider, I Ride With Diabetes

It's weird how life can slap you around a little; everything changes with a phone call from your doctor's office.

For me, it was a call from a physician's assistant, informing me that my recent. A1C and blood glucose tests were back, and the results were not unexpected.

I'm diabetic. But with my family history and sedentary lifestyle, I was kidding myself that I'd dodge that bullet.

I'm Type II, and no medication prescribed as yet. I'm currently checking my "numbers" with daily home blood tests and using various fitness apps and gadgets to track activity, carbs, and calories.

After the first test (there was a second round) my doctor wanted to see me lose weight, so what the hey, +David Gibbs got me a fitness tracker and I started using My Fitness Pal to figure out diet and nutrition. So I'd already lost a few pounds when the results of the second test came back after Christmas.

As it happens, I'm married to the captain of Team Red Chicago, and rode in last year's #TourdeCure (a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association). I was already planning to ride again this year. So my hero-husband got me set up with a Red Rider jersey, a bike trainer rig in the spare bedroom, and a placeholder website that re-directs to my page on the official ADA fundraising site.

Red Riders in the Tour de Cure are people with diabetes, who get shout-outs as they ride along. David is also a Red Rider, and so are a lot of other amazing people we've met since David was diagnosed a few years ago. The first time he rode, we were amazed by how much support there was, for people of all abilities, not just "elite" cyclists.

I'm not in shape (yet), but I've committed to riding 40 miles at the event in June, and to raising at least $2000.00USD to help stop diabetes. I think I'll be able to get myself sorted out so that 3-4 hours in the saddle (with breaks) won't be an issue.

I could sure use some support and good wishes, though!

My placeholder page will have more pictures and have some other stuff that the official page won't have, like a world map of donor locations, so if this post could be shared, I'd appreciate it.

I'm on Twitter, Strava and My Fitness Pal as GinnyRED57, so look me up, I could sure use the company on this journey.

#TourdeCure
#RedRider
#RideWithGinny



Ride With Ginny
Ride With Ginny » Help Ginny raise money for Diabetes research, education, and advocacy

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