Today was a pretty lame day, especially after I found this article in my newsfeed:
More than 400 penguins, most of them young, have been found dead on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state over the past two months, according to Eduardo Pimenta, superintendent for the state coastal protection and environment agency in the resort city of Cabo Frio.
While it is common here to find some penguins – both dead and alive – swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan, Pimenta said there have been more this year than at any time in recent memory.
Poor little guys, as if sea lions and being really cold and having to eat regurgitated raw fish weren’t enough. I wish that on bad days I could set a “good news” filter on the RSS feed. Spend the morning reading about neat scientific experiments and maybe a few stories on underprivileged kids getting college scholarships, then switch back to “full reality” after lunch.
On the upside, I have discovered how to take shorter showers, and I’m down to under five minutes in the morning. This is big for me, since I used to average 10-12 minutes in there. I’m a lingerer- plus, I had long hair, and that required at least five minutes of proper attention by itself. Getting it all wet, shampoo, conditioner, leaving in the conditioner so it will really condition, getting it all out afterwards…
Had long hair, though. I got a fairly drastic cut, like long-enough–to-donate drastic. I’d been growing it out for a couple years to see what happened (it got longer and I just wore it in a bun all the time). So yes, I’ll be mailing someone my disembodied ponytail, which feels like a bad practical joke, but it does some good, so there we go. And I realized that I need a small fraction of the shampoo and conditioner I used to, and that it takes me about a minute and a half to wash it all nicely. Progress! Plus, now I look adorable in hats.