Well well well….here I am again! I’ve been working on a BIG BIG project all summer (announcement to come soon!), and part of the time at least, I’ve been doing it on a treadmill desk that I finally got around to putting together. Because several people noticed my dramatically increased step-count on Fitbit.com and Twitter (I use the Fitbit pedometer to track my steps) and asked me what was going on and why I was walking 10 + miles per day now, I thought I would just give you a little breakdown of the desk with a photo. I really love it, and it was not complicated at all to set up.
The Treadmill: The first component in the treadmill desk is, of course, the treadmill. I use this Confidence Power Plus treadmill, which is super inexpensive and foldable. I got mine from Amazon for $199 (not a typo) and because I have Prime, it was delivered for free in two days. Winning!
The Desk: I used the IKEA “Fredrik” desk, which unfortunately they have stopped making. I got mine on Craig’s List for $60, then modified it to only have one shelf. Side note: if you are going to buy something from Craig’s List, take a friend, because MURDER. It also works great as a standing desk (I’ve been using it that way as well). If you are crafty, I bet you could just build a similar one by looking at the photo or Googling "IKEA Fredrik Desk" and downloading the pdf of the plans/ directions from IKEA. I'm just saying.
The Setup: Here's where I give props out to Super Husband Stephan Cox, who took time out of his day to put the initial desk together, then worked with me to position it correctly. The only thing that took some finessing was actually getting the desk to fit over the treadmill, which we achieved by putting shelves underneath the base. I read an article where the guy actually took disassembled part of the treadmill in order to get the controller loose, but I didn’t think this was going to have a successful outcome if I did it, so I solved this problem by bending the controller all the way forward, then setting up the top part of the desk on top of it. Yes, this does mean I have to start the treadmill by bending under the desk, and yes, this does mean that I can’t actually control the speed while I'm on it, but this has not been a problem at all (I just hop off if I want to adjust or stop it).
One of the things I like most about this treadmill desk is that it was $160 to put together, and the final look is not dissimilar to this fancy-schmancy model on Amazon, which is $1500 (also not a typo):
The Speed: This one took some trial and error. Because I am a nerd, I did all this research on how fast the treadmill should be going in order to actually get work done (including this New York Times article). I’ve found that I can keep it going at 1 mph (no, it’s not that fast) for regular writing and emailing (i.e., things that require thinking), 2 mph for things like Facebook, Twitter, and phonecalls in general, and that I need to stop and sit down for actual analytical thought/ creative problem solving. This speed is going to totally vary for you, so you will need to try it out. Also, yes, I did get a headache the first week, trying to teach my brain to multitask in this way.
Feel free to ask questions about this, which I will update within the post. If you have a home office, I highly suggest setting this up!
Okay, we've finally finished watching season two of Orange Is the New Black, and just like season one, it was awesome. There are going to be a bunch of spoilers in this post (SPOILERS! SERIOUSLY! MIND-BENDINGLY AWFUL SPOILERS AHEAD!), so if you haven't watched it, now is your time to pull the ripcord and bail out. Don’t come crying to us later saying we didn’t warn you.
So. Now that we have the place to ourselves, you know how there was this whole storyline with a hunger strike and a list of demands? Well, after watching this season, we had a few (relatively minor) issues with the show, so we thought we’d make our own list of demands.
Dear Jenji Cohen,
First off, we’d like to start by saying how much we love your show. It’s well written and full of complex characters who all too often get relegated to the background. Well done.
That said, there are a few ways we think it could be even better. And until you meet these demands, we will be holding a hunger strike. And by that, we mean, we won’t be eating any prison food. Are we clear? We mean business.
1. Please get a dialect coach to work with Morello on her weird accent. She sounds like Edith Bunker swallowed Betty Boop. It's distracting. Also, she’s a good actress and all, but couldn’t you find any actresses who are actually from Long Island? It’s kind of a big place. Did you look?
2. Same goes for Miss Rosa. This is probably a moot point, since I’m sure she’s supposed to have died shortly after she creamed Vee’s ass with that van, but if she lives for whatever reason, please have someone work with her on that accent. We were genuinely shocked when the past version of her turned out to be Puerto Rican or Venezuelan or whatever. We had her pegged as Polish. Maybe Latvian? In any event, maybe you could just put the main actress together with the younger version of herself to make sure they sound the same. Hey, it worked for Annakin Skywalker. Well, not really. But you get the point.
3. Lest you think this list of demands is all about accents, please give Natasha Lyonne some eyebrows. Because gross.
4. Have Figueroa arrested and sent to prison. Dammit! This one seriously pissed us off. You had this whole narrative arc with her being crazy corrupt, plus there was all that foreshadowing (the orange blanket across her lap in the bedroom scene where she’s trying to get pregnant? Hello?), and yet somehow, you never paid it off. Yes, yes, her husband is having a gay relationship, and yes, you did make her give Caputo a nasty hummer. But the whole thing was deeply unsatisfying. Pay this off. Or no prison food for us! Attica! Attica!
5. Tone down Crazy Eyes. This one is probably a lost cause, since she just won an Emmy, but her performance is WAY OVER THE TOP. And, look, it’s great that you’re exploring the theme of correctional institutions as temporary solutions for the mentally ill. But that actress is chewing more scenery than Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. HOO-WAH! Dial it back.
6. For the love of God, please get rid of Soso. Or at least throw her in the SHU for the whole season. We’re about ready plant a screwdriver on her and then call the warden ourselves. Good lord. Who knew that the way to make hippies more annoying was to lock them up? Anyway, that’s it.
Meet our demands or… Oh, whatever. It’s an awesome show. We’ll probably keep watching either way.