Five Things Friday Vol. 92

Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.

And… just like that, Feedly seems to be working again. Did you notice it too? I don’t know if anything that I did (mainly pestering my hosting service, Feedly, and BitNinja support), has yielded any results or if this is just another fluke of luck. Still, at least for me, Feedly is pulling in my blog posts again in a timely manner. 

I don’t know why this is so complicated, but I also noticed some oddities that even my best Google research can only vaguely explain. For example, did you know that URLs with or without the “www” might direct you to the same website but are treated as two separate domains in feed readers? There’s also a difference whether your URL starts with http:// or https://, even though it might direct you to the same web page. 

When I subscribed to the three different URL feeds, I found that all pointed to my blog website but behaved differently in Feedly. seems to be the correct address, but the others seem to work too, just not on the same ‘Feedly schedule’. I don’t get it. I generally think of myself as pretty tech-savvy, but is there anyone even more tech-savvy out there who can explain this to a layman? 

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Well, I am sorry to ruin your Friday by bringing up his name but I believe yesterday was a day of reckoning. A New York jury unanimously convicted Donald Tr*mp on all 34 felony counts he faced related to his alleged affair and subsequent illegal hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 campaign. I don’t know about you but for me, it was a day of celebration that this excuse of a human being has finally been held accountable for something. You cannot tell me that 12 jurors all got it wrong. And this was the least likely – of the four – criminal trials to succeed. I don’t know what it all means for our democracy or the upcoming presidential election (from which Tr*mp is still not barred, riddle me that!), but as Adam Schiff said yesterday “I cannot imagine that the majority of the American public wants a convicted felon in the White House.”

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One thing I have noticed since I started riding my bike again (outdoors) a couple of weeks ago is that the our neighborhood streets are kinda crappy for bike riding. I am not complaining about my route to work because there is a bike lane from my house all the way to my office (who can say that!?) but let’s just say, it’s a bit of a bumpy ride. I realize I live in an old neighborhood, hence the streets are old, and sometimes you notice it when you’re driving in your car, but you really notice it on the bike. You need to pay close attention or the next pothole might eject you from your saddle. If you ride a bike outdoors, have you noticed how bumpy the road is or are all your bike lanes smooth as butter?

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I had a long-overdue budget meeting with Jon last week and it was successful insofar as it was an eye-opening moment for him because he did NOT realize where a lot of our money goes. It makes sense that we often only think about the things that we ‘consciously’ spend money on… when we’re out shopping or going to a restaurant but many expenses leave our accounts quietly every month. It adds up quickly. I always try to keep these expenses in mind (and I love YNAB for that) but Jon didn’t. He said I gave him a lot to think about (haha).

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I finally ordered some new running shoes and went with the Asics Novablast 3s (recommended by Sarah). I’ve run Brooks exclusively for a while and have been very happy with a handful of their models (Ghosts, Levitates, Ravennas, and my last shoe, the Ricochets (sadly discontinued)) and I was ready to try something new. I’ve heard from a couple of other Brooks runners that they like the Novablasts, so I am very excited to try them.

I cannot believe we’re wrapping up May. How was your week?


  1. I’m very happy that Feedly is showing your blog again and I’ll be excited to hear how you like the Novablast 3! I’m on something like my fourth pair at this point.

    1. Thank you again for the recommendation. I am excited to try them.

  2. Congrats for a working Feedly feed.

    “I cannot imagine that the majority of the American public wants a convicted felon in the White House.” Let’s just hope this is true. I feel like – not only in America – people are behaving like children in their defiant phase.

    I live in a forest area so all our bike lines are bumpy due to the tree roots. One reason I actually bought a helmet because in the dark it can get really dangerous. On the other hand we have the bike lanes along the river which are amazing.

    Haha, so Jon has a lot to think about when it comes to money and where you spend it. Let us know what it results in.

    1. Sigh, unfortunately you’re right that there seem to be a lot of unreasonable people out there these days. I am hoping for a miracle.

  3. I wish I could believe that his conviction would matter but I fear it doesn’t. His base will think it’s a miscarriage of justice. There is nothing he can do that will risk his chances at a 2nd term it seems. I know that is a bleak way of looking at things. I mean there is a recording of him telling the election officials of the state of Georgia to find more voters for him and yet he easily won the republican primary. It’s sickening… I can’t think about it too much or I will get depressed.

    But yay for new shoes! I just got new Hokas and they feel sooo good!!

    1. I know we feel the same way… I think there is just so much evidence of misconduct and nobody seem to care (or there is no legal way to do something about it). It seems ridiculous. I am hoping for a miracle here.

      I’ve heard good things about Hokas, too. I do want to try them on sometime.

  4. Expenses really do add up quickly! That’s for sure. We just got our property tax bill and I almost fainted!

    1. Eek, property taxes are alway steep (or so it seems). We’re renting right now but the rents are ridiculous here in CA too.

  5. I recently bought a pair of On’s; they’re fine but I don’t love them and I told my husband my all-time favourite shoes have been Asics. They stopped making the ones I LOVED (ARGH. WHY!?), so maybe I’ll try the Novablasts next? Please keep us updated on the blog how they feel over the long haul.

    1. I had that happen twice that shoes that I LOVED were discontinued. I also don’t understand why… but it sucks to try and find a new pair you love. I hope you’ll find one. I will definitely report back on the Novablasts.

  6. I feel like Feedly is inconsistent. It’s working with your blog now, but I’m getting batches from other blogs now. I think that one of my Q3 goals might be to just put up an old-fashioned blogroll on my blog and check that daily instead of a feed.

    It was a busy week for me at work (it’s a busy season!), but my plans for this weekend were canceled, so I was able to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday and it feels glorious to not be tired.

    1. I’ve noticed that other blogs have issues with Feedly too… or should I say Feedly has issues with other blogs. Sigh. I am expecting it to break again on mine.

  7. The conviction made me so happy! Will it be enough to convince moderates and independents to vote for Biden? I don’t know. I sure hope so. I’m trying to not stress too much, I end up grinding my teeth, and that doesn’t help anyone. UGH.
    I hope you love your new shoes! I don’t run, just walk. I need a lot of cushion and arch support, due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve had the best luck with Nike and Addidas, but I can’t buy them online, I have to go to the store and try them on every time. Even the same model will be different sometimes.

    1. I know, I hate that new versions of the same running shoes keep changing. I mean, I understand they want to make improvements but sometimes it changes the whole shoe. My feet don’t seem to be too picky, but I have gotten fitted before.

  8. I was SO happy about the conviction. Will it matter? IDK, but I’m just happy he was found guilty on all 34 counts. I think it may move the needle for people who are on the fence, but of course it won’t matter to people who have supported him from the beginning.

    Your blog is showing up normally for me now in Feedly. Yassss!

    1. It made me feel so good to know that 12 jurors all felt the same about the 34 felony counts and that he FINALLY got convicted for something. It’s been high time!

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