Spend Matters Friday Latte

In which I explain my fitness budget, completely fail at crossfit, and go to a LOT of yoga classes.
The Cost of Getting in Shape: I Am Addicted to Yoga -- I suppose before I delve into the successes and failures of this week (there was a huge failure), I should explain my monthly workout budget. All things considered, I'm willing to spend $150 total per month on "fitness things" (inclusive of all memberships, classes, training sessions, anything of that sort). Seem high? Ask yourself how much you spend on a daily coffee and eating lunch out every day (and read this article for an especially good financial kick in the butt). My guilty total came to around $3,750 a year ($5 breakfast, $10 lunch x 5 days a week x 50 weeks). With $150/month coming in at a cool $1,800 a year (for something GOOD for me), I figured that cutting the daily coffee and breakfast sandwich for some eggs and French press at home was a wise spend decision for both my wallet and my abs.

Um, or you could donate it to the poor sufferers in Norway...
How A Thousand Pounds Of Butter Becomes Three Days' Worth Of Energy -- A dizzy­ing fall from grace is in store for the Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show's famed but­ter sculpture. Through tomor­row, the thousand-pound work of art will be the star attrac­tion of the annual indoor agri­cul­ture fes­ti­val. Thou­sands of peo­ple have snapped pic­tures of the refrig­er­ated sculp­ture, which depicts a boy lead­ing his prize-winning calf through a county fair. Next week, how­ever, a Juni­ata County farmer will uncer­e­mo­ni­ously dump it into a manure pit.

Danger in Wyoming...
Report Blames Safety Lapses for an Epidemic of Deaths at Wyoming Job Sites -- A report compiled by an epidemiologist hired by the state and released on Jan. 3, found that Wyoming's work sites lacked what it called a culture of safety and that proper safety procedures were not followed in the vast majority of cases when someone was killed on the job.

Apple doesn't open, angry mob throws eggs (and temper tantrum).
Apple Suspends iPhone 4S Sales in Mainland China Stores -- Apple said in a statement that it had temporarily suspended sales of all iPhones at its five mainland China stores for the safety of customers and employees. The phones will still be offered online, through Apple's official partner, Unicom, and at authorized resellers. The statement did not say when Apple stores would resume selling the iPhone 4S.

A lesson to always check your wooden crates before selling for firewood...
Russian finds Kalashnikovs in firewood crates -- A man who had bought crates off the back of a lorry in Russia for firewood found they contained 79 Kalashnikov rifles and parts, Russian media report. The villager in Udmurtia reported the rifles to a local policeman, after which investigators examined the 64 crates. It was established that the army-issue rifles had been delivered for scrap to the nearby Izhmash arms plant.

- Sheena Moore

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