1. It’s “max effort” time at the gym (they go in six-month cycles) and I got a new max for deadlifts last night–175 pounds!! Yes, I am telling everyone about it: friends, coworkers, people on the street.

2. It’s Lughnasadh, the Celtic beginning-of-the-harvest festival and the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox. Just this week I noticed the evenings are coming a little sooner and the mornings are getting a little darker. (Throw the comb away…)

3. This is perfect:

(via a friend, by New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail.)