Adventure Friday

Today’s Happy Note:  I got housing for next year!  Yay!  I wasn’t guaranteed housing because I took a semester off so this was very good news.

More good news? Fifteen page paper #1 is done!  More on that under “Adventure Friday” section (trust me, it was quite the adventure).

Exercise: I did 7.5 easy miles yesterday morning and 5 tonight.  I have never tried doing HIIT for an outdoor run before, but it worked pretty well!  I did a mile warm-up then about two miles with 10 x 1 minute all out sprinkled in.  I then ran another two miles to the gym for weights.  I pretty much just did a full body workout today.  I have gotten a lot better at dips (on the assist machine) and can now do twice as many as when I started buckling down on strength after the NYC half-marathon.

Funny story: It turns out that the mega-strong guys who seem to be able to effortlessly lift hundreds of pounds are actually quite sweet!  I have noticed that they are always very respectful of me in the weight room, which I would estimate is usually about 95-98% male.  They always offer to let me work in with them and they don’t stare at me.  Today, I was doing this one arm exercise thingy (wow, I am really knowledgeable about weight lifting terminology) with a 15 pound dumbbell.  This is pretty much the heaviest dumbbell I am ever capable of using.  There were a bunch of un-racked weights on the floor around me, including a set of 30 pounders, which I clearly wasn’t using.  But this very strong looking guy came up and politely asked me if I was using them or if he could use them!  It was kind of sexy actually, I won’t lie.  I mean what could be wrong with men who are simultaneously strong and powerful and sweet and kind?  Nothing, me thinks.

Eats: Finals time means easily eatable eats!  I am finding simple ways of getting in lots of produce, like veg/fruit bowls, pre-made salads from the cafe (expensive, but worth it for the moment), smoothies, and stir-fries.  Anyone have any awesome tips for getting in plenty of produce on a super tight schedule (and a budget)?

Couldn’t forget cookie Friday 🙂  See this post from Tina for some lovely cookies, including mine from last week!

I heart smoothie froth!  I’m debating whether or not I should buy a box of cereal or two for the upcoming week.  I tend to go overboard with cereal so I don’t usually keep it around, but I know that between studying, paper writing, regular activities, etc. I’m going to be very pressed for time and cereal is an easy, decent meal solution. I can add fruit and nuts to increase the nutritionals or make an on-the-go trail mix.  Cereal is such an easy food, but I don’t want my diet to be, well, cereal for the next two weeks.  Decision, decisions…

Fun Caronae Fact: I am one of the most indecisive people the world has ever seen.  I could never ever run a company or teach a class.  I can’t even decide what to order in restaurants.

Adventure Friday!

Today’s (and yesterday’s) adventure may not have involved leaving the room, but it was quite interesting!  I am taking a class on the Arabian Nights (aka One Thousand and One Nights) and Islam and had to write a 15 page final paper on anything that had to do with those two things.  I absolutely adore books — I consider them to be one of my best friends.  Give me a giant pile of books to dive into and I will be one happy clam.  But don’t make me eat the clam because I’m allergic.  And the Arabian Nights are absolutely fascinating!  The real version is not the picture book version you heard as a child.  The stories are full of scandal, beauty, imagery, sex, thievery, transgressions, passion, and food.  They are, quite simply, a delight.  While we have been reading various stories and interpretations all semester, I really got into yesterday and today.  Not to be cheesy, but it felt like I had my own little magic carpet taking me all around the world!

Book pile:

Sticky notes=easy quote finding!  Paper is all done:

I could go on and on about books and words.  They’re such good friends, in a very real way, I think.  They absolutely constitute an adventure for me.  I love libraries, archives (I work in one!), bookstores, journals, old pages, letters, inky pens.  I love it all.  Sometimes when I’m lonely I start reading a book and the moments in that book, whether happy or sad, bright or gloomy, take me to a different place and remind me that there are different times in life: sometimes I will experience love, sometimes loss.  Ultimately, I will find other humans with whom to connect, on the page at the very least.  I’m currently reading Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens and The Arabs: A History (for class but quite spectacular).

Some of the books that have changed my life:

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Pablo Neruda’s Selected Poems

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Harry Potter series (no, I’m not joking)

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime And Punishment

Shel Silverstein’s The Missing Piece

What are some of your favorite books?  Do you feel the same way about them as I do or am I just a total weirdo?

Happy happy weekend!

PS — wordpress changed their main dashboard, it seems, and I am VERY confused.  Can’t figure out how to add tags or how to publish, although I suppose that by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably have figured that one out…

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 00:52:32

    Yay I’m glad you now have somewhere to live. Your reading material for the paper on Arabian Nights sounds fascinating. I too love books, especially really old ones, and quirky old bookshops like we have here in England with wonderful first edition old books. I have loads of favourite books, the Narnia series, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Mrs Dalloway, 1984, The Post Birthday World, I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you hehe.

    Sarah x

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  2. Erin
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 07:12:20

    You could buy frozen veggies — not quite the same as nice as fresh but still really healthy and a lot cheaper. Especially in a stir-fry, I usually use frozen peppers to save money.

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  3. Kate
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 08:01:12

    i was going to echo erin on the frozen veggies. yeah they are frozen but they do the job in a pinch and are usually cheaper. the super target here has some more unique varieties than your standard peas and carrot mix.

    thank you for sharing your book list! i am always looking for new things to read. my top favs are the god of small things by arundhati roy, eat, pray love by elizabeth gilbert, the red tent by anita diamant, and the perks of being a wall flower by stephen chbosky. read the god of small things if you haven’t! the language is beautiful!

    happy weekend my dear!

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  4. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 10:47:28

    You are so not a weirdo for feeling that way about books. Some that have changed mine are Walter Lord’s “A Night to Remember” (I’m a Titanic FREAK…seriously, don’t even go there), John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” and the Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty (If you haven’t read these, I SERIOUSLY recommend them. They’re actually in the adult section, even though they’re about a teenage girl, and they’re some of the most insightful, witty and hysterical books I’ve ever read).

    I love cereal for the convenience factor too. Maybe buy a box, then portion out servings into Ziploc bags? That way you’ll know how much you’re eating without mindlessly reaching into the box for hours…my dad does this with things like pretzels!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. pen (pen at peace)
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 17:15:26

    I’ll echo a couple people above, I sometimes use frozen veggies…they are cheaper and still good…and quicker even because you don’t have to clean and chop, etc…

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  6. Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 17:49:54

    Yep, my tip for affordable produce consumption is frozen too. I know the texture’s not the same if you’re used to fresh, but that’s seriously the only way I can come up with a healthy meal (other than takeout) when I’m low on groceries.

    Hope finals are going well!

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