Post-Thanksgiving Slump.

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

My brain has completely checked out of this semester. I feel like I have sever ADD, and very little spunk. There are so many things to do that I get overwhelmed and rebel by just not doing anything for a long time. I could be getting things done a lot quicker if I just sat down and did them, but I feel incapable of getting myself to concentrate. There’s also the confusion of how much I need to work on things before I can consider them “done” or “good enough” for the next class. Am I finished? Do I move onto the next assignment? Should I sweat it out on this one some more? Am I done in 10 minutes or do I need another 2 hours?

Too many complications. I can’t focus on so many things at once. Four classes next semester sounds soooo good… Then I promise to be chipper and radiantly amazing at everything I do.

But in other news, Thanksgiving was a blast.



30 more days

November 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

When Thanksgiving prep includes buying a duck and a cleaver (I have never purchased a raw duck before and am kind of nervous about doing this) and buying a bucket and trashcan for your apartment (finally—we only moved in during the middle of September, so cut us some slack), and making stuffing from scratch for the first time (this fruit/nut recipe looks fun, and I might add cornbread, and I get to make my first alcohol purchase ever!) and cleaning the apartment for my first co-hosted Thanksgiving and first Thanksgiving away from home…

Well, Thankgiving break won’t be quite as relaxing as I was hoping, but it’ll be a nice change of pace.

5k Turkey Trot tomorrow morning, hosted and funded completely by the New School so that 100% of the race registration goes toward charity. That’s kinda cool.

Also, it’s Friday, and at 9pm I curled up all cozy in bed and watched When Harry Met Sally on Netflix because I wanted to, so that’s what I did. I can’t express enough how absolutely wonderful that is. All parts of it.

Oh, and Harry Potter tomorrow.

I wonder when we get snow?

5 more weeks.

November 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

I ran today, but I am sad this morning.

I am tired. I feel fat. I want to be lazy without feeling guilty about it or suffering the consequences afterward. I want to stop being afraid of failing and looking terrible and having people look at me and wonder why I don’t know what I’m doing. I want to stop always feeling insecure about myself, about how I look, about my accomplishments, about my intelligence, about where I am in life. Of course, in general, I am quite happy. But right now, I am exhausted and want to sleep but feel like I can’t.

Whatever. I am treating myself to a haircut this afternoon. I love haircuts. They make me happy.

So does this silly poster series.

Sad Rant

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m trying to remember what it felt like for design to be fun exciting. I think it involved my brain not hurting and my having the energy to play and wonder and explore.

I found this little guy on SwissMiss. There is hope yet.

Happy Saturday!

November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today I cleaned my room. And am doing work in my brightly sunlit room. While listening to Squarepusher, Ratatat, and Radiohead.

This morning has greatly improved my outlook on life. Also, the New York Marathon is tomorrow morning. I get to watch it in person!

Inspirational tidbits:

Brilliant, spooky illustrated story.
Love the pacing.

I love this mother’s blog entry about her son’s Halloween costume. I hope that people will become more accepting, that people will teach their children that they can be whoever they want and should be proud of who they are and not feel like they have to constantly worry about what other people think about them. The world would be a safer and happier place.

To Do List for 2010

November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s getting really chilly real fast. And there are only two months left in the year! Fairly soon I shall be 25 and smack in the middle of my mid 20s. In a few more days I’ll have been in New York for 3 months. It feels like it ought to have been much longer, although I still haven’t done nearly enough here yet.

So here is my wish list for the remainder of the year:

Run a 5k
Run in Central Park
Watch the NYC Marathon
Statue of Liberty
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Visit a museum I haven’t been to yet
Ice skating in Central Park
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge again
See a Broadway show
Get back down to 115 lbs.
Photo Day

P.S. I still need to figure out a good way to ensure regular sleep. I’m going on my second night in a row of not sleeping, and it’s kind of really my fault. I am going to crash when I get home at 4 this afternoon.

Marathon Trainer App, Round 2

November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Comments and suggestions welcome, especially from any runners out there. But first, I just want to say that Photoshop is frustrating to work with. This is, of course, only a sampling of the most important pages that doesn’t include linking and transition pages. I realize that visually it’s still not completely consistent and the color scheme isn’t exactly what I’d like it to be, and as far as functionality goes, well, I’m not the most reasonable runner when it comes to proper training, so I’m not even sure if it all makes complete sense.

The little rounded square runner icon on the right of the 55 mi/24 week header would be a link to a fitness/running log site, where you could log your training in ways that are too complicated for this app. In the training screen, the entire week that you’re on is highlighted in yellow, and you can check off what workouts you’ve done whether you’ve done them in specific order within the week or not. I thought that the aspect of flexibility would be useful for the app, since it is sometimes necessary to juggle around workouts to fit in with the rest of your schedule. The screen does look a little cluttered in general, though, and I’m not sure what the best solution for that might be. I had it before that I divided the training into the 4 mesocycles as suggested by Advanced Marathoning,but it took up a lot of space and there’s a lot going on there as it is.

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