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Monday, June 17, 2013

What I'm Doing

Here's what I've been doing lately:

This takes up the vast majority of my time. Studying social work means reading, research, and a lot of writing. These things are time consuming and sometimes stressful (see: previous post). It's a full time job. 

Avoiding Schoolwork and Doing Other Stuff
Usually that involves lounging around with Joel, reading articles on feminism, finding new blogs to obsess over, listening to music, cleaning the house, and bothering my dog. 

"Shouldn't you be reading about oppression instead of taking pictures of me?"

 The quotations are there for two reasons. One: I barely work. I am still technically employed at a non-profit working with adults with disabilities. One of my clients is on vacation for the summer, so I only get three hours per week with my remaining client. We volunteer at the zoo, which is the other reason the quotes are there: this job doesn't feel like work, and it basically never has. It's the first job I've had in a long time that I actually like, which is something I sometimes take for granted. I know some people who work long hours at jobs they hate (and I've done this myself) and I know how soul-crushing it can be. Thankfully, my barely employed self isn't living under a bridge because Joel has been killing it at his job as a personal trainer.

Family Things
Tis the season of graduation parties, Fathers and Mothers day, and general merriment. The past two weekends I've seen my family at graduation parties. My niece graduated high school, which makes me feel old and nostalgic. Even though we aren't technically blood-related and she only came into our family when she was six years old, I adore her and I'm so proud of her. She's smart, responsible, driven, athletic, and way cooler than I was at 18 (or ever). 

Niece and dad at my wedding, Nov. 2012

I remember not too long ago I was graduating from high school and having my graduation party. I'd get annoyed at all the unsolicited advice on what to do with my life ("Be a pharmacist! Go to community college! Live off campus! Marry rich!") Now, I'm trying really hard not to do the same to my niece or cousins, because I remember being 18 and just wanting to live my life. But I do hope they realize that things will never be the same after this phase is done. It won't be better or worse, but it will always be different. That took me a long time to figure out and it was a bit of a rude awakening. 

Aside from graduation parties, I visited my parents for Fathers Day and my brother and some of my nephews came to visit. It was nice to catch up, as I don't see them very often. Next weekend, we're going to Canada to visit Joel's family.

Ranger's been spending a lot of time in the car and he's apparently pissed about it.

Friend Things
I've realized that if I go too long without seeing my friends, I die a little inside. Thankfully, we've had plenty of opportunities: birthday parties, wedding showers that were just excuses to drink and get weird, and of course getting together and catching up over froyo/tea/wine/Skype. I enjoy going to big parties, but the times when I can just talk to my favorite friends about anything and everything are what really keep me going. 

Healthy Living Or Whatever
In case anyone was wondering, I'm still on Weight Watchers (18 lbs lost so far!). What with the summer activities and the food and cake that accompany them, I haven't been the model Weight Watcher. But I've learned not to beat myself up about it. If I don't lose weight one week but I had a good time, it's worth it. I'm not going to give up, and I can always make up for it by eating better the next few days or with an extra day at the gym. It's not about perfection, it's about balance.

Sometimes the cake has black frosting, and hilarious mother-daughter moments happen.

Speaking of the gym, I've actually been going to it! I try to work out at least three times per week. I do a variety of weight machines and some cardio. I am just starting to force myself to run outside in preparation for a 5k that I'm terrified over but probably shouldn't be. I don't like running outside, so I'm making Joel do it with me for awhile so I get more comfortable, cause he's the best.


Listening to: Rooney - "Daisy Duke"  (blast from the past, indeed)

1 comment:

  1. It seems liek you've been fairly busy! Your pup is too cute! And Ive also been doing so many family things, and getting back into working out!


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