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Friday Fun! (Musings On My IBS)

June 15, 2012 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!

This week I haven’t seen much of my library since I’ve been participating in the Science Librarian Boot Camp.  I’ll be posting my notes from the Neuroscience section next week, since I think those were the most interesting (at least so far).  Perhaps the capstone this morning will be inspiring as well and make the grade too though. 🙂

It’s been great to see some of my librarian friends this week, although the Boot Camp was a bit of a struggle.  I’ve been experimenting with eating less dairy for multiple reasons (primarily health).  I ate quite a bit of dairy on the first day of the conference and subsequently had a flare-up of my IBS.  Not pleasant, trust me. :-/  It was frustrating and frankly hard on me emotionally.  I’ve struggled with this syndrome for so many years and just when I think it’s mostly under control, something happens again.  Although I am passionate about heath, it is frankly sometimes difficult to have to be so incredibly strict on my diet, stress level, sleep amount, etc…. or pay the consequence of being physically ill almost immediately.  Trust me, I wish I could indulge in gluttony periodically with the only consequence being a few extra miles on the treadmill!  But I know in the grand scheme of things it’s a minor thing to have to deal with, and I am lucky that Boston is such a mecca of vegan food.  The key for me, I think, will be figuring out how much indulgence is acceptable to my body.  Nobody can be strict all the time!  In the meantime, FSM bless Boston for having indulgences like vegan cupcakes.

I also guess this just means I’m going to have to start requesting vegan food at the conferences.

This weekend I’m hoping to see one of my good friends, resume work on my next novel (tentacles, oh my!), and of course gym it.  Happy weekends!

 

 

Friday Fun! (Provincetown)

Hello my lovely readers!  Last weekend, two of my friends and I decided to take a one night vacation to Cape Cod–Provincetown to be exact.  For those of you who don’t know, Ptown, as it’s more commonly known, is not only the first landing place of the Pilgrims before they moved on to Plymouth, but also is the gay mecca of the Eastern seaboard.  Coastal town plus fabulousness everywhere?  What more could we ask for?

My lovely weekend included wading in the Atlantic, a run along the beach, flipping off a lighthouse, hilarious window shopping, hot tubbing, some whiskey, and possibly the best knock-off of a chain restaurant ever–the Burger Queen, which included Larry the most fabulous gay man I’ve ever met.  We became their first customers to get our picture taken for their book.  Every time I go to the ocean, I know I’m going to end up living on it eventually in my life.  It was exactly the vacation the doctor ordered.  Thanks, ladies, for the epic weekend!

This one won’t be quite so epic, but it will involve a charity walk, meeting GameCouch, and a party for a Team Unicorn member.  What are you all up to with your weekends?

Friday Fun! (Fridge and Online Class)

September 3, 2010 6 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope this week treated you well, and to my New England readers, I hope you survived the heat wave relatively painlessly.  My thoughts are going out to those of you in the south-east and eastern seaboard facing Hurricane Earl.

At the beginning of last weekend, I opened my fridge to discover that my soy milk had exploded.  Not pleasant.  I cleaned it up and thought that was that, but then I noticed that my produce seemed to have grown mold overnight and my cheese was sweaty.  It took until that point to realize that my fridge was not as cold as it should be.  I turned it to its maximum coldness, and that seemed to work for a day, but then it went right back to shitty.  My fridge was on the fritz.  Also my landlord was out of town on vacation, and it took me a while to get ahold of him.  Oddly, my freezer was working the whole time, just not the fridge.  Long story short (too late!), the fan was busted and that’s what moves the cold air from the freezer to the fridge.  On the plus side, I got to see the inner workings of my fridge while a super-sweet father/son contracting team, complete with thick Boston accents and Irish names, fixed my fridge.  On the minus side, I lost all of my food in the fridge portion.  Since I cook a lot, this was actually a lot of food.  Ah well, at least it’s fixed now, and I have a new appreciation for people who have to live without refrigeration.

My new online class is in full-swing.  I was pleased to discover the required textbooks on my Kindle app for cheaper than the print versions, so naturally I bought them there.  It’s always hard to get print copies of textbooks off your hands after you’re done with them anyway.  The class is on librarianship for distance learners, and as part of the course we’re being embedded as librarians into online courses at University of Central Missouri.  My online course itself is at San Jose State University.  My classmates are literally from all over the world, even Australia!  I have no idea how she’s dealing with the time difference.  I find myself scratching my head over it all the time, and I’m only a few time zones away.  I’m pretty excited for this course, because for once they’re letting us do real librarian work (which I already do anyway, but still….).  It’ll look good when I’m applying for jobs for sure!

This weekend is a 3 day weekend here in the States for Labor Day (basically a holiday in honor of the workers in the US, aka, moi).  I have plans to see a couple of my friends. Naturally some me time including reading and playing either Twilight Princess or Paper Mario (or both!) will be worked in too.  Oh, and restocking my fridge.  If Earl lightens up enough at some point for me to go buy groceries, that is.  What’re your weekends looking like?

Friday Fun! (Biking, Lost, Holiday)

Hello my lovely readers!  This week was the first step in hopefully, eventually biking all the way to work every day.  However, an attempt on the weekend showed me that I’m not capable yet of making it the 6 miles (one way, so 12 miles round-trip).  So, to work my way up to it, I’m biking to my bus connection, which is just about half-way there.  It was a bit nerve-wracking being on the road with cars, let me tell you, but today I found myself having a bit more confidence on the road.  Plus, I was able to move up a gear on the bike already!

Sunday was the Lost finale (and if you have yet to see it, you are not a true fan and deserve the spoilers), and of course I watched it, including the two hour re-cap.  I appreciated the action on The Island, but I was disappointed with the spiritual direction the writers went.  I’d been hoping the whole way through the series that we would discover that the mythology being yakked about by the older generation of protectors/evils was just a way to deal with science they had yet to understand.  Instead we get handed a glowy light with no scientific explanation and a happy-go-lucky, feel-good after-life.  Also, I never got to see Kate die, what the fuck is up with that?!   However, I didn’t hate the episode, and I actually found myself almost crying when Vincent came and licked Jack.  So the verdict on my end was meh.  I didn’t hate it, but it also didn’t ruin the rest of the series for me.  I’ll definitely be re-watching the seasons.

This weekend is a 3 day weekend here in the US for Memorial Day, which means I have Monday off.  I’m so excited!  I hope at least one day is beautiful out so I can go for a bike ride or a row on the Charles and have a picnic.  Happy weekends everyone!