Wednesday, June 18, 2008
It has been pretty blissful so far to hang out in Boston with a bunch of activists who love words & are serious about their writing. I'm pleased to find that the content & the people are at a good level for me: most fellow participants have been writing for years & publishing their work, just as I have, & it's great to do exercises together & share what comes out on the spot. The instructors are dedicated & caring.
I'm an introvert, though, so it's a relief to have late afternoon & evening off today. I needed a break, definitely. At the residence hall where I booked my stay, I signed up for a double room--but so far I have it to myself! (Oops--had to edit that because I had mistakenly typed "single"! Heehee.) I've been sleeping well & waking up at a good time without an alarm.
Today I did some strength training in my room. I haven't gone out running yet but hope to tomorrow morning. I think I've given up on the idea of running/walking all the way to campus. The weather is perfect for it--in the 60s & low 70s--but I haven't come across a good map to plan my route, & (more important) I don't know of a shower I could use on campus after arriving. Maybe things will fall into place at some point, but for now I'm just going to run around/through Boston Common, which is just around the corner from where I'm staying.
I'm eating very sensibly (Vietnamese food last night with a few folks from the workshop--yummy!) & am enjoying the challenge of finding good nutrition & taste without spending lots of money eating out. Breakfast at a nearby residence hall is included with my housing; fortunately it's good (hot foods every day & lots of other options too) & I'm taking full advantage of it.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
And I'm NOT yet ready to go--but I'm getting closer. I just came back from a brisk walk to CVS, where I got some 3-oz containers for my shampoo, lotion, cold cream, etc. I want to take only carry-on bags so that I can zip off to my workshop as soon as I get to Boston tomorrow; I arrive at noon & the orientation session begins at 1:00! Fortunately Boston is not a huge sprawling city.
It was been a good weekend overall. Yesterday I went running by the lake, worked on my freelance project, met with a couple of neighbors to go over our condo association finances, & attended a friend's birthday party with my husband. Today I got up in time to make sweet potato muffins (a Sparkrecipe!) before showering, eating breakfast (unfortunately the muffins weren't yet ready), & going to church. In the afternoon my son & his wife came over for a quiet Father's Day lunch with us; my son brought some yummy veggie burgers he had made (the recipe includes brown rice, bread crumbs, walnuts, sunflower seeds, & egg) & I contributed hash browns, baked beans, a big salad, & the muffins for dessert.
The hash browns were made from shredded radishes!!! I had gone looking on Sparkrecipes for something to do with radishes, since our CSA box OFTEN contains them but we don't particularly like them in salads. We all thought it was really funny to make them into hash browns, but they turned out great! The recipe includes an onion, olive oil, thyme, salt & pepper, & paprika; look it up if you have a surplus of radishes.
While I'm in Boston I hope to be able to go online every day or two, so I'll let you know how things are going & catch up on your news as often as I can.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I got to bed late a bit late last night because of unforeseen stuff, but I still got up after 7 hours of sleep & did strength training on the back porch. I love it out there, so that helps my motivation.
Made my reward smoothie for breakfast today--frozen mixed berries, frozen tamarind pulp, nonfat milk, & a bit of sugar. Yum!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I hadn't planned in a rest day, but that was silly of me. Of course every plan should include rest days.
Last night my husband didn't have time to cook, so when I got home I did it. Our weekly vegetables were due to be picked up later that evening (we're in a community-sponsored agriculture project for five months of the year), & I needed to free up space in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. So I made a big stir-fry with--let's see--onion, carrot, green pepper, broccoli, spinach, & firm tofu, with ginger-scallion sauce & soy sauce. VERY yummy over rice.
But the chopping had taken awhile. And then after supper I needed to edit some news blurbs for our Latin America solidarity work, & it took longer than I expected because the translation had a number of errors & I had to go back to the original sources. Then we needed to pick up the box of veggies & unpack it. It was past my bedtime when I finally went to bed.
On top of all this, my leg muscles were/are quite sore from the exertion Wed. morning. So I'm taking today as a rest day. Tomorrow it will be strength training again!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Getting up in time to exercise two days in a row! I am so impressed with myself. Today it was strength training on the porch. I do love hearing the birds.
Being next to my pots of flowers & herbs IS a hazard for exercise--it's easy to get distracted with the deadheading that needs to be done! But giving the plants some attention is very nurturing to me too . . . it brings a peace that is available to me only through gardening. I had really missed it since we moved to the city.
Anyway, I deadheaded AND exercised, showered & ate a good breakfast, & still made it to work a bit early! Tonight, per my reward plan, I'm going to put on some inspiring music while I work at the computer at home.
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