Thursday, July 03, 2008
I am back after a fabulous time at the Boston writers' workshop & then at my niece's LA wedding-on-the-beach. I feel so blessed to have had these weeks away.
Now, however, I have to put my nose to the grindstone & work feverishly to try to make an interim July 15 deadline for my huge freelance project. I'm going to have to stay away from SP till mid-July to free up every spare minute.
Rest assured that I'll be back, though. Turns out I gained some weight on my trip (probably mostly in LA, what with the wedding reception & some abundant meals with family members), so I'm going to have to work hard to take it off & get all the way down to 142. I'll be jotting down my exercise activities/minutes so as to update my SP tracker when I come back. I will miss my Sparkfriends & look forward to catching up with you all in a couple of weeks.
Oh, & I'm having occasional hot flashes again. Not nearly as frequent as before, though, & I'm sleeping well, so they're not getting me down. I'm loving the summer weather & am in good spirits. Tomorrow is my 54th birthday. Life is good!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
There are no workshop events scheduled for the weekend. This morning I got up & eventually went running around Boston Common! Lots of tourist crowds, so it wasn't as peaceful as on weekdays, but it was still good. I ended up exceeding my weekly exercise goal, so I'm pleased.
After a late breakfast I came straight to the computer room in the dorm & have been doggedly working on my freelance project for about four or five hours. The room is kept open & the computers on (sleeping) 24/7, so it's very convenient. Today I've been alone a good deal of the time. The overhead lights go out periodically--at first I was mystified, but then I realized that they must be on a timer with a motion sensor, so that if people aren't coming & going they turn off. (Good for the university for saving energy.) When they go off, I just walk or roll my chair out toward the middle of the room & they come back on.
Now I'm going to my room to call a friend from the workshop; she lives in Boston & proposed that we go out to eat together. It's nice to have something social to look forward to when one is plugging away at work.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to church on the train (I found one online that looks interesting). Then I'll go to brunch with a friend who is driving in from New Hampshire (an hour-plus) to meet me! We have been online friends for a couple of years, so it will be great to meet in person at last.
In the afternoon I hope to do a walking tour, alone or with Judith, of one of Boston's historical areas. At the visitors' center I picked up a couple of free guidebooks with maps.
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.
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