Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekend in review

I had a very productive weekend! Things I did:

1) Made a list of all the things I'm going to get done Week 1 of my summer leave, and figured out which one of those things I'm going to do on Monday.

2) Bought a new camera for our upcoming trip to Bangkok, Malaysia, and Thailand (my old camera was a Christmas present in 2003, so I figured I could justify getting an upgrade).

3) Bought a netbook for our trip as well. It's a 10 inch laptop that we'll use so that we don't have to carry around either of our big ones, and is supercute (and is also faster and has a larger harddrive than me regular laptop. The speed at which technology improves is kind of ridiculous.)

4) Did the first workout for Couch to 5k. A few friends and I are hoping to do the Disneyland 5k (you run through the park!) so I need to be able to keep up a 15 minute mile pace by my birthday.

5) Started watching season 3 of How I Met Your Mother, because, who doesn't need a little HIMYM in their life?

See? Productive!

Finally, I bring you the first picture I took on my camera:

And a picture of Will using our supercute new laptop:

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Vacation!

So unlike the other post-grad jobs that I've had, my current position is a 10 1/2 month position, which means that I have the summer off. When I found that out I was kind of mixed - I liked it because, who doesn't like 6 weeks off, and I was a little concerned because I felt like I'd be totally unproductive during the summer. However, the 'liking it' part totally won out, so I didn't pursue the summer positions that were available (and though I did pursue a summer position in other departments, none ended up being available) so for the second year in a row, I'm starting my summer break! I know that it's very possible it'll be my last one because who knows where I'll be a year from now, so I'm going to take advantage of it!

To celebrate the end of the contract, the 8 of the Resident Directors that were in town went to The Melting Pot where we had half-price cheese and chocolate fondue (yay happy hour!) and a drink or two. It was lots of fun, and a good way for us to send off Patrick, one of the RDs that is going to be working on Semester at Sea in the fall, to the envy of most of us.

So now it's summertime! However, I'm still going to make an effort to be productive. I have this whole FitWell thing for work, which I'll hopefully keep up with, and a couple of my coworkers and I have been talking about volunteering at the Bread and Roses Cafe in Venice. I also have vacation plans for Southeast Asia with Will, and Austin to visit family. And there's work stuff I need to do, such as cleaning my office and working on revamping the lesson plan for the theme community I run.

So... here goes nothing!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Summer of Fitness!

So one of the benefits of living on campus is that you have a gym right near you. However, I've been living on a college campus for the past 9 years, and I've never really taken advantage of it.

I went to the Trinity gym maybe 2-3 times while I was a student, and twice when I worked there. I went to the Texas State gym once for a class (classes were free the first week of the semester) and then 3 more times for a personal training thing that I got as a present from my parents. And then I've been to the LMU gym twice for a spin class (only attended one class, though - the other was full) and then maybe another 2-3 times, usually kicking and screaming as Will dragged me.

But! The plan is to start going regularly this summer. To ensure that I do this, I've paid $75 for 10 small-group fitness classes that I can take throughout the summer. And as some more motivation they did a body composition analysis whose results I won't share, but I will note that they were unfavorable enough that I decided to go ahead and DO something about it.

Also, I'm doing it with a buddy, Jen, who is way more upbeat/optomistic/generally happy-type person than I am, so that will help. And I even used the treadmill for half an hour today! So I think I'm off to a good start.

Now, just hoping that this will last for more than a week...
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