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Man, what a long weekend! Busy in a mostly good way. First a challenge update, then some news.

  • Goals I am rocking:
    • Wearing the FitBit every day
    • Morning stretches with a big glass of water
    • Staying under the caffeine limit
    • Staying active on the forums
  • Goals seeing middling success:
    • Limit on takeout food - I did really well for the first week and a half but slipped a couple times in the last few days. I've chosen less terrible things some of the time (e.g. chicken soup instead of french fries) but still, once a week is the most I want to be eating takeout both for nutrition and money reasons. Time to buckle down here.
    • Bedtime: first week was good but I only made it to bed by midnight twice last week. I only missed it by a little bit most nights, but still, I want to strive for regularity here.
  • Goals experiencing unrepentant suckitude (okay actually I do feel somewhat repentant, but that doesn't change shit, does it?)
    • Exercise: I was too sick to exercise for 4-5 days, so I was already behind, and now out of the four days since feeling better I've only worked out once and it was kind of half-assed. This is silly because I can do better than this. For literally years I worked out regularly and enjoyed it. Time to dig a little deeper and figure out where I misplaced my hustle.
    • Food/mood journal: It's so useful but hey, it turns out that writing about some of my most longstanding and deep-rooted emotional issues and how they're tied up with dysfunctional eating and body image is a pretty unpleasant and uncomfortable experience. Who could have predicted?!? I've only done this twice since the challenge started and am currently sitting on a 11-day streak of NOT doing it. Ugh. And I have therapy tomorrow and she's going to ask how it's going.  

Job update stuff: I had coffee with the hiring manager today and I have a written contract now! :D  Also, she's already talking about expanding my role beyond what she's hiring me for initially (to take on teaching additional classes) which is super exciting. This is pretty close to a dream job for me - I'll be working with the population I want to be teaching, the pay is really good, I support the mission and ideology of the organization, and I think I'm going to have a good amount of freedom to design and teach my classes the way I want.

 

Medical worry item: I'm super worried about a friend who was hospitalized this weekend with shingles in her eye. I didn't even know you could get shingles in your eye, but it's apparently really serious and she's at risk of losing some or all of her vision in that eye. Very scary, and last night she developed a secondary infection which makes it even worse. Really hope she gets through it quickly and with no or minimal complications. This friend has had bizarre and hard-to-explain medical problems for years and I seriously think she has some kind of autoimmune deficiency that her doctors are missing, but IANAD so I try to keep my mouth shut.

 

Weather induced travel disruption: @LoganW was supposed to spend this weekend in Ohio with their brother and his family (main purpose of visit was to see Logan's niece and nephew) but we got woken up at 2AM on Thursday night by an automated computer voice saying the flight was cancelled. Cue sleepy and grumpy conversation with JetBlue, trying to arrange alternate flights, but there was nothing except an all-day reroute through Ft. Lauderdale, which would likely have ended up with Logan getting stranded in Florida once the second leg of that flight was cancelled. So we just got a refund and Logan's going to visit them during spring break instead. It allowed them time to do homework over the weekend but still, bummer.

 

Human interaction: Was kind of a busy weekend, socially. Took D's mum to dinner and the symphony on Saturday night and that was great. I learned that the Russian title for Stravinsky's Firebird translates literally as "hot bird" which amuses me greatly. Then yesterday spent the afternoon with a friend and a bunch of his friends, and that was okay, but also very draining. Like many people, this friend tends toward more genuine and serious interaction when we're one-on-one, and toward lighthearted joking fluffbanter in larger groups. I get tired of fluffbanter pretty quickly, especially depending on my mood, so I tend to enjoy this friend more when it's just us. There are only so many sarcastic meme references I can laugh at before I feel like I'm kind of wasting my time. Not sure if anyone knows what I mean here.

 

Spanish Learning Quest: My 90-day challenge starts today and I am super pumped!

 

Goals for the rest of tonight: finish making rounds on the forums, cook something, and maybe go for a walk?

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4 hours ago, Severine said:

Goals for the rest of tonight: finish making rounds on the forums, cook something, and maybe go for a walk?

 

BOOM did these things. I procrastinated on the walk for a long time but did it eventually. If I hurry I can be in bed by 12...

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Congrats on the job and it sounds like a great place for yoy. And I think your making great progress on the challenge between being sick and the weather. I get the go around the forums and say HI. I fell off the forums over the weekend and am now playing catch up a bit. Eek.

 

And I totally get you on the fluffybanter in social situations. I don't do well talking with new people since its all this kind of language. Hopefully things can be a bit quiter for you this week.


I am so happy this is working out for you.

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FRICKIN' AWESOME!!! WOOHOO!!!!  

 

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Love "fluff banter". An engineer once described small talk amongst people as being the same as grooming among primates. A means of establishing status and position in the tribe. My observations tend to bear out this theory.

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Congratulations on the job. I hope all goes well. :) 

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3 hours ago, Severine said:

IRL picture of me right before my online Spanish lesson this afternoon:

 

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But also - how did it go??

 

And congratulations on the job!!!! That's awesome!!

 

I'm sorry about your friend. That sounds really scary.

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On 1/15/2018 at 7:05 PM, Severine said:

Job update stuff: I had coffee with the hiring manager today and I have a written contract now! :D  Also, she's already talking about expanding my role beyond what she's hiring me for initially (to take on teaching additional classes) which is super exciting. This is pretty close to a dream job for me - I'll be working with the population I want to be teaching, the pay is really good, I support the mission and ideology of the organization, and I think I'm going to have a good amount of freedom to design and teach my classes the way I want.

 

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Dancings for celebrating! Ow!

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1 hour ago, NeverThatBored said:

But also - how did it go??

 

I did a lot of nervous awkward laughing but did not die. Speaking practice is the #1 thing I need and the thing I am most terrified of (funny how that works) so I have to crawl out of my stack of books and do more of this talking to strangers thing...

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I'm sorry about your friend. That sounds really scary.

 

Yeah it looks like the secondary infection is responding to antibiotics, at least. She'll probably be released from hospital tomorrow but they have to do a CAT scan first. Fingers crossed.

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10 hours ago, Severine said:

 

I did a lot of nervous awkward laughing but did not die. Speaking practice is the #1 thing I need and the thing I am most terrified of (funny how that works) so I have to crawl out of my stack of books and do more of this talking to strangers thing...

 

See, this alone would freak me out because well, talking to strangers. Remember when we were kids (Or maybe its just me and I am that old) we were told not to talk to strangers...

 

10 hours ago, Severine said:

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Yeah it looks like the secondary infection is responding to antibiotics, at least. She'll probably be released from hospital tomorrow but they have to do a CAT scan first. Fingers crossed.

 

Fingers crossed for your friend.

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GUYS I came here to tell you that there is a euphemism in Spanish for having one's period that goes thusly:


estoy navegando con bandera comunista

Which translates as "I am sailing with the communist flag." 

 

Amazing. I cannot stop laughing. This is my ultimate most favourite way of declaring you're on your period that I have ever encountered and from now on it is the only description I plan to ever use.

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That is amazing. You get all the points today.

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LMAO I’ve heard that one before, worded slightly differently and in English, when I was very young. Honestly euphemisms for menstruation fascinate and amuse me: period, in the red tent, on the rag, visiting Aunt Flo, shark week, time of the month, etc.

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4 hours ago, Plazmotic said:

LMAO I’ve heard that one before, worded slightly differently and in English, when I was very young. Honestly euphemisms for menstruation fascinate and amuse me: period, in the red tent, on the rag, visiting Aunt Flo, shark week, time of the month, etc.

 

Oh yeah, it's bizarre and frustrating that we need these code words at all (for a little while, as a show of rebellion against the taboo, my favourite 'euphemism' was "bleeding from the uterus") but I have to say that the creativity is amusing even if the reasons motivating it are less fun.

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5 hours ago, Plazmotic said:

LMAO I’ve heard that one before, worded slightly differently and in English, when I was very young. Honestly euphemisms for menstruation fascinate and amuse me: period, in the red tent, on the rag, visiting Aunt Flo, shark week, time of the month, etc.

 

I have used broken for years. Honestly, it was one of my ex's comment and I found it funny. BUt I am also strange and unusual. The other one right now is Fake week (Since its the BC off week)

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5 hours ago, Plazmotic said:

LMAO I’ve heard that one before, worded slightly differently and in English, when I was very young. Honestly euphemisms for menstruation fascinate and amuse me: period, in the red tent, on the rag, visiting Aunt Flo, shark week, time of the month, etc.

There's a scene in the movie Clueless where Cher is trying to talk her way out of a few unexcused tardies and insists that one of them came about because she was "riding the crimson wave." Her (male) teacher replies, "I'm assuming you're referring to women's troubles" and lets her get away with it. 

 

But "bleeding from the uterus" is good, I like that. I sometimes say "my body's mad cuz I didn't get pregnant" and let people puzzle it out from there. Or just "I've been bleeding for days, so I'm more anemic than usual." That version is usually a little more alarming, though. 

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Went on a walk last night despite not feeling like it, so that's a much-needed win in the exercise motivation department. Let's get that momentum rolling...

 

Quite a busy weekend coming up, AND some exciting/scary new endeavors I am trying out in the self care realm. 

 

Self-care experiments: 

  • Tomorrow I am going to a introductory-for-new-people orientation session at a local yoga studio. Spoiler for me having way too many feelings about this:
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    I have such a mixed bag of emotions about yoga. Yoga has been recommended to me by so many people (you guys, other friends, farming coworkers, my therapist, the book on trauma recovery that I'm reading, etc.) and I've wanted to try it out for ages. But for reasons I can't quite pin down I'm also kind of scared? For one thing, the idea of a yoga studio freaks me out, because in my head it's a bunch of thin twenty-three-year-old blondes who are great at all the moves and I'm nervous about being this awkward outcast. Also because of my various injuries while farming, especially the nerve damage, there are some things I'm not even sure it's possible/safe for me to do. Anyway, I've have had a couple false starts trying to do it at home (turns out it is not a thing I can teach myself, realistically) and I know how important it is to have a good teacher at the beginning to make sure you're doing stuff right. Sigh. Anyway, I did a bunch of research and there's a studio right near me where the woman's emphasis is on using yoga to help strengthen the body to recover from joint injuries and otherwise use it in a healing/rehab sense, and from the pictures it looks like a fair number of her clients are older and/or less traditionally fit so I decided to give it a shot. I'm tentatively excited because if it works that would be amazing but also I am freaking out.

  • I have a massage therapy appointment on Wednesday next week. I used to go to an amazing specialist for TMJ-specific jaw/facial massage and trigger point release, and it was so so helpful with my jaw clenching and headaches. But she's far away and so incredibly expensive and I just couldn't rationalize going back even though my headaches and jaw pain are getting really bad again. I tried a couple other (cheaper) people but nobody was anywhere near as good. But last week a woman I know said that one of her friends is an amazing massage therapist and has been in business for 22 years and is the only one who's ever been able to help with her fibromyalgia. Which sounded like a pretty good endorsement to me, and this woman is less than half the price of the specialist. So I decided to give it a try. Again, nervous, but maybe hopeful it could be good? 

 

Weekend Excitement:

  • New job orientation today! I'm observing one of their existing teachers leading a class in order to get more familiar with their curriculum. Nervous about this, but mostly in a good way. 
  • Boston Symphony tonight! They're doing Mahler's 3rd, featuring Susan Graham! Much excite, as I've not heard it live before.
  • Tomorrow: TWO social engagements. In the morning I'm meeting a friend for a walk at the Assabet nature preserve (which is really lovely) and in the afternoon/evening while the rest of Boston is watching the football game I'm going for tapas with a maybe-new-friend I met at my certification course. And then on Monday night, I might be having coffee with the recommender of the massage therapist. Proud of myself for being social as it's something I've been missing so yay for taking steps to do something about it.
  • Spanish! I'm on Day 6 of the 90 day challenge and so far it's going really well. I'm having fun learning stuff and babbling to myself under my breath to practice.
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