Here’s a bit about what’s been going on in my world separated into bolded categories for folks who'd prefer to skim (like my mom-- I swear she reads every 5th word).
I still love my job although lately the work (and the amount of it) has been emotional and tiring. I fall more in love with my supervisor every day. Sometimes I feel I show her (on accident) the worst parts of myself yet she continues to offer support and encouragement. I have been #soblessed in this department over the years (that goes for supervisors AND coworkers). Good people make hard things less hard and happy things even happier.
WORDS WITH FRIENDS
I started a book club with a few friends. Last month we read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and had an interesting discussion over beers, snacks, and two large pizzas (shout out to Matt who called bullshit on my “light refreshments”). This month we’re reading Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro, although I admit I haven’t started it yet. A few of my Twitter friends are reading along with us which has been really fun. I get so sick of all the negativity and stupidity on the Internet, so I started tweeting about our book club and my impressions of our October selection and people started tweeting back with their own questions and comments. One of my forever goals is to read more, and in person/Twitter book club has been helpful so far.
I also read Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall last month. I met Dan through my friend Doug a few years ago during one of the most fun and memorable nights ever. It was such a random, magical time. The mix of personalities felt comfortable and conversation was easy. While eating late night pizza on the street, we were recruited to attend a stranger’s bizarre and really low-key (to the point of sad?) bachelor party…and we hopped in a cab and went. I remember confusing Berklee in Boston with UC Berkeley at one point and everyone forgave me and probably even bought me another drink. We ended the night around 5am with beers on the beach in Santa Monica. But anyway, Dan’s story is a true, very sad one told with much heart, humor, and many expletives. I think most of you would find it to be charming (but definitely skip it if you’re offended by the four letter word that starts with F and rhymes with duck).
(Please note that, although I feel pretty good about the above caption, I am pretty terrible at responding to the actual Words with Friends game. Please don't start a game with me. Sorry, Mom and Dad, for accidentally forfeiting all the time.)
I didn’t eat a single piece of Halloween candy this year. Eli and I walked over to our friend Erica’s open house, ate homemade chili, and watched cute kids parade around the neighborhood dressed as animated movie/video game characters I didn’t recognize (no Elsas or Olafs, sadly...but seriously though, when I was a kid you were a ninja, a cowboy, a cheerleader, or Dracula—the end.) I did this all with a medium-sized dog on my lap. It was a very wholesome experience. Then we met up with some friends for the Malice Ball in OTR which was also very fun. I don’t want to say it wasn’t wholesome but there were definitely fewer children in attendance.
Eli once told me that it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being better. I am trying every day to take this to heart and have come up with a few goals for the coming weeks (in addition to reading more).
1. Drink more water—I am making a habit of filling a large mason jar with water every morning / repeat when empty. I am averaging two times per day but am hoping to graduate to three very soon. For some reason I feel like being super hydrated will solve all of my problems. Please leave me to my ignorance in this matter.
2. Resume hot yoga—I try never to do hot yoga during Summer because it’s freakin' miserable, but during Fall it’s actually kind of nice. I personally do not find it to be a zen experience (because it's consistently hard for me), but there is a sense of calm and accomplishment post-practice. In wheel pottery, you first have to center the clay (trust me, harder than it sounds). If it's not centered properly, whatever you make will be lop-sided, will inevitably crash, and you'll have to start over. I'm always trying to get (and to stay) centered and exercise certainly helps.
So, what have you all been up to? What goals are you working on? Read any good books lately?
Until next time...