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That’s All, Folks

The highlight of my week so far: adding avocado to my daily salad.


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theonion:

Woman Barely Jogging

Thisisme.com

theonion:

Woman Barely Jogging

Thisisme.com


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In honor of national siblings day, here are two poor-quality photos of one-third of my siblings.


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Pregnancy bill: ‘Modest’ job changes or anti-business ‘legalese?'

It’s depressing/crazy/disheartening (insert your adjective here) that this is an issue in 2014.  


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Conventional Health, Take Three

I started working with a nutritionist a little over three months ago to find a non-pharmacological solution to a nasty cortisol issue and psoriasis and to just improve my overall health.  It’s been a very positive experience for me; I haven’t felt this healthy in a long time.  I like to chronicle my experience here to hold myself accountable and reflect on this sort-of journey.

Overall Goals - Three Month Check-in

Psoriasis: Almost completely gone.  I still have one stop near my right breast, but the rest of my skin and scalp is clear.  

Psoriatic arthritis: Completely gone.  Reducing inflammation managed about 90% of the problem and the addition of Kaparex-AI has completely resolved joint swelling and pain.  

Cortisol: Levels are back within the normal range.

Weight: With decreased inflammation and lowered cortisol levels, I’ve lost almost 30 pounds.  My nutritionist would like me to lose 10 more pounds and I want to lose 25 more pounds - we’ll see where this ends up.  

Month Two Goals - Check-in

Fewer slip ups: I am not beating myself up over a slip-up here or there, but I am mindful of how my body responds to what I eat.  Keeping this as a month three goal.

More movement: I joined a circuit class on Saturday mornings and it has really helped with strength and muscle.  I’m now averaging five workouts a week.  I also hope to get out for a quick walk at lunch as the weather improves.  

Work on relationship with weight: I’m improving in this area and feel more confident.

Positive mental attitude: The change in my health and change in weather have contributed to an overall improvement in my attitude.  


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Aimee Mann + Ted Leo = The Both at NPR’s Tiny Desk.
Bonus! Stream the debut album on NPR Music’s First Listen. 

Can’t wait for this show.

nprmusic:

Aimee Mann + Ted Leo = The Both at NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Bonus! Stream the debut album on NPR Music’s First Listen. 

Can’t wait for this show.


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Today was a day for minor inconveniences: I had two flat tires and some home construction isn’t turning out exactly how we envisioned. Life. Anyway, Monday ended on a fun note - swim lesson with my nieces. The hair-wrapped-in-a-towel thing is new to them, and we spent about 20 minutes in the locker room dancing and staring in the mirror. You have to love these little life moments.


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signedfury:

Tough Love: Olivia Pope

Pas de Bourre Pope! (deceased)

Fuckin’ Fury. Tell em.

He’s like Drake.  But without the charm.  Or the talent.  Or the eyebrows.


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Obsessed with both David Bowie and Janelle Monae so this is perfection to me.


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tl;dr: I have a lot of feelings on Wednesday.  And I may be emotionally stunted.      
Two nights ago one of my best friends sent an unexpected group text: “I’m officially moving to LA bitches.”
I knew this move was a possibility based on his career path, but didn’t think he would actually do it.  Which is a giant fucking statement about how fear dictates my life and such.  Anyway.  I’m so happy for him and the amazing opportunities he will surely experience.  Seeing your friends happy, healthy and successful is the best feeling.
I’m also devastated.  Chris is the first friend I made – independent of my siblings and their friends – when I moved back to Chicago.  Some of my best life memories – when we were young and thin and had hair without having to comb it strategically and wrinkle creams were an afterthought and I had pierced ears – involve him.
Chris and I met up with some other friends last night for one of our last nights – for the foreseeable future – as the original gang of four.  Our typical gatherings are usually the kind of drunk debacles where endless numbers of stories originate.  Last night we just sat around in our workout clothes and laughed.  It was a perfect night and I didn’t want it to end. 
The literal meaning of nostalgia is the suffering evoked by the desire to return to one’s place of origin.  Nostalgia is dangerous for me.  It’s a place I go too often – trying to see the present through past feelings and memories.  I’ve been working on detaching myself from the past because being firmly planting in a memory/a story/a time is stunting my decisions and my relationships.  So I’ll fondly remember last night and embrace wherever our relationships go in the future.  And continue to remind myself that the past was great but the future can be just as exciting if I just move past my fear.  

It’s the start of a new month and season (supposedly. go away cold weather.), and inspired by a lot of peeps here I’m setting a few goals for April to help me move forward.
Spend less by being more mindful of my purchases.
Contribute more to my supplemental investment account.
Write letters to three people with whom I have strained relationships.
Set up at least one meeting to explore new career directions.  

tl;dr: I have a lot of feelings on Wednesday.  And I may be emotionally stunted.      

Two nights ago one of my best friends sent an unexpected group text: “I’m officially moving to LA bitches.”

I knew this move was a possibility based on his career path, but didn’t think he would actually do it.  Which is a giant fucking statement about how fear dictates my life and such.  Anyway.  I’m so happy for him and the amazing opportunities he will surely experience.  Seeing your friends happy, healthy and successful is the best feeling.

I’m also devastated.  Chris is the first friend I made – independent of my siblings and their friends – when I moved back to Chicago.  Some of my best life memories – when we were young and thin and had hair without having to comb it strategically and wrinkle creams were an afterthought and I had pierced ears – involve him.

Chris and I met up with some other friends last night for one of our last nights – for the foreseeable future – as the original gang of four.  Our typical gatherings are usually the kind of drunk debacles where endless numbers of stories originate.  Last night we just sat around in our workout clothes and laughed.  It was a perfect night and I didn’t want it to end. 

The literal meaning of nostalgia is the suffering evoked by the desire to return to one’s place of origin.  Nostalgia is dangerous for me.  It’s a place I go too often – trying to see the present through past feelings and memories.  I’ve been working on detaching myself from the past because being firmly planting in a memory/a story/a time is stunting my decisions and my relationships.  So I’ll fondly remember last night and embrace wherever our relationships go in the future.  And continue to remind myself that the past was great but the future can be just as exciting if I just move past my fear.  

It’s the start of a new month and season (supposedly. go away cold weather.), and inspired by a lot of peeps here I’m setting a few goals for April to help me move forward.

  • Spend less by being more mindful of my purchases.
  • Contribute more to my supplemental investment account.
  • Write letters to three people with whom I have strained relationships.
  • Set up at least one meeting to explore new career directions.