stacy was here (and probably spinning....): 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007















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Monday, January 29, 2007


I know all this goodness is probably not very exciting to read about, and I apologize for that, but suck it up because everythings coming up roses and I couldn't be happier.

I have officially lost 10% of my body weight. In fact, I've lost more than that, and I'm on a roll, baby. I'm working out again, and even though it's only been 3 times now, I feel soooo much better and younger and moving is easier and wheeeee! I have an unholy love for the rowing machine, which is good, because I never have to wait for it like I would for the eliptical machines. Also, I am eating healthier by making small changes that I can live with... here they are:
* no more major fast food chains. my critria is: does it still taste like and resemble actual food? For example, McDonalds: no; In N' Out: yes.
* no more soda
* only fruit juice that is >50% juice
* french fries no more than once per week, and preferably home made ones, and especially not fast food fries, which do not bow to the natural laws of decomposition
* keep portion sizes down to what is actually considered a serving size
* no candy, but if I slip, no more than once per week (dark chocolate okay occasionally because of antioxidants, but *actual* dark chocolate, not the junk that only looks like dark chocolate.)
* try to cook actual meals more often, not just subsist on stuff out of boxes or the freezer

I'm also keeping a food and activity journal, which is actually part of my evolutionary medicine class, but which I'm finding helps to motivate me, not to mention keep me aware of exactly what I'm putting into my body every day. I'm determined to start making healthier choices for myself so that when we have kids, I won't be raising them with my unhealthy habits. Small changes for now, but when they become habit I can move on to bigger changes, and hopefully a healthier me.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2007 is already awesome...

Things just keep getting better for me, and it really feels like the scourge that was 2006 is finally over, and that this year is going to be a banner year for me. I'm looking into field work classes to do over the summer, so far looking at one on Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology in Nicaragua, but per my moms request I'm also looking into ones in other places, because the idea of Nicaragua scares her. We'll see, it sounds good to me. I'm also going to be the TA for next semesters Forensic Anthro class, which is frickin awesome, and I am so excited about it that yesterday at work, right after I heard about it, I had trouble keeping in my chair and not bouncing around the office all afternoon. The way things keep falling into place, it feels like a huge affirmation of my decision to go into physical anthro. Ever since I made that decision things have been looking up. I've been way less stressed, the idea of school puts a spring in my step, and I have that same feeling I had at Chatham when I was in a *good* English program: I feel like I'm getting away with something. "They're going to give me a degree? For this stuff, this stuff that I like doing? For studying monkeys and bones? Are you serious? I better hurry before they notice..." Seriously? I've been in school for a loooong time, but right now I feel like it's my first semester, fresh, invigorated, and its awesome.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

things come together

So first, the trip. I love the area Chris is from. It's that perfect balance for me between city and small town. It's not so small that you don't have all the stores you want to go to, its not so small that the place is full of yokels *cough*Humboldt County*cough*, but it's not so big that I panic bout things like crime and parking. Chris's family and friends are all lovely, and I think they liked me (at least I really really hope they did, because I liked all of them), in fact, his Grandma had a whole other Christmas feast/family gathering on account of us being there :) It was awesome, and ohmygodthefoodwasamazing! Not too much snow, just enough to be pretty and make the driving interesting, LoL. Saw the falls, which were impressive and loud, went about ten feet into Canada, which was cool. Miss it all already, wanted to like University of Buffalo, but their physical anthropology program didn't do much in the way of impressing me. I *really* wanted to like it, because I would like to move out there, but it just didn't happen. Got a little depressed on this count, and a little panicky because I want to move out there and it would make Chris really happy, but! the good news! I've been looking into the University of Toronto, which is like 2 hours away, but still the closest school with a good program for me, and it's really not so far :) So I'm feeling really happy about that, I just look at the webpage and get the feeling that that's where I'm going to end up going.

Started school, ohmygod, best. classes. ever. I haven't been this happy with my classes since Chatham. I dropped Anthro & Development because the subject just didn't hold much interest for me, and I'd rather focus that energy to my other classes, even though I'd bet my very existence that I'm going to get straight A's this semester. I'm also planning to stay in school for next year, if at all possible. Need to finegle money for this as I've hit the unit cap for financial aid. Can you feel how excited I am, because I don't think you can. I finally *know* what I want to do with my life. And it feels so good I can't even describe it.

We're working on fattening Zelda up a bit, because she's a bit skinny. So far, so good, been feeding her kitten food because it has more fat and protein to hopefully put some weight on her. She seems to be enjoying it, which is good. And now? I'm off to read about primates :)

posted by Cat Named Eggroll @ 9:25 AM   2 comments

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


been up since 2 am California time, on 3 planes at 4 airports in 3 states in 3 timezones. brain full, head hurts, life confusing.

NY is cool, Fuzzy's people are cool.

more later.

posted by Cat Named Eggroll @ 9:16 PM   0 comments

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 at last...

So, on the whole, 2006 was pretty craptacular. My grandma Mary died, I suffered from asthma and anxiety attacks, school stress, illness for both me and Fuzzy, and in general not much time to really just sit back and enjoy life. Aside from the wedding, there's not much of 2006 that I'm going to miss.

On the other hand, it's not like no progress has been made this year. I've gotten closer to figuring out what I want to do with my life, we've started on plans to make major changes in the relatively near future, started thinking about children and the other acoutrements of actual adulthood, had our first Christmas as a married couple, and worked through lots of little every day things that help build up the backbone of every relationship.

Things started to turn up a bit at the end of the year. I finally went on the anti-anxiety meds the doctor recommended, and things started to fall into place. I decided that struggling and making myself sick just to become an adequate biologist isn't worth it, that I'd rather exert myself to become a really stellar physical anthropologist. I feel really comfortable with this decision, really positive about it. I finally feel like I'm in my element, something I never felt in English or Biology. I have a deep natural curiosity for anthropology, one I didn't feel when I took Cultural Anthropology, perhaps because it was my first semester at Humboldt State, before I grew disgruntled with the English major. Maybe the time just wasn't right. At any rate, I've found it now and I'm ready for it.

For 2007, I want to enjoy school again before I take my break. I want to test out a full semester of Anthro classes and make sure it's the right decision. I want to explore my options and get ready for the peace corps. I want to enjoy my time and write more of my novel and take more photos and just appreciate everything more than I could as a stressed out bio major.

I'm not making a resolution because those always get broken no matter how hard you try not to. I just want to not feel like theres a hundred-pound weight on my chest all the time.

We're flying out to western NY in a week and a half. I'm incredibly nervous that his family won't like me, but I'm really excited about getting to see where he grew up and spent his life before he met me. I'm also just plain excited to be going somewhere thats not California for a little while. It'll be a nice break.

Happy 2007 everyone. Make it your best one yet.

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