ravnsdaughter: (butterfly)
After 2 weeks straight of working full days trying to cram my 30 hours into a 4 day week, I am back to 6 hour days as of today. As nice as 3 or 4 day weekends are, I am realizing I really enjoy working shorter days, and that they leave me far less exhausted than a full 8 hour day, which means I am able to get MUCH more accomplished when I get home.

Ian spent most of the weekend at my place, much to PR's (my new nickname for my roommate - it stands for Petty Roommate) chagrin. In exchange, I will be spending the next two weekends in a row at Ian's place. I had actually WANTED to spend last weekend at Ian's, but he had spent last week working like a madman on some freelance work, in addition to his day job, and wasn't comfortable with me seeing the state his place was in. He darned well get it presentable by Saturday, otherwise I'm going to clean it for him. In fact, I'm going to pack some of my grubby clothes anyways and do a bit of it for him while I'm there no matter what.

I woke up all motivated this morning, and walked to the train station instead of taking the bus. After work, I'm going to bus up to the farm market again, as I need to get milk and fruit, and then walk home from the market. And then I have a TON of laundry to do tonight as all I managed to get done this weekend was my bedding and towels. It was quite the feat that I even managed to find clean clothes to wear to work this morning.

And tomorrow I shall get up early again, and go to the gym for a swim before work. *nods*

swimming

Mar. 5th, 2009 11:18 am
ravnsdaughter: (grow)
All of a sudden, I am having the urge to start swimming again. I had said I was going to wait until I could walk for a half hour without hurting before I started going to the gym again, but I'm just about there now, and swimming is easier on my back anyways. My only concern is now that I have a medical concern that might make that not such a good idea. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor next Tuesday, so it can wait until after that, in any case. My gym has a pool, though it's so small that I can only swim on certain days - Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday - but 3 times a week would be perfect to start. And I can go before work and still have plenty of time to come home and shower before I have to get to work.

Now I just need to organize my bathing suit, etc. I have a brand new one I ordered online either last year or the year before that hasn't even been worn into a pool yet.

Jezebel

Mar. 5th, 2009 08:22 am
ravnsdaughter: (frangipani)
Today's BPAL is Jezebel. The official description: Biblical witch, priestess of Astarte, and general troublemaker. A true role model for today's upwardly mobile Modern Woman. A gloriously decadent blend of honey, roses, orange blossom and sandalwood. While I love the description, it's not quite right for me - I tend to prefer fruity/foody/spicy scents, I'm finding. This is a VERY aged imp, it came to me from someone who's had it for at least a couple years. I'm smelling mostly the roses and sandalwood, I think, and those two in combination just don't seem to do it for me.

As of this morning, I've shaved about five minutes off of my morning commute in under a week! I had a really good train connection - it was pulling up as I stepped off the elevator, but most of the time reduction was me walking faster.

I'm seeing a bit of blue sky out my window today, and I'm hoping that it clears up a bit more as the day goes on. That would be really nice. I'm quite looking forward to my evening tonight. Yesterday was crazy hectic, and I didn't get much time to actually relax. Tonight, I'm going straight home from work, and I have no raids tonight. My intent is to do a bit of tidying up when I get home, do a bit of piano practice or possibly pull out my harp, and then spend most of the evening either doing lampworking or sewing. I'm heading over to a friend's place on Sunday for sewing and movies, and I'd like to get the machine-sewn portion of my outfit out of the way so I don't have to drag my machine over to her house, and I can just sit and hand-stitch.
ravnsdaughter: (happy Kaylee)
Today's BPAL is Queen Mab. There's something about it that reminds me of Oscar de la Renta, though I'm pretty sure that if I was to sniff them both close together, it wouldn't be 100% identical. It's close enough that it's triggering scent memory, though. My grandmother (who I am very close to and absolutely adore more than anyone else in the world) wears Oscar as her
signature scent, and I cannot help but think of her when I smell it.

Speaking of my grandma, I think it's about time for me to plan a trip to visit them for the weekend sometime soon. I saw them at Christmas, but I want to start making a habit of getting over there every few months as I really miss them.

I got into work a half hour later than intended today as I had to stop by the lab and let the vampires take some blood from me again. Just doing a round of "better safe than sorry", I'm not sick or anything. I walked down the hill to work afterwards which was a good 20-25 minute hike. All this exercise I'm getting is making me feel great though.

Last week my office was way too warm, but today it's actually on the chilly side and I had to turn the fan down to low (I like having some air circulating all the time). I think I will have to get or knit a shawl to keep at work for days like today.

Speaking of shawls, I ordered an absolutely gorgeous shawl pin from Etsy this morning. I will post a picture once I receive it.

Success!

Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:03 pm
ravnsdaughter: (kaylee shiny)
So for my records, the walk home from the market took me 21 minutes today. I thought it would take me longer, considering it seems like a much longer walk than from home to the train, but I checked my phone when I left the market and again when I hit the steps to my door. Still, it was a darn good walk, and I feel really good now.

I think my plan will be to walk to the train every morning, and go to the market and then walk home from there on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fresh veggies every second day will be plenty often enough.

One thing I'm VERY happy about is that their prices are excellent - significantly cheaper than the grocery store. Especially their meat prices. And their meat looks wonderfully fresh too. They sell fruit and veggies, all sorts of meat, poultry and seafood, baked goods, dairy and eggs, 2 or 3 double-sided shelves worth of dry goods (lots of ethnic stuff too), AND they have a tiny deli. I'm thinking that I will likely only need to supplement with a run to Safeway and Galloways for stuff they don't carry possibly maybe only once or twice a month.

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