Wednesday, February 24, 2010

schedule shenanigans

plan for it
you all know i am plan-happy, sometimes to a fault. i schedule my workouts, what i'll be cooking, when i am going to get projects and errands done. but sometimes there is something that somehow slips through the cracks:

i forget to factor in FUN!

and that, my friends, is no way to live. while i value alone/quiet time, i am an extrovert and crave social contact (and no, online doesn't usually cut it). and because many of my friends are as tied-up with work and other obligations as i am, it's hard to make spur-of-the-moment arrangements.

a wise commenter remarked several days ago that "relaxation doesn't have to be planned out in advance." amen, sister! [did i really just type that? what is with me this AM?] i agree 100%. but the flip side is also true -- that sometimes it's GOOD to plan out that sort of down time/relaxation. if i wait to finish up my to-do list before puting any fun on the calendar, i will never get there and i will be sad.

plus, there is something to be said for having a fun social night or a relaxing day (massage, anyone?) to look forward to. i am happy to report that this weekend already has several exciting things to look forward to! these include:

dinner with jessica and diana at guglhupf. others are welcome as well -- just email me!
spending sunday with josh . i'm thinking: sleeping in, a long run (maybe part together?), brunch out, maybe a movie or just hanging out and reading, and a cozy dinner at home

other fun things i want to plan in the future:
a wine night @ our apartment
more dinner parties
movie & show dates (for example, i really want to see wicked at the DPAC!)

while i will accept the challenge of being able to enjoy spontaneous down time, i think that it is really important that i also plan for some of it as well. i am already excited about this weekend . . . but first i will aim to enjoy today.



workout: 50 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + weights
- 2 x 10 pushups
- 2 x 12 squats with ball (10 lb weights)
- 2 x 10 bicep curls (12 lb weights)
- 2 x 10 walking double lunges (8 lb weights)
- 2 x 15 crunches / reverse crunches
- 2 x 12 seated rows, 40 lbs

the weights felt harder than usual, probably b/c of my 2 week layoff. i could have been discouraged by this but decided to just take it as evidence that hey -- lifting weights really WORKS to make me stronger when i'm doing it consistently!

bowl of goodness: i'm in egg mode this week (we had some just-expired ones to use up!)
leftover tatsoi and brown rice with avocado, crushed peanuts, and a fried egg

reading: 2 very interesting articles on the ethics of using growth hormone/estrogen to manipulate the heights of boys vs girls. did you know that back in the 1950s and 1960s, it was commonplace to treat girls who were going to be 'too tall' with estrogen to fuse their growth plates??! i have very mixed feelings on all of the height manipulations, but at the same time, i wouldn't want josh's and my heights to be switched. more on this to come!


  1. I am very similar in that I won't "relax" unless it's on my to do list. I still feel like it's wasted time...but, I've started pencilling in "relaxing time" or "fun reading" every night from about 8:30 to 9:30. It really sets me up for nice restful sleep.

    and mmmmmm guglhupf. I wrote my entire Masters Thesis there. Good times.

  2. Anonymous8:30 AM

    I know it's sort of contradictory to the whole living in the moment thing, but I really find that having something fun or relaxing to look forward to makes the not-so fun things go by faster.

  3. I love this post, it's totally me. I have to shake myself up a bit too and realize that flexibility can = fun times! See you Saturday!!

  4. Anonymous9:46 AM

    i totally can't relax until i know my to-do list is done. but that's a neverending list! glad that your weekend is going to be a good one :)

  5. I feel the same way, and I actually kind of hate it because the thing for me that gets pushed to the side is quality time with my husband. I really need to work on putting him first, but I feel like I HAVE to do the laundry, cook dinner, clean up from dinner, do any other chores/errands for that day, and THEN we can spend time together. The problem is that after all that spending time together feels like just another obligation when I just want to crash. I need to remind myself that people come first. The dishes will always be there, ya know?

  6. Amen sister is right! Glad you have some fun nights planned and I wish I could make it this weekend. Your Sunday plans sound delightful :

  7. I wanna get tix for Wicked with my mom (and maybe dad) graduation weekend! My mom sings Wicked songs all the time esp. PopUUUUUlar. That's her favorite song.

    I'm pumped for our FUN festivities. I"m gonna miss seeing you so much after I leave Durham :(

  8. Your dinner looks so good. Fried eggs add protein and yumminess to so many things.

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  10. Stephanie8:34 PM

    I totally agree-- both kinds of fun are essential.

    Every once in a while I get that restless, I need to be around people, blow of some stream feeling and an impromptu happy hour or activity is just the ticket.

    However, I love planning and looking forward to fun events. I can mentally relax and really enjoy the fun to the fullest.

    It's funny how something that should be so instinctual can also be so nuanced :)

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