as promised, i spent a good proportion of yesterday (perhaps 60%) lying horizontally on the couch, watching my favorite TV shows (2) and catching up on my favorite blogs (5 billion). and thanks for the well wishes -- i do feel mostly better today (let's say 82% healed).
as might be expected, i came across several things that i was dying to post about in today's post! i am on call (#4) today, so i don't have time to do all of the topics justice, but i'll try to hit the highlights!
one interesting concept blog i came across -- and the reason for all the numbers in the paragraphs above -- was the quantified self.
writer KK tracked 40 different parameters about herself each and every day (!), ranging from weight to weather to mood to sex. her 'self-experiment' has actually inspired an entire movement of people who have planned meetups to share this sort of data. a recent ny times piece goes into more detail.
at first, i was flabbergasted. 40!? surely this many measurements landed the author squarely in OCD-territory. but then i thought about my recent favorite, the happiness project, and how that is in many ways a self-tracking project in its own right.
and then i thought about the blogs i read, and the one i write! clearly, there is a comfort that many of us find in documenting (and therefore tracking) things. is it a way of reliving important events more than once, or a way of processing our own life data? i'm also not against numbers in any way -- in fact, i like them. i take my temperature when i'm sick, use a scale (in a responsible fashion, at least most of the time), track running mileage and speed, and relish academic feedback given in the form of test scores (probably because historically i am a good test taker).
every day at work i look at hundreds of numbers on patients, from vital signs to lab values to pain scores. i do think there is a danger in getting too quantitative -- not everything can be distilled into a mathematical answer. but the numbers sure do help.
so maybe writer KK at the quantified self isn't so crazy after all. still, i don't plan on starting a huge self-database anytime soon. i don't think i'd have any time left to analyze it!
at the shallow end
i came across this bag at j. crew. it's totally reminiscent of the gorgeous linea pelle dylan bag (sported by celebrities such as beyoncé, nicole richie, and vickie), but it has a crunchier vibe, a softer look, and (bonus!) is half the price.
birthday treat? anniversary gift? i-finished-residency-thank-the-lord prize? perhaps at least one of these occasions warrants a new bag. we'll see!