May 25, 2012

Awwww shit

So, I'm sitting at a coffee shop. And it's pretty pretentious as far as coffee shops go. But it's close to my house and it's fairly priced, and there's a good nook for people like me who just want to work on their computer and not be in the center of all the action. So I came here. (Side note, I was planning on working on my thesis, but that kinda went through the I wrote thank you notes instead. That counts for something, though, right?)

Anyway, the first hour or so was kind of a bust since their internet was out. But then the internet turned back on, but then I ran out of coffee. So I internetted for a while, debating if I should buy something else--I didn't really want more coffee since I'm already wired, and I don't really want food since I'm trying to eat healthy. Well, the internet sucked me in, and I'm still holding on to the hope that maybe I'll get some real work done. So I went and got a refill. It's cheap enough. Plus I gave a dollar tip, soooo....

So I'm sitting here waiting for my coffee to cool down, and some guy walks out of the kitchen and stomps down to the end of the row. And sitting at the end of the row is a girl with two empty iced-something cups (y'know, the plastic clear ones?) and a buttload of books and a laptop. And he said, "Are you going to buy anything? Because you've been sitting here for a few hours and I gave you that free water when you first came in and you haven't bought anything else." And she was like, "yeah yeah." And he was like, "seriously, you're sitting here and I need you to help me pay my rent. You can't just sit here with free water." And he was really really indignant about it. And she reassured him again that she would buy something, and he stomped back into the kitchen. She hasn't gotten up to buy anything again.

I'm kinda nervous that he's going to blow his shit if he comes back out here. He was already on the verge of yelling as it was.

But the whole episode was just kinda silly. I mean, on the one hand, I totally understand why he would do that to her. I mean, just because they give out internet for free, doesn't mean that the coffee shop gets it for free. This isn't a public library. And there's definitely an unspoken rule about buying at least something per hour that you're here.

But on the other hand, she's not hurting anyone. She's sitting in the very corner, all by herself quietly working away. I can understand if she were homeless and yelling and stinking up the place. Or if she did this all the time. Or if there were people waiting for tables. But none of those things are true. So he just made a big deal to make a big deal. He came off as someone on a pretty big power trip.

Oh well, not my coffee shop. And I'm not really taking any sides. Believe me, when I worked at a coffee shop I would have loved to do that to people. It's just..interesting, to see my fellow humans interacting. And that's why I like coffee shops. Even if it means I'm not going to get any work done.

May 9, 2012

And then this happened

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
                                       --President Obama, May 9, 2012

It's about damn time, but I'll take it.

Read this article for more info

Sad day for the good fight (yesterday)

Thanks, North Carolina, for again bringing into the spotlight the hate and bigotry contained in this country.

How can you possibly think that denying two people who love each other the right to marry is ok and fair and Christian? HOW?

I am so sad for the LGBT folks living there. I am so sad for this country. I am so sad that I get to marry when so many of my friends cannot.  Yesterday (and today) was a sad, sad, day.

May 1, 2012

Another workout post OMG

Guess what I did today? Guess what I've been doing for a while now and just not telling you about?

Yeah I suck at being a blogger. Ooops.

Soooo I'll just do this week.

Sunday: nothing. But I did go clothes shopping, that counts right?
Ate oatmeal with 1% milk, brown sugar, peanut butter and a handful of granola plus English Breakfast tea with milk and honey for brunch.
Chips and salsa for snack.
Quinoa salad for dinner (modified from this recipe. BTW. I eat this like twice a week it's so amazing)

Monday: Ran 3 miles in the morning.
Ate apple jacks with 2% milk plus an Americano with 1/2 and1/2 for breakfast.
Leftover quinoa salad for lunch
Veggie chicken nuggets and french fries and a beer for dinner. I know. Crickets. I'm bad but TOMMY MADE ME

Tuesday: Ate oatmeal with 1% milk, and a tablespoon each natural peanut butter and brown sugar plus English Breakfast tea with 1% milk and honey.
Biked to school.
Ceasar salad with tofu for lunch plus a diet coke.
And the following workout:
  • Ran ten minutes around the track (~1 mile)
  • Workout one from the Fitnessista, modified so that the cardio blasts were two minutes instead of one.
    • Also modified the "ab burner" to:
      • 2 x 25 regular situps
      • 3 x 1 min planks
      • 2 x 50 bicycle crunches
      • 2 x 25 circle crunches
      • 2 x 50 side-to-sides
  • Two more minutes of running
  • Looooooooong stretch
I feel great.

Now I just need to get the energy to bike home....ughhhh.

I'll try to update more frequently. As per the Fitnessista's Summer Shape Up, tomorrow is yoga...we'll see if I can fit that in. My gym is doing free classes this week so I don't really have an excuse not to.


Not as in "Hey you guys". As in every single song by Of Monsters and Men. Just bought their album. The single "Little Talks" has been stuck in my head for days and days. It's fabulous. And now I'm listening to the first song on the album My Head is an Animal ("Dirty Paws") and it too has a bunch of HEYs keeping time. Must be an Icelandic thing.

But oh gosh they are so good. I love the sound of two lead singers, one male and one female with a full ensemble to back them up. It is so satisfying. I've been listening to too much pop music I think.

ANYWAY. Looks like I'm going to be here for another semester. They don't want me to defend until the fall. I personally think it's for their own selfish reasons, but they are saying they're worried I won't get done in time. Oh well. I do have another TA position lined up. So that's good.

Just writing now. The good news that came from my meeting is that all my results are valid. I was wrong. Whoops. And all I have to do is write em up.

Oh, and happy May. I freaking love spring. But it's not like I've never ever mentioned that.

Also, this.