Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mimi's

Wow. My feet hurt. A lot. I feel like I have run about a million miles. Today was my first day back in the restaurant industry since 2005. Three years?? Has it really been that long? Hostessing was not quite as leisurely as I remembered, but then again it was my first day. I am really trying to keep the artistic view in my work in every way I can, which mostly involves keeping things in order and the way that I talk with customers. The (free!) food was really good (a salad with bacon, feta cheese crumbles, avocado, tomato, craisins and mixed greens with their own Mimi's balsamic vinaigrette... mmm, then a triple chocolate brownie a la mode) but it made me feel a little guilty since I ate a ton last night and did not work out this morning. Tonight is part 1 of 3 for the Kron sisters' personal training, in a meager effort to boost my metab (and weight, but still fit into my skinny clothes) and lower my body fat from 18.5% to 17% by learning about and having a regular resistance training schedule drawn up by him. The trainer said I could do it in a week. We shall see. I have been stressing about classes and job hunting (the latter on behalf of the sig other) but the kittens and working out are keeping me sane.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

p.s.

OH! And the kittens opened their eyes last week! It is hard to believe they have only been alive 2 and 1/2 weeks, because they are such an integral part of our lives. I will be sure to post some pictures as soon as I can. Also, if you want to check out videos of the kittens (and you are not on-campus), check out www.youtube.com/drewdowling

"Weight is not the problem, it is just a symptom of a greater problem"

...at least that is what Drew's grandpa believes. And the more that I think about it, the truer it seems. I have been thinking a lot about the "globesity" problem plaguing the world around me, mostly due to the fact that I am reading "Perfect Weight America" while working out at 24 Hour which is good because it reinforces what I am doing into a multi-sensory thing. Also, I would just like to say how grateful I am for my body. Our bodies can do such wonderful things when we take good care of them and use them to their full advantage. The reason for this sudden spur of realization is that in leaving the gym the other day, I noticed an older man doing exercises in his wheelchair, and it was pretty obvious he couldn't get around without it. It made me a little emotional, with the man reminding me of my grandpa who passed away when I was in high school, having spent the last few years of his life in a wheelchair. I wanted to run up to him and give him a hug, because I could sense the pain of his heart and it hurt so much. I love my legs. I love that they allow me to exercise because some days that is one of my few constants that really keep me sane and happy. I love my hands. I have been blessed with such an amazing creative ability and I sincerely hope that as long as I am allowed to inhabit this mortal body, I can really take advantage of my days on this earth and not waste any time. Prioritize and be productive. That is my mid-year resolution of 2008. Also, I had a good talk with Drew's grandpa yesterday. It still amazes me how much joy he gets from helping others and how hard he is working to make other people's lives more full. I think he is doing a wonderful job at loving people and he is really filling the void of passion that left him (I assume, since I did not really know him beforehand) by his deceased wife. I like to think that everything has its time and its reason, and I am so grateful for being able to be a listening ear to him (since I get so much out of it as well!) and develop this relationship at just the right time that is so essential to my progress and his. I really feel like we both take away very important things that benefit us individually in our personal pursuits (me with my artmaking and he with his brain theory development). It makes me feel good that I can connect with him in a way that he cannot connect with the grandchildren (the boys) because I can fill that void when Drew's mom is not readily available as a listening ear to give instant feedback. I love that feeling, that my opinion matters, especially to someone so established and intellectual as him. I really hope that he can help the people he is reaching out to, especially mom. He has so much to offer her that does not rely on medicine, and I really think that natural intervention is the way to go, especially this idea about tapping into the brainwave frequency. I wish I understood it better, but I really think it has the potential to work. I have told Drew's grandpa he needs to write a weight-loss book with all of his research (especially the idea that it is 5-tiered: [oops I already forgot the first one], natural supplements, brainwaves/psychological, diet and exercise) and publish it, because he could really influence a lot of people and the need for that kind of information is at an all-time high. Anyways, basketball season is still looming (go Celtics!) and between that, school, and (soon) work I am too busy to write any more. Until later.... <3

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Photoshop Phun




The last two days I have had to focus on photoshop activities in two of my four classes. I guess I should take this more seriously, but I think it more fun not to! Here are a few of the photos that I have "shop"-ed.

The first is called "New home" (consisting of a wedding photo with the backdrop of New Orleans post-Katrina and my kittens on the doorstep)

The second is "Lucy and the gang eying dinner when farmer Anna is not looking..." (Anna and the "Cows" of Boston from Summer 2006, as well as Lucy and and her vicious band of Crayola air-dry clay)

and the third one is a "Lost's Kate and Desmond: What if they mated? " (two characters from "Lost"...yuck)

so.... just some fun experiments where I learned a lot.

love of my life



Two years, one week and two days ago was the happiest day of my life. It was the day that I married my best friend for time and all eternity. He is the greatest thing that ever happened to me and makes me happier every day that we are together. I love him so much. So because of the craziness of the last week, here are my two favorite wedding photos remembering and marking two years and counting... <3

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hey Jude........

Our sweet little firstborn kitten Jude died this morning in his sleep. We found out last night that he did not know how to nurse and even though we tried all we could, he was just not strong enough. We buried him this morning in my garden. I was thinking (along with a lot of crying) last night and this morning about the circumstances that surrounded his short life.


Jude's birth was the only one of the five that we did not see. It was underneath the nightstand in our bedroom, which also happened to be the spot that he died. I think Lucy knew. I could see it in her eyes and her demeanor so I was trying to be extra nice to her but really what can you do? It is so sad but that is the way that life is sometimes and with every gift of life comes death as its equal and opposite balance. In burying him, I thought a lot about the scripture Genesis 3:19

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."



I guess today I am grateful for the gift of life. And a garden. And this blog. Here's to you Jude....



Hey, Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey, Jude, don't be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better.

And any time you feel the pain, hey, Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
Well don't you know that its a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder

Hey, Jude! Don't let her down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember, to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better.

So let it out and let it in, hey, Jude, begin
You're waiting for someone to perform with
And don't you know that it's just you, hey, Jude,
You'll do, the movement you need is on your shoulder

Hey, Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better
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