Archive for February 2009
So remember two posts ago when I discussed changing my eating habits? I went from 3 meals a day to 4 smaller meals of about 400-500 calories each. I’ve given myself a pretty strict schedule:
- Meal #1 around 9am. This usually consists of 1/2c oatmeal made with water, cup of coffee, piece of fruit like a banana or apple, and toast with peanut butter on it.
- Meal #2 around noon or 1pm. This might be leftover lasagna, tomato rice soup, or some kind of light sandwich.
- Meal #3 around 3-4pm. This is sometimes more of a snack like hummus with pita chips, a handful of carrots, and a piece of fruit.
- Meal #4 is dinner and is typically the last meal of the day at 8pm the latest.
With the smaller meals, I often feel much hugrier in the mornings, which was part of the plan. Before, I was eating dinner so late that I wasn’t even hungry for breakfast in the mornings, but now I wake up feeling hungry and breakfast tastes even better! I have a hard time keeping up with my eating schedule, and I sometimes end up eating when I’m not so hungry. I suppose that it goes against my idea to eat only when I feel hungry, but I’m already seeing results on the scale, so it must be something right. Plus, when I can keep to the schedule, I don’t feel too hungry during the day, and it keeps my mood buoyant.
Lunch today: Homemade lasagne with turkey, spinach, and mushrooms
Just today I finished knitting a scarf. It was a quite boring knit, with only two rows of pattern that were very, very repetitive. I felt like it would never end, but it finally did, and I’m quite pleased with it. It’s made of Malabrigo laceweight wool, so I’ll have to see if I can actually wear it or not, but if I can’t and it gives me the itches, then I’ll be happy to give it away to someone else (maybe even for FSM!). It’s a gorgeous deep blue, like the sea during a stormy evening.
Yes, it’s so pretty, and Malabrigo is incredibly soft and gorgeous, and I actually added fringe to it! I rarely add fringe to my scarves, but this one was just so plain that I had to add something to the edges to make it more interesting. I must say that the fringe is definitely gorgeous and it makes the scarf really quite lovely now, instead of boring.
But what’s next to knit? Stitches West is happening this weekend, and I want to go to the Market on Friday so that I can see what they’ve got. The only problem is that I don’t have any projects going right now, so I’m not sure what to buy. I also have yarn that was recently purchased during a going-out-of-business sale and has still not been purposed. I am terrible at finding new projects to start. I really wish I knew more people who appreciated nice knitted scarves and would take the time to care for them and not accidentally wash them in the machine (I have not heard of any horror stories as such, but you never know!). I suppose that I need more demanding friends who will say, “Reese, make me this beautiful *insert knitted item here* please!” and then I will make it for them and they will like it and wear it all the time. Really.
Beginnings: Something to Read
Sunday evening, in a fit of boredom, I walked to the library downtown. Not only is the library gorgeous and ridiculously beautiful, but it has a huge selection of all kinds of books and periodicals. I have been in a cooking spurt, so I went with the intention of getting a few cookbooks, but I also picked up a food-based book called Julie et Julia, by Julie Powell. Of course, the title is actually Julie and Julia, but for some reason I always read it the French way. Strange, I know. I brought it home and promptly twittered/plurked about it and discovered that there is a film coming out based on this book! How interesting, n’est-ce pas? Most of the time, I find out that a film has come out and then I go find the book so I can read the “better version” before I watch the film. (Yes, the book is always better than the film, with perhaps the exception of Guy Maddin’s Cowards Bend the Knee, where the book was written after the film.)
I’ve only started reading the book Julie et Julia, but am already annoyed with the way it is written. I don’t think the writing is as good quality as the stuff I’d been reading right before this, namely Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin, which is beautiful, complex, and gorgeous. Neither is Julie et Julia as well-written as Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires. Maybe Powell just doesn’t have the command of English as much as the other two who can send me into blind swoons with just a few sentences.
But enough complaining. I’m going to speed through this book and move on to the next book, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I know that I’m probably behind the times, but I read what I can get my grubbies on.
Beginnings: Yet More Photographers
This past Saturday, I had the lovely chance to meet with a bunch of photographers. It was a blast, a complete blast! I really enjoyed meeting them, especially one woman named Fiona who does very interesting photographs and we got into a conversation about portraitature and self-portraiture. It was so interesting hearing what she thought about it. After looking over her work, I would be very interested in seeing how she would want to shoot me. Ha, I should probably contact her about going out together or something. I don’t know why, but I really like it when other people take a photo of me. Maybe it’s narcissistic of me, but I really feel like it’s a good way to see how others see me, and perception really intrigues me.
Oh right, I wanted to share this photo which is my favourite shot of my cousin. I know it’s not technically strong or anything, but I really like it for how dreamy it looks.
The great thing about travelling sans computer is that I get to catch up on reading my magazines. I have free subscriptions to at least 5 at any given time thanks for my and Frank’s useless airline miles, and I always read them through from front to back. Yes, I read all the articles, look at all the new shades of makeup, study the newest fashion, and rip out pages with good recipes that I want to try. After reading through a number of random articles on fitness, fashion, and femininity, I decided on a few new goals in my life:
1. Eating 4 small meals a day
I try to eat a total of 1600-1800 calories a day and I’ll split that by 4 meals a day. The biggest changes will be increasing my breakfast amount and decreasing my supper choices. I was eating only about 200 calories for breakfast before, so I’ll add on a boiled egg or yoghurt and maybe a piece of toast. For supper, I was pretty much eating the majority of my daily calories, and that’s never a good thing before going to bed.
I’m hoping the change will let me have more of a stable eating schedule, which will help blood sugar levels and all that good stuff. I’m even thinking of doing a crappy-mobile-phone food blog on a separate account on Flickr so that I can have a visual cue of what I’m eating throughout the day. Maybe… I’m not so vigilent about taking photos of every meal, and that’s a lot of picture mail too!
2. Find that elusive special perfume
I’m going to start wearing perfume on a regular basis. I think it’s one of those things that makes me feel womanly and beautiful, and I’m always down for that! After having read a bit more on the topic, I think I’ll try to check out Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful. When I do wear perfume, I wear YSL’s Opium, which is a bit heady and strong for most days. Maybe something lighter would be better for daily use. I also kind of want to have a scent that people smell when they get close to me.
3. More shooting with the Hassy
Ah, poor Vlady the Hasselblad, you haven’t gotten much use lately, but that’s going to change. I want to go out and shoot more medium format film, and it started with the trip to New Mexico with Cousin (all my cousins are referred to as simply “Cousin”). I brought the Hassy and shot 4 rolls over 2 days, and it made me so happy. I already dropped the rolls off at the lab yesterday when I got back and will pick them up today! The anticipation is just too much!
4. Exercise 30 minutes a day
I don’t mean that I’m going to run everyday now, but at least 30 minutes of brisk walking or some kind of exercise to get my blood pumping is a good idea. I even get free Exercise TV workouts through cable, so might as well do those when it rains outside. I do honestly believe that getting the blood pumping is the best way to clear out your body and make yourself feel good, so why not do it everyday, right? It doesn’t have to be very strenuous; just doing something is good for you to keep your muscles active. This is another reason why I would like to get a dog, so I can take it for long walks with me everyday (especially while I’m working from home).
First, the hookah… So it sure seems that the big thing these days is the hookah lounge. Why? Who knows… Is it like this everywhere else, and not just in northern California? It seems like a really random type of thing to become popular. Today, we walked past another bar that has become a nighttime hookah lounge. It’s a strange little fad, and maybe short-lived like many of the other fads too.
So have any of you seen the comedy-horror film, Severence? If you like gashy horrorshows that have a good sense of humour, then you might like it. Plus it’s British and has plenty of people with those adorable accents (isn’t it funny how most Americans tend to think the British accent is the cutest thing?). Yes, it’s a pretty funny little horror film.
Oh right, so last night we went to the HP Pavilion where Frank got play a team game on the Sharks Ice afterwards. The two teams involved have to get 100 people to buy tickets, which wasn’t too difficult. Then, they get to play one of their games on the ice with their friends watching. It’s a pretty neat little setup.
My favourite part,of course, was shooting around the place after the game. They really light up the area, and it’s interesting just looking at all the lights and structures there. The inside looks really new (it was built in 1993), and the outside definitely has that generic geometric look that most convention centres and athletic arenas tend to have. Still, it’s a nice place, and it looks really new still.