7.11.2013

lately

We are almost halfway through July. I don't know how we got here. On hot Sunday afternoons, when I go back and forth between half-hearted cleaning and old episodes of Queer Eye, I wonder if the summer is flying by without me. Then I plan dinner with the girls, head out to volunteer, get coffee with a colleague, catch a yoga class, and wonder when I'll ever get a quiet Sunday afternoon again.

girls night

That's dinner last week with the girls from the office. I'm so lucky to have such amazing ladies to spend my days with (though it can be difficult to get much done when you're surrounded by such great conversationalists).

Anyway, summer is flying by, and here's what I've been up to...

[exercising] Yoga. Boston's first all-donation studio. I'm alllll over it.

[enjoying] Our little window air conditioner. On the fourth, we dragged ourselves out into the heat for lunch and were then overwhelmed by the temperatures and had to drag ourselves home with much less water in our systems. I got decidedly cranky (I get cranky like a little kid...with full-on whining and pouting) and when we finally made it home, I fell asleep for a long nap in front of the cool air in our bedroom. Thank. goodness.

[reading] Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safron Foer. I think I need to write a whole post on this amazing book. I will never try to convert someone to vegetarianism...it's a choice that's right for me, but I know my choices aren't right for everyone. But the truth about the meat industry in its current form is pretty startling and awful, and I do encourage everyone to understand where their food (all of it) is coming from.

[craving] Change. Life is great. We have a lovely little apartment, a wedding in the works, beautiful people around us, and lots to look forward to. But after three years of the same grad school, neighborhood, and apartment, I'm getting excited for a change of scenery. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been scanning the classifieds or job listings lately.

[eating] Strawberries and Nutella. They're a bit outside of the normal scope of my diet, but we celebrated two birthdays (see birthday girls above) at my place with angel food cake and its accompaniments, and someone had to finish the strawberries and Nutella.

[planning] Wedding dress shopping! Any recommendations in the area?

[anticipating] My comp exams! Sometimes it feels like they'll never get here...other times they're just around the corner. Either way, I will be so glad when they are over.

What have you been up to? How are you enjoying this hot, humid summer?

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  1. So glad you mentioned the donation yoga studio! I'll definitely be trying that out - we should take a class together!

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  2. Sounds like you are having a busy summer so far. My husband's b-day is the end of the month but we're celebrating tomorrow night with a beer tasting boat tour on a chain of lakes near our home. Some of his friends will be joining us but the whole evening is a complete surprise. Should be a good time!

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    1. Sounds like so much fun...enjoy!!

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  3. You've probably already read it, but Foer's Everything is Illuminated was one of my favorites of all time. I listened to the audiobook, and thought it was incredibly powerful.

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    1. Have not read it, and am very interested now that I've sampled his writing. I did see the movie, but can hardly remember it (since my memory is basically worthless), so I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the rec!

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  4. Ahh, that all-donation yoga studio makes me wish I still lived in Allston! And I SO hear you about craving change. I have one year of law school left, but I don't want to be a lawyer (it's a long story, haha), and I am oh so antsy to be done and find a job I love. Ben and I also are dying to move back into the city (we moved a bit outside of Boston after a bad roommate situation), so, between those two future events, I'm basically in dream land all the time. I hate to wish time away, though, so I'm trying to just chill out and enjoy where I am now. Sigh.

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.somebeautifulthingsblog.blogspot.com

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    1. I hear ya! I think we're both happy to be pursuing our degrees, but we've also decided that the jobs we get when we're done should really be about making us happy for awhile...not status or money or what we feel we should be doing. Today we went by a flower shop, and I thought, man...I could be happy selling flowers every day for awhile. =)

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  5. Oh Eating Animals is such a good book. I also totally cried my way through it. I just pinned an eff ton of books from No Meat Athlete on health and exercise. Cannot wait to get my hands on more nutrition books come fall. Right now though, I'm reading solely running books. Haha. Cannot get enough!

    eileen
    leaner by the lake

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    1. Agree with Eileen on this one, Eating Animals is fabulous. It's a difficult but necessary read. I would love to read a blog post you write on the subject.

      Adi and I love the No Meat Athlete site. Adi wears his "No Meat Athlete" t-shirt during races - hah!

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  6. Currently reading Eating animals too, I am enjoying the read. Is always good to know where what you're eating comes from. I'll be looking forward if you post your thoughts about the book, I just wrote a lil bit about it in this post http://imaginebella.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/first-summer-readings/ but still don't think I'd know how to express everything it's to say about it in English, since it's not my mother language. Plus I wrote that post when I had just started reading it, so I didn't know a lot about it.

    Wanted to practise some yoga too, I'm just looking for somewhere I could do it near home or to start next September when I move to go to college.

    Keep enjoying your summer!
    Bella.

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  7. Yay for yoga studios and Eating Animals (the book, not the practice)! I recommended that one to Mom and Dad. It's really good. Also yay for wedding dresses!!! Wish I was closer so we could go shopping together! :) xo

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  8. Eating animals is such a great book! I own it and see myself reading it another few times. It definitely reinstated my choice to be vegetarian but now that I eat meat, it reinstates my visits to the farm to pick up my sustainable pastured happy meat (is happy meat a contradiction? lol). Anyway, I loved that book! Have fun wedding dress shopping! I am going soon as well. And good luck with comps!

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  9. Yay life updates! I can relate in so many ways...especially wanting some change in scenery...I'm always like, "When can I get out of this apartment???!" As for wedding dresses, I got mine at the Special Event Bridal Shop out in Marlboro (http://www.specialeventbridalshop.com/) -- I found the perfect dress there! ;)

    Good luck!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)