Monthly Archives: June 2011

As a gym “outsider,” and since I’ve only gone twice now, I like exploring the gym culture. I did go that other mentioned in the last post! I walked for 15 minutes and ran for 5 (which is quite an achievement for me!). Today, I went to their only yoga class, and not only was I one of two people who showed up, the instructor made an interesting affirmation for us to follow: “Remember, you are perfect as you are, love yourself for all your flaws, and be totally OK with them.” I wondered if that has something to do with the fact that most people go to the gym to change something about themselves.

Renae (best friend!) came down for her little brother’s high school graduation, and I had a chance to hang out with her! I miss living down the street from her, but I’m happy I can see her when we can. I also took a hike with Matt and our resident Okie, Sarah! I met my parents and my grama yesterday after seeing Renae at Sperling’s Nursery in Calabasas. I got 3 different kinds of tomato plats for less than $6! Cherry tomatoes, Yellow Pear tomatoes and Tomatillos. They’re so cute!

Next goal on the horizon is utilizing (such fancy talk!) my bike! I used to use it all the time my last two years at college. Pasadena is infinitely more bike-able than UCLA, yet I haven’t been inclined to take my bike when I have my car. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve biked to the library, Old Town, work and so forth, so I know I can do it! All I have to do is install my dorky mirror so I can see around me and find my (very ugly) helmet, and I can start biking to work!

Either way, my work has kind of dwindled lately without the added bonus of going to work at Celina’s house to freelance at Tagline!! I have a lot of things on my plate: designing a super top-secret social network, a mini-book of Matt’s essay for our Impractically, Practical show this Thursday in Downtown for the Art Walk (come!), developing a site for one of¬†a verynice design studio‘s pro-bono clients, coming up with new ideas to brand where I freelance… it’s a lot, but designing is a pretty fun field of working.

Typical working environment.

I signed up for a gym membership! Bally’s is only $20 a month. I went in today to check it out (in a dress and jellies, not planning on working out, obviously). It’s not that intimidating. While I was getting my membership card, a 50-something asian lady, an older white lady and a office worker with a tie and bike helmet checked in… no creepy body builders! That made me feel better.

So, after chatting with Matthew about my (non-existant) work ethic, I’ve decided one of my main flaws is sleeping in too long. Today, he woke up at 5 to leave at 6am to go to San Diego. After he left, I thought that I could probably get up right now, I felt awake enough! Then I went back to bed and didn’t get up until 11:30am. I felt groggy and off all day, and I got absolutely no work done.

So here’s the plan: I’m going to wake up when Matthew does, try to run around the block or go to the gym, shower, and then start my day. Matt’s friend Brooklyn said she sleeps in her work out clothes because sometimes the biggest hump is getting into your sports gear. I’m going to try it tonight. Here’s hoping!