things normal humans do

December 11, 2008

thank you fellow slack-cember commiserators for your words of wisdom yesterday!

atilla said: embrace slackism…Free time is time to read, sleep,listen to music, and do what normal humans do. That chance doesn’t roll around every day…when is the last time you sat down and did a crossword puzzle?

and that is so true. there is nothing wrong with any of the above activities, and actually it’s probably therapeutic to take a few weeks and just relax about life a little bit. what is it about our society (or maybe it’s just me . . . ) that causes an outpouring of guilt just because nothing is getting done? and, at least in my experience thus far, it is such a rare thing in residency that really, when it happens, only pure unbridled celebration should ensue. atilla, i hope you are following your own advice as well πŸ™‚

old jenny said: Maybe set some fun personal goals, now that you have the time? Like catching up with friends, prepping a really extravagant holiday season, take 20 sec off your interval time when running or something. Or just take long baths, read and spend time blogging here!

and that is a fabulous idea. why do goals always have to be so . . . serious? here are some ideas i have for the rest of this month . . .

slackcember goals
β˜† call 3 friends just to say hi and catch up (facebook is SO not the same!)
β˜† bake something fun
β˜† read more of my new murakami book
β˜† spend time putting together my own custom super-fabulous marathon training program
β˜† find some local outings that would be fun and go on at least one

off to the gym . . . tonight should be fun as i will be in A/I clinic all day and then an interview dinner with a bunch of peds applicants tonight. our program is very nice and treats everyone to good dinners (well, really it’s to lure the applicants, but we still reap the benefits!), so tonight i get to try piazza italia. yum.

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12.10.08

workout: 5 mile interval run, taper-style. i’d be doing better with point-accumulation in my challenge if it wasn’t tapering time! oh well.
– 1 mile warmup @ 8:57/mi
– 6 x 400m @ 7:30 pace, with 400m jog between each (much easier, shorter intervals than usual for the taper)
– 1 mile cooldown @ 8:57/mi

doin’ time: last night i made martha’s mushroom ragout with pasta. i modified it slightly by using whole wheat pasta and ditching most of the bacon grease, and josh and i both loved it. as he said, ‘bacon makes everything better.’ it really did add the perfect touch of salty savoriness to the dish. served with steamed broccoli and some italian wine. definitely recommended!

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