juicy stuff: a confession + a debate

September 1, 2009

blog musings and a confession
despite starting on a great new rotation, yesterday was just sort of blah for me. i spent most of the day wishing that i had another day off to recharge, which is silly because for once i’d just enjoyed a full weekend. luckily, vacation does not loom too far ahead — but i don’t want to spend this whole month just fantasizing about days off to come.

so here’s to making the most of each day on my endocrine rotation!

i really didn’t feel like doing anything yesterday afternoon, so i didn’t. i picked up some groceries, but didn’t want to make anything, read anything, or do anything at all, really. i had ricotta spread and crackers for dinner, rounded out by some almond butter and (dark) chocolate. i also went to bed without doing a lick of reading, even though i have tons of things i now want to (and need to) learn about for my new rotation (which also happens to be my future career).

and you know what? that part isn’t the confession . . . but here it comes.

i felt bad — not because of the poorly balanced nutrition content of my dinner, or skipping out on my ‘homework’, but because it meant admitting my slacker ways and not having any doin’ time picture in this morning’s post!

i will admit that sometimes knowing that i have readers to report back to DOES impact my decisions — once in a while, having this automatic accountability will push me to squeeze in a workout or do my reading at night when trashy magazines and my BED are wailing out to me with their siren calls. is this a good thing? or is it totally ridiculous? i’m undecided.

if you blog, have you experienced this phenomena? and if so, how do you deal with it? i think i am probably wayyyy overestimating the number of people waiting with baited breath for my next martha creation! because let’s face it, i haven’t exactly reached julie powell status yet, and even she went overboard with her focus on her dedicated readers. as josh would say, i need to ‘get over myself.’ then again, maybe it’s not such a bad thing to have an extra source of motivation . . .

food for thought.

fashion debate

thank you all for the lovely comments on yesterday’s post! i suspect you all are being nice and diplomatic, but i appreciate it nonetheless. i actually really liked getting the honest appraisal from anonymous, who didn’t like the drapey gray sweater very much (i still do, though, so i’m keeping it!). this is why my favorite person to get fashion advice from is my sister — she is NOT going to coddle me or mince words.

anonymous, i really did appreciate the feedback. but i don’t necessarily agree with your take on following fashion trends in general. i think this deserves further discussion, so here goes!

she (i assume you are female?) wrote:

“I don’t buy into the designers need to enhance their bank accounts by tweaking the jean style every year. “oh no, my jeans are not the latest approved style, I must be an old fuddy-duddy.” Unless they’re the high-waisted, tight ankle big pocketed ones of like 15 years ago I think you’re okay. The super skinny jeans of the latest trend are only good on one specific body type – which you may have – but most do not. I’m hoping we can rush the designers through their latest dictum of jean style.

Who up there is making these rules, anyway? I envision a secret Star Chamber of designers laughing maniacally as they institute the latest in fashion law whilst counting their piles of gold.”

you know what? anonymous, you sound a bit like my mom (although i think she may care even less about current denim trends)! while the last part of the comment may be true to some extent, it’s quite a cynical take. i still think there is an element of art left in fashion, and i take pleasure in reading elle and scheming about how i can make current trends work for me, even if i don’t always have the time or money to actually do so.

definitely NOT my legs

i don’t want new jeans because my old ones make me feel fuddy-duddy (and for the record — i stlll like my old ones, too!). i want them because i think the newer silhouettes look kind of fresh and NOW and i guess i enjoy updating my wardrobe every so often. fashion can be fun (especially in the fall, as noted on the above vogue cover!), and like it or not, my mood is elevated when i am wearing something that i feel particularly good about.

(which is why i plan on rocking a dress today.)

of note, i still have some things that i wear from 7-8 years ago — so i’m not exactly throwing out everything and starting over with each new season. that would be wasteful, very un-ecofriendly, and financially unsustainable, at least for me!

thoughts? comments? remarks? [mom, if you’re reading this, i know you will have something to say!]

off to do some reading
for real this time! it is september 1st, after all. we got an interesting consult about the use of estrogen for recurrent pulmonary hemorrhage, so i am going to look into that . . .



workout: 4.5 mile recovery run before work on the TM (it was raining cats & dogs!). pace = 8:57/mi, 0.5% incline. marie claire certainly kept me entertained enough.

doin’ time: nope! see above.

reading: another negative. see, i feel guilty writing this! i don’t know whether this is a good or bad thing.


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I sometimes feel like if I don&#39t blog every day, people will lose interest! Not that my blog is so interesting, but you know what I mean.

    As far as fashion, I prefer to get basics that are sort of always going to be in style and if I&#39m going to get something uber trendy, I&#39ll shop at a cheap place like Forever 21 or Target so I don&#39t feel bad if I don&#39t wear it after a season. Styles do change. The jeans of 15 years ago that might make you feel like a fuddy-duddy now were once all the rage, you know?

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    well i like that you had a slacker day yesterday. proves to me that your human 🙂

    as for the fashion, i agree that my mood does change and get elevated if i&#39m well put together but i don&#39t seek out what the latest fashions are for the season. i tend to wear "classic" stuff that never really goes out of style but will never be on the cover of a magazine either. granted i do like getting all dressed up but i tend to still stick with more basics rather than outfits that i can really only wear once or twice

  • Reply Lisa Inglis March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    hi sarah!
    i check your blog often but usually i just lurk…heheh…until now.

    on the fashion-tip, i completely agree with you. i think what i&#39ve learned is that there are two camps when it comes to clothes(probably more but for the sake of simplicity…): one views clothing as functional. Change is a source of resentment and feeling powerless ("if i don&#39t subscribe to the latest style, i&#39m an old fuddy-duddy…new rules to follow..etc") and the other camp views clothing as Fashion/Art. Change is a source of inspiration and creativity.

    I can definitely say i fall into the latter category. I feel rejuvenated by the newness and excited by the NOWness and art that is inherent in fresh fashion. New silhouettes are inspiring and they allow you to see bodies, fabrics and shapes in new ways which, in my opinion, really expand your mind. Nothing is static in life and that can be either unnerving or exhilarating.

    I could go on and on..this topic really interests me…and I find it goes much deeper than clothes. Fashion is really about embracing change, art, exploring and growing and all of these can be fun but for some, it&#39s intimidating, scary, and irritating.

    thanks for the eye-opening post!!

  • Reply Special K March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Oh! Guilt is a delicate balance between motivating us towards LIFE or shaming us towards inner torture.
    PLEASE read my recent blog on health obsession THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR POST TODAY!

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I agree everything but the droopy grey sweater looks great and are very complimentary looks for you. as for the no energy do nothing, rarely I get home so late and am so tired that I couldn&#39t handle anything more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich which can cure just about any malaise

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