mailbox surprises

July 12, 2011

embracing flexibility
i may have slept in [sort of accidentally] this morning. and i may be planning to still go and work out, and then work from home until noon, when i have a conference to attend at duke, and THEN i will head into the lab.

it may mean hanging out in the lab a bit later this evening if i have things to finish up, but that works for me today.

so maybe i am starting to see the benefits of making my own schedule!

by the way: i had mentioned in an earlier post about how i was worried about balancing lab and clinical responsibilities — and self-conscious of being absent in the lab compared to others. i decided i would post my schedule, and in the end went with this:

this baby is LARGE, and sits right next to my desk where anyone can peruse it. at the beginning of each week i sketch out on it:

◼ blocks of time i am scheduled to be somewhere else [ie: clinic; conferences/meetings over at the clinic/hospital]

◼ experiments/work i plan to do in blocks of time i am in the lab — the layout makes it easy to see visually what i have time for and when

◼ other lab-specific to-do items [often little things to do in stray blocks of down time]

this serves two purposes: to keep my regular planner free of lab-specific minutia [i still track when i have to do certain big experiments], and to let others know where i am and what i am doing at any given time if they swing by my computer station/lab bench and find me absent.

now i just have to get to the point where i am actually efficient getting things done IN the lab. definitely still not there yet — the whole stop/start schedule really did not help with that. but now that i will be there consistently for a several-month stretch, i’m hoping to get there eventually . . .

mailbox surprises
such exciting surprises in my mailbox yesterday!

package #1 was from angeliki, who writes one of my favorite blogs, re-psych. it was so exciting to get this book shipped all the way from england!

and i’m equally excited to read it!
after i finish the two i am currently getting through first, of course.

package #2 was from activewear USA, a company kind enough to offer to send me some yoga gear to review. i made sure to thoroughly test out the product i received:

yep, quality seems acceptable
now i am going to be 100% honest [otherwise, how can i call it a ‘review’!??] — i would wear these pants, but i do prefer thatotherfamousyogabrand that i waxed ecstatic about previously.

the supplex fabric is similar to luon but has more of a sheen and isn’t quite as supportive; therefore the end result is not as flattering. however, they are comfortable and the asymmetrical waistband is a fun touch! finally, they are made in the USA, which i like. once i get them hemmed, they will definitely enter my rotation of yoga gear, particularly for the winter since they are longer.

want to win your own piece of yoga gear [or other activewear]? you may end up with your own fun mailbox surprises if you enter via these options:

a) just leave a comment on this post with which item you would choose if you won [the website: activewear usa]; anything $40 – $100 is up for grabs

b) if you’d like a second entry, like activewear usa on fb, and leave a second comment stating that you did

winner will be announced friday morning!



workout: ~30 minute run + staci’s yoga class @ BP. stretchy and calming – loved it.

ravioli salad: heidi calls this recipe a ‘salad’ in the lunch section of her cookbook, but i served it hot [it was late + we were starving!]. nevertheless, it was another SNED success! see this npr piece for the recipe.

whole wheat and spinach ravioli [from WF – frozen] with basil/parsley pesto + pepitas + olives
i used basil/parsley for the pesto in lieu of cilantro because cilantro is disgusting. [to me, anyway]. served with a simple green salad with blackberries, it was a delicious and very easy summer meal, especially because i made the pesto ahead of time.


  • Reply Christine March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I like the idea of a calendar that others can see so they don’t start thinking you’re just absentee. I tried to get one of your cute planners from ebay but they didn’t have the color I wanted (yes, I am that picky) so I got inserts for my Franklin Covey planner instead. It’s really helping me to stay focused and get stuff done. WOW!

  • Reply Larissa March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Cute clothes, i would love to try the UpVibe 2 Lines Wide Waist Long Pants!

  • Reply Erin D. March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I love the crazy black and white Margarita capris. Fitted pants and capris are hard for me (hello pear-shape!), but these are so neat, I couldn’t ever be self-conscious.

  • Reply Lizm23 March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I like the Alo Activewear Reversible Tiered Waistband Capri…..sooooo cute!

  • Reply Hillary March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I love the deep scoop tank and the MPG sport endure tank!

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I like the body language v front pants on their site! So cute!

    Also, I’m right there with you in the "I hate cilantro" club. It tastes like soap mixed with plastic to my tastebuds. 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa [SocraTeas] March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I am so loving this… from activewear!

  • Reply Britney March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    After cleaning out my closet and getting rid of all my comfy clothes (because I finally accepted that they didn’t fit) I could use a new pair of yoga pants! The ones you’re sporting are really cute.

  • Reply SusanMc March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I could totally dig on the workout yoga wear upgrade… gotta get me those asymmetrical pants…here’s to winning

  • Reply Rachel March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    this is what i would choose….
    Jala Clothing Asana Gathered Waist Capri #ASANA8448


  • Reply Elisabeth March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for your honest review!… and for the giveaway. 🙂 I like the Green Apple Active 33" Essential Relaxed Sweat Pants in black! So comfortable looking!

  • Reply Elisabeth March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I also like activewear usa on fb!

  • Reply fitinthemidwest March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I LOVE the alo activewear studio hoodie. It’s so cute!

  • Reply fitinthemidwest March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I like them on Facebook.

  • Reply Laura March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Left Activewear some love on FB!

    Laura SeeLauraRun

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