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Apr. 18th, 2014 05:07 pm
brdgt: (Cardio)
Reading: Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending for book club. A very approachable and interesting combination of psychology and business expertise on what really makes us happy. Some of it is very unsurprising (spend money on experiences, not things), but some of it is counterintuitive (that spending money on time-saving devices or services may not actually give you more time or happiness).



Wearing: My new favorite bright pink pants, a white button down top, white converse low tops, and my favorite pair of sunglasses - found in a restroom at the Great Dane after a frisbee game.

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Planning: It's Nick's birthday today, although he skipped playing golf to celebrate because he hurt his ribs last night playing Ultimate. Since I have the Half Marathon tomorrow he is going out with friends and I'm calling it an early night (the race starts at 7AM). Next weekend we will celebrate with a trip to Arches and Canyonlands - first camping trip of the year!

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brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Reading: Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference By Cordelia Fine (on [livejournal.com profile] notmarcie's suggestion - a nice palette cleanser after Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences



Wearing: Red MUFA shirt and comfy black pants. Most crucial element though - Badger nails - On Wisconsin!

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Planning: Uh, there's sort of some important basketball games on this weekend! Nick gets back from his conference today and I've had a rather productive week, so I look forward to hanging out on the couch with him :)

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Mar. 28th, 2014 02:09 pm
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Reading: Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences by Leondard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. for book club on Tuesday. This is going to be a doozy of a book club. Besides the fact that Sax conflates sex and gender, uses straw men arguments, has a financial stake in the project, and switches between peer reviewed studies and anecdotal data without flagging it, I can just tell this book club discussion is going to break down between parents and non-parents and us non-parents opinions won't be valid because of our dusty barren wombs.



Wearing:This is actually yesterday's outfit, but we are still celebrating Wisconsin making it to the Elite 8 last night!

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Planning: Work, work, work. I have a deadline coming up and Nick has a conference he is preparing for and leaves on Sunday to present at. The weather has been gorgeous here, but we've been too busy to enjoy it, so hopefully when he gets back we can find some time for a hike - something with a waterfall should be nice this time of year or something in the desert that would be too hot in a few months...
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Reading:

A friend recommended this book when we found out we would be moving to Utah. I'm sure some of you have read Desert Solitaire? Reading it as a historical document (it was published in 1968, when Utah's National Parks were new and didn't even have paved roads) helps to put his extreme libertarian elitism in perspective. His descriptions of the environment and people are fascinating and well written, his politics are deeply, deeply flawed.



Wearing: My batik Mountain Sun Brewery "Kind Ale" t-shirt (oh, Colorado... oh Boulder...), some jeans that haven't fit in a few years, warm socks, and a handmade bracelet from my best friend Kelly's daughter (kids these days and Justice, wtf?).

1/24/2014

Planning: Nick is working late tonight (he found out his time slot for the upcoming big tropical cyclone conference and he got the prime evening spot on a panel about Hurricane Sandy with several big wigs - as one of his labmates said in response to finding out "wow, that could make your career if you give a good talk." So, you know, no pressure...) so I'm going to finish up the last season of Dr. Who so we have room on the DVR for the Olympics!

We really want to get out for a hike this weekend, but the inversion has been pretty bad this week (from "unhealthy to sensitive" to just plain "unhealthy") so we're afraid of both exerting ourselves too much in it (they advise against being outside more than hour a day) and if we could even see anything from a peak. A little bit of wind and some fresh snow in the mountains has made it slightly better though, so we're hopeful.

All this means a lot of running on an indoor track for half-marathon training.

Week 2
brdgt: (Winter is coming by iconomicon)
Reading:



I'm not usually a true crime or even decective or murder mystery person, but this is a book about a serial killer that operated near my hometown growing up. It's still unsolved, but two of the suspects lived in my trailer park growing up and I still remember the police surrounding their trailer, guns on the hoods of their cars, and, then later, my brother testifying in one of the trials. So far, I would say it is well written and portrays the area and people well.

Wearing: White Sweater, dark wash jeans, brown boots. We've had a fair bit of snow the past few days, so I am dressing accordingly.

1/10/2014

Planning: Tonight we are going to see the Freestyle Ski World Cup up in Park City with our friends Jen, Eric, and Dan!

We had talked about doing some hiking this weekend, but the recent snow makes trail finding a little hard. I'd still like to go out, so I'll read up on winter hikes in one of the hiking books I got for Christmas. I had initially thought of doing Frary Peak on Antelope Island, but we may just go out to Antelope Island and check it out instead of hiking the peak. Winter is supposed to be the best time to see the Bison, Bighorn Sheep, and other animals that thrive on the island.

And of course, the Patriots play tomorrow night :)

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Oct. 4th, 2013 12:27 pm
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Reading: One of these is not like the other... or is it?





Wearing: Standard dissertation apparel...

10/4/2013

Planning: And speaking of dissertation...

Keep swimming




In other news I am cat-sitting Oink while his owners are down in Moab for the weekend...

This was him yesterday when he was very concerned about some doves on the power line...

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And this was him this morning - I think he is thinking, "hey, you got to come in my house, so I get to come in yours!"



And we had our first snow!

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Sep. 20th, 2013 06:14 pm
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Reading: Still enjoying rereading the Dark Tower series - just got to the part in Wastelands when they bring Jake through the speaking circle - classic Stephen King - I forgot how scary that scene in the old mansion was!

Wearing: Black tank, black leggings, embroidered black Chinese style coat. Bare feet :) Ah, working from home has it's perks!

Planning: Low key night drinking wine and watching Cleo from 5 to 7 with Nick. We both had a big week - he gave his first talk to the department and I just submitted the first draft of my second chapter to my dissertator group (with this chapter I think it really is a "first" draft, not a "rough" draft - can't wait to hear what the group thinks!). We don't have plans yet for the weekend, but I'd love to get out somewhere, maybe bike down to Liberty Park, have a picnic, throw a frisbee around, and check out some birds.

It's turning Fall here and it's weird and fun to experience such a different "fall." On the one hand, you can totally tell - the air is different, the trees and plants are changing, it's a little cooler - but on the other hand, it's still beautiful out with dry and clear skies, whole *different* plants are popping up (apparently people have FALL GARDENS here!!), and you still don't need a coat or even long sleeves.

More than a couple people have mentioned to me via various forms (including here!) that they are really enjoying my stories of life here and that really makes my heart happy. So many times social media can put you in a bad mood - negative feelings, presumptions, inability to express tone or sarcasm, one-upsmanship, and fame whores - I'm glad that something I did made someone happy. As Voltaire said, "Cela est bien dit, rèpondit Candide, mais il faut cultiver notre jardin."
brdgt: (Mrs. Robinson Closer)
Reading: I took a break from reading up on my new Mormon neighbors to reread The Dark Tower series (my third time reading it from 1 to 7, like Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, I would reread the books as the newest one came out).

I'm not sure what brought it on? Moving? Believe it or not I have culled my books quite a bit. I only keep work related books that I have a) read; b) need for my dissertation; and/or c) will need for teaching. These books still make up the majority of my books - 10 shelves worth. My fiction collection is just 4 shelves worth (mostly The Dark Tower series, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann, and David Mitchell). Ephemeral books (like book club books or guilty pleasures) are perfect for the Kindle and I have thus gotten rid of/avoid buying those (I get most from the library). But The Dark Tower books - I can't relegate them to the Kindle (even though I am actually reading them on the Kindle this go round - easier for reading in bed).

Maybe it's because we recently visited some of Nick's friends in Boulder and upon walking into their house I saw their shelf of the Dark Tower books and immediately remarked "OK, who's my kindred spirit here?"

Maybe it's the desert I now currently live on the edge of? Maybe it's just "comfort reading?" Whatever it is, it makes me happy to reread them and remember phrases, jokes, and experiences from the series and inspired by them in my life. Thankee sai.

Wearing: Working from home as usual (after a morning hike in the canyon) and this is a pretty standard uniform: black tank with fun back feature and black skirt. I fell on the basement stairs last weekend, so I've been avoiding things brushing against the bruising on my shin :(

8.30.2013

That's my first webcam selfie! Behind me you can see a weird narrow door? That's for an ironing board. I love this house.

Planning: This holiday weekend we are getting our Mormon on and visiting Temple Square. Practically everything there is free and self-guided, with a nice combination of indoor and outdoor activities. If we have time we'd also like to tour the Capitol and the Cathedral of the Madeleine, which are close to Temple Square.


Speaking of a hike in the canyon this morning - I had to deposit our rent check, so I walked down to the bank, via the City Creek Canyon and Memory Grove Park (about 3.5 miles round trip).

You can easily get down into the canyon from The Avenues. This is the view across the canyon toward the road that cyclists and runners can use around the canyon.

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Across the canyon is the Capitol. Below is Memory Grove Park, a park at the base of the canyon with lots of war memorials.

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It's right in the middle of the city!

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Last time Nick and I went for a walk here we saw three different photography sessions going on: a quinceanera, an engagement photo session (oh look, he's giving her a piggy back ride - so novel!), and a wedding shoot.

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The creek continues all the way into the city, through a pretty little median park. The pathway is marked with animals common to Utah and, when possible, their footprints. I couldn't help getting a photo of this one :)

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I swung back through Temple Square, which smelled *amazing* from all the flowers!

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Workouts:
  • Monday: Ran in the AM at the University Gym - 6k in 37:31 (6'15'/km).
  • Tuesday: Skipped yoga - it was our anniversary the night before so Nick requested we sleep in. Did go rock climbing at the climbing gym with Dianna for a little over an hour. First time in a while for both of us, so we took it a little easy.
  • Wednesday: Ran in the AM at the University Gym - 5K in 31:52 (6'21"/km). Running late that morning so I didn't get to run as long as I wanted.
  • Thursday: See Tuesday :) Played Ultimate that night for 90 minutes.
  • Friday: Ran in the AM at gym near my house. 6k in 35:57 (5'59"/km). First time using their treadmills - usually I'm faster on the track than the treadmill, but this was a personal best for the mile according to my Nike App!


Dissertation:
This week I have been going through the Children's Bureau records for the state of Wisconsin, specifically looking for narrative reports by the public health nurses about their interactions with women. It is some disturbing material, mostly because it is uncomfortably familiar to current events. Nurses write passionately about families living in poverty, through no fault of their own (this is Great Depression era), and having to sacrifice health care for food or lodging. One 36 year old mother of 10, expecting her 11th, with a husband employed for 85/month by the railroad was sacrificing her prenatal care for her living children, and no other agency would help them because her husband was lucky enough to even have a job. Meanwhile the nurses are trying to get them services from government agencies opposed to "socialized medicine" who think people's lives are "cost benefit analyses."


Reading: “There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale
Wearing: Cowboy boots, dark wash skinny jeans, white sequined tank, blue blazer. Smart casual Friday.
Planning: We've been invited to four birthday parties tonight and are going to attempt to attend two, after having a nice quiet dinner at home. Tomorrow is another birthday party and I really hope to get some pictures hung in the new apartment. The gift I got Nick for our anniversary (canvas prints of pictures we took in Yellowstone and Joshua Tree) made me realize how much that will help me feel moved in.

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