Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sunday #74: Bonjour Avril

Hello, April!  I am not sure where the time went, but I've now lived in Seattle for a full year!  I remember how lonely it felt when I initially moved here, but I've settled into a routine, like my apartment, found my gym, and made friends.  With the exception that my partner is still far away, it's decent here.  I'm also stoked about breaking through the Seattle Freeze to meet so many wonderful people!

I.  My partner came to visit me at the end of March.  We saw Captain Marvel (highly recommend) and went to visit the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.  It's been awhile since I've photographed plants or trees so I decided to bring my camera.  I am experimenting with different floral shots that aren't just "zoom in on this flower and create bokeh."  For a long time, I sought to create images that are bright and full of light (both consciously and subconsciously leaning towards the Instagram-friendly aesthetic), but I've been purposefully including more shadows and darks in my images.  I like the starkness of contrast.

II.  When I decompress, I alternate between watching brainless TV or cerebral shows.  I am a huge fan of the show The OA.  Season 2 premiered on Netflix in March.  I've been rewatching it in the evenings to see what details I've missed because the show is so complex.  I like science fiction that is within the realm of believability (though we can argue that aspects of this show are a stretch of the imagination).  Quantum superposition + many-worlds interpretation?  Sign me up.  Do you have recommendations for shows that are similar to The OA?

III.  In the past few months, I've improved my relationship with exercise.  Exercising has become a way for me to take time to myself, the 45 to 90 minutes in a day I get to focus solely on moving and improving my body.  Anyone who brings up exercising with me gets an earful because I'm so excited to talk about it.  I have been doing workouts with some friends.  It's rewarding and fun!  I'm so enthusiastic talking about it that recently someone asked if I wanted to train clients for several hours a week at a wellness company.  Alas, I am not a certified trainer, but this got me thinking about getting certification from NASM.  It's expensive, though, and I already have a lot of other hobbies and interests (not to mention a full-time job).  Maybe somewhere down the line?  However, expect to see fitness-themed content here very soon!

IV.  Speaking of full-time work, I've been doubling down on learning biology recently.  I work in both chemistry and biology groups.  Now that I've largely wrapped up my chemistry work, I want to dedicate all my focus on biology.  There's a steep learning curve with biology (or any branch of science) so I have been making it a goal to read more, aiming for 3 to 5 scientific journal articles a day.  I figure if I'm not leisure reading, I should read academically.  My goal is just to read every single day.  Good for the soul, good for the brain.

V.  Setting some goals for this week: not eating out or spending money with the exception of a Friday night dinner.  I've been noticing how much I eat out which is neither good for my health or wallet.  I have plans to get ramen with coworkers later this evening.  After that, I'm going to meal prep and work for the rest of the evening to prepare for Monday.  My other intentions this week are to exercise 5X, read 10 to 15 new academic articles, and to gain traction on my biology work.  Let's make this a productive week!


•  Natalie's guide on how to henna your hair.
•  Michelle's 4 Ways to Keep A Blog (from a few weeks ago) that the community found useful!
•  Downtown by Majical Cloudz which is the most calming song on earth.

What are your intentions for the week ahead?