I shared earlier that I started a new job, and I'm delighted to report I am not in any way bored. In fact, I'm busier than ever, and I've been able to truly push myself and learn more than I ever have, professionally speaking. I've also been given more responsibility (and visibility, as in, making presentations and the like) than I'm used to. In other words - I'm busy. And I'm enjoying it. And at the age of 29, after 10 years of being out of high school with two degrees and 7ish years of professional experience on my resume, I finally feel like I'm in a big girl job and fully living up to my (professional) potential. Which is really a fun thing.
In addition, someone pointed out that every year I say this is the year I get healthy. And it's true. I've been saying so since I was about 15 or so. That adds up to a whole lot of un-follow-through. But this year IS different! Fit by 30 is the motto. So far, I've given up all sodas (I could write an Ode to Diet Coke, but I won't bore you with that). I only drink water and tea or coffee. I've also been seeing a personal trainer and going to boot camp classes. My trainer Terry and I had a special bonding moment last week in which I had to pause to puke mid-workout. That was fun. But I realized I had never truly pushed my body hard enough to get there before, so it was a good feeling. Afterward.
Diet-wise, I've become addicted to adding spinach or kale to my smoothies, and I try to have a serving of greens with every meal, as well as good fats. I think I've ingested more almond butter and avocado than ever in my life, and fewer bad carbs. I'm sure there's an official name for it, but I call it the "Whole Foods Diet." Basically eating as little as possible of things that have been processed in any way and sticking to fresh meat and veggies, fruits and fats. Water and tea (and coffee). I've been doing a lot of cooking and preparing my own meals. Waking up earlier to cook breakfast, eating salads and no take out, all that jazz.
You see? So perhaps you will be impressed and not judge me when I tell you what else has been taking up my time:
Yep. Buffy the freaking Vampire Slayer. As in, Sarah Michelle Gellar in the 90s. Not to mention Seth Green before he was Kenny on Can't Hardly Wait and Alyson Hannigan pre-American Pie and HIMYM. And David Boreanaz pre-Bones as her current (as of Season 3) love interest, Angel. Breaking my heart, people. You don't understand the shame I feel when I realize I'm on episode 45, and that means that (with 45-minute episodes), I've spent almost a work week watching Buffy battles truly the most ridiculous vampires and monsters I've ever seen. But I love it. It appeals to the side of me that loves the teen angst, has a special place in my heart for the 90s, and appreciates good, hokey monsters and film. I will not apologize.
I've also been reading this:
Hipster Christianity is a very interesting book by Brett McCracken in which he discusses the Church (as in, the Universal Church)'s need to be cool, and whether or not that is a good thing. He's talking beyond the emergence of rock bands and "community groups" instead of Sunday School, but the idea of changing or slacking in principles to appeal to the masses. I'm not far into it, but I'm intrigued so far. Living here in Nashville, as someone supremely uncool among the hipsters he speaks of, leads me to fully understand from the getgo what he's talking about. And I have a feeling I'm going to have some arguments. But we'll see in due time.
"Hey - I met you... and you are not cool."
AND I've already gotten to mark something off of my 2012 bucket list after seeing Ryan Adams play a solo gig at the Palace Theater in Louisville. DRA didn't allow any filming, nor did he allow phones to be out at all for texting or calling, so I don't have any footage to share, but I will say this: the man is BACK. And he sounds better than ever. Seems that marriage has been good for him, as he was undoubtedly more laid-back, rolling with the punches (and song requests), and making up songs on the spot about black metal cats. Just Ryan, a guitar, and a harmonica. And I will say that not being distracted by a sea of cell phones, as well as my exhausting need to document while at a concert that often leads me to miss whole songs while trying to troubleshoot my camera, changed my entire viewing experience (thanks, Ryan).
This business is no joke (from the soundtrack):
Celebrate the differences, I celebrate the songs you sing...
Perhaps when my brain and body slow down from the whirlwind of 2012, I'll have something insightful to say. But for now, at least I can offer an excuse for my lack of blogging.