There are a few things that have been going on in my life recently that I’d like to write about, so here it goes.
Since training for the 10k, I’ve managed to keep up the habit of running and exercising pretty regularly. I’m really surprising myself with this. Even if there’s some placebo effect involved, I feel much healthier and I’d like to become more active in the fall. In addition to exercise, after watching Fed Up a few weeks ago, I’ve been more conscious of the foods that I’ve been eating and I’m trying to cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible.
On last night’s run from the Fan through the Museum District and back again, I thought about the old people that I see running from time to time. I’m not too sure what made me think of this, I think it had something to do with the old man’s pace that I cut back to on account of it being so hot, even at 10pm! I can only hope to join their ranks when I get much older, but in the mean time, there are many miles on foot to go until I get there.
Speaking of getting older, a couple of weeks ago I went over to my friend Mark’s house to be interviewed for his podcast, All Grown Up. Growing up is weird, and we touched on that subject a little. I was impressed by his research and his care in making connections between this tumblr, Dirty Richmond and the Ledbury blog. It was a lot of fun and I think the interview will go up sometime this or next week.
When I’m not being interviewed for things, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading. I wonder if it’s common for someone who is reading The Bell Jar to be this sad. I’m about three-quarters of the way through and the book is getting quite devastating to say the least. I had an hour to read before work on Thursday and I was pretty low-spirited for the better part of the day afterwards. I would’ve rather spent the day in bed with my covers up to my chest, with the curtains drawn and becoming increasingly sad as I read. Reading such an omniscience story of the downward spiral of another human really tares you up inside. It’s really difficult to decipher where the fiction ends and the autobiography of the author begins with this novel. Sylvia Plath writes so beautifully, and the way she describes things is unlike anything I’ve previously read. Despite my mopiness, I’m really enjoying The Bell Jar, but I think the next book I read will be a little more upbeat.
To balance my invited sadness, I had a very good weekend – catching up with friends over meals (Garnett’s and 821 Café), hanging out with my roommates (my apartment is a full house now), short trips out of town, watching lame fireworks at Dogwood Dwell, and I found a real life functioning cassette tape deck on the 4th of July at the Fredericksburg Goodwill – God bless America! This is my third cassette tape deck, the previous two ended up not working shortly after I brought them home. I’ve already made a summer mixtape (listening to it right now).
There’s a lot to look forward to for the rest of the month. Dylan and I are leaving for New Mexico for vacation tomorrow (tomorrow!) and Allison will be back in Richmond after one year in China at the end of this month!
I was listening to a commencement speech by Shonda Rhimes, the writer and producer of Grey’s Anatomy, about a month ago and she said something that really hit me:
“Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.”
I’m sure a lot of people share this sentiment. Hell, I do. I think any person who is curious, thoughtful and motivated must feel this way. If I’m doing a really good job at updating my livejournal and tumblr, I start seeing gaps in my written journal. If I decide to exercise after work, I’m probably not having dinner or a drink in order to catch up with friends. The dishes start to pile up in the sink. My room becomes a mess. I forget to call my parents. It goes on and on. I suppose I’m just starting to feel that so many things in life are trade offs. And also that I should probably get better at multitasking.
So on that note, time to finish packing so I can enjoy vacation and some time away. See you all next week.