Monday Mush

laundry-day-is-cruelI don’t know what’s with me the past few days, but man am I cranky. Honestly I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t been as strict with my eating this week (half a bag of Pirates Booty for lunch…), and have been making other not so smart life choices lately, which just makes the little bad choices seem even worse. So as with most things, this has been a good practice for Not Being Too Hard On Myself. So what if I don’t lose a pound this week? I’m still putting in the effort, and fighting the good fight…or whatever. I just don’t want Weight Loss to become My Life. My life is pretty awesome and while I am slowly losing weight I don’t want it to be a Big Fucking Deal. I need to love myself no matter what size I am, and no matter how cheesy I am.

But anyway. I was REALLY cranky today, and am happy to report that it was nothing a Bar Method class couldn’t fix. UNTIL… I was walking home all happy and in pain (the good kind), planning on doing laundry when I got home, so that I could REALLY kill the cranky dead–I am a huge slob, and my mood gets 102309458098234% better when I clean. So. Laundry Time. Walking down my hallway, I stopped in the laundry room and score. Both machines were open. UNTIL 5 SECONDS LATER WHEN MY NEIGHBOR STOLE THEM.

New life plan: GET WASHER AND DRYER IN NEXT APARTMENT.

I know you all didn’t come here to read about me bitching about Tiny Stupid Things (my memoir title?), so here’s some Monday Love. Just a few things I’ve been enjoying/eating/doing/seeing lately:

Bouldering

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I have a fear of heights, so my newest hobby is very very strange for me, but I’ve been bouldering at the Circuit Gym three times in the past month, and love it. It’s a different kind of work out, and I love that it combines your muscles and your brain–you really do have to think about your next move, and plan your path up the giant fake rock. The Circuit has a few locations, but I’ve only been to the one on Sandy. It’s a great facility, and everyone there is friendly and helpful–I recommend going with someone who knows what the hell they’re doing though as it can be very intimidating. Lucky for me my climbing buddy didn’t mind spending a lot of time on the kid’s wall at first. It’s been a great challenge, and I’ve got the blisters on my hands to prove it!

Harlow
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I had a writing date with a friend last week and we ended up getting lunch at Harlow, a lovely, pretty, gluten-free vegan restaurant on Hawthorne. Just walking into the airy open space makes you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself. They have a large variety of bowls with veggies and stuff, as well as juices and smoothies. I ordered the Pride of Portland which was really pretty boring–brown rice, avocado, with peanut sauce on the side, but it came with a green juice, and my stomach had been kinda flip-floppy all day so it was probably the right choice. I can’t wait to go back and explore the menu some more.

Oscar Movies
The race is on! Two of my OMGBFFs and I try to watch as many nominated movies as we can before the Academy Awards, and we started with a marathon a few weekends ago. My favorite so far has been Ernest & Celestine, which is a French movie that was nominated for Best Animated Feature.

It. Is. So. Cute. I also have to throw in a quick shout out to Matthew Mcconaughey, because he was pretty amazing in Dallas Buyers Club. The movie itself, while not enjoyable, was really well done. But definitely hard to watch, mostly because of the subject matter. It’s just not a fun movie. But not all movies have to be fun (I see a long, ranting blog post in my future).

We’re planning on going to watch the nominated shorts at the Hollywood Theater later this month. A tradition that we started a few years ago that I love.

And now that I’ve taken the time to write this post, hopefully the laundry room is free!

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