Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Good
– New beginnings & refocusing energies
– Leverage on DVD & trying to figure out the twist
– Falling in love (again) with the beauty of NYC through White Collar
– Getting my mojo back
– Three days to freedom

Bad
– Uncertainty
– Heat, humidity & thunderstorms
– The shoutiness of Hell’s Kitchen

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I came up with a few goals for the summer because what is three months off studying without a some structure. I like organized fun people – I’m a capricorn.

– Jog for 20 minutes
I am not a huge fan of cardio. I walk a lot and take pilates classes but the treadmill is an undiscovered country. But, I know that cardio is good and I feel that I should at least be able to run for 20 minutes without my legs turning to jelly. I started out by doing walk-run-walk-run for a few minutes of each and today I managed 15 mins of a continous jog. (Of course afterwards I collapsed and I will feel it tomorrow.)
– Read 12 books
So far I’ve read 8 books: The Slap, The Millennium Trilogy by Stig Larsson, An Education by Lynn Barber, The Mapping of Love & Death by Jacqueline Winspear, The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith and Exit Music by Ian Rankin.
– Gut my wardrobe
When we moved flats I lost the walk-in wardrobe and about 50% of storage space. I really need the cull my clothes because there just isn’t the space to hold on to those items that I might one day wear again. So far I haven’t tackled this project. I have a feeling it might be done at the end of the season when I am switching over to my fall-winter clothes (which I also have to cull).
-Get through my Netflix queue
I upped my membership to two discs at a time but I am still fairly slow to watch stuff but at least I am getting more use out of Netflix Instant thanks to Leverage.
– Learn how to make macaroons
When I was in London I discovered macaroons from Paul’s bakery chain and oh my word they are delish. I haven’t started on this challenge yet because the summer heat makes it unbearable to have the oven on.

I am in the midst of trying to figure lots of little things out. For instance, I am sorely tempted to sign up for a Greek tragedy course at The New School’s Summer Continuing Ed program. It should fill in the blanks for my Greek Drama course that I ended up doing an 11th hour deferral. But on the other side I am loathed to give up two evenings a week when I am so time poor over the course of the year. Also, I have a stack of secondary reading to help me ‘fill in the blanks’ and I’d really like to go to LA to explore Getty Villa in Malibu. It’s a cornucopia of Greek and roman art plus they have an exhibit on Greek theater starting in late August & planned production of Electra in their outdoor amphitheater. Oh my which direction to go in. I feel I am leaning towards LA at the moment…

Then there is trying to decide what to do this weekend. Now we have the car we are free to roam but where to go. Alex suggested driving up to West Point so we could take a tour of the military academy and the museum but wanted me to find somewhere to eat. A friend suggested CIA but their restaurants are closed over the holiday weekend so perhaps worth deferring our day trip to when they are open. So what to do this Saturday? Perhaps a trip to the American Natural History Museum and the Hayden Planetarium to get some prep work in before the World Science Festival.