Monday, June 30, 2014

What I've Been Reading This Summer

Summer is everyone's designated reading catch up time and I am no exception. Over the last four years, I keep accumulating books that I keep meaning to read but out of sheer laziness, never got around to. This year I've changed that a little more. While I took a huge chunk of it out last year by reading Mindy Kaling's book and Bossypants along with a couple others, I found more books that I wanted to read. So here's some that I have almost finished reading, and HIGHLY recommend. :)

1. One More Thing- BJ Novak. 
I was a huge fan of the Office when it was on the air, and watched each season religiously despite its drop in quality towards the later seasons. Some of my favorite characters were the background characters- and Ryan (played byBJ Novak) was no exception. This book was written by him, and is full of mini stories that are hysterical. Definitely a good beach read, or a mini lunch break reading session. Also- this book has a trailer featuring BJ Novak, and his bestie (and my idol), Mindy Kaling! 
2. The Happiness Project- Gretchen Rubin
This book is really outside of my reading taste, however it does help you think about things differently. I'm pretty sure this is labelled as a self-help book. Anyway, while some of the essays seem very intuitive, I think reading it can help you re-eavaluate your own happiness, and maybe how small things could make you happier. Definitely a light read.
3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock- Matthew Quick
I have a couple of authors who I will read any book of theirs regardless of what it is. Matthew Quick is getting on that list. This book is amazing, and I can not put it down. I actually meant to pick up Matthew Quick's other book "The Good Luck of Right Now" but found this one instead. Regardless, this book is a page turner. It's about a school shooter, and his thought process before he goes to school and why he's going to shoot someone. I don't want to give too much away, but read it. It's good. Very very good.
4. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things- John McGregor
If you love poetic writing, or novels that just flow beautifully, this is your book. It is so wonderful and mesmerizing. I can't even begin to describe it. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Bubbles Burst: Adult Life Begins?

A wonderful sweet card from my dear friend, Liz!
So where were we.... oh right, I finished college like a month ago (what the WHAT?!?). I graduated, and after a couple of small things I'm in the process of doing, I will be a happy person with a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering and a Bachelors of Arts in German Literature and Language. It's all quite really strange to be honest, but nothing that isn't too out of the ordinary for most of my peers now.

I mean... here's a picture of the back of my head. But I mean, the pineapple on my cap is worthy of an A+ and should be featured on Psych's fan page. 
What was strange was the month gap I had between my internship with the State of New Hampshire Public Health Lab and graduation. During that time I was in a bubble. I managed to accomplish some small house projects, completely redid my closet, watched a ton of soccer, and sleep a ton. While it was great doing that for the first two weeks, it got repetitive and I felt like I was missing something. At first, it felt like I was just out of place at home, seeing as how I've spent the majority of the last four years in New York, surrounded by friends that I've had since freshman year. But there was definitely more to that.
It's so easy to say "Oh, right now, I want to take a break and see where I can go." It's another thing to actually take that time to do some soul searching and just freak out because you don't know what to do or why you decided a break was a good idea in the first place. Needless to say, I figured out a temporary plan for the immediate future, and hopefully it'll set the groundwork for whatever I choose to do soon.
Clearly the antics of a college graduate. Also, why does my camera insist it is 2006?
However, nothing is set in stone and whatever does in the future, I am certain happens for the best. So on that note, congratulations to all the graduates of 2014- high school, college, whatever else there is. Whatever you've just accomplished- it only is the beginning. :)

xoxo
Sheilly

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Clean(er) Eating


I am in love with food, and just want to taste anything and everything I can. I'm constantly watching the Food Network, and am in love with reading food blogs. After going off the meal plan on campus two years ago, I decided I wanted to cook as much as I could- while still maintaining school and other life obligations. And I've succeeded for the most part on those counts, by perfecting certain dishes and working on newer and more exciting palettes.

However, there's a discrepancy in what I eat, and how I lead my life. As someone who isn't the most active person, I tend to eat tons of junk food. If I can put cheese in a meal, I probably will. Pasta dishes are a weekly- even daily- occurrence. And we won't discuss cookies. (I'm practically the cookie monster.) It's definitely difficult to eat healthier, especially when a lot of the things I enjoy eating are more appealing to my really unhealthy eating habits.

(This is an all too common occurrence...)

I've never been a big fan of going on diets. While I say I can live off of salad, I really truly can't, and find myself reaching for a bag of potato chips maybe an hour after a salad. This being said, I think I've slowly started to transition to healthier/cleaner eating habits. Incorporating salads as a side to a meal, cutting back on baking cookies, and simply having more fruit has helped a ton.

However, I feel that since I'm training for a small run, and will soon be incorporating more running into my daily life, eating like I have been will not be suitable. (I mean, how many runners do you know will douse their cheesecake in whipped cream?) So while this change will be difficult, it'll be for the good in the long run.

Ideally, I would definitely follow a clean eating model, where you eat a ton of fresh and non-processed food, that lifestyle is too intense for me. I need my chocolate cookies, and Ben and Jerry's ice cream for those nights where I put off writing a history paper. I want to be able to eat healthier, without sacrificing too much of what I already eat. I've decided to work with portioning, and resizing meals. So if I'm going to make a pasta dish, I will make sure that I have double the size of salad I eat than the amount of pasta I eat. I won't eat chips and dip while marathoning How I Met Your Mother. (The struggle will be very real.) Small changes in my life will help me get into a healthier state. So naturally I typed them up, and signed my name (and made my roommate do it too).

(Framed in neon pink tape, and posted on Instagram for more serious guidance?) 

Let's see how long this lasts right? (It'll last I'm sure.)
Sheilly

Saturday, March 29, 2014

And I Will Run 5 Kilometers, and I Can't Walk 5 Meters More after that.


I'm running a 5k guys!
And by that I mean, I'm training to run a 5k called the Ladies Night Out Run hopefully on June 21st!

More information on the run here!

I was supposed to start training this week, but I ended up getting a nasty bout of allergies or a cold midway through the week. At the moment, I know I can do about 2.87 miles in about a half hour on a treadmill. However, it's not an easy task for me, and my legs became boneless for the rest of the day. (You know that feeling when your legs just don't work, and just feel like jelly? That's the feeling of being boneless.)

Accurate representation of me after coming back from the gym.

I got two of my friends involved in my this 5k program. My roommate (begrudgingly) will be training with me, although not to run the race. My other friend will actually be like my trainer and give me tips, and keep motivated throughout this program. I'm very excited to see where it goes, although I am also a bit nervous.

For anyone curious: I'm doing a mix of the couch to 5k training program and just regular gym goings. Once the weather in NY decides to clear up, and is a little warmer, I'm planning on running outside to increase my distance, but not speed.

Should be fun, and excruciating. YAY?
Sheilly