I don’t know where I saw this idea recently, but it’s been comforting me, maybe because I have a terrible memory.
We don’t always consciously remember much of the books we read, but in the moment of reading them, they affect us; they lay pathways in our brains, traces that linger and shape who we are from that point forward. As someone who reads a lot, and forgets a lot, I feel better thinking that all that reading is still in there, somewhere. That it’s changed me. It’s making me want to choose what I read a little more carefully.
And as I finish this semester and think about my students, who will soon forget most of what I’ve said, most of what they’ve read in my classes, I hope that whatever traces were laid down end up shaping their thoughts and lives in useful and interesting ways, going forward.
Just a quick update on gym stuff. I’m nine weeks into training weekly with Justin. We checked numbers again today:
Arm gain 1″
Chest gain 3/4″ (This also includes back)
Waist 1″ lost
Hips 1″ lost (Also includes buttocks)
Thighs 3/4″ gain
So essentially, not changing my diet at all and doing weight training once a week, I’ve put on a little muscle in arm and back and thighs, and lost a little fat in waist and hips. That’s all good, in my book.
I’ve gone down about a dress size — today I tried on a dress I last wore in 2006 (at our not-wedding-party), and was delighted to find that it fits; it had been distressing me, perhaps unreasonably, that I haven’t been to fit into that for years. There’s still a little of baby belly left, but I can zip up the back now, which is great. I’m also notably stronger and have slightly better cardio and flexibility. It’s easier to exercise than it was when I started.
I have two more sessions with the trainer, and I was going to sign up for more, but I remembered that in early January, I’m probably going to have the second breast reconstruction surgery, after which I’ll be pretty restricted from lifting for a month or two.
So we talked it over, and the plan is for me to try to keep up cardio (lots of walking, since I won’t be able to jog or swim) through January / February and calorie-restrict a bit (since I won’t be building muscle). I’d like to lose five pounds in that period. Then come back to him in March (if the budget allows) for another three months of training.
So far, so good. Onwards.
This is a relatively mild dish, good for people who don’t typically eat spicy food — you can even leave the green chilies out entirely if you want. Traditionally, sothi makes a nice breakfast served with stringhoppers, a little coconut sambol, and possibly a fish or meat curry.
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2-3 T oil or ghee
1 T ginger, minced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
3 green chilies, sliced fine
1 t. fennel seeds
1/4 t. turmeric
1 t. salt
3 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can coconut milk
1. Boil eggs, peel, and set aside.
2. Sauté onions in oil or ghee on medium-high, stirring as needed. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies, fennel seeds, turmeric, and salt; continue cooking until golden-translucent.
3. Add potatoes, tomato, and coconut milk; cook, stirring as needed, until potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
4. Slice eggs in half and add to dish. Serve hot with rice or stringhoppers.
Kevin has gone out of town for eight days, and we are all a bit sad. I am sure he will do brilliant math, which is good for math, but math will have to deal with my being a bit cranky with it. The children and I have taken to my bed, where we have turned the heated mattress pad on and curled up under the covers. We may emerge for food, but otherwise, I think we’re tucked in for the night. Hooray for bed. And heat.
Last day of classes, and the traditional wearing of jeans to teach. I used to wear jeans regularly my first year or so of teaching, but found that it made it a little harder to keep my classroom focused on their work; I looked too much like one of the students. I’m getting older, though, so this is probably less and less of an issue as time passes. Maybe in a few years, I’ll just teach in jeans all the time? Probably not — I actually do enjoy dressing up a bit for work. But last day, we all let our hair down. Now to go pick up donuts for class. 🙂