Good morning! 

It is so beautiful up here.

Good morning!

It is so beautiful up here.

Last September I visited a coworker’s cottage in northern Michigan and vowed, here, that I was going to try to get back this winter or spring to do a dissertation writing retreat. And now it’s spring (but feels like winter) and I am back! I’m here with bimsk and two other grad school lab mates for a week. We arrived this weekend, stocked up on groceries, and have basically sequestered ourselves away from any and all distractions while we all work on these big, long, difficult projects. 

I have to say, it’s going exactly as I’d hoped. There is literally nothing to do up here but work. We get up around 7. I usually do yoga or run, though I may squeeze 30 minutes or an hour of work in first, have breakfast, and then just go. 25 minute intervals of work, 5 minute breaks, all day long. We break it up with walks along Crystal Lake (I’m on a mission to make Benny the dog my best friend), playing with Emmett, chatting, lunch, cooking dinner for each other, and the occasional nighttime TV show or movie. Then we go to sleep early and start all over again. It’s way colder than it might’ve been in mid April (high of 28 today), so it’s not really tempting to sit outside or drive to Lake Michigan or go into town. And it also helps that it stays light eerily late up here, so even though it’s 5 or 6 p.m. it still feels like mid afternoon - you don’t necessarily feel like you need to pack it up for the day

This is just such a cool experience to have, and I think I’m going to go home with a lot of important stuff done. 

scandinaviancollectors:

PABLO PICASSO, Head, 1948. Ink on paper.

We have a print of this in our bedroom and it’s one of my all-time favorite pieces of art, ever. 

scandinaviancollectors:

PABLO PICASSO, Head, 1948. Ink on paper.

We have a print of this in our bedroom and it’s one of my all-time favorite pieces of art, ever. 

bimsk:

Soup’s on. #goemmett

I was a witness to this last night and it was magnificent. 

bimsk:

Soup’s on. #goemmett

I was a witness to this last night and it was magnificent. 

New Year’s Resolutions: April 7 - April 13, 2014

4/7/14:

Yoga? Check! 10 min post run. 

Healthy eating grade? A-. Greek yogurt, quinoa salad, some tater tots I couldn’t resist, black bean tacos. A happy and healthy day. 

4/8/14:

Yoga? Check! 5 min before bed. 

Healthy eating grade? A-. Vegan Tuesday. Oatmeal, salad, special healthy secret recipe spelt bread from my friend and handyman Maciej who brought it by to congratulate us on our pregnancy, something I wrote down as “veg” for dinner. Helpful, Brady. But I recorded an A- so I must’ve been good. 

4/9/14:

Yoga? Check! 5 min before bed. 

Healthy eating grade? B. Cereal, veggie burger, tater tots (becoming a habit), quinoa, a BLT made with fake bacon and no tomato. Pretty carby and high in sodium. 

4/10/14: 

Yoga? Check! 5 min before bed. 

Healthy eating grade? B-. I got on a bad fake meat kick this week. Too many carbs, too, and I bought myself two small bags of Lay’s chips at the office and ate every single one in one sitting. Also overate at dinner. 

4/11/14: 

Yoga? Check! 15 min in the morning. I decided my arms were getting weak so I focused on them and overdid it and paid for it all day. 

Healthy eating grade? B+. Egg tortilla, veggie sandwich and fries at New Holland Brewing Company on way up north, black beans & sweet potato empanadas and a salad for dinner. Not too bad for a traveling day. 

4/12/14:

Yoga? Check! 5 min before bed.

Healthy eating grade? B+. Healthy breakfast. Chipotle bowl for lunch. Crepes for dinner. (We ordered healthy savory ones and I didn’t overeat too badly on the super amazing dessert crepe we got - nutella and peanut butter. Oh my.)

4/13/14: 

Yoga? 30 min practice up in Michigan. I got hot halfway through and opened the window. It was about 45 degrees and the birds were chirping and the snow was melting and my post-practice meditation was about the best ever. 

Healthy eating grade? B+. Greek yogurt w lots of berries, walnuts, and honey, whole wheat toast with homemade marmalade, a couple of breakfast bars for a snack, egg, cheese, and avocado sandwich for lunch, pickle flavored chips (yes), brussels sprouts pizza for dinner. We are eating well on our writing retreat! 

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Overall healthy eating GPA: B+. Yoga was great this week. I’m easing back into slightly longer practices and am going to add some prenatal classes as soon as I get back to the city. I do feel like this daily habit is changing me - I slip more quickly into a calm, meditative state and really do feel better most days after I finish up. It really helps me cope with all of the feelings of uncertainty I’m experiencing as well as uncomfortable physical symptoms. I also think it’s helping me grow spiritually, as “cosmic” (as my family would say) as that sounds.