Archive for January, 2011

Betterment

I’m not huge into new years resolutions, but at the moment I do have some things I’m trying to do to change myself for the better, and it does happen to be January. First and foremost is my attempt to get into some semblance of shape. I got an all classes pass to the IM center group classes which lets me into as many group classes as I feel like all semester. So far I’ve done yoga and pilates, both of which were more intense that I expected; who thinks they’re going to be sore after doing yoga?  It all feels like a very feminine approach to fitness. I’d never claim to have been a very athletic individual, but when I play Ultimate thats the feeling I’d come away with a sense of athleticism. With the group classes I don’t get that same feeling, but they fit much better with my schedule and lifestyle at the moment, not to say anything to the fact that there is no way that I am in shape enough to keep up with frisbee team. I do like the classes a lot better than running or working out otherwise on my own. There’s something to the sense of group unity that motivates you to preform at your best and continue to come back.

I’m also attempting to be more aware of the time I am spending. I feel like I spend so much time doing things because it is the path of least resistance rather than an activity that I will get something out of. Surfing the internet is an easy default for me, but it isn’t really fun. In order to combat this, I’m trying to make myself busier and give myself alternative hobbies. I haven’t knit in forever, but I just started a new project and I’m pretty excited about it. This gives me something to do while I watch TV shows or movies so even when I’m having fun and relaxing, I can have the self-satisfaction of having something to show for it.

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Where Will This Take Me?

It’s been awhile. But I’m feeling a bit of a writing itch, strange as it seems. So we’ll go with this, free-form style, no holds barred, no thoughts, no plans. Just me, the blinking cursor, and this white expanse ahead of me. And my penguin pajamas. Can’t forget those.

As a physics major, I don’t really need to write much anymore. But while I’m not sad to see arbitrary page length requirements go the way of the idea of an ether*, I can’t say that the skills I’ve gained over the years are useless. I can write in a fairly eloquent fashion, albeit overly technically with a few too many commas. I can even use semi-colons with pride and confidence; this is another independent clause, proving my point. My concern is that without the occasional exercise (2 words that I cannot spell for the life of  me), these skills will not remain sharp, and, more importantly, I may begin to lose this style of thinking.

I’m similarly concerned about my speaking skills. “But Hilary!” you protest, “You speak every day, often at great length, when most people really want you to be quiet!”. The issue is that I don’t speak at my full level of eloquence. I hesitate to say that I dumb myself down, as it is more a lack of formality than an intent to appear less intelligent, but it equates to much the same thing. When I speak with my friends I lack direction. I make up words with incredible frequency, even though there is generally a word that already exists that better expresses what I am trying to convey. I used to ironically use internet slang in real life, but now I just use internet slang in real life. I am almost always in “silly” mode. Almost childish. I worry on occasion that people underestimate me.  But then what does it matter? These are my peers. I’m supposed to be able to let loose. Except that then there are those times. Those times when you use the word “bamftastic” in front of a professor.** That’s when you start to realize that you may have a problem.

So let’s do this thang. k?

*Yes, I did really need to make a physics joke there.
**True HilaryStory (TM)

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