Calling Out Melted

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I know, I know. I complained quite bitterly for the entirety of the winter months about how cold it was and how I wanted to die every time it snowed. I promised myself that when spring and summer arrived, I would revel in the warmth. I may have overestimated my ability to do that, because it is currently 97 degrees and there's an air quality alert in Philadelphia and I never want to go outdoors ever again. The air is like soup. Gross, polluted, soup. It kind of hurts to breathe. Also, I forgot how much I hate sweating. I was waiting for the bus to go to therapy this afternoon for ten minutes and I think I managed to dehydrate myself entirely and my makeup melted off of my face. I'm a bag of sexy, let me tell you.

Anyway, therapy this afternoon was good. And so very necessary. My brain is so super saturated with stuff right now. If it wasn't so troubling, it would be impressive, to be honest. I had meant to bring my Kindle to work today so I could post my belated Mental Health Monday post but... I didn't, so that's not happening. I'm leaving in half an hour to go to (yet another) doctor's appointment, and while I'd really like nothing more than to spew my brain contents in this post, I simply do not have the time. Instead, I will link up with Erica Jacquline for Listed Tuesdays! I love lists, so I have no idea why it took me so long to find this lovely lady. If you're into lists, and really, who isn't, you should definitely head over to her blog and check it out!

Erica Jacquline

This Week's List: Summer Goals

With the first day of summer looming on Saturday and this being the last summer I will have before med school starts, I figured I might as well try and accomplish some things!

1. Read
There are approximately 937 books on my Goodreads list, and seeing as how all of my future reading will likely be from textbooks and anatomy atlases, I would like to do some more reading for pleasure this summer.  I recently downloaded The Depths by Jonathan Rottenberg, which is a non-fiction book about depression, and I have The Maze Runner by James Dashner on request at the library. Any recommendations of other things to add to my Goodreads?

2. Finish that damn shawl
It's only been 6 months since I started GingerSNAP, it really needs to be done. I just need to sit down for a few minutes, get into the rhythm of short row knitting, and then I should be good to go! Seriously, it's been sitting like this for months:

3. Fill in holes in my wardrobe
Since I lost 40 pounds last year and another 20 more recently, my wardrobe has been slowly morphing into things that, you know, fit. My pants right now, save for one pair of jeans, are all comically large, and I have been putting off getting new ones because "these ones work!" I have to decide whether to get my pants taken in or just give up and get new ones, but that obviously requires consulting with a seamstress and I simply haven't made the time to do so. I have been pretty good recently about purging my closet of stuff that doesn't fit or that I no longer wear, but I haven't been as good at filling in the holes. Since my med school has a business-casual dress code, I would like to get a few more dresses that would work (they're so easy to wear), as well as some more versatile tops. If anyone has any tips on where to find great oxford shirts that aren't see-through and don't gap over the girls, let me know. Also, I'm pretty sure there are some clothes that I own that are now old enough to vote, if not old enough to order alcohol, so I should probably rethink those possessions...

4. Schedule some time away with the husband
Last summer, we took our "honeymoon" almost a year after getting married and it was amazing. We knew that we wouldn't be able to take such an extravagant trip this summer due to the house buying and the med school starting, but we still would like to get away for a few days. I'm hoping to book some time in Ocean City, NJ, but Victoria just told me to check out Groupons for Atlantic City, too, so we might do that. I'd like to try and plan something for Christmas break, too, since we'll both have off. Maybe we can catch a cheap cruise deal for a few days!

5. Try new recipes
Ken and I love to cook, but we've kind of been stuck in a rut recently of using the same recipes over and over. I have bookmarked and pinned so many recipes, so we should really try some out this summer! This One Pan Chicken Alfredo and this Grilled Lemon Rosemary Basil Chicken look great! Anyone have any must-try recipes?

6. Set up and USE my sewing machine
I've owned this thing for well over 2 years now and have yet to even thread the machine. This is just silliness. I could be hemming pants over here!

7. Learn more about my camera and using Lightroom
I'm totally in love with the 50 mm 1.8 lens that I bought from Chrystina and I finally dove into using Lightroom a bit to edit the photos I shot at Sarah's baby shower. Now I can't wait to learn more! I'm hoping that I have lots of opportunites to take more photos this summer, and I'm looking at a few Lightroom tutorials online. It seems pretty user-friendly, but I'd like to really learn the ins and outs of the program.

So those are some of my bigger goals for this summer! You know, besides moving, decorating our new house, buying a grill for our awesome deck, sleeping, and gearing up to start medical school. What are your summer goals?

- A


  1. I always overestimate my ability to handle the heat...but then again, I love winter more! Great summer goals :)

    1. My friend once compared me to an orchid because I am so sensitive to temperature and I'm only happy in a very small range of them, haha. I would rather be too cold than too hot though; I can always bundle up!

  2. Love this blog! You inspired me today to write me own list outside of Dr's& meds etc!

    1. Aw, thank you! And good! Living outside the box of chronic illness can be so hard, but it's nice to do something for yourself every once in awhile!

  3. I had to quite looking at goodreads! I have so many books to read and no time!


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