Golden, crunchy, fried potatoes. Oh my good heavens I adore french fries. I could eat them all the time. I can even rank them in terms of who has the best. (Chick-Fil-A and McDonalds in case you're wondering) Why am I making a monologue about golden fried goodness you ask? Well because every time I resolve to eat better I decide that I should not eat as many french fries as I do. I target other things as well but french fries are really the things that stab me right in the heart. I do not ever cut them out completely. Because I want to enjoy life (honestly don't ever lecture me about this, it's one of the few things that actually makes me angry ; ). But I do try to limit them to once a week, and then only small. Well I haven't had any for two weeks. I think it's because I haven't eaten with anyone else in that time, and when I'm alone I mostly eat tortillas and the leftover glorious enchiladas I made. But my cravings have been getting intense. I talked to my sis about Chick-fil-a I think on Tuesday and I've brought it up every day since then. I guess it's good we don't have those here.... Haha I better get some soon or I think I'm going to crack!
I have many other "siren calls" but this is the only one I can think of right now : ).
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Motivation has been a big problem for me this summer. Not only in work and relationships (as in friends, families, doing things for others), but also in blogging. I've actually had many thoughts I'd like to commit to proverbial 'paper', but sadly either they would be alittletoo soul bearing for my taste, or I just haven't done it. But I feel the time has come for me to state the biggest problem I'm having this summer. Books.
I don't get to read much during the school year. It's kind of a mental block I have, I get too completely engrossed in the books I do pick up that they either need to be ones that I can finish in a few hours, or the won't get done for months, just so I can focus on school. But then summer hits. And all the cravings I've had for books hit me all at the same time with a great degree of potency. Let me illustrate the degree this has taken me over. In the past 4 business days (haha not counting Sunday), I've bought 12 new books. That's right. Twelve. Even more interesting, I've already read four of them. Two I'd previously read before buying them, but they're not counted in the four I've read. Well one of them is but I did actually read it. And it's not even like I'm buying a series. My tastes for these books are insanely diverse. I have a memoir, a rousing tale of sisterhood through the decades, a coughfewcough teen books (these are the sort that just take me hours to read), a novel about the changing world around the times of civil rights, and three gritty murder mysteries. I'm also currently reading, but purchased long ago, a WWII novel by I believe my favorite author. I have an addiction. And it's only getting worse. I wonder if there's some way I could transform my motivation for procuring and reading these books into the research I should be doing....
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I was out of town this past week (more on that to come). But just as I anticipated the little ducks were born while I was out.... 7 little duckies were born and are now out following their momma around somewhere. I unfortunately haven't seen the little ones but I can just imagine that they're adorable. All I have is the picture of what's left.
One little egg that didn't hatch and some broken shells. I don't know what to think about the last egg. I know that this happens sometimes but it still makes me sad. I also can't help wondering if some sort of other animal will come and take it.... what else is going to happen to it?
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This might sound weird but I don't get nervous speaking in front of people. I've given a ton of presentations. I've taught classes, I've given presentation to high school students trying to get them to like engineering, and I've talked so much about engineering to my professors I get bored thinking about it. I've even presented engineering work to non-engineers. All those times I get a little nervous right before but that's it. Well not this time. I'm talking at a conference next week and preparing the presentation right now. I wasn't nervous until I made the presentation. Now I'm absolutely petrified. I have to practice the presentation tomorrow in front of my professor and truly that is what scaring me the most. I don't know why but make a fool of myself in front of this person is more terrifying than presenting in front of professional engineers. But then again I haven't gotten to that part yet :). Right now I'm just paralyzed. Ugh. Fear. It's a terrible emotion.