Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Atlantic: On Excercising At Work

Courtesy of Amy Selleck

I love The Atlantic's video on workplace exercise, so funny.

An appropriate exercise routine depends on the work environment, of course. Right now, it's not really okay for me to do desk push-ups and such in place, so I organize exercising around my break times:

15 minute break, morning: squats, deep and demi plies, calf raises, pushups, triceps dips, and sometimes kicks or arabesques or lunges, depending on the day. Then I sit down and stretch for the last five minutes.

30 minute lunch: I eat lunch at my desk and then use the half-hour to read while walking around the block at a moderate pace.

15 minutes, afternoon: Here, I will often go downstairs for a turn about the parking lot.

I can also add more bits of walking into the day by going downstairs for the mail, using the restroom, or as suggested in the video -- walking over to talk to coworkers in-person.

How do you work out at work?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Preparation & Taking Stock

Courtesy of Kathryn Decker

Deciding: what grad school to go back to for a Master's in English, Fall 2014.

Listening: to KUSC, LA's classical station.

Working: on projects/preparation for new job (coming soon!).

Applying: for part-time jobs (or flexible full-time) in Riverside, LA, & North Orange County.

Learning: German again, slowly but surely -- daily.

Practicing: martial arts, kickboxing/Tae Bo on YouTube, looking for a new (inexpensive) dojo.

Writing: a second novel, historical fiction -- pirates.

Reading: Even Now, by Michelle Latiolais, one of my favorite authors.

Enjoying: fresh grapes.

So excited that summer is finally here!

Props to one of my favorite blogs, Yes and Yes, for this simple suggestion.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Presidents & Grandfathers

Courtesy of @CNN

I'm not endorsing Hillary Clinton for 2016, but as noted on Jezebel and several other blogs, asking Clinton if being a grandmother would interfere with her possible presidency is both asinine and sexist. Thankfully, she had a great response.

Speaking of defeating sexism and breaking glass ceilings, check out this HuffPost article on three women from India, Japan, and Syria who graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885.

Author Mallika Rao sets the scene:

If the timing doesn't seem quite right, that's understandable. In 1885, women in the U.S. still couldn't vote, nor were they encouraged to learn very much. Popular wisdom decreed that studying was a threat to motherhood. Women who went to college, wrote the Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke in 1873, risked “neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system,” such as infertility. “Because,” went Clarke's reasoning, in a classic bit of mansplaining titled "Sex In Education," a woman’s “system never does two things well at the same time.”

 The heroes behind the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania were the Quakers, who believed in women's rights and education.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Goodbye to the Old

courtesy of Steve Davidson

My place of employment for the last six months has been pretty interesting. Whether to write about it or not -- and how to write about it if I did -- has been a conundrum. It's an office that would be grossly misrepresented if I only described the positive anecdotes. At the same time, I didn't want something other than positive anecdotes surfacing online. I apologize. I suppose I should have had this blog figured out more. That was also the business's major, major flaw.

The venture is now sinking, and will close in a few weeks -- so I can say whatever I want.