Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Try, try again

Hey, so remember when I said 2013 was going to be my year of trying stuff? Well I have been trying the hell out of all kinds of things already, you guys!

Wearing my hair in a bun. I can't believe I've never tried this before. I guess I thought that with my super-straight, abundant, below-shoulder-length hair it would require a couple of hundred bobby pins to get it to stay up there, but it doesn't require any bobby pins at all! Daughter H showed me how to do a really cute twisty coiled bun with just one measly hair elastic! And it stays up all day! And it takes two seconds and keeps my hair out of my face and I love it and now I don't want to shave my head (again)! I mean okay, it makes me look about 10 years older than I am. But that is a small price to pay for not hating your hair anymore, yes? Yes.
Verdict: YES. I have worn my hair in a bun every single day since H showed me how to do it, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Listening to classical music. I originally started doing this for stress management when I drive. Because I have some road rage issues, y'all. And also because OMG WHY DON'T PEOPLE DRIVE RIGHT? WHY WHY WHY?! So yeah. My car came with an XM-ready radio and I have the cheapest monthly subscription and there is this station called Symphony Hall where they just play classical music. And suddenly not only am I listening to it when I drive, but I'm downloading free classical MP3s from Amazon and tuning in to classical playlists on Pandora and Songza and muttering things under my breath like, "Hmm, that sounds like Haydn." I don't know what to tell you except that sometimes it's nice not to have to listen to words. And to hear the occasional violin.
Verdict: YES. What have I become?

Coconut butter. This is a thing that you eat. It's pretty much just coconut ground down to a paste, you know, like peanut butter. But with coconuts. Coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees Fahrenheit and it's winter here now, so my coconut butter is a solid chunk that needs softening/melting before I can really enjoy it. I DO find it very tasty. I'm just ... looking forward to eating it in the summer when I don't have to microwave it. Or spend so much energy chewing it.
Verdict: Hmm. I'll get back to you.

Sardines. This is another thing you eat, a little oily fish, I probably don't have to tell you that. I dislike taking fish oil supplements so I'm trying to eat more little oily fishes, and I put these on my salads, and I think I like them?
Verdict: Yes. They are growing on me.

Pull-ups. On a pull-up bar. In my bedroom doorway. Pulling myself up.
Verdict: HAHAHAHA!!!!

Maintaining my weight loss. Since cutting out grain and legumes on January 2nd I have somehow dropped to three pounds BELOW my ideal weight. Even without pull-ups! Which I really think is a bit too light for me. Pretty sure this calls for more avocados, bun-less bacon cheeseburgers and booze, yes?
Verdict: Whoops!

Not buying any more books, Kindle or otherwise. Yeah. I have all these books, see? Like literally hundreds of books loaded onto my Kindle. I got at least 80% of them for free, and 19% of them for less than $5 each, but still. So many books. So I was thinking that maybe I shouldn't buy any more (even for free) this year, and just read the ones I already have, but then I decided that was stupid. So I'm glad we got that all worked out.
Verdict: OH HELL NO.


  1. I have 85 books on my Kindle, yet I still go to the library and actually bought Catherine The Great the last time I was at the airport.

    I love my hair in a bun. I missed it so much last summer that I'm growing it out again...even though my son says I look like an old booster. Wait until he sees me with a braid!

    Sardines?OH HELL NO!

  2. Don't give up on the pull ups! Use a chair to help you jump up, then hold for as long as you can, then gradually let yourself down. You can do it!

  3. I'm obsessing over Czech Philharmonic concerts now, after years of avoiding concerts like the plague. Could it be a January thing?

    If you have a chance to cook fresh sardines, definitely try them, they are delicious!

  4. I am awfully impressed. Bun, sardines ... underweight? HELL YES! I will never ever be there. E.V.E.R.
    I didn't buy that whole "I'm not buying anymore books for a year" not even for a split second.

  5. Why would Kindles hold hundreds of books if they weren't MEANT to hold hundreds of books? I've got 300+ on mine and peruse the free listings weekly. I never know what I'll feel like reading next so I want options, baby.


  6. ok, the other side of the bun story. I live in NYC and let my hair grow and wore it in a bun. Twice a week I boarded a subway train at about 10 pm for a LONG subway ride. Almost invariably a younger person would rise and offer me a seat. THEN I cut my hair. I haven't had a seat since. I can't decide which is better ... sitting, or not.......