Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday! I’ve had a pretty chill week, but a lot of thoughts. More than are here, but you know they’ll make their way out eventually. So, let’s talk about what’s happening in my life and mind this week.
1.) In the past few weeks, I’ve had a number of encounters with Uber drivers that left me with strong emotions.
Situation 1: I was stuck in traffic for over a half an hour with a woman who sang along to the music very loudly, criticized me for not having a TV in my dorm, and almost hit a police officer directing traffic.
Feelings: Annoyed, anxious, scared.
Situation 2: A driver was shocked I had come downtown from Hyde Park. I explained that I ran downtown with the plan to Uber back. He was amazed that I had run there (I walked some, too).
Feelings: Pretty proud of myself. Watching people on social media run 293 miles per week skews my perspective. Normal people don’t just get up on Saturday and run 8 miles.
Situation 3: Talking to a very sweet old Serbian driver and teaching him English words and basic American geography.
Feelings: Happy. I like talking to people and finding out their life stories.
2.) I finished Grace and Frankie Monday. I love it a lot. It’s funny and I want more. Now.
3.) Because I do have a lighter quarter, I needed something else to watch. (I mean, not actually… I could have done something else, but Netflix felt like a good idea. That’s a rarity for me, so I went with it.)
I’ve always been interested in 13 Reasons Why (the book), but never read it because the thing that terrified me more than anything else except real-life terrorism as a kid was the idea of suicide. Give me all the other violence and scary shit in media, but when people killed themselves, I’d be so affected by it that I couldn’t keep watching. The case that comes to mind is The Shawshank Redemption, which I now love. Anyway, that’s why I avoided the book.
But I decided that I’ve grown up enough to handle it, so I watched the first season of the show on Netflix in 3 days. I feel like a real college student now. Yes, I went to class on Tuesday, but I still managed over half the season that day. It was all-consuming and uncomfortable, but I want more. So many thoughts that I could write an entire post on (but I’ll probably spare you). Also, the music was excellent – and that’s from a person who doesn’t usually notice music in TV.
4.) Did I mention that the Uber driver criticized me for not having a TV? I think I can do enough damage with Netflix on my computer…
5.) My cognitive psych teacher gives a 5-minute break halfway through our 80-minute class and I love it. I have the hardest time sitting still for a long time, and 80 minutes has me stiff and absolutely itching to move by the end, but usually the only classes with breaks are 3-hour ones. The quick reprieve is incredible, though.
6.) After I finished 13 Reasons Why yesterday, I realized I could use my extra time to start learning French for the fall. I’m not going to become proficient before then, but I’d rather start off with some knowledge than none – and it feels more productive than Netflix, but still fun. Win.
7.) Since I stopped training for the half, I haven’t been as hungry, but yesterday I was so damn snacky. It was kinda annoying, since nothing really sounded good, but at least I had plenty of food around to try to fill myself up.
8.) Playoff hockey started last night! I love hockey a lot. But the Blue Jackets lost.
9.) My cilantro plant looks kinda wilty. Send it happy thoughts. I think it’s meant for more sun than it gets here. But I want it to live.
10.) And now I want to leave you with some of my favorite recipes & reads from the week.
- Perfect easy meal. –> 3-Ingredient Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- So much good stuff. So springy. –> Whole Grain Greek Yogurt Pineapple Carrot Cake
- I have intense love for deviled eggs. –> Toasted Sesame Sriracha Deviled Eggs
- It’s more than okay to ask for help. –> 4 Important Reminders to Ask for Help (Earlier Than You Think)
- All the respect for chronically ill people. –> Dear Bryan Bickell, from a Chronically Ill Hockey Fan
Any interesting encounters lately?
Do you speak another language?
Anything else I should know?