Archive for May, 2009

31
May
09

Busy Bee

I have been inundated with assignments and reading this past week in addition to adjusting my schedule to accommodate my Curves trips and yoga classes. Interestingly enough, I may need this week to officially cement these changes to my schedule. I didn’t think that it would take this long, but I guess significant changes like this may take some time.

Quick Updates:

The Curves study…

Within the two weeks that I’ve been going (3 times a week as required), I have noticed little changes primarily with firming and toning. Unfortunately, there aren’t really any noticeable weight loss. I think if I lose any weight it would probably be minimal. The circuit does not provide enough cardio for me to complement the toning it provides. I would have to incorporate a cardio component before heading there which, in my opinion, is not worth the $39/month that they charge. If only they do not require a minimum one year contract then I may be convinced to continue for 6 months. I have been looking around for a gym near me though primarily because the gym in my apartment complex is only sparsely equipped. It only has 2 treadmills and everyone wants to use it so sometimes one would have to wait to hop on. It’s not something I want to deal with especially since my exercise regimen is still in the process of being habitual. I’ve been tossing around the idea of joining the Y as well. Lots of options to consider.

School wise…

I’m really enjoying my Counseling Skills II class. Being able to try all the different interventions is exciting. My prof’s personality and therapeutic techniques matches mine so it’s been easy to relate to her and her teaching style. Also, it solidified my initial choice of theoretical orientation. I am most at ease with utilizing the cognitive and behavioural interventions more than the affective ones. Yes, I will be joining the CBT crew.

TV realm…

A few months ago, I was able to watch about 5 episodes of In Treatment Season 1. Unfortunately, I stopped after that since HBO on Demand changed episodes on me. I’m debating starting to watch it again. Sidenote…I actually remember having a crush on Gabriel Byrnes after I saw The Usual Suspects. Good movie.

A&E also recently came out with a new reality show called Obsessed. Its premise is to show the audience the struggles surrounding individuals suffering from different anxiety disorders and their journey to recovery. Quite similar to Intervention. Its first episode was last week. I’m not quite sure if I like it just yet.

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22
May
09

friendships

Quality over quantity has always been my motto when it comes to friendships. Being an only child, I was content playing by myself. I never felt the pressure to continuously seek playmates. I did not even feel the need to have imaginary friends. To me, solitude did not equate loneliness. Thus, the desire to acquire friendships was not on the top of my list throughout my entire school life. While many tried to achieve popularity, I was quite satisfied with my status at school. I was neither popular nor unpopular. I knew enough people yet not too many. Everything was just right. This is what I am used to.

Let’s move forward to my current situation. Mr Shell expressed to me that he feels a little guilty that I haven’t made friends yet here at Sun City. Now, my definition of friendship extends past merely knowing the person and hanging out with the person every now and again. I do not carelessly make friends with anyone. When someone becomes my friend, regardless of the type of friend, I willingly spend my time and energy to the friendship. My current trepidation is a product of instances when I’ve been burned and growing maturity. Even though distance separates me from my best friends and close friends right now, I am not willing to compromise my stance on friendship because of Mr Shell’s guilt (plus I find his guilt to be unfounded). I did explain this to him and he understands yet he also cannot stop feeling the guilt. My reassurance was futile. He still has slight twinges of guilt.

19
May
09

contradiction

So much to tell yet so little to write. With the ongoings in my life right now it feels like my thoughts are just bouncing off each other leading to such disorganization that I cannot put them in paper. These past couple of days, I have tried writing a coherent and cogent post, but the results remain to be unfinished drafts. I cannot seem to focus on a thought. Not to mention I feel like my writing ability is nonexistent. Such an odd feeling….

Conversely, I feel very centred despite a recent incident that normally would have me talking like a sailor. Calm was my demeanor.  I can literally say that I am letting it roll off my back. Very surprising especially since person responsible for said incident disappointed me. In a way, even though my thoughts are chaotic my core is in equilibrium.

Very very odd…

15
May
09

Curves Journey

For the month of May, Curves is conducting, in conjunction with Texas A & M University, a fitness study for women between the ages of 18-65. They offer participants fitness evaluations free of charge and only charge $30 for the entire  month with no signup fee. Since my knowledge of Curves was minimal, this study piqued my curiousity. On Wednesday, I signed up for it. Instantly, I found their system interesting primarily because it was quite different than how I usually workout. Their layout is based on a 30 minute circuit with roughly a dozen machines powered by hydraulics instead of weights. Initially, I had reservations about hydraulics providing the appropriate resistance; however, after my first session I realized that my initial assumption was wrong. I found their core machines to be effective especially in working the oblique abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, I do not think I will continue with a membership once the study ends. This week, I have gone twice and I can already feel my body starting to acclimate to the machines. I need variety in my workout otherwise I will get bored and will stop going. The last thing I need is to allow my exercise regimen to become stagnant again.

If interested in joining the study, try contacting a nearest Curves near you. The signup ended on May 9, but, like me, they may still allow new members this week.

Once the study is over, I will post again to determine its efficacy.

14
May
09

Sports….sports…and more sports

Majority of my evenings these past couple of weeks have been occupied by the NBA and NHL playoffs. I was following my hockey team and the last Cdn team left in the playoffs: the Vancouver Canucks. Despite never having won the Stanley Cup, I, like many fans, hope season after season that the team will eventually make it. Unfortunately, the Canucks lost to the Blackhawks on game 6. I actually thought they might force a game 7 especially since Luongo was playing really well. Oh well, there’s always next season. Sidenote…I still cannot believe that Sundin is not a Maple Leaf anymore.

The NBA playoffs have been thrilling to say the least and it has not come close to ending just yet. Game 7 on Sunday for the Magic and Celtics for the East and the Lakers and Rockets for the West. I’m picking the Celtics to face the Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference Finals. The Western Conference Finals is hard to gauge though. Like many individuals, I thought the Rockets’ chances were over the minute Yao Ming became injured. Of course, much to everyone’s surprise they crushed the Lakers the next game. During the first half in tonight’s game, I thought they might repeat the trampling again. It wasn’t a terrible beating, but the Rockets did win to force a game 7. I just hope that both games will not be blowouts on Sunday. How awesome would it be to have seats to these games!

Random sidenote: Barkley fully did not do 30 proper push-ups. It was amusing watching the push-up contest though.

11
May
09

Privilege

I have fallen quite behind on reading my favourite blogs and on writing on my own as well; however, as I was spending quality time with my new laptop (yes, I finally bought one) by attempting to clear up my Google Reader list I encountered a post written by Science Bear. The post dealt with the concept of privilege, presented meme-style. Growing up, I never really thought about privilege nor was it actually a topic I spent discussing with family and friends. This does not mean that I was blind to the concept. I saw the advantages of having money, power, and fame and its effects on family and society. However, it was not until later in my high school years that the idea of privilege started sinking in deeper and deeper. University contributed heavily on heightening my awareness. It made me realize that the concept of privilege is not as simple as it seems.

Without further ado, the blog meme…..

What Privileges Do You Have?

Those items that pertain to me have been marked in bold.

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
– I’m with Science Bear on this one. I do not really understand what this means.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

9. Were read children’s books by a parent

– Unfortunately, I do not remember which books.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

– ballet, piano, and tennis
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

– All my lessons were before I turned 18 and none of them lasted past 18…hehe
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

– I do not quite understand what this means. Is it referring to my culture, race, class, what?

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs

16. Went to a private high school

17. Went to summer camp

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

– I remember my Mom hired a tutor for me when I was in kindergarten. I never wanted a tutor so I cried the entire time and the lesson lasted for a whole 5 minutes. Pretty much the only time I had a tutor.

19. Family vacations involved staying in hotels.

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
23. You and your family lived in a single family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

25. You had your own room as a child.

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in a college entrance exam (eg. SAT/ACT) prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

From “What Privileges Do You Have?”, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you please acknowledge their copyright.

06
May
09

My Current TV Repertoire

*** WARNING: Possible Spoiler Alert

I admit it…I am a bit of a TV addict. I actually prefer watching television shows over movies. There’s something about looking forward to a show week after week instead of a movie that I know will end in 1.5 hours or in some cases 3 hours. Nevertheless, season finales are upon us and my tv schedule is now entering summer mode. Here’s hoping that all my shows will actually be renewed for another season.

Chuck : He’s the intersect again. It was expected as the show revolves on him being the intersect. His newly acquired kung fu skills though will prove to be an interesting change for next season.

Big Bang Theory: A truly funny show. Case in point – rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. How can anyone not find Sheldon funny?

The Closer: Kyra Sedgwick’s character is very likeable not to mention Provenza and Flynn provide the comic relief amidst the seriousness of their cases.

24: Jack Bauer…nuff said

NCIS: Mark Harmon is just getting sexier with age…hehe

Scrubs: I’m a huge Scrubs fan. I’ve seen all the episodes yet I still watch the reruns; however, ever since it moved to ABC it just isn’t as funny as it used to be. Unfortunate really. I have a feeling it may not be renewed especially since Zack Braff is leaving the show.  Can’t wait to see the finale tonight though.

Better Off Ted: A new comedy on ABC that deals with the hilarity surrounding the employees of Veridian Dynamics, a fictional research company.

Bones: One of my all-time favourite shows. The cases are compelling and the Temperance-Booth sexual chemistry is unlike any I’ve seen on TV. I believe that the long awaited “kiss” between them will only occur once they are ready to end the show for good. I actually like seeing the sexual tension on the show. It’s believable for them to have it for this long.

Grey’s Anatomy: On certain occasions, this show had displayed events that made me ashamed to be a follower of the show yet I catch myself giving it chance after chance. It’s annoying to be hooked on a show that at times, should not be on primetime.

Ugly Betty: One of the shows wherein I actually like every character.

Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles: Unfortunately, it may not be renewed for another season. Such a sad plight for a good show.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: A new show on HBO set in Botswana. Jill Scott is perfect for the role as a naive and loveable detective. It’s based on books written by Alexander McCall Smith and I can’t wait to read it.