Burning The Souffle

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Relaxation January 31, 2009

I feel like this semester has gotten off to so much of a better start because I am allowing myself time to relax.  I made up my mind that I was not going to spend my weekends off worrying about school, because a) it is ineffective and b) it is irritating to those around me.

So I have, in effect, scheduled in relaxing time.  Last night was great, D painted my nails and toenails (because I had mentioned I would love to go to the spa for a few days, so he gave me a “spa night” at home, it was great…is there anything better than having someone lavish attention on you?) we watched “The Shawshank Redemption” which was just fabulous, and we just lounged around ( not that that is anything unusual).

I guess it’s not so much just doing relaxing activities as telling yourself that you are not going to think about “x” for “x amount of time”.  If you catch yourself thinking about it/worrying about it, then go do something to take your mind off of it. Read a book. Watch a movie. Call someone. You can do it. I really do want to stop worrying so much, it is not good for you.  And I think I’m doing quite well so far!


Fitness Chick January 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 9:29 am

For the past few weeks, I have been ultra dedicated to my workout/diet. I eat very decent food, have mostly restrained from junk, and have paid a few visits to ye olde gym since starting back to school. Monday- Elliptical for 20 minutes, stationary bike for 10; Tuesday- warm up on treadmill for 15 minutes @ 3.5 mph, swam the length of the pool 25 times, Wednesday- walked/ran on the treadmill for 20 minutes, which equaled 1.2 miles, walked around the track several times with a friend, which was probably about 2 miles or so…girls like to talk and walk at the same time! Today- a swim is scheduled. I like swimming the best for working out, because it doesn’t make my knees get all red and hot , like running sometimes does. Plus, I feel like swimming is the ultimate total body workout…and I don’t feel the need to do resistance training afterwards, since the water is it’s own resistance. I still really love my wii fit, I just have had lots of opportunities to work out with my best girlfriends, and it’s always more fun to workout with a friend!
I want to lose 10 lbs. I don’t think that is an unreasonable goal. I’ll see how I feel about losing more when I get there, but I think I’ll be happy there for awhile. I don’t want to be one of those people who is constantly dieting.


Wordle, January Edition January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 12:05 pm

burningthesouffle, january edition

All the many, many words I use to write down my feelings in this blog are captured here…well, the words that show up most frequently, and the words I’ve used recently.

Want one too?
Go to: http://www.wordle.net/create


Updated: Books Read in 2009

Filed under: life is flippin suh-weet,nerdiness — Rachel @ 8:44 am

I have read 11 books so far! I finished “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel yesterday, and I LOVED it!

Here is the list of books I have read so far:

Books Read In 2009

1.” Possible Side Effects” by Augusten Burroughs

2. “Sellevision” by Augusten Burroughs

3. “A Wolf At The Table” by Augusten Burroughs

4. * “Ramona The Pest” by Beverly Cleary* ( My mom first read this to me when I was five years old. I love children’s literature.)

5.*”Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary *

6. *”Ramona and Her Mother” by Beverly Cleary*

7. *”Ramona’s World” by Beverly Cleary*

8. “The Miner’s Daughter” by  Gretchen Moran Laskas

9. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

10.  “What Happened to Cass McBride?” by Gail Giles

11.  “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel

In Progress

1.  “Mermaids In the Basement” by Michael Lee West

2. “The Luckiest Girl” by Beverly Cleary

Waiting To Be Cracked Open

1. “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult

2. “Schooled” by Anisha Lakhani

3. “Looking For Alaska” by John Green

Desperately Want to Read, But Have Not Been Able to Get My Hands On

1. “Iodine” by Haven Kimmel

2. “The Midwife’s Tale” by Gretchen Moran Laskas

3. “Multiple Blessings” by Jon and Kate Gosselin

So there is what I have read, what I am currently reading, and what I want to read.

How is your reading coming along so far?


Woo Hoo! January 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 11:35 am

I’m happy that it’s the weekend, happy that it was actually WARM yesterday (even though it’s getting colder again as I type, *le sigh*), happy that we got to watch “Kung Fu Panda” last night, and happy that I have read 10 books so far this year….only 190 more to go…but hey, this year is only 24 days old, so 10 is not so bad.  Look for lots of children’s books to be added to the list, because I am currently taking a Reading class where we have to read 50 children’s books. Honestly though, I think that children and young adult literature is some of the best stuff around.  I mean, hello, “TWILIGHT”, is YA fiction.  (Even though sometimes I wished it was adult fiction because I kept wondering “WHERE IS THE SEX?”  “Breaking Dawn” thrilled me to no end because *spoiler alert* they finally did the nasty. Thank God.  I can finally go about living my life now and not worry about whether or not I’m going to get to read about two fictional characters doing the mattress mambo.

So 10 books down, 190 to go…not so bad. I think I can do it!

What have you read this year?


A Quiet Kind of Love January 22, 2009

Filed under: life is flippin suh-weet — Rachel @ 9:42 am

Many of my friends have recently aquired new significant others, and are still in that “sweep-you-off-your-feet” stage of their relationships.  D and I have been together for nearly 3 years, and are well past that stage. Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying that he still doesn’t sweep me off my feet, I’m just saying that our love is quieter, more secure.

Our love is the kind of love where one person goes and gets the other person a blanket, even if they are tired themselves, because the other person fell asleep on the couch and they don’t want them to get cold.  Where somebody doesn’t eat the rest of the cheez-its in the box because they know that the other person loves them and didn’t get to eat very many of them. The kind of love where you might not always get to go wherever you want to go, or eat whereever you want to eat, but you don’t even care, because you’re making the other person happy.

Our idea of a great Saturday night is going out and getting something to eat, maybe getting some ice cream, doing some shopping (even grocery shopping), and coming home and playing a board game in our pajamas.   Our Sundays are spent playing a video game, a board game,  taking the dogs for a walk and maybe watching a movie or some tv.

So no, we aren’t into bars, or clubs, or anything like that. And I’m glad.  We are happiest just having a quiet evening at home.

Don’t get me wrong- we still enjoy hitting the town once in awhile, and D is pretty good (very, very, very good) at romantic dinners- hell, he can even make boxed macaroni and cheese romantic.  Last year for Valentine’s Day we went to a super-mucho-expensive restaurant, dressed to the nines and ready to spend way too much on dinner. And it was fabulous. And very, very, romantic.  But you know what? We don’t have to do that kind of thing all the time just to prove that we love each other.

In the early days of our relationship,  we were very different. I would not have dreamed of letting D see me without make-up, loafing around the house in one of his old t-shirts.  And I am quite sure he would never have farted in bed.  The early days were about putting your best face on,  making the best impression possible.  Now we know that we’ll love each other anyway, so we don’t have to try so hard.  I’m not saying we don’t still get dressed up for each other sometimes, but  our relationship is more real, more solid and less superficial.

It’s the kind of love that, even when everything around us is going to shit, it’s somehow not as bad because we’re facing it together.  And I would not have it any other way.


Kind of a “Happily Ever After Moment” January 20, 2009

Filed under: Yes We Can! — Rachel @ 8:08 pm

Today was a momentous day in American history, the Inaguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.

As most of you know, I have been a die-hard Obama supporter for a LONG time.  I’ve written several posts about the subject.

It was an honor to cast my first vote in a Presidential Election for President Obama, and it was an honor to watch his inaguration this morning.  It really was a “happily-ever after” (well, for the next 4 years) moment.  I still am somewhat in shock and awe that our country made such a great decision. I guess that might sound funny, but really, look at our questionable choices of the last 8 years….Anyway, that’s all over now, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how everything has turned out.

Good luck in the White House, President Obama!