Sunny and 75

Today I had the time to enjoy some amazing weather. I feel kind of pathetic though because I think I got a sunburn after a short, 20 minutes outdoors. It was worth it. The sky is a deeply saturated blue and all the trees are budding. I took a couple pictures of  flowers in bloom. They are so pretty, they almost look fake.Campus Flowers

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Food as Fuel

I just watched a documentary about 2 obese and ill men who go on a juice fast. I enjoyed the film and it really got me thinking about my own health. I don’t own a car, which means getting to the grocery store is something of a task. As a result, I purchase more foods that last longer. AKA, more processed foods. I haven’t actively noticed any effects, but I miss a constant access to fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ll be moving in a few weeks and when I do, I’d like to readjust my lifestyle.

I used to live a vegan lifestyle, meaning that I did not eat any animal products whatsoever. This was my diet for 2 years. Then I got bored and added eggs, cheese, and fish back in. I know I’m not as healthy as I used to be. The times when I would normally eat veggies, I now have cheese or something else.

I suppose that documentary was successful because I am thinking about what I put in my body more than I was before watching it.

Get Me Out of Here

Lately I have been itching for an adventure. I have read stories of faraway places full of cultures to explore and I am stuck in middle America, waiting to get out.

I was bitten by the travel bug when I went to Italy. I spent a week in Rome and a week in Venice. I loved each city for a different reason. Rome was mighty and full of history. Wherever I looked, ruins told myths of past civilizations. I could imagine the scenes that took place at each site. Venice was romantic with its maze-like structure that led me toward discoveries I never thought I would have. Both cities had crowded allies with small shops and restaurants often hidden in the stone. The pace of life in Italy is slower than in the US and people take off work during meal time, which could last hours.

I still dream of Italy. I threw my coin in the Trevi Fountain and have yet to return.

Right now, I want to go to Japan. I’ve taken a year and half of Japanese, though I’m not very good with the language. The landscapes are breathtaking in photographs. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to stand among the sakura trees as petals danced around me. Japanese culture is also vastly different from other cultures I’ve taken in interest it, it is the most unique.

I have been considering teaching English their through some organization or another, though I am still only in the research phase of my considering.

Another country I’d like to see is Taiwan. I know very little about it, but I do know of a Buddhist temple where the monks do tattoos. If I ever find myself in Taiwan, I will make it a priority to get one done.

I have been so uninspired lately. Everything around me is unchanging and routine. I need a change. I need a culture shock. Hopefully, it will happen soon.

Hitting a Wall

It’s been one of those months when writing feels way harder than it should. Getting myself to start feels like a losing battle and even when I manage to get a paragraph, I decides it’s terrible and trash it anyway. My so called genius has been on an extended vacation and I’m starting to worry it won’t come back. Maybe I need a change of scenery or a change of season. Whatever the case may be, whatever it is I need to inspire me, I hope it happens soon.