**Edited 3/22** I failed Lent. I will try again on Ramadan.
**Edit 6/28** I failed Ramadan.
Trying to figure out that whole work/life balance thing. I just ran a 10k, after never doing a 5k before. I'll admit, I walked part of it, but most people don't know that. I also completed the Rachel Carson trail (36 miles) last month.
Pondering if self-improvement is the goal of life, or merely a cultural fetish.
Lining up some trips and things to do. I made a severe bucket list when I turned 27, as a goodbye to my 20s. It tends to make my friends in their 30s, cringe.
Right now, I'm trying to deprogram myself. A large part of that, is not reading any books by white males for the next few months.
*I think italics are super classy.
Developing an eccentric and quirky passion for odd things, like esoteric Catholic trivia.
*As of January 2016, I'm working on reading books by anyone but white males . Please give me suggestions! *6/6/2016--So far, my favorite author has been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* I've also dug Susan Sontag, Elena Ferrante, and Caitlan Moran
Movies: Films about the sort of sadness of pleasure, achievement and entertainment and the sort of emptiness of what we thought was going on. So basically Edgar Wright and Tartovsky films. Also, Miyazaki.
TV: Now that the Golden Age of tv is over...I guess "Rick and Morty", "Community", "Transparent", "The Knick", "Bojack Horseman", "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Blunt Talk". I'll stop pretending, my favorite show is Killer Karoake Oh, and I'll totally watch Uncle Grandpa, Adventure Time, Stephen Universe and Pig Goat Banana Cricket with my little cousins.
Music: HEALTH? My holy triumvirate is Nick Cave, David Bowie and Tom Waits. I like Klezmer-influenced bands like "Man Man' quite a bit as well.
Food: I cycle through asceticism to hedonism. During the week, I eat almost strictly Soylent, legumes and tuna. On Friday/Saturday I try and got to one of Pittsburgh's Top 30 restaraunts and get a trappist or an incredibly hoppy beer that most Europeans would call abortions.
I also try to cook one new meal a week as well.
That's most it. But if cornered, it'd also be
2. A sense of connectedness
3. Postmodernism is a hard drug to shake
4. Stimulation outside of a routine
5. Access to a good library system
6. The will to meaning.
How long I can sustain this level of "Happyish".
What's the best way to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone.
Then realizing that I loved "Everybody Wants Some", "The Nice Guys", "The Lobsters", "The Neon Demon" and "Swiss Army Man" and that I should just shut up.
My family has the worst family crest imaginable.
I kind of actually liked "Anthem" by Ayn Rand.