Monday, 2 March 2015

Museum Internship, Winter Break, and Ballet

That part of my life that tends to just go on barreling forward without bothering to breathe is currently taking a mandatory one-week holiday.  I'm ignoring my professors' injunctions to spend this time doing research.

This is my last week at the publisher, which makes me a little sad.  I like it there, and it's been a good job.  But it's the one thing too many with classes, so while they're on pause I'm wrapping up the paperwork and stocking and handing it over to my boss.  I'm bummed they haven't found a replacement for me yet.  I wasn't planning on working at all this week, but I feel terrible piling my normal responsibilities on top of his.  Hopefully they find someone soon.

The museum internship is a go (I think..)!  My mentor teacher there emailed me with housing information today.  It's not unreasonably expensive, and hopefully being in a dorm full of professional researchers will be easier than being in a dorm full of college kids.  It has a common kitchen, which has me a little worried, but at least there's a kitchen.  I can't even begin to imagine how I'm going to avoid gluten in Japan... soy sauce is in EVERYTHING!  And they generally suck when it comes to any kind of food allergy anyway (spoken from experience).  BUT JAPAN!  Now that I've got some other things figured out, I'm actually excited!  I've been terrified and stalling for months.

Finding this eased the terror enough so that I'm pretty excited now.  Since the town I'll be in is so far from Tokyo I've been worrying about keeping up with my dancing.  It's really become such a big part of my life.  On non-ballet days, I still usually end up putting my shoes on and and least doing strengthening exercises, and I'm in class 3-4 days a week now.  It's done wonders for my mood, my confidence, and balancing my sensory craziness.  When I saw this morning that I would be in a carpeted room for the summer, my first thought was "Where am I going to practice pointe?!"  Problem solved!  There are multiple dance studios in Sakura city, one of which looks way too intense and costs more than I want to pay - unless they're totally awesome when I go visit, but I didn't like the vibe from their website.  The one I linked to looks nice.  I think I'm going to email her once the details are set for my trip.

To top the day off, it's been sunny - and the sun actually felt like it contained warmth!  The wind wasn't painful.  I actually enjoyed being outside, even though it's still below freezing.  I haven't had to run the heater all day!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Back to Blogging, Ballet, and Figuring out Food

There is a yellow icicle growing over my balcony, and I find the color and placement rather disturbing... 

Anyway, I'm back to trying to figure out how to feed myself, be healthy, and not get too stressed about eating.  Prompt 1 - doing a deep bend en point in fifth is difficult enough without several inches of excess padding between one's thighs.  I would like this problem to go away.  Prompt 2 - I'm really, really tired of getting glutened or otherwise poisoning myself whenever I need to grab food quickly.  I'd really like to never have to repeat yesterday's bloating, nausea, pain, and headache.

Last night, while I was unable to sleep, I decided to try to weigh some portions of GF pasta, since that's been my default hungry and in a hurry meal.  Using my food scale has been incredibly enlightening.  2 ounces of GF pasta is about 1/3 of what I've been eating per serving.  A teaspoon of parmesan cheese is 3 grams, which is a pinch compared to what I've been dumping on my noodles.  Three red grapes are about half an ounce, and a small amount of almonds goes a really long way.
 That said... I'm hungry.  I need to figure out something that's as quick as a bowl of spaghetti, gluten and egg free, but is more nutritionally worthwhile and filling.  I need more fuel for my muscles - they get so drained after ballet.  I'm not sure what I'm missing. 

So experiment! You can follow (or join) me here!  I'm going to try to keep on top of this, especially on the weekends since I have a bit more time to think and plan.