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aislinamara
07 January 2012 @ 04:49 am
Okay... so I'm not feeling well and can't sleep. So I'm making lists.

Here are all the things that I want to watch (or rewatch:
  1. Stargate SG1
  2. Stargate SG1 follow up movies
  3. Stargate Atlantis
  4. Star Trek
  5. Star Trek: the Motion Picture
  6. Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan
  7. Star Trek III: the Search for Spock
  8. Stark Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  9. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  10. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  11. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  12. Star Trek: Generations
  13. Star Trek: First Contact
  14. Star Trek: Insurrection
  15. Star Trek: Nemesis
  16. Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  17. Star Trek Voyager
  18. the entire new BBC collection for Elizabeth Gaskell
  19. the entire new BBC collection for Jane Austen
  20. the entire new BBC collection for the Bronte sisters
  21. The X-Files
  22. NCIS
  23. NCIS: Los Angeles
Yes, yes...I'm a nerd. I haven't actually seen all of the various Star Trek selections. I've seen bits and pieces of each series. I'm sure I've seen several of the movies, but I watched them as a little kid.
 
 
aislinamara
07 January 2012 @ 04:36 am
When I posted my 101 things list, I mentioned chunks of books.  Here is my list:
  1. The Bible
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert
  3. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  4. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
  6. Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
  7. Chapterhouse Dune by Frank Herbert
  8. House Atreides by Brian Herbert
  9. House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert
  10. House Corrino by Brian Herbert
  11. The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert
  12. The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert
  13. The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert
  14. Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert
  15. Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert
  16. Road to Dune by Brian Herbert
  17. Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert
  18. Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert
  19. Throne of Dune by Brian Herbert
  20. Leto of Dune by Brian Herbert
  21. Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert
  22. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  23. Death De Jour by Kathy Reichs
  24. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
  25. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  26. Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  27. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  28. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  29. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  30. Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs
  31. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
  32. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  33. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
  34. Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
  35. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  36. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  37. Ruth  by Elizabeth Gaskell
  38. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  39. Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  40. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday story by Elizabeth Gaskell
  41. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell
  42. Mr. Harrison's Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell
  43. The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
  44. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell
  45. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell
  46. Round the Sofa by Elizabeth Gaskell
  47. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell
  48. A Dark Night's Work by Elizabeth Gaskell
  49. Cousin Phyllis by Elizabeth Gaskell
  50. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  51. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  52. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  53. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  54. Emma by Jane Austen
  55. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  56. The Essential Rumi Collection by (you guessed it!) Rumi
  57. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  58. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  59. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  60. The complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  61. Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical texts
  62. The Quran
  63. The Five Classics
  64. The Book of Mormon
  65. Tao Te Ching
  66. Upanishads
  67. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  68. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
  69. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
  70. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
  71. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
  72. Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey
I will only read parts of the religious texts (other than the Bible and the Apocrypha).
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aislinamara
07 January 2012 @ 02:07 am

The idea of this is to make a list of 101 things to do over the next 1001 days. I thought it sounded interesting. Even if I don't finish it all, it will still be a cool project to have done.

1. Build a piece of furniture.
2. Refurbish the living room shelves.
3. Take a roadtrip just for fun.
4. Visit Westwood Baptist Church (my church in my hometown, where I became a Christian).
5. Lose 50 pounds (that puts me within my BMI)
6. Learn how to make an Indian dish.
7. Learn how to make a Chinese dish.
8. Sew an article of clothing.
9. Crochet a baby's outfit.
10. Reorganize my kitchen.
11. Reorganize(or, you know, organize) my bedroom.
12. Read the Hunger Games trilogy
13. Read the Dune spinoffs.
14. Read the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
15. Grow some of my own food.
16. Watch all of the Star Trek movies.
17. Visit some of my friends from high school.
18. Run/jog or use elliptical for 30 minutes straight.
19. Travel somewhere I have never been before (outside of fieldwork).
20. Make wall decorations.
21. Complete an undergrad scrapbook.
22. Learn how to change the oil in my car.
23. Go an entire week without any television.
24. Work out five times a week for an entire month.
25. Decorate my bedroom like it belongs to an adult.
26. Refurbish my bedroom furniture.
27. Read the Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.
28. Finish "The Lord's Table" study
29. Live by myself.
30. Campout.
31. Go out with my OT classmates.
32. Read the entire Bible in chronological order.
33. Make a painting for my wall.
34. Go on a date with someone INTERESTING.
35. Learn to play poker.
36. Taste whiskey.
37.  Make a Pina Colada from scratch.
38. Decorate for a holiday (beyond just a Christmas tree).
39.  Take my dogs with me on a hike.
40.  Make a homemade candle WITHOUT exploding wax all over my kitchen.
41. Teach a class.
42. Go an entire month without buying anything non-essential (including sodas, candy, eating out, movie rentals, netflix, etc.)
43. Make an origami rose.
44. Make a doily rug.
45. Go an entire week without getting on my computer (except for school assignments).
46. Get a massage.
47. Get a pedicure.
48. Transfer a photo from paper to canvas.
49. Spend an afternoon taking "artsy" shots.
50. Wear a skirt to class.
51. Get dressed up and spend a night around town (however little that means in this town).
52. Hang out with friends more AWAY from our homes.
53. Attend an OT conference.
54. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
55. Go on a mission trip.
56. Make my own jewelry organizer.
57. Make a wine bottle tealight chandeleir
58. Crochet a giant (but cute) granny square blanket.
59. Dry my own herbs.
60.  Can tomatoes I grew.
61. Make my own scented bath salts.
62. Wrap a present that doesn't look like it was attacked by a six year old.
63. Shop for clothing at a thrift store.
64. Give the clothes I don't wear to a thrift store.
65. Repurpose the clothes I don't wear that even a thrift store would not want.
66. Finish my origami flower ball.
67. Find more uses for hot glue.
68. Use something I find on pinterest in an OT setting.
69. Go an entire week without whining about busy work in my psychosocial classes.
70. Read a collection of Rumi's poetry.
71. Memorize at least one verse from each book of the Bible.
72. Walk Erwin's Centennial trail from beginning to end back to beginning.
73. Read all of Jane Austen's books.
74. Read all of Elizabeth Gaskell's books.
75. Bake a cake from scratch.
76. Read parts of the Quran, the book of Mormon, the Bhagavad-Gita, and other religious texts.
77. See a play.
78. See a musical.
79. Go to a music festival or concert.
80. Successfully do 25 pushups (not the girly kind) at once.  (Believe me...it'll be a challenge.)
81. Make my gramma's stuffing.
82. Shoot a gun.
83. Experiment with modge podge.
84. Try Bailey's Irish cream
85. Watch the entire X-Files series.
86. Read the Christian Apocrypha.
87. Go on a challenging hike with my friends (and DON'T whine about the heat, bugs, or my knees).
88.  Master a difficult (for me) yoga pose.
89. Go to a beach.
90. Learn how to cook Larb Gai.
91. Learn how to successfully cook a steak that is medium, juicy, and tasty. 
92. Babysit for someone.
93. Read an entire month of AJOT from cover to cover.
94. Try the "all-natural" diet.
95. Try the "whole-foods" diet.
96. Host a party (of some sort) at my apartment.
97. Fix something that has broken instead of replacing it.
98. Play in the rain.
99. Do something that I have no desire to do, simply because my friend(s) want me to join them.
100. Give of my time and/or finances to help someone when it is difficult to do so.
101.  Put at least 40 entries in a journal (with prayers, short stories, drawings, and actual journal entries).

As I complete an activity, I will post again and mark off the activity. 

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aislinamara
29 May 2011 @ 05:03 pm
I've made some discoveries about myself this past week. 

Fitness:

1) I like C25K, and it likes me.  I feel really good afterward and my knees don't hurt horribly.  I thought I would hate it, but I wanted to try it anyway.  Sure, I temporarily feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest and my lungs are going to explode, but I feel like I've really accomplished something when I've finished.

2) I am absolutely not (NOT) coordinated enough for most of the workout videos.  It's not that I'm not physically capable of keeping up, at least for part of the video. I am somewhat lacking in the whole motor planning side of things. I can't keep up with the faster paced videos without tripping over my own two feet.

3) Due to discoveries 1 and 2, I will stick to walking/running for my cardio.

4) I have decent (not great but decent) stamina in my legs.  I have deplorable stamina in my arms.

5) I'm becoming more flexible.  Yay! ;)

Non-fitness

1) I do, in fact, have the ability to resist chips and salsa.  Considering how stupidly much I love the stuff, that's an accomplishment for me.

2) I have amazing friends! They are so supportive and wonderful.  Several of my friends have told me how proud they are of me for doing this, and that means a
lot to me.  I've always been a high achiever in other areas of my life, but it will be a more meaningful to me to become a high achiever in this area (or, you know, an achiever at all).
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aislinamara
25 May 2011 @ 12:09 am
So, I've always been the chubby girl.  It's just kind of been a fact of my life.  I've had ups and downs with my weight since I was in high school, and I'm now in graduate school. The first time I felt fat was at age 10. The first time my mom ever said that I needed to start being careful about food was at age 13.  I've always had an excuse. I'm too clumsy. I don't like sports. Exercise is boring.  I have crappy genetics, so I won't be healthy anyway.  Blah, blah, blah.  I recently came to the conclusion that I'm not helpless in any area of my life, including my weight, and I'm the only thing standing in my way.  It's time for me to become healthy, no matter what weight that may be.  I want to be able to jog a mile or do sit ups or push ups.  I can't do a full push up now to save my life.  There's no reason for that other than past laziness.  So, I've begun working out.  It's going to change.  I'm going to change.  Period.  I'm not going to be like my grandmother who died years before she had to because she fried her kidneys with obesity induced diabetes.  I'm not going to be like my mother or my aunts who have battled their weights and suffered health problems for years. I won't.  Because I can change this.  Because I'm that damn stubborn, and I will not fail this time.  So, well wishes, prayers, and brow beating about sticking would be welcome and appreciated.  I hope to keep a small record of how I'm doing on here.

Today is 2 weeks of food tracking.  It's two weeks of 3 day a week weight training and 2 days of intense cardio(my biggest hurdle).  It's lots and lots of yoga, which is my favorite and helps me feel like a not-failure while attempting to exercise. 

I've started the couch to 5k program, and my goal is be able to run a 5k by September.  Let's see how it goes.  Regardless, I'm not going to fail this time.  I can't afford it, and I won't allow it.  This is one area where being a mule stubborn control freak might actually come in handy. :)
 
 
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aislinamara
11 May 2011 @ 08:53 pm
 2 semesters down! 
 
 
aislinamara
18 December 2010 @ 09:47 pm
Hi all!  I'm posting because it's Christmas break, and I'm BORED.  I've cooked excessive amounts in the last couple of days.  I made a yummy bean and spinach curry soup thing(My cooking gets continually more adventurous as I get more bored).  I made home made salsa, veggie stew, zuppa toscana, snow cream, spiced pumpkin mousse, a cake that turned out horribly wrong, stir fry kale and onions, peanut butter custard pie, and chocolate peanutbuttermallow pie. The soups and the mousse turned out to be really tastey. I used a really horrible recipe for the snow cream.  It called for far too much sugar and vanilla extract.  We kept stirring in more and more snow hoping to make it taste better.  I haven't eaten the pies yet. They are for a family gathering tomorrow.  One of them came from a recipe.  One of them was an experiment.  It will either be awesome or a really chocolately brick. :-P

I've also read quite a bit. Some of it was good, and some of it wasn't.  And I've watched a metric ton of Criminal Minds.  I WANT my very own Spencer Reid, right down to the vests and cardigans and obscure statistics and hand flailing while speaking.

I'm enjoying doing nothing of import, but soon the boredom will become a bit much.
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aislinamara
07 December 2010 @ 09:59 pm

I finished my first semester of

graduate school!!!!! 1 down and 3 to go!

Yay!
 
 
aislinamara
25 November 2010 @ 05:50 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! 

For those not in the U.S.: Happy Thursday!

 
 
aislinamara
15 November 2010 @ 06:30 pm
I DON'T WANT TO DO A *BLEEEEEEPPPPP* LITERATURE REVIEW!!!

My life is just a tetch chaotic right now. I had three papers and two tests last weeks. I spent TEN FRIGGIN HOURS making a 12 minute video out of an hour of footage due to a series of rather annoying mishaps and misunderstandings and screwy technology.  I had a presentation and a project due today. I have a presentation tomorrow and next Tuesday. I have a literature review to do, and it is kicking my ass because my group is incapable of connecting dots and ideas because they are concrete logical thinkers instead of abstract idea based thinkers.  I'm the only intuitive of the group.  They're all sensors.  It will make the actual research awesome, but the lit review is just turning into a pain in the tushy. 

On the other hand...I'm grateful to be in grad school. I love my program. I have a good research group, despite my complaints. I've got a relatively easy research project compared to those of others, and my group can be done by the end of next summer where other people will be working non stop for the next two years.

Beyond that, I want to read Anne McCaffery books. I want to nap. I want to apply for various camp jobs.  I want to nap some more.  I want to watch excessive amounts of television.  I want to drink a gigantic Pina Colada with fresh pinapple and wipped cream on top.  That is what I want.  That is what I will do over Thanksgiving break.  I will probably also clean my room, a VERY necessary task. 
 
 
Current Location: Grill
Current Music: Glee soundtrack