Enough self-promotion. :D
My big news, I guess, is that my mom and I joined Weight Watchers. I gained A LOT of weight in college, and the people in my family are not known for being skinny - obesity is a danger that I unfortunately face, and it terrifies me. My way of battling this is to learn how to eat NOW, while I can still lose weight with (relative) ease, so that when I'm older and my already poor metabolism slows down even more, I won't balloon into a hippo and I'll already have established a habit of healthy eating. I've been doing it for four weeks and I've lost 8.6 pounds; my pants are looser, and I honestly feel physically better. I was having back pains that are clearing up, it's easier to wake up in the mornings, and I'm getting noticeably stronger and my stamina is better. And I don't feel starved or deprived; mainly I'm just not snacking mindlessly and I cook a lot more. Also I don't go out to eat for lunch except on Mondays after weigh-in when my mom and I get sushi. I'm really feeling good about the program.
My reward for losing 20 pounds is going to be a tattoo - two goldfinches, a male and a female, flying down my ankle onto my foot. The finches are for my parents; we got a thistle feeder a long time ago so we could watch the goldfinches in our yard, and the first summer colors finches (that really bright, gorgeous yellow) that we see have always been cause for celebration. We had a little mourning when west nile killed so much of the songbird population in Oak Park, and when they came back we celebrated.
My birthday is on Saturday and that's pretty awesome. I'm turning 23, and I feel like I've finally got a plan in place for the next couple of years. Not this fall, but next fall I'm going back to school to get a Masters in Library Science, because I'd really like to work in archives and preservation. It's nice to have a plan - this coming year I'll be getting my application together, which gives me a clear goal and timeline, which I need to get things done. I'm looking forward to it.
I hope everyone had a fun Free Comic Book Day!