Month: May 2011

On Calorie Counting

I feel that “diet” is a dirty word because too often it connotes the idea of a woman trying with all her might to look like those impossibly skinny, starving models in Vogue and Cosmo.  But here’s the deal y’all: I am on a diet.  I am calorie counting on MyFitnessPal.  I am eliminating many carbs from the foods I eat.  And you know what?  That is okay.

It is okay because America is an obese nation and it is really easy to let those extra five pounds go, until those extra five pounds are suddenly an extra fifty pounds and you are starring at XXXL stretchy waistband pants in a sports catalogue.  It is okay because I could probably stand to lose an extra ten pounds to get a head-start on that pesky slowing metabolism that happens as you get older, supposedly even before you are thirty (ungh).  It is okay because why shouldn’t I want to be my best, fittest self?  Not necessarily my thinnest self, because i will never be a thin, lithe, small-hipped or small-breasted lady, but my fittest self.  I will go to the gym for an hour six times a week not to punish myself for that cookie, but because it will help me get into awesome shape.  I will eat vegetables not because I want to lose weight but because they are good for me and will give me vitamins or whatever.  I will put down that last piece of fried chicken.  And maybe I’ll lose some extra weight on the side because changes in my DIET can only have a positive, healthy effect on my general make-up as a human being.

So, okay, I am on a funemployment diet.  Salads are my friend.  As is fruit.  Bread is not my friend, sadly.  But bread is only banned temporarily, because once I finish this SPECIFIC DIET I can go back to working bread into my normal diet, but in a normal way not in a I will eat this whole baguette way.

The point is, I have a lot of time on my hand nowadays, so why not spend it trying to be awesome and fit?


30 Americans and Anthony Goicolea at the NCMA

This weekend I was down at the RBC Center to attend Jon’s sister’s graduation from North Carolina State University (mazel tov Holly!).  After the three hour ceremony Jon and I decided to take advantage of our proximity to the NCMA and see the 30 Americans and Anthony Goicolea shows.

First, though, we had to eat, and we decided to try the NCMA’s restaurant, Iris.  I’ve had some good meals at the NCMA pre-renovation, during my internship.  The new restaurant space is like much of the new building: a mix of elegance and industrial in its spareness, bright, open, clean, and white.  I had an omelet with some sweet potato fries, Jon had a burger that he seemed to enjoy.  The sweet potato fries were actually crispy.  I love sweet potato fries in general but I often find them soggy.  Somehow Iris has managed to fix that problem.  Regardless, if you need a bite at the NCMA Iris is a good, classy, moderately priced option.

We then crossed into the old building, where the museum now holds their temporary exhibitions.  Two in particular are fantastic: 30 Americans and Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea.

Kehinde Wiley, Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares


On Funemployment (201st Post Y’all!)

Since I’ve been funemployed for over a month I figured I owed y’all an update.

So what have I been doing?  Watching the season finales of all my favorite shows, watching a lot of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the travel channel, and reading, namely the Malazan: Book of the Fallen series but I am also plowing through The Hunger Games because with all the pop coverage of the film and its casting I didn’t want to get spoiled.  I’ve also been going to the gym regularly and attempting to cut my carbs, because I could really use less carbs.

Oh, I’ve also been applying for lots of museum jobs and even going on an interview or two!  But y’all don’t really want to hear about that.

I have done some traveling.  I went to sunny Sarasota for a few days, and then I went to Charlotte for a few days, and then I went to Colorado for awhile and that was really beautiful.  I saw my sister and my cousin in 42nd Street at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.  A lovely production, and I love seeing my sister perform (and was happy to finally see my cousin perform!) but I’ve seen 42nd Street far too many times y’all.  I also spent a little bit of time in Denver (lovely art museum) and Boulder (lovely place) and then I saw some snow covered mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.