So, you might have noticed the slowness on the blog lately. In a twisted angling of perspectives the fact that you've seen me post less is a good sign. In general, a lack of posts means that other things are taking priority, and those other things happen to be MY GOALS! You read that correctly, I have been steadfastly working towards my goals and/or New Years resolutions. Now, I should say, in all honesty, I'm not keeping to my goals EXACTLY, but I'm constantly working on them so I'm feeling quite proud of myself.
This year, in an effort to stay on track and manage my time more wisely, I've made charts to help document the time spent on what project.
Writing- my goal each week is to write 4,000 words (off the blog). This takes me close to 4 and 1/2 to 5 hours.
Studying- I know, I thought I was done with studying too, but turns out, you have to study for the GRE test. Well, actually a lot of people don't study. Some people don't need to study, others of us need help. And God help because I certainly will need it. My goal here is less set. I had planned on taking the GRE in June so I had put a lot of emphasis on studying, but then I read on the website that they are implementing a new test in August and that the test is half off if you take it when it just comes out. So I decided to go ahead and wait, but then I was advised that often times there are problems with the new tests because you are basically the guinea pig group, so I'm back to... I don't know. In the mean time, I'm trying to get in a few hours of studying each week at least. Generally I'm averaging 3 or 4 hours a week.
Running- We're in the third week of training for our half marathon. I'm a little embarrassed to admit, however, we haven't yet signed up for a half marathon that we are already training for. We did however, sign up for a 10k with an English Village crew consisting of at least 10 teachers on April 10th that is supposed to be a beautifully scenic run around the Han river, so honestly I'm more excited about that at the moment. We could technically run a half marathon then, but I just don't think we'll be ready. Our training schedule is for 12 weeks, and that is only the 10th week.
We're even working in runs at lunch time. Because we live on campus, we slip on home, lightening speed change like superman entering the phone booth, turn our NPR podcasts on full blast on our ipods, and off we go. Listening to podcasts has revolutionized my life, and Kyle's running. I love that I can run, and listen to world news at the same time, I feel like I'm improving not only my body but my mind as well. And Kyle says hes less distracted by the pain when listening to podcasts. Wow, we're waving our nerd flag high in the sky right now aren't we?
There are a few areas of my life that I didn't count on to take such a hit however. I expected that I would blog less, and that has happened. But I didn't calculate in cooking or cleaning. Our house happens to be the "party" house. Not because we are the coolest people on the block, although I would like to think that were the case, but because we've got a sound system and a BIG couch. But having people over equals more dishes and more cleaning, which we're actually doing less of. When I'm so focused on other things, I let the house turn into wasteland, and forget about cooking. Ha! Whats that? Just because we spent $100 on a new little oven doesn't mean it automatically gets used. Nope.
So that's where we've been for the past month. Stay tuned for more exhilarating posts about the mundane day to day of kyle and Vanessa.