Does anyone else feel as though it should be later in the week? The promise of a long weekend is too enticing.
Let’s talk a bit about Lena Dunham’s book, which I finished last week. I went into it with low expectations. I’ve never seen Girls and the thought of her always kind of annoyed me in that Anne Hathaway vibe that I never could quite narrow down as to why. Many people told me I would like the show and all accounts would suggest I would, but I was predetermined not to like her or her show. As it goes, I decided to read her book anyways to decide once and for all. It had been on hold for awhile, like a few other books I was waiting for, and I wasn’t exactly jazzed that this was the first one available.
Spoiler alert: I liked the book. A lot.
I can see why many people might not take to Lena Dunham. She’s a little abrasive, honest, and not the typical standard of beauty plastered all over the media. It is called Not That Kind of Girl. She’s smart and she’s particular and she doesn’t apologize for that. She has issues like everyone else, but says them out loud while many people try to hide them. Her stories are fascinating, as is her personality which shines off the page, not just from her experiences but in the way in which she writes. I was sad when I finished the book. As a young woman and a writer, I think it’s important to read a ton of memoirs. As any gender of any profession, it’s valuable to read experiences to understand perspective and the inner and outer workings of human experience.
I also like the fact that Lena wasn’t trying to make herself or her story into something overtly meaningful. She shared and she reflected, but there wasn’t any kind of HEY THIS IS A LIFE LESSON that applies to you. Not everything falls into seamless categories and she had a great way of showing that. Was it self-serving in some ways? Yes because it’s a memoir and all memoir is self-serving. It’s supposed to be, that’s what makes it the genre.
Worst case, I will always side against Bill O’Reilly.
This morning, I was up and at em for a workout. I started with a body strength routine that took me through the usual favorites, step ups, squats, lunges, kickbacks, tricep dips, push ups, mountain climbers, mermaid raises, Russian twists, hip lifts, bicycle crunches, and reverse crunches. My back was still feeling tight after, so I used the foam roller and it seemed to do the trick. Yay! Sometimes, all you need is a little therapeutic pressure. After, it was time for the pool, which felt glorious, especially because I had the lane to myself for most of the time. I did my mile plus a lap for good luck.
Breakfast was easy as it was waiting for me when I got home. Overnight oats with banana, raisins, dates, and walnuts is simple and delicious. When I got to work, I also had a cheesestick for a hit of protein and some berries for sweetness.
Lunch filled me up more than I expected. I had leftover rice with teriyaki chicken, carrots, peppers, and Brussels sprouts with a little hot sauce. It was tasty! Fresh strawberries and the sweetest pineapple finished things off.
Hey, at least it’s not snow.