Sometimes...

Sometimes it scares me how complex the human body is. When I sit in anatomy and learn all of these things I can't help but wonder how all of it doesn't just fail entirely. I guess I should be amazed and in awe, and I am, believe me.

But it also, only a little bit, scares the crap out of me.

UPDATE After a month of walking and biking exclusively with the occasional exception of the bus, being on the freeway in LA is also scary. Very fast.

ANOTHER UPDATE

I meant to post these with my first main post. They're my doodles from anatomy class. See how much I'm learning?

(hint: look closely at the labeling)

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Geez, how long has it been?

A full month as of 8 AM yesterday.  One whole month.  It honestly feels like a lot longer. So what's new?  Not a whole lot.  Kinda been doing the same old thing.  Tonight's laundry night and there's a certain amount of depressing comfort that the washers and dryers here are the exact same as in Hillcrest.  I guess you can travel a few thousand miles and get the exact same things.  I've started missing home a bit, really though only the people back home.  I think that's mostly due to not knowing how to really meet people on the fly like I feel like a lot of people can.  I think I've just never had to do it so really I'm completely clueless.  I can meet people all day long and have interesting 2-3 hour conversations with them, but really at the end of the day that does nothing for me in the long run.  And I'm definitely here for a little more than a short trip.  Bars aren't really a great scene for meeting people who want lasting connections with others... neither is the library... or my apartment.  I guess this all comes with moving to a completely brand new place where you know no one.  I've been trying to decide when it's appropriate to stop doing that.  I'm getting a little tired of it.  It wears you down.

Onto brighter things though: food's been good lately.  I made some amazing fish tacos and then shortly thereafter some amazing ceviche with completely out-of-my-budget halibut (I didn't realize how much it actually cost before I bought it.  I didn't actually blow my budget, it was just a bit tighter this week than it otherwise would have been.)

My kombucha mother is coming along nicely.  I'm going to try and find a sun tea jar so that I can make it in bigger batches.  Pretty sure though that I'll end up ordering something online since I haven't, in my searches, turned up something that would work in quite the right way.

Not exactly delicious looking is it?

Team BMP had their first indoor soccer game the other night and we... WON (despite my best efforts.  Hah.)  I have the ball handling skills of an infant when it comes to soccer.  I did manage to sacrifice myself for the sake of the team and ended up with a nice array of injurys: blisters on my left foot (including one on the toe, the ball of my foot, and in my arch), a quarter-sized blood blister on the ball of my right foot, a scraped up left knee, a deeply bruised right knee (collided with a wall. Someone pushed me, I didn't just fling myself into it.), and finally a twisted ankle (that wasn't too serious but it was quite painful at the time and very very tight for the next two days).  I go all out.  Now if only I were able to actually play well...

And lastly, I accomplished something!  I'm now certified to work with radiation!  I'm "badged" as they say.  So the next time you need... oh wait.  I can't actually do anything yet.  Well, I am qualified to ABSORB occupational radiation and UCLA will be sure to keep track of it for me.

<3,

John

Monday!

Early class makes John a sleepy boy.  I definitely nodded off a few times... more than a few times.  I was so sore from this weekend that all I wanted to do was come back and lay down.  I stopped at Ralph's and picked up Advil and FINALLY found the canning jars. With those new canning jars I started a... kombucha culture!  Hopefully I'll have a mother in a couple days and then I can sart making my own kombucha.  And save a LOT of money.

I also made a killer dinner: Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Onions, and an amazing purple cabbage salad (the secret to which I might not now divulge here... that's actually because I'm not sure I feel like typing it right now.)

The lighting is terrible in the kitchen... sorry, but it tasted delicious!

<3

John

Weekend Update

Busiest Weekend yet! Friday's one of the days that I don't have classes so it ended up just being a really slow going day.  I didn't get much done, but I did draw this portait of Mark Twain. It looks a little cartoonier than I would like, but for a random project I think it came out pretty good.

On Saturday I went out for a ride up into Brentwood and the Santa Monica Hills.  Despite a severe lack of bike lanes and shoulders (and then of course those leading to sidewalks that are either 2 feet wide or end at seriously inconvenient times, damn you Los Angeles) the ride was really gratifying and a really fun time to explore. I took a lot of pictures...

Sunday Morning I got up early to go biking at the waterfront in Santa Monica with a few people from BMP.  I found a good route from my apartment to Westwood and the ride down the coast to Marina Del Ray was awesome.  I might also try to do Bollona Creek now that I know where the southwestern terminus is.  I have one picture from the ride but it's a good one.

For the rest of Sunday I went to work at the community garden and then went grocery shopping.  Grocery shopping is definitely one of the highlights of my week.  Here's a picture from the bike rack where I parked!  It's high-end graffiti!

Now I'm exhausted!  Genuinely exhausted!  My body hurts.  Need time to recover...

I'll have more soon!

John

Update Week 2

Classes have started, and things are rolling along.  I'm finding that I have quite a bit of free time.  QUITE a bit of free time.  Too much free time.  I'm trying to get involved in the student garden or a community garden.  I'm really hoping that pans out because I really miss being involved with farming. So classes are happening, I've been making good dinners (thus far the cornerstone of my time here in LA), and watching all too many movies on Netflix.  The first week I watched way too much, and now I've toned it back.  The problem is that I've already finished all of my work, I have four days a week totally empty, and even if I did all of the things I can possibly think to do in a day (and have enough money to do), I'd still have free time.

I've been playing guitar and reading mostly as substitutes.  And cooking.  As much cooking as possible.  Good food is the most important.

I wish I could get a dog.  Soon enough hopefully.

I've been missing the East Coast for sure.

Now for some photos:

Sitting in the botanical gardens.  It's a nice break from LA. :-)

I finally made dough that could pass the window test!  This bread didn't actually really have active yeast in it (the starter wasn't ready) but still: the window test!  I've since made some really good bread using the Bread Alone cookbook written by the people from the Bread Alone Bakery in New York.  I still haven't quite gotten the crumb texture I want (a la weaver street bread) but what I've gotten so far is pretty good.

Exploring LA: The Grove.  Looks just like the Streets of Southpoint.  I seem to have left my stroller at home...

Lastly, something school related.  Check it out! We get a sign!

Until next time,

John