Fasting Tips

Salvete Amici,

And if any of you are Muslim, Eid Mubarak!  If not, you’re probably wondering what that means!?  The past 30 days, from June 8-August 7, Muslims all over the world have been fasting to celebrate Ramadan.  The fast is pretty harsh: no food or drink from 3am-8:30pm every day.  It’s supposed to be a time to humble you, show you what it is like for people who don’t have food, and pray.  However, it’s aso a time to celebrate and visit friends.  In fact, your blessings increase if you invite others over for a break-fast feast.  Anyway, the last day of Ramadan is called Eid al-Fitr, which is a huge feast, and a great day of celebration, and ‘eid mubarak’ means ‘happy eid!’

Now I’m not Muslim, but I told my best friend (who is) that I would try fasting for one day.  I love dares, so this was like the ultimate challenge!

Here are some things I learnt that might be helpful to anyone else who’s thinking of fasting (for health or religious purposes):

1.  It’s a really good idea to eat right before you begin fasting.  The night before, I ate a late dinner, and then set up a little snack on my bedside table (milk, a power bar, and water).  I also set my alarm for 2:45am.  Even thought I was half asleep when it went off, and not really hungry, I forced myself to eat anyway, and I drank the water LAST.

2.  Hunger comes and goes.  I wasn’t actually hungry all the time, but there where some moments when I really want to have a look in the fridge, or drink a glass of water.  Give yourself little tasks throughout the day.  Once you begin to distract yourself, you’ll forget about the hunger until it passes.  But don’t do anything too strenuous, or requiring too much focus.  Take a small walk, take a nap, watch a movie, etc.,.

3.  Relaxing helps you fast.  Don’t fast on a day when you have to meet people or go places.  Those things require a lot of energy that you won’t be renewing.

4.  Food aromas help!  Yes, I was really surprised by this.  Smelling my dad make lunch actually relieved the hunger I was feeling then.

Towards the end of my fast, around 7pm, was when I started to feel really hungry.  My stomach was growling, and I couldn’t pay attention to the movie I was watching, but that was probably because I knew I was going to eat soon.  My stomach was anticipating this coming reward!

But when I finally ate, I actually was satisfied really quickly.  One serving, and I was full.  This actually continue for the next couple days.  I had no urges to eat between meals, or take extra servings, and I felt really good!

So in closing, I definitely recommend fasting.  If you aren’t religious or doing a dare, you should definitely drink water every now and then.  But just try it, and see how you feel afterwards.

I’m so gad I did 🙂

Peace,

~Pindari

Good News

Reslife contacted me today.  They’ve fixed everything, and now I have a single!  This is better than anything I could ever hope for 😀  (I mean, who knows.  It could have smelly bathrooms or low wifi, but it’s only 3 weeks.  I’m so thankful.)

When I say it’s only three weeks, I better explain myself:  I decided to be a commuter student, but my college has a freshman orientation program where everyone must live on campus for three weeks.  There’s also a one-week freshman thing during winter break as well.

Other News:  I just finished a 4-day photography camp, and I had so much fun.  I’m definitely out of the dumps.

Yikes!

Salvete Amici!

Today, I got my roommate assignment.  It wasn’t what I expected.

Turns out, I will be housed in a  triple.  So, instead of one roommate, I will have two.  I took a deep breatj, and i thought, Okay.  It’s only 3 weeks.  I can handle that.

Then I read the names…

They were both boys!!

Seriously??

Seriously??

Now that freaked me out.  But then I took another breath and thought about it.  I’m an underage girl.  There is no way that this could NOT be a mix-up, even though my college is (arguably) the most liberal one in all America.

Also, my real name sounds like it could be a boy’s name, so maybe they thought I was a boy.

Anyway, I emailed the reslife people, and we’ll see what they tell me…

Wish me luck!

Wish me luck!

Peace,

~Pindari

Sloth

It’s a little past the middle of the summer, and I have no ability or urge to do anything.  Here’s the lowdown:

Creativity –  I haven’t been able to draw for months; I haven’t written any stories; all blog posts I attempt are messy and stiff.

Driving – A recent driving scare has lowered my confidence.

Work – I have some unfinished homework from the year which has been neglected.

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I think I worked so hard this school year that my mind recoils from anything faintly resembling work.  But that’s a problem.  I’m going to be a college student in a month!!  I’m going to be working harder than ever before.

Is this just a summer thing?  What if I can’t muster the strength to push my sloth away?

How am I going to succeed as a college student if I don’t want to do anything?

I Got My Permit!

And now that I’ve been through that experience, I want to share some tips with other future test-takers:

1.  Study lightly, but well.  You don’t have to read the whole DMV manual.  The most important chapter is the one on road signs.  Then, take practice tests a few days before,  and the day of the test.  I highly recommend this site.

2.  Dress nicely!  They will be taking a picture of you, so make sure you look presentable.

3.  Bring money.  The permit test doesn’t cost anything, but the picture, your future license, and the forms they’ll give you will cost  around $80.

4.  Relax.  It’s only 20 questions, don’t go crazy, you’ll do fine.  If you don’t, just study some more and take it again.

Hope that helps!

Peace,

~Pindari