Winter Update

Salvete Amici!

Sorry for the late update; finals were rough!  My chemistry was a little easier though because I found out that I didn’t need to take second semester chem, and I wasn’t as nervous about my grade.

I’m living on campus again for almost 3 weeks.  My college has two special freshman  programs, and this is the second one, Citizen Science.  The idea of CitSci is to teach all the students to be intelligent information seekers when it comes to science, as oppose to passively accepting what we see online or in the media.

So far, it’s fun, and my roommate is really nice!  The campus walkways are slippery, and the food is terrible, but I’m happy to see my friends again!  Oh, and my driving is getting better!  No license yet, though…

Well, I’m off to breakfast!

Peace,

~Pindari

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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

What’s Happening to Me?

This is a hard thing for me to share, because 17 year olds don’t usually have these thoughts…  But well, here goes:

It started this year.  An irresistible urge to adopt 6 children and be a mom.

A cool mom.  The kind that is loving and nurturing, challenging and inspirational…

And then it hit me:  large families, like the Duggars, don’t eat great.  They buy subpar food in bulk and use styrofoam plates.  Both of my parents cook, I have high standards.  So I thought and thought.  And then I thought, if I grow my own organic food, then I can feed all my kids, and still eat well.

Howdy

Howdy

So now I’m going to be a farmer.

Anyone know how I can become a farmer…?