zubeneschamali: (chicago flowers)
Bored. Bored, bored, bored. I have so much to do in terms of work and fic and running and quilting that I don't want to do any of it. As an aside, I've noticed that I can be disciplined about any two of those four things at once: I did great churning out the fic this spring, but now I'm burned out on it. I've been better about running more often and for longer, but I can't seem to get myself to work even though it's summer and my only deadlines are vague, far-off ones. Of course, that could be the problem; I work better under pressure, I guess.

Way back at the start of the year, I had this post-a-week idea set up, and then I stopped doing it. I still have a lot of suggestions to answer, so I'm going to start with [livejournal.com profile] xcziel's question:  maps! Top 5 things you love about them + 1 time you maybe were a little bit of a map!geek.

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There are still plenty of weeks left to fill, if you have questions you want to ask!
zubeneschamali: (deanroad)
I haven't been keeping up with the post-a-week, but since I have nowhere near 52 weeks' worth of questions, I figure I can cut myself some slack. :) And also ask for more submissions!

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c asked me to share my most and least favorite things about running.

When it goes well and when it goes poorly. )
zubeneschamali: (maaaaaaap)
Last Sunday, I was shivering in Minneapolis in negative (Fahrenheit) temps while it snowed and blowed enough at home to send dozens of cars into the highway ditches. Yesterday, I went for a run and ended up wearing just a t-shirt. Gotta love the Midwest.

Wed. is the day we take off for the second semester of sabbatical! First is the 31-hour plane trip, assuming all goes well. *fingers crossed* Then there are a little over two weeks in New Zealand, which should be awesomely fun and beautiful and leading to lots of excellent photos. And then from Feb. to mid-Apr., both Mr. Z and I will be visiting the University of Melbourne, doing research in our respective areas.

Which leads me to the question [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7 asked me: what's my field/discipline?

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If you have questions about me you'd like answered, there's still plenty of room on the calendar here.
zubeneschamali: (mdw)
The new year is 5 days old and I've already had one fangirl meetup: [livejournal.com profile] beadslut for a lovely brunch in St. Paul. The company as well as the biscuits and gravy were awesome; the subzero temps were not so awesome. Can't wait till tomorrow, when it's forecast to be colder here than it is on Mars. (No, I'm not kidding.)

For the first week of my post-every-week-all-year meme (which still needs a lot more blanks filled in--lurkers are particularly welcome!), [livejournal.com profile] wendy asked to see those pics of Scotland I teased about but never showed you. Not wanting to be accused of being a tease who doesn't put out deliver as promised, here they are!

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zubeneschamali: (happy holidays)
It's still 2013 in Central Standard Time as I write this, but it's the new year for most everyone reading it, so Happy New Year! *horns* *confetti*

This upcoming year promises to gain me more frequent flier miles than I've ever gotten before, including three months spent on sabbatical in Australia. I'm really looking forward to it, esp. since winter has been tougher than usual already. I got to meet up with 7 different fangirls on my first semester of sabbatical, so here's hoping the second semester goes just as well. :D

I have some specific, goal-oriented resolutions, but I'm not going to bore you with them. I can boil them down to two:
1) Be more communicative. (speak out more, call friends more often, respond to e-mails and comments more quickly, stop dropping into a black hole on occasion)
2) Focus on what makes me happy in the long-term instead of what I want right now. (eat healthier, exercise as training, work for a few more minutes rather than check tumblr one more time, focus on quality rather than quantity in fic writing)

As motivation for #1, I'm adapting the "ask me a question" meme I've seen floating around to one a week for the whole year. Now, I don't know if 52 people even read this journal, so if you have two questions you'd like to ask, go right ahead! I'll take questions on fandom, writing, quilting, running, places I've lived or have traveled to, my job, random icebreaker questions, or whatever you want to ask. If it's something I'm not comfortable answering in public, I'll let you know. Here's the schedule: let me know what you want to ask and when you want to ask it!

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