Monday, January 19, 2009


Lately, I feel like I don't do much of anything and the feeling definitely reflects reality. After work, I laze about my apartment until I summon the energy to go out for dinner and then I laze about some more. On weekends I alternate this schedule with tutoring Spanish (why am I teaching Spanish and not French?!) and going dancing. I read a lot. I should be going and touristing but it's cold out and I hate the cold with a nice, fiery passion. A poor excuse but it's true.

I'm joining a regular gym tonight to do more rehab exercises with weights and such but I realized that I need to buy running shoes first. Who moves to a foreign country without running shoes??? To be fair, my exercise is usually only rock climbing and I do have all my rock gear here. Luckily, I have small feet and there are plenty of shoe stores near the gym. [No, I shouldn't be going dancing but I take it easy and consider it light cardio exercise. I also wear my high tops for extra ankle support.]

There isn't much to write about because I'm doing very little with myself. However, if you want a fantastic book on the United States' foreign policy read Noam Chomsky's Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Absolutely fantastic. I didn't love the first 35 pages or so which really just make up the intro but if you hang in there for a little bit it gets Good. The beginning just has an overly alarmist tone that is slightly irritating, even if what he is saying is true. What follows is a brilliant piece of scholarship and is accessible even for people without a political theory background.

I still have some more Indonesia pictures to post but I'm writing this entry from work where I obviously don't have my pictures.


Nancy K said...

good morning Alex. Hope that it is warming up there. Have a good week

Alex said...

It IS warming up, at least it's above freezing today and should be for most of this week! *happy dance*