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Tiny Heroin Addict-Looking Girl

Otanjoubi Omedetou romantisttaste!

I've also randomly remembered it should be Seth Day soon as well. Hrrrrm.

Spent the last two work days and most of the weekend waking up in the mornings to find the room moving away from my feet. This isn't an unusual problem, though it has been happening somewhat more over the last couple of years. The cumulative effects of malnutrition and possible viral infections have a way of stomping all over my balance, and this is often rectified by making sure I get out of bed, moving floor be damned, and try to hydrate and eat. What is different this time is that it's lasted somewhat longer, although I've also been more active than I usually am (read: not staying in bed), and actually eating pretty regular meals. I figure it'll go away, but in the meantime, it's annoying.

Skipped the last two days of work, though it just means I'm working from home, and did end up sleeping away more afternoons than I spent doing work, which I found disgusting. On the other hand, work is such that I may be able to work on the code from home instead of commuting, so I'll call up the boss in the morning tomorrow to see about my possibilities. Working on a new story about diet fiends. It's ironic, but that's just the concept. It should very easily fall under dread keywords like "experimental" and "Afi story". Researching dieting communes is frightening stuff. The colourings. The flavourings. The pre-packagedness of it. I'm not entirely sure yet if a story told mostly in recipes is just being rather obscure. As I grow older, my stories seem to be getting that much more obscure. And it's not even like they're getting published. (Tip: The idea is that I might actually write enough stories to get a few published.) I suppose my story isn't going to exactly be "switching tacos for enchiladas" (if I got that right, Points minused from anyone who got the quote). Thinking about food in terms of convenience is also kind of new for me. It is interesting, at least to think about the nutritional value of say, diced peppers versus slicing your own, and how foods are growing increasingly less whole. So the story sort of explores some of my fears about that, alongside the usual hallmarks of my desperately unsexy tales. I've never actually had to think about food in terms of losing weight before either.

I might even finish it in time to submit it to Chi. Now, imagine the horror of that.


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Feb. 28th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm suddenly reminded of the anorexic recipe community I found accidently a few weeks ago. I found it both ironic and frightening.

The push for convenience certainly overwhelms the need for nutrition and I wish I could say that I was free from the absurdity of it all, but alas! I am not. My lunches at work are typically Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers packages - not because I'm dieting but because I'm too lazy. On the other hand, I try to keep it a rule to eat real food when I'm not at work.

Anyway, I think the premise of your story sounds interesting.
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)

What do anorexics make for themselves? *curious*

You're at least better than me at work. I tend to work through lunch because it means I get a bit more done. It can make me rather miserable, and I've been trying to remember to bring something at least once or twice a week. Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers packages are convenient and very likely healthier than a hamburger (and much better than a muesli bar!), don't feel bad about it. :)

I'm the same. I like to make sure I do eat real food when I'm not at work. I'm a bad eater overall even though my food is healthy and homemade, I can skip breakfast and lunch and eat one meal a day.

Which is all very interesting to keep in mind, writing a story about dieting. :)
Mar. 1st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
It looked like mostly lo-cal foods like soup with a lot of seasoning and very few veggies. Nearly all of the posts are locked though. It makes you wonder some more.

My dearest Blondie is not dieting but he's a bad eater too. If he's good, he'll have had breakfast and a real dinner. If he's been slaving away at his studio or something, he'll forget to eat and we'll have conversations at night and he'll be "um, I should probably eat something like a sandwich. I think I'm getting a headache."
Mar. 1st, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Your friend sounds rather like what people around me put up with. Tis sad, but true. Though it is also strangely comforting to know I'm not a freak. :)

I've never dieted in my life, and couldn't think of it, but I was only recently described by a dear, close friend as, "tiny heroin-addict-looking girl." On the bright side, no one's accurately figured out how old I am yet. In fact, in graduate school, rumours spread that I was "a child prodigy."

That was last year. This year, I turn 25.
Mar. 1st, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I could never think about dieting! I like food too much and hunger pangs really hurt. Then again, I'm not overweight and never have been so it's a non-issue.

Child prodigy? Oh that's pretty funny. People tend to be unsure of my age (I'll be 28 this year - eek!) but never that badly. Most recent incident was with a volunteer hospital worker who is in her last year of college and she asked me if I were on holiday break. I said no, I've graduated school. She asked high school or college. I replied with both and for quite some time now. -_-
Mar. 1st, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
I like food. Food is goooooooood.

No one's mistaken me for a college student yet either. They're working towards that. Give 'em a few more years. ;)
Feb. 28th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Feh. I'm trying to forget about that day.

But...hydrating and eating are good things! Try to keep to them. :) i still owe you email, but things are hectic right now. Stupid taxes and all that other crap.
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Careful, I might go ahead and make it Seth Week instead, and then you'll really be plagued. :)

I also have an unfailing certainty this year is already better than the last, therefore, this year will be better than the last. But I can't quantify it in totally philosophical terms.

Hydrating and eating, with fake powdered vitamins, even. We boiled it down to I can't get up from horizontal - vertical, and I can't do any sort of head turns while in a horizontal position. Mom has gone from "weak physique" to "not enough bloodflow to the head". I must be being punished for sleeping too much.

I owe you email too. But I think we've been here before. ;)
Mar. 1st, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Arigatou gozaima~su \(^.^)/
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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