Coffee and climbs

As I look back on this week, too much time was spent in lab and studying (inefficiently), so I will forego talking about that:

As always.
As always.

I went climbing at LA Boulders this week, and it was my first time back on the wall since I was in Truckee over a month ago.  The feeling is always the same – it is just pure fun and focus, frustrating at times, but satisfying nonetheless.  It was definitely a workout as I’ve never had upper body strength.  Yet, when the skin started to peel off my fingers, showcasing some raw flesh underneath, I knew it had been a successful day.

Coffee everyday, everywhere.
Coffee everyday, everywhere.

But of course, this summer is devoted to studying for the MCAT, and it followed us there too.  We made a plan to stay at the gym all day – climb until our bodies got tired, then study until our minds got tired, then go back to climbing.  Surprisingly, it worked out really well.  We got in a few hours of good climbs, and few hours of great studying.  There was a little corner ontop of all the bouldering walls with couches and a table, so we settled there and opened up the books.  It was nice being in a different space studying, especially at a place I loved, with the chill gym music streaming and the option to merely climb down and take a break if I wanted to.

A little nook ontop of all the bouldering walls.  Notice the coffee and donut holes.
A little nook ontop of all the bouldering walls. Notice the coffee and donut holes.
Another view of the nook with some hip chalk writing.
Another view of the nook with some hip chalk writing.
Feet.
Feet.

I took advantage of the little holes where they normally screw in rocks to hold my pens.

Strategic pen holding using the bolt holes.
Strategic pen holding using the bolt holes.

All in all, it was such a stress relieving day.  Climbing is always stress relieving, whether its through gripping so hard on a hold you can’t think about anything else, or laying down on the mat enjoying the fan breeze cooling your sweaty face as you watch others tackle notorious problems.  The people, the vibe, the support and passion are so uplifting when you step into a climbing gym.

Later that evening, I met up with some friends to grab dinner at Boiling Crab.  For those of you don’t know, the place is a glorious, messy, and magical seafood restaurant best enjoyed with buddies you are very comfortable with.  They waited over an hour so that I could join for dinner, which made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  It was so nice catching up with people without having to think about club logistics, since that is what normally brings us together.  Walking home that night in the warm summer air, laughing and talking with wonderful people with a full stomach felt like a momentary euphoria amidst the blanket of stress I usually find myself buried under.

Demolished.
Demolished.

My yogi buddy and I went to our class this morning, which was mind-clearing and mind-brightening like always. We arrived with 1 minute to spare, and ended up taking the last spots in the back corner of the room.  Regardless, the practice was a workout of strength and balance of both the mind and body.  My intention for this practice was Peace – to be at peace with everything that happens to me regardless of how overwhelming it is.  It’s pretty similar to my last week’s intention of being calm.  Since usually I am a stressed out and tense person, it is a fitting goal to set.

Clearing out after a yogi morning.
Clearing out after a yogi morning.

I replenished my banana supply so I can keep up with my green smoothie lifestyle.  They just aren’t as good without the sweetness of a ripe banana.  I wish every day can start off with a breakfast that looks like this, but trying to sleep for 7-8 hours a night and waking up early enough to meal prep is starting to feel a bit strenuous.

An omelette with spinach, mushrooms, and cheese, topped with half an avocado :)
Sliced avocados makes any dish look cooler.

The goal for this week is the same as last – getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  I am also beginning this week with a Grey’s Anatomy monologue, because, why not. “You gotta wonder why we cling to our expectations.  Because the expected is just what keeps us steady…standing…still.  The expected is just the beginning.  The unexpected…is what changes our lives.”

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