0010 - Exercise: I'm up to 21 minutes today, and I've recovered from last week's bout with the plague, so I'm back up to 20 km/h. It's actually becoming a lot easier, and I think once I hit 30 minutes, I'll start increasing the speed and resistance. I am now certain that I'm sleeping better due to the exercise; a week-long period of improved sleep might've been a fluke, but I'm hard-pressed to say the same about a month. I am smoking less -- not through any conscious effort to cut down, but I just don't crave it as much. My stress-related upper back pain is gone. I can run up the two flights of stairs to my office without getting winded. My balance and posture are improving. And the most interesting thing is ...I get pretty awful period cramps, and I was worried about keeping on with the bike for the first and second day (when the cramps are typically at their worst and I can't do anything without painkillers). But for the first time I can remember in seventeen years (fuck me, that number is depressing...), I had no cramps at all. Like, there were tiny pangs, but the usual "oh, don't mind me; I'm just going to lie down here and die, okay? okay. D:" phase never materialised. This might or might not be related to getting exercise -- I was also fighting off a virus at the time, so maybe it was somehow related to that. Or maybe it was a complete fluke! Who knows. But if it's the exercise, I think I will be one happy motherfucker for the rest of my pre-menopausal days. The pain is the only reason I ever hate being female, and if it goes? omg, I will be so happy. (I do know birth control pills can ease severity of cramps or erase them altogether, but I've never been on the pill and have absolutely no desire to change this. My attitude towards rampant over-medication in North American society is a rant for another day.)
0011 - I now have a fairly solid understanding of how sentences are formed and can break them down, more or less, based on what I've learned of particles. I have also gained an appreciation (though far from an understanding) for the various ways in which the Japanese language makes its verbs do 200% of the work. (I find this kind of sexy. Is that weird? ...don't answer that.) Fluency in reading hiragana/katakana is improving, though I still have to sound a number of them out in my head as I read. I can recognise and point out about 300 core kanji (with about 85% accuracy); working on learning to write them. Slowly. When listening, I occasionally understand full sentences without having to read the subtitles. XD
0100 - Music: Today I discovered that it's been so long since I've bothered to try learning anything two-handed that I have completely forgotten how to read notes on the bass clef. D: D: This was extremely upsetting for me and I'm going to set aside a half hour every day to practice. I was trying to play the Namimori school anthem. *facepalm* I know, I know. Just.
0101 - Seasons: It's spring, and I'm happy. I don't want to hear about equinoxes -- in my world, spring always starts on March 1st. Always has, always will. >.> Spring means time for spring cleaning of all kinds. I'm looking forward to it.