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             Perhaps as a way to put my anxiety about my paper into perspective, I took the bike out on the road today XD. I went to get some take out sushi from the restaurant just down the street. It only takes about a minute by car, and I thought it would be a good way to judge and see whether or not I will be up to using the bike as part of my commute to field school this summer. Nothing bad happened and I was vigilant as I am while driving, but--it was still pretty scary. The ride was short and since I've been working out I'm in better shape, yet I still was pretty sweaty when I reached the restaurant, I think it was mostly nerves. Growing up in the country side we (my siblings and I) never rode our bikes on the road proper, because people drove really fast, there were lots of blind spots in the winding country roads, and there was no such thing as a bike lane. Dad even warned us not to take our bike out at sunset because he was worried drivers wouldn't see us.
                 Now I live in town though, I've been trying to work up the courage to ride on the road. The specific area right my our Apartment doesn't have demarcated bike lanes, but the road is nice and wide, and I've seen lots of riders on it. It was odd, I was watching out and being careful, but to a certain extent the bike rider must trust the drivers not to hit them. I cringed when the cars passed me, but I didn't swerve or slow down because driving has taught me that if you remain consistent other drivers will be better able to predict what you might do. I spent the ride back with my sushi order hanging from one of the handle bars, laughing nervous and feeling like I was doing something a bit crazy, and that maybe getting my drivers licence and driving alone wouldn't be so scary after all. On the other hand it was nice exerciser and I'm glad I tried it. I still don't know whether or not I will make the bike part of the field school commute, but we'll see.
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 Today is the second day of week four of Spring term. I had a bit of a rough start with the first week or so, with really bad tiredness and lots of anxiety, but I'm feeling better now. I'm still quite sleepy, even though I've been getting a good amount of sleep (7 to 8) hours of sleep, but I'm going to see my doctor on the 28th so we'll see what happens.

I'm really happy because as of week two I started a new workout routine. I work out Monday and Friday at the recreation center here at PSU. It's a lovely building with so much to do, and since access to it is paid for as part of tuition students don't have to pay each time we go in. It's a very massive gym with four floors. They have cardio machines (like ellipticals and tredmills) a beautiful full sized inside pool on the second floor XD, a inside running track (just like a track and field track) and even a rock climbing wall! The set up of the building reminds me of a science fiction setting. I've seen swimming pools indoors plenty of times, but never on the second floor of the building with large windows to see most of the pool from the outside of the building. Also the track is on the fourth floor, but it over looks the courts on the third floor, like it is suspended above it. I don't think it actually is because it feels really sturdy with no slight bounce, but it is definitely like a mezzanine. The whole building just has the futuristic feeling to me. I'm a big dork *blush*, but I often imagine I'm an astronaut on a long space mission, the Rec Center only being part of a massive space cruiser, and my graduation is when we arrive on the alien planet. And--the defriending of this Hayley wierdo begins---now! I'm hoping to step up the workouts to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, because my Linguistics course doesn't start until 1:50 on these days, and experts say that working out three times a week every other day is optimal. Hopefully I can keep this going because it feels really good. Well I had better go. There is still more to write about, so I think I will do a Spring Term part 2 entry. Bye friends love to you all.

Hayley ^_^

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