Monday, December 27, 2010

Have you started spring cleaning yet?

"Spring cleaning" always sounds like a good idea regardless of the season though I usually itch when I talk about it in the wrong season. Declaring that you are in a state of spring cleaning sounds ambitious and refreshing; then I wonder, why do I seem to do it so often?

I am currently wading through my earthly posessions and am going between holding onto items because I may use them and ice-cold breaking up with shoddy shelves, window curtains that I can't imaging using anytime soon, and empty yogurt cartons that make me feel oh-so-eco-chic.

I am doing well, I think. This task make me remember the treasures you can find at a second-hand shop. I'm telling you--those window curtains? They are pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty nice.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Just a handful of things that I'm thankful for

  • Language. For example, saying "Just a handful of things for which I am thankful" keeps poking me in the brain but let's be casual today. I love being obsessed over language and how humans communicate. It's a hobby.
  • Laughter. It is such a pick me up. I even read "Laughter, the best medicine" in Reader's Digests as a kid and I believed it. A smile works, too. When something makes you genuinely smile your whole perspective on things can drastically change for at least those couple of seconds.
  • Google Reader. "Information overload" comes to mind sometimes but my Google Reader at least helps me to organize that overload! I am more up-to-date on current events and innovations than I have ever been and I like that. Oh, also, it's brought me back to College Humor. It's been years!
  • Exercise. Ok, I'm no Ms. Universe but I'm glad that I've gotten used to and drawn to working out and such. Oh, 2010, the year of kickball, 5Ks and Zumba.
  • Tools. Humans use tools. Tools don't use themselves. Use tools responsibly and don't blame the tool! Tools that I have been thankful for: spatulas, Twitter, scouring pads, garage door opener...
  • Friends. And new friends and acquaintances. There are some super nice people around these parts! Socializing is so different now than it was in the universe of school, whether K-12 or college. I have my close group of friends but also enjoy spending time with the people I meet through work, events, other people, etc.
  • Distance and time. So, want me to call you? I can use Skype, my cell phone, call you on Gmail. I can text you, send you an email, send you a Facebook message. I'll write on your wall, post a comment, DM you on Twitter or send a reply. I'm coming to you from all angles. But, let me stop. Take a breath and rest those thumbs. Sometimes I want to stop living life and telling you about it at the same time. But, only sometimes. :) Distance and time just may make the heart grow fonder.
  • Not worrying. Like right now. I could be worrying that I haven't thought of all the thingsI'm thankful for. I could worry that the things I'm thankful for aren't deep enough or that I don't have a good balance between tangible and intangible things I'm thankful for.
At the end of the day--which would be the start of the *agh!* holiday season--I am thankful that people take the time to think about what they are grateful for. Whether for a few seconds in their minds, at the Thanksgiving dinner table, or in a blog post, thinking of what one is thankful for is a meme I can live with.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Unconditional love and the love you choose

I heard an essay on The Bob Edwards Show today and loved it. It is entitled The Love I Choose and you can read the transcript and listen to the audio of her essay. It's from the This I Believe group of essays which is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The woman, Jessica Mercer Zerr, describes her love for her husband; it's a love that is different than, as she explains, the love for her daughter.
Random fact 1: Murrow Blvd. in Greensboro is named after Edward R. Murrow. 
Random fact 2: Murrow is portrayed in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

No pretzels *this* Halloween, kiddies!

I've already dug into the treats I got for tonight but there should be enough for all! So what did I get for the kiddies this year? Check it out:

Descriptions of the treats below.

So why did I go all "healthy"? Because I wanted to. I don't intend to balance out the mainstream candy trick-or-treaters will be getting this Halloween. I'm not going to lie, either; I bought $10 worth of fun-size Reeses, Kit Kat, Twix and Snickers for a grown-up party last night. That was more out of sheer convenience but I just wanted to let that be known (guilt/ahem/guilt). Credit for practical attempts to offer vegan treats is no where to be seen since I have honey graham sticks. Oh, well. I made the decision to get them. And it's not that this stuff is less sweet than other Halloween treats. I am enjoying a delicious mango lollipop I swiped from the treat bowl; again, it is D-E-licious but at the same time I think I feel a tooth or two rotting at the moment.

Maybe it's just my mature palette reacting.

Sure. Anyhow, I hope my treats are a nice break from the usual Halloween treats. Hey, Halloween treats are probably a break from the usual for kids in the first place! At the end of the weekend, I hope all have a good weekend. Happy Halloween, Greensboro!

Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops (from Deep Roots market)
Stretch Island Fruit Co. All-Natural Fruit Strips (from Earth Fare)
EnviroKids Organix Crispy Rice Bars in Peanut Choco Drizzle (from Earth Fare)
Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (from Earth Fare)

Deep Roots Market in Greensboro
Earth Fare in Greensboro

Since I use my VCR about twice a year, it's as much of a tradition of mine to fiddle with it on Halloween as it is to watch my Hocus Pocus VHS tape on Halloween.  Dusk settles into Greensboro...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Summer is OVER!

As I love to tell children and parents in late August and all sorts of people after Labor Day...

"Summer is OVER!"

Sweater-weather, here I come. Not that I don't wear sweaters all year round. My wardrobe hardly changes with the seasons. It may be 100 degrees outside, but the A/C inside is enough to keep the Kashi Tuscan Veggie Bake in my desk drawer frozen.

I exaggerate. Anyhow, welcome fall!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pop music on...Very thin ice!

I just realized that the soundtrack to my time in Macau last year was comprised of Auto-Tune the News and K-pop.

Takes me back. Good times, good times.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

You get a smoke break. What do I get?

I stepped outside of my office yesterday for a minute or less to get a breath of fresh air. To get some sun. To attempt to clear my mind. Just for a minute, though. I felt a little guilty doing it for some reason.

I can't remember if I had ever done that before. I suppose that I do all of that during my lunch break but really all I am doing then is moving from my office chair to my driver's seat, listening to the radio, thinking about what I need to do when I get back to the office, thinking about sneaking in dessert during lunch...

So, I decided to just take a breather, literally. I didn't even really have to go outside. A tiny while of clearing your mind at your desk works, too. It's pretty amazing.

So, I took a break for a breath of fresh air. It's funny to see that some people take a break for a smoke. I've never smoked so I may not know how refreshing it is but...I'll pass. Equal and opposite pleasures?