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Single-minded

Much talk has been made (mainly by Republicans) about President Obama making an appearance on the Tonight Show or filling out his bracket for the NCAA tournament.  I don’t believe anything was said when he attended a high school english class to talk to the students who expressed their fears due to the economy.   Apparently the beef is that President Obama has taken his eye off the ball and is not focusing enough, or 100%, of his attention on the economy.  A singular mindset is what is needed? Really? I don’t think so. I think a singular mindset is the last thing we need.

I think Leonardo da Vinci said it best:

Every now and then go away,

have a little relaxation,

for when you come back to your work

your judgment will be surer;

since to remain constantly at work

will cause you to lose power of judgment …

Go some distance away

because the work appears smaller,

and more of it

can be taken in at a glance,

and lack of harmony

or proportion is more readily seen.

March 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Are you like the Runaway Bride?

I found myself watching the last half of Julia Robert’s Runaway Bride the other night. I wasn’t in the mood to read, study, clean or even watch tv actually, but I needed to unwind and it was too late to do anything else.  I never really like this movie when I first saw it however after seeing it again, I find it very interesting.

Julia Roberts portrays Maggie, a woman who has been engaged three times but has never said I do.  As Ike the Reporter uncovers more about her, we learn that she becomes a bit of a relationship chameleon with whomever she is with at the time.  Originally, I thought this premise wasn’t realistic and that the reporter (Richard Gere) falling in love with her was just as suspect.  That part not withstanding (he’s Richard Gere for God’s sake), I do think women are more amoebic when it comes to relationships.

We tend to try something we have absolutely no interest in whatsoever if our significant other loves it.  We know that most of the fun is just being with him, especially when he’s happy doing his thing (whatever the heck that may be).  It doesn’t mean that we need to lose our own identity and interests in the process, but that can happen. Why? Because it is not as often that our significant others will try something we like for no other reason than because they want to spend time with us.

Aww c’mon you say, that’s just stereotyping.  Really? If you are a male reading this, does your girlfriend/spouse have to beg you to go to the theater, a musical, a “girlie” movie, etc.? Do you put up a fight and finally give in by making some deal “I’ll go if you do this for me (whatever that may be for the two of you)? ”  If you are female reading this, how often have you gone to a nascar race, football game (+ TAILGATE), fishing, hunting, a boat show, etc. even though it was the last thing you wanted to do?   I know, in both cases, there are some on both sides that like the particular examples I have given. Is there something else though that you wish your significant other would never, ever ask you to do with him or her again? Exactly.

As we learn, Maggie has lost her sense of self.  She ends up liking whatever eggs the guy she is dating likes.  Each of her engagement rings reflects the taste of her fiance, not her. Even the show (or what others would call the ceremony) is more about the taste of the fiance not a reflection of her, or them.  Maggie deeply realizes this, which is why she hasn’t been able to marry the three previous boyfriends. She runs again, for the fourth time on Ike, only to seek him out later and ask him to marry her after she examines who she is (and isn’t) and her life as the town joke.

What are you like in a relationship?  Do you have the space to do things on your own? Do you do things together, sometimes not necessarily what the other would want? Do you make time to do the things you both love to do?  My belief is that the healthier the relationship, the more you weave these moments into your lives.  But what do I know??

March 19, 2009 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Hmph ..

I was  going to just do it and get the Kindle. Use a little tax refund money and splurge.  It seemed like a good idea considering I usually pay the $79 for Amazon Prime, so was thinking this would help me to realize financial benefits sooner.  WRONG!  The 3 books I would like to get right now?  Not offered on Kindle.  Hmph.  I would say that maybe my purchase of Kindle is officially and indefinitely on hold now.  Give me some bound pulp any day I say.

March 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm 1 comment

To Kindle or Not to Kindle?

I am in a quandry.  I am huge reader and love to be reading.  I am usually reading a few books at once, mainly because I am reading some for school, and some for pure curiosity or enjoyment (or both).  I am one of those people who gets interested in random things and then follows the path down the rabbit hole for a while. I also can get addicted to authors and will read everything they have ever written. Now, don’t mistake my incredible love for reading with being a shut-in, just like I shouldn’t mistake your shaved head or face piercings for anything more than self expression.

As an avid reader, I am starting to consider Amazon.com’s Kindle 2.0. It has a lot of new features that held me back from purchasing the first one, but now, the issue I have left is: what about having the actual book.  Right now, I have three bookcases that probably house about 400 or so books.  I have never counted and honestly, have no desire to.  I have about 20 books in my cart at Amazon.com at any one time and at least another 40+ on my wish list.  If you do a little math, to get the Kindle with most of the books being $10 or less, I will only be ‘out’ about $150 or thereabouts.  Of course, as time passes, the benefit of having purchased the Kindle will continue to rise and the financial side will tip to my favor.

So, if one can get past the initial shock of the price and decide that going electronic is the way to go, my last hesitation is with upgrades. Amazon is on version 2.0. What happens when version 3, or 5 comes out? Do we get upgrade options? Has anyone who has the first generation Kindle found any challenges now that the second generation is out?  I know, crazy random thoughts. But not completely unfounded when you consider the iPod and that most of us are on our 2nd or 3rd one.  My first had a battery challenge and when I found out the cost of replacing the battery, I decided to buy a new one from, yes, Amazon.   You can get just about anything from Amazon!

Anyone want to share their thoughts, suggestions, Kindle experiences?

March 17, 2009 at 8:47 am 7 comments

And so begins the Madness

It is that time of year again. Time for fantastic weekends filled with college basketball.  Yes, I have my faves, but during March Madness, every game is a show.  They are all great; they almost always have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I don’t doubt this year will be any different.  Are you in a pool? Do you have your picks yet? What are you waiting for?

I do miss being in ACC country. It was a great atmosphere for college basketball.  People take off work the Friday of the ACC tournament and have parties. It’s the way it should be.  As a Big Ten girl, our tournament is a bit newer and does not quite have that cult status. Yet.  As for being in Omaha, well, there is Creighton but they didn’t make it this year and are NIT-bound.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the NIT. There has been many a year the Hoosiers were in the NIT and I was still a devotee. But there is nothing like NCAA’s tournament.  Ahh, Thursday will not get here fast enough!!

March 16, 2009 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Peepster

It’s a Peep time of year .. allow me to sing (in the tune of beans, beans, the more .. )

Peeps, Peeps, fun to say,

glad they are not gray,

because they certainly make my day!

Peeps, Peeps, fun to play

Yellow is like eating the sun’s rays

try to make them last til May!

peepster

March 15, 2009 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Strengths is the Word

The topic of strengths is everywhere these days.  Business, home, schools.  I love to learn all I can about how the mind works, how our personality fits into things, why we make the decisions we do. I am not a researcher in the true sense of the word, but I do love to learn as much as I can, if only for my own personal insights into me.

If you haven’t gone to the VIA Character Strengths site within the Authentic Happiness site at UPenn, I encourage you to do so. It’s a free strengths assessment measuring 24 characters within individuals

VIA strengths – measures 24 character strengths in individuals. Free, very interesting.  Here’s the top five for me, from when I took it two years ago.  Do you agree?

Your top five, especially those marked as Signature Strengths, are the ones to pay attention to and find ways to use more often.

Your Top Strength: Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

Your Second Strength: Industry, diligence, and perseverance
You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

Your Third Strength: Fairness, equity, and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

Your Fourth Strength: Kindness and generosity
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

Your Fifth Strength: Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

March 14, 2009 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

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