Monday, December 15, 2008

Oh happy day--final Monday

Massive wave of holy-cowness (you have to look in the special dictionary for this word)…Hong Kong and myself are exactly three weeks away from seeing each other for the first time. I’m thinking we will have a semi-long relationship lasting 4.5 months. I’m good with predicting these things..hah.

Karyn (my roommate) and I were just talking about how we could call it quits and go home tonight, kidding of course. I have 1 exam down and 4 to go! I am studying until I hear the cuckoo bird.

I am not much of a multitasking person when it comes to concentrating. I generally prefer silence or music without words. The following is a list of music that is particularly good for studying:

Enya (easy to not listen to the words)
LotR soundtrack
Afro Celt Sound System
Classical music!
Ever After soundtrack
Fernando Ortega instrumental
Ian Anderson
Lord of the Dance
Samite
Eddie Vedder-Into the Wild (again, easy to not listen to the words for some reason)
Emma Soundtrack
Spyro Gyra (thanks Dad..I probably got some of the others from you too)
String Cheese Incident
Vieux Diop-Afrika Wassa

That exhausts my list..any other ideas let me know!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The opposite of oblivion

Well, I was recently consumed by a project, but I came out alive! After 3.5 months letting this “work” loom over me in the most odious of ways, I was dreading it. Then, I finally got started and three nights later, the project was basically done. Simple really. Funny thing is, in a few days span my thoughts went from dread to satisfaction. This applies to all those things in life that get put off for days and weeks, which is way worse than just diving in and getting it over with. The little thing (marketing plan) is up on a pedestal in my mind now. Or maybe it’s more of a proud momma kind of feeling. Regardless, it’s done, and I can move on to other things. For instance, studying for exams…

I was thinking today about the way to deal with stress. When there is something pressing that needs done I first vacuum, wash dishes, start laundry, take out the trash and recycling, and make coffee. Keep in mind all of this can be done in about five minutes. The vacuuming is a relatively small rectangle, the dishes are basically “the dish,” laundry is on the first floor, the trash is a short walk outside, recycling is right down the hall, and coffee is “voilĂ .” Now, after I have created this atmosphere, my mind is ready to work. You could also argue that I have run out of productive ways to procrastinate. Sounds pretty good though, huh?

I thought I had it down, but it seems that I can only control the stress so much. If life is crazy or full of change (e.g.-now!) it takes me at least an hour to fall asleep. I can think about everything under the sun except drifting into oblivion, and then I look at my watch and the hour is way into the single digits. Hmm..wish I was more like my roommate--she can fall asleep while still holding a book in her hands!

One last thing--A dog named faith Ooohh what an inspiration.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Namaste

Well, here we go. I thought this might be fun to update, especially next semester while I am in Hong Kong. The quote at the top is actually longer...

"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."
Anton Chekhov

That is all I have to say right now, but give it time. I'll be back!