Friday, March 26, 2010

Snow again?

Not really. Iowa's had enough of that, but Miike Snow + KCRW = sooo good.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Little one.

Sometimes, I feel like a tiny child. Especially when...

1. I giggle uncontrollably because I'm being tickled
2. I twirl in dresses and skirts
3. the sky is very blue and the grass is very green
4. I read books I can't put down, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
5. I think about wearing one of these:

Do you know where I can get one?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Driven

I am reading a book titled "Drive" by Daniel H. Pink. The book questions the current business model (Motivation 2.0): carrots and sticks or in other words, rewards for good work and punishment for poor work. He says this business model doesn't address the third kind of human motivation, that is Motivation 3.0. This model addresses human desires for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. "It is devoted to becoming better and better at something that matters. And it connects that quest for excellence to a larger purpose."

He gives the example of Wikipedia to demonstrate. The free, online encyclopedia is completely self driven, "written collaboratively by the people who use it." Wikipedia defies the 2.0 model because the ndividuals aren't rewarded/paid for the writing they accomplish for wiki entries, it's completely for purpose. It's fun, not work.

I definitely have some motivation 3.0 itching to be used!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Miike Snow...

has a crazy manstache. Nice.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Top Five.

1/
Penland!
I've been awarded a full work study scholarship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina! For 2 weeks in August, I will learn the old-world craft of letterpress printing, that is my talent back before there were computers. I'm so excited. I've thought for some time, this might be my future: a letterpress studio creating and designing posters/wedding invitations/business cards/etc/etc/etc. I guess we'll find out soon.

2/
The Power of Positive Thinking :: Norman Vincent Peale
I've been reading this book and enjoying every bit of it.

3/
Extra Virgin
I am a HUGE fan of the tapas bar these days. I'm a small person, some might say miniature-sized :) I don't eat a lot, but I love food. Hence my adoration to the trend in tapas bars. They serve a wide variety of appetizers, or small snack-like plates. This style of dining is rooted in Spanish traditions; however, from what I understand, the idea has been Westernized resulting in whole restaurants designed where you order 3-5 different tapas plates to equal to a whole meal. It's sweet... and savory!

4/
Color Me Katie
This girl is the most adorable girl ever. Ever! I'd like to be her friend.

5/
Miike Snow
I love the song Animal. Listen. Right now. Doooooo it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Heyah!

I'm recovering rather stress-free with this second and last surgery. I feel much calmer, perhaps as a result of experience. Who knows!? I'm just embracing.

Embracing and letting the excitement build. July 1st on my mind. Then I will finally be able to climb. Until then, I'm listening to She & Him, Volume Two,
out March 23.

Monday, March 08, 2010

A few things.

1. 2nd surgery, right foot, this Thursday.
Please wish me luck!

2. Axles.
I had to replace both the left and right axles in my little Honda Civic last Thursday. It cost me almost $1000... and let's please not forget I paid almost $2000 in income taxes this year. Money's getting a little tight!

3. First there's the Solera, then there's Hell's Kitchen.
Solera is a delicious tapas restaurant in Minneapolis. We ate delicious paella, and 3 kinds of tapas: pork belly, Spanish cured meats, and scallops. Then Saturday morning, post Avetts, I ate at an amazing brunch at Hell's Kitchen. They make the best homemade peanut butter..... MMMMMMMM!

4. The Avett Brothers...

were awesome Friday night. They can still be my husbands any day.


5. Strengths Finder 2.0
I'm reading this book in my professional development book club at work. After a 30-minute assessment... they've labeled the following as my strengths:

1. Adaptability
People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow. ”They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

2. Harmony
People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

3. Empathy
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

4. Positivity
People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

5. Woo (Winning Others Over)
People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Any thoughts on my strengths? Accurate? Inaccurate? No comment?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I'm ready to grow up.

The past 4 years since college graduation, I feel I was chasing lost college youth. Upon graduation I felt I had missed out. Where had my four years gone? What rebellions had I imparted on society? May 2006, standing at the cusp of adulthood, I looked back at my education: hardly partying, studying more, but where it brought me was wishing I had better memories of the "college experience." Which takes me to where I currently stand: a quieter life. I wake, work, eat, work, evening activity, sleep. That's all. I've never been much of a party-er. My alcohol intolerance may have contributed to that. (Many people of Asian descent, although oddly not appearing in any of my siblings, experience an unusual flushing reaction after drinking alcohol — even in very small amounts. This is caused by a genetic disorder in which the body is unable to break down alcohol completely.)

All in all, my quiet, subdued life is okay.