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November 16th, 2008

06:34 pm: City and Colour
Who wants to go see City and Colour at the Black Cat in January? 



November 11th, 2008

04:13 pm: Favor!

So my dance instructor, Kajal Mehta, is in this online competition and if by 11:59pm this Wednesday any of her dance videos are in the top 10, she’ll be considered for a part in a Bollywood movie!  They’ll fly her out to Mumbai and set her up in a 5 star hotel for three weeks while she learns the choreography and gets to dance with Shahid Kapoor- a big hottie! ;)  

Kajal is a great teacher and an amazing dancer- I would love it if she had this chance to achieve her dream of getting to Bollywood! Cause she not only deserves it, but come on, how bad ass would it be to say my dance teacher was in a Bollywood film?!!? 

This is a one time vote on your part, you don’t have to keep voting every day.  All you do is go to her profile link below, click on each of her 3 videos, and give them a “5 Bubble” rating. The first time, you’ll be prompted to register (enter e-mail/gender/age or something equally easy).  


Total time will be 2 minutes (tops) to register and rate all 3 videos. 


So thanks in advance for your vote! Remember, deadline is this Wednesday night!  And the top 10 finalists will be announced by next Tuesday!   


Here’s where you can find her videos:


YAY Kajal!!!

November 5th, 2008

09:46 pm: I've started a new tradition: Every Halloween I watch Practical Magic and every Christmas I watch Love Actually. Because I'm a big fat sucker for movies like that. I wouldn't call them chick flicks exactly, cause I think they're better than the average J.Lo love adventure, but I have to admit they are girly feel good flicks. Whatever.

This post isn't really about either of those movies but about their soundtracks. Love Actually was the first time I'd ever heard of Joni Mitchell- I know, I know, I grew up under a rock- and because of that I recognized her name when I was digging through a box of tapes at Tower Records and was prompted to buy what is now my absolute favorite tape of all time: Miles of Aisles. I can listen to it over and over all day long. And Practical Magic has my all time favorite song from that tape, A Case of You, and another wonderful song by Stevie Nicks, Crystal. Both songs reach out and strike a chord in me. They carve a hole into my chest and fill it up with longing for I don't even know what. They make me want to cry and to create. To reach out in restlessness to someone or something that I should be.

I've provided links to both for your listening pleasure:

A Case of You


12:46 pm: They say the road to Hell was paved with good intentions….

I need to be careful to only give advice when it’s asked for, to keep it brief, and to avoid telling people things they already know.  I like when people confide in me.  I like listening to them and trying to help them work through things.  I always try to give useful input and express my empathy- let them know someone cares.  But sometimes I think I come off as a know it all or like I’m being condescending, which is the exact opposite effect of what I was going for.  Le’sigh.  I need to listen more carefully to what I’m saying and how it may be received by others.  I don’t think I’m always right or that I’m better than anyone else.  I just want to help people out, but I have to make sure I don't end up making things worse.      

09:42 am: !!!
Right now I am so proud of Virginia and SO proud of the United States of America!!  I don't know whether to breathe a sigh of relief, cry, or jump up and shout!  I am so happy that I will be entering the Peace Corps with Obama as president-  our image around the world is going to change with him as our commander in chief, and I am glad to be one of the first representatives of America's new government when I go to Costa Rica in March.  For the first time when I go abroad I won't have to make excuses or apologies about our leader. 

I think Nina Simone says it best right now:

"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me - and I'm feelin' good!"

November 4th, 2008

02:54 pm: Man vs Machine

There comes a time in all office workers’ lives when they find themselves pitted against an inanimate object in a battle of wills. My time came today, with an innocuous, gray Swingline stapler (not red like in Office Space unfortunately) that my boss asked me to fix. 


One of the staples was jammed inside. I took it to the supplyroom, where I learned the inner workings of the not so complicated tool as I tried to find some kind of release button. I dissected the stapler, tapped it against the counter, toggled it with a paper clip, and eventually attacked it with a serrated letter opener. All of my attempts were completely unsuccessful. Swingline remained unruffled. I asked two different co-workers if they knew how to un-jam a stapler, but after tinkering with it a bit, they both gave up.


So I turned instead to the internet, and its endless knowledge. WikiHow told me to use a paper clip and be persistent- no luck there. It also advised:


1) Don't yell at your stapler.

2) Don't ask for a new one.

3) Don't steal your co-worker's stapler.


Damn.  1) and 3) were exactly what I wanted to do. Convinced that the internet would not let me down, I searched on.  And then on Anwsers.yahoo.com the solution presented itself: so simple, so obvious. “I usually heave it against the wall. That almost always gets the staples out.”




Now wanting to scare anyone in the office or put a hole in the wall, I opted for a slightly less dramatic move and slammed it into the floor- where the staple immediately got caught on the carpet and was wrenched free of Swingline.  


VICTORY!! Take THAT Swingline!! 

I feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away when he made fire. 

November 3rd, 2008

12:38 pm: Owy!
My flu shot hurts like a little bitch!  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

October 31st, 2008

01:50 pm: The perks of working at a child research center:

My office totally rocks out for Halloween, it's so cute! They had trick-or-treating with all sorts of yummy baked goods, samosas, pez dispensers, and high quality candy!  And then a costume competition with appearances from a female rapper complete with grill, The Stock Market Crash, Obama and Beiden, Snap Crackle and Pop, a Juke Box, Mary Kate Olsen, and a smattering of witches, dead heads, and women in garishly bright striped tights. I was a watermelon but I don't think anyone could tell since I was just wearing a green sweater over a pink shirt with seeds sewn on.  Ah well!  What a fun afternoon!   My co-workers know how to have a good time!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

October 13th, 2008

01:20 pm: This morning I groggily poured the boiling water for my dad's coffee into my cereal instead of milk.  I am such a winner.

October 9th, 2008

01:56 pm: Movin on up!

I got a raise at work! But I also go off my parents’ health care plan on Halloween…so after taxes and paying for my own health care I think the extra money each month will pretty much be gone.  Ah well. Luckily, I will only have to pay for health care for 2-4 months. 


How do I know this?? Because Peace Corps FIIIINALLY got in touch with me and gave me useful information!! I still don’t know exactly where I’m going or when, but they told me it will be for rural community development in a Central American country and that I will be leaving between January and early March. It’s good to know I’ll be home for the holidays! And I think I will either be in Belize or Costa Rica because those were the only two countries the Peace Corps website described with the exact term “rural community development”. It might also be Panama.   


Doing rural community development means I’ll have several projects instead of just one- so I might teach English classes, work with women’s groups and other community organizations to strengthen their goals, and basically be a useful tool for whatever the community decides they want to do. In some ways this is really good because I can stay as busy and involved as I want, but in others it will be very difficult. Especially at the beginning because with no clear directions or game plan, I may wonder what I’m doing there and if I’ll actually be helpful. I’m a bit nervous about this prospect, and also the fact that I will be, most likely, in the middle of nowhere. In the descriptions of these countries I learned I will have limited or no cell phone/internet access, I’ll be hours from the capital, there will be lots of mud and rain and bugs, and I may feel pretty isolated because the women my age will be married with kids and the men my age will think I’m hitting on them if I try to be friends. Some of the sites were described as having mud floors, tin and wooden walls, and thatch roofs.  I found some Peace Corps Volunteers' blogs and read about how this guy got bit by a scorpion and passed out. Yikes! I know I’ll be fine, but I am a bit worried and could use lots of encouragement and reassurance right now, people!      

Current Mood: nervousnervous
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