Random Tidbits of the Week

As usual, not much is happening in my life, but there are enough little things to warrant a post…

-Brian finally put in his 2 weeks.  So bittersweet.  I’m happy for him, but I’ll miss hanging out.  It’s sad how easily work-friends fade away.  We might text a few times and maybe hang out once or twice, but to be honest, outside of AAA, we don’t have much in common.  His idea of a great time is hanging out at a bar pressuring me to drink. Mine’s a little different…. He’s a great guy though, and deserved way more than the crap he got from Shelley.  I know Mark and I won’t stay close once one of us leaves because we have even less in common.

-Speaking of work, I am now officially indifferent, which is the kiss of death in any relationship  of mine (romantic or otherwise).  Katie (ditzy sorority girl who runs to Shelley with any and every slightly difficult/unpleasant problem and who started after me) was promoted to CR II simply for being Shelley’s bff and after-work drinking/clubbing companion. This was the same promotion Shelley had promised to me and then taken away because I didn’t have good enough MSI scores because I was a relief adjuster not taking any claims…. You’d think I’d be enraged.  But I’m actually not phased.  For one thing, I’ve come to expect this sort of thing from AAA.  For another, I’m mentally done. I’ll keep doing my job, but I’m already counting down the days until I can start seriously looking for a new job.  This mental outlook also explains why I just smiled and nodded when my new boss Sonja (who’s pretty much just as ditzy and worthless as Shelley) told me to stop doing Brian’s work on days that he’s not there because the adjusters in LHM (who are there every business day and who have a smaller work load and absolutely no earthly excuse for being behind) really need my help more.  How about I just don’t help anyone then?  Works for me.

-Yoga is amazing.  Compared to my 45-60 minute cardio workouts, my 30ish minute yoga routine initially seemed a bit lacking.  But every morning after I do it I wake up feeling soooo sore.  I don’t know if that’s just a tribute to how weak my muscles are (especially in my arms), but I’ll take it 🙂

-Whatever happened to good social manners?  I’m at Starbucks and there’s this group of adults who come here every week who feel the need to shout their conversations across the store because, clearly, they’re just so cool that everyone wants to hear what they’re dishing about.  They even yell if the person they’re talking to is two feet away. Two words:  Shut. Up.

-While out shopping for my cousin’s birthday, I got this blast from the past:

Oh how I remember these creepy gremlins.  I had 2 and they had to be stuffed in a santa hat in the bottom of my dresser to keep them from randomly waking up and talking to themselves in the middle of the night.  Even that didn’t always work.  I swear they were possessed.

-I miss NYC soooooo much.  I don’t want to spend money going there until I find a new job and relocate (the cost to break my lease alone is going to be between $1600-$1700!) but as soon as I have a little extra cash, expect to see me meandering through Central Park.

-One month and one day until I leave for Japan!!!!! Seems like just yesterday I was counting down in terms of months, now I can start counting down the weeks, and soon the days!!! I actually have to start really getting things ready.  I still need to order yen from the bank, get a new camera memory card, get new walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and various other housekeeping things.

Well, *that* was short-lived….

When I went to Barnes & Noble this morning I tried to find the “List Your Self” journal to get my next set of “List 5” topics for the coming week, only to find that the journal was no longer there….so I guess that project’s over before it even got started…oh, well.  On the plus side, I did find this book, which I feel like I should buy, since it captures my mindset so well:

 

And while I was at the library feeding my newly-revived Shakespeare kick (I’ve ready Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV Part I all in the past week…) I was told that this book wasn’t in the system for whatever reason, so it is now mine for keeps.  Sweet 🙂

 

Not much other news in my life.  I’m anxiously awaiting my iPhone 5 and in preparation have cleaned a lot of junk off my current phone.  My contact list has been pared down, old voicemails deleted, old text conversations with people I never text anymore gone.  I also got rid of all traces of Marc in both my phone and my email.  The last time I spoke to him was Labor Day Weekend 2011.  I kept his # at first because if he texted me randomly (as he was prone to doing) I wanted to know it was him, so I could ignore it.  I kept his texts and emails to motivate me to keep away if I ever felt myself missing his friendship.  And also for the amusement of posterity.  But, you know, there’s really no point in keeping it.  It’s just baggage, and I’m plenty ready to get rid of all that. Besides, I kept a record of the juiciest stuff on my blog anyway ;D

The Tao and Te of Pooh and Piglet

“While Eeyore frets….and Piglet hesitates…and Rabbit calculates…and Owl pontificates…Pooh just is

As much as I enjoy reading biographies, memoirs, and business profiles, I was looking for something a little different this week, so I picked up Tao Te Ching by Lao Zi and The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff. I didn’t know much of anything about Tao, other than that it was an Eastern religion/philosophy, like Confucianism.  Tao is a Chinese word meaning “Way,” and Taoism is all about following “The Way” and living in harmony with nature and the world in general. Despite Mr. Hoff’s repeated protestations that Tao is most certainly not a religion, I got the feeling that it most certainly is.  And, like most religions, there are good and bad things to take away from it.  Things which appealed to me, and things which repulsed.  Granted, this list comes mainly from Mr. Hoff’s books and likely not all Taoists adhere to his beliefs, but since his books are used in many college courses on Taoism, I figure he’s a fairly reputable source.

Positives:

1.  The stress on being happy and content with your life and selfless in your conduct towards others.

2.   The emphasis on peace and healthy habits.

3.  The awareness of the world around you and how your action/inaction affects it.

Negatives:

1. The idea that ambition is bad and any attempt to better your circumstances, rather than just accept what life has given you, is selfish and evil

2.  The belief that the more educated you are in the academic sense, the more ignorant you really are.  In Mr. Hoff’s view, the best Taoists (and therefore the best people), don’t pursue higher education (or any education at all), and don’t waste time with things like reading non-Taoist texts or leaving the comfort of the place they were born.

3.  A seemingly inherent hatred of all things modern – neither microwaves, nor businessmen, nor cars, nor chain stores, nor many other modern things escape Mr. Hoff’s wrath.

4.  The typical religious zeal which manifests itself by putting down any who think differently.  Are you ambitious?  You’re evil.  Do you enjoy exercise that isn’t calming and Tao-inspired?  You’re stupid, killing yourself, and contributing to the destruction of the world. Disagree with something Mr. Hoff says? Well, you’ll soon be killed when Mother Nature cleanses the earth of all but the true Taoists, who will then live a simple existence in a blissful paradise where they can communicate with animals like in the days of old.

 

So, you see, Taoism has its good and bad points, just like any religion.  And the great part about being an atheist is that I can cherry pick out the positives (which were by no means created by the Taoists), leave behind all the dogma, and be the happier for it 🙂

 

List 5 things you wanted to be when you grew up

1. Marine biologist

2. Egyptologist

3. Psychologist

4.  Veterinarian

5. Corporate executive

List your 5 greatest fears

1. Being alone.  Not so much physically alone as socially alone.  I’m scared of what life would be like if I lost touch with my friends and family and had no one to turn to.  Not likely, but still a scary prospect.

2. Getting old.  I hope I age gracefully, and I’m doing all I can to increase the likelihood of that, but who isn’t terrified of losing their mobility and/or their mind? It doesn’t help that all you can really do is wait and see what happens….

3. Missing out on life.  The world is filled with negative people and it’s a constant battle not to get dragged down and forget my plans and dreams. I love life and believe you only live once, so the idea of wasting my live is not a happy thought.

4. Losing myself.  You’ve all seen her – the girl who fell in love with a boy and forgot she once had her own life, and her own dreams, that didn’t revolve around him.  That girl will NOT be me.

5. Snakes. Don’t judge me.

List 5 places you go in your mind when you need some peace and quiet

1. Central Park

2. Disney World (they don’t call it the “Happiest Place on Earth” for nothing ;))

3. My parents’ home

4. Ocean Beach in San Francisco

5. Astoria Park

List 5 compliments you receive on a regular basis

1. You’re so smart

2. You’ve got gorgeous blue eyes

3. You’re in great shape

4. You’re going to go far in your career

5. You’re fearless (usually referring to my solo travels).