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Thoughts Provoked

on January 30, 2010 - 6:06pm

So, tonight I was posed with this question:
"What satisfies you?"

It was said in a 'passing" kind of way, kind of like "what's your favorite dessert?"

But of course, me, being exposed to a rainy Saturday night without a whole lot going on, I took it to a WHOLE new philosophical level.

What DOES satisfy me? Do I even KNOW?
As I thought about this, I realized, I don't.

Sure it's easy to say something trite like "A heaping pile of money/lottery win would satisfy me nicely."

um
but then
what do you DO with all that money? Honestly, I'd give SO much of it away...like the majority of it. Why? Because I don't need things to satisfy me. I guess I'd be more satisfied watching others enjoy it...knowing that I helped give them that.

I am satisfied with new experiences, to a point. Oftentimes my wanderlust will kick into gear, and I gotta go find some new place to see or seek out an adventure on the horizon. But, after some of that, I long for the comfort of a familiar surrounding and a regular routine.

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Some assembly required

on January 27, 2010 - 5:53am

I'm mostly a very organized person.
That mode of living, however, seems to have escaped my work environment. I work from home so that means one corner of my house looks like an episode of 'hoarders'. Okay, maybe it's not quite that bad. You can still find flat surface of the desk and there's no spoiled food or dirty dishes over here. Just a lot of assorted office supplies, piled stacked and heaped all atop one another. If you open the door too suddenly, there's a very good chance of avalanche.

Worst of all, I can't find anything. My notes, while often thorough or containing important names or telephone numbers, are often written on the back of receipts and junkmail that I can never find again.

So, I decided to take some initiative and do something about it.
I found a lovely filing cabinet, re-arranged a bit of furniture (I could write an entire journal entry/advice column on never buying furniture that you can't easily move by yourself) and planned to hide the mess from my desk in drawers beside the desk. Did ever a nobler endeavor exist?

The filing cabinet came.
Some assembly required.
I'm thinking small assembly.
How could I be so disappointingly wrong?

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I get all choked up....

on January 20, 2010 - 4:23pm

....just thinking about it.

Now, normally, I wouldn't share this kinda thing with people I don't really 'know'....mostly because I don't want to 'dirty up' this beautiful thing with my association to it. (Because I know I'm sometimes bordering in the lands of inappropriate).

But I'm just so overwhelmingly proud to have been a part of this....even if it was just a teeny part.

I'm debating about how much to go into this, but here's the net:
The church I attend 'branched' out. It's the first time this has been done for our large Christian, Bible-based non-denominational church. There are many pastors at a church this size, but the one who would be leading this charge is my favorite. I really like his 'teaching' sermons. Plus, he's got a music background, and that so bleeds over into the tone of the services. (and the style of music is KEY for me).

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Narcotic laced salad dressing.

on January 15, 2010 - 4:35pm

I had a lovely lunch with a former colleague today. We reminisced about the old days when we were both in the same department and contrasted to how things have changed so much.

It was very nice to actually 'see' a work colleague, even if it is one that I don't work with anymore.

Working from home, and at remote distance from the rest of my current colleagues does leave a big gap in the 'water cooler conversation' category.

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On your mark, get set, GO

on January 13, 2010 - 4:59pm

Welcome to short attention span theater, with your host, me.
My mind is ALL over the freakin place today.

here's a sampling
(disclaimer: the proprietor is not responsible for any resulting whiplash)

Devastation:
The situation in Haiti is disquieting to my soul.
I can't imagine standing outside a collapsed building, digging through the rubble with my hands, hoping beyond hope that my family members are still alive in there somewhere.....
or not knowing where your loved ones are in the ensuing chaos and having standard methods of communication decimated.
Then, when there is knowing.....the pain that comes with it.
And even if miraculously everyone you know has survived intact, you know, beyond a doubt, that every comfort and every possession and all that you've worked for is gone and you have to start over.
My heart aches for you, people of Haiti. Donating what I can. Wish it was more.

Perspective:
Conan and Leno and NBC: devastation in Haiti. Your debacle is peanuts.

Disgraceful:
Some Magazine featuring a woman because she's a surgery-addict and accomplished at nothing but being a publicity(uh)whound.

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