Sunday, January 27, 2013

Basking in My Genius-ry

Kidding - but if you get a chance, you can take an at-home Mensa test for free if you do it before January 31st.

I've always been curious about VC's IQ, so I had him take the test. And then I took it myself. We scored within one point of each other and qualified to go on to take the full Mensa test which I doubt we will ever do.

Still, a fun exercise if you have 30 minutes to spare....

Here is the link.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Soooo Not a Morning Person

Two days this week I have had to get up at 4:00 AM for per diem gigs.

I am not a morning person. Plus I get so hyped up about having to get up early that I am unable to fall asleep which just compounds things and makes me completely useless the rest of the day when I get home.

This pretty much negates the whole benefit of getting up early and getting home early.

*Sigh* Don't think I'll be signing up for too many more of these early morning gigs. Maybe it's my age showing?

Are you a morning person or a night owl like me?

My ideal day would consist of going to bed around 11:30 and getting up at, say, 9:30. Too bad the rest of the world does not run on this timetable!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Dreaded Double Standard

As I've blogged about before ad nauseum, I enjoy watching CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, as well as most 80-year olds do.

At the tail end of the show each week they go over to Bob Schieffer for his Face the Nation update since his show airs next.

I swear I never hear a thing this veteran news journalist says because I am always fascinated by how he is able to still have a job with a roadmap of wrinkles, whereas most women that age would have been long banished from TV land and playing Canasta somewhere, kidding on that last part but I have always found the name of that card game to be awesome.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just Go Away Lance!

Several months ago I posted on Facebook at the time that things were starting to heat up with the doping scandal, that Lance was guilty and that he should just go ahead and admit it. My post was based on A. my gut feeling and B. knowledge that I had from people involved w/competitive cycling.

Well, you would have thought I had dissed the good Lord himself. Within two seconds, two people immediately jumped my crap. I could not believe people would so blindly defend him to the ends of the earth. They said that having passed 500 or whatever amount of tests, he HAD to be innocent plus all good he did w/Livestrong, meaning he was untouchable.

Now with the very anti-climactic Oprah interview, which is obviously a ploy for him to get back into competitive sports in attempt to make more millions since he is expecting people to forgive him, I see some folks are still defending him.

Interesting who people choose to defend. And to think Pete Rose gambled on some baseball games LOL.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Blog Worth Reading

Just posted this on Facebook and felt compelled to blog some more about it here: "Reading the blog of Aaron Swartz. Honestly never heard of the guy until today, although I did know of his Reddit site - As a fellow blogger, I am very inspired by his writings and can see why people are mourning his suicide at age 26 - tragic...Some of the most brilliant are often the most troubled."

Just read that at age 14 he helped create the RSS code - that people use when subscribing to our blogs, so for that alone, we bloggers owe him a debt of gratitude!

Aaron's blog I am referring to is called Raw Thought. On it he has a series called "Raw Nerve" - posts that reflect a lot of what is going on in his own mind - things he is struggling with.

I had planned to do a quick look-see at his blog and then return to my normally scheduled activities, but once I started reading those posts, they touched a very raw nerve of my own. It was incredibly motivational to read his thoughts on facing those things we are not the best at instead of running away towards what we are good at. *Scroll down to read his post about "Growth Mindset"

I've been tossing back and forth whether to deep six the medical direction I've been headed in, especially considering my single-sided profound hearing loss, which requires a special stethoscope- and beyond that, the difficulty I had in picking up listening to blood pressures to begin with, aside from my hearing loss.

What ever made me think I could succeed at something that requires hearing!!!  I have felt like a big failure seeing others picking up these medical procedures so quickly, while I feel old and slow :-(

Family/friends have asked what ever prompted me to go to this career path in the first place, since they see me as the rightbrained artsy type they were always familiar with. Why don't I try this or that or that instead...

But you know what? I'm not ready to give in yet.... Thanks Aaron :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Loose Change Equals *wait for it* *wait for it* REAL MONEY!

I have been selling some of my textbooks through the Amazon Marketplace. After the Amazon commission is deducted the remainder is shall we say, insubstantial. In order to counteract this I am (a) walking to the post office - good exercise plus it is not far (b) sometimes paying with loose change since media mail costs less than $4.00 and I don't feel like wrapping up coins in rolls and taking to the bank.

Normally, I pay at least part of it in bills and then supplement w/some change. The clerk at the post office is normally friendly in a sassy kind of way. Well, last week I paid with change and then - as luck would have it - he was there again today.

WELLLLLLL....from his body language and general demeanor it was clear he was pissed that I was paying the $2.89 (it was a small book) - in change.

I still remember years ago when we was in NYC, we went to one of those downtown Asian delis and I paid less than one dollar in cash and the guy was so ticked I was ready for him to throw it back at me.

PEOPLE, CASH IS CASH. As for this "public servant" whose salary I help support with my tax dollars, GET OVER IT. Do your job.

OK. I'm done.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tired of Waiting

This morning, after tiring of waiting for my walking buddies to have an "opening" to fit me in for a walk, I decided to take the bull by the horns and went on an 8 mile walk by myself. Came home and ate 2 scoops of Nutella which basically negated the walk. Dang Nutella gift from my husband >:-(

It was a long walk. A very quiet one. But I've come to realize that you can spend life sitting around waiting for people to be free - or get out there and do it yourself.

A friend on FB commented that I probably had a clear mind after all that time by myself. Yes and No. I really don't like myself enough to spend 2 hours a day walking w/myself...

Plus when I got home and received an email with a tone that agitated me, for probably no reason at all. I am an expert of making a HUGE DEAL out of minor nuances in wording.

Still a work in progress....

Are you tired of waiting for others???

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hypnotize Me!

Happy 2013 Everybody. Hope it will be a rewarding year for you and your loved ones :)

I am eager to get back in the swing of things. Sitting around for days and eating Nutella and Cheeseballs has not done wonders for my figure nor frame of mind.

My mind is in a state of flux as usual and I am thinking of trying some hypnotherapy to help me get some focus in my life. Have any of you ever tried this??

It is time to stop jumping from thing to thing - remember my thoughts of taking up Pilates and possibly training to be an instructor? After giving it much thought, the cost of $40 per hour (for a group lesson!) is outrageous - and possibly why the studio has hired a new person to drum up business. I mean seriously, how could a person get in shape after using the equipment for only an hour a week? Which means most are probably going 3x a week minimum at a cost of $120 per week for three hours of group lessons. Pffffft!!!!

It's back to walking. I love to walk and that is the one exercise that I have done regularly all these years (with the exception of my elliptical machine)...

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this hypnotherapist who is highly sought out will be able to give me some peace of mind and new direction as I start the new year.

Stay tuned for the next post where I vent about how expensive it is and that I will not be going ;-)

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