me say my butt has been officially kicked by an hour and a half of
vigorous yoga in a room heated to 105 fahrenheit with about 40%
(Image Credit: c3lsius_bb)
Today my body is sore all over in a good sort of way, but my head aches
as if I have a hangover (despite drinking lots of water). Before I do
my next class, I am going to ensure that I drink lots of water with potassium and sodium.
And, no matter how much I love getting my veggie box from my CSA Farmer,
I have to admit that I am beginning to get tired of pale, winter root
vegetables and am ready for some color like this box from October!
Wahoozicool! I got a job! This year I'll be teaching first grade at a private school. So I'll likely be MIA with the blog for a bit as starting a new school year is stressful and I am nervous as I can nearly be!
I've always said I'd be a Hybrid Woman if I got a car, but this damn obsession with the original Mini Coopers continues; they are just too cute!
Of course, I'd probably would never get an old Mini as I'd want the safety features of a new car. However, my first car was a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle (a VW Bug)--not the safest car on the road. I've rode in a new Mini Cooper with a coworker and it was divine--especially the heated seats! Anyhoo, I am pretty much a public transportation type of person--I like to leave the driving to someone else.
Speaking of public transportation, John and I spotted this couple on the bus. Look at their matching Converse shoes! It was awfully adorable to see, but I don't think I could ever pull off such a thing with a straight look on my face.
Hi, ho it's off to work I go. Must plan, plan, plan!
Despite being car-free for a little less than ten years now, my slight-obsession with tiny cars continues. Submitted as Evidence: Another picture of vintage Mini; this one in the Haight with a parking meter for perspective on size.
Ugh, and so much more that I dare not say here...Let me just say, that the Rev. Jesse Jackson made a fool of himself.
In a related vein, I am nearly finished reading Toni Morrison's Beloved and am thinking that perhaps the Rev. Jesse Jackson might do well to (re?)read this novel as it provides a graphic, haunting, and all-together disturbing refresher course on the horrors of slavery.
I am tired, oh-so-tired, sleepy-sleepy. Teaching English Literature and Language Arts to 33--yes, 33!--6th-8th graders can sometimes feel like taming lions after being dipped in vat of gazelle blood.
On the other hand, today's sleepiness is a "rewarding tiredness" earned from getting those same kids to be really excited and engaged with what we're learning.
I had lunch last weekend with a friend and her husband at Zazil Coastal Mexican Cuisine in the Nordstrom's shopping center and was pretty disappointed. The food is so-so, but not worth the price, and the ambiance of the restaurant is more suited to a fast-food environment. The three of us spent $158 dollars on lunch and dessert (luckily, we had $100 in gift certificates to spend there!). I'm of the opinion that one should never feel as if they are eating in an upscale-cafeteria-like-environment when you're paying $50+ to eat lunch. Give me a break! Puh-lease!
My INTEREST color isBLUE: People with blue Interests like job responsibilities and occupations
that involve creative, humanistic, thoughtful, and quiet types of
activities. Blue Interests include abstracting, theorizing, designing,
writing, reflecting, and originating, which often lead to work in
editing, teaching, composing, inventing, mediating, clergy, and writing.
My USUAL STYLE is YELLOW: People with yellow styles perform their job responsibilities in a
manner that is orderly and planned to meet a known schedule. They
prefer to work where things get done with a minimum of interpretation
and unexpected change. People with a yellow style tend to be orderly,
cautious, structured, loyal, systematic, solitary, methodical, and
organized, and usually thrive in a research-oriented, predictable,
established, controlled, measurable, orderly environment.
So shocking! Not!
Some of the suggested careers are: philosopher (got that covered with my Bachelors degree) and teacher (been there, doing that), professor (perhaps someday?). The quiz also suggested I look into working as a Media Planner, Web Editor, Book Publishing Professional--all of which I would find interesting. I am definietely intrigued by the Media Planner career as I L-O-V-E to critically tear apart advertisements and their often inappropriate placement. However, I do not see myself becoming an optometrist, a Rabbi or Imam, or an antiques dealer.
Lucky Brand Sweet Dream Jeans--ah, indeed, they fit like a dream! And I frequently get LUCKY and find them hardly worn--perhaps even never worn since they certainly look that way-- at Buffalo Exchange for $28 bucks--wahoozicool!
Prescriptives Classic Red Cream Liptstick--I feel like such the 1950's glamourous movie star when I wear it. Hot, baby, hot! I just found this color yesterday and will try to get a pic soon to share, as we all know how hard it is to find a good red lipstick that doesn't make one look like a clown! ETA: OK, here's a pic where I have licked off a good majority of the lipstick, but you can get an idea of what the color looks like:
Guerlain Maxi-Lash Mascara--very pricey, but damn it rocks (and if you calculate its daily usage over 6 months, it turns out to be only 15 cents a day! Aren't I such a good rationalizer?)
The following excerpts that explain the philosophy(ies) of Existentialism by George Cotkin in Existential America:
"[...] existentialism begins with Sartre's maxim that men and women everywhere are 'condemned to be free,' forced to confront the dilemma of existence, to infinitude in the face of limits. To be existential is to have those dark nights of the soul when the loneliness of existence becomes transparent and the structure of our confidence lies shattered around us. To be existential is to encounter those moments when vainglorious systems of logic totter and polite evocations of Sunday preachers fail to touch the core of being. To be existential is to wrestle with most fully with the jagged awareness of one's own finitude, with the thunderbolt fact that I will die and my death will be my own, experienced by no one else. At such moments, the abstract is rendered concrete. As novelist, Carson McCullers put it, 'Death is always the same, but each man dies in his own way.' To be existential is to recognize, in the face of all these somber truths clutched close to our own sense of being, that we must act. Despite the dread and anguish that accompany the shocking recognition of our freedom, that threaten to stall us in our tracks, we must take responsibility for our lives; we must create the world anew. To be existential is, ultimately, to join with Camus's Sisyphus in a tragic acceptance of the limitations of existence whileexulting in each affirmative breath of life, in each push of the stone up the mountain.
[and that there is an...] upside to existential freedom: the freeing from the shackles of tradition, the possibility of a more authentic existence, and the headiness that comes with the freedom to create and to be creative." (emphasis added, pp. 3 & 6)
That's all? A penny won't get ya very far, will it Holly? Nope, not all all!! However...
In College: If you decide to study the Humanities (philosophy, literature, the "Classics"), Art, or even Psychology, DO THE SMART THING and also major in Business or Science. Spend an extra year (or two) in college and do the double major thing, that way you'll satisfy your passion, plus have a bit of practicality. (Even better is to do the community college thing for your general education classes and then transfer to the college of your dreams!)
In Life and Pursuance of a Career: Learn how to network; it helps at all times, but especially during economic downturns.
Money: Do indeed save that three months worth of living expenses. Six months is even better! You'll never know when you'll need it. Plus, you can always take half of it and go on a vacation to some exotic place! Oooh-la-la.
So what's up with me? Why all the annoying Auntie Holly advice?
I'm seeking a new job and boy-oh-boy does the job/career world like the business- and science-minded folks.
Networking actually works! Just today I might have a lead on a job for a junior/high private school in the Bay Area via a college friend. Yippee!
And, well, we all (or almost all of us) could almost always use a reminder to save some of our dough. Consumption is not always the answer.
I'll give you a metaphorical nickel for your thoughts. Any nuggets of advice? (BTW, if it is especially good, I may even knit you something or send you some yarn.)