Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My sister (so proud of her!)

You’ll find Andrea riding her bike around town eating carrots that she gets from a secret stash in her pocket, well aware of the choking hazard, but indulgent non-the-less.  She is probably on her way home from yoga thinking of words that rhyme - for the songs she makes up and sings along the way.  She is often known to be indulgently dramatic and hopelessly romantic, with a fiery intensity that has often left her concerned about spontaneous combustion.  She wishes peace, love, and joy for all planetary inhabitants and hopes to at least make you smile, if not create some warm fuzzy feelings inside, but hopefully not the “I just puked a little in my mouth” kind.  She loves forests most, especially the ones that come connected to mountains, and dreams someday that she will live in a tree house that she has built herself.  She is not sure about what comes next or where exactly she’s going in this life, she knows it’ll have its ups and downs, but has found, so far, that she’s enjoying the ride.  

Sunday, May 8, 2011


I know I am probly the very last person to read Blink by Malcom Gladwell, well I have finished and I loved it.  I have summarized it elsewhere, but would like to share the concluding thoughts for me here:

Sigmund Freud – “when making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons.  In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves.  In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.”

This feels like such a backwards way of doing things, put lots of time and thought into simple things and none into really important things...  crazy.  But what Gladwell is trying to say is that our unconscious mind has the ability to make really good snap judgments and decisions for us.  That listening to our gut, our heart our emotion is often the best decision we can make.  

Blink is an awesome read, high concepts, I recommend it full heartedly!


Post Hatteras thoughts and reflections

Coming home off one of the greatest vacations of my life, and now the work doesn't seem quite as satisfying as before, the sunrise not quite as brilliant, the bread not quite as tasty... Feeling trapped in the confines of a 10 square foot cubicle, an 8-10hour workday, and the boundaries of a 9 month timeline to research, analyse, write and submit a masters thesis... I have not had this happen before, or at least as far as I can remember.

Community living, we spent 2 weeks, cooking, eating, kiting, partying, ott tubbing, etc with around 55 people, mainly from Regina and Winnipeg.  It's hard not to be happy surrounded by friendly smiling faces, warm water and wind.  I wonder how much of this is thanks to the perfect kiting conditions and how much is just to be in such wonderful company?

Well, I know I haven't said a lot, but its all I got, I'm just gonna take a minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUKTl2s5oDY  Our Hatterass theme song.

ciao for now,