Thursday, May 31, 2007

Surf's Up?

I've been getting a lot of horoscopes like this one lately. Like Sam Cooke once said, a change gon' come. It's been a long time coming. And I am more than ready.

For May 31: Ride the big waves today, Pisces. Changes in your career situation are rolling in like high tide, so grab your board and follow the wave. Material changes that impact how and where you do business may also affect where you live. These changes should be for the better. Interestingly, there are multiple changes coming in. Don't get too stuck on any one personal or professional situation, because the big Kahuna hasn't arrived yet - but will shortly. Keep an open mind and a very observant eye. Your future, whether you recognize it or not, is changing course starting today.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Blender Set on Smooth

My favorite CD of the moment is Paul Nice's Sade Blends. The recipe is pretty simple actually. Mix two parts Sade classic songs with one part recognizable hip-hop beats and add a dash of Paul Nice's refreshing DJ skills. There you have it- the perfect summer cocktail!

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend! I like to think of it as the unofficial kick off to summer, my favorite time of year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Not-So-Secret Admirer

What and who I have been admiring as of late:

- People who don't have credit cards or only truly use them in emergencies (please teach me your ways, oh wise ones)

- Students (and teachers) who are just finishing their school year (how I miss that feeling of a long stretch of lazy days ahead!)

- Women who look good in those '60s, mod, trapeze mini dresses

- Champagne (the real stuff-- I'd like to, um, become more knowledgeable about it)

- Our friend Frank for being strong even though he has to return to Iraq

More to come . . .

Friday, May 18, 2007

Desperately Seeking Spirituality

Recently I read the book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything in Italy, India and Indonesia. This woman's journey of self-discovery through very different parts of the world fascinated me, made me laugh at times, and definitely made me think. I would recommend this to my friends because I feel her vulnerability blended with independence as a woman in her 30's is somehow relatable.

At the same time, her successful search for spiritual enlightenment in India became all too convenient in my opinion. Like an Indian friend who read the book said to me, there are yogis who spend the majority of their lives trying to attain the sort of nirvana that she describes toward the end of her few months at an ashram there. I hope that wasn't too much a spoiler for anyone who wants to read the book. There's more to this portion of the book, of course. Sometimes I wonder if people simply convince themselves that they are experiencing some sort of connection with a higher power. But maybe that faith in the experience is all that matters?

Then yesterday I watched the movie Jesus Camp about children being trained as Evangelical Christians to be soldiers for Christ or something like that. Spiritually inspiring? Not exactly. A bit scary and disturbing? Oh yes. There are times when I admire someone's complete dedication to her or his faith and suspension of intellectual disbelief in order to follow a spiritual path. But these children- my God (um, I mean, your God... whatever)! How can an eight-year-old make the decision to dedicate her life to spreading Jesus' message and "saving" others? How can you tell children to pray and speak in tongues to Jesus? I thought speaking in tongues was supposed to occur out of someone's control, as if the Holy Spirit had taken over the person's body. But I swear these kids were almost competing to see who could pray the hardest and the best and who would be "touched by Jesus" and cry the most. They spoke of trying to pray away the hypocrisy of the world, but here they were with a superiority complex about having found the right path and judging others when they also say that God is the only one who can judge. Hmm. And they say there's no political agenda but then they teach the children to pray for the new Supreme Court judge to be a pro-lifer.

Okay, end rant on that. See the movie if this topic interests you. I do believe finding your own spirituality is important, but I don't think one should exploit religion for convenience or for political gain.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Irish Flu Remedies

Okay, I know that I should no longer be getting hangovers. I mean, I was trained at a top university on how to party and make it to class the next day. But, being that I'm flyrish, half of me probably has an allergic reaction to alcohol. When the occasional hangover hits, I need a fast remedy. Since the warmer days of summer are soon upon us, a time often filled with boozy barbeques and day-into-night graduation parties, now is a good time to share a few methods I've used to get my body back in working order.

- VitaminWater (this stuff is glorious because it contains electrolytes, vitamins B & C among others, and it tastes good-- unlike hurl-inducing Gatorade)

- Bananas (once you're up to eating, a banana replenishes lost potassium and other nutrients and the natural sugar helps somehow as well)

- Greasy food (this is an old school remedy that may have no actual merit, but I know that a grilled cheese and fries makes the world a better place on my day after)

- Herbs (ask Mary about this one)

- Sleep ('nuff said)

Please feel free to share any tips you may have. Has anyone ever tried one of those hangover cure pills?

Monday, May 07, 2007

vegas, baby: answers

Vegas is not my kind of town. I know I'm getting older. Perhaps I'm just coming down from my crazy weekend. Perhaps I simply need a nap. In any case, next time I visit it will be just to hang out with my sister and shop. Maybe I'll play some Wheel of Fortune slots and hang out at the sportsbook. But I'm way over that club scene and getting doused with drinks by slobbering, drunken fools. Don't get me wrong- I had fun. It just put some things in perspective.

Here are the answers to the Vegas game from last week.

1. Casino

2. The Cooler

3. Leaving Las Vegas

4. Swingers

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

6. Dodgeball

7. Swingers

Looks like Kye's the winner out of the whole two people who played! Congrats. Unfortunately I didn't nab Jessica's autograph. But I may have a photo prize or something...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Vegas, Baby!

I'm going to Las Vegas in a couple of days to visit my sister and to debaucherize (yes, I made that up and I like it) at a bachelorette party. Since it's my first warm weather vacation in a long while, I am excited and unfocused at work. To get in the sin city spirit, why not play a game instead?

Here's how it works. I will post quotes from Las Vegas related movies (i.e., at some point in the movie the setting is Vegas) and you, kind reader, must guess which movie each quote is from. No cheating on IMDB now (or go ahead if you want- I'll never know). Whoever guesses the most correctly wins a mini slot machine! Or some other tchotchke from the LV. It may even be an autograph from Jessica Simpson since I hear we might be running into her this weekend. Woo hoo.

1. "Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around. For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins. It's like a morality car wash."

2. "That guy is kryptonite on a stick."

3. "That's nice talk, Ben - keep drinking. Between the 101-proof breath and the occasional bits of drool, some interesting words come out."

4. "Always double down on eleven."

5. "
I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I'm getting the fear."

6. "Joanie loves Chachi!"

7. "Baby, we're going to be up five hundy by midnight!"

Hint: Two of the quotes are from the same movie.

These are easy for the most part. Enjoy!