A good day for me AND for my work
My co-worker/friend/mentor (really all of these things - a truly important person in my work life) pulled me into a conference room today to say she is trying to get a new position in her work group made permanent (she currently has permission for it to be a 2-year temp position but hasn’t hired for it yet). She wanted to ask if I would apply for it / be interested. Uh, hell yes!
Things move slow at my work, so who knows if it can happen? But I am immensely flattered and happy that she wants me to work with her - it would be pretty damn close to a dream opportunity & what I have been waiting for the past few years of working a job that isn’t quite right (but I love our organization so would love to stay).
Later after lunch, a gentleman walked into our office with an inquiry & the front desk person called me up to speak with him. He wants to make a large contribution (possibly $100k!) to our organization in honor of his 50th wedding anniversary that will be in 2016. How sweet is that? It was so random though to get a walk-in request like that! So hopefully we can find a great project for him to celebrate his milestone. What a good man.
After he left, I googled his name, as I was curious about him. Sadly, it looks like his (younger?) brother passed away just a few weeks ago unexpectedly. It makes sense that he would be spurred to make an act of kindness like this offer today after such an event.
All the feelings today, man-oh-man.
I think sometimes we all forget how great this show actually was.
Can’t stop watching this. (No offense to Tiffany/Crystals out there but) I have always been similarly judge-y of those names! Love love love Whitney’s last face!!
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
I really love this. It is my life.
I leave for 2 minutes to go get a stupid cheeseburger and this happens. God damn it.
This photo has some of my favorites in it. I’m wondering who the blonde is - could it be Amy Poehler?
Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What you’ll need to do:
Combine pecans and butter in a pan on the stove. Toast for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine half-and-half, brown sugar, and eggs. Cook over medium heat until it forms a custard (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and toasted pecans. Make according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
To be made! As previously noted, one of my NY resolutions was to make 12 types of ice cream this year to better use my ice cream maker. Also, hey cupofchi - here’s another idea for ya!
“People like saying life’s short a lot. The problem is, they don’t really mean it. It actually is short, very short, but they don’t believe in its shortness until the very end. Had they truly meant it, our world would have been a really different place. They would know what to do with their lives.”
"Almost There" - This new bridge in Portland is almost complete. This bridge is only for pedestrians, bikes, buses, streetcar and high speed rail. No cars allowed.
We are so lucky in Portland right now - we are getting TWO new bridges built right now. It’s such an incredible process to watch develop. Considering most of the other bridges are over 50 years (and some over 100 years) old, it is truly history happening around us.
Things are looking up today
As I posted yesterday, my primary care doctor thought I might have a hernia. This morning I went to a consult with a surgeon. The BEST news: she doesn’t recommend surgery at this time!!
She couldn’t really feel much, so if I do have a hernia, it is very small. She’s referred me to get an ultrasound as that may better show anything. She recommended that at this time, it’s probably not worth the risks & hassle of surgery and to wait to see if anything changes. She said 5% of people who get the surgery end up with groin pain afterwards - ugh.
I am very hopeful that the ultrasound may show no hernia. The more I read about them, it seems like my groin/hip pain may be something else as it really focuses more on my hip.
In short, I am very relieved, and again very thankful for my medical coverage. A happy Friday, indeed.
This week has not been my favorite so far.
I went to the doctor earlier this week about a weird pain/uncomfortable feeling in my hip/groin earlier that comes and goes (and especially after working out or biking). The doctor thinks I might have a hernia (!), and the main treatment is surgery :(
I was shocked, as I was expecting to get a referral to physical therapy, not a surgeon. I felt disappointed in my body, somehow - that it is weak. The surgery isn’t a huge deal (as far as surgeries go). It’s a day visit, so no overnights in a hospital. The recovery is pretty fast - maybe a week off work, and you can be fully active in 4-6 weeks.
But, ugh. I still don’t like the idea of it. The only “surgery” I’ve had was getting my wisdom teeth out in high school. They did knock me out, so I guess it counts. This feels way more invasive though.
So, I’ve been having a bit of a pity party this week. My mom who is a nurse is in New Zealand right now, so she’s not easily reachable which sucks. I have my surgery consult tomorrow (I figured I might as well get it over with!). I’m hoping if I do need it, I can get it done before summer time fun.
EDITED TO ADD: Thank whatever holy spirit or buddha or Tina Fey you believe in, I have excellent insurance, so I will luckily have to pay very little out of pocket. I am hugely fortunate in this regard, as it would be a much scarier thing if $$$$$ were also part of the factor!
Any advice? Anything I should ask the surgeon? Something to make me smile?
Do you remember what crayons smell like? Think of that familiar smell when you look at these photos. Nashville, Tennesse-based artist Herb Williams (previously featured here) uses humble crayons - sometimes by melting them and sometimes by chopping up and arranging them - to create vibrant sculptures, such as the pieces seen here. They’re part of Call of the Wild, one of Williams’ most recent exhibitions.
"Williams is one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola because of the sheer amount of crayons he needs for his work (hundreds or thousands for every sculpture). In his artist statement, he explains that he uses crayons not only because of their colorful potential and their saturated smell, but also because of their nostalgic quality in evoking memories of childhood."
Visit mashKULTURE to view additional photos of Williams’ beautifully surreal Call of the Wild installation.
[via My Modern Metropolis and mashKULTURE]
Leave the keys under the mat. I’ll take this loft exactly as it is.
this is ideal
Beautiful space, but especially re-blogging for that wall of art for my living room inspiration!