Archive for December, 2009

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Mele Kalikimaka!

December 25, 2009

A special holiday greeting and song for anyone out there in readerland. Please enjoy the following song, my favorite from Bing Crosby’s Christmas repertoire. 

Merry Christmas!

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Holiday Hero

December 24, 2009

We’ve all seen the houses that set their Christmas lights up to go along with the radio or to a TSO song. Well, these people went above and beyond.

Stepping it up this Christmas are the people who decided to bring Guitar Hero outdoors and set it up to interact with the lights on their house. Now this is pretty stellar.

Enjoy!

Happy holidays, all!

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Life starts when you press “Go”

December 23, 2009

I read this very inspiring story about a 94-year-old woman artist who is finally enjoying attention for her work, and it got my brain gears turning.

When I was little, I wanted to be an English teacher. I wrote poetry and thought it would be the coolest job ever. In high school, I started to write for the newspaper, and suddenly I wanted to be a journalist. I was still writing poetry and short stories, but journalism brought my already established passion for reading and writing together with a new style of storytelling. That’s what I wanted to do.

College rolled around, and I got a degree in journalism. I interned at a newspaper, then worked at a newspaper… and now, I don’t do any journalistic writing. What happened to my dream? A friend of mine recently asked me what I want to do when I leave my current job. Will I go back to newspapers, whatever form they may take? Honestly, I don’t really know what I want to do right now. And thanks to Carmen Herrera, I don’t feel so bad about that right now.

This woman worked her whole life to be recognized for something she was passionate about, and it took 94 years for that to come to fruition. Maybe, then, I shouldn’t beat myself up because at 25 I am still unsure of my life path. There are many things I’m interested in and want to learn more about. I used to think this was a bad thing since it took me in so many directions.

But maybe all of these varied interests will help me find where I am supposed to be so that someday, like Carmen Herrera, I can take a step back and be proud of what I will leave behind. Here’s hoping!

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Big Brother is watching you

December 22, 2009

No, I don’t mean the TV show; I mean your boss.

You’ve probably seen stories in the news about workers getting fired for looking at pornography at their workstation. Then there were bans on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites. But there is something else that many people do that they may not feel their employers would notice or care about, and they are wrong.

Fantasy sports are wildly popular. Not being a huge sports fan, I don’t really understand it or get the appeal. For true fans, however, it’s a game of strategy, percentages, statistics and a whole lot of sports knowledge. Jesse always has multiple fantasy baseball leagues, and currently has a few fantasy football leagues going. It might seem like a harmless way to pass time at work, but be warned – it could get you fired.

Some (but not all) fantasy sports leagues involved monetary betting. Even if there is no money involved, it is still viewed as gambling because you are competing against other people for an end goal (which might just be having the title of winner). So before you open up your Yahoo! account to check your teams, think about what is more important to you – making that trade or keeping your job.

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Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2009

I wanted to share a few Christmas trees that are in my life. My apologies for the photo quality – all are from my cell phone camera.

Below is my friend Jamie’s tree. He had this up in his office, along with two smaller ones. He’s so festive!

Jamie's Tree

Jamie's Tree

 

In our apartment, we have two trees. The following is our little tree, for all of our little stuffy friends. Grovie is in the picture as a representative of all the stuffy people.

Stuffies' tree

Stuffies' tree

 

And last but not least is our “big tree” which is about 5 feet tall at it’s highest point. You can’t see in this picture, but we have a ton of awesome ornaments. I will try to add a better quality photo when I get home from the real camera.

Our tree, all lit up

Our tree, all lit up

 

Happy holidays, everyone!

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For the person who has everything…

December 21, 2009

Are you having trouble finding a holiday gift for someone who seems to have it all? Well, look no further!

For a limited time, you can give someone their very own robotic clone! That’s right, give someone the gift of themselves. I’m sure they will thank you.

Or at least have their clone thank you. But you probably wouldn’t know the difference anyway.

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Give a little bit

December 10, 2009

As we were purchasing items for the tables at our reception, Jesse and I knew we wanted to have an unconventional guestbook. Each table had crayons and paper for people to either write or draw us a message. It was super cute, and we decided we would give any crayons left over to a local children’s hospital.

When the wedding dust settled there were only 4 crayon boxes left, but we still wanted to donate. A few weeks later, my wonderful grandmother sent me a check for my birthday like she always does. Usually she writes something along the lines of, “Get a little something for yourself,” or, “Chunky Monkey sounds good!” Suddenly, I had an epiphany!

Off we went to Michael’s to purchase the check’s amount worth of arts & crafts supplies. We got some markers, some modeling clay… a little bit of everything that we thought kids would enjoy. We were thrilled at the idea that we might be able to brighten a child’s day. This morning we dropped the supplies off to the lovely Ellen Good, manager of the Child Life department at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. She said that the kids were going to have a holiday party today, so they could do some of the crafts we brought in. Yay!

It was great to know that we had helped, even just a little bit. I hope we can make this a regular thing, maybe every month or so. If these brave children have to stay in the hospital, especially over the holidays, at least now they have some fun things to pass the time.

If I get any cash for the holidays, I’m going to try to split it between my bank account (because groceries don’t just buy themselves!), more donations for the hospital and for my Relay for Life team in April. Do you have any charitable ideas for your holiday gifts?