i like maps

January 19, 2007

Here’s another recently discovered (by me) way to waste late night hours on the internet.

Check out the flickr map: where you can search an area and look for photos people allegedly took there. If you have an account, like me, you can zoom in on some city and Mexico and make a link to your own pictures.

Pretty fun and addicting…

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dragging

January 18, 2007

It’s been a writer’s block sort of week. It’s probably more that I don’t sleep enough, or that I’m working on what I hope will be a really great, original column for the JS, but so far it is not turning out in the inspired I want it to be.

It’s also finally winter — grey, cold, white, dark January, when you have nothing to look forward to except February, and March, even April. They’re just not so inspiring, especially not this year.

I tried to quit Qdoba again, but my old boss talked me out of it, again. I don’t know what my problem is with this loyalty. Did I inherit this? What can I say, in a way I still love it, especially being tied to all the other people, talking about new stores, new policies, hearing the best gossip, even going home exhausted after a busy shift.

So, that’s what I am today, a bit exhausted. I need to go to bed earlier, get up earlier, have enough time to get to work on time, stop the cycle of being sleepy during the day, awake at night, up too late at night, up too late in the morning, and on and on and on.


get something for nothing

January 17, 2007

A few weeks ago, I added a link to Adagio tea to my sidebar, after reading that fellow blogger Erika received a free tea sampler after adding the link to her sidebar. I bought a Teavana perfect tea maker a few months ago, and usually drink a few cups a day. Anyway, as much as I’m happy with my Teavana products, they’re a chain in upscale malls, and were a more organic, earthy alternative to exist for all my tea needs, I could probably be converted.

So today I received my green tea sampler, 4 small tins of green tea, for free! First of all, they sent me tins, which is nice because I can store other teas in them. Teavana charges extra for tins. Second of all, they sent a PERSONAL note – generic, but actually handwritten, with my name on it. Third, their tea seems to be cheaper than Teavana, and they have a very good selection.

So, just a little plug post for a company that offers a little something for nothing. Those of you who have blogs, add a link, and get some tea.


photos

January 17, 2007

Well, I’m working on having a direct sidebar link here that shows a few teaser photos and then links to my photo site, but for now, click on the flickr tab at the top to get the link to the photos I have posted from my recent trip to Mexico. I haven’t loaded all of them yet, and I will add more descriptions as well, but it’s a start.


procrastination

January 16, 2007

I really need to write a column, but I can’t focus. I guess I need to exhale a few random thoughts first.

Like, how about “Ugly Betty” winning the Golden Globe for best comedy and America Ferrara winning for best actress in a comedy? Way to Go. I love Ugly Betty, my co-worker and I agree it’s the best new show on tv. There is nothing like it.

Or, how about my birthday, where I got awesome gifts, like the Klipsch iGroove, which I have been wanting, and is the perfect way to listen to one’s iPod in their living area. Or, the entire Arrested Development DVD set, which I plan to watch until the DVDs are scratched and worn out and function no more.

And, how about this? I was listening to the interview on NPR the other day. The reporter was interviewing a brother and sister who had recently enlisted in the Marines. They were, I believe, 17 and 18-years-old. They were chatting, and then the reporter asked if the possibility of going to Iraq had been any sort of deterrent at all to their enlistment. The boy/man answered that it was not, that he felt the need to defend his country against the people who had attacked us on 9/11, and stressed how terrible what happened on 9/11 was. Then, the reporter asked, in a very even manner, if the man/boy thought that in going to Iraq he would be fighting the same people who had attacked us on 9/11. He said, hardly missing a beat, that he would be, and then went on to talk about how 9/11 cemented his feelings that he had to enlist. I mean, they really sounded like nice kids, but I was shocked that even kids, when asked very directly, could state that heading to Iraq would bring them in direct contact with the people who attacked us on 9/11.

I mean, I probably shouldn’t be shocked, but I just think it’s a great tragedy, how completely misled people are, probably by watching mostly television news and believing everything they hear.

Okay, maybe I can write my brilliant column now. Maybe.


growing blog

January 13, 2007

I’m sorry, but I get excited about random stuff like this. I was just looking through my site admin, and on December 28th, my site was listed on WordPress’ “Growing Blogs” page.

Now, who really reads these lists, I have no idea, what it’s still kind of cool.

A day of laundry, administrative home tasks and then a birthday dinner await. More later.


birthday in-betweens

January 11, 2007

Apparently I’ve turned into a bit of a blog slacker. I can’t believe it’s been a week since I posted actually. Work has been pretty busy for me, and I’ve been working a fair amount at Qdoba as well, so time has been flying. But being that today is my birthday, an uneventful 28th, I guess it’s time for a little reflection.

I was thinking how much of an in-between time this is in my life. I have a newish job but still not really a career, which is okay, but it seems a bit temporary. (Temporary in the “a few years” sense, for my boss who might be reading). I’m married, but I still feel almost as independent as I did when I was single. We think and discuss kids in general, but it still seems a bit abstract and far off. I have single friends, dating friends, engaged friends, married friends, and most recently, friends with children.

Mostly, everything has been blurred by immigration. If we are denied his permanent residency, and go through the channels to appeal and are still denied, I’m at peace with moving to Mexico. In a way, it’s exciting, to live abroad again. For anyone who has read some of my recent posts, you might sense my frustration about the U.S. and my desire to be a foreigner again.

The hardest thing about moving would be leaving friends and family, but my support system there would be great as well. Sometimes I just want a simpler life. I imagine walking to work, dressing down, and make lattes for tourists and Mexicans, or teaching English to obedient Mexican youth in a small town, spending my my free time writing something good. It sounds like a simple, unassuming life. It might be fraught with financial insecurities, but it would also be void of pretention and materialism and what for me is the ever more depressing state of U.S. culture.

So much to consider when making big, life-altering decisions, it’s almost welcome when they are made for you. Not that I wish for denial, but I’ve done a 180 since last fall, when I imagined the prospect of living and raising a potential future family in Mexico as something a bit terrifying. And it’s only right that we be realistic, as there are many things that have to go in our favor to get an approval and only one of several would have to go wrong to trigger a denial.

And that’s living in the in-between, not knowing what is next, imagining it, dreaming about it even, with little certainty, only some possibilities.