The last one is the worst for me to hear. While some conspiracy theorists are using CISPA's passage as fodder for themselves, the reality is that it is quite alarming that a bill like this can pass House not once, but TWICE. (Look it up; it passed the House before a while ago before being shot down by Senate and having the President threaten with a veto.) Yikes. Let's hope this bill gets quashed again and hopefully revamped or just erased altogether. We don't need our civil liberties being trampled on in the name of security.
The internet is slowly eroding our brains, unless we do something about it. (i.e. Unplug for a little while every day; turn off those notifications that you don't actually need -- hint: that's all of them, really, but use your own discretion -- and really concentrate on something or just being with people in the here and now.)
The Great Gatsby movie with DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire has been heavily praised by F. Scott Fitzgerald's descendants. Good job, Baz Luhrmann!
I've been thinking a lot lately. (Yeah, when is that not what I do? Haha.)
I went facebook-creeping today and looked up some old classmates from elementary and middle/high school. Yes, you read those two categories correctly.
It made me a little nostalgic about remembering how these people were back then and my shared experiences, if any, with them. Now they're all in the real world, working, and some are married. (Thank God they don't have children yet! I'm not ready for all of that clogging up my news feed...)
Anyway, it got me thinking about the friendships I've made and kept up over the years. I don't think I'd trade them for anything. These are bonds I'll keep for life, hopefully!
The nature of my friendships from high school are unique, especially because I came from an all-girls Catholic high school, which to some people may sound frightening and archaic, but again, it was a great experience overall, and I definitely would not trade it for anything. It is a great sisterhood and an enduring network. Yay Sacred Heart schools. (Sure, our class got along a little less than most years, but I chalk that up to us having dynamic personalities that either coagulated well or didn't at all.)
I talk to my elementary school friends much less now than I did when I was in high school or the early undergrad years, but I still know that they are there for me. I see them occasionally when I am home. Probably more now that I'm moving back home soon.
And my college friends...where to start? Lots of great and amazing people. The characteristic of these friendships is that we are all pretty highly educated, if not all well-rounded, but these friendships are quite transient and more prone to change for many reasons. It still remains to be seen which ones will endure, but I have a feeling that I can count on at least a few.
I put my status on Facebook that I am going on a social media fast and to contact me via the messaging application if someone doesn't have my number or email.
In reality, it's a Facebook fast.
Increasingly, it's getting to the point for me that Facebook is just becoming more irritating. Why do I even have it? Oh right, because I'd miss out on Spotify and people sending me songs there. Blast.
Therefore, tumblr and Xanga pass scot-free.
In other news, today consisted of no class, no one coming in to see me at work (yay!), an energizing zumba class, bonding with the roommate over boba tea, and a nice night staying at home. I love Tuesdays this quarter.
Recently, I've learned some things, thanks to the Internet but also class.
Bojangles is apparently a fast food chain somewhere in the Bible belt. Their main products seem to be things on biscuits. As in, fried chicken on a biscuit, bacon & egg & cheese on a biscuit, etc. AND GRAVY. Omg, the gravy. Southern fast food, nom nom.
Cary Grant knows a thing or two about men's fashion.
Mint.com is mentioned in my entrepreneurship class textbook. Awesome. Maybe I'll actually sign up because of it...nothing like a textbook to lend some legitimacy.
Pike Place Market in Seattle is where I'd like to go visit someday! All that fresh food...and the original Starbucks!
Seychelles Islands are where I'd like to go for a honeymoon. Mmhmm all those beaches...and that interesting culture.
Well, off to another sunny day tomorrow. I'm going to be by the pool. Love this weather.
If you haven't seen or heard of this song before, no worries. I haven't caught up on my Kpop as I should have, as a loyal fan, but I've been watching and rewatching this video so many times in the last week, even if it is "old". (2011) Of course, if you don't know anything about Kpop, your excuse is better than mine.
I can't get over how catchy the song is, how cute IU (the singer) is, the clothes (I want that sweater!) or the fact she uses a TARDIS-like contraption in the music video.
Since this video has no subtitles, the song is basically about this girl who is waiting for the love of her life to wake up, but she travels forward in time to the day when he is supposed to awaken because she is impatient. Unfortunately, as soon as she goes, he wakes up. She never knew she just missed him until she meets him later, and he remembers her.
It's been a great day so far, but I feel so old. Not tired-old, but I've-lived-a-great-life-old, ya know?
It's like all the experiences and good moments of today have settled into my bones and are saturating my very being with impressions, feelings, and memories.
Maybe I didn't get as far as I would have liked in my studies for my midterm on Monday, but I enjoyed the lovely weather, had great meals with friends, gained some understanding of human nature, and soaked up some late-night culture on a wonderful spring night.
Tomorrow, I'm going on a road trip to run around the countryside, play with dogs and cats, barbeque, make smores, and generally just relax for a day and forget about all my obligations. It's like a mini-retreat, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Is this what I am supposed to be doing once I graduate? (or) What if I don't like what I'm doing for the next two years?
Where is my life going to take me?
These and a few other variations on such questions have been going through my mind lately. It seems like deja vu, as I went through some sort of questioning crisis like this last year when I was but a wee senior in undergraduate. But now, the panic is missing. In its place is more of an apprehension about the future and the choices I have made to get here.
Did I make the right ones? Choices, I mean.
With my impending move from the circle of people to whom I've grown close over the last few years, the transition will not be easy. Although by all logic, going back home is the best option, financially and for stability, it still feels a bit like going backwards for me. It's a complex situation - on one hand, I do not want to leave what I have here, but on the other, I don't want to go back to the same city where I spent 18 years of my life. Of course, it will not be the exact same; I will have a new job, one that I loved last time when I was an intern, and I'm sure I will not have problems making new friends and getting in touch with old ones, but I know it will not be the same. The change is what scares me because in a way, I feel like I am losing a support network, one that is bigger here and more readily available. (I've always been a little resistant to change, except for when I went to college, because I was so over being at home and ready to be independent and make my own choices, every day.)
I guess what I am pre-mourning is how this change is going to affect my relationships. They are important to me but never quite as stable as family, so I worry about them the most.
On the other hand, I also am a bit apprehensive about my future career. Is accounting really what I want to do? For now, I say yes. That is something I have to figure out in the next couple of years. If it happens that I feel called to be something or somewhere else, I am sure I can find a way to fulfill that calling. (I just happened to think that perhaps I am more suited to a softer business major, like marketing or consulting, but that remains to be seen. Perhaps I can use those skills at another time. Jobs don't worry me as much because they will always be there in the business world.)
For now, I'll trust that I am exactly where I need to be, and if I am not, that the good Lord will lead me there in due time.
^ A.k.a. What do we do with all this data, and how can we improve our service? (I found this article interesting because we learned about data management and information systems last semester, so it's interesting to see a practical use for it in real life.)
^ Everyone knows that salt, sugar, and fat all make up the deadly triumvirate that is affecting our nation by directly contributing to the rising obesity epidemic. What is new is that even the CEOs of the major food companies mentioned in the article don't agree on what to do, mostly because they are pretty much held hostage by Wall Street. It's a difficult situation, though, because some foods just taste better with the salt and sugar added. (See the Kellogg example.) I also found interesting that a major player who was not a fan of government regulation actually suggested that regulation should be implemented for the greater good. Hmm.
And also that McDonald's has specific names for the shapes of their McNuggets. Who knew? (Boot, ball, bow-tie/bone, bell.)
In Women's Group on Wednesday night, we read a passage in Luke that dealt with Mary and Martha, the two sisters who entertain Christ when they come into their home. In analyzing that passage, we discussed why Jesus rebukes Martha for asking Jesus to ask Mary to help her with serving. It's not that Jesus rebukes Martha for serving; it's that he rebukes her for being so focused on her duties to not enjoy what he has to offer. Going deeper into that topic, Mary represents the contemplative side of life while Martha represents the action-oriented side of life, one with which we are familiar as students and participants of the 21st century economy. It is that Jesus is rebuking about concentrating too much on what we have to do and our worries and doubts surrounding that path and not focusing enough on listening to God in the stillness of our lives. Perhaps the struggle for us sometimes is to not let the doubts and fears obscure what God has to say to us in the quietness and waiting of what He has in store for us for our lives.
The link above is geared toward a Catholic audience, but many of the practices listed can be done by any Christian who needs some inspiration about what to do for this Lent. I normally don't have trouble coming up with an idea, but this list helped me think of a few more things that I could do for the next forty days to improve myself during Lent and prepare for Easter.
Usually, giving up something, like a bad habit or eating sweets, is the most popular practice. It falls under the category of "fasting." However, there are two other categories of Lenten practices, almsgiving and prayer, that are not thought of as often but are just as legitimate. Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of these two categories; I wasn't aware of them either until a few years ago when the Catholic campus ministry at my university started giving out cards at Ash Wednesday Mass that featured five different suggestions for Lenten practices under each of the three categories.
So, for Lent 2013, I am doing the following three practices:
Giving up Starbucks.
Attending Daily Mass on the days I don't have class. (Thursdays this quarter, Tuesdays the next)
Listening only to classical/instrumental music.
Now that I've put this on the internet, there's some greater degree of accountability...or at least I'd like to think so! 40 days and 40 nights...let's go!