Sunday, January 30, 2011


Finishing up week 3..unfortunately not much to report.  No heart palpitations.  No binges.   

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 15 or as I Prefer 'Quince'

I was at a wedding this weekend and saw the most adorable platform peeptoe pumps with lace detailing.  I inquired as to their origin and even googled them to add to my "maybe for this month" purchase list [which is becoming quite lengthy].  Hmm..   

Noticeably improved are my gift selections: 2 of which I've been forced to make so far.  Although, I am typically a generous giver, the rule is usually one for you and two for me; without the for me part, it just leaves one super sized gift for someone else ::sigh::

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Anthropologically Speaking

Working out it not natural.

I can't imagine that thousands of years ago people worked out at all.  I assume that there was something resembling physical competition that perhaps required training to enhance ones' natural skill set, but that the current trend is a severe mutation of the original purpose.  Back than, and even up until the invention of mass and/or affordable transit, life was altogether more based in physical activity.  People used to walk. EVERYWHERE.  Even though horses have in my knowledge base been around as long as people, the general population got around using there own means and fortitude.  As technology has led us to more advanced means, the idea of walking has become a novel concept.  A tendency to put on weight as a result has increased, and in order to fight against this "working out" has become an instilled technique in society.

That being said, maybe if I walked more instead of relying on my car, I wouldn't have to sweat so much in the company of others aka what a typical hour at the gym boils down to for me.

Oh the good old days..

Day 11.4

As a result of my personal shopping ban - I was forced to call my father today at the office to invite him to a book fair where he will subsequently be responsible for my purchases per his acceptance.  Luckily, he has decided to pencil me in.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 9 1/2

Since I'm off the shopping, it only seems appropriate to get on the workout wagon.  Trading one mild obsession for another is after all the "American" way, right?  Just kidding..everyone knows we don't do anything mild.

As a result of this trade-off I'm feeling less euphoric and more like a penguin on breaking ice; wobble wobble.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 7

It's been a week since my shopping ban and I'm still going strong.  Although, one week doesn't exactly feel like a lifetime, I am beginning to wonder if there are sponsors for these types of journey's.  When I say sponsor, what I really mean is like a sponsor that buys you things, like a corporate sponsor.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Music Makes Me Lose My Mind"

I'm sure there's vast statistical data and psychological analysis regarding the relationship between mood and music, but I'm not convinced any "number" or "evaluation" can really come close to indicating the role music plays in living.  Music is like commercials, pretty hard to avoid - But it's so much more than that. 

Sometimes I catch myself humming, randomly [and in inappropriate situations] without even realizing it at first [thus catch..taking no responsibility for the action itself] or dancing to the beat in my head.  No, I don't have a condition.  I feel it - as I'm sure other people do.  Music is an almost inescapable part of us.  It's tied to our culture and history; experiences and memories (good and not so much); everyday activities.

The soundtracks of our lives are spotted with melody; Can you hear it? 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Definition

In order to finish up my illustrious Master's degree, I was forcefully enrolled in the following class: English 541: "History of the English Language."  As the word 'forcefully' thus implies, I'm not exactly thrilled.  As if my lack of preemptive excitement wasn't enough, I arrived at the first class to discover ::dunt dunt duh:: that is turns out to be a split-grad/undergrad happening.  I spent to majority of the evening muttering self loathing comments to myself [OK so maybe I said a few of them outloud..] 

Despite my lack of joy, it started getting me thinking about words and their evolution; which is when on stumbled across this tweet:

Breaking News BreakingNews
  1. Police say suspect in 'Twilight Rapist' cases arrested in South Texas - AP

 And the first thing that came to my mind was "Twilight? Like the book?"  It occurred to me that the word "twilight," although referring to sunset, has taken on a whole new meaning.  It's unlikely that when people hear this word the phenomenon of the Stephenie Meyer's "The Twilight Saga" [simply referred to as 'Twilight' in most circles, or at least my head] doesn't pop into their conscious mind.  As a fan of the series myself, I'm not sure this is such a bad thing, but it might be when it takes away from the severeness of something a bit more in-reality; like the horrible nature of rape.  The fact that my first reaction wasn't something more like "I hope he drops the soap..a lot" or "Someone should pull a Lorena Bobbitt on him" [in case you didn't get the pop culture reference, please feel free to brush up] -- may be up for interpretation.  In any case, it only furthers the idea that words evolve just like anything else; and 'Twilight' has definitely taken on a new definition.   

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Performance Art

Every time I heard the phrase "I ::insert life changing moment:: and I've never looked back" [well at least a fair majority] in a film, I've thought to myself, that sounds like bull shenanigans.  Is it even possible to not EVER think about your past?  I think not.

Despite my conflict of interest, I would like to be one of those people that says something to the same regards when my dreams are realized.  Yes, indeed -- I'd like to have a moment straight out of the movies.     

Friday, January 7, 2011

Interpersonal Communication

Just in case anyone is unaware, we are currently in a recession.  Yes, I know - startling information.  

What does this mean?

Well, in my cognitive opinion, it means that customer service providers need to step up there game.  As an avid and over productive shopper, I am appalled at the lack of courteous employees at stores these days.  With companies calling it quits right and left, it would seem only appropriate that staff members with any regard for their current status of "employed," would try to, I don't know, be nice to customers.  In my recent escapade of continuous shopping adventures, aimed at tiding my over for the next 5 months [see Mission: Sacrifice], I have come across more than several for lack of a nicer word, RUDE, sales persons. 

Just a suggestion, with the purse strings of America [the United States of] being tightened -- a decrease in alienating the consumer may be in order.  

Thank You,
Unsatisfied Shopper