Let it be released from the mind

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I am NOT currently digging the Jenny Lewis/Elvis Costello song about carpet baggers.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Danes unite!

What's this? Chris Cooley has now become the coolest Redskin ever as he shares my Danish heritage!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Google eyes

I consistently squinch the same eye when I am avoiding the bright sunlight. I always close my left eye. I began noticing when I was at the pool this summer and usually in the direct sunlight that when I would shut my right eye the colors that I saw were actually a little lighter in color than what I could see out of my left eye. It's hard to tell unless you're in direct sunlight--for instance, I'm trying it right now and not really noticing the difference.

And I know I always squint with the same eye because my left eye stays closed much easier than the right does.

So in the bathroom today at work I happened to catch a view of my face in the mirror as I was turning away. It was sort of a side view of my features and I instantly began to whig out. I think the left eye looks a bit smaller than the right eye. Do you think I've inflicted this on myself by always squinting the same eye?!?!

I'm going to work on both eyes from now on and see if I can't reverse this potential google eye status. Ahhh!

All this and I'm trying to prepare for two really big meetings tomorrow. Priorities,priorities :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I have a question

When you sit in a room for three days with the same 20 people you begin to develop little peeves and quirks about how they act in social situations. It doesn't take longer than the first day to notice the tendencies that some people have while in a group setting.

I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I have trouble keeping my mouth shut. Someone once told me that you should never speak at a group meeting because that is a sign of weakness. Rather you should observe and note, but sit to the side as an esteemed individual. I don't agree with this either, but as my husband always points out, I could use more of a mouth/brain filter than I currently possess. I don't like to leave a room silent. If someone is asking for feedback and no one else wants to respond, I'll take the brave stance and broadcast my opinions. This is not always the smartest decision for me because I am a strong-willed and independent woman. But, I think at least half the people respect me for it. Or at least that's what I understand from drunken conversations post meetings!

But what really gets my in a tizzy is when I am sitting in a meeting and every person that asks a question starts by saying "Can I ask a question?" Or "I've got a question" and then proceeds to ask it. Don't you think that if we're in this meeting learning new material that any comment that's coming out of your mouth would technically be a question. Even comments can be construed as questions in this type of setting, so what exactly is the point of wasting the time to state that you have a question before actually asking it.

Now I will also plead guilty on this case, but in different format. If I'm not in a meeting where someone is just talking AT us and dispensing information, I have done this before. If I'm standing in a group of friends and someone says something that is noteworthy I actually might say "Wait--I have a question for ya..." I make this disclaimer so that if you catch me one day in the future doing this you won't be able to jump on the Kristin bashing-wagon. I will allow you to make fun of me once or point your finger as if to say "I know you wrote a blog about this and you're living your own social awkwardness peeve", but only for a limited time. Then you must move past the ridiculing :)