Vacation Update Day 2

Today was going to be different. I had errands and fun shopping to do!

Yesterday's trip and lack of sleep turned into a knock-em-dead kind of drowsiness that surprised even me. But after a couple of nappy winks, I couldnt go to sleep until after 11 pm. Where's my melatonin pills when I need em?!

All the same, I took advantage and watched several episodes of Leverage on Netflix on my phone. My 5-year-old laptop's screen died the night before.

It's sunny and 64F at 10:00 am? I'll take it! Nothing beats taking a warm shower after good-enough sleep while warm, blindingly bright sunshine rays stream over me. A sunlight shower.

Head out in the car, then U-turn back to check whether I forgot to shut the garage door...nop it's all good, just old age ;o)

Ah, fresh air in my lungs and sunlight warming my skin.

Vacation Update Day 1

I escaped Chicago early on a Wednesday morning, just as the bitter chill of winter was hitting town after a warm front.

Sorry but the sun decided to peek out too late that morning.

I was definitely ready for a mental and routine break, though I would miss my dog Benny terribly.

Warm sunshine and green, tropical foliage where waiting for me.

I dozed on and off after scanning through my issue of InStyle magazine, this edition proved unusually boring considering it was the holidays one.

Two hours and a half later I reached sunny, welcoming Tampa. Where the air I breathe doesn't hurt my noise our lungs. Deep inhale. Ah, sweet air. A nice change after the sardine can bottled air of a plane.

No check-in luggage meant smooth sailing through the monorail shuttle on down past the luggage carousels, expectant luggage owners, wide longing eyes,  hoping their property arrived undisturbed in the next batch on the rolling belt.

Considering I was prepared for the worst at the car rental counter, just a couple minutes on the phone with my dad later, I convinced the attendant and her supervisor to invite me to step upstairs and grab my Corolla.

My first time with a Toyota, pishing aside rememberances of recalls and brake-related horror stories. It's black. My shoulders relaxed. I clicked the keyfob button and stepped into the drivers seat. The mirrors are a massacre of odd angles. The seat too far back. Lets get to work and on our way.


Carol Rossetti's Women

Great art project that turned into a reinforcement of dignity and self-esteem for women everywhere.

Thank you Ms. Rossetti!!

This is what I call feminism.
It's how I visualize a woman optimizing her thought process for her own well being and a pleasurable/enjoyable life(style).


Answering the Proust Questionnaire

Here is Proust’s Questionnaire:
What is your idea of perfect happiness? a: complete relaxation and a lack of formed thought
What is your greatest fear? a: making a big mistake and ending up with nothing
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? a: lack of neuroplasticity
What is the trait you most deplore in others? a: arrogance
Which living person do you most admire? a: anyone who overcomes major challenges and can still smile
What is your greatest extravagance? a: taking risks and not having to worry about the consequences
What is your current state of mind? a: mediocre, for the seasons are changing
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? a: syle
On what occasion do you lie? a: to calm the waters
What do you most dislike about your appearance? a: weight and hair texture
Which living person do you most despise? a: abusers with an unhealthy need for control of others
What is the quality you most like in a man? a: intelligence
What is the quality you most like in a woman? a: generosity
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? a: a cross between
What or who is the greatest love of your life? a: those who shared their unconditional love with me
When and where were you happiest? a: Florida, Maui, Liguria
Which talent would you most like to have? a: negotiation
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? a: analyze logically better
What do you consider your greatest achievement? a: ability to surf change and see what's up on the other side
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? a: pass
Where would you most like to live? a: near the sea in a temperate climate
What is your most treasured possession? a: my self-control
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? a: dispair and tragedy when there is always an option to move forward, one way or another
What is your favorite occupation? a: anything related with tourism and travel
What is your most marked characteristic? a: telling it like it is
What do you most value in your friends? a: life experience
Who are your favorite writers? a: Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, The Gardener's Cottage blog writer Janet
Who is your hero of fiction? a: Lara Croft
Which historical figure do you most identify with? a: pass
Who are your heroes in real life? a: survivors
What are your favorite names? a: Olivia, Andrew, Luna
What is it that you most dislike? a: being in a rut
What is your greatest regret? a: accepting other's need for control
How would you like to die? a: quickly
What is your motto? a: sunshine inside and out


Visualize Me

New toy... a visualization of my resume thanks to Visualize.me and kudos to my boss for letting me know about this neat little tool!