I’ve been feeling a lot of stress and pressure the last couple of days. It doesn’t matter what “triggered” it, I do it to myself, I get tripped up over the dumbest shit and then I feel like an asshole when I do. How long am I going to recycle this shit? Move on already.
Ok, so I’ll try.
I’m glad it’s a long weekend. Extra days off are never ever wrong. BBQ Saturday followed by nothing and more nothing which is completely fine. In a move to cheer me up, Ben wants to try to do something wedding related each weekend. Maybe we’ll get to work on the jars I’ve been saving for centerpieces. He’s the best guy.
I think my father is going away on vacation this weekend. To Maine? My aunt hinted that I should call him for a bon voyage or some shit.
Ohmygod move on already.
We are made of memories and formed by experience. I keep wondering what kind of people we would be, and what kind of world this would be, if when bad things happened we could erase them, or somehow make them sweet.–
Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”
Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:
The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…
Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.(via explore-blog)
Dita Von Tesse is the guest judge on Project Runway.
She’s a total bitch.
Good guy Royal Mail Postie.
Limited edition contest flavors!! My vote is for wasabi ginger 👍🍣 #lays #chips #munchies #snacks #potato #noms
Me: we should have a go-bag
Me: no, seriously, shit is getting scary we should have a go-bag.
Me: babe, please, for my peace of mind can we just make up a go-bag? We should really be prepared.
Ben: Naomi, you know what's gonna happen if we make a "go-bag"? We're gonna go through it every time we're hungry or need toilet paper. We're NEVER gonna be prepared.
Me: ohmygooooooood you're right.
I’m more important than pizza you guys
naomi. cats. pizza.
Experts say a giant panda previously thought to be pregnant may have been more focused on food than giving birth.
“[pregnant pandas] receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”
Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
This panda is my hero
"My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but we grew much closer after my daughter was born. Because I had no idea what I was doing. When the baby was born three months early, my mom slept at the hospital with her."
"The landlord doesn’t care how much furniture you’ve sold this month."
That’s the number of arrest warrants issued in Ferguson last year for nonviolent crimes. Compare that to the population of 21,135 people.
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.– Thomas Merton, as quoted in Courtney Martin’s weekly column for On Being, "The Spiritual Art of Saying No"
"They sometimes ask me about their grandmother, and I only tell them about the good times. I don’t want to worry them with all the things my mother and I had to go through when I was growing up."
"What’s your fondest memory of your mother?”
"We were so poor that every day she’d have to go out and try to find us some food. And on the days when she came home empty handed, she’d help us forget our hunger by putting on music and dancing for us."
Happy birthday, Sheryl Sandberg!