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Thursday, March 25, 2010

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.”

I recently bought a "smaller purse" and had to downsize the contents of my bag.

The purse (from Aldo, but nearly identical to Rebekka Minkoff's "Morning After" clutch purse, which was my inspiration):





This is the lighter counterpart to the original hot pink notebook, which I can't seem to find anywhere (they were bought together). I have taken to writing down good quotes and collecting pretty pictures. It's something that I can pull out at anytime to de-stress and ground myself.




***note: cellphone not included. It migrates between my hand, my purse, and my pocket.
I think "geek chic" would best describe my purse.

Hypothetical situation:
RANDOM PERSON: Oh my, cute purse. What's inside?
ME: Oh, you know, three USB keys, my iPod, a camera, four pens...
RANDOM PERSON: Er -- neato. Is that what people like you say?

And a new purse will shortly be on its way: the Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Tote Bag. I am a die-hard fan of Longchamp, and this is the smaller version of the bag that I already have. They are durable and simple, and this will be my alternative tote when I need to carry around my bigger Nikon cameras and lenses.



On my way to Ottawa now -- I'll be saying goodbye to a great man tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My new computer background

The day's inside joke for Chiaramente

Obvious boyfriends are good. Secret ones are better.

Monday, March 22, 2010

We Heart It

I stumbled upon http://weheartit.com a while back, and I am hooked. The best way to describe most of the images is magical. (Not all -- sometimes people upload images that are a little too rated R for my taste!)

A sampling of my latest four hearts:


My complete hearts can be found here.

(I am kind of obsessed with bokeh as of late -- and such images are bountiful on the site.)

A quote from ANNIE

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hello Kitty perogies = sheer genius

Oblivious boyfriends are the best



I finished all of my March Break planned work/reading/research, and now I will spend the rest of the day:
a) putting together a little something that I will be sending my boyfriend (via Snail Mail, no less)
b) watching New Moon (downloaded, wooooo!)
c) listening to new music, namely BROKEN BELLS and SHE AND HIM: VOLUME TWO
d) having my final bath of March Break 2010

And since my boyfriend never reads my blog because he is off in some alternate universe most of the time, I might even put up some pictures later on of what I will be sending.

Muahaha. Oblivious boyfriends are the best.

UPDATE: I sealed up the package before taking pictures. Probably for the best in case he's one of those oblivious-but-actually-reads-this-stuff boyfriends. I hope he likes it :D

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

BATH TUBS!




After preaching the power of yoga, I have pre-diagnosed myself with a strained pectoral muscle (going in to the doctor to check it out tomorrow). Needless to say, I'll be resting myself over the next few weeks, and I think this bathtub would be the perfect thing to mend the strain -- if it existed, of course. The design comes from http://mukomelov-st.com.ua/, and if I win the lottery, I will be number one on the ordering list.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yoga and cute hearts

Yoga is superb for quieting the inner voice. There is something about pushing yourself for that extra three seconds. It makes the mind stronger. When school is done and I only work 60 hours a week, I'll do it everyday.

Tonight the yoga teacher talked about "the edge" that we all have (both in our minds and our body). She said that once we get past the uncomfortable physical feelings and the negative thoughts, we can really see what we're capable of. Would it be crazy if I studied to become a yoga teacher? Probably. Anyways -- it's true. When I first started doing yoga on a regular basis, it took me about twenty minutes to get past the voices in my head, complaining and griping about the pain. I used to laugh when yoga teachers would tell me to "enjoy the stretch". Now, it only takes a few flows to relish the stretch. I know, right? C'est wack!

Also: love this.

Flip Book from katie sokoler on Vimeo.

How to control your inner dialogue

I have the worst inner dialogue - even under the consideration that it isn't as bad as it used to be.

This has nothing to do with what I usually post up here (cars, videos, my blog heros, etc.), but I might start asking myself these questions and keeping a log to figure things out when my mind begins to race.

1. How can I get control of this situation?
2. How can I feel better about this?
3. How can I get my point across more clearly?
4. What could I do, right now, to calm myself down?
5. Who could help me with this?
6. If I could leave this situation right now and go anywhere in the world, where would I go?
7. Am I viewing this situation from the perspective of truth? Or am I allowing the way the situation appears to control me?

I like the focus on "I" because usually, in internal dialogues, it becomes a defensive conversation (you, you, you!).

I'm learning, but I have a long way to go.

Depending on the situation, I can find good things to say about myself, and my self-worth is actually pretty good. But when it comes to my stance in my relationships with other people, I tend to have a mediocre perception of my self-worth. Considering life is about the formation and sustainability of relationships, this is something I am trying to nail.

To be continued...

Monday, March 1, 2010

I'm going to start making a few more lists.

Starting with:
1. Do awesome things. On my own.