Mar. 20th, 2017

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1. Okay, you know there's a problem when your news feed is beginning to compete with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy regarding levels of absurdity.

On FB... People are Canceling their Iowa Vacations Because of Steve King's Words.

Okay, think about that for a minute. People are cancelling their "vacations" to "Iowa". IOWA. It's not exactly a tourist destination. Be a bit like cancelling your vacation to Kansas or Nebraska or Indiana. There's a reason these states have heavy meth addiction rates.

No offense to Iowa...but it isn't exactly known as a vacation destination.

[ETA: My cousin, who lives in Chicago, took exception to this statement on FB. And said a friend of his who lives in Iowa and used to live in NYC might call me snobby. Eh. And she'd be a nitwit. For two reasons -- One, I stated a fact -- Iowa isn't considered a tourist destination or a vacation destination even by Iowans. Any more than Kansas is. People in Iowa and Kansas go elsewhere for vacations. Two, I lived for 17 years in Kansas. Three, NYC is a major tourist destination -- whether we want it to be or not. Personally, I'd rather people visited Iowa and Kansas. But let's face it, there's nothing in Iowa and Kansas but farmland and suburbs. NY has mountains, ski resorts, lakes, beaches, and a huge city. It's not rocket science folks. ]

I scrolled through the FB news feed, and spent most of my time thinking, Seriously??? Did that really happen?? I check, and yep it did. And this seems to be daily. If I were a stand-up comedian, I wouldn't need to write any material...it's being written for me.

2. Busy, busy, busy at work. Have multiple projects going simultaneously, and no time to think, it seems. I like my job for the most part. Management tends to leave me alone, generally speaking. And I do a wide variety of things. Mostly negotiation, mediation, facilitation, coordination, problem solving and financial/legal analysis, which I'm good at, and writing, also good at.

And the work varies.

But by the time I get home, I'm exhausted.

Tonight the Super deigned to change the lightbulb in my kitchen finally. Which was a good thing, since I was getting tired of trying to cook by flashlight and oven light, or rather in the dark.
Also fixed the cabinet door above the stove -- did it very quickly, no clue how. I tried to do something similar and it did not work for me.

Ironically, I work with engineers and architects all day long. But suck at anything remotely dealing with fixing stuff around the house. I'm not a handy-man. I suck at measurement. Can't hammer a nail in straight. I'd kill myself trying to replace a lightbulb. And forget painting or drilling. This is why I rent an apartment and do not own one. It's also why I don't hang pictures on the walls -- requires hammering a nail in a wall to hang the bloody picture.

I take after my father in this respect. He's not all that handy either. My brother is but refuses to help. When my mother prodded, he suggested I call Task Rabbit.

3. Slowly re-adapting to NYC from Costa Rica. Felt better this week. Also it warmed up, which helped. Now in the 40s instead of the 20s. Except at night. Still in the 30s and 20s at night. But considering last week it was in the 20s during the day and the teens at night, this is an improvement.

4. Have decided that Buddhism really resonates for me...the idea of no thoughts, is appealing. I've managed to turn off my thoughts quite a bit lately, and when I do, I find I'm happier, nicer, and more creative. Okay, maybe not more creative...

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