Wednesday, January 30, 2008
a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like
Synonyms include: workshop
Anyhow, I left Glendale at around 7:00 am this morning. I would’ve left sooner if mom and dad weren’t pushing to make me eat breakfast before the drive. I prayed and prayed that it would be a pleasant ride to Palm Springs. The last week has been wrought with such stressful driving due to all the rain. Thankfully, the rain subsided for most of the drive; acting fickle quite often between freeway interchanges – 134 East to the 210 East to the 57 South to the 10 East – rain, sunshine, cloudy, bright, sprinkle, etc. In any case, I got here in 2 hours.
It took me about 3 hours to set up the booth, then I headed to “Downtown Palm Springs” to find some lunch. Downtown Palm Springs is basically one street, lined with various shops and restaurants. I ate at this one Italian restaurant; had me a calzone yummy! Then I decided to walk it off, feeling very tired, very full and never wanted to lie down more. But with 3 hours to kill, I had to do something so I walked into one boutique that had some really cute dresses in the front window. When I saw the prices on the merchandise though, I said hell no and left. I had about 3 more blocks left to walk until the end of “Downtown Palm Springs” when I saw it; a familiar place that could do nothing less than comfort me like home: Coffee Bean! Hahaha! I ordered my vanilla latte and sat for about 45 minutes and wrote…wrote…and wrote some more. I was writing so fast I could hardly believe it. I haven’t had one of those awesome spells in months!! It’s too bad I had to leave. Oh well…
The exhibit’s only open for 3 hours today and then I have to check into my hotel. Check-in wasn’t until 4 pm and since the exhibit began at 4:30, I didn’t want to take any chances with time so I got dressed in the convention restrooms. I chose one of the bigger stalls and as quick as Superman can change in a phone booth, I went from a frumpy little girl (in brown warm-ups, a green Paul Frank anteater shirt – I looked like a freakin’ tree – and some Adidas) to the professional (in black slacks, button-down polo, vest and flats).
Uh-oh..the convention has commenced. Gotta go fake the funk now, without being too obvious of course =)
Damn, today’s gonna be long as hell. It’s only 11:15 am and I have to be here until 6:30. AAAAAAHHH!! I’m freakin’ starving too because, unlike the conferences at the SD Convention Center, there aren’t any snack bars around here.
Ho hum…come on people (or as Iya’s niece Samantha would say, “Ta mon!”), stop by and talk to me, ask me about our journals. I promise I’ll make up something really cool! Hahaha!!!
Ok dammit, I better go…though I’ll probably be back in a bit.
12:15 pm - Building bridges – isn’t that how all relationships (social and business) start? You find something in common with someone, even the most random points of interest, and next thing you know, half an hour has passed and you’re still conversing. When I first saw Julian yesterday, (he’s in the booth to our left), I immediately thought – European. In style, attitude and well, I heard his accent (Germanish), it was a no-brainer. Homeboy’s about 6 ft tall, dirty blonde hair in gel-tastic disarray, and he is Australian-Swiss. How random. In the 20 minutes that we got to talk, I learned that he was born and raised in Switzerland but has dual citizenship. He moved here to Santa Monica last year and just found a place in Marina del Rey that he'll be sharing with one of his friends emigrating from Switzerland. He misses home every time he sees the mountains here and appreciates Starbucks not for its quality (he’s European for crying out loud), but because it’s something regular that he can rely on. He also thinks that Americans are unable to cook vegetables properly. “I hope I don’t offend you,” he said, “but here vegetables are either over or undercooked.” No offense taken, Julian. Thanks for the note.
And his colleague, Rich, was here when I was setting up. He’s from Chicago so we talked that city up too. I love that traveling has proven to be so beneficial to my ability to make connections.
2:35 pm - Talk about not having enough to do! It’s ok though. Every few minutes I’ll walk around the booth, smile at people, talk to Nicole and Betty so they can re-cap their conversations with potential advertisers. And I finally got something to eat – thank God! The society who’s holding the conference had boxed lunches for everyone here. That’s like 4,600 boxes! Plus they have a refreshment stand somewhere and when I say “refreshments” I mean beer and wine. Yesterday, every other person was walking around with either a Corona, a Heineken or a glass of red wine in their hand. Talk about pleasing your attendees. Unfortunately, I’m still taking Naproxen so alcohol is a no-no.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
Synonyms include: calmness, composure, even temper
A test of the aforementioned:
I woke up half an hour late; attempted to make myself look presentable but with only 25 minutes to accomplish this daily feat, failed miserably and I look like I got out of bed and walked to my desk; an accident on the 101 allowed me 2 hours and 15 minutes of precious Anna-going-nuts-in-the-car alone time; broke a nail while I was adjusting my seat; the only parking spot left on the lot was next to a Camry that parked at such a careless angle that I had to climb over the hand brake to exit my car from the passenger’s side. I was cheerful this morning, just a tad, because I missed the game last night but found out the Lakers won! But then I checked ESPN.com this morning and read this: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3206516 What a weird way to kick me when I’m down! haha!
In the middle of writing this entry, Iya emailed this (thanks, friend!):
The 7 Ups!
1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
"This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."
4. Stand Up!!
. . . for what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."
5. Look Up !!
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me".
6. Reach Up !!
. . . for something higher.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
7. Lift Up !!
. . . your Prayers.
“Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Saturday, January 12, 2008
THE TONGUE CAN BE YOUR WORST ENEMY!
Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about.
If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.
If you keep saying you can't stand your body, your body can become sick.
If you keep saying you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating.
If you keep saying you're broke, guess what? You'll always be broke.
If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.
If you keep saying you can't find a job, you will remain unemployed.
If you keep saying you can't find someone to love you or believe in you, your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.
If you keep talking about a divorce or break up in a relationship, then you might end up with it.
Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action. Don't be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Anatomy. a cord or band of dense, tough, inelastic, white, fibrous tissue, serving to connect a muscle with a bone or part; sinew.
inflammation of a tendon
I’m always a bit wary when I have to see a new doctor. You always hope that they’ll be nice and above all, obviously knowledgeable about their practice, but sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. Yesterday I saw a podiatrist for the first time. I finally got around to it! The foot pain was just getting ridiculous. It wasn’t SOOO unbearably painful, but it got pretty bothersome and the swelling above my ankle wasn’t getting any smaller, even with the ice packs and numerous hits of ibuprofen.
So Dr. Addiego is my new podiatrist; really nice guy, very receptive to my questions. He bent my foot in all these different directions, placed pressure against various areas around my ankle, and depending on which movements made me cringe, he finally diagnosed my ailment: tendonitis. Actually, his exact words were, “Ok then. Looks like you just have tendonitis.” JUST tendonitis?...Ok what’s tendonitis? Hahaha! He said it wasn’t that serious and he prescribed some anti-inflammatory meds (Naprosyn). Being the pessimist that I am sometimes, I asked him what would happen if the meds didn’t work. He said I might need to get a cortisone injection. I think the expression on my face just did it because right after he mentioned it, he immediately said, “but don’t worry. We’re not there!” hahaha! Alright man, just making sure. Needles are not my favorite things, that’s all.
So I have to keep my foot immobilized (not so much not move it, but not bend it back and forth so much, which won’t be a problem because it hurts!), and I have to keep it wrapped. Tin has become an expert on wrapping the ankle since hers is wrapped for every practice and game. I have to come back in 2 weeks to make sure everything’s ok. He took some x-rays of my foot and showed me that I had an extra bone somewhere. Weird.
Anyhoo, here’s hoping. Larnie Boquiren, I’ll be waiting for your input soon…=)
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Monday, January 07, 2008
(in Freudian psychology) an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person's unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes.
This morning I was watching SportsCenter and during the NBA segment, they were showing a clip of Nowitzki running down the court and the voiceover of one of the ESPN commentators said, "Last night the Mavericks played the TIMBERLAKES." He meant Timberwolves right? hahaha! I rewound it like twice and he totally said "Timberlakes." That just cracked me up!
Okee, hope everyone's getting through their Mondays alright...
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics
Synonyms include: language
I bought this Italian-phrase-a-day calendar and so far I’ve learned how to say the following:
Buon anno nuovo! – Happy New Year!
Che bella festa! – What a great party!
Come stai oggi? – How are you today?
Ho bevuto troppo spumante. – I drank too much champagne.
I’ve forgot how great it feels to learn a new language. As geeky as this sounds, one of the things I looked forward to in high school was taking a Spanish class. I grew up speaking and listening to English and Tagalog so to be able to communicate in a whole new language (or attempt to anyway) just seemed really…well…cool.
I have to admit that I got through Spanish mostly because I could understand Tagalog. I had never been so appreciative of Spain’s influence on the Philippines until I got to Spanish class. And with just 3 years of high school Spanish in tow, Italian became a fun language to learn as well. I swear every language is derived from Latin!!
I still can’t believe listening to a 90-minute Italian cd a few times got us through 2 weeks in Italy! “Buongiorno, grazie, prego and si” sure got us far! Hahahaha! Granted, mostly everyone there can speak and understand English, it was fun to try to speak Italian anyway. Hats off to our Italian friends for being so patient with us. Grazie amici!
Ok, back to work! Until next time…arrivederci! Adios! Ok bye!!!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The brink of each new year always leaves me wondering if I should spend time reflecting on the past or take a moment to look forward to the near future. 2007 was a notable year, not only for me but for everyone around me. And whether I awoke each morning to experience pure elation or seemingly unbearable misery, I lay down each night an altered individual, wiser than I was the day before...at least I hope I did.
Well, that new beginning and NOW have finally intersected on this first day of the new year. So what happens next? Next we take what 2007 gave and open up to what 2008 has to offer. From what I can already see, we'll be swimming in the abundance of it all this time next year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!