Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sugar is Cheap

Tonight Jess and I rewarded ourselves after a workout at Decathlon with food, lotsa food. Sonoma Chicken Coop in Campbell was busy even after 9pm. We shared a chicken salad with goat cheese and avocado, and a boneless pork rib entree. Food was good and plentiful, although we were were less impressed with the cheap presentation on plastic plates. Real plates would've been nice, especially since we had to pick up our own orders at the self-serve counter.
For dessert we somehow ended up way out at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas. This chinese dessert place was a real dissapointment! Both the Mango & Coconut Milk drink and Double-Boiled Egg White with Harsmar (harsmar!? sounds too weird... we should've known) turned out to be really bland. Our conclusion, a little bit of sugar would've perked it up. Definitely will not be back.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Personal Loans to Entrepreneurs in Need

We had an interesting visitor to our BUS202 class today. Matt Flannery, one of the founders of Kiva, an organization that lets you loan money to individual small entrepreneurs in African and other third world countries.
It's a great concept... with as little as $25, you can choose an entrepreneur that you want to help fund. These are people living in real proverty, who have to choose between medication for a sick child, or feeding their family for a week. Here, that $25 will go a long ways towards helping them improve their standard of living dramatically. Every penny of your money will go towards the loan and at the end of the loan period you will get your money back and you can then choose the next entrepreneur you want to back. In between, you'll get monthly email updates on the business' progress and results.
I think it's really cool being able to help a real person help himself.
Check out the website...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Friday's Feast

One day late. Questions found here...

List 3 things you keep putting off.

Homework, cleaning the house, bedtime.

What do you feel is your greatest responsibility?

Work (need to pay the bills) and school (cannot flunk out!)

If you could have starred in any movie, which one would you have wanted to be in and why?

Not sure... any romantic comedy? Love happy endings and all things sweet. And I like to think it could actually happen in real life. ;-)

Main Course
What is an expectation you had as a child about being an adult and, now that you are grown up, you realize you were wrong?

That I'd have it all together and figured out by now. Career, family, life. In reality things don't always fall into place that easily and some tough decisions need to be made.

When was the last time you had your car serviced?

Oil change, 6 weeks ago I think.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Super T

Ok, I'll admit. Super Taqueria on 10th St. serves up a pretty mean burrito. The tortilla is grilled and perfect, and the slices of avocado are a nice tasty surprise. And I love the green salsa hot sauce. Mmmm! Like CY said, it's nice we could have one last one before they close next Monday until sometime in the the winter for remodelling.

p.s. I cheated and had the veggie b. No way I could've eaten carne asada at this hour.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Together Apart??

Well, it's interesting to know it's more common than not these days, what with email and skype and cellphones and online dating. Just look within my group of friends, and there are at least 3 of us with long-distance significant others, and one long-distance marriage. But I never knew it was common enough to warrant this...
They actually do real studies and research on this stuff!
According to Chris Bell who wrote "The Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide", one of the pitfalls of long-distance relationships is the sometimes unrealistic romantic tone that it takes.

"Couples often plan exciting weekends with each other, creating a honeymoon-like fantasy atmosphere when they get together. Unlike in a relationship with someone living nearby, the mundane little things in life that are part of most romances are rarely factored in, potentially creating a relationship not as grounded in reality."

"A long-distance relationship can also mean more alone time than desired. If you decide you're going to pursue a monogamous, long-distance relationship, then that suddenly means your Saturday nights are really boring. And you can find yourself questioning whether you made the right decision..."
True that!!! I have worried that our short time periods together do take a less realistic dream-like tone. When you only have a few short days together, the last thing you want to do is pick a fight. And the lonely times do get pretty depressing some times, but one does get used to it...
But wait... there is hope...
Survival Tip #1
First and foremost, remember that despite anything people tell you to the contrary, studies have shown that LDRs have as much chance of making it as any other relationship.
Survival Tim #28
Research has shown that whenever we are separated from someone we care about, we experience a very normal range of emotions. Anger, guilt, depression, anxiety... Realize that sometimes these emotions may be caused simply by separation rather than something more complex.
And finally, some steps I found relevant for staying emotionally healthy in a LDR:
#2 Socialize. The answer to emotional and social loneliness is to get out and spend time with your friends.
#5 Take control. Recognize you have a choice in the decision to continue with the LDR rather than give up career goals, etc.
#7 View the separation as temporary.
Ok, that's enough heavy stuff for this morning!

Rain Rant

Woke up today to more rain. Will it ever stop? It's been 6 straight weeks of rain, and I know we Californian's are getting tired. We are paying premium housing and rent prices for sunshine dammit! My sister in Chicago is enjoying weather in the 80s!
Fortunately, the forecast for next week looks somewhat promising...
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