I had a couple of epiphanies yesterday that I wanted to share, just because it’s fresh and still on my mind.
I started a new job a month ago (ending the 4th week today). It is a great place to work and we provide care and support for children that have been affected by sexual abuse, and for my job in particular, abuse in general. I can’t think of a more rewarding thing to do. When I first started working in theatre as an actor, my first paid job was with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. We did a show that focused on preventing date rape. It is interesting to now be in another place that bookends that experience. It is hard at times because it is a subject matter that I find to be a sore spot for me. I think I’ve figured out why though. I’m a romantic at heart. It could be a libra trait. So when it comes to this type of abuse I feel that it really takes love away from those that suffer from this crime and that hurts me. So that was epiphany number one.
Epiphany number two, no matter where you work people are not going to always get a long. I had a hard time coming into this job because it was pretty obvious from day one that there were issues. I just realized something though that I really need to work into my daily life. I can’t look at people as I would like them to be, I need to start to see people as they are in front of me. It is definitely a hard road for me. But I’ll try to work on it. I promise.
I have always been fascinated by mass manipulation. I try to avoid it as much as possible and I feel that there is no better place to see it mirrored than with our youth and their use of technology.
Scary as it may seem, we are trying to engage our 2-yr old nephew in using words and the best way we were able to is by buying him a little cell phone/book kit this past Christmas. He immediately picked up the phone and started to mimic the sound of “hello.” I was mortified (he didn’t even notice the books were connected but knew exactly what to do with the phone).
This coming March 7 at sundown begins “Unplug Day” and it ends on sundown, March 8. I am going to try it out, although I am not a hardcore user of technology I bet I use it more than I think I do.
On a side note:
I found out about this day on Upworthy.com, a site that I’ve been frequenting for my technology/parenthood news (I have two nephews and a niece growing up in world 2.0 that I care about very much). The site is full of stuff of interest and the idea behind why they created it is one I can definitely get behind.
I admit that I’m a crybaby. I prefer not to watch anything if I know it will be sad. I think I got worse once I got married. Such an emotional experience for me and I turned into a faucet whenever I was moved by anything. I admit to two things about this video 1) I don’t like to watch reality tv for the manipulation factor, however I like the talent of singing and dancing so will fast forward to avoid personal story I’ve also limited the intake of these types of shows to one at most. 2) this one caught me off guard because I didn’t realize till the end that they interwove the story into the entire piece, that being said, I didn’t mind too much because it has to be one of the most genuine and relatable performances I’ve seen from one of these shows. I was so happy for him and it made me feel good to see a person like him succeed.
Love the song and the performance.
So I have spent too much time on Youtube this past 36 hours (probably three hours worth of watching) but it has inspired me to try a different approach to my blog. I know videos and random excerpts are the new norm and I’ve decided to link some of my favorites here to share as I find the ones that stand out or mean the most to me at the moment.
This weekend of youtube started because I was going through old cds I had made and happened upon the Rent song, “Seasons of Love” featuring Stevie Wonder. He is one of my favorite musicians for all the obvious reasons. And it reminded me of one of my favorite Stevie Wonder performances, a live duet I found on youtube a few years ago with Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett, “For Once in My Life,” for Tony Bennett’s Birthday Bash. And that’s when I went down the youtube rabbit hole and started to click on those cursed recommended videos.
My favorite Stevie Wonder live performance.
I really like Stevie Wonder and I was curious about a video captioned with him surprising a singer named Ahsan in studio about a year ago. Mostly because who would be granted such an honor to have Stevie Wonder pay them a visit. I immediately liked the singer’s voice when he started to sing, “Ribbon in the Sky,” and when Stevie Wonder appeared my respect for both only became greater.
Great reaction to a visit from Stevie Wonder.
And now for the kicker, Ahsan was about 14 years old when he met Stevie Wonder. Great story for forever.
I discovered a comic strip character that I really like. Her name is Aunty Acid by Ged Backland. She reminds me a lot of Sophie, another acerbic-witted woman comic strip character, but with a tinge more softness on occasion.
Some of my recent favorites are below, the final pick also had a little pidgin (language) tinge, which made her a front runner for me.
So I bought the Nokia Lumia 1020 for the camera feature and I haven’t been disappointed yet. I like gadgets that have a niche, the best camera definitely appealed to me and it holds up spectacularly. Here are some pics of my cat, Kili, with a fun app called strange camera and one of the Nokia camera apps.
Happy New Year, Everyone.
This year I open with retrospection.
I don’t want to be a person that focuses on the negative so when I start to feel like all I may be doing is complaining, I don’t like to write.
Things aren’t bad most times so why focus more time and effort on it? Yes, easier said than done.
So how did I get here, or rather, what informed my choice of action or inaction?
My family. I’ve spent an impressive amount of time in 2013 avoiding my mom, spending time with my grandmother on my dad’s side, visiting with my dad who now lives in Thailand, and meeting my new niece in Georgia.
My work, went back to work with an old company and spent a lot of time growing but wanting to quit at the same time. I continue to love the people there and always will.
It was a good time in general and time to start anew, with family and work.
Things that I try to do when I travel:
Where the most comfortable clothes I can for the plane.
Be prepared for the tsa check out, it’s slippers (easy to take off), Ziploc bag anything liquid or something they might question in a tray, and anything they might question in general in another tray.
Have wet wipes, anti-bacterial wipes, and a hand towel.
Have all electronics charged.
It’s been a while because I’m uninteresting. So I figured I’d just do a general update of things that I’m looking forward to in the next few months:
1) Debuting a form for Improvaganza.
2) Partnering with OTS Improv for Improvaganza, Hawaii’s Festival of Improv.
3) Putting a fundraising dinner event for work firmly in my rearview mirror.
4) Finding an Executive Director at the organization that I work for. If you know of anyone that’s interested. http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?job=14547061&vnet=0&site_id=10746
5) Seeing my first NFL football game and it’s of my husband’s favorite team.
6) Meeting my first niece of four months old (when we see her). (Biggest highlight!)
7) Traveling to Las Vegas and Georgia.
I think that’s most of it.
Black garlic. It’s fermented and you can find it at Marukai. One of my favorite stores. It tastes great with mushroom and chicken risotto. Must try other concoctions.
Image from website http://blackgarlic.com/.