- Polls Update:
- Talking to Strangers: Strike conversation with 3 people in new class, discover that one lives in the same neighborhood, another is an Xoogler, and the 3rd is a recent NYC to SF transplant.
- Booked: Paid speaking engagement! To occur mid-April in Indiana. Next step: Get cracking on putting together a presentation/speech.
- Launched: Vote On My Life! Site where people can have users vote on a decision they’re trying to make. Currently 5-6 active polls. Next step: tweak site to make more user friendly, market, and continue getting content.
- Road Trip: Majority of week spent on road trip to Los Angeles and San Diego. There’s nothing quite like being on the open road by yourself with a nice mix of good music to sing to, audio books to listen to and silence to appreciate your life and surroundings.
- Writing projects:
- GUA: Meet with friend of friend to trade family stories on growing up Chinese American.
- ST: Work on snack idea for SD & LA, tasting some great food and enjoying fabulous company. Next steps: Snacking in SF this coming Saturday. If you have any suggestions of must try dishes (e.g., Shepherd’s Pie at Blue Bottle Coffee), please let me know! We’ll mainly be snacking around the Mission Saturday, so call up if you want to join.
- Ashtavakra Gita class begins: General intro, get assigned buddies and given homework assignment of 1. Not saying anything mean for 5 days (a good experiment that makes you aware of your thoughts), 2. Taking care of your body (eating, sleep, exercise) and 3. meditating.
- Travels: Family trip to Medellin, Colombia! My nephew’s first international trip. Tengo que estudiar and repasar mi español para este viaje.
- Weekly Reader (highlights of good reads, videos, podcasts, etc)
- This American Life’s Bad Bank episode – the collapse of the banking system explained.
- Paige’s Letter from Giyen Kim’s blog. An example of fine writing from a friend’s teenage daughter. The piece speaks for itself but it’s a beautiful written example of how to stand up for yourself, people and things you believe in, how to channel anger and frustration in a productive, healthy way and the power of carefully chosen words.
- Blog: Zen Habits for Simple Productivity.
- Quote from something I read but can’t remember what: Hang out with people who think you deserve more, and find out why they feel that way.
- All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg: Listened to audio. Enjoyable book that got me thinking even more so about family dynamics, where your parents are at in life when you’re born and how that impacts you, life as a writer, influence of siblings, motherhood and fatherhood.
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– March 9, 2009