Did I mention I moved back over to blogger? I imported all of my wordpress posts and took the show over there. I don’t really have a good reason other than I felt like I needed fresh start and didn’t want to start an entirely new blog. so from now on you can find me here!
I am about half way through this really amazing book called Stumbling on Happiness which discusses how the human brain predicts the future and more specifically how terrible a job it does causing us to wrongly predict what will make our future selves happy. The book discusses perception, imagination, and memory in a very engaging way using psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and several other disciplines. Half way through I’ve already learned a lot of new things about the mind. Below is a quote I came across while reading this afternoon and wanted to share. It clearly illustrates one of the most interesting things I’ve learned from this book (so far).
To give you some context, the paragraphs leading up to this example discuss how people are really bad at predicting their own emotional responses because when predicting the future its difficult to consider and factor in those things we don’t consider. Meaning, there are always factors we fail to consider when predicting/imagining future responses and these ignored factors are those which will fundamentally impact our future emotional response.
[M]ost Americans can be classified as one of two types: those who live in California and are happy they do, and those who don’t live in California but believe they’d be happy if they did. Yet, research shows that Californians are actually no happier than anyone else – so why does everyone (including Californians) seem to believe they are? California has some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the best weather in the continental United States, and when non – Californians hear that magic word their imaginations instantly produce mental images of sunny beaches and giant redwood trees. But while Los Angeles has a better climate than Columbus, climate is just one of many things that determine a person’s happiness – and yet all those other things are missing from the mental image. If we were to add some of these missing details to our mental images of beaches and palm trees – say traffic, supermarkets, airports, sports teams, cable rates, housing costs, earthquakes, landslides, and so on – then we might recognize that L.A. beats Columbus in some ways (better weather) and Columbus beats L.A. in others (less traffic). We think that Californians are happier than Ohioans because we imagine California with so few details – and we make no allowance for the fact that the details we are failing to imagine could drastically alter the conclusions we draw.
Yesterday Living Social was offering a deal for Common Thread Studio in South Pasadena. They offer varying levels of sewing classes including introductory classes! For once Living Social offered a deal for something I ACTUALLY want to do!
I spent most of yesterday going back and forth between my email to read the details of the deal and Common Thread’s website to see what the business is all about. Finally I just decided to pull the trigger and buy the deal. I need to branch out and try new things and this sounds like a good step!
Common Thread has great reviews online and their classes sound amazing! The Living Social Deal is for a Level 2 sewing class and 20% off an introductory class. The best part is that is doesn’t expire until October 2012 so I have time to find Intro Sewing and Level 2 classes that fit my schedule.
I cannot wait to tell you all about my experiences at Common Thread!
I never really got the whole “men in uniform are sexy” thing. I’m just not one of those women. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the beauty a well tailored dress uniform but uniforms don’t really do it for me the way they do it for some people.
Apparently though I find bunker pants sexy (or maybe I just find firemen sexy?). I’m not talking about their dress uniforms worn for special events, I’m talking about the gear they actually wear when running into fires. We’ve been watching Rescue Me (A LOT) and are waiting for the final two season to arrive in the mail so we can see how the show ended. During the course of the five seasons we’ve seen so far I’ve pretty much fallen in love with some of the characters. Sure, they’re alcoholic, womanizing, degenerates but a good TV show makes you love people like that and want to be friends with them.
The weirdest thing though is that watching this show I’m finding myself oddly attracted to Dennis Leary. I think it has something to do with all the really cool FDNY gear he wears on this show – from tshirts, to jackets, to pullovers. But really, I think it has to do with those bunker pants with the overalls.
Am I the only one who finds those pants and that sweater sexy? Am I just intrigued by the character and in turn find myself attracted to Dennis Leary? Then again, I also really love his hair and something about his voice. But there is definitely something about those pants. I clearly have a problem.
What I had yet to learn, though, is that things are seldom as neat and tidy as that starry – eyed anecdote you share documentary style on a couch. What I figured out over time is that almost always, when you hear those stories from married couples, there is a little poetic license going on, a romantic spin, polished to a high shine over time. And unless you marry your high school sweetheart (and even sometimes then), there is usually a not-so-glorious back story. There are people and places and events that lead you to your final relationship, people and places and events you’d prefer to forget or at least gloss over. In the end, you can slap a pretty label on it – like serendipity or fate. Or you can believe that it’s jus the random way life unfolds.
Love the One You’re With By Emily Giffin
So hoarding probably isn’t the right word. It is a bit strong. I’m planning ahead not hoarding.
I realized a few weeks ago that between now and June I need to buy a lot of odds and ends for the wedding. I didn’t actually realize this until I finished booking most of the big stuff and sat down to figure out what else needed to be done. Surprisingly, the list ended up being quite a bit longer than I expected. So I came up with a plan of attack. My plan is to buy things slowly over the next few months and cart them with me to NJ each time I visit – which should be about two more times before I get there the week before the wedding. I also really want to plan ahead to reduce the chances that I’ll forget something and spend the week before running around like a crazy person.
Aside from accessories for me (shoes, jewelry, strapless bra (ugh!)) the list is made op of things like bridesmaids gifts, a wedding gift for joe, cake serviceware, favors, and a few other things. About two weeks ago I started attacking the list by placing my first two orders.
After telling my mom that I wanted a bubble send off after the church ceremony she went and ordered about a billion of these:
So with about a billion little bottles of bird bubbles I decided to order some personalized ribbon to tie around the necks of the bottles. The ribbon arrived today and I am really happy with how it came out.
I also ordered a lilafrances hanger which obviously isn’t something I needed for the wedding (let’s be honest weddings don’t need any of this) but really wanted because I think they’re absolutely lovely. I ordered a personalized mahogany hanger similar to the one below.
Over the next few months I have several more things to buy but am really happy I started taking care of this now. Its give me time to think about what I need but also to shop around and catch sales. Did I mention I got both the ribbon and hanger on sale? My obsessive planning is paying off.
Next on my list – shoes and a strapless bra!
Have you seen these new items from Kate Spade?Adorable, right?! I registered for quite a few Kate Spade items through Macy’s but none of these beauties are available. Oh how I hope they make their way to Macy’s. How great would a cake or some cupcakes look on that wonderful cake plate? And some wonderful hors d’oeuvres on the lovely little tray? Joe’s aunt makes these delicious little toast points with goat cheese, prosciutto, and fig jam. I’m thinking they would look lovely on this tray!