Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Things That I Accomplished in 2008

This seems like an appropriate post for today (inspired by this post)

1. Completed 33 credits toward by bachelor's degree in marketing (only 27 to go!!!)
2. Visited Seattle twice.
3. Visited Portland for the first time!
4. Went on my first business trip and stayed in a hotel by myself for the first time.
5. Took my first U.S. train ride from Portland to Seattle.
6. Got a raise!
7. Lost 10 pounds
8. Finished reading all of the Bond books by Ian Fleming.
9. Went to Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour with Jen!
10. Learned how to play lacrosse
11. Baked a pie for the first time (got to cross that off my Bucket List)
12. Bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding : )
13. Started blogging again
14. Voted in my second presidential election
15. Read some really good books.
16. Met a really cool guy who gave me some hope (although he'll probably never know he did)
17. Went to Vegas for the first time since I turned 21.

I'll have to see if I can find my list of resolutions for 2008.

What did you accomplish in 2008?

Best of 2008 in the architecture world

This is actually a really cool list, especially since it doesn't include anything built in Beijing this year : )

Working for an architecture firm has really increased my love for modern art (which is what I believe good architectures like this is).

This one is my favorites--I love the re-use of an old dock to create a modern office building. I always love good contrast.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My mom requested that I post this

I got this recipe out of an issue of Real Simple magazine a few years ago, and it's one of those really easy, tasty recipes that I make all the time. So, here you go, mom!

Chili-Rubbed Salmon

1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet (4 pieces), 4 skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves, or 2 pork tenderloins, halved (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total)
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, and salt. Pat the spices on the fish or meat. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes per side for the salmon, 8 to 10 minutes per side for the chicken, or 15 minutes per side for the pork. (Reduce the heat if the spices begin to turn black.) Divide the fish or meat among 4 plates.
Yield: 4 servings

NOTE: I actually use all of the spices above on one peice of salmon (instead of four) from Costco which I cut in half to serve myself for two meals.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I'd like to find someone who thinks this.

I think I'll watch this when I get home from the gym tonight.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Break To Dos

Here are some things that I hope to accomplish over Winter Break:

1. Get back into the habit of eating healthy & working out regularly.
2. De-clutter my entire apartment, starting with my bedroom.
3. Finish Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Trilogy
4. Go ice skating at least once.
5. Get a new pet for my fish tank.
6. Do all of my winter seasonal cleaning.
7. Cook out of my CIA books!
8. Check out Summit with Jen & Karl.
9. Visit somewhere new every week.
10. Find some good thrift/vintage stores.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Reno: Dreamer's Coffee House

Ahh...I am so enjoying the lack of homework and daily lectures. I did absolutely nothing of any consequence on Saturday, and while I would have liked to continue that into today, I did actually need to get some things done. After reading in bed for the better part of the morning, I finally got myself ready and headed down to this cute little place called Dreamer's Coffee House (I stole this picture off of the Downtown Makeover web site. Every time I walk down the river, I always think to myself, "I should check that place out sometime." Well, today I needed to review and compare some contracts for a new project that we're starting up at work, and I thought that this would be the perfect time to check Dreamer's out. I was not disappointed! I had a Cafe Au Lait, and it was great--I hate that at Starbuck's I have to order a "misto" when I want a Cafe Au Lait. I also ordered a half sandwich later for dinner (good thing I ordered the half--it was huge!), and it was pretty good. I was kind of in the mood for a hot sandwich, so I think that I would have been a little disappointed no matter what I had ordered. Over break, I'm going to try to visit a new place in Reno every week to see what I find. : )
One of the cool things about Dreamer's is that it's in the bottom of the old Riverside Hotel which is now the Artist Lofts, so they have a bunch of local art for sale up on the walls (and, to my surprise, some of it was actually reasonably priced). There was also an interesting mix of people going in and out. The guy working at the counter told me that the space used to be a subsidiary casino where Frank Sinatra and his crew used to hang out back in the day. That's kind of cool--I forget that Reno does actually have some interesting history.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Daddy's Girl

My mom dug up these great pictures of my dad and me circa 1985-86 when we were living over in Germany. I just love them.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Hero: C.S. Lewis

I recently gave a presentation for one of my classes on my heroes, so I thought that it would be kind of fun to post a new one everyday. If you follow my blog at all, some of them will be very obvious.

The term hero is very subjective--it means something different to everyone. I found two great quotes that helped me define what exactly a hero is to me.

The first comes from Emerson (one of my favorite sources for quotes): “The youth, intoxicated with the admiration of his hero, fails to see that it is only a projection of his own soul which he admires." The people whom I admire have the characteristics which I would most like to see in myself.

The other quote that I found is one of my old favorites from Elizabeth Drew: “The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.” To me, a hero is someone whose life makes me live more intensely for knowing of it.

C.S. Lewis was a very obvious choice for me, and the first person who entered my mind. Lewis is the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters among many others. These books are some of my favorites--I have read them and re-read them a few times over the years. When I was a child, my parents read The Chronicles of Narnia to Jackie and I at least twice. I didn't realize it at the time, but those books became an integral part of my identity. The archetypal themes of good and evil, heroes, courage, and right and wrong are all themes which you will probably see relfected even in my choice of heroes. I believe that these books helped to (over)develop our imaginations which kept my sister and I entertained for hours upon hours of our childhood.

In high school, I was introduced to The Space Trilogy which changed my life to some degree. These books came to me at a time when I had started to think of the world in a different light. I was taking a Physics course. We were studying Einstein's Theory of Relativity and I was started to think about the ideas that I had seen in Madelein L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and Lewis's Space Trilogy. Is time travel possible? Are there other worlds and universes out there?

I respect Lewis a great deal as a writer. I admire his creativity. What must it be like to have such worlds spinning around in your head? He was also very wise and had a well-developed sense of humor, both of which can be seen in his writing and in his many quotes (which of course I love).

Another element of Lewis's character which I admire is his intellect. He was an Oxford scholar, and a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkein. The two were members of a literary society known as the Inklings, who valued narrative fiction (my favorite genre) and fantasy literature. I love people who discuss ideas.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

(Okay, I couldn't choose just one...)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Why You Won't See Me Until 12/18

Say It In Six Presentation (12/08)
New Shoes Logbook (12/11)
MKT 316 Final (12/11)
MGT 323 Note Sheet (12/11)
MGT 323 Final (12/11)
FIN 301 Cheat Sheet (12/11)
FIN 301 Final (12/11)
MGT 325 Take-Home (12/14)
MGT 321 Final Project (12/15)
MGT 321 Take-Home (12/15)
MGT 321 Final (12/15)
FIN 301 HW 9 (12/16)
MGT 325 Final (12/17)


Monday, December 1, 2008

I Need Me a Suga Daddy

make sure that you watch it all the way to the end : )