Helloooooo everyone - and welcome to 2011!!!!!
Only the classiest of gals drinks White Russians out of extremely large cups on new years eve lol....I being one of them :)
New years eve with my bff of 12 years - Jessica aka my "lil enchilada"
How is the new year treating you so far? I hope it's going fantastic!!Unfortunately I don't have very much time to chit chat today, but what I do have time for is to discuss a few of the goals I set for the year 2011!
I don't believe in making "resolutions" but I do believe in long term, and attainable goals. You must be thinking "Jenna - goals and resolutions are pretty much the same thing." And I might respond by saying, "not to me they aren't!"
Sure some of my goals may seem a little goofy - but I suppose I'm a goofy gal....So far here is my list:
By the end of 2011 I will have accomplished the following items:
-Run 1 mile without stopping (once I accomplish one mile, i'll up it to two, then three, and so on and so forth)
-Stand up on a surf board
-Learn how to blow sugar
-Learn wheel throwing
-Learn how to change a tire/oil
-Learn how to do laundry (lol)
-Read 30 books of all different genres
-Move into my own apartment
Every single week of 2011 I will do my best to accomplish the following tasks/activities:
-Cook 3 new "American style" dishes.
-Cook 1 new "Cultrual" dish.
-Visit the beach (gotta take advantage of living in Florida)
-Visit the library or book store.
-Hold puppies (I've said it before and I'll say it again...holding puppies fixes any poor mood)
Every day of 2011 I will do my best to do the following:
-Be kind to myself and my body (i.e. exercise, eating healthy, thinking positive thoughts about myself)
-Contact a friend
- Give/receive at least 1 hug (Because who doesn't love a good hug? Am I right, or am I right?)
- Do an activity that makes me happy.
- Attempt meditation for at least 20 minutes (attempt being the key word)
-Do something unexpected/unusual/spontaneous (something I didn't plan when I woke up) at the spur of the moment.
- Dance (I didn't really need to make this a goal...I do it every day already lol)
- Help someone out in some way shape or form
-Learn something new
This is just the beginning - I'm sure within the next month or so, I'll add 20 more goals. I've come to find that making challenging yet attainable goals for myself is not only good for my mental health, but my happiness, and all around well being.
Well...that's all from me - have a great day :D
Let us begin...
(1) KANYE WEST FEATURING RICK ROSS, JAY-Z, NICKI MINAJ & BON IVER – MONSTER
::For mature audiences only::
I feel the need to say that...because this shit is craaaazzzzyyyy!
The sound and quality of the video isn't great - but this is the only one Youtube will let viewers watch at the moment...
(2) DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – NEW YEAR
(3) THE SHINS – WE WILL BECOME SILHOUETTES
MORNING CALL COFFEE STAND/ CAFÉ – NEW ORLEANS
"Morning Call Coffee Stand, New Orleans’ “most famous coffee drinking place”, has been serving café au lait and beignets to generations of locals and visitors since 1870. Founded by Joseph Jurisich and operated by succeeding generations this venerable establishment is best described as “one of the world’s great coffee houses” and recognized nationwide in numerous publications and periodicals.
Appealing to an eclectic and colorful clientele, Morning Call offers a unique and traditional experience. The rich chicory coffee is brewed using the time tested “french drip method” which allows the coffee to build intensity and body. Whole milk is heated to a near boil then mixed with the coffee to form the quintessential café au lait.
The beignets, also referred to as “French market donuts” are hand rolled and cut before being plunged into hot oil. The result is a light, delicate treat that is liberally dusted with powdered sugar and is well-known as an irresistible New Orleans creation.
Originally located on Decatur Street in the world famous French Quarter, Morning Call, prospered for over 100 years before moving to its present location in the burgeoning parish of Jefferson, in 1974. Bon Appetite!"
(1) YEAR IN DIETING: DISTRACTION, NOISE CAUSE OVEREATING
"There seems to be no stopping America's expanding waistline, even though diets work when you stick with them. So researchers have a new focus — not what's going on in our bellies, but what's going on in our brains. Washington, D.C.'s Union Station is the perfect place to illustrate the argument. It's loud, bustling, and there's food in every direction.
George and Caree Scott are eating a 10 a.m. snack of coffee and pastries, which is actually a second breakfast. But who's counting? The cafe atmosphere is right, it's still the holidays (sort of) and, as traveler Shawn Beegah says, why not indulge? Everybody seems to be doing it. With a steaming cup of coffee in front of him as he watches the crowd, Beegah tears into a giant calzone-type creation with bacon, egg and cheese in a bread roll — with a few layers of sausage thrown in, too.
"Yeah, it's probably going to cut a couple years off my life. But it's really good, so I'm enjoying myself now," Beegah says. "You should get one, actually."
Beegah says he usually does not eat this way. At home he wouldn't think of loading up on triple portions of fatty foods for breakfast. But traveling, being on the go, it turns out Beegah's brain isn't processing food the same way as it would if he were having a quiet meal in his own kitchen. The sensory overload can really throw off judgment or inure us to the sensation of feeling full. Scientists are just beginning to understand how this disruption works."
Want to read more?
(2) 2011: THE YEAR OF THE VEGETABLE
Liking vegetables is not a given: Every food other than breast milk is an acquired taste. But children can easily learn to enjoy eating their greens. It's simply a matter of education and familiarity—as in "family." Children will happily eat squash, artichoke or broccoli, to the delight of the parents who taught them to do so. As for fruits, children can gobble them up, but like vegetables, they must be at the ready, at least as available as all the junky alternatives.
In our research at Atlee Burpee, we have found that kids who grow vegetables alongside their parents eat them regularly and with gusto. Peas, green beans and raw carrots—the very vegetables that kids are told to eat, their parents' admonishing fingers wagging—are particular favorites.
While not all American families have the benefit of a sun-filled backyard for a vegetable garden, companies like Burpee offer many vegetable seeds and plants that you can grow easily in containers. You can grow beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, which can be plucked from the stalk well into winter.”
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(1) BANGKOK UNIVERSITY CREATIVE CENTER
“Supermachine Studio in Bangkok, Thailand, is a group of four multitasking architects that team member Pitupong “ Jack” Chaowakul describes as “small office – big projects.” “We work like guerrilla designers, everyone does everything, constantly shifting,” he told TCH. Supermachine’s work in the Bangkok University Creative Center (BUCC) - about 600 square meters in total – includes a workshop, library, exhibition space, viewing room and office.
In the student workshop,
Supermachine enclosed the internet center in a space-ship like green pod that students can move around in the open space. Construction at BUCC is coming to a close and the facility will open shortly for students. Supermachine is currently working on the interiors for the university's student lounge facility. "