Saturday, December 08, 2007

Seven Facts Meme

I'm procrastinating studying for my finals. Can you tell?

I've apparently been tagged for a meme. It's been a long while since that has happened since my participation in the blog community has been even more sparse than my actual blogging. I've been looking for inspirations to post (also, see above), so let's play.

The meme is seven facts most people don't know about me. I'm not sure how to interpret "most people". For instance, most people I've meant since college or who haven't read my blog don't know about Kathra. And most of my friends don't know why, for several weeks if not months, at least one person at work really thought my name was Queen. But for this exercise, I think I'll try to stick to the mundane things I haven't deigned to mention in conversation lately or on my blog at all.

1. The only organized team sport I ever played as a kid was soccer.
2. My favorite part of Girl Scout camp was usually putting on campfire skits.
3. The very first story I remember writing (from second grade, I think) was essentially a one-page piece of Mary Sue Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction.
4. My first poem was titled "Be Yourself or Be an Elf" and was written for a third grade talent show while I was walking to gym class.
5. I started taking college classes when I was fourteen.
6. I want to be a voice actor (but I'm not quitting my day job).
7. My first word was "clock".

Okay, that's done. Now. Who should I annoy by tagging next?

Jesse (if he ever blogs again).
Hmmm. I have been away from the blogosphere too long. Maybe I'll fill my quota of seven tags later. I really should be studying.


You'll Learn

More and more lately, I keep hearing the phrase "you'll learn." It's the tone and phrase that people who've been around a while use on young people who are making the same mistakes they made when they were young. But the personality traits people seem to think I'll unlearn I still see present in my father. These are the good personality traits that I'd like to keep around awhile. I'm perfectly capable of being as cynical as the next person, but I try to let my cynicism drive me rather than hold me back. So here's some fodder for Scott Adams and the demotivator guys. Lessons I refuse to learn:

- Hard work is not rewarded nor appreciated, so don’t try it.

- Ditto for loyalty.

- If management doesn’t care, neither should you.

- Never give any more than is asked of you.

- Aim lower. You’re less likely to fail.

- Don’t volunteer. That never ends well.

Phrases to inspire me:

- Success is moving from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

- Lead, follow, or get out of my way.

- It's easier to achieve something if you don't know it's impossible.

- When faced without a challenge, make one.

- Patience is a virtue but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.

- Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Random Thoughts and Goodies

I'm highly caffeinated and haven't posted in a while. This should be fun.

Am I allowed to charge for the extra hour I spent at work because security locked me out of my office and then couldn't find my office to let me back in?

I wonder what's happening in that big black room in Alabama.

If you are ever in a position to take over the world, save the world, or both, you should go here to make sure you don't repeat the mistakes of others before you.

Tim Burton's new movie both intrigues and repulses me. It seems like it could be disturbing, hilarious, incredibly bad, or some combination of the three. I-I want to look away, but I can't.

People! It's snow, not nuclear fall out. Just slow down and chill out.

I want my voice back. I'm tired of sounding like a certain Law & Order A.D.A. At least I'm no longer alternating between the Chipmunks and Barry White. Also, my budding career as a ninja will have to be put on hold until this blasted cough goes away. My coworkers can tell when I'm on the same floor as them.

Less than a week until finals. It's going to be okay.