Thursday, April 19, 2012

Awards, accolades and plaque

19. 04. 2012
my new toothbrush
We've become a society of superlatives: everything is wrapped in neat shiny packages where something as mundane as a waitress serving tables at the local diner becomes a highly skilled professional capable of maintaining customer satisfaction while simultaneously organizing and managing food preparation process i.e. grilling sandwich in a toaster while pouring coffee?!

These days people don't miss any opportunities to brag about their accomplishments, special skills and achievements.

Today I went to get my teeth cleaned. Quite an unusual experience. The dentist went on and on how great my teeth were and how rare it was to see such even distribution of roots or something and no cavities especially counting in the fact that I hadn't seen a dentist in over a decade. But that's a whole different story. It took me ten minutes to realize this person wasn't exaggerating or trying to soothe my ego but he was genuinely astounded..
Should I be flattered by the fact that my teeth are perfect? I'd say that's pretty silly, because I had absolutely zero influence on the matter, I have only my parents to thank for good genes.

Tomorrow I will be attending a formal ceremony at my former Law school where I'll be awarded with a special plaque for an outstanding thesis. Yet another excellent opportunity for bragging. While I do understand that this is an immense honor and I'm certainly feeling proud and elated. On the other hand telling people about it has been difficult: no matter how I approach the subject it feels like bragging.

How do you feel about talking about your accomplishments?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today I covet...

Moped by Mohop

It would seem I always covet either shoes or bags which is starting to remind of the film In her shoes, where the lead character buys shoes to deal with issues of insecurity, low body image and loneliness.
What is it about shoes? I confess I haven't figured out the right amount of shoe boxes in my closet, I always seem to lack a certain type of footwear on the other hand I've got too many pretty shoes meant for special occasions only.
These vegan flat sandals by Mohop are something that's definitely lacking in my closet, I need one pair of flat sandals for the coming summer season.

Do you have too many or too little pairs of shoes in your closet?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bits of wisdom

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'm so tired of being constantly afraid, I simply ran out of energy to be afraid. And the funniest thing about it is that in every which way I look at it, I'm better off than I was 6 months ago. When I analyze the things I'm afraid of it all comes down to the things I read in the newspapers, about people being laid off, how terrible it is in Greece and all over Europe...
But in reality? I have a job, so does Mr. C. We're both busy with our other projects: DIY, volunteer work, spending time with family and friends.
So really, what am I so afraid of? Enough already.
(I'm cancelling all of my newspaper subscriptions.)

What are you afraid of? Does the widespread panic propagated by the media affect you?