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Enter the Fog God Neptune:

23 Dec

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Behold.

The majesty of a foggy day. Everything is elusive, unclear and soft. I can always rely on the enjoyment I derive from such days, a happy byproduct of severe fluctuations in temperature. Or whatever reason the scientists have come up with to explain fog; its presence is as mysterious as its effects.

Since I’m currently battling the negative externalities of nesting season, choosing to capture the beauty of the world around me proved an effective emotional pacifier. And yes, I know it’s the holidays. People who date each other want to do things like nap and other indoor activities. People who don’t date anyone also want to stay in and nap. And watch movies.

Or whatever.

And it’s not like I hate inside time, I just mostly dislike it because it’s usually not as awesome as outside time.

Spending too much time indoors makes me feel like a wild animal. I already spend tons of time indoors at work all day. I have a need to be expressive. Outside. Also, I got snow boots this year, which has really revolutionized my outdoor winter experience. Maybe the people of Boston need to prioritize getting winter boots and an appropriate winter puffy jacket?

Anyway look at more photos of cool buildings. I’ve been taking lots of pictures of my environment lately. How can you not when the world is so beautiful? Plus taking pictures and walking around aimlessly is a great distraction from…

NESTING SEASON.

I’ll get over it eventually.

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Dam Dam Dam Dam Da-Da Da-Da Da Dam.

19 Nov

Feelings can sometimes be so overpowering, they are stronger than my greater self. In the grand words of Einsein:

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…

With that said, I am considering a trip to Amsterdam. This isn’t to fulfil some long withstanding dream of legal sedation. I just think its adorable.

I suppose I can blame Slate for this, an article by Jessica Olien painted a lovely picture of Dutch women:

The Dutch women around me take a lackadaisical approach to their careers. They work half days, meet their friends for coffee at 2 p.m., and pity their male colleagues who are stuck in the office all day…Less than 4 percent of women wish they had more working hours or increased responsibility in the workplace, and most refuse extended hours even when the opportunity for advancement arises.

Okay! If I didn’t live in the U.S., I wouldn’t work very much either! Why would I if my friends were all waiting for me at the cafe? I wouldn’t need to write this blog if I could talk about the things I wanted to at the same time every day! I’ve only been part of the 9-5 labor force for about a year now and I have to say, I don’t necessarily like where this is going. I’ve already gotten two raises. Got a bigger desk and more responsibility, but I see that my propensity for contentment is decreasing as my income and material compensation increase.

It’s hard not to wonder: Have we gotten it all wrong? In the United States, the race for equality has gone mostly in one direction. Women want to shatter the glass ceiling, reach the top spots in the hierarchy, and earn the same respect and salaries as men do. But perhaps this situation is setting us up for a world in which none of us is having any fun. After all, studies of female happiness in the U.S. find that even as our options have increased and we have become financially more independent than in any previous time in our history, American women as a whole are not getting any happier. If anything, the studies show that we are emotionally less well-off than we were before. Wasn’t the whole point of the fight for equality in the workplace to improve our wellbeing?

Going to an all girls school has beaten any inclination to protect women’s rights RIGHT out of me. You would think it should do the opposite…

Anyway, the Netherlands is where its at.

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