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Scott Bakula, Productivity, Something That Rhymes With Bob, Goals, Or Why We May Go Crazy This Week…

By: Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

We are back! Like genital warts, you just can’t get rid of us! What have we been up to? I (Rachel) have been applying for a new rhymes with “bob”, watching shows about food and fantasizing about Scott Bakula. (What’s this Scott Bakula? You’ve brought me bacon flavored ice cream? My hero!). And I (Kiki) have been feverishly reading, watching TV, sleeping and eating my weight in popcorn (with lots of butter and parmesan cheese). I was, however, somewhat productive trip wise. I made an appointment to get our shots for the upcoming trip. We will have to drive about 4 hours to get to the clinic, but I guess that’s the price one pays to get inoculated against yellow fever and typhoid. Rachel is apprehensive about getting such shots, but I (Kiki) would rather get shot up with the vaccine than die that terrible death. I (Rachel) am apprehensive about getting several vaccinations at once, but I’ll suck it and just die a terrible death from vaccine reaction instead of a terrible death in Egypt. Is one death worse than another? I suppose it’s preference. For example, Kiki would much rather die by gunfire than drown.

It is also goal day!

Kiki:

What did I accomplish? Far more than I usually do, I am happy to report. I finished two books, though neither of them were trip relevant. However, I have started two trip relevant books, so that makes up for it, right? Right? I watched three movies, all of which I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve watched (Leap YearHead Over HeelsLook Who’s Talking). I also called the vaccine place and made an appointment. So, I guess I rocked this week! I have, however, panicked more than once and forgot to call about the visas.

New Goals:

1) Finish a fictional book and a book relevant to my trip 2) Watch a movie 3) Call the visa people 4) Not panic 5) Finish 1984

Rachel:

I did moderately well on my own goals. I read Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore and One Good Dog by Susan Wilson. No more sappy dog based fiction for me! I took some pictures for the blog. I’ll get them up tomorrow. I put up Haiku on the blog. I have been slacking a little on Kiora’s trick but she has had several good sessions last week. I applyed for two postions today. Hurray! It wasn’t one of my goals but I also watched one film this week: Inception. It was very good, I should have watched it sooner.

New Goals: 1) Read two more books 3) Watch one movie 4)Apply for 4 positions 5) Post lots of photos on the blog

Joint Goals:

We studied Arabic! Maybe not as much as we should have, but certainly more than we have in the past.

New Goals:

1) Study Arabic Rigorously

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An Apology, A Question, An Answer And A Heads Up…

By Kiki Keane

Boy! Left to my own devices (Rachel is away on a retreat), I have become even lazier than normal. Rachel is away one day and I fall down on my job. I decided that Journey 2The Golden Girls, a trip to the library and surfing the Web for adventure books was a far better use of my time than a blog post. Sorry.

Here’s my thought/question of the day:

Have you ever been slapped in the face by the words in a book? Did those words inspire you or push you to make you change your life, or at least part of your life?

I have. It happened last Friday. The book itself is nothing special. I wouldn’t have even picked it up if it wasn’t this months pick for my book club. Bloodland, by Alan Glynn (Limitless), is a suspense novel about an unemployed journalist who is writing a book about a dead celebrity, which leads him to some nefarious dealings of some powerful, shady people. It wasn’t so much the words that made me slap my head and say “Duh,” rather it was a scene. A man, Rundle, is anxious. He should be. Everything he has worked for could come crashing down around him at any moment. It turns out that the anxiety is from fear of losing control. I read that scene and I thought, “F**k!” My situation is nothing like Rundle’s. I’m not afraid of losing control or losing everything. The Duh/F**k moment was the realization that what I have been experiencing that last eight weeks is not nerves, but anxiety. And what I experienced last week was a full blown attack. I have never actually been sick before going to work. I have never dreaded walking out my door in the morning. I have never had to fake a smile. Until last week, that is. I thought I could handle it. I thought I could live through it. It was only for 23 weeks, after all. But I couldn’t. I started to hate people. Not, the people-can-be-so-annoying kind of hate, but the burning, rage-filled hate. And when Rachel became the optimistic one in the group, I knew something had to be done. So, I quit.

The good news is that I don’t hate people anymore. I trust them less, but I don’t hate them. Also, I’m back to being plain old nervous about not making enough money for my trip and falling flat on face, instead of nursing an ulcer. Bad news: back to the Want Ads.

Just an FYI: A new episode of Richard Engel’s Hidden Planet has been released on the Rock Center iPad app. It will be on the website next week. The current episode is about the Saqqara plateau, Egypt’s oldest pyramid complex. Good stuff!

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A Bookworm’s Celebration, Or Why I Am One Step Closer To The Poor House…

By Kiki Keane

I try not to blog about my job, but Friday was a good day. I graduated from training and am now moving into the transition stage! This is exciting because it means that in two weeks time, when I become a full fledged Trusted Advisor (what a crock!) I will be paid a dollar more when I work after 6pm and on weekends, I will be allowed to work overtime and get paid for it and I get paid a percentage (a very, very small percentage) on any sales I might make. I don’t usually care that much about money, but I need every cent I can get for this trip. The truth is that isn’t just a trip for me. If I’m successful I will have a new career and a new life!

Having said that, I have to admit that instead of saving all those pennies I made today, I spent them. Well, not all of them. Just half. I decided to celebrate and went on a late night trip to a bookstore. I walked out of the store with an armful of books and an Irish Creme Mocha. I purchased the following: Dark Safari by Paul Theroux, Scribbling the Cat by  Alexandra Fuller, I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallmann and The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin. I spot a theme…

Here’s the news I’ve been most interested in today:

1) George Clooney’s arrest

2) Soldier’s identity revealed and Karzai’s response to massacre and U.S. Troops’ response

3) Syria

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An “Old” Ladies Lament…

By Kiki Keane

One would think that a noon to 8:30 p.m. schedule would be doable. With it, one would still be able to workout, spend time with friends, keep up with the news and with one’s subscriptions and bedside table books. I mean look at all that time in the morning! Sadly, I have not been able to make that happen. I cannot, it seems, get out of bed before 10:15. I take this a sign of old age. I know, I know. Old people usually get up at the crack of dawn. Sleeping in is for the young! I know. But I have always been the opposite. I use to get up at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 10:30 p.m. Now, I can’t sleep before 1 a.m. and if I didn’t have to get up, I would sleep tell 2:00 p.m.

I write this by way of explanation for my lack of anything good to blog about at the moment. I promise, though, to rectify this. I am going to try REALLY hard to wake up early and do some reading at the very least. Well see how that works out.

But here are some things I have managed to read/watch/gather in last few days:

1) Richard Engel has a new series for iPad through the Rock Center app, called Hidden Planet. Engel is a reporter (a very, very good one) for NBC. This program, though, is focused on travel. My understanding is that the episodes focus on places and people that the average person doesn’t get to see or experience. This is the opening sequence. It was suppose to start tonight, but only the extras are up, it seems.

2) I am always, always going on about how the future will be a better place. By that, I mean better for me and people like me–introverts who like to be alone. According to an opinion piece I read in the New York Times, not only are more young people living alone, but more and more older people are choosing to live alone as well. Of course, this is mostly in developed and quickly developing countries–those where it is economically feasible for people to live on their own. I won’t bore you with the numbers. If you’re interested the piece can be found here.

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“It’s All Takin’ and No Givin’…”

By: Kiki Keane

I have just finished my first week of work in more than a year. This is both wonderful (money!) and awful (I now understand why Office Space is funny). If nothing else, the last week has taught me that I am not built for a 9 to 5 job. I am not meant to spend my days in a cubicle. I can not stand the thought of living such a predictable life.

Another thing I have learned is that parents are apparently unable to talk about anything other than their children when they are around other parents. Also, recently pregnant women can talk about nothing but pregnancy related issues when there is a pregnant women within hearing distance. I have nothing against parents and soon to be parents, just stop asking the childless-never-ever-ever-ever-gonna-have-kids-even-if-means-glueing-my-knees-together person why they are not contributing to the conversation. I think the answer is fairly obvious.

Well… it seems that this job has left me mostly brain-dead and with very little time to think about anything else. However, I have had a few minutes to catch up a bit on the Israeli-Iranian conflict or non-conflict. I won’t comment, but I found this clip interesting. It’s from NBC Nightly News and shows how average citizens from both countries (according to Richard Engel in Tel Aviv and Ali Arouzi in Tehran) are dealing with the escalating tensions.

 

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