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Law of Opposites

The Law of Opposites is just a variation of the Law of Unintended Consequences. When we attempt to achieve a certain goal – like, “make the world safe for democracy,” a grandiose scheme of World War I – one can be sure the world will become less safe and less democratic regardless of the motivation. ~ Ron Paul

an excerpt from my journal entry 2-2-09:

if you hold yourself to certain expectations it actually prevents you from achieving them.  in the end you just have to know life can be a wonderful journey, and stop letting things from letting you experience it. 

my fear of failure prevents me from actually doing most things.  i guess i should be a “yes girl,” and to be honest i’ve d one much more since returning from omaha.  i visited mia madison in new york city, went out to dinner with friends a few times, visited prance kitten multiple times, went to dc.  and coming up is a cake competition with a friend, seeing prance kitten again while i’m up that way, pc alumni weekend and britney.  that’s a lot of activity for a girl that normally lives in a box. 

if you’re a shut-in nothing will ever happen, because opportunity doesn’t knock on your front door, you must seek it.  seriously i stopped taking voice lessons because of fear, i stopped taking dance lessons, and i picked a major to avoid being compared to family members that most certainly would have been a failure in comparison.  it seems like i really miss out on a lot…

February 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Obey the Speed Limit? Who Does That?

driving in omaha is completely different than driving in massachusetts.  people here actually respect the speed limit; they don’t take it as a mere suggestion.  when it’s 35 everyone drives 35, which drives me crazy.  in massachusetts you will not get a ticket for going 5 or 10 over, so 35 is never actually the case.  but here, it’s not even possible to test the limits. 

when you drive downtown they have the traffic lights set up so you have to slow down and approach the line before it will turn green.  this also causes me to stress.  and not to mention that you can’t turn left on dodge street ( which is the major street that is used like a highway in the city).  you have to make three rights instead to equal a left.  how annoying!  then there’s strange one way signs…its one way in one direction in the morning and then one way in the opposite direction in the afternoon.  either make the street big enough for two directions of traffic or make it one way in one direction all the time!

obviously, i’ve been holding this in for a while, and it’s starting to get to me.

September 20, 2008 at 11:57 am 1 comment

Living Out the College Dream

When Sophia and i decided to move to Omaha we figured on campus housing would be the easiest and best option.  It’s closest to campus, and comes furnishes.  By just searching for apartments online you never know what you’re going to get, all you see is the rent; which in omaha is less half the price of a similar place in Boston.  However, with an on campus apartment comes RAs.  I mean at 22 it’s not like i’m going to listen to them.  If you get a noise complaint: first time it’s a warning, second time you’re written up, and the third time is a $10 punishment…oh no $10?? 

With all the papers we got when we moved in we also got a list of activities for welcome week.  At first i didn’t want to go, i thought i would feel foolish being a lot older than everyone else there.  But then Sophia said to me, “Everyone wants to go back to college, and we can.”  It was then when i got inspired by DC Hero’s love for college bars.  Everyone wants to stay young and live out the college dream long after they’ve left, so i guess i should take advantage of this opportunity as long as i can.

August 18, 2008 at 10:06 am 2 comments

Closet Doors?

Moving into a new place poses many problems and opportunities.  In this case I got to get a new bed set, which is hard to convince my mom of getting when i see i like one every few months.  I got new shampoo; dove frizz therapy…with thick, wavy hair this is a must.  Also, an opportunity for a real job.  Not my dad’s assistant, finance intern, or hostess…instead a job at one of omaha’s many hospitals.  And with these great opportunities came a big problem: a closet without doors.

Who builds a closet and thinks, “you know this looks good as is, i’m too lazy to put in doors”?  I couldn’t deal with the thought of looking at my clothes everytime I lay in my bed.  Because each time you look at your clothes you get a little more sick of them.  Let’s face it, clothes have a shelf life; and I didn’t want to speed up this process.  This had to change.  So I got a curtain and hung it with a spring rod…problem solved.

August 16, 2008 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Omaha, Somewhere in Middle America

Well I’m here…Omaha, somewhere in middle america; and it was an interesting past few days leading up to today.

Two days ago while I was still at home packing and prepping for an adventure of a lifetime, my car left with some of my most “valuable” treasures inside.  My cousin, let’s call her sophia, and I made arrangements to send our cars.  With the price of fuel where it is, sending it is comparable to driving but is still more.  So she made a mental list of pros and cons of driving to omaha with her mom.  She realized that they would be arguing the entire ride because her mom, the godmother (as she will now be referred).  The godmother likes to drive in silence; radio, talking, and especially whistling are not allowed.  What a miserable and long ride.  So we called a company and scheduled a pick-up with a man named saba (this is where the story really gets interesting).

First the cars were to be picked up on monday, but no saba.  Then it was tuesday, no saba.  So finally we had enough of him, and wanted to protect ourselves.  We thought it was appropriate to ask for his full name, to which he replied, “why you wanna know? you no need to know.”  (for obvious hilarious reasons this has become the catch phrase for omaha…which has lead to it being posted on my facebook wall).  Eventually his driver showed and the cars were loaded.

My dad was there when they were loaded and was talking to the driver.  He asked him where he was from, the guy said, “Ukraine” (this is where you must use your imagination to make use of his accent that cannot be shown in type, just think U-Kkkkraine with that arabic like throat noise in the Kkkkr position).

So today, the cars pulled into NE and we are finally settled.  If this is the start of our adventure, I can’t wait for the rest of it to begin.

August 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

What Do You Know About Omaha?

Omaha here I come.  I got into grad. school, so I’ll be moving out to Nebraska sometime at the end of the summer.  I’m so excited, but I’ll be honest and say all I really know about the area is what I read on Wikipedia.  So if you know anything please leave a comment, especially if you know good bars or restaurants.

So the best part is I’ll be living with my cousin.  A few weeks ago we walked through stores like Pottery Barn together while we compiled a mental image of our “dream” apartment.  But of course, like most people our age, we can’t afford Pottery Barn, so we’ll have to do our best imitation.  I know how to find good deals, and ikea is great for basics, but are they any other stores or online chic places to shop?

So like I’ve said I’m very excited, but there’s still that small part of me that is scared.  The part of me that is always very vulnerable to change.  The good part is if I would have done this a year ago scared would have been terrified and the move never would have happened.  Lately I’ve seen myself open to new opportunities, and this is just another chance to accept that change.  So if you have any advice on moving to a new city it would be much appreciated.

April 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm 6 comments

Seinfeld Experiment Full Steam Ahead

 

Lately I’ve been really busy thinking about what I’m going to do next year.  And about three weeks ago my cousin put a bug in my ear to go out to Omaha with her.  She’s going out there for med school, and with lots of schools in the area I checked out programs I would be interested in.  So I found a few and applied.  Me in Omaha…how crazy is that?  It’s definitely way outside my comfort zone and far, far away from my parents. 

Whenever I tell friends or family about it the first thing they say is “I hope you like corn.”  But let’s be real, this is a time in my life when nothing is holding me to any location.  I have the freedom to go where ever I want and experience things like crazy fields of corn and the cute farmer boys who harvest it.  And I’ll be living with someone who is my opposite.  As my brother once put it, “she likes everything you hate.”  She would expose me to things I would never experience on my own.  And thankfully, she’s very social.  So it would be very easy for me to make new friends with her.  If I were left to make new friends on my own, it would be a disaster.  Luckily I do know the number one rule for making new friends when moving to a new area: never make friends with the first people you meet.  When you move to an area where most people are well established, they most likely have all the friends they want/need.  And when they don’t, this should be a red flag….there’s probably a reason why they don’t have many friends…but this is a huge topic that I will leave for someone else to expand on (dc hero wanna take this one?).

I’m so excited for this opportunity, but it’s not definite yet.  I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

March 24, 2008 at 6:54 pm 2 comments


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