Mail and procrastination

My good friend Alba is going through a tough time so I decided to mail her a care package. My parents were in town last weekend, so we went shopping for the care package goodies. Dad brought the package back home to FL to mail so I didn’t have to deal with the post office during the holiday season.

I just checked on the package status and it made me inordinately happy to see its path from FL to CH. It boggles my mind how interconnected our world has become. At a higher level, I know that globalization has connected the world both in space and time. But seeing the path of the package somehow makes that more real.

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Also, I’m majorly procrastinating for next week’s exam. There’s so much to learn and I am paralyzed by the amount I need to memorize.

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Bucket list: run a marathon

Crossed off a bucket list item just three days into the new year: run a marathon! It was my first (and maybe last) marathon. In short: I definitely wasn’t prepared for it, but somehow I finished.

I signed up for the marathon on a whim sometime last November. I had been running about 30 miles a week at the time. After I signed up, I maintained that mileage rather than increasing it (big mistake). Winter vacation came and went during which I did very little serious running. Then, all of a sudden, it was the new year. Excuses aside, I registered for it so I was going to run it.

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Noise pollution

Sometime last week, I had a realization that my surroundings are loud. I can’t remember what triggered this realization, but all of a sudden, everything seemed so loud. The subway was loud, the cars were loud, peoples’ conversations were just plain loud. I thought my perception of noise would shift back to normal the following day, but it didn’t, so I bought some earplugs. The first time I wore them I was walking from the metro stop back to my apartment (10 min uphill walk). Two thoughts popped up:

(1) Sweet, sweet silence!

(2) Wow, is that really my breathing? Is this what fetuses hear?

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Why we need to slow down our lives

I know it seems ironic that I’m posting this through the internet, but I want to help spread Pico Iyer’s message! Also, check out one of my favorite essays, also written by Pico Iyer (http://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/where-silence-is-sacred-chapels.aspx?PageId=1) which I previously blogged about (https://breathsperminute.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/travel-updates/).

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As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity; that’s why wise souls from every tradition have spoken of it. “All the unhappiness of men,” the seventeenth-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted, “arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.” After Admiral Richard E. Byrd spent nearly five months alone in a shack in the Antarctic, in temperatures that sank to 70 degrees below zero, he emerged convinced that “Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.” Or, as they sometimes say around Kyoto, “Don’t just do something. Sit…

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Blessed Semester

Wow, a semester passes by so quickly!

Some highlights from the semester (most were fun…some were not as fun in-the-moment, but generated good memories):

Climbing the chapel with Ang.
Climbing the chapel with Ang
Smile for the camera
Smiling for the camera
Moving into the CIEMAS conference room
Moving into the CIEMAS conference room
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Celebrating the end of 504
Building the Zephy
Building the Zephy
The entire Zephy experience
The entire Zephy experience
Trying a lot of the durham eateries
Trying many Durham eateries
Getting to the roof of Kilgo
Getting to the roof of Kilgo
Duke!
Duke!

It’s interesting how friendships can change so drastically in several months. I’m so blessed to have gotten to know Daria so much better this semester. Here’s to the semester of learning how to stress less, learning to live in the present, and building/coding cool things! Looking forward to playing with the LilyPad over break!