Have any of you been glued to the Olympics for the last couple of weeks? It’s consuming so much of what my friends and I have been talking about, but to be honest, I haven’t watched as much of it as I would’ve liked. 1. I’m obsessed with Chloe Kim and her father. And 2. Ice skating comes second to that. Other than that, I couldn’t tell you who won in each event or how many different events there were.
When I’m work and interviewing candidates, I typically ask them to me the last thing they learned. Then when they ask me that question back, I’m almost completely caught off guard. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of these Vox type videos, but also that Suchin Pak podcast on saving money. They are providing me with a lot of great material to share when people ask me what I’ve been learning! This one on how ice skaters choose their music featuring US Olympian Adam Rippon is so fascinating to me.
I’ve actually been wondering the same thing for several months now so when I came across this Vox video on Doobybrain it was almost like magic. We live in a world where technology is everywhere. Our phones can take the best images that we’ve ever seen (of course I’m over here still using what looks like an iPhone 4, but whatever) and yet there is still someone sketching these drawings in every courtroom. It’s a fascination for me to begin with because of several factors – the level of detail, speed, why, what it’s used for. It’s true though what Christine Cornell says in this video… the sketch do capture another kind of emotion that photographs don’t.
Today was a very productive blogging day. One reason why I love Sundays is because I’m always trying to look for content that teaches me something and I think it’s a good way to kick off the week. Sundays growing up for me were always homework days. It’s the day where I reset; I get back down to the grind and it gets me ready for the rest of the week. I also just believe that it’s fun to learn something new so that you can share it with your classmates or your colleagues Monday morning. (TBH Yow Yow! started that way anyways!)
I watched this video of Lauren Singer and learned from Vox that she has basically collected only 4 years of trash in this jar. Today, I threw out one full bag of trash and one bag of recycling and gave myself a pat on the back. Now I feel like a dummy because Lauren is kicking our butts! There are many things I wish I could improve in my life – one of which, is being more sustainable. The thing is, it isn’t that hard even if you do little things like not using plastic water bottles anymore, composting, bringing in your own reusable mug for your local barista every day. See? I can list off these things, but easier said than done or just… plain lazy. We may not be able to wake up tomorrow being a changed person right away, but we can take baby steps right? We just have to follow in the footsteps of Lauren Singer basically.
When a former colleague of mine told me that a coffee + a nap was more productive than having just one or the other, I didn’t believe her. In college, I was the queen of testing every hack I needed to in order to stay productive through the night when I was pulling all nighters and never once did I hear about this trick. However, since I was traveling so much this past fall and spending a lot of time on planes, I thought this might be a good time to actually test this out. Before a recent flight, I picked up a coffee at Starbucks like I always do, but this time I made sure that before we even took off, my eyes were closed and I was trying to unwind down to my sleep state. Instead of setting an alarm like this Vox video advises, I instead made sure my headphones weren’t in and that I awoke naturally to the sound of the flight attendants letting us know that we could now use our electronics. It’s not much time to take a nap, but it did the trick for a west coast to east coast flight and after that nap, I was awake the whole rest of the way and working from the air.
When you go to brunch on the weekend, are you more of a sweet or savory person? For me, I tend to lean savory. As much as I love seeing a cinnamon apple waffle or a berry french toast with whipped cream on a menu, I know that I can only handle a couple of bites. To be honest, while I have a sweet tooth, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of dessert so having it as a full meal is a bit overwhelming for me. This video by Vox which compares sweet breakfast items to actual desserts shouldn’t be all that surprising, but is still an interesting watch.
The girls and I at Mandi’s Galentine’s Brunch yesterday had this exact same conversation! Given that the wedding industry is a little bit crazy (though we love it!) we started to wonder if the prices would differ if we told vendors that we were just trying to throw a gathering as opposed to a wedding. We feel like when vendors hear the word “wedding” it’s their cue to jack up the prices and we were pretty much right! We also came to another conclusion that engaged couples are more likely to be fooled because they just don’t have anything else to compare it to. Also true, according to this Vox video.