Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On My Desk Right Now, 7.22.14

A semi-regular feature where I share what is catching my attention.

1.  Throw Out 100 Things Challenge
Ooh, this sounds right up my alley.  Jess gives seven tips for "exfoliation."
Going through our stuff and identifying what we don’t need, use, or love is a lot like giving our home a facial.Plus, regular exfoliations control clutter and highlight what we don’t want to acquire in the future.

I've always been a big believer in sleep.  These studies confirm what we already suspect, but I was surprised to learn that even slight sleep deprivation can affect relationship satisfaction and a full moon actually does result in a poorer night's sleep.  Bottom line?  Sleep matters--big time.  
Constraints can narrow a boundless sea of possibilities to a manageable pool.  Writer Rajesh Setty finds that even Twitter has its merits.
I resisted using Twitter for a long time, thinking it was a total waste of time. I even told several of my friends that they were wasting time on Twitter.
“After all, what can you really say in 140 characters?” was my explanation.
In one such conversation, my classmate Navin Nagiah (currently the CEO of DNN Software) asked me a question back: “Raj, is it that Twitter is a waste of time or that you don’t have what it takes to make the most of what the platform provides?”
4.   Low-fuss shopping strategies for men who hate the mall.
Enough said.

5.  What No One Ever Told You About Work-Life Balance
I've said before, balance is overrated.  This article expresses a similar sentiment: achieving balance doesn't  always produce the results for which we hoped.  
Balance isn’t easy, fast, or always fun. It requires constant movement, constant attention.
That’s why it can feel like we’re not truly balanced even when we are. Sometimes when we’re doing exactly what is required to keep our balance, we feel the most unbalanced. That’s only because we've misunderstood balance and expect it to do something for our lives that it can’t.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In My Recipe Box: The Summer Soups Edition

This week has been a bit cooler here in DC, so warm soups weren't unappealing.  We needed to figure out a way to use up all of our CSA goods!

Lunches and snacks

  • Dan's favorite snack mix
    • I've perfected snack mix because it's Dan's favorite.  One of these days, I should type up the recipe, but that would mean I would have to measure.
  • Lentils with artichokes and figs
  • Kale chips from the Choosing Raw Cookbook



Sunday, July 13, 2014

On My Desk Right Now

1.  12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans
I'm giving away the punch line, but nonetheless, the article is worth a read.
If you only remember two words from this whole article, let them be: “Stretch” and “Observe.”Stretch:  As in… stretch yourself.  Always push yourself to the edge of your ability, so you can expand it and grow.Observe:  As in… observe your mentors and those who are more skilled than you, so you can take notes and emulate them.
This reminds of a Times article from not too long ago.  Can we expect marriage to provide everything?  As my question probably suggests, I don't believe so (and I would consider myself someone in a happy--but not a perfect--marriage).
We believe we seek happiness in love, but it’s not quite as simple. What at times it seems we actually seek is familiarity – which may well complicate any plans we might have for happiness.We recreate in adult relationships some of the feelings we knew in childhood. It was as children that we first came to know and understand what love meant. But unfortunately, the lessons we picked up may not have been straightforward. The love we knew as children may have come entwined with other, less pleasant dynamics: being controlled, feeling humiliated, being abandoned, never communicating, in short: suffering.As adults, we may then reject certain healthy candidates whom we encounter, not because they are wrong, but precisely because they are too well-balanced (too mature, too understanding, too reliable), and this rightness feels unfamiliar and alien, almost oppressive. We head instead to candidates whom our unconscious is drawn to, not because they will please us, but because they will frustrate us in familiar ways.We marry the wrong people because the right ones feel wrong – undeserved; because we have no experience of health, because we don’t ultimately associate being loved with feeling satisfied [emphasis my own].
3.  The tragic side of tech: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception. Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website. 
4.  When reading becomes an escape mechanism
These words hit home for me.  Introverts beware.
But sometimes I'd rather read about someone's life, instead of engage with my own. When I realize I am hiding, I have a simple choice: I can keep piling on the books or I can reconnect with my community.
5.  The tension between savoring beauty and real life
Tsh Oxenreider speaks on why she and her family are traveling the world for an entire year--and why they won't spend the whole time feeling guilty about it.
It’s hard to live in that tension, the one where you want to dive deep into beauty, but where you also want your actions to matter.