Today is never going to end. I have accomplished so much today (so far) that I feel like 5:00pm will never arrive! Why 5:00pm? That is when I leave work…yes I am writing this at work. I’m currently enjoying my afternoon tea; today I am finished off my Earl Grey Rooibos tea (with a touch of St. Tikhon’s Honey). I have realized that I have way too much tea…I guess that means I have to drink more! 🙂

 

Fill in the Blank Friday! Courtesy of: thelittlethingswedo

Fill in the Blank Friday!

1.  The best piece of advice I was ever given was do what makes you happy and to hell with everyone else. I have no idea where it came from but it has been a little mantra of mine for years.

2.  If I had a million dollars to give to one charity I would give it to The Office of Young Adult Activities of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America! They have some pretty cool people running the show.www.ocayouth.org

3.  If I got to choose my “last meal” it would be a tasting menu from Buddakan! For the record I do want the duck and a double dessert of the chocolate bento box and the dip sum doughnuts! Check them out at www.buddakan.com.

4.  My hair is rather boring, just long and brown, that is it.

5.  If at first you don’t succeed figure out what the problem is and fix it! This may require a hammer!

6.  I have always been very ambitious; I have lofty goals for my life and I will do almost anything to achieve them. (and I usually do, much to the chagrin of my criticizers!)

7.  Oh….and by the way…. I managed to go to the tea shop last night and not buy anything! Talk about will power!!! (At one point I had a two 2ounce bags of tea in my hands and then I realized I have enough tea to last a year…so I put them back!)

It has been quite sometime since I have read a book where I have to force myself to slow down because I don’t want it to end. Vitebsky’s ethnography about the Eveny people of Siberia is a beautifully written tableau of native life before, during, and after the fall of Communism. Over the years he spent doing his research he traveled with several Reindeer herding camps, spent time in the village, spent time traveling with his new Eveny friends to and from England, and even went on a hunting trip during the deep freeze of winter. Each chapter presents the reader with little insights on everyday life as well as passing mentions of a life before the influence of the Russian people took hold in the region. As interesting as all of these things were I loved the people most of all. I loved the narrative passages between each person he meet with and their perspectives on life, religion and reindeer. It was a very rewarding read and I highly recommend this book!

 

The book is set up in relatively chronological time, but Vitebsky tends to include bits of information as he sees fit in his dialogue. Sometimes he will scratch the surface of an interesting concept and never finish the thought or come to any sort of conclusion. Regardless of my deep interest in the book, occasionally in a passage he would be discussing his time with Camp 7 and then suddenly refer to as similar instance at Camp 3 and go on for sometime before returning to the initial point. But I think I am being too picky and I really have no place to criticize his writing. Besides, this book is clearly for mass consumption as well as for educational usage.

Eveny Reindeer Herders

On a personal note, he mentions that the people practice Orthodoxy. I really wish he would have mentioned if there was a church in the local village or what the general Orthodox influence was with the people. He spends a lot of time talking about the Shamanic influences in their lives (regardless of the Communist attempt to stop it out, as well as Orthodoxy) but not their current belief systems.

I’m now reading Grave injustice; the American Indian Repatriation Movement and NAGPRA; by Kathleen S. Fine-Dare. I was hoping for a more fact based and unbiased book, but I should have known that would not be the case just by the title. I am, however, enjoying it so far. It’s a little outdated and I understand that at the time she wrote this, things were a little frustrating with regards to NAGPRA. I’m not too far into it, but we will have to see how it goes.

A good mail weekend!

March 24, 2010

Whew! I hope everyone has recovered from this weekend of MADNESS! I think I have shaken off the Round 1 and 2 hangover! I had a great weekend out in Harrisburg with Natalia, even if my brackets didn’t. I got home early on Sunday with a delightful mail surprise! I received Tanja’s package from Megan’s Stationary Swap (I’ll post pictures once I take them) and I am glad she has received my (and Mary’s) package as well. Also in the mail were the fantastic stamps I ordered. I love them and I can’t wait to use them! 🙂

My fantastic new stamps!

In other mail news I also got my letter from the Anthropology Department at Kent State and they have accepted me into the program!!! I do not however get funding, but I’ll live. All that matter is that I got into my first choice program and I will be doing something adventurous with my life! Who doesn’t LOVE archaeology?!?!

Middleborough Library

 

Fill in the Blank Friday! from thelittlethingswedo

1.  Today I am wearing Grey pants, a black t-shirt and cardigan, and some flashy jewelry.

2.  My favorite childhood food was Pierogies with butter and my favorite food now is Japanese Hibachi (Pretty much anything they cook!) and lately I have taken a fancy to duck.

3.  A day that I am too busy to have tea is a day that I am too busy.

4.  The last movie I saw was Beverly Hill Ninja and the next movie I want to see is Alice, which I just picked up on Sunday, but I will be watching nothing but Basketball for a while, so who knows when I will get around to watching it.

5.  My favorite smell is mint because it is refreshing and I love aromatherapy fragrances.

6.  A weird little quirk I have is I tend to have a very particular way of doing things. And by things I mean pretty much everything. I guess it’s just me being a little OCD, but I know what I like and I prefer to have things just that way.

7.  When I take personality quizzes they always say I’m an INTJ, every time and my favorite description of this is: INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be “slacking,” including superiors, will lose their respect — and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

I love Page 2

March 17, 2010

 

I wish this was my office… 😦