The Arrow

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Archive for March, 2008

Great Laugh

Posted by thearrow on March 28, 2008

[For my Romanian readers.]

This post on Exarhu’s blog and the comments are absolutely hysterical. After another tough week, it was exactly what I needed. Now I feel like I can have another glass of wine and watch a movie. My absolute favorite was by pierpatrat but many of them are really funny. Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

For other almost-daily doses of great LOLs, read Oblia’s baba oarba section, where she comments on search terms through which people find her blog.

And, if you’re asking why the heck I’m writing in English if this is for Romanian readers, the answer is out of habit <insert grin here>.

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Most Intense Push-Ups

Posted by thearrow on March 28, 2008

Someone came across my blog by searching for this term. Great minds :). I was just planning on writing about that.

To take push-ups one notch up, do them with one leg up in the air.

For a greater challenge, put your feet up on a solid base about one-foot high (30 cm.). This will put even more weight on your upper body than a regular push-up and will work deeper muscles in your chest.

Another option is to put one of your arms up on a solid base about 6-in. high (15 cm.) and do sets of push-ups alternating the right and left arm up.

The hardest push-up for me is to put one arm on a medicine ball, which adds keeping your balance to an already-challenging exercise. Whenever you need to keep your balance, you’ll work way more muscles than you normally do.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Waterfall

Posted by thearrow on March 27, 2008

It’s Thursday night again… And, again, I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s less and less about work, and more and more about my future. I feel like I’m floating on a huge, calm river, which is moving with an irrepressible force, and that soon everything will disappear in a huge waterfall. Everything I’ve worked so hard at building in the past few years will be swallowed and turned to nothingness. I feel and enjoy the lull of floating comfortably on this mass of water while the clock is ticking in my head. I have that overwhelming sensation that no matter what I try, it’s not working. I can’t say I’m trying very hard, but I feel like I’m in a dream, when you want to scream and you can’t. The disaster just unfolds before your eyes, repeatedly, every waking minute, and you are overpowered by paralysis but also by some strange sense of relief. Or maybe it’s just being tired and resigned. Considering what I go through every day, I shouldn’t call that relief.

All joy has been sucked out of my life; easy comparison, but I feel like I’ve been kissed by a Dementor. (Don’t protest, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan :). I can still get excited about small wonders, like flowers and frogs, but otherwise my landscape is barren. There’s just me in it; I keep walking determinedly on a dry field, but with less conviction at every step. For brief periods of time I think, “this can’t go as wrong as I think,” or “something will work out in the end.” But truly, the most likely way things can go is the waterfall. I’m swinging between chasing the waterfall thought away in a desperate attempt to stay positive, and trying to start planning for the fall. Problem is, accepting that I’m going to eventually get to the waterfall is very hard. Burying my head in the sand is no solution, I know. But I’m afraid that the disaster scenario will come true if I accept it and start planning for it.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to truly enjoy life again.

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Frog Pics

Posted by thearrow on March 26, 2008

I still have to figure out some Photoshop- and Flickr-related stuff, for which, unfortunately, I won’t have time too soon. I really wanted to share these pics with you so I’m posting some of the best shots I took at the National Geographic exhibition last weekend. I’m fairly proud of them since I didn’t want to use the flash and I don’t have a tripod to compensate for low shutter speed. Plus, there were a zillion little kids around and they could come in and out of the frame at any time through their reflection in the glass of the frogs’ microhabitats. Then, the frogs weren’t much interested in posing, so I had to find good moments, good angles, be quick, AND make sure my hands were as still as possible.

Without further ado, I give you the cutest frog :). The weirdest thing is that it was in the exact same position I had seen it the week before ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonder if it ever left that spot. It’s a Chinese Gliding frog.

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The next huge favorite were the Dart Poison frogs. Forget the Komodo Dragon. These are the most poisonous creatures on earth! The toxins on one frog’s skin are enough to kill 10 people or 10,000 mice. Don’t know if you die just by touching one, but wouldn’t try ๐Ÿ™‚ At any rate, pretty unbelievable colors!

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Amaryllis in Bloom

Posted by thearrow on March 23, 2008

Here it is, in all its splendor.

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My Trainer

Posted by thearrow on March 22, 2008

I gave Susan, the instructor I’ve been raving about here, a printout of the NYT article about push-ups. I’m glad I brought it to her attention; she didn’t know about it. Then, at the spinning class on Thursday (yes, she teaches that, too) she said the article was great and that she was going to make copies for everyone in her class. And then she added: “We’re way ahead of the curve, sister!”

๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. – Amaryllisย  update later today. Now I’m going to take pics of frogs at the National Geographic.

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I Want a Female Boss :)

Posted by thearrow on March 20, 2008

I don’t know what’s up with guys, but I’ve always had a much better (read efficient) working relationship with women. I’m not a man hater, for sure; I have quite a few men colleagues whom I really like and appreciate. Too bad I don’t work for them :). Somehow, I’ve never had great communication with men supervisors. It never really mattered until I got to the States, where, for the most part, things weren’t clear. Women always picked up on my need for extra clarification and always offered the explanations I needed.

I’ve had three interviews for other jobs so far and the one I had with women was by far the best. Lots of context, nuances, details, and, in general, a concern to make things clear. And also a concern about how I feel, which is where men score very low in my book so far. Unfortunately, all this matters more here because I don’t have the support system I had at home, so I’m forced to try to find at work some of the emotional nourishment I need. Of course, the wrong place to look for that, realistically speaking, but I’d beg to differ that it should be like this.

You can tell it’s a Thursday, my lowest-energy day. Thank God Lost is starting in 3 minutes and I get to relax in my comfy dish chair with the cat in my lap and a glass of wine :).

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