February 26, 2007

Some Random and Not So Random Quotes

Как мало человеку надо для счастья и как много, чтобы это понять.

For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time. -Isabel Allende

Желание женщины закон, пока желание мужчины - женщина.

In her first passion woman loves her lover, In all the others all she loves is love. -George Gordon Lord Byron.

В жизни чаще всего приходится жалеть о своих правильных решениях. -Unknown

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

"You'll get used to the way he disappoints you and he will get used to the fact of how you hate when he disappoints you." -Julie Gruber

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.” -Erica Jong

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Feels like reckless driving when we're talking / it's fun while it lasts, and it's faster than walking / but no one's going to sympathize when we crash " - Ani DiFranco

"I hold you too long against me,/ then I stop counting the minutes as they slip/ by and I still have you/ ear pressed against mine, veins throbbing eternity against my burning skin./ You find the soft part of my cheek--the valley of bones you've been/ staring at all evening--and you press it against yours./ Tight. Tighter./ We're hugging good-night, we tell ourselves./ We're Friends./ You press my cheek against yours, clasp my head and press it further./ I can bring you inside me if I squeeze hard enough, you think./ I can melt you into me and hold you there forever./ Because I want to kiss you./ But I cannot kiss you./ So we hug too hard."-Shirley Zilberstein, "we hug too hard"

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."-Harold Whitman

Happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got -Garth Brooks

Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one. – Ivern Ball

We do not remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are, when you don't come home at night. -Margaret Mead

"I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you." -Roy Croft

I want someone to look into my eyes,
Peer beyond the mist,
Go further than the lens,
And gaze so steadily that I go blind. -Purvi Desai

"The present is painful,/ but at least it's comfortable/ Leaving is scary/ Even though happiness could be waiting." -Purvi Desai

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. -Charles F. Kettering

"I shout, but no one hears. I cry, but no one listens. I listen, but no one speaks. I question, but no one answers. You call; I follow. You cry; I help. I question, but you don't answer. I search, but you're not there. Still, I keep listening, hearing and hoping for someone to just understand." -Daniela Gallo

You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. -Paul Varjak "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

We are not the same person this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. -W. Somerset Maugham

Love makes time pass. Time makes love pass. -French Proverb

"Love is the delusion that one man differs from another" -Unknown

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

"Love isn't a feeling that sweeps you away...but a decision you make. It's also a lie two people tell each other, a myth they create together, because loving one person intensely, and being loved by them in return, makes the world a slightly less terrifying place. Love is also never perfect; no two people are perfect for each other, and every relationship has its shortcomings. To accept these things and still love someone is the path of the true idealist.... If all attaining love required was the search for the one person out there who was 'perfect' for you, then love would be easy -- particularly in the days of Internet search engines. As it is, real, lasting love is hard to find and hard to hold onto. But then, anything of value is, right?"-Dan Savage, "Savage Love"

Loneliness, insomnia, and change: the fear of these is even worse than the reality. -Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

February 23, 2007

I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260)
by Emily Dickinson

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one's name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

February 22, 2007


I haven't posted in a while as the corporate world is creeping up on me rather quickly with the long hours of inefficiency. For now enjoy this article from yesterday's paper.

February 14, 2007

Great Advertising

I absolutely loved this advertisement in today's paper for "commitment free" virgin mobile phone service (you really must read the fine print):

February 13, 2007

Happy Hallmark Day!

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." -William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream,1595

What I learned in business school -
"Romance is dead - it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece." -Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons
Why can't we get flowers on a random Tuesday?
A love poem on a random Wednesday?
And a day off on a random Friday?

February 11, 2007

"Everybody is free to wear sunscreen"

Driving last night, I remembered the lyrics of this song. Enjoy!

Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)
by Mary Schmich

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97... wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

February 7, 2007

Going Corporate

I finally did it! I left the construction firm where I was working for the last six years and joined a major accounting firm. Although, I feel as if I haven't left my old job yet I am becoming fully immersed in the world of accounting. My first two days of orientation and meeting people went rather well and today after an hour and a half lunch with my co-workers (company paid) I began working on my first project. Of course, I saved to the wrong directory, or rather a nonexistent directory and I had to do it all over again, but "you live, you learn."

To begin with, all I could say Real World is a lot different than what you learn in school. With my old job it was quiet the opposite, but working for an accounting firm, well the learning curve is not a curve it's a vertical. I saw an organizational chart today that was probably more complex and involved more areas of taxation than my full Master's program, but like I said, "you live, you learn."

I'm off to do some work related research...talk about logging in the hours and these aren't even billable. I'll try to post more, but please, pretty please give me some feedback!

February 3, 2007