Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012

"I don't make resolutions.  I have goals."

If I write my goals on the interwebs, it means they are more likely to be achieved, right?

Right.

Okay, here we go:


  1. Exercise.  More than once.  How about a regular routine?  Let's aim for 2-3 days a week.  And include running and weights/yoga.  Be able to run the entire 8K Beat The Bridge in May.
  2. Eat healthier.  Let's put this Christmas crockpot to use.  Lots of fresh, natural food.  Homecooked meals ready when I get home.  Very excited.
  3. Be a hot bridesmaid in July (see goals 1 and 2).
  4. Review probability theory one chapter at at time.
  5. Read at least 20 books. Hush, you.  Yes you.  I know you're scoffing at that number.  It's a minimum.  I want it to be obtainable.  And then I can brag about beating it.  Cough * showoff * cough.
  6. Blog more.  Maybe this blog can act as a record of my attempts at these goals?


And hey, look!  I'm posting this before New Years.  No need to put procrastination down!

Highlights of Korea

The best parts of South Korea at Christmastime:

- Giant tree outside of the customer site
- Glee versions of Christmas songs played continuously on the radio
- Christmas lights
- Snow
- Korea barbecue
- Tofu soup
- International trip that only lasted 3 days

Thursday, December 1, 2011

You Simply Can't Go Wrong With The Traditional Fisch Schlapping Song

Finland Finland Finland, that's the country for me.

But not really.

I've thought about moving to Europe, and I could totally do it too!  Drive a compact car?  Check.  Watch British TV shows?  Check.  Navigate the London Underground?  Check.  Eat Swiss chocolate?  Check.  I could do this.

But maybe not.

So far, Finland has been nothing like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmBlUb2dcsk

It has, however, been somewhat cold.  It is currently hovering around freezing, which is about 20 degree Celsius (look at me, being all European with my temperature units) warmer than the same week last year.

It's also dark.  Dark when I go to the customer site at 8:30am.  Dark when we leave at 5pm.  The few glimpses I've seen out the windows suggest that it gets dark around 3pm.  Doesn't help with the jetlag.

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland.  That's only in land area.  The land area divided by population number doesn't even qualify it to be classified as a "city" by Euro standards.

Favorite Finnish Food (so far): Karjalanpiirakka, followed closely by a cream cheese Danish.

New favorite drink:  Coffee.  COFFEE.  Coffee with sugar!  Two sugars!  Woo energy!

Okay, time for bed.
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