August 29, 2005

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Voicemail

Figuring out voicemail for the first time. It’s so nice hearing
people’s voices… I’m really glad my phone is a great speakerphone!

30-day challenges: Touch three times

After having successfully become an early riser, J Wynia has set a new challenge for the next 30 days: read 100 pages a day.

I don’t have much of a print backlog because I read quickly and
regularly, so I’ll set myself a different challenge: to touch three
people. I will initiate three messages a day.

It’s too easy for me to fall into the habit of just reacting to
whatever mail I get, writing only when I receive a note (and sometimes
not even then). I want to change that. I want to proactively reach
out.

I’m learning that I don’t have to rush through my schoolwork or my
research, and that the time I take to enjoy people’s company will be
worth far more in the end.

I need pictures

After flipping through all of my digital pictures, I’ve realized that
I don’t have a good head shot. My nicest pictures are the ones my dad
took of me and my wearable computer. I can use that for tech, I guess,
but I need more pictures.

Hmmm.

The joy of paper

There is something inexpressibly elegant about fine cream cards and
gold-lined envelopes, and it was with great delight that I found my
favorite monogrammed cards at Sears. One of my ninangs introduced me
to Crane and Company‘s elegant gold-embossed cards by way of a gift
for my 21st birthday, and I have been in love with them ever since.

I sifted through racks of stationery at bookstores and convenience
stores to pick several more for my collection. Four
blue-and-green-tinged sheets shaped like leaves are perfect for
writing about fall. Cream stationery with classic gold-embossed angels
are just right for writing to the people who have done extremely
wonderful things. A card with a quotation about eloquence captures my
sentiment after the Toastmasters convention, and a birthday card
featuring an annoyed cat reminded me so much of Neko that I can hardly
wait to send it to my mom for her birthday.

With the awesome collection of gel pens my mom gave me, I can match
each card to just the right color of ink. I want to buy a colored-ink
set for glass or fountain pens, having discovered the joy of glass pens through fellow enthusiast Charo Nuguid.
With the right pens and cards, writing thank-you notes becomes such a pleasure.

Mom’s trip

Mom’s on her way to Toronto! =) She’ll be here from August 31 (AC 272, 16:40) to September 14 (AC 364, 16:35). Yay! Yay! Yay!

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