Simbly Bored

It's me that's bored enough to blog. The posts are interesting enough.

Favorite Food Blog January 13, 2010

Filed under: Blogging — The Goddess @ 11:02 am

I love the pictures and recipes on this blog.


Search for an Opening Line

Filed under: PhD Dreams — The Goddess @ 12:05 am

I have a lot of ideas. Unfortunately, none are entirely suitable…

I always wonder why it’s called research when what we’re really trying to do is discover something new. Perhaps it’s called research because we can never find what we’re looking for the first time. Once we tweak the data, we find what we hoped to find. Therefore, research always works. Searching rarely does.

I am motivated to do research because I always misplace things and I’m re-searching for them.

I’m hoping that a PhD can help me postpone real life for a while…

I want to learn. I want to teach. And I want to make money doing them.

I believe I’m ready to pursue a PhD because I’ve already started to work on my procrastination skills.


No Problem! January 12, 2010

Filed under: Little Things — The Goddess @ 4:26 pm

Sacred Heart Convent School taught me that the accepted response when someone thanks you is to smile sweetly and say, “You’re welcome!” Judging by what I hear around me, I was taught wrong. The accepted response is, apparently, either “uh-huh” or “No problem!” Notice, both responses clearly imply that you are not welcome to ask the other person for another favour!

I’m guilty of this “No Problem” response too. It’s only recently that I realized I’ve picked up this habit and I’m now trying hard to lose it.

I guess politeness is built into the infrastructure of conversation and we don’t really think about saying “please” and “thank you” any more than we think about using the indicator when we turn. But I’ve been thinking that maybe it’s a good thing to use thank you’s a little more sparingly and be nicer to someone who thanks us than just dismiss the whole thing with a “no problem”.  What do you think?


Movie #3 January 10, 2010

Filed under: Movies of 2010 — The Goddess @ 4:37 pm

The Visitor.

Loved the movie. It’s hard to describe why I love it without giving away the plot. But the characters are so real and they do little things that you just know they would do. And at the end of the movie, you feel you know what each of them will go on to do without the need for a “10 years later” scene.


The Most Pointless Hobby of All January 8, 2010

Filed under: Life in Amreeka,Little Things,Randomness — The Goddess @ 11:07 am

My newest hobby is baking (yes Avu, laugh away). Given I’m on a new fitness program and The Hero has cavities, there seems to be no point.

I love the smell of cookies baking in the oven and watching butter and sugar cream to perfection. That a teaspoon of baking powder will always yield the same results is refreshing change from the uncertainties of a job hunt or applying for a PhD.

The warmth of the oven… Watching the batter rise (I keep peeking into the oven. Can’t leave the stuff alone)… The light crumbs… Ah Bliss!

Send me a self addressed bubble wrapped bag if you want the calories.


The PhD Dream January 7, 2010

Filed under: PhD Dreams — The Goddess @ 11:41 am

I’ve spent the better part of the last two months trying to write a Statement of Purpose for my PhD applications. I’m smart enough, I have a great GMAT score, a decent list of accomplishments, the support of several professors from grad school and the ability to finish anything I start in earnest. Yet, I find myself lost.

Why is it that it’s so easy to talk about the most mundane things on my blog but so difficult to describe the best things about me in an essay that will shape my career?


Back for Seconds January 6, 2010

Filed under: Movies of 2010,Workouts of 2010 — The Goddess @ 5:43 pm

Watched another movie – Shrek 3 (not worth wasting 1% of my annual movie quota on)

Went for a second workout with trainer. I never thought I could bench press 30 pounds for 40 reps the first time I attempted it. Determined to get in shape this year.

Need to get started on books and volunteering.

How’re y’all doing?