Archive | July, 2012
31 Jul

I’m a gold medal winner in The Floor is Lava. 🙂

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is My Hero

31 Jul

For those of you who have not been graced with his epicness, let me give you a little background:

Neil deGrasse Tyson (  /ˈnəl dəˈɡræs ˈtsən/ born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportReal Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. It was announced on August 5, 2011, that Tyson will be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan‘s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series.

Thanks, Wikipedia. In short, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most badass mofo who studies one of the nerdiest topics: astrophysics and outer space. Fortunately, I have been able to see NdGT speak in person. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I saw him speak that I found out who he was and understood how fantastic he is. He told us “The geek shall inherit the Earth.” Look out, world.

At the risk of sounding like a Gen-Yer, I follow him on Twitter. He has some of the wittiest comments, questions, and quips – on both science and general topics – I have ever heard.

One of the reasons I think he is just the “cat’s pajamas” is his stance on scientific literacy. He has dedicated his career to explaining science to people who would otherwise have an aversion to it. He makes science cool. I loved studying science in school, but it wasn’t considered “hip”. I took physics as a junior in high school and was convinced that I wanted to study physics in college. I got some weird looks when I told people. I since changed my path, but I digress.

One of the best sound bite montages of his thoughts and ideas on the NASA space program is the YouTube clip entitled “We Stopped Dreaming”.

You can really feel his fervor for enriching the minds and imaginations of young people. He really believes in science and engineering as a viable option for our future (and you know what? – I agree with him whole-heartedly).

You can tell how passionate he is about his work. I can only hope to be ½ as excited about the work I do as an adult as he is.

Words of the Week – Starting Over

30 Jul

I’ll be moving to Buffalo in 3 weeks and I start my new grad  program in 4 weeks from today. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared out of my freakin’ mind.

I like to challenge myself to try new things so as to not be complacent with my current situation. I’m a creature of habit and I know that as soon as I get into a pattern and routine, it’s hard for me to change. Some things are fun or easy to change – especially when they need to (e.g. moving out of a bad apartment, breaking up with someone who was terrible to you, going on vacation, trying a new food, going on a fun adventure).

I’m comfortable here in Ohio. I love the people I’m with, the work that I’m doing, the area in which I live, etc. However, I have to start all over again in a month. I’m moving to Buffalo – a large city that doesn’t quite reflect my personality. I’ve considered taking a year off of grad school and just working – trying out the whole corporate office thing for just a year. That could work, right?

Last week, I debated this thought. I bought the largest lollipop I could find (random, I know – but it was cotton candy flavored and seemed like a fantastic idea at the time) and drove around the Central Ohio countryside until that lollipop was gone. I just drove and thought, drove and thought. No. I’m not really cut out for the corporate world, unless it’s on the other side: helping companies to become better, studying their people and processes, teaching others how business and psychology ideas and principles are applied in the real world. To be honest, it was shocking how strongly I felt about this. I knew this was my original plan, but to confirm it in my mind, on my own, was really rewarding.  I’ve gone through several “I want to be X when I grow up” conversations, and this is the first one that has stuck with me for longer than a year.

Yes, I’m sad to be leaving Ohio – but I’m not leaving forever. I’m not being banished to a far away land for the rest of my life. They make planes, trains, and cars for a reason. I think I have it confused in my mind that when I say goodbye to something, it’s goodbye for good. In reality, it’s actually just “see you later”. I know that I’m going to come back and live in the Midwest after I graduate (pretty much *anywhere* in the Midwest – it’s flippin’ awesome here). It’ll be 4 years, but in relation to other things I’ve done, 4 years is nothing. I’ve already spent 6 years in college and grad school, waited a stupid amount of time to learn how to ride a bike, waited 3 years to see my mom finally get back on “the wagon” – I think I’ve gotten pretty good at this “delayed gratification” thing.

I found the above quote when I was searching for a neat Words of the Week post. It’s totally right – those are 3 viable options, but not for me. I don’t give up. Ever. Sure, I get frustrated with a lot of things, but if I can’t change it, then I get over it pretty quickly. However, if I’m given the chance to change something or fight for something (or someone), you better believe I’m going to. I give it all I’ve got.

When I move to Buffalo, I’m going to give it all I’ve got.

Naps Are The Best

27 Jul

I love taking naps. Whether it’s because I’m physically exhausted, or because I’m bored – taking a nap is fabulous. Sometimes, when I need to make a big decision or need to recharge before completing a large task, I’ll “take a twenty” and bust out some z’s. I always feel better when I wake up.

I’m a pretty emotional person sometimes. I get caught up in how I feel before I analyze the implications of my actions. For you MBTI enthusiasts, I’m more of an “F” than a “T”. Because I have this knowledge about myself (thanks psychometrics!), I know that – in high-stress situations – I don’t always digest the facts before I decide to act. I once got a really terrible haircut after a guy broke up with me. Bad news bears. In order to counteract my inner urge to make quick decisions, sometimes I will nap it out. I have taken naps before deciding on grad schools, internships, romantic interests, large work projects (not at work, but after work), research proposals, and a myriad other things.

Besides their use in decision-making, naps are great when you’re not feeling well. For instance, I once took an unplanned nap while I had mono. I didn’t necessarily wake up feeling refreshed, but I did wind up with a great story. I had mono my sophomore year of college. It sucked – hard. After gathering my sheets, taking them to the basement to wash them, and subsequently climbing those 3 flights of stairs back up to my room (we didn’t have an elevator), I proceeded to put my freshly-washed sheets back on my bed. My bed was in a corner and I had successfully tucked 3 corners of my fitted sheet before tucking the one wedged in the corner. I remember crawling onto my bed to tuck in the last corner, and woke up 2 hours later. Yes – I had napped out while putting my bed sheets on.

Here’s the one peeve I have with naps: people associate them with cats. “Oh, I’m just going to take a little cat nap.” No you are not, sir/ma’am. Let’s leave cats out of this. I don’t want them to have anything to do with my blissful slumber. Some cats are nice and all (I guess), but not for naps. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a dog person.

It’s Friday, I’m sleepy, and I spent a good chunk of yesterday at the zoo. It was freakin’ awesome. I know I said that I would post my photos today (I will Monday – I promise!), but for now I think I’m going to take a nap instead. 🙂

Throwback Thursday: “Hey Ya” by The Blanks (opb Outkast)

26 Jul

It’s a very special Throwback Thursday, ladies and gentlemen. Time for a bitchin’ cover! It doesn’t seem like this song is that old, but according to Wikipedia, this song is almost 1 decade old (that sounds more fancy than 9 years…).

This song is awesome for a few reasons:

  1. I *love* re-invented songs. Sure, you can’t beat the original for a lot of the classics, but as we saw last week, you can always mix it up and keep it fresh. After being in an a cappella group for 4 years, I have heard my fair share of different artistic takes on some of the best songs. If you’re feeling sassy, check out NYU’s N’Harmonics performing Radiohead’s “High and Dry” and the UCLA Scattertones performing Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl”. They are both f*cking phenomenal.
  2. Did you watch Scrubs? Of course you did. This song appeared in the episode when Janitor and Lady get married. As soon as I recognized what the song was, I was instantly hooked. This song makes me feel nostalgic – a time when I could be a wild, crazy, care-free adolescent. I feel like I watched Scrubs all the freakin’ time in college. Wanna procrastinate writing a lab report? Let’s just watch Scrubs. Hungover? We’re attempting to eat a plain bagel, drink some water, and watching Scrubs. Just break up with Jerky McJerkerson? We’re getting a pint of ice cream, a tube of cookie dough, and watching Scrubs [and also Erin Brockovich]. Just got done hotboxing in a car? You bet your sweet ass we’re watching Scrubs.
  3. You know you wanna “shake it like a Polaroid picture”. This was arguably the best part of the song. Every time the original song cam on the radio, I would dance to it like I was in the music video. I didn’t care that I looked like a raving lunatic in the car, in the grocery store, at a junior high / high school dance, etc.

So, my friends, enjoy “shaking it like a Polaroid picture” and have a freakin’ fabulous Thursday 🙂

“Actually, the reason I look like this is because my father was from Sweden and my mother was Elton John.” / Zoovenirs

25 Jul

That’s right, peeps. I’m going to see Jim Gaffigan tonight at the Ohio State Fair!! I so effin’ excited, I might dance in my cubicle! Well, maybe not – that might draw attention to the fact that I’m blogging during work… but you get the idea.

For those of you who don’t know who Jim Gaffigan is, let me tell you a couple of things: 1.) The year is 2012. 2.) You might want to see a chiropractor after living under that rock for so long. But really, he’s hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted his stuff with my friends, my mom, and even my boss. Yes, my boss has *texted* me about hot pockets!

I’ve been able to do so many fantastic things while in CBus and this is just another bitchin’ thing to add to my list. And TOMORROW! Holy mother of blog – tomorrow is going to be awesome. Not only because I have a great Throwback Thursday lined up, but because I’m going to the motherfreakin’ ZOO tomorrow!!! I’ll give you a sweet recap on Friday.

“But Beezy, you’re going to be 24 and you *want* to go to the zoo?” You’re GD right I do.

  • First, it’s a zoo – and zoos have owls, giraffes, pandas, and a crapton of my other favorite animals. The only thing that would make it even more epic would be if there was a puppy-petting area. All my dreams.
  • Second, I get paid to go to the zoo. It’s a business-sponsored co-op event that most of the other interns are going to. We have to do a team-building exercise (which might be fun? – I’m not sure what it is yet), but after that, we’re free to roam about.
  • Third, I am going to Instagram the sh*t out of that zoo.

Mid-Week Music Moment: “45” by The Gaslight Anthem

25 Jul
“But ‘better sense’ says…
‘Hey hey, turn the record over.
Hey hey, and I’ll see you on the flip side’.”

Another Wednesday, another bumpin’ MWMM post. This is such a great summer-y song. I think I like this song so much because I’m a sucker for great drumming skills or anything with a sweet, sweet beat. It’s also a reminder that you need to get over the b.s. that may have inundated your life.

Who remembers Story of the Year? Anyone? You, in the back? Well, I remember my sister and I diggin’ on them pretty hard. “45” is a *much* better song (I can’t emphasize this enough!), but the message and chord progression are similar to the awesomely angsty band we used to listen to. It reminds me of dancing around (or not dancing, when we were emo-kids) with my sister, thinking that my problems were soooo important. Oh, young Beezy. How much you’ve grown since then and “turn[ed] the record over.”

 

Enjoy!

Human Juice Box / Tattoosday

24 Jul

Even Michael Scott donates

Yep – I donated blood today. This will mark the 3rd state in which I’ve donated a pint of my AB+ goodness (or BZ+, depending on your sense of humor 🙂 ). It sucks that the Red Cross donations don’t coordinate with each other across states, or else I would be even closer to my “1 gallon” achievement.

Even though I’ve done this so many times before, I always have some butterflies in my stomach right before I go in. However, the feeling after is kind of awesome. You get to eat cookies, know that you’ve helped someone, and the whole experience is a mini-endorphin rush.

One of the rules for donation eligibility is no piercings or tattoos in the last 12 months. I made sure I donated today because I’m considering getting a second tattoo. I haven’t had any sort of body modification since the spring of 2010, so I think I’m due for an update. I have the idea picked out and all I need to do is find a great artist in CBus. I’ve been doing some searching and reddit has given me some great suggestions.

I went with Tray for one of her first back tattoos, on a Tuesday (hence the pun). An ivy vine with the letters, “aoe”. After that, she was hooked. Her tattoos are just the coolest (She has an owl!! You know how much I love owls…). I took Blian to get his done – he has a *sweet* ambigram-style tattoo on his leg. The meaning of his tattoo is really powerful – “naught without labor.” Boss.

I’ll make another post about what I’m getting as soon as I solidify the location and make an appointment. Stay tuned – more to come 🙂

You Schwinn Some, You Cruise Some / “Michael, 5K means 5 kilometers, not 5000 miles.”

23 Jul

I did it. I bought my first bicycle yesterday! It’s a Schwinn Clairmont Ladies Cruiser with 7 gears and hand brakes.

My very first bicycle!

After awkwardly placing it in the back of Josh’s Mustang (thank you!!), I brought my sweet new ride home.

If you remember from a previous post, I’m a lame-o twentysomething who doesn’t know how to ride a bike. Or didn’t. 🙂 After freaking out trying to keep my balance, Josh was able to let go after only a few tries (thank you again!!!). Now, I’m decent at going straight and turning left – I’ll be perfect for when NASCAR allows bicycles. While I’m not yet an ambi-turner, I’m going to practice turning right this evening. I can’t wait to go to the grocery store on my sweet bike!

I was mad at myself for waiting this long to finally put on my “big girl pants” and learn how to ride, but after feeling the wind through my hair going at what I would assume was a solid 5mph, the only feeling I could muster was one of sheer accomplishment. I can now cross this task off my “Things To Do Before I’m 30” list.

In other “Year of Beezy” news, I ran my very first 5K with a time of 41.38. Not impressive by any means, but I’m really proud of myself. Also, I found out running is not as sh*tty as I thought it was. I’ve always run on a treadmill: watching the same view outside as I feel like I’m supposed to be moving forward. After doing the 5K this pas weekend, I think I really enjoy running outside.

I think this entire summer has reminded me that I like being active (GSL – I finally get why you did a 1/2 marathon!). There’s something really rewarding about waking up and feeling sore from dancing like crazy at Zumba, running outside, doing yoga, playing tennis (which I’ll hopefully get to do this week), or just going to the gym the day before. I remember when I used to be really active a few years ago and how happy that made me (I was also skinnier – this was pre-grad school, of course). Now that I think about it, this summer has made me feel more like “me” than any other summer. Over the past 2 years I feel like I’ve put myself on hold – for multiple reasons that snowballed together. I’ve forgotten the things that I really love and the things that make me the happiest. Well, I’ve taken the bull by the horns again and I’m back, Nerds! I’ve surrounded myself with great people, I’ve decided to take on the world and not let it decide my fate for me, and I’ve been truly, genuinely, and unwaveringly happy.

19 Jul

So. Much. Win.

🙂