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Amazingly Large Teeth

Posted by parsingtime on March 29, 2007

So today Husband and I went to see this man speak

Wealth Mastery Seminar from Antony Robbins in London 2005

Yes, that is Tony Robbins, motivational coach to the stars. You have probably seen him on QVC or on late night infomercials.

He looked like the above picture and he was the one making a crack about his large teeth not me. EEH and I were talking before hand and she commented on his gleaming teeth. Gleam they did.

Anyway, he is really good. I went in completely cynical but it is quite motivating. He had 300 students up out of their seats cheering and dancing. He played music (u2’s, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5), ran/jumped across the stage, did the jazz hands/spirit fingers move and told stories about all the famous people that he knows.

We were up and moving because Tony was trying to show us that our physiological state affects our “mood” and the way we act and interact with people. Positive thoughts put you in a better frame of mind than negative ones.  So in order to change your state you need physiology and focus. He also said that there are three questions that you are always doing whether you think about it or not

  1. What do you focus on
  2. What does this mean
  3. What are you going to do

I actually took notes on what he said so I could talk about them on here and save you the $$$$  it costs to go to one of his seminars but it is pretty basic stuff. Constantly better yourself and you will feel good about your life. If you reach an ultimate goal and have nothing else to strive for you won’t actually be happy. 

Overall he is great speaker and I think a lot of people left feeling good about themselves.


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Posted by parsingtime on March 29, 2007

We are back from Colombia and I have to tell you it was an A M A Z I N G trip. It started out as a potential disaster. Our flight to Atlanta was cancelled and there was a snow storm pounding the northeast but we made it to Bogota just one day later than expected and the whole trip was great.

A few of the highlights:

  • We played the Colombian version of bowling which involves explosions and fire.
  • Live bands playing awesome music everywhere
  • Amazing food. The food in Colombia can’t be beat. They grow some random little potato that is like the crack of potato land, seriously,  I think we ate Colombia out of the little potatoes.
  • Beautiful beaches. We travelled two hours from Cartagena and enjoyed the clear waters of the Caribbean sea
  • Cheap drinks made from fresh fruit. Seriously where else can you get a fresh strawberry daiquiri for $4?
  • Cartagena, it’s like old world Spain and very beautiful
  • Our hosts. The two Colombians that planned this trip were amazing. We literally got on the plane and everything was planned for us. They put in a lot of work and not one of 50 people had a complaint
  • The six headed shower at the Grand House Hotel
  • Husband getting exercise, playing 6 hours of volleyball
  • Learning fun new games like contact and a**hole
  • Sitting in little cafes, drinking sangria and talking to friends all afternoon
  • Getting to know Husband’s friends a lot better.

Honestly, I think Colombia gets a bad rap. I felt safe the entire time I was there. I took precautions with my wallet and what not but I didn’t ever feel like something horrible would happen. Photos to come on the usual website.

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Reason #107

Posted by parsingtime on March 17, 2007

Why living in the Northeast sucks?

You have a spring break trip planned to South America and all of the sudden a freaking snow storm hits and all flights are cancelled. You are now up at 5am to see if you and 50 other of your closest friends going on the trip can stand-by to Colombia.

This would never happen in Texas.

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Posted by parsingtime on March 16, 2007

I’m pretty sure I have Season Affective Disorder. It is this thing you get in the winter months that makes you feel depressed and like you have cabin fever. And I DEFINITELY have cabin fever. The weather here tricked me because for two days it was in the 50s and I thought spring had finally arrived and now it is snowing. I have informed Husband we need to live in a sun-shiny place, because it really is depressing to have six months of winter.

Fortunately however, Husband and I are off to Colombia tomorrow where I hope the sun is shining. That is of course so long as the snow, sleet and freezing rain expected today and tomorrow do not derail our plans.

We hope to return in one peice and unkidnapped by the FARC but who knows, the State Department doesn’t exactly recommend visiting Colombia.

Okay kids. Expect lots of pictures and posts about the wilds of Colombia when I return. Hopefully we can find some Non-resident Colombians that I can offend with my blog entries. Woo.

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NY Times

Posted by parsingtime on March 7, 2007

Questions the NY Times thinks you and your partner should discuss before getting married. Hmmm…

1) Have we discussed whether or not to have children, and if the answer is yes, who is going to be the primary care giver?

Yes to the children, just not any time this decade, okay? If we were basing the primary caregiver on who had the least expensive grad school I would win. If we were basing this on who was most capable of being a primary caregiver I would win again.  With regards to who has the most earning potential, Husband wins that. So the math clearly shows that if we want to eat and have our children live, I will be the primary caregiver.

2) Do we have a clear idea of each other’s financial obligations and goals, and do our ideas about spending and saving mesh?

I pay the bills, Husband manages our portfolio. We only disagree the expensive electronics he covets and the fact that I don’t ever buy the things I want and then moan about it later (he is a good husband and never questions me on my spending). And no, you can’t buy a camcorder and say it is my fun birthday gift. I don’t want a camcorder.

3) Have we discussed our expectations for how the household will be maintained, and are we in agreement on who will manage the chores?

No, no and no. I like clean, Husband can take it or leave it. I also get bitter about once a month (when I’m hormonal and stuff) and moan about the fact that I work, cook and clean and all he does is go to school, which is a completely unfair view of the situation but like I said, once a month I get a bit crazy. I do wish Husband cared more about cleanliness and he wishes I was less anal.

4) Have we fully disclosed our health histories, both physical and mental?

I faint for no apparent reason and frequently hypnic jerk in my sleep but other than that I’m healthy.  We both seem mentally sound.

5) Is my partner affectionate to the degree that I expect?

I wish Husband would call me snookums cuddly wuddly sweetest babycakes, but so far he hasn’t gone for it.

6) Can we comfortably and openly discuss our sexual needs, preferences and fears?

Yes.  And FYI, Husband, let’s not spend frequent amounts of time at our parents house again, okay? There are no locked doors at my house and at his, well his mother likes to knock on our door at inopportune times which really interferes with my preferences.

7) Will there be a television in the bedroom?

No, but laptops  are a whole different story.

8 ) Do we truly listen to each other and fairly consider one another’s ideas and complaints?

Of course, we are so in tune with each other or did I mean we tune each other out? I can’t remember.

9) Have we reached a clear understanding of each other’s spiritual beliefs and needs, and have we discussed when and how our children will be exposed to religious/moral education?

Uh, sure.

10) Do we like and respect each other’s friends?

Yes, but sometimes we give white lie excuses not to go out with them because we just want to stay in, eat pizza and sit on the couch with some Ben and Jerry’s and a movie.

11) Do we value and respect each other’s parents, and is either of us concerned about whether the parents will interfere with the relationship?

Yes and Yes.

12) What does my family do that annoys you?

We both plead the fifth. But we know each other well enough to know that answer without making it public here.

13) Are there some things that you and I are NOT prepared to give up in the marriage?

Mmm. Husband will not give up his electronics habit. Even though there are a pile of gadgets collecting dust in our small apartment. I’m not prepared to care about the stock market as much as Husband, unless it goes to zero in which case I will be very upset.

14) If one of us were to be offered a career opportunity in a location far from the other’s family, are we prepared to move?

Umm, hello, I’ve been doing this our whole marriage. Dallas, Boston and now India. I’m not bitter though…Boston has turned out to be great (except for the bitter cold) for us and India is pretty short term. If I ever get to be the Secretary of State or Ambassador to Fiji Husband will move for me.

15) Does each of us feel fully confident in the other’s commitment to the marriage and believe that the bond can survive whatever challenges we may face?

Yeah, but let’s face it, we haven’t gone through anything that hard yet. Hell, getting through wedding planning was tougher than being married!

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Colder than a Witch’s Tit

Posted by parsingtime on March 6, 2007

It feels like -15 outside, it is actually 5 degrees. We froze to death last night, huddling together for warmth. It was quite miserable.

Though not as miserable as the interview I had last night at 11:30pm. The interview was with someone in India so the time makes sense, but it was painful since I was ready to go to bed at 10:30. Anyway, nothing interesting came out of it. They wanted me to create a manual of US laws. Income Tax, Sarbanes-Oxley, Insider Trading – oh my! If there had been the possibility of international legal experience I would have definitely considered the position.  As it stands, I will continue my current work and while in India do some other things that interest me. We shall see how it goes.

Also, I want to say congrats to Lisa-Lou, she got into Kellog last week. I have my fingers crossed for her getting in over here, but for my own selfish reasons…I’m always in need of a lunch/dessert buddy!

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Please stop, you’re hurting my ears

Posted by parsingtime on March 2, 2007

Songs the neighbor has been playing so loud I can hear it through the wall:

  • My Perogative – Britney Spears
  • It’s not right but it’s OK – Whitney Houston
  • I want it that way – Backstreet Boys
  • I knew I loved you before I met you – Sound Garden/Savage Garden? I can’t remember
  • Toxic – Britney Spears
  • Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin (which I will totally admit to loving my freshman year of college, as did random banker…if I’m going to sink for bad taste in music she is coming with me)
  • [oh god] My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • I don’t want to miss a thing -Aerosmith
  • Every Little Thing – Madonna
  • My Perogative -Britney Spears (clearly a Britney supporter next door)
  • Are you that Someone – Aaliyah (had to look that one up)

And it has blessedly stopped…I’m sitting here happily working and I have to deal with that as the soundtrack for my afternoon? So wrong.

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