Friday 7 Quick Takes (vol 135)


It’s the last week of the month, which means free topic week over at Totes Awesome Channel!

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Want to hear a gross story?

I have a set of purple of earphones that I use at work. It’s missing one ear piece but that’s okay because I only wear one at a time anyway. It’s always plugged into my work computer. I came in one morning and noticed that my earphones were missing. What made it even more peculiar was that there was another set of black earphones left on my desk. It had both ear pieces and was definitely not a new pair. I was a little creeped out. I thought perhaps someone saw my broken ones and did a very nice thing by giving me working ones. But who pays that close attention to earphones? And I was attached to my purple dilapidated ones! I asked around but no one knew anything and I stopped asking around just in case I end up offending someone who was maybe trying to be nice.

For the rest of the day, it remained a mystery until a friend who works at a different corner of our office called me. She took me to someone’s office and pointed to broken purple earphones and asked me if they belonged to me. Stunned, I asked how she found them. She said someone told her that his boss was complaining that he thought someone was stealing earphones and replacing them with broken ones. I loved the contrast in our stories. He was complaining that someone replaced his perfect pair with broken ones and I puzzled over someone taking my broken ones and giving me perfect ones.

We hypothesized that our cleaning crew were borrowing earphones and then inadvertently switched two of them.

Disgusting right?

Another friend was horrified enough for me that she got me a new pair. I leave the original broken ones on my desk as a decoy. Also, I now call the guy who had his switched with mine, my ear bud.


When I read Ernest Hemingway’s Moveable Feast, Ashley and I giggled over the fact that he had his cat babysit his son and called the crib a cage. Want to see me in a cage?


This time next week, I’ll be in Portland for World Domination Summit! My traveling mate is out gallivanting in Spain right now but I can’t wait for her get back to discuss our exploring. And eating. My stomach is literally growling as I type this.


My sister was an entire month early with my birthday presents. I can’t believe just two years ago I didn’t know her last name or where she lived or how to get in touch with her and now we regularly keep in touch! I’ve never expected to be in touch with her again. Our current relationship has been such a surprising source of gratitude in my life.


Currently reading: Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

I actually finished this book this morning before going to work. I could not put it down. I’m striving to be a more informed world citizen and though this was a painful read, I’m glad I read it.

What are you reading these days?


This week’s moments of bliss: peonieslast weekend full of celebratory festivities girl’s dinner trying out a new to us restaurant ♥ birthday presents from my sister ♥ not being able to put a book down ♥ DOMA ruled unconstitutional ♥ Wendy Davis ♥ tried delicious, new, and fast weekday recipe ♥ getting to know my new desk mates ♥ getting to know coworkers who work in different departments over lunch time discussions ♥ the ability to stay connected with my long distance friends through email

Question: What is something you want to learn more about?

  • Oh whoa, that earbuds story is so gross. Glad you got a brand new pair, hahah. :-) See you next week! Portland has some great eating, so you’re in for a treat.


  • lisasyarns

    I totally forgot about Hemingway letting his cat babysit his son… what in the what was he thinking. I also found it strange that they were totally broke but still hired a house keeper…

    I would like to learn more about the Vietnam war era. I just know bits and pieces, but I don’t really fully understand what the conflict was about, what led the US to get involved, and why it was so controversial.

    • I don’t know a lot of U.S. side of it. Except that the South (obviously) was thankful for all the help they could get. Even if they did lose. My dad said he never forgot when Saigon fell and the U.S. embassy was crowded with refugees as they helicoptered people out. He wanted to join the crowds but his family wasn’t with him so he went hom.

  • Your earphone story reminded me of my work story. Someone is messing with me. I lock my desk drawer at night b/c it holds some confidential info. But several times in the morning, it’s been unlocked. The first time it happened, I thought that I just hadn’t locked it so I pulled on the drawer to make sure & the following morning it was unlocked. Nothing is ever missing. I don’t know what to do or think!

    • Hmm. I thought about this off and on. Can you talk to your office manager about replacing the key to your drawer? Sometimes it’s easy enough to unscrew and screw in a new one from Lowes or Home Depot. Which reminds me, my boss has tasked me to do this!

      • I told her & someone else & they acted like I was crazy. So I don’t think I’m getting a new key.

  • sophia

    ah.. i saw that book at an airport bookstore and quickly flipped through it. I read one page about how the boy’s mother and sibling were executed by the North Korean regime.. i was so disgusted/terrified afterwards i wanted to hurl, i cannot fathom how he endured witnessing the killings of his family. the tragedies in north korea are horrendous, i remember reading/hearing about them when we were at UT through LiNK (the org. that kympham cofounded).

    • It definitely did make me sick to my stomach. My boyfriend before I really knew him was at UT and was in LiNK with Kym Pham too. He said you guys screened Seoul Train. He had me watch it recently and it made me sick with helplessness.

  • Vishy

    I want to read ‘Escape from Camp 14’. One of my friends gifted it to me sometime back and it is there on the top of my ‘to read’ list. Nice to know that you liked it, though it was difficult to read. Your earphone story was quite interesting. Loved that picture of you when you were a child :) Happy weekend!

    • When I added it to my GoodReads, I saw it listed on your list! I read it in two days so I’m sure you can probably read it in 2 hours. ;)

      • Vishy

        Ha, ha, ha! I am not that fast a reader, Linda :) But thanks for the encouragement.

  • Ashley J

    Love your cheesy jokes :)

    Can I ask a little more about your sister? Why were you two separated? I could guess, but thought I’d ask :)

    • Shooting you an email. :)

  • BABY! *squoosh*