Friday 7 Quick Takes (vol 154)


Last week of the month means free topic week on Totes Awesome Channel!

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When I was in high school I was lucky enough to be at Rice University when Nelson Mandela was accepting the Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service. I will always regret not fully appreciating the experience as a 16 year old. The video and audio clip of that speech can be found here.


This was the first week I had Bob with me at my new rental while working. He has never been left alone for longer than 5-6 hours and usually had Alan to let him out whenever he wanted since Alan worked from home. To help with the feelings of boredom and isolation, I thought I’d move his exercise to the mornings before I leave for work. I now wake up at 5:30 to walk him for an hour before heading out. Also, now that I’m a single dog parent, I no longer can stop on my way home for dinner or happy hour. Another new level to the life changes!


Speaking of Bob. He has his own Instagram now.


It’s day 6 of my Fear Factor December project. Last night, I spent an hour in a sensory deprivation chamber and it was amazing. I plan on writing a more detailed post about the experience but suffice it to say it feels like you’re floating in space and not salt water. I still am not sure what fear I’m facing today but tomorrow I have an acupuncture appointment with Mary Ellen!


From Day 3 of Fear Factor December:

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This week’s moments of bliss: ♥ the hour I spent in a float tank ♥ coworkers who contribute with ideas and materials for my Fear Factor December project ♥ a late start to work today because of the weather ♥ quiet morning walks first thing in the morning ♥ watching Bob the dog twitch and occasionally bark in his sleep ♥ mom’s food for work lunches ♥ health insurance ♥ eating Harry Potter beans with Anita ♥ Having one of my closest friends in the same town and at the same work place! I still can’t believe it. ♥ plans to watch Catching Fire this weekend ♥ moving my desk closer to a window at work

Question: What are you looking forward to in December?

  • lisasyarns

    I can’t say Louisville either! :)

    In December, I am looking forward to visiting my friend in NYC next weekend and flying home for Christmas on the 20th. And really I am just looking forward to closing the door on 2013. I don’t know what 2014 holds, but I figure it has to be much better than 2013 was…

  • Ohh can’t wait to read about the deprivation tank. And what you thought of acupuncture. I went a couple times for my back…I think I needed to give it longer & to find a different practitioner.

  • Ashley J

    You’re my hero!

    the thought of acupuncture scares the bejesus outta me! But I’ve been interested to try it still…can’t wait for that blog post!!

  • Vishy

    It is amazing that you spent an hour in a sensory deprivation chamber, Linda! Admire you so much! I don’t think I can do that. Wonderful to know that Bob has got his own Instagram now! Have fun watching ‘Catching Fire’ this weekend! Happy weekend :)

  • I’m looking forward to seeing your face! :)

  • Oh, life as a single dog parent. :) It’s fun, isn’t it? I had issues the week my mom was away and there were some social plans I had to cancel because I already had to leave him alone for 10-11 hours! I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I move out. It’s going to be tough. But worth it!

    December, I am looking forward to having some time off work, CHRISTMAS, and hopefully doing something fun for NYE. My mom’s boyfriend will be in town and I’m just… not into being around all that. Ha. ;)