A NOTE OF CLARIFICATION —
I am going to New York this weekend for TribeUp NYC and I’m so freaking excited I might explode. This doesn’t really require clarification, but it’s all I can think about.
Except for boots.
I am also thinking about black boots. Because I’m getting a pair. I can’t go to a conference-thing in New York without black boots. #AmIRight? These are on my list of “Items I Require in Order to Maintain My Badass Persona”. I think that’s more than fair.
Item number two on that list is a long, black duster, so that I can storm off in anger and have it sweep behind me all cape-like. I’ve mentioned this before, but think Trinity from the Matrix combined with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and you’ll have a fair ides of what I’m aiming for. Hey, fuck you. I can dream.
Here’s hoping that I can find a pair of black boots which fit over my well-muscled calves. These puppies remain athletic looking from my old running days. Their size has nothing to do with my Dorito fixation. In the best shape of my life, running miles and miles uphill and down on a daily basis, they were gigantoid. I’m sorry, okay? I have big fucking calves. Get off me.
Everyone — this is very important —
You must cross your fingers and pray to Zeus that I am able to obtain the perfect (or even “good enough”) pair of black boots. I’m counting on you. If I fail, you will be blamed.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #2:
MY HAPPINESS PROJECT
This is the sixth week of Andi-Roo’s Happiness Project, based on Gretchen Rubin’s blog.
Happiness Project Assignment #6:
WTF is a Koan?
Yeah, I had to look it up, too. Gretchen’s explanation — “In Buddhist tradition, a koan is a question or a statement that can’t be understood logically. Zen Buddhist monks meditate on koans as a way to abandon dependence on reason in their pursuit of enlightenment.” — left me curious to read more. Because… sorry if I’m being dense… I don’t get it.
So I went to that sage fount of information, Wikipedia, and found this: “A koan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen-practice to provoke the ‘great doubt.’” This article also makes reference to Koans as being metaphors, allusions, or literary games.
— If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
— Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
— You have already drunk three cups of the finest wine, and still you say that you have not yet moistened your lips.
— A student best learns by teaching.
You know… that sort of philosophical thing.
I’m sure someone is going to chime in and say I’ve got it all wrong. That’s okay by me. I’m not a Buddhist Zen Master, here. I’m just a girl trying to figure shit out. And Koans are by their nature supposed to make you think, enforce meditation and, bring you to some kind of enlightenment — or at least some peace of mind when enlightenment can’t be found. So honestly, it doesn’t really matter if I got it wrong, so long as the principle is sound. Zen enough for you, bitches?
My personal Koan to ponder: “The destination is in the journey.”
I love this idea, because it reinforces the thought that even when you know exactly where you’re going, you might find something else along the way, thereby putting a stop to your trek. Or, alternatively, you might end up where you thought you wanted to be, but find it’s not quite as splendid as it appeared from afar. Or, again, you might keep searching and never reach your destination because your idea of the prize is completely incorrect. Or, finally, you might have zero understanding of what you seek, but you keep going because you know you’ll figure it out eventually.
There are many more meanings to be gleaned here, but that paragraph just got too long and I’m done now. I can only handle so much Zen in one sitting.
If you missed the first few weeks of my Happiness Project,
or if you want to catch up on the Assignments so you can create your OWN Happiness Project,
here are the links:
2. Choose a Personal Symbol representative of you and your Happiness Project.
3. Think about ways to Have More Fun.
4. Find a Place of Refuge to visit when you have to count to ten.
5. Go Outside.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #3:
MY WORK IN PROGRESS, OR AS I LIKE TO CALL IT, MY WIPPY-DOODLE!
So frustrating! I can’t talk about it. It’s just… no… too soon.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #4:
BONUS MATERIAL — Bloggiesta!
Bloggiesta is September 28th through the 30th!
I am so excited that my hubz agreed that we should be part of this challenge! We have LOTS (as in, a shit-ton) of work to do on fixing up this here bloggy-blog, and what better way to do it than by committing to a specific date, making a list of specific goals, and sharing them with others who are in the same boat?
By “my hubz agreed”…
…what I mean to say is that I signed us up for this challenge even though *HE* will be doing the majority of the work. That’s why his complicity was necessary.
I couldn’t do any of this online blogging crap without him. I don’t know, and furthermore, am uninterested in, ANY of the ways to seriously run a blog. I just write. So when I say I’m glad, what I really mean is, “Thank you *SO* much, Babes! You’re the best husband I ever had!” Which means more than you might think, since I’ve been married more than once.
Directly from the Bloggiesta sign-up page:
If you decide to participate in the Fall 2012 edition you can expect:
- to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
- to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
- to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
- to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
- to make new blogging friends!
- to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!
And that’s what’s up Wenzday.
Hope your Hump-Day is full of hump-ish good times.
I’d love to hear what’s up with YOUR Wenzday!
And please tell me how *YOUR* Happiness Project is coming along!