Lately I’ve found myself in some rather foreign situations.
Taxiing multiple times a week (in a day, even)
How do they arrive almost instantly after I hang up the phone to call for one? We’re out in the burbs; it’s not like there are rows of cabs lined up around the corner.
The (horse) races
I find this a strange, kind of anachronistic concept – very old school English – associated with a certain class of person, one to which a girl from the immigrant working class, who finds taxi chits and fancy restaurants daunting, most certainly does not belong.
Again, obviously such a moneyed activity. An enjoyable one, though. Also, very, very masculine. It was particularly interesting to see that the majority of fellow sailors were very courteous and friendly, in a crowded harbour, there was also anger – in one case outright yelling from boat to boat, and in another, simply holding up a peeved sign as our yacht passed by.
Anyway, March has been madness on the events front and I’m hoping for/looking forward to a quieter, calmer April. It’s great to get out of the office from time to time but it does mean I get behind on all the other things I have to do.
On a slightly different note… I know I’m often a ring-in, a seat-filler if you like, at events. Sometimes this works out quite nicely (in one case, dinner in a very quirky location and lots of freebies).
I’m at Twenties Hacker pondering when it makes sense to freelance – and when it doesn’t pay
One of the most balanced/nuanced takes on passion work vs plain old work I’ve ever read, from Get Rich Slowly. Two thumbs up
And at Blog Maverick: Follow where your time and effort is, not necessarily your passion
Young and Thrifty shares the worst jobs she did as a teenager
At Journalistics, some tips for bringing online networking into the real world
At Ms Career Girl, a counterintuitive way of dealing with workplace enemies
How to plan dinner,at Dinner: A Love Story
Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Enough said. From $120 Food Challenge.
What looks like a straightforward, three-grain bread recipe, by Liberal Simplicity.
Young and Thrifty shares the reasons that led her to quit Facebook.
From the new crop of Stratejoy bloggers, a post on analysis paralysis and discovering values
Yes and Yes features a reader who’s childless by choice
Married with Luggage explains how to go about starting a kickass book club
And finally, from the Atlantic: I didn’t tell Facebook I was engaged, so why is it asking about my fiance?
This totally freaks me out. I will be really unnerved if this happens to me – I am still “in a relationship” on Facebook and plan to keep my status the same until we actually get hitched, and have participated in virtually no wedding/engagement talk anywhere on Facebook since.