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NFDC - The Seeker

Nature, Foreground, Detail, and Color

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on what's in front of you (the foreground) and how that is affected by the details of life. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to deal directly with whatever comes your way without dealing with speculating possibilities or outcomes you can't control. You are highly focused on specific goals or tasks and find meaning in life by pursuing those goals. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.

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Writer's Block: Heart to Heart

Valentine's Day: love it or hate it?
Neither. Just another one of those days blown out of proportion by retailers. Although, it's the birthday of one of my favourite people in the world. That makes it real special for me :-)

P.S.: Happy Birthday  metafizzics !

animal rights?

Isn't it cruelty if a dog is restricted to the patio of one's apartment 24/7, is made to pee and crap on the patio, never taken out for walks? This is the fate of the dog (my bad, the son as his owners prefer him being addressed) that belongs to the couple upstairs. I've never heard the dog bark (and this is no tiny chihuahua). It's a big animal (I don't know what breed though). He gets so excited every time he sees his owners, stars clawing on the patio screen. They open the patio door for a brief moment to give him some food and water. That's about it. The storage room in the patio, I guess, is his kennel. Whenever I see him staring at me from upstairs (the patio looks over the parking lot) I whistle, wave and greet him, but he just stares with big sad eyes. I don't know if it's just my imagination, but I think he is one sad dog.

I'm this close to reporting them to PETA, but then they are not really physically torturing the animal, I probably don't have a case.

Although, he does pee out of the balcony and the pee lands on my patio (I didn't realize it all this time cause I'd be too busy getting ready for work). So I'm going to complain about it to his owners today. Maybe they'll be forced to take him for a walk? It's wishful thinking; If only it was that easy. hmm.

Writer's Block: Auld Lang Syne

For those who are into such things, this might be the biggest party night of the year. Other people like to keep it a little more low key. How do you plan to ring in the New Year?

I've never celebrated New Year's eve, that evening would always be spent with family watching New Year's celebrations from all over the world on TV and some special programs they had on for the event.

This year isn't very different from all those years but certainly far better than last year when I was all alone and depressed at home in Galveston. I'll be spending New Year's with brother's family and sister; we might have a few lonely souls over too. Board games, movies and alcohol should most probably be the norm!
Cancelled flights, missed connections, long layovers—what's the worst holiday travel story you've heard? Or experienced?

Experienced: Enroute to Pittsburgh, I had a flight change at Atlanta. My first flight got delayed due to snow storms, missed the connecting flight and spent 15 hours in the airport terminal. Slept on the seats. But I did have a good time with another woman and a ex-soldier who was going to be late for his father's funeral. We drank beer and cursed the airline company all night. However, in the end, I ended up in Buffalo instead of Pittsburgh. I was supposed to drive down to Buffalo with friends from Pitt but I flew there instead.

There was another less dramatic but equally horrifying one, I was scheduled to fly the morning after Thanksgiving from Virginia. Was an early morning 6.15 flight. I hardly slept the previous night and reached the airport half hour before departure. This was when I had no clue how bad holiday travel can be (I was new to the US). One look at the security check line and my heart sank. There was no way I would've made it to the other end in less than 2 hours. I begged and pleaded with each and everyone in the line and somehow went through in half hour. And then I ran for my life...it was crazy. Made it to the gate just in time.

Paranoid android!

Your Social Dysfunction:

You show pervasive and unwarranted suspiciousness, and mistrust of others. You are overly sensitive and prone to jealousy.

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Gotta love Stewie Griffin!

So what IS that squiggly line in my eye fluid?


I'm not eloquent enough to paint pretty surprises, but I'll try:

I spent my weekend (actually just Sunday, cause I was hungover for the most part on Saturday) making a list of 'books to read'. Two authors I was particularly interested in were Kurt Vonnegut (fugney's suggestion) and Fyodor Dostoevsky (apparent pioneer of existentialist writing). I poured through lines and lines of Wikipedia stories and Amazon reviews and finally made the list consisting of a fair share of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and fantasy. I even placed an order for Dostoevsky's 'Notes From Underground' on Amazon. Ever since I heard of Kurt Vonnegut, I've been asking people if they have ever heard of the guy or read any of his books. Yesterday, I asked a guy in my lab.

After all the rush I felt over my sudden discovery of potentially phenomenal authors/books (Yes, I get silly like that sometimes.), imagine my surprise (and pleasure) when the first thing I hear this morning (on NPR) is that it's Dostevsky's birthday today (born in 19th century, Eighteen Twenty something...); What's more, so is Vonnegut's. The radio-host shared a few tid-bits about the two authors and moved on with the rest of the show. I was awed; couldn't help smiling at the sweet coincidence.


I think I've had a secret admirer for the last couple of years. I only just found out, when he is about to get married.

*insert nervous laugh*

It is so bizarre!

Of love and depression?

I've always found it disconcerting to tamper with my brain through antidepressants, even in their lowest dosage. I must say I did use antidepressants for couple of months. During that period this is what happened: I would take the medicine at night before going to bed; due to the medicine's side-effects and my own anxiety over taking antidepressants, I would lie awake in bed until wee hours of the morning. Inspite of being sleepless, I would feel energized all day. I did feel a positive boost of confidence, simply because I felt more energetic. I was happier in general. All this even when using the lowest prescribed dosage. My depression cycle was virtually non-existent. I still stopped the medicine. I was getting way too anxious about using it. I was not sure if the effect was of the drug's or if things in my life were smoother than usual. I didn't know why exactly, but I stopped without asking the doctor.

I was fine for a year after which things started going downhill again. That's when I went to another doctor. She told me that if I were to take the antidepressants, I would have to continue using them until menopause, that's roughly 25 years (My previous doc forgot to mention this to me for some unfathomable reason). She tried convincing me that it was like fixing a broken bone and that I was only fixing a broken chemical stream; that I was adverse to them only cause of a social taboo against antidepressants. But somehow, 25 years seemed like a really long time to screw around with my brain. Suddenly my problem did not seem too big, at least not in comparison to what might happen to my brain in 25 years if I took the drugs. I just wasn't convinced. Moreover, my depressions, though profound seemed to be modulated by external incidents. So I decided I would deal with them differently and would never to go back to the doc again.

I was never really quite sure if I had done the right thing... until now!

I found this delightful and informative talk on TED-talks about romantic love (Emm.. it's a medley of topics really, so there was a bit about antidepressants too). The reason I like it so much, I guess, is that it agrees with all my notions about the nature of relationship between man and woman in the present age, about arranged marriages and about promiscuity.


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