Bangkok has been on flood alert for weeks.  So far there hasn’t been any calamity and I can’t adequately express how grateful I am for the normalcy.  Today I acknowledge things I wouldn’t otherwise consider good enough to be faves if there hadn’t been a threat hanging over my head:

i. Cool weather. Rains brought the usual boiling temp down. At night I don’t have to turn on the AC or even the fan, and that means an electric bill slash.

ii. Bus ride thoughts. A mail this morning reminded me of something I have been pushing to the back of my mind. It requires me to contact a research scientist who was a consultant during the Milosevic trial at the International War Crimes tribunal.  I plucked myself out of the office and jumped on a bus where I tried to organize my thoughts on how to approach him. I am about halfway through the strategy, and will kneel down the rest.

iii. Patisserie loot. Ok I admit I’m nervous.  Twelve years ago I chain-smoked serious stuff through. Nowadays I reckon I’ll try a less health destructive diversion.  So when I got off the bus and into The Emporium, I bought a fruit cheese cake, Napoleon and apple crumble.  I am eating the fruit cheese as I type this.  Some delicious way to calm the nerves.

iv. Literary relaxants: Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and Anne Somerset’s Ladies in Waiting.

v. Halloween delight. Truth be told I have never been to a halloween party in my life.  After being bombarded by all the hype in cyberspace, I finally went to one. The fun lived up to my expectations and my curiosity was satisfied.  Check out the little fingers wrapped around one of an adult’s 🙂

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18 Responses to Motivations

  1. Jerri says:

    Awww, the baby is so cute!

    Glad to hear that instead of chainsmoking during stress you are finding delightful treats!

    I’m always excited when cool weather warrants turning off the a/c!

  2. I am very glad that there hasn’t been any flooding!

    Hope you have a great weekend and that everything remains calm!

  3. I appreciate your insight, that you see faves differently in light of the threats. A good perspective! Praying for you to collect your thoughts about the interview with the scientist. Sounds difficult…

  4. Willow says:

    Hearing about the flooding, I wondered if you and Kari were OK. Glad to hear you weren’t affected.

    You seem to have your thoughts and treats organized for the big interview. You’re a brave and brilliant girl.

    Even babies like Halloween!

  5. Barbara H. says:

    I am so glad you haven’t had any flooding. Those treats sound good and a much better alternative than smoking — my mom smoked for over 50 years and it did impact her health and took her from us much too early.

    Good strategies for thinking things through before the interview — hope it goes well.

  6. Brenda says:

    Sometimes a little fat and sugar makes a great de-stressor. I always crave chocolate icecream after a stressful event.

    Love the picture at the end!

  7. Susanne says:

    So glad to hear there hasn’t been any flooding. Praying it stays that way. And lower electric bills is a bonus.

  8. Laura says:

    Don’t you love those literary relaxants? I read every night before turning off the light!

    Happy Friday.

  9. Melissa says:

    I’m with you on cooler weather and lower electric bills! The pastries sound delicious, and it has to be better for you than chain-smoking!

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