Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Over, Over, OVER!!


A Public speaking class is over, finally, today!
It was a 6 weeks class; a speech a week! It of course required researches from credible sources, a bibliography, and an outline to be turned in each speech. When a speech proceeded time requirement, the prof. cut the speech and grade on what was presented. You could not reach the conclusion? - too bad.

I really could not wait today imaging how happy I would be after being liberated!

But, I actually miss the class a little. Public speaking is so stressful but I also enjoyed it feeling my improvement little by little through every speech. I learned following a format of speech is very important to make the audience understand your message easier and better. Public speaking is also a form of arts that humans created! It requires all kinds of techniques.

So! I will be back to meetings of Toastmasters as an active member. My next speech will be on July 9, and am thinking to talk about something related to the Independence day because a table topic on that meeting is the Independence day.

I now feel less nervous for this meeting because my speech is not graded (receive advices and critiques from other members instead), it is not cut in the middle even go over time requirement (still need to be aware of it though), no outline and bibliography are required to be turned in!! EASIER! (I hope. I should say "less work.")

My worry will be focused on only Statistics from now on!

OH, and!

My customer who I made 2 Japanese quilts a few years ago contacted me to order another one!
He sent me bunch of tenugui (japanese face towel) and Japanese fabrics for it. He said he wants to use the tenuguis as the backing, but I want to use tenugui for its front.... (my feeling does not matter though)





And, how sweet he is to include a gift for me!



:D :D :D :D :D

This week will be still excited and busy with things, but I hope things will be settled down within 2 weeks.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Flying Ant stuck between pages


It was so funny that I could not stop to write about him.

I do not know what he was thinking about, but he flew into the pages when I was turning pages of a book.



He could not remove his head out from the pages and was struggling while I was taking this picture of him.

After being released, he looked a little dizzy. He could not walk straight.
After some seconds, he started to take care of his antenna.
Probably he was doing that for a few minutes - I thought it was a long time.



After that, he started to walk around on my computer desk, and flew away.

Cute.

Have a nice weekend!

Charity Quilts


People leave all kinds of quilt blocks, fabrics, and other crafty materials on a giveaway table. I collect fabrics that can be used for charity quilts from there. I can learn American color schemes and trends (could be an old trend) through this activity by checking what people have (had) and playing with colors that is not my taste. It's a good practice of coloring.

Since the fabrics on a giveaway table are usually not my taste, I seldom have good fabrics that can go with them. It's actually hard to make a quilt with limited colors. I often think "If I could buy some fabrics to coordinate with these, it is so easy." But making charity quilts without buying fabrics is my rule.

I used to donate batting, but actually Quilters Unlimited gave me a big roll of batting recently.



I most of the time make quilts for kids so that I can enjoy different worlds one after another.

So, here are 4 charity quilts recently made out of materials from a giveaway table.

I collected blocks in similar color saturation and made each block's size to the same size, and added borders to them. I mimicked my friend's color scheme for this one :)











Blue borders.







Quilters Unlimited gave away packs of 5" charms. I think many members used them for a charity quilt.





Pastel Quilt.





My most favorite among them is the black border one.
It took a while, but I enjoyed making it very much.

Be happy, and be productive! :D

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Days.


It has been a week since the summer semester began. I am taking 2 classes this summer, Statistics I and Public Speaking. Statistics I is elementary stats, it is OK so far, but Public Speaking is stressful activity.

I took a communication class a year and half ago with the same teacher, as a requirement for a degree, and it was a nightmare. I liked his lectures, even I did not like the subject, because I thought the professor was well-organized, but I was afraid of him - he is not threatening, it's just because of my perception. During the year and half, I did some presentations and thought I was doing better at speaking, so I enrolled in his class again.

The first speech is already done. It was about "the greatest failure." I do not think I have had a "failure" in my life because I do not have any regrets other than that I did not pay serious attention to education when I was in school. I think that this is true: "the level of education strongly influences people's ideas, perspectives, and range of abilities. A higher level of education appears to be associated with greater fluctuation in personal values, beliefs, and goals. In other words, people with higher levels of education may be more open to changing their minds" (cited from "A Speaker's Guidebook") - which means less prejudice with critical thinking. If I had studied hard back then, my life now would have been different because I would have more options in life.

Every single event in the past was a learning opportunity for me, and I think I needed all I experienced to produce the present me. Even events that seem to be useless were actually useful because I needed them to arrive where I am now. One thing I really appreciate from my parents is the inherited ability to easily forget uncomfortable and unhappy experiences, so I can move on.

(I think the core of ones personality is genetic and shaped by individual experiences and environment.)

Surprisingly, I do not remember the details of my bad marriage life with my 2nd ex anymore (divorced 2 years ago). Though, I remember happy things with my 1st ex (divorced 13 years ago).

Now, the 2nd speech will be a Demonstration speech. I will show the audience how to make an origami crane. The third speech will be something related to a quote picked from the professor's list. I picked "Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over choosing what’s good for you. –Eric Thomas, speaker/author."

Many people do not like to change, but just complain and blame others for making their situation negative, and think others need to change. I think just complaining does not help their life. They need to take action to change their situation to make their life more positive. Otherwise, they will waste their life. They usually conclude saying "well, I wish I could change my situation, but I cannot help it." OK, I will introduce another quote here - "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself –Leo Tolstoy."

R said this quote is for me :

"Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, “I must keep going.” It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final—that voice that says to you, “Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit. –Cory Booker, politician"

But I am not sure about that because I often want to quit college. It is tough especially when trying to get an "A" in every class. Doing quilting jobs at home from quilting ladies is much easier and brings me satisfaction. But I anyway continue not to "make a habit out of choosing what feels good over choosing what’s good" for me. I also want to find something I do not know of the world through the education.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. A with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. An, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So Keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle. –Steve Jobs"

Be happy, and have a great day!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

My First Scholarship


What an exciting day. (I had a final exam of Math before this event. I think I did well on it though.)

My first scholarship was a $35 gift certificate of Barnes & Noble from NOVA (a community college I attend).



I got an award, too!



R took a video!

My favorite psychology professor who nominated me for this award retires after this semester. I was with him taking his classes for the last 2 years. I will miss him a lot.

So many things and feelings regarding to the things are going on. I believe any experiences during this time will be my treasure and will make good keepsakes in future.

Be happy, and do not give up!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Faith


I love donuts, according to R, every time he mentions about donuts, I always get very perky. Food always make me perky anyway.

This late morning, he said "I have a donut" to wake me up from a nap, and I got excited and said "WHERE!?" He laughed being satisfied by my reaction.

A few hours later, he again said "I am getting hungry. I may have a bit of donut."

I forgot what happened a few hours ago, and again asked "WHERE?! You really have it, don't you?!" He again laughed.

Then, I remembered what my Islam professor said yesterday in his lecture about faith (I enjoy his class very much). Muslims are required to have true faith in Allah. True faith means 100% trust in Him, total surrender and submission to Him. If you question "why Allah make me do this, why I have to do this?" you do not have faith. Just do what Allah tells you without questioning, that is faith, and same thing can be said to Christianity - faith in Jesus.

My professor gave me a very good example. When you see a doctor being sick, if you have faith in him, you will do whatever he says for recovery. But, if you do not have faith in him, you may question him "why this medicine, what they are for?"

I told R that I think I have faith in R because I do not think of possibility of he is tricking me, which means I trust him.

R felt bad a little, and said "well, God does not joke or trick either. I will get you some real donuts and coffee." Yay!

Funny afternoon, ha ha. I think religion works at some level to make people good :)

Be happy and cheerful! :D

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A little overwhelmed

Busy, busy days.

But, feeling improvement in many things liiiiiiiiitle by little, such as speaking better (even in front of people), better understanding of this world - thus, receiving more fun and pleasures from this world, better communications with my friends, and a direction of how I want to live, etc.

The other day, a college adviser suggested me to get 3 Associate degrees from my community college which I had never thought, and I do not know if that worth for something. After this Spring semester, I earn 68 credits which is more than enough to declare graduation. She said "you can graduate this summer in Liberal Arts if you want."

I started to think about transferring to a 4 year university a year ago. Since I am following their requirement for B.A. rather than which of Associate, I took many non-required classes for A.A. or A.S. I am trying to stay with my college as long as I can, to be ready for 4 year university, and take less classes there after transferring most of credits earned here.

3 degrees.... What do I do with them? Where do I go...? R is excited, though.

By the way, I got my first recommendation letter from my favorite professor a week ago. The letter was too excellent. Now, I have to bring myself up to what he wrote. He retires after this Spring. I asked him if I could keep in touch with him after he leave, and he gave me his personal email address :D :D :D I am so happy to feel like I have achieved something.

This semester will be over a month later. I have to decide which class I take for summer...

Be Happy, and enjoy life :)

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Quilt - Simple Colors

Size : 60"x77"
All made with solid color fabrics.



















































Enjoy simple colors!