Saturday, October 20, 2012

Christmas Tree Ornament Donation

This crafty topic! (>_<) <-- Crying for joy

I'm so happy to be able to deliver a crafty topic here since the previous posts were kind of "no fun" topics for people who enjoy my quilts (thank you!). I was (am, actually) thinking, thinking, thinking mode every day. I appreciate R and S for patiently listening to me. R understands me very well since we see things in very similar, or could say the same, ways. I get very lazy in communication with him since he gets out most of what I mean from my little words. Anyway, thinking + learning different view points through college are fun, BUT simple things are always more FUN!

I received an email from one of the Etsy shop owner who organizes a group. According to her message, the group is going to do charity for Fredericksburg Hope House. Our mission is to participate their project "Trees of Hope," and she is collecting Christmas tree ornaments.

I actually do not remember when and what group I signed up for what, but I must be a member of this group because I received the message... When I saw "ornament donation" in her email, I thought I can donate some of the ornaments that I made with them - "Old quilt pieces."

Plus, ornaments made by my friend that was given to me for some reason... (my quilty friends would know the background of this :) I ,of course, keep mine, one of them, here. And, I think she would be happy to hear that her ornaments were donated to this project.

So, I now am a little happier because I did a little sewing in between studying. I unfortunately do not have a lot of time for charity, but I would like to do something when I can do and what I can do. This time, it was a very good timing. I appreciate her for giving me an excuse to sew.

So, now, I am going back to study...........

Saturday, October 06, 2012

"Breakfast at Tiffanys"

I have 2 days fall break on this Mon & Tue!
Well, I definitely need to finish weekly future assignments before “stuck” with big project assignments such as a presentation and research paper, and exams are in between. So, my fall break will be assignments and quilting days.

I'm really relieved after History exam. I next need to study for Intro of paralegal exam. These classes are very exciting. I think History and Laws can be in the same category in term of human conflict. To me, learning history means to learn and understand how today's society and culture were created, and laws show all kinds of history and culture. One quote from a DVD “Congress” last night, which is “If people are angel, Congress is not necessary.” This is very true. Laws are remains of human conflicts.

Since my blog posts lately did not have photos, I wanted to add some photos. And found them on my computer.

This bakery, Mancini Bread since 1926, is very popular in Pittsburgh, PA, opened 24hrs/7days. R is allegic to wheat, but their bread does not affect him, so we buy a lot every visits to Pittsburgh.

Why Mancini Bread photos?

I heard the famous song "Moon River" on radio, and this bakery's owner's brother, Henry Mancini, wrote "Moon River."

"Breakfast at Tiffanys"- My first husband loved this movie. Before engaging, on my birthday, he brought a VHS of this movie to my home to watch together. Then, he gave me a gold necklace from Tiffany as a birthday gift – I still have it as my favorite.

After engaging, he took me to the Tiffany shop, and purchased a engaging ring. Our marriage rings (wedding bands) were from Tiffany, also.

It just reminds me of the life with him. I divorced him because I was immature – I didn't love him enough to continue our marriage. We worked together all day long until late every day, he was a son of the president of the small company I was working for for years, we enjoyed living in public apartment for 5 years, saved money, bought a house because he wanted... and I left him. I don't know what he did with the house afterwards. I sometimes think of how he is doing, but I don't want to know. Good memory in my young age :)

Well, I will start the next assignment :( Today is almost over, and tomorrow will be a new nice day as well as today :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Stereotyping or Indiscrimination

I have been studying, studying, and studying lately and do not have time for sewing (>_<). I already had two of the first exams from "Communication" class and "Psychology" class last week, and will have "History" exam this week, "Introducing of Paralegal" exam next week.

It has been very interesting to learn new things, but everything is too new to me, and feel very new about even what I already know because the language is English. I even enjoy this "suffer" because not many people would experience it, but most of the time, it is really hard.

It's been over a month since the classes begun, and I have a lot to tell about those classes, but I don't have time.

I thought I anyway write something because I don't like to neglect this blog.

Today, I brought one question to my Psychology professor. I was actually feeling a little barrier around him because I felt "He looks so friendly and talks very friendly, joking in the class, but he has something that makes me feel he is cold. He might have learned those friendly attitude from long years experience of teaching because he would know what students like, especially he is a psychology teacher. But, he may actually not like people." Of course, this is just my impression on him watching his behavior, it's not what I learned from experience with him.

From the Communication exam that I took last week, I missed this question.

"All teenagers are ill-prepared for college." is an example that represents what type of statement?

Who cares? - is not the answer. I answered as it is "stereotyping," but the right answer is "indiscrimination."

The text book says :
Stereotyping - a categorizing of events, objects, and people without regard to unique individual characteristics and qualities. Stereotypes are often negative, but they may also be positive. Whether the stereotype is negative or positive, the problem is the same : Individual qualities are ignored. Stereotyping is quick and easy to do because it does not require analysis, investigation, or thought.
Indiscrimination : The neglect of individual differences and overemphasis of similarities. Form of perceptual set in which a person chooses to ignore differences and changes in events, things, and people.

So, What is the difference between these??

I should have brought this question to my Communication professor, but he said in the last class that "If you would like to discuss about exam I, you should make an appointment to meet me within my office hours by October 27. I won't discuss ANYTHING about the exam I after 27th. "

Troublesome, isn't it.

I thought my Psychology professor would know the answer because he is a psychology teacher - he should know all kinds of human behaviors. I also wanted to see how he would react to the question brought from another class.

He was VERY friendly and looked "answering to any questions is MORE than WELCOME!!", and I understood the difference.

When the subject has "All" in front, it is "indiscriminatio." That is true.
If the sample sentence was "Teenagers are ill-prepared for college," it's stereotyping.

He said "English Sh*t!, right?" with a biiiiiiiiiig smile after answering to my question. I'm glad that I found his attraction :)