December 16th, 2007

Simon casual

Grand Happenings

Good morning all! The past few days have been grand, so I'm going to tell you all about them!

Friday: I went to work, finished at 6 and was picked up by greygnome to go out for dinner. We went to this nice little place that wasn't Hans (lol), enjoyed good food, shared a bottle of wine and had a great time. That was grand!

Saturday: Because of all the people shopping at Garden City before Christmas, the complex has borrow the nearby high school oval as a place for staff parking. So Saturday morning I drove over there and was directed where to park by the two attendants looking after all the cars. The fittings rooms were much busier yesterday, so time went much faster! When I finished work, everyone was walking out to their cars and when we arrived at the oval, the attendants offered us a free ice-sold softdrink! Apparently they do this every year, because Garden City knows everyone is probably walking through the stinking heat after a long day working and putting up with stressed out customers. So yay! I had a lemonade :D

After work I drove up to Carly's and picked up my nutrimetics order. I now have beautiful perfume! I love perfume SO much. I know I'm getting more for Christmas, I just bought myself some, and am thinking of buying myself some more (Beautiful by Estee Lauder).

After Carly's I went to Anna's. I helped make dinner, ate some dinner, helped tidy up a little (dinner was squid salad and really yummy!), cut up fruit for people to eat... Loads of people ended up coming by, which was great, because everything was organised very last minute. We ended up watching The Prestige, which is an excellent film (and better than The Illusionist). This morning I slept in until 9:30, which is a very half-hearted sleep in indeed! And it would have been 8:30-9ish, except I read a bit when I woke up. :P

Today is Matt and Ali's engagement party, which I'm very excited about!

Finally, here are some thoughts to finish you off:
Truly, a negative person lives in a prison of his own making. Research clearly shows that negativity adversely affects a person physically. Steven M. Sultanoff Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Irvine, California, shares dramatic findings which reveal that negative emotions lead to bad health, and make a person actually more susceptible to common everyday illnesses, such as colds or stomach pains. Specifically he writes, "People who are chronically angry and hostile are four to five times more likely to have a heart attack than people who are not."

Emotionally and mentally, the effects of negativity are damaging as well. Psychologists say that we tend to do what we tell ourselves to do. "Therefore, if we have negative attitudes, these negative attitudes affect what we expect of ourselves which in turn, affects our actions. For example, those with the negative attitude that they 'can't do math,' are almost assured of trouble when attempting math. A negative attitude limits performance, saps motivation, and inhibits learning" (Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999). This information would have been helpful to me during high school algebra.
-Kara Schwab from Boundless