June 19, 2010

Monday On A Saturday.

Today I am at work. That is an odd feeling indeed, as I never work Saturdays. No, Saturdays are spend tending to my house and patios, sharing lovely pictures of my garden with you. But not this Saturday. My scheduled weekend has become very unscheduled, but it is all my own doing.

You see, I have a plan. A cunning one, may I add. Today it is raining cats and dogs (what a weird expression that is indeed) and as the weather forecasts predict sunny skies on Monday, I have switched my days around. Thus I will take Monday off.

It is quiet here, no one around. There is a certain tranquility that has settled over an otherwise busy lab. I actually enjoy being here.

Well, I would have actually a lovely day was it not for one thing; the fact that my lab computer had a melt down. It is a mac and even though I am a devoted Apple fan, I have to say this out loud: I HATE that computer. It keeps giving me a blue screen and has overall been very unstable. Thus I am writing this post on a PC. And that is not going all too well, I am afraid, as the computer feels very alien to me indeed.
Therefore while I wait for my electrophoresis to finish, I have decided to post answers to questions that were given to me by the lovely Mel at MELROXX in a recent tag. I have to say she impressed me with the quality of her inquiries, presented by such a young mind.

Thus dear Mel and everyone else interested, here are my answers:

1) What is your philosophy?
My philosophy. I guess that would mean by which wisdom do I live. That has changed a great deal over the years. But one has resonated with me more than any other. Although I find it very hard to follow, the following Serenity Prayer to me eloquently defines the art of living a fulfilled life:

"God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference."

2) If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?
This was such a great question, as I realized I am unable to answer it. Initially, I thought immediately; I would love to be twenty again! But after further contemplation I came to the conclusion that my life at twenty was quiet a struggle in every way, not to mention I felt lost and uncomfortable, trying to figure out who I was. Neither would I like to be back in my thirties, as that decade was preoccupied with painful realization of becoming older and stuck in a life I did not enjoy. I guess bringing back time only works if one has regrets. I have none.

3) Who is your fashion icon?
Women that dare to be themselves, through out their life.

4) What was the best moment of your life?
There are so many unforgettable moments as I call them. To single out just one can not be done. I love to revisit them in my mind, as I have one for every year at least.

5) Do you enjoy spending hours shopping or do you try to get over with it as fast as possible?
I used to enjoy going on shopping sprees as a young adult. Those could last for hours, I literally shopped till I dropped. These days I shop online, and although I do enjoy browsing the sites, I will get it done quiet fast.

6) Something you can't get to throw out of your wardrobe is ...
I can never throw anything out, thus I have my basement filled with boxes of old clothes.

7) What is your least favourite household chore?
Vacuum cleaning. I detest that, I dislike everything about it, least of all the smell.

8) A movie that you could never forget.
A few comes to mind, but having to chose just one, it has to be Only You with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. Even though my favorite movie of all times is Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.

9) What is your favorite part of a day?
The dawn, even though I very rarely get to experience it. Although I love watching sunsets, sunrises have a very positive feel about them. They signify new beginnings. On the few occasions that I have been up at the crack of dawn, I relished in the stillness of the world, and in the idea of having the whole day new and pristine waiting to be seized. I simply love the notion that anything can yet happen, as the magic of the new day awaits.

-Optional- Which cartoon character do you resemble?
I have been asked this question before and I will answer as I have previously; none.

Anyone who loves these questions and would love to have a go at them, please be my guest. I am sure Mel would not mind.
Now I am going back to my experiments; I trust you are all having a lovely Saturday.


Kath said...

Ah, a cunning plan indeed, my lovely!
I am having a "good clear out" day. My Irishman is bringing boxes down from the attic and I am supposed to be sorting them. I keep getting distracted and I eat I have not got very far LOL
No more excuses, I have to take a large rug to the launderette now....Have good weekend XX

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Enjoy your weekend at its best!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i love dawn as well...glad you could switch your days around...computer problems aside just keep envisioning monday and i hope you get that beautiful weather....

Anonymous said...

What?? A Mac with a blue screen? I'm a Mac girl and that simply does not happen in our house.


Anonymous said...

Love this post, Zuzana, and some of your answers to those questions took me by surprise (in a good way).

I have always loved the simplicity of the Serenity Prayer but, like you, have found it a challenge to live up to. Still, it's a wonderful thing to strive for.

As for the cartoon character question, I know what my answer would be: "Cartoon character? I AM a cartoon character!" :P

Donna said...

It's nice to learn more about you, Zuzana.

Have a good weekend.


Elizabeth said...

Hej Zuzana,,

What a happy post, you made a great choice because it is really raining cats and dogs around here.
Don't work too hard or too long because your weekend is waiting!!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

S. Susan Deborah said...

Ah Zuzana, knowing about you is a joy as they are so many layers to unravel.

I am not doing the tag though I enjoyed reading on you.

Sad that work on a Saturday crept into your routine. Anyway have a lovely Sunday.

Joy always,

Anonymous said...

I loved your answers, Zuzana. I love dawn too, even though I never get to experience it unless i stay up all night. I get u around 10am or 12 pm.. I'm a lazy girl! lol

I loved your answer to your second question, though I'd like those carefree days back when the hardest decision to make was to pick up a pencil! :)

If I had to think about it, I would have said the same in the 3rd question.

Love you Zuzana!

Anonymous said...

We have the Serenity Prayer hanging in the bathroom off the kitchen. I have to admit, it is a funny place; however, I see it there everyday and have an attitude check!
I love the mornings too! Have a great day off on Monday; you are fortunate to have a job so flexable. Cheers!
:) The Bach

Rustique Gal said...

Zuzana, you commented to me that we are very alike-Indeed we are~I love the serenety prayer too, though I am a Buddhist and don't believe in a god. I have trouble getting rid of things, but have been able to throw all of my fat clothes out and am trying to keep up with things I don't wear. I will only keep what I love! I've always viewed my life as a cartoon, and though I don't see myself as a "cartoon" character, I know I am a character! Take care, friend! Sherry

Maria said...

Lovely answers, Zuzana. As always, you've given this post a lot of thought and care. Very nice treatment indeed. This was very enjoyable to read...xxx

Anonymous said...

I was worried at first when you wrote that you were at work - but Mondays are wonderful days to have off as well! :)
Loved reading your answers to Mel's questions - the more I get to know you, the more special you become!


tony said...

Hi Zuzana
Its good to break routine.& you have Monday to look forward to!
Bestest Wishes,
Daffy Duck

sprinkles said...

Oh, I love this tag because I got to learn more about you! I may just have to steal it for myself and use it! :) Since you said it was ok and all! lol

Aren't you just the clever one, working on a rainy day so you can have a sunny one off! Good for you! You'll probably get a lot more work done too without others there to distract you.

Thank you for the sweet comments you left on my blog earlier. I really appreciated them and it touched my heart! I can't imagine not coming here every day to say hello!

I should really be sleeping but I had to see what I was missing in the bloggy world today!

SandyCarlson said...

I like your approach to the weekend. My philosophy: to love the day. Doesn't always work out that way, but I try!

Betsy Brock said...

Here's wishing you gorgeous weather on Monday and a computer that works on Tuesday! :)

Bhushavali said...

Monday off!!! U can go shopping.... Stores wont have much crowd on a Monday!!!! :)

Gandhi Smriti
Shiva Parvathi Shirt - Office Sytle

Anonymous said...

I love days at work without the hustle and bustle of colleagues... I hope you get the sunshine you are looking forward to on Monday...

raining cats and dogs? I never got that one either ;0)

Julie Hibbard said...

I love learning more about you...
I just watched "Only You" this week! For at least the 100th time! LOVE Damon Bradley!
Have a GREAT Sunday!!

steviewren said...

When I was working, I loved having a day off during the week. Things just seemed different on a weekday. Have a great day off tomorrow.

I was thinking about the question of what age you would go back to for a week. That is a hard thing to decide. Like you, there are many things about each of those ages I would not want to relive. But, I think I would go back to when my children were young so I could see them again.

Unknown said...

great post, for being at work and using a foreign computer. I love your answers and nice to know more about you. hope you Monday goes fantastic with no rain.

Life Moto said...

hi just passing here to your blog site. have a nice day ahead cheers!

Avo said...

It was pleasure reading your carefully constructed answers, though I found it slightly unsettling how closely I can relate to your answers. : j

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

Happy Belated Father's Day to Dads in your life...

Regina said...

I will be back to read this once again
Going out in awhile.:)

Paul C said...

I appreciate the prayer that helps to define part of your philosophy.

Nessa said...

I think we should all be able to plan our work schedules around the weather. I vote we make that a rule.

Beverlydru said...

Hello, my friend!
I've missed my blog time and am carving time back in to keep up with my blog friends. Enjoyed my catch up reading today. Glad you are well. I always enjoy the obscure questions and answers for some reason. Have a great week - on this your day off, I suspect it's a great start to the week.

Zuzana said...

Kath, Philip, Brian, Di, Tony, Donna, Elizabeth, Susan, Mel, The Bach, Sherry, Maria, Zuzu, tony, sprinkles, Sandy, Betsy, Bhushavali, Eternally…, Julie, Stevie, Doreen, Life Moto (welcome), Alesa, Jingle, Regina, Paul, Nessa and Beverlydru; thank you all for the kindest comments and for cheering me up while at work on a Saturday.;)

It was a good day after all, my computer snapped out of the blue screen and I got some good results from my experiments.;) And Monday, although not a clear sunshine day, was sunny and warm enough for me to relax.;)

I love your visits, thank you all for taking the time to stop by.


Cheryl Kohan said...

I'm reading this after your day turned around and that's nice because I know it ended well. I enjoyed the questions and answers, too. You are such an inspiration, Zuzana.

Zuzana said...

Dear Cheryl, it was a great day off indeed, thank you for your lovely visit.;) xoxo