Saturday, May 31, 2014

Paris, je vais revenir!

J'adore Paris et je suis très reconnaissant que j'ai vu Notre Dame cette temps. Alors, Paris au revoir, je dois retournèe au Gèneve!

Notre Dame Gargoyles!

La Seine!

La tour Eiffel avec le cercle lumineux nuage

Friday, May 30, 2014

Goat reunites with best friend

ok, I know that as I'm currently in Paris I ought to post something amazing, but this is simply the best thing I've witnessed all week!,,20820530,00.html

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bonjour de Genève!

Je passé un bon moment en Genève et en Annecy! Ici des photos!

À bientôt!

Here is beautiful Geneva!

Melinda Gates at the UN!

Beautiful Annecy!

Thursday, May 15, 2014


And Swimming is already off to a much much much delayed trip Switzerland. Hopefully I'll be awake enough to update the blog across the pond. In the mean time, here are some musings:

(1)I am totally obsessed with George Clooney's new fiancee

(2) How adorable! Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

(3) Oh Oprah, I'm sure this tea will be amazing. 

(4) Never saw Frozen, but this Marine's video is awesome. 

(5) Yikes! Here are the world's deadliest creatures!

(6) Save the pandas--excited to see that MSU is taking up the cause!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Carrots, Eggs, Coffee

Arianna Grande-Problem
Here is a wonderful metaphor:,-an-egg,-and-a-cup-of-coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners . She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

“In life, things happen to us and things happen around us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us."
"What Lies Behind Us and What Lies Before Us are Tiny Matters Compared to What Lies Within Us" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson