1. Chobani yogurt
I went on a yogurt streak sometime last year, but then I forgot about it. Now, I’ve been having it for breakfast every day the past few weeks. IT’S BEEN GREAT. I guess I’m rediscovering Chobani.
For some reason, I haven’t gotten tired of it even though I don’t like yogurt that much. On the other hand, I LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but after eating PB&J toast for about two weeks now, I can’t go on for much longer. Maybe it’s because yogurt has a milder flavor than PB&J?
My opinion on Chobani flavors: I like everything besides cherry (I just don’t like cherries or cherry flavored stuff in general- that cherry flavored medicine ruined it for me), pomegranate (it has seeds in it), plain, and vanilla. I like everything else.
2. Playing games to get rid of nerves
Last Saturday I had my Jazz festival for piano (which is where you play a jazz/blues piece for a judge who grades you very generously), and as always, I was nervous. Playing piano for people is one of my least favorite things ever. It’s so scary.
My friend has a teacher who lets her students play with their music in front of them, but that is not how my teacher does things. With my teacher, you have to play by memory. That means that if you blank while playing, you’re stranded there at the piano bench with a horribly blank mind. It’s like an actor forgetting his lines in the middle of a live show.
But this time I tried a new technique that I heard about from the book Superbetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More Resilient*. The * says “Powered by the Science of Games.” The whole book is about the benefits of 1) treating life kind of like a game and 2) playing games. In one chapter where the author explains why playing games can be good for you, she talks about an experiment that researchers did.
Here’s the short version: Really bad burn injuries are the most painful kind of injury. Doctors split burn patients into two groups. One group wore headsets and went into a virtual reality called Snow World during treatments. The other didn’t.
Here’s an actual quote from the book explaining the results (if you don’t want to read it, skip ahead for my paraphrased version):
“Snow World players were able to almost entirely ignore whatever pain did remain. They reported being consciously aware of pain only 8 percent of the time. Compare this with traditional burn treatment… patients typically report spending 100 percent of treatment time thinking about their excruciating pain.”
Basically, the people who played in the virtual reality felt less pain during all the procedures, not because they were actually in less pain, but because they thought about it a lot less.
I’ll be using this strategy before my teacher’s recital next month too. I’m trying to do that thing psychologists talk about where you frame hard stuff as challenges not problems and whatever, so I’m not going to say anything negative about my current mindset about the recital except that if I wasn’t trying to be positive, this whole section would be filled with loud and emotional capital letters. Also: please pray for me.
3. The origins of a famous phrase and a word
It was Greek to me.
This phrase is from a scene in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when a man didn’t understand what another guy was saying because he was literally speaking in Greek.
Me paraphrasing my history textbook: You know how in the old times kids became apprentices and worked for free under people to learn a skill? After a few years, the apprentices turned into “journeymen” and actually got paid for their work. Then, if they wanted to become a master,
Me quoting my history textbook: “a journeyman had to produce a “masterpiece,” a finished piece in his craft that allowed the master craftsmen of the guild to judge whether the journeyman was qualified.”
IS THAT NOT SO COOL.
4. Gardetto’s special request
My ranking of chex mix components:
5. Window pane pretzels
4. Circular pretzels (The two forms of pretzels taste the same, but the circles are better to play with- well, I guess you can form letters out of the windowpane ones. Okay, now I don’t know.)
3. Bread sticks
2. Brown chex
1. Yellow chex and brown chips
The other day at school, a girl was holding a bag a chips that ONLY CONTAINED THE BROWN CHIPS. I got so excited. Bags of just your favorite chex mix components is an invention I feel like everybody has wished for at some point and finding out that it actually exists was very, very, very cool.
Sidenote 1: Wikipedia says that the special request bags were released in 2006. How did I only learn about this now???
Sidenote 2: They need to release special requests of all of them.
5. Apple earbuds have a pause button.
This isn’t something I learned in April, but I’m going to throw it in here anyways because it’s pretty cool. You know how the standard Apple earbuds have the little rectangular section for volume adjustment? The part between the volume increase and decrease buttons is a pause button. It’s handy except that once you pause it, you can’t unpause it by pressing it again. You have to turn your phone on and do it.
What are you rankings of the different chex mix ingredients? DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SPECIAL REQUEST BAGS?? I seriously don’t understand how I’ve never heard of them or seen them in stores before now. It’s been eleven years. Does the origin of masterpiece not blow your minds? The chapter we’re reading for history is pretty interesting. It also talked about the origin of the word university and Bachelor/Master degrees. Also, a few parts actually made me laugh. Let me say that again: a history textbook made me LAUGH. Hm, there’s a blog post idea. Do you get nervous before public performances & any tips on how to conquer those nerves?