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EZMiscellaneous Thoughts and Ramblings for the week.
I just finished reading A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer on my Kindle Paperwhite.  As I noted in my previous post, I am really enjoying the art of reading my books digitally now.  Of course part of that may be due to the fact that I am able to check out library books without actually having to go to the library.  Oh Yeah!  And fortunately many of the books on my list of 'Future Reads' are available digitally from my 2 library subscriptions. 
Oh Yeah, Dig It!

Here are a few of my highlights from this week's read:

"Life isn't about finding the answers, it's about asking the questions. The cure for boredom is curiosity."
EZIrvine Family Christmas Vacation: It was quite the family reunion last week as 3 out of 4 of Mom & Dad's kids and their families were in Irvine last week.  Ben, Diane, Julia & Danny stayed with Mom & Dad while Bill, Melissa, Blake & Violet and Yvonne, Alexis & I (Kyle was working) stayed at the Embassy Suites near the airport.

Julia put together quite the list of things to do and places to go, and go we did.  Here are a few of the pictures of our adventures.  Enjoy!

A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

EZKitchen Remodel Time Lapse Video: As promised in the final post of 2017, here is the Kitchen Remodel Timelapse Video with Commentary.  Woo!!!
"I've learned to rely on curiosity in two really important ways: first, I use curiosity to fight fear.  In addition, I use curiosity to instill confidence-in my ideas, in my decisions, in my vision, in myself."

"Curiosity rewards persistence.  Persistence is the drive moving you forward. Curiosity provides the navigation."

"I've found that using curiosity to get around the "no," whether "no" is coming from someone else or from my own brain, has taught me some other valuable ways of confronting resistance, of getting things done. A great piece of advice came to me from my longtime friend Herbert A. Allen, the investment banker and creator of the remarkable media and technology conference he hosts every year in Sun Valley, Idaho (called simply the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference). Many years ago, he told me: make the hardest call of the day first.
The "hardest call" might be an email you have to send, it might be a conversation you need to have in person with someone in your own office. Whatever it is, the reason you think of it as the "hardest call of the day" is because there's something scary about it. It's going to be uncomfortable in some way-either in the encounter itself, or in the outcome of the encounter.
"Make the hardest call first." That's not quite about curiosity, and it's not quite about determination-it's a little bit of both. It's grit. It's character. Grab hold of the one task that really must be done-however much you're not looking forward to it-and tackle it."

"Asking for people's help-rather than directing it-is almost always the smart way of doing things, regardless of the stakes."

"Curiosity creates interest. It can also create excitement."

"Curiosity requires a certain amount of bravery-the courage to reveal you don't know something, the courage to ask a question of someone. But curiosity can also give you courage. It requires confidence-just a little bit-but it repays you by building up your confidence."

"When you know more, you can do more. Curiosity is a state of mind. More specifically, it's the state of having an open mind."

One of the take-aways I got from this book and something I try to put into practice is to 'Get comfortable with being a little uncomfortable.'

An example of this is something I already do every day at work - I use the stairs instead of the elevator.  And to take this a step further, on Tuesday's and Thursday's, I take the stairs 2-at-a-time.

EZLink of the Week:  This amazing visualization shows how the world's ships move goods around the globe.

EZHint: Skip to 3:19 if you want to watch Blake & I wake surf.

Update: Warner Music Group only allows you to view the video on YouTube's site.

EZ2005 Christmas Kitten Surprise: There was a lot a cat sharing pictures in Irvine last week.  Here is how Alexis & Kyle welcomed Bo & Daisy into our house.