Yearly Archives: 2012

Happy October! Happy Org changes. And happy Opportunities.

I almost forgot that I had giant Bose headphones that I bought a few years ago. They’ve been collecting dust for some time and I’ve just brought them back out over the weekend. Today, I studied with exhilarating tunes blasting in my ears. With headphones like these, you drown helplessly into an ocean of melody and are transported into another universe. I can study for hours and hours like this.

The shot below is an alternative perspective of the same abandoned house from yesterday’s post.

abandoned barn, hamilton ontario

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:17 pm
September 30, 2012

My friend James and I went hunting for abandoned houses this afternoon. Here’s a wicked one.

If you’ve ever stepped onto abandoned property, you’d know that you get this uneasy feeling. Fear is probably the best way to describe it but it’s interesting to note the difference in what drives that fear in you. For James, it was the legal side of things and the way we’ve broken the law by trespassing onto property that clearly says ‘No Trespassing’ and may therefore get caught and charged. Or worse yet, get caught by some Texas Chainsaw Massacre guy and harmed along the way. I on the other hand, don’t even think twice about things of that nature, which in hindsight are quite realistic fears. I am instead rather scared of supernatural happenings like a ghostly shadow behind the trees, the sound of a weeping child, or a zombie (much like the ones from The Walking Dead) limping out of the barn house.

abandoned barn, countryside art, hamilton ontario

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 5:08 pm
September 27, 2012

I’m up to question #80 of 170 data sufficiency questions and they’re getting really, really hard and I’m struggling with them (lol).

Mary persuaded n friends to donate $500 each to her election campaign, and then each of these n friends persuaded n more people to donate $500 each to Mary’s campaign. If no one donated more than once and if there were no other donations, what was the value of n?

Statement 1: The first n people donated 1/16 of the total amount donated.
Statement 2: The total amount donated was $120,000

(a) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
(b) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
(c) BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.
(d) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.
(e) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data specific to the problem are needed.

What the heck is even going on in that question?

It’s crunch time at work and I love it! Busy is the best. Downtime gives me anxiety.

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 6:16 pm
September 24, 2012

It’s as if a light bulb had literally been flicked on in my head and GMAT data sufficiency is suddenly a walk in the park. The human brain is fascinating in the way it adapts, digests, and familiarizes itself with new and complex information. Five months ago, data sufficiency was the sour grape of my life and now it’s quite the opposite.

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:51 pm
September 23, 2012

I take a liking towards movies that make me feel – whether the emotion is ecstatic and uplifted or distraught and uncomfortable, they’re emotions that make a satisfying movie treat. World’s Greatest Dad was deep, dark, and depressing, but comedic in a really twisted way. I’ve grown fascinated with dark comedies over the years because they’ve mastered how to put you in a state of agony while they rip your heart out and make you laugh at the same time. Click here for the premise of the movie. The acting was convincing and well done, especially from the boy who played Robin Williams’ son, who managed to get under my skin so much so that I hated his guts and wanted to throw a rock at him through the television screen. There are mixed reviews about the movie but I’m siding with the positive ones. The ending was weak and left me wanting more, but I enjoyed it all around.

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 12:46 pm
September 19, 2012

Carnivals make me happy. My brain is fried right now and all I want to do is watch Walking Dead and eat cookies. But sadly, I’m a slave to the GMAT for the next hour or so. Yipee!

If y is the smallest positive integer such that 3,150 multiplied by y is the square of an integer, then y must be:
a) 2 b) 5 c) 6 d) 7 e)14

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:31 pm
September 18, 2012

356 sales on Etsy – Vegas prints are on fire. Sales have picked back up this week but I had certainly hit a slump last week, I’m guessing because of back-to-school madness but it’s a bit of a bummer when sales are slow. Actually, it’s a lot of a bummer. What’s interesting is that my boyfriend is a Sales Manager and through him, I have a new found appreciation for hardworking sales professionals because, well, let’s put things into perspective here: I get sad and mopey when Etsy sales are slow, but meanwhile, am I out cold calling, knocking on doors, pounding the pavement prospecting for business, delivering proposals, getting doors slammed in my face, and facing rejection all over the place? No. My state of sadness from an Etsy ‘sales slump’ is hardly justifiable when I spend 25% of my days tending to the shop and don’t do any groundwork to gain my sales. But the truth is, I still get bummed. And my point is, imagine doing all of that work every day and then at the end of it all, still having to sometimes face the fact that sales are slow. Excuse me? Come again? That hurts my ear (and head). So: to the hardworking, and as a result, successful sales professionals out there, I have admiration for your bulletproof attitude and persistence through those doom and gloom days, where many of us may just quickly resort to moping and crying ourselves to sleep with Coldplay songs. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Coldplay, but do admit that their music may help to worsen rather than lift one’s sorrows.)

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:04 pm

I haven’t uploaded a self portrait in a while. This is my love and I sitting on lava rocks from eruptions of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. We were troopers hiking up a trail and climbing rocks in flip flops and sandals. Arenal is like a city inside a cloud. It’s very, very foggy so the tip of the volcano plays peek-a-boo and stays hidden for days at a time. The clouds never actually lifted enough for us to see the entire volcano but what was left to be seen was still beautiful nonetheless.

Happy birthday to one of my dearest friends, Andrea Beiko. I love and miss you, darling! May all your wishes come true.

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 11:31 pm