Aisha Cashmere

My essays and observations.

Getting Over Your Cold

Your mom was right, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water. 

I know you want to load up on cold medicine but it will only make you feel worse. Here are my steps to getting over a cold:

At the first sign, usually a scratchy throat and post-nasal drip, do a nasal rinse or neti pot. 

Go home, make some chicken soup. Make a pitcher of tea. Fill up your water bottle. 

Get in bed and subsist on soup, sandwiches, tea and water. 

Sleep with your head elevated. 

For entertainment: sketch, watch a BBC miniseries, read a funny book, finish a puzzle. 

Don’t work. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t do anything that will get your temperature up. Just lay there. 

Remember: The World Will Go On Without You. 

Bar + Lounge idea: ORNERY. A place for disillusioned young professionals to gripe about modern society.
Featuring…
Dour Hour Dollar Shots
Beat the Fax Game
Poetry Slam Open Mic - I Hate My Cubicle Night
Storm clouds and umbrella drinks.

Bar + Lounge idea: ORNERY. A place for disillusioned young professionals to gripe about modern society.

Featuring…

Dour Hour Dollar Shots

Beat the Fax Game

Poetry Slam Open Mic - I Hate My Cubicle Night

Storm clouds and umbrella drinks.

Love Vera Bradley website’s pattern descriptions.

"A burst of cheerful flowers makes this lively garden an ideal home for  these swirly-shelled creatures. Turquoise, ochre, cream, scarlet and  golden tones really pop against a canvas of deep midnight blue. In the  border and on the lining, our happy friends wander through pretty posies  and luscious leaves."

Love Vera Bradley website’s pattern descriptions.

"A burst of cheerful flowers makes this lively garden an ideal home for these swirly-shelled creatures. Turquoise, ochre, cream, scarlet and golden tones really pop against a canvas of deep midnight blue. In the border and on the lining, our happy friends wander through pretty posies and luscious leaves."

This little drawing / reminder was influenced by two articles on anti-hacks and figuring out what you really want to do. 
On it I have the things which I am passionate about - in broad terms because if I were to enumerate every passion of mine, it wouldn’t fit on the page. And they change in intensity like the tide every few months.
I also have a list of things I am MADE to - being creative, writing, singing, helping.
And the third has a big penciled in question mark: What will I do?
All this to help me follow the directive: Stop doing things you don’t want to do.
What would you do if you stopped all the things you don’t want to do?
P.S. This doesn’t mean shirking responsibility and living like a fat billionaire, it’s about getting to the root of things that really make you come alive.

This little drawing / reminder was influenced by two articles on anti-hacks and figuring out what you really want to do

On it I have the things which I am passionate about - in broad terms because if I were to enumerate every passion of mine, it wouldn’t fit on the page. And they change in intensity like the tide every few months.

I also have a list of things I am MADE to - being creative, writing, singing, helping.

And the third has a big penciled in question mark: What will I do?

All this to help me follow the directive: Stop doing things you don’t want to do.

What would you do if you stopped all the things you don’t want to do?

P.S. This doesn’t mean shirking responsibility and living like a fat billionaire, it’s about getting to the root of things that really make you come alive.

You’re not a nerd / geek unless…

Being a geek or nerd is sooo hot right now. Don’t you agree?

I don’t. You know why? Just because you sling a few lines of HTML or Javascript, watched all the Star Wars films, and went to ComiCon doesn’t mean you’re a nerd. In fact, you’re just a dilettante, far as I’m concerned.

You’re not a nerd or a geek unless your level of expertise and knowledge in an area makes others uncomfortable.

Unless you know the life story of Chewbacca, unless you’ve developed your own coding language, unless you’ve feverishly collected items that would be deemed toys by most adults - you are not a nerd or a geek.

You are a dilettante.

Unless you’ve spent at least a decade studying something from the inside out, you’re not a nerd.

Unless you’ve devoted yourself to something so intensely that you forgot to shower for weeks on end, you’re not a nerd.

Unless you’ve turned a member of your preferred sex off with the things you say about the things you’re obsessed with, you’re note a nerd.

So let this be a line in the sand for those dilettantes who fancy themselves nerds.

Nerdiness is NOT attractive. It’s compulsive, it’s obsessive, it’s life-consuming.

Why isn’t nerdiness attractive? Because nerds don’t fashion their outward appearance to be attractive - they fashion their outward appearance to reflect their obsessions. And those who are attracted to nerds aren’t attracted to them BECAUSE of their appearance; it’s because of their obsession.

That’s not to say all nerds are in the tech field. I am obsessed with Opera and have known Opera fanatics who are, shall we say, more maladjusted than me. We are Opera Nerds. Our fanaticism makes others uncomfortable. I’ve dedicated MY LIFE to Opera. Yes, as a child I watched La Boheme and Le Nozze di Figaro instead of whatever else was on at the time. I’ve got a degree in it. We did have a falling out, but it was for the better really. We’re back together again and stronger than ever before.

That’s deep.

That’s being a nerd.

Who’s with me on this?

Also, send me more “Unless you’re ____, you’re not a nerd.” And don’t be afraid to yell out “YOU ARE NOT A NERD!”