“Google doodles”

8 May

“Google has put up at least 16 different doodles on its home page to celebrate the 76th birth anniversary of English author and illustrator Charles Roger Hargreaves. Hargreaves is best known for his series of Mr Men and Little Miss books for children.”

(Full article and doodles after the jump.)

Roger Hargreaves

Can I just say I love when Google does this? (My favorite homepage being from Michael Jackson’s birthday a few months after his death.)

Although Google is headquartered in California, their homepage must be set to change on east coast time since I’ve seen two different themes today. For Mother’s Day the homepage simply read “Google,” but the “l” was a long-stemmed daisy. Now, it depicts a different Hargreaves image with each refresh.

I understand having a themed logo for a national holiday, but for an artist’s 76th birthday? So my question is:

Who decides which days deserve a special Google doodle?

I want that job!


Ta Kala Diokomen

7 May

As cliché as it may sound, I cannot imagine what my college experience would be like without Kappa Delta. Being in a sorority has taught me more life lessons than any textbook ever could have.

Growing up I had always been a tomboy and got along better with the guys than girls. I definitely never imagined I would go through formal sorority recruitment! My mom and aunts, all Chi Omega legacies, encouraged me to go through the process—to at least give it a chance so I could make my decision based on personal experience instead of stereotypes.

Put nicely, being on that end of recruitment was an unpleasant experience. Hundreds of girls were judging me, and in my mind I had already judged them. I either wanted to be a Chi-O or I did not want to be in a sorority at all. (Of course, the Chi-Os thought I was a desperate wanna-be and after the first day of recruitment cut me.)

Kappa Delta was my second choice.

The women in the house—although not the most attractive on campus—were warm and welcoming, down to earth, silly, good listeners, well-rounded as a bunch and had an adorable house mom with sweet cinnamon breath and who gave me a hug the second time I met her.

By the end of the week of recruitment Kappa Delta became my first choice. And after four years, the women and house became my sisters and home.

I won’t dismiss that being in a sorority can have a negative connotation, however. Binge drinkers. Promiscuous. Immature. Anorexic. Fake.

Nationally and at the University of Oregon, Kappa Delta is not this type of sorority. Kappa Delta has more philanthropies (four) than any other nationally recognized sorority. All Kappa Deltas must be involved in an activity outside of the sorority and school. We each serve five hours of community service per term (and many serve more!). We have a mandatory GPA of 2.7 or higher. And on Friday nights, alcohol-free sisterhood bonding events are common at the house.

Although some do contribute to it, I strongly believe that the general stereotype of sorority women is wrong. Like any club, we are inevitably social, but the exaggerated and yet also oversimplified ideals of sororities is just wrong. I’m not the only one who feels that way, journalists at USA Today College agree.

Kappa Delta introduced me to my best friends. Kappa Delta networked and bonded me to thousands of other strong women nationally. Kappa Delta nurtured me into the woman I am today, like our five pillars of excellence: Confident. Philanthropic. Socially successful. Intelligent. A leader.

Senior year and my last time on the "KD" side of recruitment.



1 May

Only seven posts in and I’m already running out of blog topics. As mentioned in my initial post, I hope to use this blog somewhat professionally, but also in a fun manner showing my social side. That said, a notable although unplanned theme across my blog is moderation. This situation is no exception.

Sure, I could blog about the NASDAQ or Osama bin Laden’s death, but would these posts be entertaining? Doubt it. Oppositely, I could post my views on the Royal Wedding or summer 2011 fashion trends, but would these topics further me at all professionally? Unlikely. As the worlds of business and pleasure need a balance, so too does my blog.

I like to think I'm well rounded...

Although this blog topic in itself might initially seem boring, it’s actually a common one. In fact, communications guru Chris Brogan ranked it number nine in his “100 Blog Topics” list. Among others (that I find balanced and you can likely expect posts on) are:

  • #1 How I Use Facebook
  • #23 My Mother is On Facebook
  • #35 Do Rock Stars Need Social Media Strategies
  • #55 Breaking Down My Favorite Blog.

In the meantime, I also opened my Twitter up for blog post suggestions. One recommendation was to listen to then summarize interviews held on the Northwest Breakout Show. My long-term public relations goal is to be an artist publicist–so although slightly more “fun” than “professional,” I think this could work. Thank you to friend and local artist The Kid Espifor that idea!

So although I have come up with a few new topics, I’ll ask my readers as well… Do YOU have any blog post suggestions for Up and Coming Cristina Dunning?

Reserved for:

30 Apr

Let me preface this post with the finale: Work this week was awesome!

I spent the week working on a product placement aka “celebrity seeding” project, where I scroll through celebrity gossip blogs looking for celebs wearing one of our shoe clients’ new line. This is both a fun and easy job–a bit time consuming since I have a list of about thirty blogs to scan dating back to March 1st, but I’d choose it over office work any day.

Although I’m primarily looking only at their feet, it’s hard not to read the headlines. I can recap more celebrity gossip than I can news for the past month and a half!

Another highlight to the work week was a Friday-afternoon, video world premiere and live show from Portugal. The Man. (Yes, there is a period in the middle of their name.) Originally from Alaska, the band now calls Portland, Ore. home, and was proud to release their new video and kick off their tour in the Rose City.

Two coworkers, a friend and I attended the premiere. We were instantly greeted by Entercom executives and shown to our front row, reserved table. Presented on a large projection screen, the video is gruesomely graphic aka “artistic” according to Portlanders, but showcases the band’s unique indie style and musical range. A three song set followed.

(NOTE: The video is not online yet, check back for a link soon!)

Catlin, me and Ali outside the Mission Theatre...excited!

Portugal. The Man

Inside the Mission Theatre...inches away from our seats just after the premiere.

Needless to say, the premiere and week in general were spent productively and in good company!

Bilingual vs. Fluent

24 Apr

Is there a difference between being bilingual and fluent in another language?

I’m half Cuban. First American-born gen. And an English-as-a-first-language speaker. My resume currently reads, “bilingual in Spanish” and my Twitter bio lists “bilingual” as well. However, as I’m on the brink of completing internships, graduating college and interviewing for career positions, I want to perfect my resume and self-presentation.

Although I learned Spanish in school, I’ve always had an advantage over my classmates, who unlike me could not practice at home. Especially as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate my heritage and realize the value in it–beyond acing my homework.

As I pick apart the definitions of bilingual vs. fluent, I would now say I’m fluent and only nearly-bilingual in Spanish. The key difference being equality between the languages. I cannot speak Spanish “with equal fluency” as I do English. I can however, speak Spanish “easily” and in a “flowing” manner. I can confidently say that speak more fluidly than many of my classmates and I can naturally roll my Rs, but put me in a court room and ask me to translate? I’ll fail to salsa smoothly across the room.

Pues, it looks like it’s time to update my resume–from bilingual to fluent!

Proud to be a Cuban-American!

Sometimes…I blog on Sundays.

17 Apr

We can all relate.

Whether it be studying, relaxing, releasing endorphins at the gym or a combination of the above, I am a firm believer that Sunday kicks off the rest of the week’s productivity and should be spent cultivating it.

Here’s a glimpse into how I mentally and physically prepare for the work week:

  1. Rise and shine with a power bar for breakfast and a cup of coffee for the road. Straight to…
  2. ZUMBA! at 10 a.m.
  3. Come home and eat a hearty brunch. Usually something high in fiber and protein, like an omelet.
  4. Shower off the ZUMBA!
  5. Errands time! This usually consists of a trip to Target, The Dollar Tree (I wish I was already at the top, the reality is I’m up-and-coming) or both; the bank; the grocery store.
  6. Speaking from experience, it’s important that Step 5 follows Step 3 so I don’t “eat with my eyes” and over-buy at the grocery store.
  7. By the time I get home and unload my goods, it’s usually around 4 p.m.—either time to nap or time to do something active and keep the day rolling!
  8. Because I’ve already had so much fiber and protein throughout the Sunday, I try to keep Sunday dinners light (e.g. salad, soup, half a sandwich, fruit).
  9. Homework time AKA “Sometimes…I blog on Sundays” time.
  10. Finally, I pack as much of my lunch for the next day as I can. I don’t always make time for this during the weekdays, but it’s nice to do a little less on an oh-so-dreaded, Monday morning.
  11. Again, it’s always the goal, but not always the outcome to be in bed by 10 p.m. during the weekdays, but on Sundays I commit to making it happen.

How do you prepare for your upcoming week?

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