It's been a couple of hours since class was over, I gotta say that it was quite an interesting and very fun class, it had been more than 10 years since I used play-doh.
But let's start from the beginning, I came into class hungry because I was running too late to get any food, and just why was I running late? Because I was working on one of those lovely projects that own your life (because you let them) as I had mentioned before on my previous entry. But the point I'm trying to reach is that there was some Quiche in the classroom which I devoured with vigorous enjoyment or appreciation. This Quiche brought yet another movie into mind "Waitress" with Keri Russell, in this movie Keri plays "Jenna" a waitress with a unique talent for pie-making, (ah, here comes the catch) Jenna uses her creativity in the kitchen with every pie she makes, or thinks about. Every time that a situation presents in Jenna's life she imagines a pie to go with the situation at hand, such as the I HATE MY HUSBAND PIE: “You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel..." other pies include the PREGNANT MISERABLE SELF PITYING LOSER PIE, BABY SCREAMING IT'S HEAD OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND RUINING MY LIFE PIE and EARL MURDERS ME BECAUSE I'M HAVING AN AFFAIR PIE. I just figured I had to include a bit about cooking creativity into this entry, because believe it or not, being creative in the kitchen can bring amazing results and save the moment every once in a while. How do I know this? I have worked in the food industry since I was 14, I am currently a cook at a fancy Sea Food restaurant and I know of the importance of being creative in the kitchen. Maybe something goes bad and there is no time to fix it, or no more ingredients...this is some serious creativity here people, being creative under pressure is key in a kitchen (and other jobs) there is absolutely no time to tap into the Flow and find the bliss of the moment, you need to fix 20 burnt chicken breasts, find a good substitute for butter, deal with the overly-salted soup of the day that the new kitchen-aide just ruined, all of this in time for dinner.
Keri Russell in "Waitress" a nice picture break from all that reading.
Now, back to class. I had some serious problems focusing in class today, especially as people talked about the definition of creativity and the reasons why creativity requires effort. It felt as if I had skipped an episode of my favorite show and even when I knew the characters and the plot, I had missed that special twist or denouement. I wonder if I should get me some Ritalin pills for next class. I still don't know much about the effects of these meds, I just had my first experience with them this past Tuesday when I took one in the hopes that I would concentrate on my entrepreneurship class. Little tiny pill backfired, even though I had some incredible clarity and concentration I couldn't care less about entrepreneurship class, instead I assigned every song in my iPod a number, then played the songs on the random (or Shuffle) mode and wrote down the numbers as the songs came up. Once I had gone through the entire playlist I assigned variables and started graphing, by the end of the class I had figured out a formula to determine what the next "random" song would be.
The thing here is...does the use of neurobehavioral drugs curb creativity?