Monthly Archives: May 2008

just resting…

Hello Innernets! It’s been a long, sleep deprived week. I apologize for the lack of posts!  It doesn’t help that I’ve had problems with my work computer crashing every time I tried to save or publish.

Sometimes I don’t really *heart* technology.

But back to some hawesomeness – and the reason I’ve been too pooped to post:

To kick it off – I had a GREAT party this last Sunday. About 60+ of my closest friends – and some people I’ve never met before – got together to eat freshly-popped corn, bounce on a moonwalk, and hit up the ice cream truck that stopped by. Also there were burgers, dogs, beer, pop, s’mores. Football, ladder golf, bonfire. Life is good. Life is really really good.

However – life does suck just a little when you are cleaning up after kicking the last guest out at 4am! Getting up a 9 to finish up the heavy cleaning/dishes/etc.

No one threw up on the moonwalk – Yay! Although I was concerned about one of my sangria-influenced friends. 🙂 However, we did have a lot of minor injuries of the bruising/vinyl-burn type from the WWF style activities going on inside the giant inflatable frog. Picture to follow.

* note to self: include bandaids, gauze, and neosporin in next year’s party supply list.

To all my friends (old & new): Thank you for making it a great night (and morning!) – and a great year! I love you all. 🙂

Also to come soon. *golf *getting girly *and taking Jessie’s challenge to go on a date! (I promise I’m working on it, girl!)

Take care – miss ya!

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Memorial day

Memorial Day

long weekend in rememberance

of many heroes

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Back on the shelf

So, I love to read.

I have a stack of books in my “queue” that almost bothers me to look at. So many to read, so little time to do it. And some just keep getting pushed back in line – while newer ones take cuts in front of them.

I recently finished Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. And by recently I mean this morning. I felt like a slow start to my wake up – especially since i had a late night Friday. I’ve been working through this book for a few weeks. I could’ve finished it a lot sooner, but I wanted to relish it. Savor it. It’s that good. I didn’t want to rush through it in a frenzied manor. Don’s writing style, his stories, his real-life characters (including himself) charmed me totally. I wanted to chew on his ideas and really digest his observations.

The subtitle of this book is: Nonreligious thoughts on Christian sprituality. There are great references to music artists (EmmyLou Harris, ani difranco, Patty Griffin, The Pogues), movies, books, liberal colleges, and outdoors experiences. And – (AMEN!) I finally found a kindred spirit – a fellow Christian who doesn’t believe that the Democratic Party is evil. I am not the sole member of the religious left. holla.

I highly recommend reading this book. Christian or not – it’s just good storytelling. It’s an easy read but it will challenge you to think about your viewpoints.

A favorite quote from the book – reminiscing about his visit to the base of the Grand Canyon:

There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing. (They hang there, the stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries, swirling in the blue like jazz.)

There are other references in this book to “blue” and “jazz”. I can’t say that this excerpt is where he got the title from, but the word picture here just hit me. I could relate to it. And I don’t think I’ll look at a glorious star filled sky the same way again.

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My bf

So I thought I’d introduce you to my boyfriend finally. I feel like I’ve been sharing everything else with you lately, dear innernets.

Let’s see: He’s a cute brunette and Really funny. Almost as funny as me. We just laugh and laugh and laugh. He’s usually busy on Saturday nights, but if I stay up late enough I get to see him sometimes. He lives out of state, which is kind of a bummer, but we make it work the best we can. We first met in NY one weekend a loooong time ago – and although we clicked, neither of us was in a rush to get serious. And then there was Boston, and the Red Sox, and magical Fenway Park. And that’s when I knew it was love.

His name is Jimmy, but I like to call him James sometimes, just for kicks. I don’t have a great picture of the both of us, but I do have one of him:

james

see, I told you he was cute!

Although James is a great (imaginary) bf – I have had to make some sacrifices to be with him.  The hardest of all was breaking up with my previous ibf – John Cusak.  Although my friend Bossy made it a little easier on my by claiming him as her own.  And I really can’t argue, or even get mad at her – she’s clearly way more dedicated than I am.  I guess I just wasn’t as committed to the relationship.   Looking back, I don’t know if I could ever be with someone who referred to his job as “his craft“.  But Bossy is in true love.  She made a great video montage of their relationship.  Until I can fix my computer to link to the video directly, go to Bossy’s site to check it out.

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haiku for lawn mowing motivation

The dandelions

growing tall in the back yard

embarrass me so.

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ch-ch-ch-changes

So, about my boss. I got a new one this week. I think it’ll be a good thing. I’ve worked alongside him and his team for some time now, and I had a lot of opportunity to watch his management style in action and to see how he really looks out for his reps.

Still, I am going to miss my previous manager. I had a year to get used to her and really came to like her as a person. I liked having a manager who was on site, and whom I could bounce ideas off of and get immediate feedback.

While change is good – it’s still change. I have to learn the new guy’s communication style. How often do I check in with him? How do I know when he wants something prioritized? Will he give me all the details on a project, or just the bare facts – leaving me to deduce the rest. Plus, he’s off-site most of the time. So I have to get used to communicating by phone, email and voicemail.

But it gives me an opportunity to have more of the “Field sales rep” experience. Learning to manage my time/projects/territory on my own and be accountable for my time and efforts.

I’m a little nervous, but optimistic. I’m used to change at this point. There’s been nothing but it since I’ve moved into the sales department of my company. In 5 years, I’ve had 6 managers, three job roles, two lab operating systems, and a partridge in a pear tree.

And so the adventure continues….

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Coming up for air.

Wow – I can’t believe it’s been a week since I last posted.

Hello, Innernets! Long time no see!

It’s just been one of those weeks:  Work, class, golf league, more work…..  One lucky thing: no funerals this week.  Lately, I’ve been on a real streak with those unfortunately.
Monday: work (lots of changes there – and lots of meetings to discuss the changes); followed by FPU class at night.  Tues: work – drive 70 miles round trip to set up for a trade show – then back to work for some last minute meetings before golf league.  Wed: work, travel to trade show again, get home late from that and veg out.  Thurs: Work all day at office (yay! no meetings!), followed by small group and getting ready for the last day of the show.  Fri: at the trade show by 7:30 to set up, work all morning by myself (my coworker never showed up….) took down the booth and drove back to the office to turn in some reports. Out with some friends to watch Chronicles of Narnia, then enjoyed a beer with my girlfriend Sarah to recap about the movie and the guy I’m interested in.

Saturday was a lot more relaxing – I just needed some breathing room.  I ended up having a wicked headache and vegged out most of the day.  Today? morning jog, church, returned some stuff, Kenya meeting, mowed lawn, laundry, clean house, and relaxing now before I hang out with some great 8th graders.

So, as you can see, I simply don’t have time to squeeze in the nervous breakdown I so desperately need right now! 🙂

I used to live every week like this – now they only happen every once in a while.  Thank God!  I worked hard to weed a lot of “clutter” out of my schedule.  It really took a lot of discipline to learn how to say “NO”.  But it’s paid off in spades.  The next few weeks won’t be nearly as bad – I don’t think I could handle this pace much longer.

Let’s see: what else is new.?

1.) my boss.  Got a new one this week.  I’ll chat more about that later.

2.) my work team – related to item #1.

3.) Golf league started this week.  I really missed the gang – especially since one lady retired a few months ago and I don’t get to see her around the office any more.

4.) my nails.  another story I’ll have to share later.

5.) party planning – can’t wait to share more details on the great shindig going on next week. woo-hoo!

So – there’s light at the end of the tunnel – I just need to learn to plan ahead a little better so that I don’t have too many weeks like the few I just had.  At least not in a row!

Anyone else ever get like this?  Any tips on how to get through

it/avoid it? (that doesn’t involve copious amounts of alcohol or chakra realignment.) 🙂

Here’s to a great week, and the official start of summer.

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