Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1) Why do people answer their phones just to tell you "I'm busy, can you call me back?" or "I'm with a client, now is not a good time."
Umm, did you just forget the last 20 seconds-you answered your phone. I can leave you a perfectly good voicemail and you may call me back at your leisure. I promise, that's fine.
2) Closely related to #1...Why do people whom I don't interact with regularly, call me and simply say "Hi Erin, it's Bob."
Note to population-there are many Bobs in the world. Not just you. Let alone Rob, Robert, Bobby, and Bobby Joe. It is a courtesy to identify yourself and the company you're with. Give me some context people. Try as I might to know everyone, I will be able to focus on what you're telling me rather than racking my brain simultaneously to figure out which Bob you are.
3) For the love of Father Time, please don't talk to just to hear your own voice. Take a note from Gwen and the boys, and simply, "Don't Speak."
My hour is up kiddos. Until next time, may you find the glass half full, as I do every other hour of the day except therapy time!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
To differentiate between my maternal grandparents who lived 3 miles from home, this set of grandparents has always been known as Grandma and Grandpa by the Dinosaurs for this reason:
They lived in Joshua Tree and we always passed through Cabazon, home of the famous T-Rex and Brontosaurus that hang out by the freeway, to get there.
Last weekend Grandma and I enjoyed a great afternoon chat. She is one of the nicest, gentlest, and goodhearted souls that walk this earth. I am glad we have been able to spend time together while she's been down, and I think upon her farewell dinner in a week or two, I'll have to find the ingredients to make her favorite drink, a Pink Squirrel.
I am a devoted reader of WeddingBee even almost a year after being married. Boys calls this wedding porn for women, and I completely agree. I love the essence of weddings and with two of my girls getting married and coordinating one for a third friend, I need to research these things anyway.
Moving on, most brides want to look their best on the big day and swear by Jillian Michaels' "The Shred." I follow a few of the bees on Twitter and last week local lovely Mrs. Meatball posted that it was just $6 on Amazon. Well I hurried my derriere over there to make a contribution to the economy.
The workout is based on the 3-2-1 method: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs, done 3 times, for a 20 minute workout. Normally each week I swim or run 4-5 days and consider myself in pretty good shape, but needed a little extra oomph as I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. This video had over 1000 comments of women raving about it, so I was certain it would work. Well level one could have been level 10! I was sweating in the warm up! Good golly miss Molly my muscles were screaming at me. Jillian doesn't let you take breaks either. She is very much a drill seargeant/nazi leader/fat camp counselor--it's fitting seeing she is the trainer on the Biggest Loser. Her principles ring true though-stick to the workout for 30 days and I can only imagine you'll see results. My day one results: rock solid calves. Note to self: self-stretching required for those muscles.
I had thought about doing a photo series of my body as it lost weight but I am both too vain (assuming I end up looking like a Brazilian supermodel) and too private, though it would hold me accountable. I know, how can you hold two opposite thoughts of that nature-I am a woman. If I see crazy dramatic results before and after the 30 days, I'll do two of those photos. We'll see how far I've come in the toning department come August 24!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Now this is one saucy catch of a friend and girl!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This was a fashion challenge. I do not own golf wear, and I had to go through the work day with the same ensemble, different shoes. I think it worked, but I took away my style points for the combination. And please excuse the sorry excuse for a ponytail-where did my perkiness go?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thank you so much Ellie, I could not be happier! If your blog needs a fresh new look, scootch your browser over to her site and just try to pick a template. I dare you.
This blog received the "fashion" tag, as it falls in the category of fashion, blog fashion. A very real part of the fashion industry.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Later that evening, Scott and I had a much-anticipated ahi dinner that was about 4 nights in the making. And man was it worth the wait.
I confess I did not eat my broccoli.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
As anyone who has seen the post below this, you can identify me as a self-proclaimed Potter-Head. I have read the series six times, yes six times, consecutively, with the exception of the 7th, which I will read on its own out of sheer literary love.
You can bet I bought my tickets to the July 15 midnight showing a week in advance and did a countdown each day. Also note that I drove past the theater on my way home from work at 5:30, then drove back again at 7:30 inspecting crowd size, finally beginning to hold our place in line, at 8:30. I have waited in line longer than 3.5 hours. Last November for our first tv, Scott did it across the way at Best Buy. I am no stranger to sidewalk-derriere. But I digress, or mostly want you to read through that veiled claim at my dedication.
I was ready for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. What I was not ready for was feeling like a lost reader hung out to dry. I don’t want to list a litany of spoilers for those who have any desire to see the movie, other than point out they are only spoilers for those who read the books. Don’t expect to see truth. Don’t expect to see accurate representations of stories, accounts, and accusations, though there will be scrambled, notable one-liners. Don’t imagine to witness two of the most described, envisioned, and emotional scenes on screen. And don’t look forward to Hagrid, who makes a brief two appearances in the movie, and that’s including full camera and focus time on screen.
Look forward to your next reading of the story and slip back into your own imagination. I can only hope that production seeks a new director next time otherwise your theatres won’t be full of Hogwarts’ greatest fans.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Focuses on developing World Wide Web pages for the Internet using HTML. Covers writing HTML code, creating hypertext links, working with design elements, creating text and graphic tables, and coding frames and forms.
I can tell you I pretty much received none of that. I think I learned more by formatting my MySpace page a few years ago and obviously with the help of my better half coaching me through this 1990s era course.
For some background, I decided to take the course, which my job ever so kindly paid for, because I am enjoying blogging and would like to learn how to convert this blog to a website and the design aspects behind it. Watching Scott working on Web sites and helping Ashley out with the design and planning of her business, really intrigued me to learn more.
The course was six weeks long, roughly from Memorial Day to the 4th of July. We had one orientation meeting where the prof went over the syllabus and I kid you not, explained how to open a web browser with the words "invoke the internet." For a fleeting moment, I thought I might have needed a more advanced class. It was also one of those moments (which I swear happen a lot) where I look around to see if anyone else thought that was a rather special statement to make. Because this was an online course, I pictured more professionals like myself at the orientation but was pretty surprised to find many college students doing it on the side with a few older moms and one advanced child there with his own mom. If he could do it, I could.
The foundational problem with the course is that it is all purely theoretical web development. Students are graded on quizzes (which can be taken multiple times, with no time limit) based on material presented in the textbook and PowerPoint lectures. Projects are optional. WTF? How on earth am I going to learn to do this by theory? Clearly I planned to attempt the projects with Scott's help, so that I may actually gain something from this. With my job paying for it, I felt especially accountable to get their money's worth as well.
I did a fairly good job with Scott's assistance in building two quasi-websites with content provided to me. However, the projects were flawed by the instructor's poor planning. Because I am still new to the terminology and overall construction of website design, I can tell you in layman's (my own) terms, that the pages were not fitting the browser as it was resized and were utilizing out of date HTML code such as the font tag and framing, which I still can't wrap my brain around it's so archaic. Additionally, he would switch from CSS to HTML on the assumption that a beginner-level student knew the difference. Remember, this is coming from the man who said "invoke the Internet."
The grading rubric was also flawed. I am an over-achiever, always will be, and with the job paying for the course, I wanted to do well, just to well, say so. As I stated above, projects were optional and if the grade was higher than that of the final, would replace that final exam. I only completed 2/4 projects when I realized how much of a waste of time it was for me, and Scott who was coaching me through. I had prepared myself for a scary final full of code to decipher but was again met with theory and out of date questions that even the W3C would balk at. It was not until after I submitted the exam that I noticed the grading rubric INCLUDED the 4 projects in the total along with the exam. Again, WTF? It clearly states they are optional, so I have no idea what this guy is smoking. He's in his 60s, do the math.
So now I am left with maybe an ounce of gained HTML knoweldge and no real understanding of how to apply it. I definitely want to continue to pursue it-I set out hoping to further my skill set and still plan to. I will probably take another course offered by a work colleague and even have Scott help me with some work projects.
One thing I did learn was how truly hard it can be to be working full time and then having to devote time and attention to another need. Having finished school in December 2006 it has been almost 3 years since I've had to find time for academic work-I do not miss that. This experience also gave me some insight into working moms who go back to school, and what they must balance. Definitely an appreciation for their hard work and determination to succeed both professionally and at home.
Friday, July 3, 2009
1. A Schwinn Cruiser, preferably in a super sweet color like eggplant or aqua
This would entail a new desk, shelves, drawers with files, etc.
I have loved my CanonPowershot that has been all over the world, literally. Twice to Africa and London with Scott, and New York, Boston, and Fiji with the two of us. He is old, tired, and a little fatigued. Sadly, he is ready for retirement after a good 6 years serving.