Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vacationing with LIlly

We went to RI for the weekend. Joseph rented a house in South Kingstown. So who knew that South Kingstown would be 30 miles away from North Kingstown??

The two families got a long great. JJ played with Emma and Rachel and had an absolute ball. On Saturday, we went to the RI airshow. Our friend Carole and her husband Steve, can over afterwards for dinner. Had the best time cooking, and eating and drinking! LOL.

On Sunday, I went for a bike ride. I wish I had brought my other bike for Lilly. I think it will fit her fine. But she needs shoes for the clips. Or maybe the hybrid that I never use. On the way home from my bike ride, I passed Lilly with the kids walking on the side of the road. No one recognized me except for Rachel! LOL! Even JJ didn't think it was me. I don't blame them. I don't look like the usual me when I am decked out in my bike gear.

Afterwards, we went to Narraganset to an art show. Ho hum... boring. Nothing too interesting. It was REALLY hot and SUNNY (which I hate) and lots of pictures and drawing. Whatever. Next year, we really need to rent a house together in Narragansett.

Lilly and family went back on Sunday. I was so bummed out. Andrew had to work. He rules that house in so many ways. They should have brought two cars!! JJ missed the girls that night. I felt bad for his loneliness.

Monday, we came home and Jenn and Andy had cleaned the house. Again. Yes. They moved in. More on that later.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Random Thought: Hand Doctor

I think I need to call the Hand Doctor.
Blackberry Thumb prevails.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Out of the Blue

So, this morning at the coffee station, someone I see at work, have been in a few meetings with, who I nod at and say hello to but not much more than that, walked by me and said, "you're looking good these days."

ME: Why, thank you. That's very nice of you.

[He walks by and I think he had to clarify himself... so back he comes..]

HIM: I mean there is a something... [waving his arms a bit]...something [he's Russian so I think it's a "language thing"]....something... like a light that comes out of you... is all around you....

ME: Oh. Thank you....

So what else can you say to that? It was a totally innocent approach, nothing covert or hidden agenda since I don't work with him and just pass him in the hall a few times a month. Maybe. If that.

I think that is about the best compliment I've ever received.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Another Ball Park!

Gonna go to Petco Park in San Diego at the end of July when I am there for a conference for work. Got tickets for the Padres / Dodgers game. Happy happy happy!!! Good seats too! Infield box. Right behind the home bench. The only think I am worried about is the stupid mascot that stands up there doing foolish things that will block my view.

My friend Lilly is going with me.
I am treating.
She said she'd buy the food.
Uh... it's really expensive, I told her.

She said she'd never been to a baseball game.

.... ..... ?????????


Huh. Okayyyyy.

Well she is in for a treat.
Especially when she finds out that every single inning has a food attached to it, culminating with the Ice Cream in the Hat after the Seventh Inning Stretch.

I wonder if she knows the words to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

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Friday, June 11, 2010

More tales from Work

My boss is killing me. We had a meeting with a vendor and my boss asked me to write up all of the notes and next steps and send out to the group. And being the lowest rung manager (except for My Good Friend Lilly who I know is capturing all the notes verbatim), I say ok.

So he forwards my note verbatim to the CIO, who then sends that note to my boss’s boss and a bunchaother people. GAK!

ME: People need to start deleting my name from things!

BOSS: Hah. Your name gives me instant credibility as sponsor. I would not have deleted a thing. :-)

ME: [thinking: I hate visibility] I'm going to come up and commit Hari Kari right outside your door.

[I forward the note to a few of my mangers, so they can see all the work I will be delegating to them.]

ME: My boss is KILLING ME!

LILLY: I had to look up Hari Kari [she’s Chinese, English, much less Japanese is not her first language]. LOL.

ME: Lilly, don't laugh. After he's done killing me, you're next! HAH!

[...Radio Silence...]



Thursday, June 10, 2010

It never ends

I hurt my left foot. Top outside below the ankle bone. No idea how but I can barely stand on it. Started hurting as I left work yesterday.

This really sucks. Not to mention I'm finally getting back on my workout routine. It's been about 18 days of working out so far. And it's not like I'm doing anything high impact. All I've been doing is walking and swimming!

Well this just sucks.


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Emma's story book

Emailing my friend, Lilly, from at work.

LILLY: So, tomorrow will be Emma's last school day. She brought back a bag of goodies (school work)today. And one of them was her story book. All funny stories and pictures. Most of them were around Rachel (big sister) this, Rachel that, and stuff they did together. Towards the end of the book, I read this:
"My mom's boss is very mean!!"
Followed by the picture with a nice mommy (me with orange hair of course), and a "shouting boss." Eyes crossed, mouth wide open, with NO HANDS OR ARMS.


ME: :o| [thinking: wait, I'm the boss...] Ok. That's not really all that funny.

LILLY: It is very funny. I swear that I have no idea where Emma got that from... She loves you. You looked pretty on the picture - She's going to add arms and hands later. Minor fix.:)))) I will bring it to the airshow [in two weeks].

ME: [thinking: glad she thinks it's "minor"] Hmph. I am not interested.

LILLY: Ok, just clarified with Emma - the "boss" in her picture was Wayne [someone we work with who used to be her boss]. LOL.

ME: HAH! LOL! Good. I will look at it at the airshow.


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Diet. Starts. TODAY.

As of this morning.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Random Thought: Heat and Humidity

It's so hot and humid I feel like I'm having one long hot flash.
And I'm sweating like a pig.

Rivulets of water running down my face.
Like a shroud.

It is THAT bad.



Wednesday, June 02, 2010


We had a RIF.
Another one.
It seems like it's happening every six months.
But in a couple of weeks, we are meeting with one of the execs to tell them why my team is "different" and why we can't continue laying people off every six months. And my boss is supporting us in this seemingly impossible endeavor.

Anyway, I got the following email from someone who was impacted:
"Just wanted to say bye and thank for keeping me safe this long. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had. I am sad but OK with this.

Here is my info for now. I ask only that you don’t share any of it with anyone without telling me first. I’m temporarily with my mom but the phone is my cell phone."
So sitting idle in Philadelphia, waiting to catch the next flight, I check in with the team.

And to the last man... What does it say about a management team when people break down, not at the mention of their impact and loss of a job, but at the mention of the relationship and the bond between people? That we value our time with them and they have made this a better organization. And that they are special to us in this organization. And to me.

We don't read from a script.
HR doesn't know that.

It goes further to support my premise that humanity and dignity are the fuels that make this organization, and the people in it, great.

This one really hit home.

So. Freekin'. Sad.