Wednesday, April 30, 2008

One left to go

After completing 2 reviews, submitting 3 promotion assessments and quality checking 3 reviews that were authored by my team, I am finally down to one review left. Thank goodness.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind writing the reviews. The team completed the work there is no reason why I cannot document it for them. That does not, however, make them any easier to write. I take them very seriously – probably too seriously – and therefore it makes them very time consuming.

That said, I am almost done. It is sort of like running a marathon. You know at mile 22 that you are almost done – but that doesn’t make the last 4 miles any easier.

Recharge my butt

I spent the weekend in Chicago at a family wedding. Rather, I spent it at an inlaw’s wedding. Not much different, but certainly a bit different. Specifically, at my inlaw’s, there is a significant amount of beer. This, fortunately, is a good thing.

I come from a smallish family. We don’t really do much together as a group. My wife’s family, on the other hand, does everything together. Friday night? Together. Church? Together. BBQ in the backyard? Oh, you betcha together. This isn’t really a bad thing – just something that I am not used to.

Weddings are yet another example of an event that the family does together. For me, this is exhausting. Therefore, I have been spending the week trying to catch up on rest from my “vacation”. Hopefully, I will be able to catch up this weekend – I am keeping it particularly free to ensure that I will have lots of time to sleep in.

Aren’t vacations supposed to be used for ‘recharging your batteries’?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Procrastination

I didn’t realize how much of a procrastinator that I was until I sat down to do a few annual assessments for my team. Man oh man.

GAH, what am I doing posting to my blog!? Back to the assessments……

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Elf-Tastic

Santa: I've been to New York thousands of times.
Buddy: Really?
Santa: Mm-hmm.
Buddy: What's it like?
Santa: Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy.
Buddy: Oh.
Santa: Second, there are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says "Peep Show", that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/quotes

Houston we have a problem

I usually run with my Garmin Forerunner 305 watch. Therefore, when I went to run some intervals today in the St Louis Arch park, I found that the trees were prohibiting my watch from finding a good GPS signal!



Unfortunately, this isn't entirely unexpected based on the picture above. The same thing that makes the park incredible to run in, also makes it hard for the GPS to find a signal - the tree lined paths. These paths almost make a tunnel as you move from one side of the park to the other.

On the bright side, my interval training went OK. Not super great, but still good enough to make me want to continue with it. I'll start to post some of my times, but I tried to run 3 minute intervals of ~7:00 and ~8:30. So far, so good.

Retirement

A friend asked me yesterday what I would want to do when I retire. And, since I was procrastinating completing a self assessment, I was happy to give it some deep thought. In general, I think that I could honestly be pretty content with not doing much. I would likely spend my days lounging about, possibly on occasion yelling at the TV and talking about how everyone drives way to fast.

However, since I am a consultant, and therefore I like bulleted lists, here is the list that I came up with:

  • Nothing: If I am very well off I would like to have a house in Hawaii and just hang out
  • Travel: I like to travel and if I can afford it, would love to see the places that I was not able to see when I was able bodied.
  • Realtor: This would be a fun job I would think. I would assume that my wife would also be retired, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the nights/ weekends that have made me shy away from not wanting to do this.
  • New Car Salesman: I have always loved new cars and think that selling them would be a blast if you didn’t have to worry about ‘making the sale’.


Those will be fun. I think that the great thing is that I would pretty easily do each of them with the exception of “nothing in Hawaii”. Although, to quote the movie Office Space: “Well, you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he's broke, don't do shit.” “F’ing A man, F’ing A.”

Monday, April 21, 2008

Rosy Red

I haven’t posted much on the old blog lately due in large part to the fact that it has actually turned warm! This has caused many changes to my normal routine, most importantly I have been able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.

For example, this past weekend, I was able to mow the lawn outside without a shirt on! Either fortunately or unfortunately I got some “color”. For me this time of year, this usually means that I turned a slight shade of pink. I’ll take it for now. After all, the slight sunburn keeps me warm when I am cold and will eventually turn tan.

I will try to get better about posting on the blog, but until then, enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Do I look like a Sadam? (sic)

My last name ends with S. I honestly can't remember if I put my full name in my profile - but either way, my last name ends with S.

On one of my recent Southwest airlines flights, the ever vigilant security squad was checking my ID against my boarding pass. The exchange went something like this:

TSA: ID and boarding pass
Adam: Here you go
TSA: *Looks at ID*
TSA: *Looks at Boarding pass*
TSA: *Looks at me concerned*
TSA: *Looks at ID and boarding pass again*
TSA: *Light bulb* Ohhhhh, I thought that you didn't look like a Saddam.

As it turns out, Southwest doesn't put a space between the last name and the first name when they list it on the boarding pass. So, my name showed up as ###efs/adam. Which I guess he read as Sadam.

Way to be stud. The thing that probably bothered me the most was the fact that there are people who ARE named Saddam that likely have to put up with that kind of crap all the time. I mean, Barack Obama's middle name is Hussein and he is still getting my vote.



I mean, we both have cigars, but I hope that is where it ends.... right??

On the bright side...

...it IS really nice outside. On the downside, AA strikes again!



So, I went from an arrival into St Louis of 8:10, to an arrival of 11:45 with a layover in Chicago. *sigh* I need a shnap. The bummer is that since it is a really nice day, I have absolutely no clue why the flight was canceled.

On the bright side I will get to catch up on a few work items that I was not able to finish up last night. Also, the Madison airport is really nice, which means that I will get to sit in relative comfort while catching up on some blog posting.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

There goes my widsom

Not a long post here, but I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday and am recovering as good as can be expected. I did not end up getting general anesthesia which I think made all the difference. I was actually quite worried about having them out, concerns that were completely unwarranted.

I think that I haven't posted about my surgery in part because I was trying to avoid thinking about the pain and agony that I was surely going to endure. :)

PLUS, I saved a bit more than I thought on the actual cost of the operation as a result of not having an IV. Something like $60 instead of $40. So, yeehaw, going to buy a few nice bottles of wine with that savings to drown my throbbing jaw pain. The last time that I needed an IV I slightly fainted when the nurse put it in, so I am very glad that I didn't have to relive that!!

Debbie Downer

Well, if you have at all watched the news during the past few days, you'll realize what I mean when you take a look at this picture:

Hopefully they will get all of the cables looked after and I will get out on time. Nothing is more frustrating that catching a 6:30 am flight that is instead delayed or canceled. Better yet, my final destination is Wisconsin!! I mean, early flight, layover in ORD, destination of Wisconsin? Does it get any more glamorous??


Come on American, don't be my Debbie Downer. Afterall, Southwest Airlines was willing to break the rules for me. Why can't you!?


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rule - new office episodes

The strike is finally over, and while this may conflict with this post, I am really excited for new eppisodes of The Office to start. So, to celebrate, here is another fun quote from the show:

Dwight Schrute: Welcome to the Hotel Hell. Check in time now. Check out time is never.
Jim Halpert: Does my room have cable?
Dwight Schrute: No, and the sheets are made of fire!
Jim Halpert: Can I change rooms?
Dwight Schrute: No, we're all booked up. Hell convention in town!
Jim Halpert: Can I have a late check out?
Dwight Schrute: I'll have to talk to the manager.
Jim Halpert: You're not the manager...even in your own fantasy?
Dwight Schrute: I'm the owner....co-owner. With Satan!
Jim Halpert: Okay, just so I understand it... in your wildest fantasy, you are in hell. And you are co-running a bed and breakfast with the devil.
Dwight Schrute: But I haven't told you my salary.
Jim Halpert: Go
Dwight Schrute: Eighty thousand dollars a year!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Stupid Oracle

A friend recently sent me a URL to the Starbucks Oracle. Per the website: "The omniscient Oracle of Starbucks can tell you everything about your personality by what you drink at Starbucks."

Try it out for yourself!! http://www.buttafly.com/starbucks/index.php Here are a few of my regular drinks and the oracle's responses...


Grande House Blend
Personality type
: Lame
You're a simple person with modest tastes and a reasonable lifestyle. In other words, you're boring. Going to Starbucks makes you feel sophisticated; you'd like to be snooty and order an espresso but aren't sure if you're ready for that level of excitement. People laugh at you because you use fake curse words like "friggin'" and "oh, crumb!" Everyone who thinks America's Funniest Home Videos is a great show drinks Grande House Blend.
Also drinks: V8
Can also be found: On the couch at home

Grande Mocha Latte
Personality type: Clueless
You don't go to Starbucks much; when you do you just tag along with other people since you have nothing better to do. You would like to order a Tazo Chai Crème but don't know how to pronounce it. Most people who drink Grande Mocha Latte are strippers.

Also drinks: Wine coolers
Can also be found at: The mall

I found these two completely entries to be about 95% true. I am not sure what that says about me or my personality, but I CAN tell you that I could go for a nice steaming cup of house blend right about now. Friggin Oracle.

It is delicious!

I've always wondered how to do this. It seems that everyone has a different video, but this guy seems to know what he is doing the most.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ycs9J6UvxY

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The cheese stands alone

Traveling for work is, overall, a pretty fun experience. This past week however I did have the perfect storm of crappy events that made me just want to get home. In summary:

  • My wife wasn’t talking to me (not important why, but more important that she is now - yay)
  • It was raining in Atlanta
  • I was the last one to leave the office for home / the airport

I have a feeling that my moodiness was/is likely a bit of cabin fever – but that didn’t make it any easier to stomach. Hopefully spring/summer comes soon. I need to get some fresh air and get some sun on my skin. I’m starting to scare the neighbors.

7.5??? Seems about right

I don’t often find that my masculinity is in question, but I have to admit that this weekend it came awfully close. I needed to buy a pair of brown shoes to replace the pair of brown shoes that had since seen better days, only to find out that my normal size of 8.5 didn’t fit! Now, I realize that some shoe brands run a bit differently, but when I tried on the size 8, it was still too big as well!! Now, being the stubborn guy that I am, I decided that this was small enough and bought the shoes. Yeah – nope. They were MUCH too big. I therefore spent the next week clopping around Atlanta. Clop clop clop *trip*.

So, this past weekend, I sucked it up, went to a different shoe store and ultimately found the same shoe in a size 7.5. Wow.

So, as I was thinking about it on Monday, I decided that I needed to ‘man up’ a bit. So, while Tiffany was out to dinner with a friend, I went for a B-double E-double R-U-N, grilled up some chicken, and watched a little Bourne Identity on surround sound – loud.

I think that the next time someone starts talking about Hollywood gossip I MAY just even play dumb.

Friday, April 4, 2008

348 Miles

While sitting on a plane, somewhere between Atlanta and Kansas City, I just finished calculating the number of miles that I ran while training for the Olathe Marathon. 348 miles. Admittedly, this is quite a few less than I probably should have ran based on the training schedule that I was following. It had me scheduled to run 435 miles. I was, however, rather injury prone during this round of training. I had to take off a full 2.5 weeks during the first third of the training which probably set me back a bit.

That said, most of the training programs that I have researched have said that you shouldn’t be chained to your training schedule. So, I tried to be as flexible as I needed to be to still have some level of normalcy in my life. If I wasn’t feeling well, I didn’t push it, if I had a pain in my foot or knee, I slowed down a bit. This may be why I didn’t reach my overall goal of 3.45, but it is probably one of the reasons that I was able to have any kind of life.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

I'll bet she could beat me up too

I recently heard a story on CNN about a woman who was attached by a cheetah but was able to fight it off. http://www.wptv.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=3c2e58f2-571a-4624-a1ee-a34fd0e7986e

She then went to the doctor, was bandaged up, and was back on the job. How much would it suck if you had to work for this woman? You could NEVER call in sick.

Me (in sick voice): Uhh, so, I’m not going to be able to come in today, I’m pretty sick.
Cheetah Woman: Really? Because I remember the time that the cheetah attacked me and I came back in.
Me (no longer in sick voice): I’ll see you in 20 minutes.

I am reminded of the Chris Rock quote when he was talking about Siegfried and Roy when one of them was attacked by one of the tigers. “That tiger ain't go crazy; that tiger went tiger! You know when he was really crazy? When he was riding around on a unicycle with a Hitler helmet on!”
I’m fairly certain I am going to have to give up a man card on this one. I’m really starting to run low.