Friday, March 30, 2012

"But I can't read!"

Song for this post: "Never Going Back Again" ~ Fleetwood Mac

Awwww. Work. Liquor. Dick jokes. It all makes me feel so warm and fuzzy.

Today marked our first day back at our "Friday Staff Meeting" since before all of that hellish (and sometimes fun) business travel. Believe me, we needed to reconvene.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My friend, the bear.

Song for this post: "Possum Kingdom" ~ Toadies

I have a friend I've known, quite literally, since daycare.  We fell out of each other's lives for many, many years but, as expected, these days we're still just as up in each other's head as two people could be. The result is some pretty epic word exchanges (see left sidebar of this blog for example A).

Example B:
Nick: I think the first year there, I HAVE to live on/near Cap Hill. If I'm gonna be WFH, I need to be closer to social activities and avenues lest I become a crazy bearded hermit that has a habit of gutting coeds. 
Me: Just the little blonde coeds...keep it true to form. 
Nick: I'd prefer a redhead, honestly, but only if she's under 5'6'' 
Me: You don't gut redheads, Nick. That's a rule. You shackle them in your basement and dollify them. You know better than that.

...because that's not creepy.

Facebook Will Be The Death Of Us All?

Song for this post: "Right Here, Right Now" ~ Fatboy Slim

I hear a lot about social media and how it's created a race of people who are socially inept in a live setting. I've even caught myself saying similar things on occasion. Given, this was years ago, before it became an inherent part of what I do for a living, but I'm guilty nonetheless.

The argument is that people spend so much time in front of a PC (or tablet or smartphone) communicating via text that they've forgotten (or never learned) the skill of face to face communication. I get it. It's a little bit scarier when you don't have the chance to delete, edit, and correct your thoughts before sending them. So I understand how the movement or shift in our society may have caused some damage to traditional methods of interacting.

But that it's created a disconnect? I don't think so.

Monday, March 26, 2012

To Houston In A Handbasket

So, I'm back from Houston. What do I have to show for it? A massive bruise on my right arm (and my pride), a head cold from Hades, some kick ass corporate clothing, a nice collection of vendor swag, and a strong desire to take a vacation, unplug the phone, and take enough benadryl to sedate a small village.

Honestly, though, it wasn't that bad. Outside of the 3 hours of sleep a night, the incredible and death defying acts of excessive drinking, and fried food EVERYTHING, it was pretty okay.

It started at 3:30 in the morning. I had to be in Seattle by 6 so I had to take the first ferry out of Bremerton. Busses don't run that early in Seattle so, when the ferry got to port I did the only logical thing: I rented a lincoln towncar to deliver me to the office in proper fashion.  I wish I would have taken a picture of this but it was early, I was tired, and I didn't have coffee in my system yet. I actually made the driver circle the block while I Googled which Starbucks in the downtown area was open at 5:30 on Saturday morning...then I made him take me there. For that brief moment, at the crack of dawn, I was Anna Wintour.

We all got to the airport with time to spare so, at 7:00 AM me and my boss decided to spend our time constructively: by drinking bloody marys. Wish he would have told me he ordered doubles. I might have protested...had I known.  Or not. You know...

I should say here that I HATE flying Alaska Air. HATE. I should have said something when the flights were being booked but totally spaced it. It's like flying in an easy bake oven. Toddlers have toys that are made from better and more durable plastics than that shit is made from.  So I spent the first part of the flight ready to barf in my coworker's lap until we stabilized. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't touch it! It could give you a disease.

Song for this post: "Business Time" ~ Flight of the Concords

Not a lot of people who read this will know this and I thought it was worth mentioning:

Everyone knows by this point that, on Fridays, my boss and coworkers and I drink our faces off at Alibi Room for our lunch.  What many don't know is what Alibi Room is.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blame Canada

Song for this post: "Informer" ~ Snow

Last day in Canada. Tomorrow morning we go back to Seattle for 2 days and then off to Houston.

Firstly, my hotel suite was BA.  Kudos to our accounting department for spoiling us.Given, I felt like my mom was cleaning my room the whole trip, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  Every time I got back I'd find all of my clothes folded and put back in my suit case and all of my makeup neatly arranged on the counter in the bathroom. I've been telling myself little elves do it.

I did NOT leave it this clean.
What have I learned at this tradeshow? On a professional level, our partners are amazing. On a totally inappropriate, unprofessional level, well...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

KONY 2012

Song for this post: "Change" ~ Carrie Underwood

Today I was going to write about who won the contest from a few weeks ago.  I was going to show you my new nails and tout about a house warming gift I got. I actually already saved a draft post with notes to make sure I covered everything. But, I'm going to interrupt all of that for something important. My last blog was about what it was like working for a charity and, when I started this one, I promised myself I would keep it light. But, I'm me. You're you. You know me. I can't help myself.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bayside High Rocks My Socks

Song for this post: "Intergalactic" ~ Beastie Boys

I know. I've been completely MIA for the last week and a half.  Sorry guys. The thing you'll learn about me when you get to know me is that I have this habit of changing up everything at once at the most inconvenient times. You might plan a move. Me? I do it 3 months early during the busiest and most stressful time of the year at work...because I'm either really good at coping or really shitty at thinking critically.  I'm sure it's a bit of both. One must lend itself to the other.

So. I'm in the house. That's good news. I'll get pics up soon.

Also, my head hasn't exploded at work.  Also good news.

Basically, it's win/win right now.

Here's a quick(ish) recap of the then, now and what's to come: