People are weird. I don't understand them. They say one thing, and do another. They want to be your friend, until you need something and then they are too busy, or you're too needy - no matter how much you have been there when they've needed something in the past. People are complex.I don't understand… Continue reading On People.
"I'm not going to make it today." you say at the last minute. "Something came up." "okay" I answer, because, what else am I supposed to say? it's not like this is the first (or second, or third) time you've cancelled at the last minute. Because, honestly, at this point, I'd probably be more surprised… Continue reading It’s not fine.
A couple of weeks ago, I gathered my gumption, drove to Indianapolis and participated in the Niantic Wizards Unite Fan Festival. This was the first “vacation” I’d taken by myself (although I travel solo all the time for work), and I was nervous as all get-out. What if something happens on the drive there? What… Continue reading My wizarding adventure
Side note: Grossma is what we called my Great-Grandmother who lived next door. I believe it is some kinda German/English mix dumbed down for little kids, but I don't know. That was her name so just go with it. Dear Grossma, Today is September 17th. It has officially been 18 years since you passed away.… Continue reading A Letter to Grossma
One of the things that is super important in allowing me to maintain my hectic/busy schedule, is properly managing my stress levels. Sometimes (most of the time) I'm really good at this, and life moves quickly and I am able to keep up. but also, sometimes I become overwhelmed and then the busy schedule just… Continue reading Managing My Stress Levels
For work I've been reading this book on Auditing (The ASQ Auditing Handbook, 4th edition, edited by J.P. Russell), and as I was reading through my many notes last night, I stumbled upon this quote: "Variation is inherent, it exists in all things." The idea behind this, at least as it applies to quality, is… Continue reading Variation is Inherent
The other day I ordered something off of Amazon. Since it was rather large I had it shipped to my apartment instead of delivered to the office because I wasn’t sure it would fit safely in my car. In the past I have never had a problem getting deliveries at home. However, my apartment complex… Continue reading Why do you get to make the rules?
For the past several years I have worked with the same auditor every time I traveled for work. After spending nearly a full week (5 days, breakfast to dinner) with this auditor every year--plus the conversations leading up to and following the audits--it was easy to develop a personal realationship with him as well as a work one. While… Continue reading Managing Business Relationships
I’ve been asking around, and it appears I have an “above average” number of bookshelves in my home. Currently I have 4 ACTUAL bookshelves as well as one of those 9-cube bookshelves that has 7/9 of the cubes full of books. This does not include the random books that are proudly displayed on top of… Continue reading Do I Really Need Another Bookshelf?
One of the things I have been working on during my “Body Kindness” journey is listening to my body. Really listening. When I go to the grocery store, I browse around a bit, look at all the different options and think, “What do I want to eat this week?” or “What looks good?” Then I… Continue reading The Perils of the Toasted PB&J