Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chicks and sticks for Christmas

My top two gifts from Christmas '08:

1. Nancy Lopez golf clubs from my man! Along with a couple accessory must haves.

2. Twenty chickens...Yes, you read correctly. Twenty chickens (or, about that). Bought to help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean through Heifer International. The website says, "Heifer helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year - plenty to eat, share or sell."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dedicating myself to life, not work

From this day forward (and some of those days of the past when I had similar, positive thinking thoughts) I will not be known just by what I do for work, but for what I do in life.

This post by the author of the Someday Syndrome blog has been good for me. It's probably good for you too.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BKBM’s Response to the Budget Crisis

A friend of mine just told me that the company she works for, BKBM Engineers, not only cut four people as a result of the budget crisis, but made a decision to cut 10% of everyone’s salary and decrease to 36 hour work weeks. “36 hour work weeks, 10% hour cut, 10% pay cut,” my friend quoted. However, the sad truth is is that just because the company is paying less, most likely does not mean less work. “We will probably work the same amount, just less pay.”

When asked what kind of impacts this might have on her company she said, “Is it too late to sign up for classes at the U of M? Now I have free time so I can take a class.”

Monday, December 15, 2008

First baby steps for wine cellar planning

Someday, someday that is most likely in the very distant future, I want to have a wine cellar. I currently don't have a place to have a wine cellar even if I were ready for one.

However, something tells me that more work will go into having a wine cellar than the time I've spent dreaming about having one. I probably should research wine cellars, etc. before I am ready for one, or am even able to develop one.

My first baby steps/brain-dumping:

1. Read up on materials, blogs, articles
2. Research needs for a wine cellar space
3. How to maintain a wine cellar
4. Check out wine cellars
5. What kind of wine cellar do I want? (Supposing there are different types)
6. Develop scope of wine cellar
7. Process to getting the wine cellar I want (Scope vs. Affordability, etc.)
8. Where to start…get started

Have you dreamed about having a wine cellar and don't know where to begin? Or, having desired one, gone about a process to actually starting one? What were your baby steps?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New to Twitter?

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Check out TwiTips. "Twitter Tips in 140 Characters or More."

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thinking Scope

Scope, fresh, green, clean. No...not the stuff you flush around in your mouth before bed. Scope, the focus and lens through which we organize and develop a project, a team and information.

Without it, a project can fall apart, teams get off track, and information gets jumbled. Developing a clear scope is like creating the background for a play or knowing what's for dinner before choosing the wine. It reminds us of what we're really trying to do, and what's important. And maybe by providing a lens, people of desire and energy can be united to build and maintain a program, team, or project.

The U.K.'s packaging policy, scope. "Focus of material optimization"..."an update on the policy"..."two of the main aims of the policy"..."to ensure that good quality recyclables"..."better communication."