Thursday, February 26, 2009
It was another work incident that made me realize my wrongful judgment. A woman was in a stall on her cell phone having a rather serious conversation with a friend. It seemed to be a call that this person didn’t want to take from her cube as she was giving relationship advice to the person on the phone. I totally understand that this isn’t an appropriate cube phone call, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate bathroom stall phone call. I felt awkward when it came time to flush the toilet as they discussed whether some guy was worth the time and investment or not. But of course, I flushed and quickly washed my hands and left after feeling I had unintentionally eavesdropped on a private conversation. How awkward!
Another etiquette note: in Knoxville men go way out of their way to make sure women go in and out of doors first and in and out of elevators first. I notice this every day as I take two elevators in and out of work. Men will shuffle around the elevator just to let the women out first even though it’d be much easier if they just exited. It’s actually kind of nice. I’ve grown accustom to it and don’t mind letting men open doors and touch the germy doorknobs instead of me! Plus, not a bad idea from a man’s perspective…they constantly get to watch women’s backsides as they exit meanwhile they come off looking polite! Well played.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today I stumbled upon "The Name Game" on the Wedding Channel website. You get to enter in your name and your spouse-to-be's name to generate all your combined name options. Here are ours:
In my own opinion, our last names make some pretty ridiculous and kind of ugly sounding names.
Monday, February 23, 2009
We went for the Martha Stewart recipe that Megan recommended. The recipe calls for pecorino Romano cheese OR Gruyere. I bought the Romano simply because I couldn't pronounce the other one. I should have asked Mark and Megan because they would have recommended the gruyere. The Romano was good, but it didn't cut the sharpness enough. We think the gruyere would have been a better contrast to the sharp white cheddar.
But it sure looks like a 10!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We quickly learned that new carpet "sheds" and we are finding an increase in fuzz and feeling the need to vacuum more. A small price to pay for the wonderful results of clean, soft carpet! And here are pics of some of the other rooms complete with new carpets:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So on the drive we passed exits for and/or drove through:
- Lawnville Road
- McMinnville (Oregon has one too!)
And it’s only a three hour drive! Some other noteworthy villes: Huntsville, Alabama where the Stephanie the widow from the Bachelor is from. And Hendersonville where Taylor Swift lives.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Cooking is so much more fun when there are two people. When it was just me I ate cereal, PB & J and out a lot. But Matt and I are having fun planning out meals for the week and eating at home to be healthier and save money for the wedding. We are always open to new recipes. If you have a favorite (and it is relatively easy) pass it on! I'm already inspired to try a recipe -not Mac N' Cheese but it does happen to have the same essential ingredients: pasta and cheese that was featured in Megan's blog.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Matt and I both feel that this week was wonderful. There wasn't one thing that made it a good week, but mostly we just felt better after being active, from tennis on Sunday to morning workouts and basketball. Plus I learned a lot at work which boosted my energy and enthusiasm. And now it is Saturday and its sunny outside. This all leads up to feeling inspired. So I decided to document the energy I am feeling today and the ways that I want to channel this energy.
- Continue morning work outs and set one day a week as my long cardio work out
- Get back into yoga
- Do abs every day
- Stretch regularly
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Learn how to do calligraphy (and apply said skill to my wedding invitations)
- Keep checking things off the wedding To Do list!
- Read about current trends and apply to marketing my schools
- Learn something every week about graphic design and online marketing
Seriously, this all started from a really good workout--an hour and twenty minutes of cardio! I’m so glad that I actually enjoy working out and it isn’t a chore. Feel free to join me in documenting some aspirations, I’d love to hear them and then you’re accountable to something!
AND GO ZAGS TONIGHT!!!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Turns out, I’ll be waiting a little longer than normal for my shoes to arrive so I can put them to the cute and comfy test. I got the confirmation email that the shoes had been sent. And immediately realized…CRAP! I used the quick purchase option that used my saved information. Only, it still had my Pullman, WA address. Ugh!
And here’s why I love Nordstrom so much. I called right away and didn’t have any wait time and got a super polite woman. She was so calm and quick to help me solve this problem. It was a stupid mistake on my part but she didn’t make me feel that way at all and happily helped. She put me on hold while she called UPS to see what they could do. A few minutes later she came back to the line and explained that the shoes will have to go all the way to Pullman where they can get intercepted and then re-routed to Knoxville. PHEW!
Then she says, “I’m going to go ahead and take off the $8 shipping charge since its going to take longer than the promised 4-8 days.” I gratefully accepted while thinking “What? It’s totally my fault that it will take longer…but if you want to waive that fee, please do!”
Another good customer service experience with one of my favorite stores! If only there was one in Knoxville!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
There is no way one person knows it all. Accept it and quit trying to act like you’re the one person who actually does know it all.
Learn to value other people’s opinions –you might be surprised to learn from other perspectives and sometimes, you might actually like their perspective more than your own.
It’s just annoying. It makes you less likeable if you are a Know It All…and don’t you want to be liked?
Two heads are better than one… It’s true! A collective group really can bring more to the table than one person.
My biggest peeve about Know It Alls is the way they take time to remind people that they were right when it is completely not necessary. And when they take that to another level and correct people just to correct people.
I’m in a meeting and currently annoyed with a Know It All. Can you tell?