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The Land of Milk and Honey

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Okay, so it's skim milk and a limited supply of honey, but still!

So, the wacky week continues. I just doubled my income.


Well, one of the guys' Dads has his own biz. He wants a new marketing person.

And so it goes, another gig!

I am still (cleverly, ha!) on Unemployment.

And this means that if I get a third one of these gigs, I will have to hold my hand out more, as I'm at the limit of what Unemployment will let me make before they start to take out from the weekly check.

But -- still!

I need to write up a contract (I now, ha, have a standard one) and all.

I have passwords. I will blog, I will tweet. I will work on the guy's website (he does home energy audits in Central Mass -- need to see if you need a new furnace? I got a guy for ya).

Eek, I actually am getting, I dunno, what's it called? Oh yeah. Business.

I need to get better organized. I have a bunch of stuff organized, but it's not as good as it could be and that always troubles me. Plus, that tends to take up my time, finding stuff and seeing piles. Piles unnerve me. I want neat files.

That's a minor quibble but it's still important to me.

Oh yeah, TED.

I have blogged twice about it for work. I don't want to repeat everything -- the blog entries are huge, it's like the online versions of Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Our event is mentioned here:
and the TED Main Event is reviewed here:

That's not a not so clever means of directing you to the company site. Rather, it's just me being incredibly tired, still. But I'll sum it up quickly in case you don't want to click and read the novels.

Our event was great. I was harried. Let's face it, I was loaded with work, and I was (along with the Prez and VP) shouldering the lion's share of the socializing. Everyone else was okay with demos but they terrified me as I still don't know enough. I can answer very, very basic questions. Then I freeze. And for good reason. I'm just not informed enough, and I truly wish I was.

So I busied myself with greeting people, handing out business cards and brochures, and whisking away empty pizza boxes. I wiped off counter tops and opened boxes of soda. I tweeted when I could. I smiled at everyone and thanked them for coming. And after it was all done, I took on my alter-ego, the mantle of the superhero I like to call "Politeness Girl".

Politeness Girl sends out thank you notes. She follows up. She puts people on the mailing list, which trebled in size in the last few days. She directs them to the Facebook page and the Twitter stream. She is cleverly disguised as Emily Post half the time.

She also came out after the TED Main Event. The Main Event was enormous and it's a good thing I took notes as it was one idea flying in upon the heels of the last 47. Plus everyone talking in my ear about this and that and the other thing. Names were dropped. One of those names was Michelle.

As in, oh, the First Lady.

Yeah, heh, who knows if any of that will ever happen but it was mentioned -- science education, Michelle's very interested.


The. First. Freakin'. Lady.

I can pour tea nicely, or at least Politeness Girl can.

But be that as it may, I/we also learned (ha!) there are robotics fans.

As in, teenaged girls.

Now, keep in mind that I work with guys who are between the ages of 22 and 27. They are all single. They all have serious, major geek cred. And three out of four have serious girlfriends. But no matter.

The tween crowd LOVE 'em.

We handed out the last of the swag. There was much rejoicing on the part of our tween friends. Not Beatlemania-type swooning and squealing, but still!

I have never worked for a company before that had fans.

Today's blog song, by the way, is actually a reminder to myself: although I weigh less (for the most part), I am less toned than I was 10 lbs. ago. I am creeping up a size, to a 12 and perhaps back to a 14. Not awful, but it could be better, certainly.

I need to balance things better. I need to get in cardio (I have been getting in strength training faithfully, but the large amounts of cardio have suffered -- it takes 4 - 5 days to hit a new cardio milestone; it used to take only 3) more. I need -- desperately -- to get enough sleep.

I dunno how I'm going to do it, between my 2 gigs, looking for work (still required by the Department of Employment & Training, of course) and my life as Politeness Girl.

By the way, Politeness Girl drives a sensible superhero vehicle and always signals her turns.

I am ...

Politeness Girl.
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    Politeness girl..... I like it! (I might need to borrow it, or a similar mantra when I start teaching those dreaded tweens in a month.)

    Sounding are resonating focus, excitement and energy. Without an ounce of "overwhelmed". COngratulations.
    3660 days ago
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    HOLD IT! Don't slip on the diet and exercise no matter how grand it is! Instead of pizza and soda, introduce the kids to real food. It'll do all of you good.

    But, lecture over, CONGRATULATIONS! Go for it, but remember where you've been and don't go back there!

    Love ya. emoticon
    3660 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 1:24:56 PM
    Wow! This is all so emoticon that I'm not sure what else to say!

    Perhaps things will settle down just a little now that TED is over and you'll be able to find some balance.

    Congrats on the new gig and keep up the good work!

    - Karen
    3662 days ago
    Hang in there sweetheart. You'll be fabulous in size 12 or 14. Are you healthy? That's what matters. As long as you have a grip on your health. Michele was mentioned? That is stellar!!! Rock on girl. You've got this : )
    3663 days ago
  • 250STRONG
    Way to go politeness girl! Sounds like things are amazing. :)
    3663 days ago
    Well Politeness Girl. You are also still hilarious. I like the way you describe your methodical approach to the chaos of your start up. Much like Spark People's approach to the mystery of weight loss. But wait. Maybe it is not so mysterious.

    I don't so much like the scale creeping up again. For you or for me. How can this be? You are right as usual. Back to basics. Back to cardio. There won't be any success if the basics are not in order.
    3663 days ago
  • RBALF1
    Your schedule makes me feel a little better about mine. The only way for the cardio today was running at 9 p.m. when it was still 90 degrees. I did 3 miles, then jumped in the pool for 15 minutes of water jogging to cool down.
    Unfortunately now I'm up and a little too energetic for sleep, which will continue the cycle of not enough sleep.
    Good luck with all your ventures, but don't start eating that damned pizza.
    3664 days ago
  • KAYWEB555
    Way to go, keep them wondering what you are doing!
    3664 days ago
    Wonderful news on the job front...we just KNOW you'll "get there" re: juggling work and not losing sight of taking care of you, too! :-)

    3664 days ago
    Balance is hard when you are busy. I am having a hard time with that one myself. I am working like 9 hour days, and I have kids... The consistent exercise has not been so consistent. I was very close to ditch-en the 12's for a 10, and wearing some 10's comfortably. I am back in the 12's and 14's. I don't like it, but I have been working too. If you figure out how to do it all, please let me know.
    3664 days ago
    Whew. You have been busy. I got tired reading your blog.But you do sound good tho. Staying busy agrees with you emoticon
    3664 days ago
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