On Friday at work, a colleague popped his head into my study and said, with a snicker "You are going to hate me, and I am sorry." When I inquired as to why as I was going to hate him he said that he had just put up all of the pictures from our National Affiliate Meeting, which was held in Phoenix. He then added for emphasis "all of them." I immediately recalled a rather embarrassing moment that I had known was caught by the corporate photographer who had been snapping pictures all over the place during the week long meeting. I had previously forgotten about the pictures and the incident itself. Now the were on our corporate intra-net... ugh... for 30,000 co-workers to see.
I won't bother giving the story. I will leave that up to your imagination. But here are the pictures that now appear on our intra-net.
This is where I spend my days now. It's sort of barren right now, not very personalized yet and it's a little small. But I like it and it is in a corner so it is quiet and has a lot of privacy. I stopped at Barnes & Noble and picked up a dictionary, thesaurus,
and illustrated medical dictionary... so there will be something more
on the shelves.
The woman who sits next to me works remotely most of the time, so she is often not there. The woman who shares a wall with me is really cool. She likes martinis and sparkly things (sounds like a gay man, eh?) and has a good sense of humor. My boss sits on another floor and workes remotely two days a week. So I will be able to work independently, which I like.
Damn it... I can't seem to find the two rhinos. I have the two giraffes, two hippos, two tigers, two lions, two penguins... but lost the rhinos. Can't leave without them.
This damn rain has really got to go. I am starting to grow gills and webbed feet. I was supposed to have a client meeting in NJ this morning. I got up at 7AM and got all gussied up and got on the road, only to have the meeting postponed because of the amount of flash flooding in the NY/NJ area. So I had to turn around and head back. So I stopped and grabbed a large coffee and headed home to deal with the half dozen or so other clients I am juggling right now and their deadlines... video news releases, radio ads, outdoor ads, brochures, posters, pharmacy bag ads, online media, magazine ads... all amazingly happening at the same time. We went from near nothing happening in the middle of the year to having everything happening at once in the last two quarters of the year. The good news is that sales and projects being worked on means invoicing... and invoicing means commissions... and comissions means a nice Christmas.
Work continues at a blistering pace. The last flurry of activity resulted in a pleasant outcome. We were able to close at least part of 3 out of the 4 proposals we wrote. Now we currently have three active proposal requests that we are working on. Hopefully we will be able to close them at the same rate. We are so busy with new business prospects that I actually had to cancel a trip that was planned to Chicago at the beginning of next week just to be able to respond to the requests that we have in hand. In addition to all that we are adding staff to be able to service the new business, so we will have to spend some time training those people and bringing them up to speed. All of this and we haven't even started working the leads we got at the recent tradeshow. So it is going to be a busy summer. So much for what in the past has been a summer lull.
Another marathon business travel session looms on the horizon.
5/3 - Philadelphia, PA 5/4-5/6 - San Francisco, CA 5/9-5/11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 5/12-5/17 - San Diego/Los Angeles, CA 6/26-6/30 - Washington, DC
I am hoping to mix a little fun (wink, wink) into my business travel... maybe meet some nice people. Not doing all the travel alone either. My boss and her boss will be with me on some. And the rugby team is playing in San Diego on 5/14. That should be a blast.
Yesterday my ancient computer monitor decided to go all squiggly on me. Looking at the screen made you feel like you were on a bad acid trip. Touching the monitor either made the screen more or less squiggly, but it was getting more unstable by the moment. So it was off to Staples. While at Staples, I made a few purchases to upgrade the home office. I replaced the monitor with and NEC 17" flat screen monitor, which freed up a ton of space on my desk to actually do work (the HUGE old monitor must have needed a lot of room for the squirrel powered power source). I also bought a Microsoft digital media keyboard (the old onnnnnne haddddddddd severrrrrrral keyyyyyyyyyys that stuuuuuuuuuck fffffffffffrom time to time) and a new Sealy Posturepedic office chair. I had been using a very uncomfortable chair that was not intended to be used with a desk and it was starting to kill my back and ass.
While we were out shopping, we also went to Home Depot where we purchased carpeting tiles to carpet my foyer. It had this really ugly, really old, shit brown carpeting and the tacks in the nail strips in the doorways poked through, thereby stabbing the bottom of your feet when you walked around in your bare feet. The foyer was also really dark as there is no light in there. So the new lighter carpeting really brightened up the space. Nicky did a really good job installing the carpet tiles. He is quite handy.
Nicky also fixed a broken tile in the bathroom for me. A good man is hard to find and a hard man is good to find. He is turning out to be both. Lately, I have been making a series of minor but good improvements (repairs/renovations and purchases) to the apartment making it an even more enjoyable place to live, which is extremely important since I not only live here but work here too. Just like in life, making small incremental improvements is important to my overall well-being.