Thursday, April 30, 2009

Feeling It

One of the things I really love about my job, and the type of work I do, is the creative aspect. But I do sometimes ponder the idea of "creativity." I think everyone is "creative," if they're capable of identifying a solution to a business challenge, whether it's on the verbal/visual or analytical side of the spectrum.

Deep thoughts on a Thursday, right?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nano Nano

Because life is too short to not have good music in your life, I have broken into the Double O's - with one year to spare, thankyouverymuch - and purchased an iPod Nano. If you think I already heart it like whoa, you're right!

And thusly I begin the transfers, and spending way too much time at where I'm all over the remixes of Ciara's Love Sex Magic.

Rolex was fantastic. It was hot, my friends were amazing, and Headley Brittania won. Life is good!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Sun Shines Bright On My Old Kentucky Home

So I'm off this afternoon toward Kentucky (overnight in Nashville) for the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. This is the 10th year in a row I've been, and the 11th competition I'll see. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Weather forecast is excellent, I'm taking Maddie with me, and I am going to spend 4 days with people very near and dear to me.

Oh, and I'm also going to see Headley Brittania and her rider, Lucinda Fredericks, compete. This is a very special treat for us in America as a huge European contingent is testing the event in anticipation of the 2010 Alltech Word Equestrian Games which will be held September-October in Lexington.

It is my honest and sincere hope that the weekend goes off without a hitch to horse and rider.

See you Tuesday! Or, if you're in the area, come on up to Kentucky!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

External Hard Drive Goodness

I bought an external hard drive over the weekend at Target; 750 GB for $99 and I'm so excited to be transferring all of my backup shizzy to one location. Granted, the process of reviewing files is a bit telling (why do I need a grocery list from January, 2006?) but my intention, upon completion of CD transfer, is to go through the HDD and organize/cull files.

I am getting closer to iNtegration. Since my super-spud Dell Pocket DJ - Jesus Lord, have I been living in an electronic cave for 4 years? - is no longer speaking to my computer, I have no choice but to buy a Nano immediately because, let's face it, there will be no Pike's Peak on the treadmill until I have my playlists to propel me forward.

The bottom line is, in this day of electronica, it's probably a great idea to streamline your data. Life is short and clutter kills.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Parched. No, really.

While I was wandering the desert for 40 days and nights (more like 20 but who's counting?) I busted out my food dehydrator because, let's face it, nothing touted as being so simple can be so complex and I love nothing more than a good conquering. Did a few sweet potatoes have to perish in my quest to make sweet potato ginger rollups? Yes, oh yes. But I have dried apple slices for yearsweeks and we all know how important fiber is to our diets.

The truth is, I am recycling more and for me, that means fewer trips to the recycling trailer and asking the probing questions of "How could I re-use this?" when I get ready to toss a plastic jar. When you live on peanut butter like I do, you accumulate many plastic jars. It's actually eye-opening when you glance in your cupboard to find 8 jars over the span of 5 weeks, 3 of which are those huge tub sizes. Point being, they're perfect for storing dehydrated fruit and vegetables.

Now when I hit the grocery I pay particular attention in the produce section. Last night I bought probably 20 bananas for $2. I spent 15 minutes peeling and slicing but now I have banana chips who join their colleagues apple slices in a peanut butter jar in my cupboard. If you think fresh coconut and ginger aren't next on the short list, think again. I will have gourmet trail mix before it's all over with. And when I do, a whole new era of health and awesome will reign supreme.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Let Me Take You On A Trip ...

I feel like I was sucked into a cyclone and existing in a parallel time-space continuum over the past 3 weeks. I am now back and functional thanks to the awesome of a co-worker who showed me some mercy and got my laptop up and running. Obviously I learned quite a bit in my vacuum. Here are some highlights:

  1. Electronic life is really short. Adapt or die. Get thee an external hard drive STAT and say goodbye to your CD backups.
  2. Keep your eye on the prize. iRobby is a reality. Look for this next round of evolution in June/July. See #1 as a primary factor ... my Dell Pocket DJ is not connecting to my PC as a result of new hard drive - even though I've got the original hardware CD and updates - and, let's face it, how am I supposed to get my treadmill on without my playlists? If you think iPhone or iTouch aren't in my short-term, think again.
  3. Things that matter online include: online banking, cooking references, travel plans. While I luh me some social networking so I can stay in touch with my homeys, I must admit it's quite nice to come home after a long day and read a book or spend more time with Maddie.
I was hoping to find the original Depeche Mode video for "World In My Eyes" but when this one popped up first, I felt it was kismet ... I was actually at this concert! It was the night of my college graduation. I walked around 2, left immediately and went to a friend's place, changed and Toshi and I hit up DM in Biloxi (even though we'd seen the tour in Atlanta 3 days before David Gahan overdosed and had to go to rehab, forcing a reschedule hence the Biloxi date), then drove onto New Orleans that night and departed for Cancun the next morning. Bombdiggity!

So with this in mind, I encourage everyone to take a little bit of time to assess what you might do in the event of a computer crash, and plan accordingly. I intend to do a backup to the external drive each week and will hopefully bypass some of the potential devastation of an aging architecture when I get my MacBook this summer.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Update From Hinterlands

So I hope this, like, works. This picture looks so itsy bitsy in editing mode. Anywho, my laptop is still sick but we think there might be a glimmer of hope: think of it as stem cell therapy in Russia but, really, maybe it's just a new hard drive. That will be a temporary solution as I've already commited myself to becoming iRobby and there is a Powerbook in my future this summer.

West Farthing is doing very well. In January he moved to Mobile to live with my trainer (since age 12!) and dear friend. A door had opened in her life and she was ready to have a horse. Never one to seek reward in the show ring, she taught me everything I know about method and correctness, and seeking affirmation through the process - not the points. To this day, 25 years later, I still enjoy the journey of training more than the experience of competing (though I still enjoy that too - but only when the horse is show-ready).

Despite my best intentions, my life was over-brimmed and I didn't feel like I was providing Wiffs the highest standard of life that he deserves. He is, after all, the Prince of All Things and somewhat requires a setting where this is recognized daily.

"Kismet," is a word that immediately comes to mind, and I believe in the power of acting on a gut instinct. Today WF enjoys a life that can only be described as idllyic. He is ridden daily and not pushed to do anything other than be soft and comfortable (note: my ability to hack a hunter might likely remain with me forever, as demonstrated in the trotting image!), and gets massages and an amount of grooming that has him looking Badminton-ready at any moment.

Sharing him is fun. It lifts my heart, and it lifts my friend's heart. I actually get to ride him when I'm down in Mobile, and it's worth the 4-hour drive to see him this happy, to see my friend this happy, and to get adductor work that even pilates cannot rival! (Wow, talk about intense!) If all of this were to change tomorrow, I will of course make new arrangements to ensure his proper livelihood in perpetuity. But considering my trainer's horse, who I rode in high school, is still scuffling about the property at age 32, I don't think we have anything to worry about!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Updates and Stuff Like That ...

So, as I type, I am still computerless at home. And for now, I'm OK with it. It honestly is sort of nice to get home at night and just read. Granted, I read each night regardless, though it's one of the reasons I stay up later: surfing the web for info and organizing my daily life (online banking, calendar, etc.) is actually a task and space filler in and of itself. Obviously I won't be computerless (my new word) forever, but am taking my time in doing my research and understanding my exact needs. I was supposed to head to the Mac store today over in Birmingham but it's raining and I'm still recovering from Sangria: Bust Your Party Up. And while I'm at my office working on a project, I'm also eager to get to the pilates studio to workout and then home to finish planting my tomatoes in their final containers.

In the past week a few neat things have happened to me:

  1. I completed Stability Chair training and am now STOTT PILATES trained on this really great apparatus. It's a tough workout as it's a shorter range of motion, but it adds a neat dimension to the work, which many of us need. Of course I had a fantastic weekend in Holly Springs with Suzanne and Carrie, as well as the great friends I've made at Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis who are helping me through this journey. I'll hopefully do the Barrels training in July or August, then will be prepared to test out for my CCB (Cadillac, Chair, Barrels) certification test by the end of the year. My 2010 goal is to hit the Advanced repertoires for the Reformer and Mat.
  2. I won a free cruise for 2! I renewed my lease during a renewal campaign and the grand prize was a cruise leaving from Mobile (Carnival) going to either Mexico, the Western Carribbean, or the Bahamas. It's all expenses save alcohol and excursions, and I am hoping MSJ and I can figure out a way to get our family in on the vacation over the holidays. We'll see what transpires.
Sorry for the randomness in posting, but thanks for all the sweet messages inquiring as to my blogging status. I vow to be back and in effect very soon. I'm looking forward to attending The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the end of the month and seeing my wonderful horse friends and "family."

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Stayin' Alive

Just as an FYI, my laptop has bit it and I'm in the midst of figuring out what to do to correct. Either a new hard drive or possibly a MAC! Whatever the decision, am working through extraction of my files before I reformat. Sorry I won't be able to blog much until it's resolved, but I will let er'body know as soon as it is. Happy Wednesday!