Friday, September 26, 2008

Subprime Primer

I don't know who developed this little Subprime Primer, but I stumbled upon it at this blog, and a Harvard economics professor's recommendation is good enough for me to consider sharing. This cartoon is worth a few minutes of your time...both educational and amusing.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tri-umphant

Earlier this month, I finally completed my 2nd olympic distance triathlon, along with two of my dearest friends. Here is a picture, confirming said accomplishment. Please take no notice of the fact that I look as though I'm shocked at something happening in the distance...and the fact that I'm the only one who couldn't manage to wear her finisher's medal in the way it was intended. It was probably just heat stroke setting in, as it was about 94 degrees at this point in the day, and I was the last one to cross the finish line.


It was an awesome day, especially spending time with friends and family I don't see very often. A few highlights from the race include:

  • Heading the alarm clock going off at 4:15am to start race preparations

  • Realizing that the day was going to be hottttttttt when I was avoiding pulling up my wetsuit until the last possible minute

  • Giggling when I started to see the Men's 24 and under age group put on their hot pink swim caps. The race officials must have had a sense of humor buried under their USAT militance

  • Taking my first (mostly unavoidable, and fully unintentional) gulp of Potomac water

  • Realizing about 1/3 of the way through the swim, that this was probably the most comfortable that I was going to be all day

  • Pushing through the absolutely painful first 45 minutes of the bike ride, most of which I spent wondering if I had actually trained for this event

  • Coasting on the sweet downhill slope starting around mile 14/15 all the way back into DC

  • Waving (delayed) hello to my friends when I saw them on the course

  • Seeing my awesome friends and their sweet sign (with curly ribbons!) at T2

  • Making my big mistake at T2 (forgetting to put my number on) which jacked up my whole race time - boo!

  • Praising the genius who invented ice cold sponges and made them available on mile 3 of the run

  • Seeing Ted finally get into his race watching stride, and reappearing at least three times on the run, after missing me just about every time during the swim and ride

  • Last but not least, running the home stretch down Pennsylvania



All in all, it was an amazing day and well worth the efforts put into getting ready for it. I'm still trying to figure out my next race goal. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hockey-mom-tastic

This is pretty much my favorite thing in life right now.

Lipstick...lipstick...lipstick!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The miracle of love

A dear friend just became engaged over the Labor Day weekend. Check out her adorable blog about the proposal :-)

Congratulations, Vicki!!

The miracle of life

Throughout my life, I've made decisions, some big and some small, to help me along the path to fulfilling my personal and professional goals, and often I have found that in achieving those goals, I have gained other experiences that are equally as valuable.

For example, I chose to go to graduate school in 2003 in pursuit of a successful professional career in a field that would allow me to feel fulfilled by the work that I do on a daily basis. It worked...mostly. I now have a sometimes rewarding, sometimes torturous career in HR consulting. Surprising to me, I also have something else even more dear - amazing graduate school friends for whom I am so thankful!

My graduate school program was relatively small; there were about 60 people in our class (I think). For the most part, a school full of HR people is a school full of people-people, and while that means that people were very social and friendly, it also meant for me that it took a while to find people who were really "real." Not just people who were willing to go to the bar on Thursday and Friday nights to blow off some steam from the week, but people who I truly connected with. It wasn't very long before I found two of those people - they make me laugh SO hard, they remind me never to take our HR world too seriously, and they are always up for making new memories even now that we've been scattered across the country for over three years!

Over Labor Day, I was able to hang out with these dear friends. We planned to rendezvous in Chicago, where Jenny Bigwig is already living, but we weren't quite sure that Chicago had enough to offer us...so we took a little road trip through Indiana, in addition to experiencing a taste of Chicago nightlife. Life has been a little hectic since I returned, but the highlights of the adventure are these:
  • Visiting the jail that John Dillinger once escaped out of. Stay tuned for this movie, if you don't know what I'm talking about.
  • Watching a calf be birthed...and ROE almost be sick over it.
  • A night of Alien Invasion; sleeping arrangements confidential.
  • Self-touring the Indiana state capitol. That's my eighth, added to the list along with Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
  • A real night of dancing...the kind that you know is a great night because it ends at a diner at 4am :-)
The calf birthing was an inspirational experience - and prompted a little photo mania after we were done. So, I share with you...the miracle of life...