Saturday, August 29, 2009

Major Update!

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that I set up Wordpress on my site today and I imported all of this blog.  From now on, I’ll be updating my blog on my site,!

So please check it out and I’ll see you there!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


It’s back to school time…on tv, in stores, at work.  There’s this Wal-Mart commercial that features parents moving their children into a dorm room.  Somehow, they have completely out-fitted the dorm room with stuff from Wal-Mart.  This made me think of two things.

  1. Dorm rooms don’t actually look like that.  Things never stay clean, neat, and organized.  Dorm room lies.
  2. Dorm rooms are awful to live in.  You have to put your bedroom, living room, and office all in a small space.  I’m so happy that last year I got to live in a house!  I was able to have my desk, living space, and bed in different rooms!  It’s so nice to spread out amongst rooms, to which my former roommates can attest.  I love my condo because I have a room for my bed, my wardrobe (seriously, my closet is like a room!), TV and living space, and my desk/office.  Oh and a kitchen!  I have a kitchen and dorm rooms don’t have kitchens.  Main point here: dorm rooms are icky because you have to cram three/four rooms into one!

It’s so odd to not be going back to school, especially when it’s everywhere!  I think I’m glad to finished with my undergraduate degree and in the real world.  Although, it’s true that the grass is always greener on the other side!  Now I want to be able to make my own schedule again so I can do my work between the hours of noon and 3 am.  Of course when I was in school all I wanted was to work during the day and come home at night to my fabulous extra-curricular activities, many of which I have yet to establish.  Now the only choice I have left is graduate school, which will consist of the worst of both worlds.  Someday I will be ready for it, but not quite!

Monday, August 10, 2009

8/9/09, cont’d

I forgot to mention, I just saw this post at Lifehacker about How to Work a Crowd. It’s an Ignite Talk, which means it’s awesome. OK, really it means that the speaker talks about something he/she is passionate about. He/she has 5 minutes and is limited to 20 PowerPoint slides which advance every 15 seconds. These talks are the coolest thing! I watched one about Legos that someone recommended to me. Anyway, check out this video because it has some awesome tips!


I LOVE salsa. Absolutely love it! Had you asked me earlier in the day, I might have said I love salsa. Notice the difference? The first one is all caps. I know, I know, I’m subtle. Let’s talk about my salsa life for a post. On Thursday, I went to La Rumba in downtown Denver. It was super fun! It was my first time out dancing in Denver and I met some nice people and some great dancers. I had heard about a place called Fusion for Friday, but when I looked it up online, I couldn’t find it! The only description I could find was Downtown Denver, which didn’t exactly help me out. I looked up some other places to go on Friday and I went to Opal Restaurant and Blue Ice. Both were supremely lame. I was wholly unimpressed. On Saturday night, I returned to La Rumba because I heard there was a live band on Saturdays. Unfortunately, Saturdays are not like Thursdays. Again, I was salsa disappointed. On Thursday, I had heard from more than one person that the place to be on Sunday night was a club on the north side called DNote. So, tonight I went and checked it out. It was amazing and so much fun! I should be in bed or taking a shower so I can get into bed, but my night was so awesome that I had to share it with you, loyal reader! I saw a couple of people that I saw on Thursday and I really like those people! Plus, it made me feel like I have friends, here, in Denver. Isn’t that exciting?!? One is a man I met on Thursday, who DJs part-time and he introduced me to a dancer who introduced me to another fun dancer tonight! I’m salsa networking, this is fabulous!! And I met a woman who just moved here too! Although she moved from Salt Lake, not quite as far as Indiana, but still, super, right?

I just needed to express how happy I am that tonight was a good night and that I saw people I know which gave me warm fuzzies. *Sigh*

Saturday, August 8, 2009


This week was my first three day weekend. It has been great! Thursday night I went out salsa dancing at La Rumba. *Sigh* I love to dance! So far, Denver has a pretty good scene.

Today was the Aflac Iron Girl 5K. I got up early and went for a 3.1 mile run. And I ran the whole thing, which was my goal! Any sort of training was derailed be traveling and conferences, so I wasn’t sure if I would last 3.1 miles at all. But it was really fun (ok, maybe not at mile marker 2.3) and if you get a chance to do an Iron Girl event, I would highly recommend it! I’ll post pictures of all the stuff I got from it soon. I got to meet up with Karen again. I met Karen at the Pre-Race Clinic on Thursday evening at the Boulder Running Company in Littleton. As it turns out, she does triathlons. I would love to do a triathlon (you know, one of those life dreams), which I told her, and it looks I might start training for one! Although I don’t which one, but that can determined later. Apparently there’s talk of Iron Girl doing a tri in Denver, so that would be pretty cool.

This afternoon, I went to see Julie & Julia. It was quite fun! Of course, after watching that, I’m even more aware that my kitchen is in complete disarray and that I haven’t cooked anything in months. The closest I’ve come to cooking something is boiling raviolis and steaming frozen peas. I guess I just don’t understand how people have full-time jobs and then come home and cook an elaborate meal. Perhaps they are super-organized, which I am not. Who knows?

As an after thought, I’m experimenting with tags, so please be patient while I figure it out since it’s not really easy in Live Writer. I wonder when it will come out of Beta…

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Update: 8/1/09

This should be a nice update of everything that’s been going on.  Well, perhaps not as thorough as it could be, but maybe a nice overview.  I think this post might be lengthy; I thought about separating this post into multiple posts, but decided not to!  I have, at least, tried to break it up into sections.
Colorado Perceptions
Fun times here in Colorado.  It’s been rainy, which apparently isn’t normal.  I love rain, so that’s alright, plus the temperatures have been quite enjoyable.  Right now, I live in Lakewood and I work in Boulder.  This means I drive about 50 minutes to and from work.  In my 50 minutes on the road, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of bikers!  Driving home in Boulder yesterday, I saw 11 bikers and 7 mountain bikers on trails.  I obviously need to step up my biking game.  And by step up, I mean, put air in my back tire.  And I think I need to fix the chain, something’s off.
Roads are different here.  Or at least road signs are.  The signs for state roads and interstates are much more helpful here than IN.  The signs tell you which lane you need to be in for each direction, dead useful.  It might be the fact that I’m driving almost two hours a day, but everything seems farther away here.  I haven’t had much time to explore downtown, where I assume things are much closer.  This is my first weekend here, and I’ve decided to wile it away by unpacking and taking advantage of the Gap and Banana Republic Friends and Family discount.  Can you really ever have enough business casual clothes, especially when that’s what you wear to work?  Exactly, I think not!
You, loyal reader (one of the four), may have followed my Twitter/Facebook updates and therefore, you are aware that I live close to a neighborhood of ranchettes.  Seriously, they’re like little castles, just down the street.  With horses!  And a zillion-car garages. That’s about all I’ve done as far as neighborhood exploration.  I suppose I also know where a SuperTarget and Panera are too.
The past month I’ve spent quite a bit of time at conferences, which I love!  I love meeting people and attempting to follow-up with them.  Most recently, I went to the BlogHer Conference in Chicago and the Microsoft Worldwide Partner’s Conference (WPC) in New Orleans.  Going to both of these conferences makes me realize that I just don’t have enough time.  At WPC, I worked with Microsoft Students 2 Business, which provides training to students in Microsoft technologies.  I wish I had time to do the training, since a lot of it is stuff I want to know.  Really, I wish I had taken advantage of MS2B while I was still a student.
When I went to BlogHer I met lots of amazing women!  It quite enlightening for me.  Ever since interviewing Elisa Camahort Page, one of the co-founders of BlogHer, for Ed & Ashley’s 5 Minute Show for being awarded the 2008 Anita Borg Social Impact Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, I’ve been very supportive of it!  Going to the conference was great!  Although it did make me realize that I am sorely lacking in my own blogging department.  It also made me wonder if I want to do some different things with my blog.  Maybe do a couple of travel posts, since that’s one of my true loves, and maybe some food posts on the topic of cooking for one when you lack general culinary skills.  Of course, those would still be along with my personal posts, which I know have you sitting on the edge of your chair.  Feel free to share any thoughts you have about this with me.  Perhaps after I get into more of a life-rhythm and unpacked, I can start writing on a more regular basis, which I think would be nice.
My Laptop
Briefly, let’s discuss my laptop.  It’s a Dell piece of shit.  I thoroughly dislike it right now.  It has heated up to flesh-burning temperatures.  I need a new machine and I need one very soon.  I have no space left on my hard drive and I don’t have much space on my external hard drive.  This means I can’t do anything for the show and I don’t have some of the video that I need for the show, which is very upsetting.  Anyway, any thoughts on what I should do as far as a new machine?  Should I go with a desktop option and get a netbook for portability or get a powerful laptop?  I kind of like the idea of a netbook, but at the same time (the Palm Pre commercials with the girl from the Disney channel move Step-Sister from Planet Weird creeps me out) would I be shuffling all of my stuff between two machines and how would I feel about that?  Right then.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Today was my second day of work.  I’m being kicked out of Panera, so I’ll write something soon.  I just some sort of documentation that I’m working!!!  Crazy!!!