Archive - July 2018

Seattle 2018

As we did in 2017 and 2016 (I didn’t blog that) WM and I went to Seattle to visit our friends last week. It was a great trip, expensively extended by a day due to a cancelled flight. This post is VERY photo heavy.

Day 1

WM and I have completely different travel aesthetics. I always dress as if I’m headed to a resort, and he dresses as if he’s going to explore ruins. We stand out in crowds.

We paid extra for these exit row seats, and my reward was having 60+ butts in front of my face as they stood directly in my legroom to wait for the bathroom. No bueno.

So many butts.

After a lovely breakfast at Cafe Kopi, we went to the Funko HQ store.

Funko Headquarters store.

I was expecting a little bit more but it was just a store. There was a make-your-own-Funko-Pop area which I was really jazzed about, because I was going to make one that looked like me. But you’re tied down to 2 models, and that day one was a monster and one was Freddy Funko.

I didn’t see any products that I couldn’t have purchased elsewhere. In fact, there were some new ones released at SDCCSan Diego ComicCon that day and I was a little bit miffed to be honest. There were quite a bit of cute photo opportunities and I ended up with a Kenny Omega Pop to go with my tiny collection of pro wrestlers so, all good.

We stopped at Toggle’s Bottle Shop for a beer and I bought a shirt because the logo was too darn cute. Dinner was at Diamond Knot Brewery (many, many breweries in Seattle). I did not buy a shirt but I bought a coconut beer that I regretted later.

And then we went back to the house and I collapsed into bed because we were up at 5am.

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Friday 5: Performance Evaluation

Hi! Time to get back into the swing of real-ish time blogging after a bunch of scheduled posts designed to mask the fact that we were in Seattle on vacation. (That lily? Died 3 weeks ago.) I used to liveblog vacations until I realized it’s a big ol’ “ROB ME” invite. We came home on Tuesday, picked up the dogs on Wednesday, pulled stuff together on Thursday and I went back to work yesterday.

I should have the Seattle blog post ready for Monday. I should break it up into smaller posts, but meh. It’s my space.

This morning we had breakfast with 2 of WM’s graduated students. Now I’m sitting outside in the shade of my giant tree. I have the new DMB album playing on my Tap, a bottle of cold water, my Kindle, and some crossword puzzles to conquer.

It’s past time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Performance Evaluations. Let’s get to it!

1. In what way do you maintain a tidy and efficient workstation?
I take the last five minutes of my workday to put crap away so it’s not a fright the next morning. I’m trying really hard to move away from actual paper, so it’s not as hard to keep a clean desk as it was years ago. Home is harder because I have a small table as a desk and it’s a dumping ground for everything.

2. In what way do you maintain positive relationships with others?

By being honest, earnest, and supportive. By trying to believe the best of people until they prove otherwise.

3. What effort do you take to be punctual?

My train runs every 7-8 minutes on weekday mornings, and there are three trains that will get me to work on time. With the first two trains I can take the shuttle and make it to work on time. The last of those trains requires me to take the subway. I aim to take the first of those three trains every day, which not only gets me there on time, but gets me there about 12 minutes early, so I can slowly get settled. And if things go poorly in the morning (dog puke, hating my clothes, train malfunctions I have a cushion.

4. What are your strengths and challenges in communicating effectively?
My challenges all orbit the possibility of looking bad. If I have to say no in an email, I will put that sucker off as long as I can. I also hate having to ask questions that might make me look stupid. Many times I’ll make “WRITE THE EMAIL TO XYZ ALREADY” on my task list so when I finally do it I can have the thrill of crossing it out.

My weakness is the word “so.” I use it all of the time. I also abuse commas.

My communication strength is taking something that others would create a meeting to talk about, and bullet-pointing the crap out of it so it can be an email instead. Avoiding this mug…

5. What will be your focus for growth in the coming year?

I’m continuing to grow my SQL and Crystal Reports skills, and I’m learning Microsoft Power BI. At home, I want to learn to sew my own clothes. Currently, I’m failing on making reusable coffee cup sleeves. I have a LONG way to go.

And now my dear cookie crumbs, I have some summer reading to do. 🙂

Philadelphia Rail Park

Some good folks in Philadelphia are taking old rail lines and turning them into a park!

You: New York has already done that.
Me: Whatever. Killjoy.

Phase 1 was finished about a month ago. It’s a close walk from my office and I’ve been trying to walk 30 minutes at lunch every day (groan) so off I went!

It’s a quick walk and there are giant swinging benches at one side that would be nice to use if you had time to spare. Portions of the walking track are made of small white rocks, so beware if you’re wearing sandals.

I’m going to make a point to take my lunch there once a week, because one of the things I missed working in the city is outdoor green space.

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