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Holy crap I’ve been Gutenberged
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Friday 5: The Whole Trial Is Out of Order!
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Friday 5: Performance Evaluation

Holy crap I’ve been Gutenberged

It’s been a while. I know. I’m popping in here tonight to give an update on what’s been going on as well as to try WordPress 5.0, which changed up its whole writing experience with an editor called Gutenberg.  I could install a plugin that restores the old editor but what’s the point? Change happens. (I’m also trying to postpone handling the vats of clean laundry upstairs that needs to be folded.)

New Phone! (okay bolding on the fly is pretty neat)

After a literal 8 months of hemming and hawing (during which WM got 2 tattoos and a new Apple Watch) I upgraded my iPhone from the 6s to the XR. Why? Because Apple is never going to bring back TouchID or the headphone jack so may as well jump into the change rather than fight it. The camera is pretty nifty and because I bought it on 12/1, I snagged it in the Product(Red) red color. Which I promptly covered up with a case.  My old phone was 16GB and I kept running out of space. This beauty is 128GB and I haven’t put anything new on it because I enjoy seeing that gigantic free space bar.

That night we went out to dinner to celebrate my brother’s 39th birthday.

Touristing!

Our good friend C was in town for the Pax Unlimited Unplugged show in Philadelphia. He extended his stay and on Monday and Tuesday we did the tourist thing! Now how do I add a photo?

(clockwise from upper left) Dressing up as Vikings at the Franklin Institute | THE BELL | Dressing up at the Museum of the American Revolution | a teen’s answer to “What did Hamilton learn from his time in Philadelphia”

(that wasn’t bad.) This is my favorite photo of the trip:

I’m classy.

Professionalism!

On Wednesday and Thursday I was in Atlantic City for the MASAE annual meeting. It’s the local chapter of the association for association executives. I guess that’s me. It was a good meeting.

It freaking SNOWED, so I had to console myself with a beachy drink.

The meeting was at Harrah’s Marina. I’d probably go back just so I could sit by their gorgeous indoor pool all day. And I lost $60 on stupid craps. (Just kidding. I love craps.) C’s mom came into town because she’d never been to Philadelphia, so WM and I met them for dinner.

On Friday I attended a management training session, which was pretty good. I’m not currently supervising staff (TNP is not a very vertical organization) but the tactics were good nonetheless. Friday night WM and I took C & mom to Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade. They have a beer called Reindeer’s Revenge that I love.  It’s 9% ABV, so boozeiat emptor.

By the way, I’m kimberussell on Untappd. A beer drinking app seems odd but it’s helping me narrow down the beers that like. Also, this new editor won’t let me handcode HTML. It’s all WYSIWYG.

Every time I hit return to start a new paragraph it gives me a new “block” on the page. Weird. The drop cap is cool but kind of unnecessary. Because of that I can see myself abusing the hell out of it. The last thing this blog needs is drop-cap pomposity.

Saturday morning we went out for breakfast with C&Mom and then WM dropped them off at the airport. If you’re keeping track, I ate out Friday 11/30, then again on 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, and 12/8. Most of those meals included wine or beer.

(self-portrait, December 2018)

Tomorrow is the monthly Show Us Your Books linkup! And this is the hair color I think I want.

That was an excuse to test how I embed things.

Maybe this update isn’t so bad after all?

Friday 5: The Whole Trial Is Out of Order!

Happy Friday 5 on a Saturday! This is a day late because … wait for it … I went out again last night. This time was happy hour with my mom and my aunt who is recently back from a multi-year stint on Kwajalein Atoll. Go look it up. It’s very far away from New Jersey. It’s been an incredibly social week for me and is shaping up to be an incredibly social month.

I went back to work on Thursday to this…

cubicle decorated for birthday

My job is great! I hope it never changes!



and then 10 minutes later my A+, understanding, would-be-subordinate-to-him-again manager of 6.5 years told me that he’s leaving TNP at the end of the month. I spent the last two days like this:

beaker from the muppets

*insert endless meep*



And that’s that. Change is inevitable, even when things are going REALLY WELL DAMMIT.

Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is The Whole Trial is Out of Order! Let’s get to it.

4. What’s to look forward to in the fourth quarter of 2018?
We have a Walt Disney World trip coming up between now and the end of the year! I’m very excited. I went from going multiple times a year to going once every 2 years and that’s okay. A LOT changes in 2 years so we’re guaranteed to always see something new.

believe in something meme, related to Disney vacation costs

Found on Facebook. I’m not anti-Kaepernick.


2. What’s something at which you’d like a second chance?
If I was punished somehow by being returned to my freshman year of high school, I’d like another shot at the Qualitative Physical Science class that I dropped before the first quarter was out because I was getting a D. I was only 14 and thought a D would ruin my life. Now that I know it’s not the case, I wonder if it eventually would have clicked. Switching out of that class (and adjusting my schedule accordingly) meant that I fell out of sync with the small group of friends I had at the time.

1. What’s something in which you took first place?
Every family Easter Egg hunt from age 10 until the embarrassing age I stopped.

5. Who had an especially good fifth film, fifth book, or fifth album?
I’m drawing a blank on this one. I usually quit series early on because I get an “okay, I’m good with this franchise ending on this note” and walk away. It’s how I managed to quit watching Scandal after a few seasons. I’ll turn to WM for guidance, because he finishes EVERYTHING.

WM: Tom Waits’s fifth album is good. Blue Valentine. It has several good songs that I enjoy, up to and including Somewhere from West Side Story.
Me: Was Tom a Jet or a Shark?
WM: I don’t know. (continues on about Tom Waits and liking his original album best and that’s not really a thing that Tom Waits fans agree on)

3. When did you last feel like a third wheel?
Anytime I’m the woman in a conversation about kids. I often get the “but your dogs are your kids” which feels like being handed a consolation prize of Turtle Wax instead of a shiny sportscar with California emissions. I often think “certainly there is something else to talk about yes” but really it’s no. I’m not even hurt about it anymore. I have very well-waxed vehicles, though, so win-win.

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Today it’s raining, which is autumn in New Jersey in a nutshell. Which is okay. I’ll have time to practice on my sewing machine which I haven’t done all summer because I’ve been outside. I’m trying to make reusable coffee cup sleeves. If that goes well, my next task is canvas shopping bags.

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.

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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.

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

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