Friday, July 25, 2014

My Sweet Jessie

I recently returned from a work trip to Dover, Delaware. [not high on my list of places to return to!] So the other night, after my return, I was snuggling Jessie and she looked at me and said "Your eyes are beautiful. Your nose is beautiful. Your teeth are beautiful." I told her she was beautiful. And she continued. Naming many body parts and telling me I'm beautiful.


Of course, eventually, she got into the fact that my poopy and underwear and sandwich wraps.


It was nice while it lasted.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tweeting from #SHRM14 [140 charaters or less]

The SHRM conference had an app to use at the conference, which was great for following the schedule, viewing presentations and even taking notes! Until ... I got home and all my notes ... Gone... Lost to cyberspace. They could possibly exist somewhere, but I'm not holding my breath that they will return. At least I did do some tweeting of my notes during the conference, and some retweeting of other's notes. There were a lot of great thoughts throughout the weekend, and I really don't want to lose them. So here are some of my favorites:

Looking forward to annoying all my non-HR friends :) RT @weknownext: Stay connected at #SHRM14

RT @weknownext: Heather Abbott:  "Each one of us must seize the opportunity to pay it forward." #shrm14

RT @joelyoh: Says @RobinRoberts "Make your mess your message." #shrm14 #hrstrong

@RobinRoberts focus on the fight not the fright #SHRM14

RT @jbbreier: @RobinRoberts thanks for going on a first date with all of us! #SHRM14

#shrm14 the vendor expo is a tad overwhelming!!

Where are the martinis? RT @krice87

RT @mfaulkner43: Your job isn't HR. It's to help your business do what it does. @sbrownehr #SHRM14

#shrm14 everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself

RT @TrishMcFarlane: Meet people where they are, not where you expect them to be.  Sage advice from @sbrownehr #shrm14

#SHRM14 @tomfriedman 7 years ago Twitter was a sound, 4G was a parking space, big data was a rapper

#SHRM14 @tomfriedman Google doesn't care what you know-Google machine knows all. Google only cares about what you can do with what you know

RT @mfaulkner43: “@akaBruno: There are still middle class jobs? #SHRM14” There's still a middle class?

In line to get @tomfriedman autograph in my new book! #shrm14 // OMG he actually asked me a question!!#geekedout @tomfriedman #shrm14

Love that Jessie had to call me to ask if I'm coming home after #shrm14 #ofcourse

#SHRM14 stepped outside #comfortzone last night & ended up meeting other higher ed HR professionals!

@Eric_B_Meyer "what am I, a lawyer?" Great line! #shrm14

#DavidNovak #SHRM14 solve the biggest problems that occur most frequently & your business will grow

#DavidNovak #SHRM14 people don't start thinking until 10 am. In fact most of you are probably still asleep!

RT @googlegirlny: #DavidNovak #SHRM14 2 reasons why people leave they don't feel appreciated and they don't get along with their boss

#davidnovak #shrm14 if you know what needs to be done, DO IT or someone else will

RT @chiu_jen: As you rise up, celebrate other people's ideas so they will bring the ideas to you  #SHRM14

@Eric_B_Meyer loved your presentation would have liked more discussion on navigating thru #ADA. my hands are getting tied a lot #shrm14

#shrm14 top 6 words for #HR : document, document, document, communicate, communicate, communicate

Perfect take away from this week! RT @mjcbama: I totally agree! ""Walk on the beach every chance you get" Mrs. Laura Bush #SHRM14

When you live in the White House, you not only live w ghosts of presidents past, but w echos of the voices of the people #shrm14 @laurawbush

RT @GingerDodds: How are you #transformed by your experience at  #SHRM14 ?

RT @crystinegalvan: It's the job of every American to step up, find your pitcher mound and take a stand. #SHRM14 #LauraWBush

@laurawbush have to disagree that work is NOT the most fulfilling thing in life. My family is MUCH more fulfilling to me. #shrm14

@wschiemann #shrm14 50% of employee exit surveys are wrong or incomplete as people don't want to burn bridges

#shrm14 listening 2 info on new cert from SHRM. getting that this is about control. Control over test, knowledge base. A little about $

#shrm14 #newcertification seems like there was a huge disconnect/lack of communication regarding this with @HRCertInstitute
I think I will need to go through the #SHRM14 hashtag again soon to pick up additional words of wisdom that I may have missed. I did make some new twitter & real live connections so the information will keep coming!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#SHRM14 Day 2

Today was crazy busy! Started at 7 am with great session on evaluations, then Tom Friedman, met up with some colleagues from Altru Healthcare in Grand Forks, great information from vendors and ending the evening at EPCOT at the HRCI reception. I'm a bit in information overload, so for now, I'm just going to share photos.





Off to the HRCI Reception at EPCOT!!












I really am learning :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#SHRM14 Day One

Here I am at the SHRM Conference in Orlando! I can hardly believe I'm really here, but it's been quite the trip! I was originally to arrive yesterday, late, but an overbooked flight in Minneapolis lead to an $800 flight voucher if I would spend the night there. And of course, I jumped on that (perfect for our trip next year!)

I got in today with enough time to check into my hotel, take a shower and get over to the convention and hear Robin Roberts' keynote address. She was funny, emotional and had some great insights, including:
*God has 3 answers to prayers, yes, not yet and I have something better in mind.
*your destination may not look like you thought it would.
*I was grateful, but not content.

I am still in awe of just how many people are here. The vendor fair was crazy busy. I got lost a couple of times but still ended up with 2 bags full of stuff. Fun stuff to take to the girls, a couple of books to read, and lots of drinks and snacks.

When I got back to the hotel, I walked over to Downtown Disney -- so much stuff and so many people.

Tomorrow is going to be another busy day. Lots of great sessions, more time with the vendors, and maybe even another 17,000+ steps!

Monday, June 9, 2014

My Weakness, #ReasonsICantLoseWeight

I love bread. I would give up all other vices for bread. I believe I could live on bread, cheese & wine. I doubt I would be successful on a gluten-free diet (and honestly, I pray I don't have to try!) I especially love sourdough bread, but for a long time I was afraid of it. Not sure why, I do just fine with making regular bread. But I really only LOVED the sourdough you can get on the West Coast. Store-bought sourdough just isn't the same.

Then, Pinterest happened, and I stumbled upon a post for this bread that doesn't require yeast in the starter or when actually making the bread. Who would have though that was the key??

Don't be fooled into thinking you can do this quick. This bread takes TIME. Like all weekend time. You want to be sure your starter is frothy and thick. You want your dough to have LOTS of time to rise, rise and rise some more. I usually start Friday evening and bake Sunday morning. If you dare to take it on, read the recipe, 3-4 times, then read it again. Follow the recipe (except the part about waiting to add salt -- I've been addin the salt with the rest and it's been fine each time). TAKE YOUR TIME. DO NOT RUSH.

But oh man, it is SO worth it because this is the BEST. It reminds me of my past life, when I was single, working for the airlines and when I would spend extra time in San Francisco on the Wharf and go to Boudin Bakery for clam chowder in a bread bowl. I plan to spend time this summer making bread bowls, freezing them, and bringing them out in the fall for chili (as I'm probably the only one in my family who would eat clam chowder).


Saturday, June 7, 2014

I Would Like Some Cake

I made the mistake of letting Jessie scroll through Pinterest before her birthday. Luckily, I had already scoped it out and was able to push her to pick the cake I had kinda already decided on.



Blue Velvet, cream cheese frosting and some blue candy melted to look like ice. I totally cheated on the cake and got a box mix -- more because I knew Jessie would want to help and if she spilled too much, is only be out a couple of bucks [though I totally expected my counters to be stained blue for a while!] I also under-estimated the amount of blue candies (blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers) I would need so we ended up with less ice than I wanted.

Jessie got her little Frozen set (minus Hans who is apparently somewhere in the house) to put on top. "Dey are stuck in the snow!" according to Jessie.

She loved her cake! I'm glad I let her help; I loves seeing how proud she looked after finishing.