Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Time Is It?

My friend Lisa and I decided to go for a "recession" type lunch today. So, we stopped into Mickey D's and picked up Happy Meals. Well, does it get any better than this? Along with our meals, we got the cutest "Hello Kitty" watches.

It's what all the fashionistas will be wearing this spring.

While supplies last.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh, My - It's Monday

"I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends"

Okay, the economy is "not so good," which means that I am not running to Starbucks as frequently as I was in the past.

However, our office has a Keurig machine with an assortment of coffee to satisfy even the snobbiest coffee drinker ;)

Today's choice for me - French Roast from Green Mountain Roasters - Viva La France!

Have a Great Week!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's Almost Friday - Flying By the Seat of My Pants!

Looking forward to the weekend! Hang in there, all!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Baby, It's Cold Outside. . .Warm Up for A Buck!

Nothing warms the body and lowers cholesterol like Oatmeal! Even though we're busy trying to take care of our bosses, hence our jobs, hence our families - we must remember to take care of ourselves!

No one can work on an empty stomach and no one can stay healthy without eating healthy.

Go to this link to register for your coupon to get a hot cup of oatmeal for just $1.00 at Jamba Juice!


Stay warm,


Friday, February 6, 2009

So Much Yarn, So Little Time. . .KNOT Just Knitting Meets 2/10/09

Hey! Long time, no see. . .I'm feeling much better and getting back on my feet. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. I had such high hopes for expanding my "knit-pertise" while on leave, but alas, it's almost time to return to the 9 to 5 and - well, you know how it goes.

Anyway, the next meeting of "KNOT Just Knitting," is this coming Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. I may not be there physically - but for sure, I will be there in spirit. Here's the details:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (or so)

Hosted by Danette Rugg and Gina Tsai at Paulson Esquire Court Reporters ("The Hostesses With The Most-Eses")

44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

RSVP to Danette or Gina at:





10 ways to revolutionize your workplace - by Matt Krumrie

Conversations at work: 10 ways to revolutionize your workplace - one conversation at a time

by Matt Krumrie, Minneapolis Workplace Examiner

Seven out of ten people say that conversation is essential to getting things done at work. Yet, roughly half of today’s careerists - regardless of level or position - admit to finding it difficult to have open, honest conversations at their company.

That's what authors Jamie and Maren Showkeir say. The pair are co-authors of Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment (Berrett-Koehler, 2008, $18.95) and partners of Henning-Showkeir & Associates (henning-showkeir.com), a business and workplace consultancy.

The result? Everyday conversations - the “invisible” driver of workplace culture and business success - are frequently manipulative and counterproductive.

Below are ten ways to take the lead and create change, say the authors, one authentic conversation at a time:
1. Have a point of view
Develop an informed, independent viewpoint about the topic at hand. Have a strong voice, but be open to others’ perspectives, too.

2. Focus on choice
Need to be right or do everything your way? Get over it. Leadership—formal or informal—is no longer defined as “having the right answers,” but as an ability
to engage others in considering all the choices and finding the best solution.

3. Raise difficult issues
It’s not easy to bring up a hard subject. Still, be the one who acknowledges
the “elephant in the room” and concentrates on resolution.

4. Extend goodwill
Approach others as allies—not adversaries. Choose to convey goodwill—despite any existing stress or strain—and manage your emotions.

5. Take the other side
Go ahead—argue the other person’s point of view. You’ll help people feel heard and understood, and get to the heart of collaboration.

6. Own it
Resist the urge to point the finger when things go wrong. Identify your own contribution to the problem and make it public.

7. Deny denial
Denying or downplaying difficulties is dishonest and demeaning. Address the truth of a situation—the cold, hard facts—and invite others to join you in moving forward.

8. Confront cynicism
Beware the cynics, victims, and bystanders. Sure, they’re everywhere in the workplace, but if you’re clear on where you stand, you needn’t pour your energies into winning them over—just invite them to make their own choices instead.

9. Deal with resistance
Turning a blind eye to resistance won’t make it disappear. Learn to see it, call it out, and deal with it.

10. Process
When a conversation takes a turn for the worse, stop and “process” what’s happening. Admit you’re at an impasse, make a good-faith statement, and ask for help.

Finally, stop playing the parent and taking responsibility for others’ feelings. Encourage everyone - co-workers, direct reports, and even the boss - to deal with their own emotions and let go of the childlike hope that somebody else will make
it “all better.”

Monday, February 2, 2009

Got Milk?

My silly doggie thinks he's a kitty ;)

And he knows he's lactose intolerant!!