#technology, A day in the life..., Brooklyn

Positively Prickly

Hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve been here.  A lot has happened – too much to catch you up on, but the main thing is I’m back in NJ/NYC!

Living in NJ working in Brooklyn – doing what I’ve wanted to do for years!  I’m loving it, but holy mackerel!  What a week!  Professors are all bombarding me because it was the first week of school, it’s the first time in 2 years they’ve had an Instructional Technologist to go to, and for many of them it’s the first time they’re using the new LMS.  I survived the week by doing things like starting out with a cold caramel macchiato, getting banana pudding for dessert and focusing on the positive (a professor invited me to observe her photography course for 6 weeks!).  When I got home last night I started thinking about how my training room and office needed some sprucing up and feng shui. (Def stuff only white people say.)

Luckily someone didn’t show up for their training so I got to escape and run to a flower shop in the neighborhood.  Since my research started last night, I knew a couple shops that were walking distance from work.

This morning it was 55 degrees.  I kept thinking about how I missed this transition last year and how good the crisp air felt.  By the time it was lunch time, it had gotten to 70 degrees but still felt brisk walking to the flower shop.  I walked past the cacti and thought to myself how pretty they look, but I’ve had enough cacti in my life for a while so I kept looking around.  After a while I realized how indecisive I was being, I walked up to the florist and told him I wanted a plant or two or three or four for my office and training room.  He asked me if I have windows – I said yes – so he highly recommended – you guessed it – the cacti.

Well, even though cacti remind me of being homesick, I didn’t want to seem close minded and discriminate, so I whipped out my phone and Googled to see if there are benefits to having a cactus in the office.

I found that cactus spines catch negative energy radiated by computer screens and they are used to shift a stressful energetic experience to something more comfortable – seems perfect for a room filled with technology, training, and panicky professors!  Here’s to a new school year filled with less panicky professors and more positive energy in my work environment!


A day in the life..., Arizona

ASU EMBA Holiday Mixer

14 hour “work” day  today – started with students & coordinating details for their weekend class day & ended with another successful EMBA event… Special holiday mixer with 100 students, alumni, faculty & staff at the Dean of the Business School’s home. Not many women are deans of business schools. Not many deans are personable enough to open up their homes like that… she’s a special person! Exhausted but content to be around such extraordinary people.

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Donald Trump will be our new President

Last night I fell asleep with the TV on while waiting to hear the poll results.  When I woke up around midnight I heard a man saying that Hillary will not be giving her speech and that she’d give it in the morning and that we should all go to sleep.  Then, the man on CNN described how difficult it will be for parents to explain to their children how/why this bully of a man with NO political background is the new president of our country.  The phrase “fake it til you make it” has never been more true.  I learned a lot about our country with this election.  There are a lot of people in this country that think differently than I do. They have different morals and want different things out of life and a leader.  I wanted a President that I’d be inspired by.  I wanted a President who had our best interest in mind.  I wanted a President that my nephews could look up to.  But, we got a reality show producer.  I don’t know if I’ll ever understand this.

A day in the life..., Arizona, Conversations

License to Braid

I tried my first hair salon today in Arizona.  After reading through reviews for weeks, I decided to go to David Frank in Scottsdale.  The hair appointment was great – both David and Frank were awesome.  I loved how laid back the salon was – then again, I’m in Arizona – everyone’s laid back – I’m still trying to understand that.  David did my highlights and Frank did the cut, but more about that later.

Every time I go to a salon, I’m the aunt that tells the stylist about her nephew who braids her hair.  What?  Your nephew doesn’t braid your hair???  Really?  That sucks for you!  I showed Frank the photo of the braid my nephew worked into my hair the last time I saw him and he was wowed.  Literally, he said “WOW!”  – he was impressed.  So here’s the pic:  IMG_2921

Frank suggested my nephew work in his salon because he needs someone to do braids.  I told him about how in NYC they have braidbars and he said they didn’t stick in AZ… and maybe it’s because a stylist needs a braid license to do braids.  So let me get this straight.  In Arizona, you need a license to put a beautiful braid in someone’s hair, but you don’t need a license to buy a gun.  Interesting.  Ya learn something new every day.

Here’s a loose braid done by my favorite braid stylist –IMG_2413!



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Monday, January 25, 2016 – A day in the life

When I created this blog, I didn’t know what it would really be about.  I decided I wanted to have broad topics about whatever I was excited about at that time, whatever I wanted to vent about at that time, yada yada yada.  Today I decided I would like to have a section called “A day in the life.”  This section will be like a journal of sorts.  So, here it goes…

Today was the Monday after the 2nd largest snow storm ever in NYC.  That meant I still had to go to work because I’m not a teacher anymore.  I woke up and noticed that the dropbox file that I was supposed to upload the night before did not upload because my laptop went into sleep-mode.  I was really mad at myself.  If I would’ve gotten this project done earlier, if I didn’t go sledding the day before and get wasted afterwards – this wouldn’t have happened.  This mattered to me because I have this side gig where I help a professor with his PowerPoint presentations.  I jazz them up, make them more fun, organized and  visual.  I love doing it.  And the fact that I love doing it and get paid for it makes me feel really bad when I mess up like I did – because I don’t want him to think I don’t care about this!  I love his courses too – Organizational Change is one and Advanced Organizational Change is the other.  The other day I told him that I would love to see him in action (and see my slides being presented) and he said I could come in any time.  Today was the day.  I eventually got him the deck – and it was enough time before his course started so it was all good – but of course I felt bad.

I recently started reading a book by Amy Cuddy called Presence.  I’m obsessed with this book right now.  And now I love Amy Cuddy – she is my favorite person right now.  This book is all about how you perceive yourself and how others perceive others and what you can do to make a better, more powerful presence.  I’m still reading it so I’m not sure if I captured it all but you get the gist.  I started reading it during the snowstorm (actually listening on Audible).  Anyway, it’s one of those books that as you read it you feel like your brain is molding to whatever she is saying.  I’m hoping it’s sinking in!  One of the interesting things she mentioned was how we see ourselves as the center of the universe – and we are so critical on ourselves because we think everyone sees us how we see ourselves.  They did research where they had people wear brightly colored Barry Manilow shirts to a class.  They asked these people to guess how many people noticed their shirt.  They always guessed way more than actually noticed.  So, I’ve got to remind myself that because I’m always so worried that people are judging me as hard as I judge myself.

I got into work and shortly after, I went to Professor Jick’s class.  They took a break and that’s when I walked in.  Todd greeted me and reminded me that I almost drove him crazy with that deck.  Of course I felt bad, but we chuckled about it and I explained how disappointed I was that we were on a roll and the last deck got a little shaky with the uploading.  It took 90 minutes to upload because it was such a huge file. ah!  So – the class – Advanced Organizational Change.  LOVE IT!  First of all, they were talking about change agents and personality traits of executives who need to create a change in an organization.  He spoke about head, hand, heart – and how only 5% of top executives possess all 3 of those characteristics.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the nicest part of the class – he asked me to raise my hand and say hello – as he shouted me out for being his “secret tool” that helps him with all of this presentations.  So nice of him!  Eventually I had to go back to my desk and do my “normal” work which today consisted of tying up loose ends of an event I’m organizing tomorrow.

Brooklyn Brewery execs are coming to speak to students.  So we are clearing out the deli area, setting up tables, ordering pizza, having Brooklyn Brewery beer delivered and all of that great stuff.  There are a couple of things I’m iffy about – like I think the beer will probably be delivered too early and it’s going to be a pain in the butt to fill the (garbage) bins with ice (24 bags)… but I’ve learned that stressing doesn’t help so I’m just going to hope for the best!

Last week, I met this guy who told me that he goes to Equinox gym.  I have not really had a good workout since I moved.  Between moving, traveling, decorating, tutoring, mentoring, etc I haven’t had the chance.  I need to get excited about it.  So he told me that the one he goes to in Rockefeller Center even has gym clothes for them to use.  That’s exciting!  Then I got to thinking, normally I buy bootcamp classes, Bikram classes, and that adds up!  So maybe joining Equinox wouldn’t be such a bad idea – I always thought of it as being too sheshefoofoo, but I bet it’s comparable to what I’ve been paying for bootcamp and bikram combined – so I decided to check it out.  I looked at the classes and there are a ton!  I could get all my different workout fixes done in one place – and it’s only 12 minutes from my job!  I used to travel all the way from the UWS to Chelsea – I’m sure I could handle this even though it isn’t close to my apartment – it will do.  I sometimes feel like I need to workout in different parts of the city so I’m not always in one area.  Gotta expand my horizons and network!

After I looked at classes, I decided I wanted to try the Barre class they had.  I’ve been wanting to try it, but never did.  Then I was questioning myself – do I really want to jump into working out in a class that I’ve never took.  What if I hate it and then I’ll stop working out again – maybe I should ease myself into it by just hopping onto the elliptical machine.  Last week, I made an appointment to meet with a sales chick to get a tour and all that stuff.  I told her that I wanted to take the Barre class and that I’d meet with her afterwards.  But today I was thinking, maybe I’ll just tell her that I’ll hold off on the Barre class.  I was having an internal debate about this dumb class.  And then I just said I’m doing it – and I did.  She gave me a tour – The gym is gorgeous and it’s filled with nice looking people.  I even became friends with the sales chick (I usually become friends with most people who try to sell me things – I dated the guy who sold me my VW about 4 years ago, I went to the beach and out to a lounge with my Brazilian waxer about 3 years ago, I made out with a guy who used to cut my hair….) and we decided we would start to take classes together one of these days.  She said she admired that I just jumped into that class with no experience when she hasn’t even taken that class yet – and she works there.  Unlike me, she said she needs a friend with her in a class.  I’m the opposite, I think.  So of course, I ended up signing the contract and now I have a cool Equinox keyfob!

After the gym, I took a train home.  Listened to my audio book for most of the time.  I recognized the train announcer guy – he has a very distinct voice.  Usually I hear him in the morning, going downtown.  This was the first time I heard him at the end of the stop. This guy LOVES his job.  He sounds like he lives for it. And I love that!  His voice sounds like a recording and a game show host.  I noticed that when we got to the final stop he was talking more than usual.  And you’d think – he does this EVERY DAY and probably does this stop multiple times a day – but he was announcing it with his heart and soul, wishing us well on behalf of the MTA!  I wish I recorded the whole thing, but I only caught the last part.


On my way home, I called my nephew for his 8th birthday!  He told me he didn’t have school today and I told him that the snow day was a birthday present from Frosty the Snowman. Not sure if he believes me or thinks I’m crazy, but I don’t care – the fact that he’s still young enough to *maybe* believe it makes it the best conversation I had all day.