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Five years!

Five years!

Today is my FIVE YEAR anniversary at TNP, which really isn’t The New Place at all anymore. Not so shabby for someone who thought she’d be fired before her first year was done.

It’s a good place to work, and has allowed me to travel to new places and learn new things. I’m doing great things with Excel, and I’m even doing a bit of SQL work on our database!

(I also received $300 in gift cards, which will be put aside for future travel.)

In unrelated news, I’m 23 days through the Yoga with Adriene 31-day #yogarevolution and with the exception of the angry, angry muscle in my upper back that I tweaked, I’m doing really well!

Friday 5 ON FRIDAY! Into the Lens

I have an hour left in my day – can I do this? YES I CAN! I’m a bit distracted because I’m watching NXT Takeover. I love NXT. And I actually had off today, so I have no excuse for tardiness except I spent the day reading Hamilton and actually working on something for work that I couldn’t get to this week. I have 4 projects spinning right now and it’s exhilarating, but I feel like I can’t give enough time to any of them. Nose to the effing grindstone next week.

As for this weekend? Some R&R for sure. Easter weekend took a lot of out me.


This week’s Friday 5 theme is “Into the Lens.” Point, and SHOOT!



1. What was your first camera like?

The first camera I had was a Kodak Pleaser. It was an instant camera Polaroid knockoff and I wrote about it back here

2. What kinds of accessories have you purchased for a camera?

Like most people, at one time I was trying to be SERIOUS about photography. I had extra lenses, camera straps, camera bags, and tripods. Nothing helped my lack of talent!

3. When did you last shoot photos on film, and how many rolls of unshot film do you have in your house?

I think my last film photos were taken in 1999. No unshot film here. I barely had film on hand when I DID shoot with a film camera.

4. Digital photography has all kinds of advantages over film photography, but what’s better about shooting on film and having to get it developed and printed?

Because you only had a limited amount of shots AND because you had to pay before you saw the finished product, you had to be picky about your camera shots. Us normal folks didn’t do food photography or take 10 shots trying to get the one perfect shot of everyone jumping up in the air at the same time.

There was also an element of surprise. Some photos would come out very well, and others would be a pile of crap, but you’d put them in the album anyway, because it was 1 of only 36 photos of that event, and you paid for it.

5. How do you manage your digital photos?

I only use my iPhone for photos, because it’s far superior to the last digital camera I had. I sync my photos to Dropbox, and then once a month, I copy them to a folder on my desktop computer, and to a folder that syncs with Microsoft OneDrive. I organize them by month and year and don’t go any deeper than that. Once a year, I print out a bunch to put into frames around the house.

And speaking of photos, I found another box of photos to go through. I was wondering why the first box ended in 1999.

Happy Wrestlemania Weekend!

Friday 5: It’s time to play the music

Happy Friday! It’s currently POURING outside, which is good because I’m happily staying in tonight. I’m just about over my cold and thrilled that it didn’t evolve into my usual DeathLung complication.

Have I mentioned that it broke on a #&@^ spring roll?

I saw the periodontist yesterday and am cleared to start the implant process. Next appointment is mid-November — that’ll be the extraction of the tooth and implantation of something that will stimulate tissue growth. I’m financing it over 5 years – LIKE A CAR. Grr. I’m purposefully NOT Googling the process. I’m going to just take it as it comes.

WM says I should be a hockey player for Halloween. He’s charming.

I am still SO VAIN about it though. I take the flipper out at home and I take it out to eat. BUT, if I’m eating among coworkers, I leave it in, which means I have to pick super soft food. Last week I went to the board meeting at work and they served breakfast. I had scrambled egg whites, oatmeal, and pineapple that I smushed with my fork. If this process takes a year, I hope eventually I will no longer care if people see the missing tooth. Otherwise I’m going to have a lot of lonely cubicle lunches.

Time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is It’s time to play the music.

Hey! That refers to The Muppets! We’ve watched the first three episodes of the show on ABC, and it’s funnier than a lot of other shows out there, but ‘just ok’ when it comes to how awesome the Muppets could be. I think it just needs time. I hope ABC/Disney will remember that many shows have a slow start and give it that time it needs.

What I never picked up from any of the press preceding the show’s debut is that Miss Piggy is a late night talk show host. I’m completely on board with that. Some are upset that she’s awful in the show, but original Miss Piggy used to actually hit Kermit when they fought, so she’s mellowed a bit. There are some adult moments, but there were in the original show, too. Nick Offerman was in this week’s episode and as he can ‘light my lights’ anytime, I quite enjoyed it.

1. How do you feel about honeydew and other melons?

Honeydews are okay, but I prefer cantaloupe and watermelon.

2. How are your little piggies?

In need of a polish change. Now that open-toed shoe season is over, I’ll go back to doing them myself.

3. What kind of experience do you have with scooters?

I used to want a scooter, when I was young and unbothered by rain. But I’ve never ridden one. Not even a razor scooter.

4. What animal frightens you most?

I HATE BATS. They’re around the area and yes I know they’re harmless and eat bugs but I won’t even go into bat rooms at zoos. They’re flappy and fangy and will get in your hair and eat your eyes out. Yes, I even hate the baby bat pictures people seem to post every day.

When you earn xps in the Arkham (word) video games a writhing horde of shrieky, flappy bats fly around. I hate that, too.

5. Apples, celery, and walnuts dressed in mayo and served atop a bed of lettuce are popularly known as a Waldorf Salad. What’s your favorite salad with a name?

Firstly, mad props to the person who wrote the List of Salads article on Wikipedia. You are truly making a difference in the world. My favorite named salad would be a Cobb salad and if I had to elaborate, I’d say the Cobb salad at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at Disney Studios.

Zumba and storage unit clean-out tomorrow, and hopefully Sunday we get a new dining room set! (It’s a Craiglist purchase so murder is always a possibility.) Have a great one!

Rabbit rabbit – back from National Harbor, MD

This post will fail my posting standards on two points:

> There is no twee April Fool prank. When I was younger, I’d flip the site backward on April Fool’s, but this year I basically forgot what day it was.

> This is a about a trip I took, but I have no great photos. This is because Spring Business Trip 2015 was actually TNP’s very own Annual Meeting for our members.

On the first night we had our staff party at the dueling piano bar. Drinks were free. Judgment was bad.

On the first night we had our staff party at the dueling piano bar. Drinks were free. My judgment was poor.

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