Mistakes I Made at Work book review

Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It WrongMistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I popped this book on my list after watching the author speak on a panel at the 2014 Pennsylvania Conference for Woman. This was an enjoyable book, chock full of anecdotes from working women. I didn’t expect for it to change my life or anything, but it’s good to know that even large mistakes aren’t the end of the world.

It was very Smith College-centric. I’d have liked to read stories of women who didn’t get such a privileged start, that’s all.

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Zumba, week 2

This was my second week back. It got a little easier, because I was slightly more familiar with the moves. I’m better with the cha cha cha routines than the mambo routines. You’d think all the nights I spent watching Dirty Dancing would make me better with mambo. Halfway through the hour, I lose all worry that I’m secretly being videotaped for YouTube.

Secret video of me at Zumba.

Secret video of me at Zumba.

I have to go again next week, because the week after I’ll miss it due to work travel.

Why am I doing this? I need to increase my stamina. My life of sedentary work and habits has killed any mojo I have. Regular workouts leave me tired early on. I have to accomplish getting through 3-4 minutes of moving without feeling like death before I can do something better. I have a lot of years of WDW ahead of me!

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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!

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Throwback Thursday: Winter, 1999

No date on the back of this photo, but I bought this sweatshirt while I was working at the Disney store. I started there in fall of 1998. The cut and color of my hair makes me think this was post wedding #1. Plus, that looks like a Christmas popcorn “gift” tin that Mom would receive from her students.

This is my 'fake happy for photo' pose.

This is my ‘fake happy for photo’ pose.

Items of note:

  • I still have that Disney sweatshirt.
  • Mom’s wall is faux-finished, as one did in the 90s.
  • Remember when you wanted your eyeglasses to be as small and unobtrusive as possible?
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