Friday, June 18, 2010

Hello, I'm the Librarian

I'd love to help you, however, if I put down these books, I violate the dress code. Sorry!
From here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oh me, oh my, Olioboard

My creation on Olioboard
I should really stop subscribing to design blogs, because I get sucked into so much time-wasting. The newest? Olioboard, found via Decor8. I spent a good half hour putting the above board together - inspiration for the living room I want to have one of these days. Right now we're focusing on remodeling the kitchen, but the living room is next.

What a great way to get an idea of how items will work together -- I always have the worst time in the store deciding if this or that vase is going to work with the room I have in mind. The only thing I would change is the chaise lounge - the one I chose is just a place holder. I have a specific piece of furniture in mind -- one that I haven't found just yet. But I will. Oh, I will....

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Young Gun Vs. Technology

Our CEO, The Young Gun (see more about him here, or here, or here) and technology must be mortal enemies or something. Or, The Young Gun is just hopelessly inept when it comes to computers. His Crackberry he’s mastered, but a laptop? Not so much. A few examples of this:

Exhibit A.) Our office has experienced some indoor rain in the last year -- unfortunate byproducts of heavy construction. Rain on desks, on monitors, on keyboards but – knock on wood – not on anyone’s computer. A few months ago, it rained in the Young Gun’s office. Very little of his office got wet, and it mostly just ran down the walls. But one of the leaks was dangerously close to his computer docking station and printer. The morning after these leaks happened, The Young Gun arrived at work shortly after I did and breezed into his office. About five minutes later, he breezed back out.

“My computer station must have gotten fried by the rain," he said. "We’ll need to order a new a new docking station; it doesn’t work anymore. And my printer won’t work either. I’ll work in the board room today while it’s sorted out.” Concerned, I went in to investigate. There, below his desk, I saw the plug beneath his desk looking as if it might not be plugged in all the way. I crouched down, shoved it into the plug and his printer and docking station breathed to life. I went into the board room, where he hadn’t even had time to turn on his computer.

“I plugged in your docking station and printer. They should be working fine now.” I’m pretty sure I was smirking when I said it. What can I say? I’m a smartass.

Exhibit B.) Shortly after the first incident, we had another leak. The Young Gun announced that now his printer really wasn’t working and wouldn’t print. I kept forgetting to take a look at it or call IT to do so, but one day, I finally went in while he was at a meeting. I opened a document and clicked “print.” The dialog box showed me that a printer across the office (Printer1) was selected, rather than The Young Gun’s Printer on his desk (TYG1). So, I selected TYG1 and hit print. Like magic, paper came out with exactly the same image I was seeing on the screen!! So, just being proactive, I went into The Young Gun’s printer controls and made TYG1 the default printer for all print jobs. Then, when The Young Gun returned from his meeting, I smiled and said, “Your printer is fixed.”
“How?” he asked.
“Magic,” I said.

Sometimes it’s best not to reveal your methods.

Exhibit C.) About a year ago, The Young Gun’s wireless mouse stopped working. He brought it out to me, handing me the USB and mouse and asked me to get him a new one. When he returned, I gave him his mouse back.

“It works now!”

“How?” he asked.

“I put new batteries in.”

His face lit up with surprise - “It has batteries??”

He is endlessly entertaining. Endlessly.

And for those keeping score at home, that would be:
Technology - 3
Young Gun - 0

Short and Sweet

That is all.

Mental Meanderings

I like to think that I’m fairly focused. I catch on quickly. I pay attention to the important things. Often, I am asked to take meeting minutes or notes, because I am perceived this way.

But the reality? The reality is that I often find my mind wandering. And then I’ll hear something like this:

“Yes, I agree that it is really important we do that. Vitally so. In fact, why don’t we send out a communication. Jennifer? Could you draft it?”

To which I agree without hesitation, not having a single clue what was just being discussed. I get around this by approaching the requester after the meeting and saying, “So, the communication you want me to draft. What do you want in it, and who do you want it to go to?” Problem (usually) solved.

Today I was in a meeting, and again found my mind wandering. I tried so hard to pay attention, but my mind wandered. So, out of curiosity, I just jotted down what it wandered to. Here, in no particular order, are the things I daydreamed about while in a 30-minute meeting:

1. What I plan on wearing tomorrow (black pencil skirt, white blouse, sexy red heels that I never wear) – inspired by the enviable shoes on my coworkers.
2. Twilight – I considered what vampires would think of the marketing meeting I was in.
3. The fact that I need to clean my refrigerator and do laundry
4. Christian Laboutin shoes with the red soles
5. Becoming a full-time author and traveling the country in my own Laboutins
6. What I was going to have for lunch
7. A possible sci-fi story in which everyone in a meeting begins hearing a high-pitched sound, but each just assumes its only them, and they all gradually go deaf, but no one wants to admit it, so they just kept talking, no one hearing a word anyone else says. Not unlike most meetings I go to, anyway.
8. When the Twilight movie is coming out

Strangely, when I began keeping track of these things, my mind stopped wandering, and I couldn't get away from listening to what was being said. Oh, the irony.