Thursday, July 28, 2005

all by myself in the office

i was working a bit this evening so that i can leave early tomorrow... Rebecca & I are going to an Alison Krauss concert. anyway, i'm listening to Coldplay's Fix You in my office here and i'm getting emotional. i know, it's ridicluous. Fix You is just like my life in the past few weeks. but who's fixing me? Who!?!?! it's hard for me to not try to fix things all by myself. i learn a little more everyday how to give things up- to let God do stuff in my life- rearrange things- fix things. ugh...

i gotta say music is a beautiful thing. i was thinking about it this morning... thinking about how music is an art form that pretty much everyone in the world enjoys. of course, people have different preferences of musical styles... but everyone likes it and is moved by it in some way. i think it's a gift from God. love it.

i would like to give a shout out to my dear friends the Burkes & the Etzkorns. love you & lots of people are praying for you all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

No Diggity

i took the StrengthsFinder Test yesterday. It's the Gallup Organization's Web-based talent assessment tool.
Just in case anyone is interested, the test's results say that my five most dominant themes of talent are:

Belief: People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

Relator: People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Strategic: People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Activator: People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

Responsibility: People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

Yes, I agree with the assessments.

btw, i'm having a GREAT week at work... so far.

Friday, July 22, 2005

pics and personal email

so i've added some pics (see below) that i took way back... way back in february... the trip to Colorado. I've also added a few from our recent trip to the zoo. it was a family thing. Here's Jared & Joel (above) on the happy zoo train. thanks to the grocery store's crappy developing, Jared has some phantom lightscar on his face.
things have been going okay with me. busy as usual. lots to say... but i don't feel like saying much at the moment. :) can you believe i haven't seen the new star wars flick yet? what the heck? i need to go see that.
okay, here's something frustrating: i want to get a new personal email address but every possible login combination i've tried is already taken! well, everything except sexylamb. you guys have any ideas?? i was hoping to keep it short & sweet... i need at least 6 characters... and i'm not sure that i want to go with sexylamb. please help.

the Garden of the Gods is freakin awesome. Posted by Picasa

Ingrid on the way to CO... way back in February. Posted by Picasa

Me and Samantha at the zoo Posted by Picasa

another Garden of Gods pic from February Posted by Picasa

Garden of Gods in February Posted by Picasa

Here's my little cousin Samantha giving a look at the zoo. The look being "not having so much fun... would rather take a nap". Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 14, 2005

this will probably bore you if you don't care about advertising

In the advertising business? See this story about Shona Seifert being sentenced to 18 months of prison:
Here’s what I find somewhat humorous: the judge has ordered her to develop a written code of conduct for the advertising industry. Now what do you think about that? Shoot, a written code of conduct developed by someone convicted of conspiracy, fraud, and false claims? That’ll be a winner!
Yes, someone who tried to fraud the government... that'll be a quality code of conduct. :) i wonder who's going to be grading this code of conduct? Maybe the Wizard of Ads should... i dunno... i really don't.

Friday, July 08, 2005

email notification ideas?

well, last week i changed my email notification to
"where's the beef" and my immediate boss copied after me & put it on his PC too. :(
oh brother. i tell ya, creativity runs rampant around here.
now i'm going to have to change mine again.
it'll have to be short and sweet... you guys have any ideas for me? check for some wav files... or you can send me your own entries for my consideration. :) thx.
so glad it's friday! i'm outta here!

i'm borrowing this pic from steph's blog cause i think it's awesome. it's a ricefield... check steph's site for more great asian images: Posted by Picasa

someone sent me this pic of temblor range. cool, huh? Posted by Picasa

don't know why, but i felt like putting an ugly fish on the blog today. boy, is this fish ugly. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

today's emailed topics around the office

Jamie sent this link about a crazy restuarant in Taiwan.
Wayne posed this question: what do the restrooms look like in this restuarant? :)

on a different note, many of us get emailed a "monday morning memo" from the Wizard Academy every week. well, i thought i should put a little excerpt of today's memo on my blog for you.

Business people, do you want to attract multitudes? Develop the heart of a servant – one who truly loves – and you will quickly become beloved. The world has masters aplenty; it is servants who are in short supply.
I'm not the first to note how words and actions reveal the heart. Luke tells of a dawn two thousand years ago when Jesus walked grass still wet with dew. After choosing from among a great crowd of followers the twelve who would accompany him to the end, Jesus stepped forward and spoke to the waiting throng, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
Now let's look at Jesus' actions - beginning with his choosing of the twelve - and see if they reveal his motives: The fact that none of them were leaders in the business community indicates that he wasn't planning to measure membership or attendance numbers, build a bank account or launch a political action committee. "Minister" was more of a verb in his day.
Flash forward to his final day in John 13: "… so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him." The twelve were aghast. Foot washing was like scrubbing a public toilet or scraping gum off the bottom of bus benches. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" Jesus asked them. "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you."
Consciously or unconsciously, each of us follows a hero. We model our actions after their actions and measure our success according to their values. Are you consciously aware of whose example you are following? Look quietly to your daily actions and you'll find your hero vividly revealed.
[Roy H. Williams]

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! I'll type more at ya soon!