Category Archives: Be Successful

New Task

So I got a new assignment at work yesterday.

I’ve been my manager’s go-to metrics person for my group for quite some time now, so there are a couple of presentations I have to put together every month. This month, my manager was on vacation when I had to do them so he asked me to send one of them to my director for approval. It’s important to note here that due to a recent org change, my director is actually my boss’s boss’s boss.

That in itself wasn’t a huge deal. I make these presentations every month, and I’ve met my director before, so I felt like I had it mostly under control. When my director started asking me for additional metrics I started to worry a bit more, but they were easy to compile so I still was only mildly concerned.

Unfortunately, that was short-lived.

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Business Travel 4.0

Here I am… traveling for work, again.

I really shouldn’t be complaining because I’m very fortunate that I’ve gotten to travel much, especially as a new hire, but I spend so much time on airplanes. I’m over it. And it especially doesn’t help that I’m completely on the other side of the country so it took a very long flight to get here (and THREE flights on the way home). But on the bright side, I get a four day weekend because Thursday counts as a travel day and Friday is holiday.

Plus, you know, I got to travel. And I met a whole bunch of new people (mostly managers) whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. And I met a coworker I talk to regularly but had never seen in person. And I got to see a friend from college. And of course, I still get free food while I’m traveling. So there are certainly perks.

I just wish I didn’t have to fly. And that it weren’t so disruptive to my life (I miss my cats, and I hate having to skip aerial for several days in a row). And if I could potentially get a little more than a week and a half notice before I had to go somewhere that would be great too.

Business Travel 3.0

I’m traveling again!

Except this time it’s way less exciting – partly because with all the traveling I’ve been doing to visit boyfriend in Wisconsin I am beyond sick of airports and airplanes, partly because I think the initial “wonder” has worn off, and partly because I’m not traveling with any of my teammates this time so I anticipate it being a bit lonelier than my past travels. Which is fine, really, cause it means I get to spend more time in my room practicing poi (more on that later this week), but it’s still a very different experience.

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New Vacuum

Ok, guys. This is going to sound ridiculous, but I bought a new vacuum yesterday and it’s so awesome that I just have to talk about it.

First of all, I got this baby on sale. I had seen reviews for this particular vacuum and it seemed to be the gold standard of somewhat reasonably priced vacuums, but at $200 it still felt a bit steep. So I headed to Target intending to buy a different, lesser vacuum for $120. I was about to grab that one when suddenly I turned around and saw it:

THIS vacuum, the Hoover Windtunnel Pro 3, was on sale. For $140. And at that moment I knew that it was meant to be.

But let me back up a moment.

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Spider

Remember that one time when I said I was occasionally going to blog about things other than aerial? Yeah, I lied. Even my non-aerial stories are about aerial. Like this one, which is about a spider!

Today, we were practicing with the roll-up door (the building is a converted warehouse) open.

Aerial Open Door

Naturally, this means some bugs are going to get in; especially in a place like South Carolina.

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Appreciated

Look, I’m writing about something that’s not aerial! It’s almost as if I do other things occasionally (which I totally do – I go to work, do my homework, eat, and sleep!). Incidentally, this “story” is about work.

For the past several months, I have been working with a team to develop a new process which allocates funding for emergent, unplanned work. It was the reason for my last business trip, it typically involved having four (or more!) meetings a week, and it was generally a massive part of what everyone on the team has been doing for most of 2015. More importantly, though, we officially released the process on April 1st and it has been a huge success.

So today, we all got an award!

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