gen x great american pastime

took my reps out for a night of spirits and skeeball the evening before i gave my notice that i was leaving. i felt like a clod all night, knowing what message i was going to deliver the next morning. we had a bunch of laughs and pooled our tickets for some silly office toys. a fitting end to this chapter of my story.


8 random things

I was tagged by Neverending Growth for this meme. I’m probably the last person in blogland to play.

The directions…
Each player posts eight random facts/habits about him/herself and then tags eight other bloggers to participate. In turn, the folks who are tagged write a post listing their own eight facts/habits, along with these rules, and then tag eight more people . . . and so on.

So, here are my random things.
1. I start most mornings with a Sugar-Free Red Bull in the car on the way to work. Don’t fuss. It gets me through the morning.
2. I hate the word irregardless, and chose to disregard it on most occasions.
3. Almost every tooth in my head is crowned. I can thank poor enamel and some fluke with when they put flouride in the water in West Tennessee for that.
4. I have two tattoos.
5. I have an uncanny ability to remember random facts, like what I wore on the first day of school in second grade or the first time I ate mashed potatoes.
6. On a dare, last week I paged myself on the intercom at work, using my regular voice. I was chosen for this deed because of my ‘distinctive voice’ (read Southern drawl).
7. Scrabble and Scattegories are my favorite board games.
8. Yesterday I planted hosta in my backyard (Denver) that came from my childhood home in West Tennessee.

Feel free to jump in here if you haven’t played yet.

coming soon: change

after almost seventeen years of working for the same company, i turned in my two-week notice on friday. lots of thought, number-crunching, and prayer went into my decision to accept a job with a competitor. while i don’t expect my new opportunity to be a cake walk, i am hopeful that it will feel less like working in a sweat shop and that the time i can devote to the things i am passionate about will increase. (that’s a nice way of saying i hope that 60 hour weeks will become the exception and not the norm.)

while i have complete peace about my decision and know that it is the right thing to do, i have been a bit fidgety about it over the weekend.

here’s to hoping that the grass is greener, and that i’m getting a little bit of my life back.


mac visions

i’m really wanting to make the switch from a PC/laptop to a MacBook. any of you out there with strong opinions on one over the other? make your case here.


tunes and tomes

Jonny Lang, Turn Around
Bruce Springsteen and The Sessions Band, Live in Dublin
Beth Nielsen Chapman, Hymns

Ruminate Magazine
They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations, Dan Kimball


new favorite

The Brick Testament