Archive for August, 2006

Home Sweet Home (for the moment)

Friday, August 25th, 2006

We just got in from a week long trip to DC with tons of pictures and stories – a lovely hour in an actual Paper Source store, the evening Segway Tour, a disappointing hotel stay, every momument in DC, a quick visit with both Molly and Andy (my cousins),

A few teaser pictures because the trip recap might take a few posts to finish:

The Capitol Building:

Lincoln Memorial:

Molly and me at the WWII Memorial:

PAPER SOURCE. (Can you hear the swell of glorious music in the background?) This is a wall of cards and envelopes and pretty paper – the row second to the floor is my color…sage. *sigh* It was fabulous – I had to sneek this picture – totally against company policy but I am a rebel wedding planner after all:

Back with more over the next few days. We drove to and from DC and so I need to sleep.

16 rules to live by

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

I don’t remember how I found these but I really like the “16 Rules to live by” from Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of Go Daddy:

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems. You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.”

(The above rules are included with the permission of Bob Parsons and is Copyright 2004-2006 by Bob Parsons. All rights reserved.)

More fun with Flickr!

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

More fun toys from the fab folks at Flagrant Disregard to help you play with your photos:

Design CD cover maker – I have been working on my portfolio on CD/DVD so this is very useful for me!
Create calendar pages – think of the possiblities for Christmas or Hannakuh gifts!
Make a magazine cover or movie poster – this could be fun for DIY baby announcements.
Motivational posters – possibilities for snark are endless! Endless I tell you!

Okay, now go play – have fun!

Meredith + Steve: 08.12.06

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Meredith and Steve began dating because Steve was brave (and smart) enough to go back and ask for her number. She was working at a hotel and conference center, he was attending a meeting and noticed her – but he didn’t do anything about it and the meetings wrapped up and he left! Something told Steve to go back and ask for her number and something told Meredith to give it to him. The rest, as they say, is history.

Meredith and Steve’s gorgeous Columbus wedding day began very quietly with just Meredith, her hairstylist and me at her parent’s house. It began quietly but by the time the photographers arrived, we were all in hysterics – everything was funny. I can honestly say we were all in rare form that morning and it was one of the most fun wedding mornings I have ever had!

The outdoors ceremony was performed by a friend of Meredith’s family – it was personal, intimate and very emotional. The minister made every part of the ceremony specific and special to Meredith and Steve. As the guests were being seated, they were given a river rock to hold. During the ceremony the officiant asked all the guests to put their hopes and best wishes for Meredith and Steve into the stone. Those stones were collected and they will be in a special place in the couples’ home. The Bears were mentioned more than once and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

If you know me, you know how I feel about fabulous escort card displays – wait until you see this one. The florist was amazing and did a fantastic job with every detail – Meredith wanted something very clean, very pretty and he nailed exactly what she had envisioned.

Meredith’s Mom, Marti told me when we first met that she believes strongly in signs. She took the fact that Steve proposed to Meredith on a trip to Keeneland (a race track in Lexington) as a sign that I was meant to work with them. I am so glad she did! I had a wonderful time with Steve and Meredith and I am looking forward to seeing them once we move to Columbus!

Pictures of this couple to come from the talented and very fun (and limber) Nicole Dixon.

“If you don’t pluck…”

Slideshow from Davis Photography

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Jim from Davis Photography sent me a link to Megan and James’ slideshow. It is absolutely gorgeous!

If I can figure out a way to steal it, I will (don’t worry Jim said I could) but for now, just go visit it on Jim’s site. FYI it has music in case you are sneaking a peek while at work:

Megan and James’ slideshow.

And make sure to tell him how pretty it is!

New family motto

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Randy and I have a new family motto that I intend to print on a t-shirt and wear it everywhere.

Ready for it?

The Duncans: Keeping Moving Companies in Business Since 2002

Randy got an offer from a great company that he has talked about joining for some time…in Columbus, Ohio. He has accepted and so we are moving…again! I know, I know – it has only been 5 months since I moved to Lexington but this is a good move, albeit a bittersweet one.

The sweet part? The company is a local company which means that the projects will be either in or very near Columbus. That means no moving and explains why we are already househunting! It is closer to my family in Michigan. Plus, some of our favorite people are in C-Bus (Marni and Dave and Amanda and Danielle, among others!)

The bitter part? We fell very much in love with Lexington in the short time we were here. Randy said it best when he said there is no denying that Lexington is a really special place. It is a fantastic place to live and we are both really going to miss it.

In the end, we both feel like this is going to be a great move for us as a family and for Randy's work and EDEP. So C-Town here we come!

Random Thoughts!

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Okay – fly by post, trying to clean and pack for a trip to Columbus for Amanda’s Bridal Shower (A margarita themed shower at that!):

Spending a lot of time indoors since it is 402 degrees outside with 263963% humidity – and it has cooled off recently.

I have been working on plans for our upcoming DC trip. I have gotten some wonderful advice on TripAdvisor.com. An amazing amount of info there. Because of that site, I found our hotel for a killer deal, found out which attractions need tickets and which don’t, how to get around and some good tours. Tours including Washington D.C. Segway Night Tour.

Oh yes, faithful readers, expect pictures of me and Randy looking something like this:

I. Cannot. Wait.

On another note, MySpace strikes again (in a good way) – a dear, dear friend of mine that I lived with in college found me and dropped me a note! It was SO good to hear from her – we lost touch when I was in NYC. Bethie – my hippie co-op housemate has 2 kids! How time flies…

Happy weekend!