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Learning from Those Who Have Left

April 27, 2012 - 2:31pm

The Wharton School has numerous 10-minute video clips on various business topics. The series is called BizTalks 2012. I enjoyed watching Lori Rosenkopf's video on "Learning from Those Who Have Left." Her research shows that companies can benefit from social connections between workers even after they move to a different company. One of the take-aways is that companies can host alumni events to encourage their current employees to network with former employees thereby strengthening the knowledge sharing.

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The Flight from Conversation

April 24, 2012 - 4:10pm

Here are my favorite parts from Sherry Turkle's article in the New York Times, The Flight From Conversation, about technology and communication.

"Face-to-face conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers. To get these, we ask one another simpler questions; we dumb down our communications, even on the most important matters."

"And why would we want to talk about love and loss with a machine that has no experience of the arc of human life? Have we so lost confidence that we will be there for one another? "

"When people are alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device. Here connection works like a symptom, not a cure, and our constant, reflexive impulse to connect shapes a new way of being."

"We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true. If we are unable to be alone, we are far more likely to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will know only how to be lonely. "

Sherry Turkle is a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. and the author, most recently, of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”

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Work Life Balance

April 18, 2012 - 12:04pm

Since January of this year, it feels like my life has been taken over by work. I have had a very difficult maintaining a decent balance. My thoughts are almost always of work. I hope this is just a transition period and life won't always be like this. I hope to find a balance in the coming months. Mostly I'd like to get my thoughts back to myself.

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Happy Birthday

February 15, 2012 - 12:52am

Happy birthday to a very special man in my life, my father.

Mom & Dad

Happy birthday to a very special state in my life, Arizona. Arizona turns 100 years old today. WOW, you're so young for being such a wonderful place.

Sunset

Cactus

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Quote of the Day

February 5, 2012 - 6:16pm

"Toddlers have one volume and it's eleven."
- Karen

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Quote of the Day

February 4, 2012 - 3:03pm

"My life is so much better than anything I deserve."
- Me

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Silly Face

February 2, 2012 - 4:13am

There's nothing quite like a silly face to remind you what's important in life.

Madeline

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Year in Review: 2011

January 28, 2012 - 5:31pm

Last year, I reviewed 2010. I think it is time to review 2011.

  • January to July - almost weekly travel from Phoenix to Nashville
    Work had me traveling Monday through Thursday. It was a challenging project but the client was great and I learned a lot. I got to explore Nashville a bit
  • January - weekend in Washington DC
  • February - weekend in San Diego and bike polo tournament in Phoenix
  • March - leased an all-electric car (a Nissan Leaf), birthday trip to Texas to see friends and family, Karen and Madeline visit Phoenix
  • April - promotion at work
  • May - Chris graduated from college! Chris and I celebrated 3 years of marriage. We had lots of visitors - both sets of parents, Caren, and Jeff. Solar panels were installed on the house.
  • June - vacation in Orlando with Ang, Steve, Gage, Alex, and Peyton
  • July - Karen, J, and Madeline visit while moving to Oklahoma
  • August - My parents celebrated 42 years of marriage! Chris' nephew, visited us in Phoenix and we went to the Grand Canyon. Got out of the Phoenix heat with a trip to Lake Tahoe
  • September - Grandma Lucci turned 100! We visited Chris' brother, Mike, and his family in Georgia for Mike's birthday.
  • October - hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my parents, Chris got a job!, and we made an art piece for Day of the Dead, I started seeing a counselor to address my anger issues
  • November - bike polo tournament in Las Vegas, weekend trip to Texas to see family, quiet Thanksgiving at home
  • December - quiet at work, quiet Christmas at home
  • Home projects over the year - new microwave, wall & bench in backyard, new roof (not diy), house paint (not diy), solar panels (not diy), new house numbers, patio table, growing vegetables in the garden (lettuce, loofa, tomatoes, peppers, onions), new dressers in the bedroom, and new credenza in the living room
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New Furniture

January 28, 2012 - 3:48pm

We've got a piece of new furniture in the house - a credenza! As you can see from the pictures, it is a wall-hanging credenza, also called a floating credenza.

New Credenza

New Credenza

This is a piece Chris and I have wanted to do for years though never got around to it. Over the holidays, I had trouble sleeping one morning and was surfing the internet when I stumbled on a post at The Brick House about a Fauxdenza. Morgan had the great idea to use Ikea kitchen cabinets for her credenza then top it with a piece of nice wood. I was in love with the idea and knew it would be perfect for us.

As soon as Chris woke up, I ran the idea past him. After some discussion, brainstorming, and, of course, breakfast, we were on our way to Ikea. Procuring materials was the easy part - it always is. There were a few hurdles that we had to clear.

  1. Wires: The first was making space for wires. Since our credenza is under the TV, it holds all the electronics and the miles of tangled wires. Chris put some wood 2x4s behind the cabinets to create a few inches of space between the wall and the cabinets. It created just the right amount of space for wires.
  2. TV: The second was hanging the TV on the wall. Lucky for me, Chris worked in professional home video and audio installation for years so he makes it look easy.
  3. Heat: The third hurdle is the amount of heat the electronics produce. Right now the solution is to simply open the cabinets to let in cool air while we're watching movies or playing video games. The long term solution will be some sort of fan to vent in air from the underside of the cabinets.

Chris and I are both very happy with this project and how it has opened up the living room. Removing the large table that previously held the TV, we regained at least a foot of space. I also love how easy it is to clean underneath the credenza.

I failed to take a proper "Before" picture but here are a couple shots that give a little bit of a glimpse of what our living room was like before this new piece of furniture.

Before:
Cowboys Game on Thanksgiving

Dogs

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