I was pleasantly surprised that it’s only been 2 months or so since my last post (I thought it may have been 4-5 months ago).  What brings me out of my non-posting stupor?  Our new dog!

This is Seal.  We’re going to bring him home tonight from the Milo Foundation for a “trial adoption”.  If all goes well, he’ll be here to stay!  He’s a 5-month old Corgie mix…who kind of looks like a seal or platypus.  He saw him on Sunday at the George store in Berkeley and fell in love with him…he was great with other dogs and kids, and he liked to explore and meet people, but was also okay chilling with us.  

Here’s more on him:

http://www.milofoundation.org/adopt.cfm?AnimalID=12380&Name=SEAL

Should we rename him?  What does he look like to you?  

Seal (1 vote)
Beebo (veto)
Bah Zhang (or BZ for short)
Harry the Haribo
Platty
Maxie
Snickers
Scooter
Oopie (wtf??)
Baxter (veto)
Smoochy (veto)

I was pleasantly surprised that it’s only been 2 months or so since my last post (I thought it may have been 4-5 months ago). What brings me out of my non-posting stupor? Our new dog!

This is Seal. We’re going to bring him home tonight from the Milo Foundation for a “trial adoption”. If all goes well, he’ll be here to stay! He’s a 5-month old Corgie mix…who kind of looks like a seal or platypus. He saw him on Sunday at the George store in Berkeley and fell in love with him…he was great with other dogs and kids, and he liked to explore and meet people, but was also okay chilling with us.

Here’s more on him:

http://www.milofoundation.org/adopt.cfm?AnimalID=12380&Name=SEAL

Should we rename him? What does he look like to you?

Seal (1 vote)
Beebo (veto)
Bah Zhang (or BZ for short)
Harry the Haribo
Platty
Maxie
Snickers
Scooter
Oopie (wtf??)
Baxter (veto)
Smoochy (veto)

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You know it’s been a great weekend for sports when the Super Bowl was the 3rd-best sporting event of the weekend.  Steelers-Cards was a very very very distant runner-up for me, behind Federer vs. Nadal at the Australian Open final and the fight of the decade at UFC 94 between welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and lightweight champ BJ Penn.

You know it’s been a great weekend for sports when the Super Bowl was the 3rd-best sporting event of the weekend. Steelers-Cards was a very very very distant runner-up for me, behind Federer vs. Nadal at the Australian Open final and the fight of the decade at UFC 94 between welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and lightweight champ BJ Penn.

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VIDEO

Last week, Del Monte’s Pup-Peroni team launched their first-ever national TV advertising blitz with this 30-second spot. The ads are called “Dogs Just Know”. I love this ad…they did a great job of playing up the emotional connection that dogs owners have with their dogs. I want a dog too!

The Butterfly

Inspirational story.  Don’t take the easy way out, or you’ll end up fat and wingless!

meltinyourmouth:

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.

What a great ad…
szymon:
Pure evil:  Durex: Father’s day

What a great ad…

szymon:

Pure evil: Durex: Father’s day

Advice please?

Advice please?

  • Friend: okie dokies artichokies. i'm pretty busy in the next couple weeks! :o) i'm going to watch the so you think you can dance concert! :o) and then i'm goign to see the US olympics gymnastics team performance! :o) and then i'm going to nkotb! and then i'm going to see celine DIONNNNNNNNNNNN...NEEEAAARRRR...FAARRRRRRR
  • me: omg, stop
  • Friend: i LOVE celine! she is beautiful...
  • me: she's actually very ugly. meaning, not beautiful at all.
  • Friend: you need to be able to see past her face. actually, she's quite beautiful
  • me: beautiful innards? I'm very concerned about you...
  • Friend: well her face IS a little horsey
  • me: the NKOTB thing was a big warning sign. but that, combined with celine dion?
  • Friend: BUT her voice is sooo blissful
  • me: I think we need to get your brain checked out
  • Friend: and just plain amazing. you're just jealous
  • I think this is grounds for an intervention...what do you all think?
This isn’t the longest run (it’s really a 3 mile walk) that I’ve done, but it may be the most important.  As a semi-participant in Larry’s 6-pack Challenge and taking this summer to work out and eat healthier, I’ve started to realize how important my health is to both my happiness, confidence and really, my future.  Yes, I want to be able to enjoy the nice things in life, and great food is definitely one of them…but at the same time, to be a good husband and father, I need to be able to live a healthy life.
So I’m trying to raise at least $250 for this week’s SF Heart Walk, which is (bonus!) locally sponsored by Del Monte.  The proceeds go to the American Heart Association.  Click here to pledge me! I realize it’s short notice, so don’t make this one of those “I’ll decide on it later” things…we all know we’ll forget!  Make a small donation now!
In a twist of fate, I also learned that my uncle (my mom’s older brother) had a stroke last week and fell off his scooter.  He’s currently in the ICU.  Thankfully, he come out of his coma and can now answer simple questions, but he still fades in and out and has trouble staying awake.  We’re hoping that he hasn’t suffered much permanent damage to his brain.  So I’ll be thinking of him on race day and wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
Do you have loved ones who have been affected by stroke or heart disease?

This isn’t the longest run (it’s really a 3 mile walk) that I’ve done, but it may be the most important.  As a semi-participant in Larry’s 6-pack Challenge and taking this summer to work out and eat healthier, I’ve started to realize how important my health is to both my happiness, confidence and really, my future.  Yes, I want to be able to enjoy the nice things in life, and great food is definitely one of them…but at the same time, to be a good husband and father, I need to be able to live a healthy life.

So I’m trying to raise at least $250 for this week’s SF Heart Walk, which is (bonus!) locally sponsored by Del Monte.  The proceeds go to the American Heart Association.  Click here to pledge me! I realize it’s short notice, so don’t make this one of those “I’ll decide on it later” things…we all know we’ll forget!  Make a small donation now!

In a twist of fate, I also learned that my uncle (my mom’s older brother) had a stroke last week and fell off his scooter.  He’s currently in the ICU.  Thankfully, he come out of his coma and can now answer simple questions, but he still fades in and out and has trouble staying awake.  We’re hoping that he hasn’t suffered much permanent damage to his brain.  So I’ll be thinking of him on race day and wishing him a speedy and full recovery.

Do you have loved ones who have been affected by stroke or heart disease?

Culture Shock?

Can you believe it?  I’ve been working for 6 weeks now…how time flies.  So far I’ve been very happy with my job.  I’m getting to lead a couple of cool projects, I’m starting to better understand forecasting (a big part of what an ABM at Del Monte does) and I’m gelling with my team.

I’ve also gotten to do some cool things, like tour our Hanford, CA tomato plant, and attend a “photoshoot” for Contadina (complete with “food stylists” and champagne to close the shoot!).

Adjusting to working life after business school has been tough though.  Here are some of things I’ve noticed:

Weeknights are short!
I usually get home at around 6:45.  Once I’ve changed, sat down for dinner (lately I’ve been lucky b/c Em’s been cooking a lot) and digested, it’s already eight.  If I want to stick with my plan of sleeping by 11, then I have to start winding down by 10:30, which only leaves me 2.5 hours a night.  I have to be efficient if I want to squeeze in some gym time and computer time (for blogging and email) around the quality chill time I spend with Em.  Sometimes, I’ll bring home my work comp to do some work, which makes it even harder.

Weekends are short!
How come the weekends fly by so quickly?  I guess having 4-day weekends in school for my second year didn’t help.  Neither did having 2.5 months of complete freedom this summer. I feel like I blink my eye and Monday’s already rearing it’s ugly head.

Sleep is important.
I used to think that sleep was way overrated.  That I’d gladly sacrifice 2 hours of sleep so that I could get 2 more hours of “me time,” and that my performance the next day would only be marginally affected.  Oh, so wrong.  Now, if I want to be alert and sharp during work, I need to get those 7.5-8 hours of sleep a night.  I guess I didn’t feel like in school and at my old job, I had to be THAT awake and quick on my toes.

B-school is good prep for multitasking. Getting deluged with emails during b-school has definitely primed me for working life.  I can sift through work emails with ease.  But, for all it’s virtues (calendaring, meetings, etc.), Outlook is vastly inferior to Gmail on 2 things: email threads (how nice would it be to have gmail threads at work?) and search (I can’t find anything I’m looking for…I feel like the search function only searches the email title).  Microsoft, get your sh*t together.

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