Friday, September 30, 2011

Shutter Sisters for September


This is my submission for the One Word Project for September. The theme is Story. I only did an autocorrect for balance and light and then added a fuzzy border. Fortunately for me, the monthly one is easier to be consistent with than the weekly one so I am doing better on staying on top of this.

Two Years Ago on In My Words...Insanity

Week 39 MCP Project 52


This is my submission for Week 39. I have been slacking on some of my picture projects but I wanted to get this one up after seeing these cool flowers yesterday. The theme is Man vs Nature this week. I only did an autocorrect for brightness and balance and then added a black fuzzy border.

Five Years Ago on In My Words...Small Bed Project

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Maru Morning

Just had to check into the little kitty to see what he has been up to....never fails to put a grin on my face!!


Six Years Ago on In My Words...Always Maxi

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Are They Thinking?

Wow, I just read this blog post on Netflix's blog. I added a sizeable comment as well.

They are shooting themselves in the foot in my opinion. For those customers that opt to do both options, it will become a complete and total hassle and they will be better off just sticking with streaming and getting movies from Blockbuster or fact, it is pretty much the same as doing that, even if stay with Netflix, only they will be paying more for it than they would if they were to go to one of their competitors.

Once the site separates, I will probably stop the DVD at home option all together since I am one of those renters that keeps a movie for ages (which is not economical for me at all) and adding in the additional cost hikes with this new requirement to maintain my queue and ratings on two different sites will just not be worth it. It will suck since there are flicks that Netflix has that you can't get at BB or Redbox, but oh well. I think this will force me to start watching more as they come out and perhaps eventually they will be on streaming. As it is right now, the movies available on streaming from Netflix are lacking and I tend to mostly stream old TV shows so I don't have to watch commercials on cable television.

I went to their site though, and subscribed to both of my queues via RSS feed so that if I do end up closing down the DVD at home portion of my account, at least I will have the list of movies I want to watch or have been recommended to me by friends.

Three Years Ago on In My Words...Softie

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Too Much Fun...

I don't think it is possible and I think that is what makes Google such an innovative are just a few shots I took on the main campus...examples of how Googlers are encouraged to take breaks from the grind and let their "hair down".

Google bikes are found throughout the campus, no segways here

Typical break area found in lobby

Work off that lunch on the centrally located volleyball court on main campus

Overall, the Googlers seemed like a happy bunch...and I am sure that having lots of opportunities to expend physical energy helps keep the brain energies flowing.

Four Years Ago on In My Words...Sunday Treats
I miss dimsum Sundays...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heading To Heat

So this hotel has a great, I mean on par with the one we owned in NC, hot tub outside near the pool. I soaked in it for a while last night and am heading to it in a few mins to warm up tonight as well. The jets are fabulous...super strong and really helped last night after spending most of the day sitting or traveling. Today I got a workout in at the end of the day but really sat most of the day due to the conference and I know it will feel great.

On the plane on the way here, they gave out complimentary Widmer beer...and a snack bag of mixed nuts and pretzels...I was starting to think that airlines didn't do anything for customers anymore but apparently some still do.

When we registered yesterday, we got a few small swag items. I think the blue thing is a travel blanket for the plane or to leave in your car...will come in handy I am sure!!

So far the conference has been interesting and informative. Tomorrow we get to go over to the Google Campus and see some of the other staffers that we work with virtually. It should be awesome!!

Six Years Ago on In My Words...Travel Karma

Conference Update

Hanging at the conference now...didn't bring my camera into the room so no pics until at least after our first break but I took some yesterday and some this morning.

Had an awesome soak in the hot tub last night which I truly needed. Will get some exercise in this afternoon between the conference and whatever dinner plans we might have. I have finally met most of my other "co-workers" on the Blogger Help Forums which is kind of cool to put a face with the posts now...

Four Years Ago on In My Words...Dead Gecko Movement

Monday, September 12, 2011

TC Summit

As many of you know, I regularly volunteer for Google on the Blogger platform. Well, this year, Google has decided to have a conference/summit for all of us "regular" volunteers (we are called Top Contributors or TCs for short). They are flying us to their headquarters in California for a two day summit that starts tomorrow. We will get to meet face to face with some of our "co-workers" as well as the Googlers that we communicate daily with via the Internet. We will get a tour of the campus in Mountain View as well, which should be pretty cool.

Google has TCs all over the world, so for some people, this is a free international trip. Oh, did I mention it was all expense paid (unless you stay longer or go outside the summit)? I need to get my butt in gear and get packing so I can catch my flight. We have a little registration social tonight but I might just check in and then head to the gym...I am going to try my best to stay on course with my eating and exercising as well.

I'll update the blog as things progress...I'll be checking into FB and various other spots whenever WiFi is available.


Two Years Ago on In My Words...Kimono Quest

Monday, September 05, 2011

Self Improvement

So I started on this self improvement kick the other day...not only in the fitness arena (which I have been working on for a while) but also in other ways...most of it is superficial stuff (dying hair, bleaching teeth, microderm abrasion...etc) but sometimes that stuff is the stuff that you need to "see" in order to feel better about the overall picture. It is a self esteem booster when you feel like you are making improvements and seeing results. Right now, I need to see results, I need to feel good about myself, and I hope that this will give me the motivation I need to get some other things accomplished that I have been stalling on lately.

So here is to focusing on me, and getting things done!!!


Five Years Ago on In My Words...Back On Track

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Gpa's Birthday

Today would be my grandfather's 100th birthday but he passed away in March just shy of that mile marker. He had a terrific full life, with family and friends by his side, so while I am sad he is not here to celebrate this birthday, I am thankful that he is not suffering anymore and that I had him as such a huge part of my life.

Happy Birthday Grandpa. We miss you and love you tons!!!


Six Years Ago on In My Words...Toilet Paper

Maru Strikes Again

This kitty just makes me grin sometimes...


Four Years Ago on In My Words...House