Sunday, December 26, 2010

Best Year Yet 2011

I have finalized my Best Year Yet (BYY) 2011 Plan. If you are unfamiliar with BYY, follow the link and see what it's all about. You don't have to pay the $99.99 for the online fee -- just buy the book and follow along -- or I can guide you thought the process and help you make 2011 your Best Year Yet.

Part of the plan is to find the 8 key roles that you play in your life (or that you wish you played in your life). My roles are: Risk Manager, Writer/Photographer, Adventurer, Boyfriend (hate this term), Son, Head of Household, Friend, Tim/Self/My CEO (whatever you want to call focusing on your self).

Under each of these roles you then put together a list of goals that you want to accomplish in the coming year. Here are my goals per role:

Risk Manager
  • Pass 3 CPCU Exams
  • Grow Professional Network
  • Attend RIMS (Local/National) Events
  • Teach Team Insurance Coverages/Basics
  • Learn to fully utilize STARS (our Risk IT system)
  • Learn basics of claim handling
Writer/Photographer -- This is a role that I like to do, but am not really active in
  • Buy new camera and learn to use it by 1/31/2011
  • Write/Blog 3x weekly
  • Actively journal all vacations while traveling
  • Research travel magazines and article submission guidelines by 2/28/2011
  • Submit 2 Travel Photos and 1 Travel Article to magazine by 12/31/2011
Adventurer -- My definition here is broad -- basically the point is to get out of any boring routines and try new things regularly
  • Take 3 classes in new subject by 12/31/2011 (Photo, Writing, Cooking, Dancing/Salsa, etc)
  • Try 3 new outdoor activities this year (local or traveling)
  • Attend RIMS Events and actively mingle with new people
  • Visit 8 never before visited restaurants in Chicago by 12/31/2011
  • Golf 1x monthly from May-October
  • Visit driving range 12x between March-November
Boyfriend -- I am omitting the goals from the blog because they are not just related to me, it's both me and Mike and it's not fair to post my goals for us on a public forum.

Son
  • Spend 2 quality nights/month with mom
  • Encourage mom to get out of the house and live her life
  • Provide mom a list of locations/things to do (without details) for mom to research in 2011 (intend of joining her on some of these things)
Head of Household
  • Create list of improvements to home by 2/28/2011
  • Budget for additional house payment by 3/31/2011
  • Organize Closets/Pantries/Public Areas Quarterly
  • Create master list of household chores and stick to it (things like replace furnace filters, smoke detector batteries, winterizing, summerizing, etc)
Tim/Self/My CEO
  • Pick 3 personal books and read them (ask friends for advice on books) by 12/31/2011
  • Plan health improvements including nutrition, exercise by 1/31/2011
  • Create health metrics to track progress by 1/15/2011
  • Track health metrics monthly
  • Read the magazines you subscribe to within 10 days of their arrival
  • Meditate for 20 minutes 2x weekly or do Yoga alone weekly
  • Find a new charity to work with (find 6 charities and intro events by 3/31/2011)
Friend -- Omitting this as well, because this is my perception of how I handle the world and how I want to handle it going forward. My perceptions are not meant to indicate how others should react -- so my thoughts might make some people feel inadequate in this field...so you aren't seeing any of it.

The next step of BYY is to complete a master list of 10 goals -- or your Top 10 Goals for 2011. This doesn't mean that the above mentioned goals aren't important or we are forgetting them, the list below is just the things that are most important in 2011.

Top 10 Goals:
  1. Make friends a visible priority
  2. Schedule 2 hours of "Tim Time" weekly
  3. Provide love and support for Mom
  4. Spend more time being creative -- photography, blog, personal journaling, painting
  5. Expand Risk Management knowledge through study and networking
  6. Focus on "us" when spending time with Mike
  7. Try one new thing monthly
  8. Improve "house" to "home"
  9. Practice Gold Time Management Weekly (tons of articles, just google it)
  10. Omitted on Blog
So this is my basic Best Year Yet plan for 2011. There is much more that goes into this, but you can see where I am and what I am planning in 2011. I endeavor to provide monthly updates...if I don't, please email/SMS me and ask for a status update.

One Three Day Weekend Down

Today is the final day of my three day weekend. This is the first time in years that I've spent a three day weekend in Chicago without guests in years. It's nice and also a bit unnerving. To keep myself sane, I decided to make a list of things that needed to get done this weekend. Some of these things are pretty lame "To-Dos", but they still made my list:
  • Clean litter box
  • Tighten bolts on bar stools
  • Organize hall closet
  • Read magazine backlog
  • Finish Best Year Yet
  • Read Body For Life
  • Confirm all CDs are in iTunes
  • Organize bathroom cabinet
  • Buy Christmas wrapping paper (on sale)
  • Buy new camera
  • Take down Christmas tree
  • Dispose of Christmas cards
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Balance checkbook/pay bills
  • Be Creative -- (see follow up post discussing BYY)
  • Plan Cape Town
  • Plan Victoria Falls
  • Watch regular holiday movies (Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th, It's A Wonderful Life)
  • Watch netflix movies in house (Gran Torino)
  • Watch 3 Favorite Movies (Fight Club, Talented Mr. Ripley, Foul Play)
I did all but the following: Clean Litter Box (it will be done tonight, I promise, Lilly), Take down Christmas Tree/Cards. All in all, pretty damn successful, I'd say.

I haven't even worked at all this weekend, which is quite surprising. I checked email only once and nothing but mailing list emails arrived. How great. This next week is another short week, but we have so much to do at work and I'm the only one on the team in the office this week. It will be a good week -- I'm excited to close out 2010 and kick off 2011 on a positive note.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Goal Help

One of my goals for 2011 is to read more for pleasure. I've got a lot of work related reading/education goals, but I figured I'd like to explore some of my friends favorite books. The problem is, I have this blog hidden from many people, so I won't have a lot of options here.

I'll try Facebook too.

I want to read books that are important to my friends. Tell me your favorite book -- and if you'd like tell me when you first read it and why you love it so much.

I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours...and I'll even go first. My favorite book is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I read it my junior year of High School with Mrs. Burkes in APUSH (right after we read Sister Carrie, another FAV of mine). As I finished this book, I took my first trip to Europe and saw the places Ernest was talking about in this book. Really hit home and I love it. So many great quotes in it too. One of my favorites is used all the time - "Oh, go to hell". 'nuf said, huh?

Email me or comment here about your favorite book.

Cheers!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

That time of year...

As we've flipped to the last page of our calendars (wait, who still uses a monthly paper desk calendar anymore...aren't we all keeping digital calendars which automatically "flip"...anyway, just go with me here) we begin reviewing the current year and to take score.  Some of the metrics are obvious:
* Am I in more debt or less debt this year
* Am I fatter than I was last year
* Did I fly enough miles to keep my status
* How many things did I cross of my yearly to-do list
* What resolutions lasted past January 10

Each year I complete a program called Best Year Yet. It is a simple 150 page guide book of self reflection and planning.  This is the third year I am doing it.  The first year was with the help of an executive coach and it was great.  This year (2010) was less focused, but was still positive.  The process starts by reviewing your accomplishments for 2010.  These don't have to be grand, they can be a simple as being proud that you only gained 5 pounds instead of 10 like the prior year, or extreme like you wiped out all of your debt and didn't feel handcuffed by the restricted spending.  The point is to list things YOU are proud of or you consider an accomplishment.

There are 10 questions you answer, some are simple lists and others are a little more intense. The author contends the program and plan can be completed in 3 hours...maybe I am too contemplative or just slow, but it takes me more than 3 hours. 

I flew to LA this weekend in an effort to keep my status on United (see sample list above). I used this relative down time and plugged through 5 of the questions.  I won't go into specifics here, but am willing to share every detail if someone out there wants to do the program.  My accomplishments were easier to find this year than in the past (maybe it is just practice with the program...I think we often are silent to ourselves on our accomplishments but wear our disappointments as a big feathered hat all the time--this ain't Mardi Gras people).

My disappointments were a lot like they were last year...which tells me I am not focusing on them as much as I should.

I intend to finish the plan this week, which will include a 2011 Paradigm Shift (I know, I know... it basically reminds you that the negative thinking you've been doing needs to stop...not all negative thinking but one specific thought process or hindrance), a focus on improvement (traditionally I call mine "My CEO", basically trying to control/live my life how I want to...so balancing work, social, charitable and familial obligations with what has been called "Tim Time" since college (time just to be alone and do what you want with no other obligations), and a list of Top 10 goals for the year. 

A few years ago a couple of my Top 10 goals were "Help Dad have an easy and rewarding end of life process", "Find a new charity to replace Children's Place", "Plan a foreign vacation and study the language".  These goals all had varying degrees of success.  You then put together milestones throughout the year to make sure you are working on them all year and not just doing a mad dash in December, and under the milestones you list tasks.  For example if your goal was to pay off a credit card by June, one task could be to cut up the card so you couldn't get more in debt. This isn't really Best Year Yet, but it helps me stay on track.

I require every member of my team to do work goals like this, including milestones and tasks. We meet monthly to review progress. This isn't a time to say "Dammit Joe, you didn't work on any goal this month", it is to help the team stay focused on their goals and for me to pull in additional resorces they need to be successful.

A quote I lke from this book is "If we don't change our direction, we might end up where we are going".  It makes perfect sense...if you don't like where you are in life now, do something to change it or you'll be in the same state forever.  If you are on a road trip but never look at the signs around you, you won't end up where you truly want to be.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

15 of 21

As you all know I've been on the road quite a bit in September -- for the last 21 days I was on the road 15 days -- and of the last 39 days I was away from home for 22 of those. It is good to be home. I do love to travel and I do miss some of it while I am at home. The biggest things I miss while not being on the road (excluding corporate paid meals and travel) is the service at hotels (good hotels, not that shitty Sheraton in Virginia with the broken toilet and scab pressed into the carpet). I've tried, and have been semi-successful in, replicating some of the hotel experiences in my own home, which I will share with you all here today.

  • Always make your bed. It is so nice to come home to see a freshly made bed. It would be even nicer to see new/clean sheets everytime you walk back into your home, but that's not going to happen. Also, change your sheets at least once a week. You can get pretty decent sheets from Target -- 600 thread count, crisp white sheets. If you have multiple sets, you don't have to do laundry every time you want to change sheets.
  • Once you are finished using the washroom, fold your toilet paper. I usually just fold it into a point, but with this website you can go a little crazy. Triangle TP on the roll is a nice surprise. So many times my guests will comment on it -- they think I'm crazy, but it brings a smile to their face...they never fold it back when then are finished though.
  • Display your fruit. Don't shove fuit into the refrigerator. Let is sit on the counter. If you see it, you will eat it. You don't have to have a silver bowl or another expensive display piece -- use what you have. The fruit is the focus.
  • Use aromatherapy bath products. Who doesn't love getting into a Marriott shower and smelling the citrus shampoos and conditioners. They provide a soothing and relaxing way to start or end your day.

These are just a couple of things that I do around the house to give my home a more sophisticated hotel feel. These things take just moments a day to do or maintain. Give it a try and I personally guarantee within two weeks you'll feel happier and wonder why more people do not fold their TP.

Next time, I will be talking about ways to make your guest room more like a hotel -- but not so much that your guests don't want to go home.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Lovely August Day

Today started off with me going to the dentist, a task so many people hate, but I really love it. If I could go once a month (and have insurance pay) I would. My traditional post dentist ritual is going to see a movie, but today I am breaking tradition by going to Xoco (the Rick Bayless torta restaurant). Such fantastic food, the line for a sandwich is at least 30 mins, but it is worth it.

My plan for the day is to perhaps buy a new carry-on bag, and hit the driving range. I am going golfing next Thursday and I need some more practice. I will attempt to coax my mom out to do. Bit of mini golf, as that was on her list of things to do this summer (the only thing on her list, actually). Should be fun.

Tonight is dinner with JM and Mike at La Tache, a great little bistrot on Andersonville, that is closing in two weeks to be reinvented as a Dutch inspired restaurant (what exactly is Dutch inspired? I do not know, and neither do the servers).

I can feel the summer starting to wind down, which fills me with lots of sadness. I do not know why though. I love the fall, and the winter is fun for a while. I crossed off most of the things on my 'must do' list, which fills me with a sense of accomplishment. I think it is the nasty darkness that makes me most hate the end of summer. I don't know how I survive the grey Oregon fall/winters before.

Fall is tomorrow, summer is today-enjoy today while we still have it.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Rainy Days and Lallapaloozers

As I write this I sit on a local bus en route to the office. Traditionally I take an express bus, but to get that bus I must walk three blocks...a nothing task on most days, but today the weather report calls for (and we are in the midst of) torrential rains and damaging winds. The local bus takes me to the same location, but the pick up point is about 20 metres from my front door. The trip is longer but the bus is empty and I am not drenched nor am I wind damaged.

Tonight D&MH arrive. They are spending a week with me. We are going to Lolloapalooza this weekend. I am excited to see Lady Gaga, Green Day and Sound Garden. We are also running a 5K race on Thursday.

I ran about 7-8K on Sunday with a friend who was doing the half marathon. It was pretty easy...well considering I joined the race after everyone else running had already been going at it for about 12K...I figure I can do 5K without much pain.

We aren't spending all day everyday at the show either...so we will be tracking down other things to fill the days. We are thinking about the track and playing the ponies. Arlington Park is such a beautiful space. We are definitely hitting. Kumas Corner for burgers (google it). It will be a fun and relaxing weekend.

The following weekend Mike and two of his friends and I will be going to Holland....Michigan. a friend has a house there and we figured a brief weekend out of town would be nice...plus it is the air and water show that weekend...an event that I cannot stand. So many hillbillys from Indiana watching planes fly and boats float (in amazement) really doesn't do it for me. I have actually seen these two things happen before...fascinating, I know.

Late summer and fall will find me traveling quite a bit. The trips I have book now are: YYZ, PDX, LIS, LGA, MCO, DEN, PSP and quite possibly TPA, and LAX. It doesn't look like I will be making my 50K mile threshhold this year...so sad.

My commute has taken 25 minutes so far and I am 6 blocks away...(30 blocks down now). Not too shabby considering all the variables in play.

Enjoy your day everyone...and be sure to listen to Lady Gaga, Green Day and Soundgarden and think of us...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Full Day of Summer

Today is the first full day of summer and it is hot. We've had some hot days already this year and I am loving it. Last year we had a very mild summer and I was quite disappointed. Tomorrow is my company's golf outting in the Western Suburbs. I have only played golf once and was pretty bad. I have taken several lessons but the first round and second round of lessons were broken up by a long cold winter, with no practice whatsoever. Its just a game, so I am not really concerned about my ability, just as long as I am having fun. On the plus side it is supposed to be swelteringly hot and humid tomorrow, with a great chance of suvere storms. Makes for a lovely day on the course.

I just book airfare to SJU for JFBs birthday. EAD and Mike will be there as well. JFB is working his magic on getting room upgrades for us. Arlene helped me out with airfare again....half of what the other guys are paying...but she screwed up and I can't upgrade...5 hours in coach...I don't know what I am going to do. She and I are going to chat today to see what she can do to fix this situation.

Mike and I are also planning a trip to Portugal in September. I booked the Lisbon hotel last night, once Arlene gets the SJU snafu fixed she will start working on LIS.

I do believe my moms plan for another Caribbean cruise has been thwarted by BP this year. I have been reading so many reports of sick cruisers across many different cruise lines....the only thing in common is the routes they've travelled...not at all interested in that.

Bus is arriving at work, so I need to jet...will let you know how golf is tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Coming to an End

This week marks the end of my house being empty. No, I am not adopting 4 Kenyan babies, instead my mother returns on Saturday. It won't be bad though. We still get along well, as long as her sister isn't being a horribly unhealthy influence. My biggest issur with my Aunt (other than her blatant and scorching racism) is her diet totally void of nutritional value. Biscuits and donuts (and soda) do not make a healthy body.

While my mom is in W. Va. She chooses to drink only sweet tea and soda, no water or juice. She eats macaroni and cheese 4+ times a week and their dining out options include KFC, Shoneys, Cracker Barrel and a local Southern Comfort Food Chain...if you listen closely you can hear your arteries clog just thinking about it.

I am no health food freak myself, but I do eat lots of fruits and lean protein, stay away from red meat, cream sauces and fried foods too. Of course I do treat myself to these murderous things from time to time. Hell, my mom doesn't drink (unlike me), so she's got that going for her.

Hopefully this stint at home will have her doing something other than sleeping and shopping for clothes she never wears (because she never leaves the house). I have received lots of advice from people on this issue, most of which is "Make her do something". I find that type of advice very short sighted. How? I live my life and encourage her to join me when I do things, but she says no...or if she has too much notice she dwells on all the things that can go wrong and doesn't sleep the night before...then all bets are off.

Here is hoping we all see a change in her upon her return.

In addition to mommas return, JXC and JDE are coming for a visit this week. JXC arrives tonight late night and JDE arrives tomorrow afternoon. I was unable to go to his bachelor party this weekend so I am taking them out to the cubs game tomorrow night, then going to the track on Friday afternoon. Should be lots of fun.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Suumertime

It is finally here. As I write this I sit at the bus stop waiting to go to work. It is sunny and beautiful, with a light breeze. A perfect day to play hookie. Our office closes at 3pm today, so I can't really complain.

EAD and JFB are visiting this weekend for IML (google it). Not really my thing, but I love hanging out with the boys. Mike and I intend on going to the "mart" with the guys on Sunday and that's about it. Of course meals and drinks will be had.

One of my Best Year Yet goals was to get out and do something new outside each month. So far this year I have rented bikes in Palm Springs, took a self guided walking tour of downtown LA, explored Boston's freedom trail (and went to a Red Sox game) then last weekend we explored the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. When I set this goal I intended it to be more active, like hiking, biking, running races, etc. As today is a short day at the office I plan on heading home and getting my golf clubs and spend a couple hours at the driving range. Tomorrow at noon I have my first tennis lesson...we will see how that goes. I bought 6 lessons through Groupon, so if I hate it I don't feel all that badly about it when I quit. :)

Things with Mike and I are going well. This weekend marks the 6 month anniverary of our first date. That's pretty impressive, I think. We've had one fight, and of course it was about something dumb. We've traveleed together and haven't killed each other. We have a couple more trips already in the queue: PDX for JDEs wedding, San Juan (SJU????) For JFBs birthday, then Portugal for a vacation. I haven't had a Europe stamp in my passport since 2000...I am very embarrassed.

Let me know what you all are doing for the holiday. Enjoy it!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

This is the first time in many years I've been in a relationship on Valentine's Day. Yesterday, Mike humored me by allowing me to plan the day and keep it a total secret from him. We started off by taking a cooking class at the Chopping Block. It was an appetizer class and we were partnered with a young couple -- there seemed to be a lot of douche bags in the other groups, so I'm glad we got partnered as we did.

After nearly 3 hours of class, we headed out for a quick sandwich then a visit to the Chicago Architecture Foundation, to see the new model of the City. It's pretty cool -- if you are local, go see it. After that we walked up Michigan Avenue, just enjoying the City (it was a relatively warm and beautiful day). The next planned stop was at Vermillion, the site of our first date. We had a couple cocktails then we headed off to dinner. I made reservations at Japonais, a nice sushi place in River North. We had a really nice dinner -- with lots of food and a bit more wine.

After dinner I took Mike to the Zebra Lounge. Since we have only been dating a few months, we are still learning a lot about each other. The plan for Valentine's Day was to show Mike "my Chicago". I think I succeeded. We had a very nice time. After everything I planned, we decided to go meet a couple of Mike's friends for drinks.

We got up early (9am) this morning and headed down to Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year with my friends L & KG (et al). Chinatown was a mess -- so many people who didn't know where they were going. We had good food many laughs.

I'm exhausted and need a nap -- probably shouldn't take one now though -- I'll just go to bed early tonight.

Big week at work -- I am interviewing 4 people to fill the position of the guy I fired last Wednesday. I'm spending a lot of my time doing both my job and his job now -- lovely. Let's hope the interview process is smooth and we get that position filled.

I also watched The Hangover today. It was absolutely hilarious. I would argue it is one of the best movies of 2009 -- hands down.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Life today

Today is my birthday. I don't celebrate birthdays, well my birthday, at least. I did last year but that was a fluke.

I have yoga tonight, so Mike took me out for dinner, but first we went to a spa in his neighborhood for a massage. It was quite nice. Then we went to dinner at a new place called Ceres'. It was absolutely fantastic. Seasonal veggies, great meat, just great. I had a really great time.

This past weekend EAD and JFB were in town. Mike was a trooper; at one moment he met my mom, two very dear college friends and Lilly. It was really nice to have him meet everyone. The four of us (not mom or Lilly) hung out all weekend.

It has been very busy at work, January/February always are. I am looking to book a Palm Springs trip any minute now. I would like a vacation right now.

Happy Birthday Tim

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guests and Work and Sushi

Next weekend EAD and JFB will be visiting me. I cannot wait. I a, still looking for a new duvet cover for the guestroom. I went to Target today and was horribly disappointed. I found nothing. I have this weekend to track some additional items down for the boys. I cannot wait until they are here. It has been too long. I think the last time I saw both boys in Chicago was in 2005.

I am sure we will have some fun, drunken times ahead of us, as always.

This week at work has been a bit hectic. Can't really get into here, but it does cause me angst and frustration. All should be solved withing 4-6 weeks.

Tonight I am going to dinner with Mike. We are going out for sushi. I love sushi. We are going to Agami in my neighborhood. We went out for drinks on Tuesday. We also had "the talk" about exclusivity. We have decided not to see other people...so it looks like we are officially coupled. :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Leaving on a (small regional) jet plane...

But, I do know when I will be back again...and that is Sunday mid afternoon.

I am en route to ORD for a weekend to see JDE and JXC in DC. I am excited to see their new home, in the Brookland neighborhood of DC. The plan for the weekend is pretty low key: food, drink, shopping, repeat.

As usual I am sitting on the train heading to on of my happy places-O'Hare. I still love to travel. I wish I could travel more, even for work. When I saw "Up In The Air" last weekend, I really felt connected to Clooney's character when it ca,e to flying. It is a freeing experience, if you do it regularly. I never (well almost never) feel any stress. It is my home.

I am proud of myself on this trip too. I am not bringing my old work horse Victronix red roll-a-board suitcase (which I always check). I am bringing a relatively new weekender duffle. I got it at the coach outlet in Oregon (yay no sales tax!) For nearly 80% off. I love it. It's great for a quick weekend trip (DC is only about 42 hours), but not ok for much longer...maybe time in the dessert with the boys but that is it.

Speaking of, EAD and JFB are coming to town in 2 weeks and I cannot wait. They are going to meet Mike...that's big in my mind. I have always thought of EAD and JFB as people I would retire next to and hopefully die 3 minutes before they do. I am looking forward to more of the "meetings". It will be a great experience.

We are still taking it slow though. We've been seeing each other for nearly 2 months, but aren't pretending this is something huge right now. I met two of his friends and he will meet mine. I haven't told my mom about him yet...mostly because I feel it is like a divorced dad bringing a new gf into meet the kids...if it doesn't work out, that's more issues for the family to deal with.

Am I crazy? I don't know, but I am trying to follow that old mantra "Dance like no one is watching and love like you've never been hurt before"....or something like that.

I do know that I am 2 stops from ORD, so I am signing off.

Have a great MLK weekend everyone.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Not a Normal January

In Januarys past, I have spent the month catching up on my Netflix queue, sleep and planning a late winter trip. The Fall/Holiday Season in Chicago is always very busy - so many private, business, charity and holiday parties, I find myself very busy and never at home. I've always hated January because it is such a hard stop on the events -- goes from 5 events a week to 2 events a month.
This month has been different -- I've been more busy in the evenings, which makes the frigid month move ahead a bit quicker. Today I've been pretty productive -- I got up at 7:30 and worked for a couple of hours. I even popped over to the Salvation Army to find a nightstand for the guest room, couldn't find one though. My mom found another chair to use in her room as an office/vanity chair. It doesn't match (or go with) anything she has, but she likes it. It's a wooden chair, so I'm not concerned about the filthy Salvation Army stink getting into my house.
EAD and JFB are staying with me at the end of the month, which I can't wait for. I've got 3 weeks to fix up the guest room. I'm not doing anything major -- not going to paint or anything crazy like that. The guest room only has a bed and a dresser in it now. There isn't much room for anything else; I probably can't fit a chair and a night stand. I think I'm going to just go with a night stand. The closet has been designed by the California Closet people, so there is plenty of room in there for guests.
Mike and I are going out today do to a bit of shopping -- I'm going to pick up a night stand, a new duvet cover and some other linens for the bath and bed. Then going to dinner some place in Andersonville.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Winter is officially here

Chicago has 5 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, the Holidays and Winter. The holidays are over, so now we are stuck with winter. We are queued up to get 6-9 inches of snow through this evening. I am not hoding my breath though. Very rarely does that much snow actually hit the City proper. I wait excitedly to see the mess that tonights rush hour brings.

So, I am still seeing Mike. We've gone on about 6 dates if my math is correct. Going to dinner again tonight, assuming the snow doesn't preclude that. We took, what I take to be a big step in this modern-tech-centric world: we removed our profiles from Match.com. Things are going well and we are taking things slowly...not like a couple of lesbians...we haven't purchased an historic bungalow which we are currently rehabbing...nope.

Work is heating up again, as the weather cools I get busy. I am working with the boys (EAD & JFB) to plan a week in PSP. Based on my work travel schedule, I will probably only fly about 25K-35K miles this year. Ugh. I will be going to Portland twice this year. Once to see friends (JLPB, JB, AB, BH and a few others), then a second time to partake in JDEs wedding. All you Portlanders (including the valley) let me know when in spring is good or bad for you. I was think either early April or May. Thoughts?

The bus is slow today, but my big moonshoe overshoes are great! Warm, dry and salt free. Go get some...and if you are still making fun of me, go fuck yourself.

Cheers!