Friday, January 30, 2009

Clowns, Furs, and Sales

With my job comes the absolute, overwhelming joy of dealing with sales reps.

…sense any sarcasm? In actuality, most sales reps are fine, but there are a select few who I swear make it their goal in life to drive media planners crazy. To give you a glimpse into these crazies, I have put together a list of my favorite, most out-of-control reps in no particular order. You’ll notice we often nickname these folks...

  1. Bill loves to call over and over without leaving messages. Once after I spoke with him, he called again…six times in fifteen minutes. Yes Bill, I will continue to screen your calls.
  2. In spite of the lack of target audience fit and my continual “I’ll call you should something make sense” direction, Greensheet Man proceeds to give me a monthly hello as though he’s never spoken to me.
  3. Creepy McCreeperson called Courtney (she works with me) to see if a children’s hospital client would want to sponsor the homemade kids exercise show he was filming from his backyard. I’m thinking the Dateline crew may need to make a trip to his house…
  4. My jewelry client received a proposal, if you can call it that, from Sleazebag Man to advertise on his highly inappropriate, half-naked women-adorned My Space page. Pretty sure that’s illegal, but he assured us his page would “get the ladies.” He won’t be getting this lady that’s for sure!
  5. Mike the Clown does not provide requested information in a timely fashion nor does he have much fashion sense. He dresses a bit like a clown; complete with bright orange shoes, flashy jewelry, chest-hair-showing shirts, and fluffy hair. For student ministry folks, he reminds me a bit of the romantic puppeteers…
  6. Fur Coat Lady asked if one client would feature a designer fur in their ads. I informed her they are 100% radio and I plan media not wardrobe. She still sent a catalogue with an invitation to come try on some furs. Sweet lady, but very strange nonetheless.
  7. And my all-time favorite is Richard Ivory. He sent a detailed commercial script, including potential dialogue, titled “Pimp My Q.” The synopsis you ask? My car client should pimp-out his Infiniti Q (which he lovingly calls Q) for free since it had 100,000 miles, ending the spot with him receiving the keys and saying “sweet.” It’s so hilarious that Zac, another co-worker, keeps the script in his notebook to pull out on stressful days. Oh Richard…

I think I’m going to write a book.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Security Breach, Security Breach!

My brother had this fabulous game as a kid called Omega Virus. Basically, it was an interactive game in which you are trying to defeat a rogue computer virus that taunted you with hilarious phrases such as "you human scum!" and "security breach, security breach!" Well, my immune system has been working overtime the past few days to defeat my own Omega Virus. And for some reason this phrase kept popping in my head as I lay on the couch.

I have been blessed with a rather good immune system, rarely missing school as a kid and have only taken maybe three sick days in my five years working. Even knowing this, I have always despised missing school/work! Some of it is related to missing things, but I also have a bizarre feeling that I'm letting people down or they won't believe me. Dumb, I know. Maybe this needs to appear on my inventory? I wonder how you include "sickness fears" on that thing, hmm...

Anyway, I woke up feeling awful on Wednesday morning, but since I initially didn't have a fever, was conflicted thinking I should go to work. What'd I do? Yeah, I called my mom who promptly told me to stay home. Thankfully I listened as I had a viral infection and ended up feeling worse! In the midst of my feverish haze, sleeplessness, and discomfort Wednesday night, I prayed telling God it'd be fabulous if Jesus came back. :)

Thankfully I'm feeling much better today and have returned to work. One funny thing in the midst of the yuckiness; Sarah and I see the same doctor and both of us have been regular attendees over the past few weeks with our issues (my fibroid and her cyst). Well, our doctor got us confused at first on Wednesday. Then said she's been having abdominal pain and worried we'd passed our issues on to her! She finds it quite funny that we both see her, are in the same community group, have somewhat similar, rare issues, and have the same name.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quelftastic Christmas

I'm finally posting pictures from Christmas! You'll notice several, rather odd photos. These were from the most fabulous game, Quelf. Thanks Jen for introducing me to the Quelftastic randomness. We all loved playing it over Christmas!!

Mom and Heather leap frogging!

Beg, A beg!

Never thought Dad would be a toilet paper mummy!

Silly Kenzie

Berkley loves her Christmas present! Nice bone for a puppy!

Big girl riding her princess bike!

Showing off her new scarf I made; seriously, burnt orange next time!

Yay for Christmas morning!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Granddaddy

Yesterday was my Granddaddy's 80th birthday! Though I am a little biased, aren't he and my Mammy just too cute?

Mammy, my mom, and Granddaddy several years ago at her master's graduation ceremony

I had a hard time calling last night and found out Granddaddy talked to an old friend from high school for 45 minutes! Love that! It was a special year as I was able to wish both Mammy and Granddaddy happy birthday on the day this year (hers was a few weeks ago).

Love you both!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Scariest Things I Know

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO thankful my girls are in 10th grade and not middle school. I've learned from Laura and Kristie's blogs (if I knew how to do that fancy "highlight the name to click to their blogs" thing I would) that in Wake yesterday, there was some sort of terrifying fish-tossing skit. With REAL dead fish. Um, no.

For as long as I can remember, I've had a very odd fear of fish. I know it's completely irrational and they won't hurt me, but they seriously freak me out. As a kid, I once got a fish hook in my eye lid. I'll sum that experience to my mom crying hysterically "she's gonna be blind!" and my brother offering to pull it out. I also vividly remember on a family reunion trip, my uncle Dee finding it quite funny to chase me around the house with the catfish he just caught. I panicked, desperately trying to find an escape route. Then there's my snorkeling adventure when I was almost attacked by a barracuda (and yes, I still stand by my version of the story that I was attacked). My parents and brother still laugh at hearing a piercing scream through their snorkels knowing it was me. Oh, and in an attempt to rid me of my fish-fears in college, my roommate Lacy encouraged me to face my fears offering to help by putting a dead fish in my bed. Seriously?!? Thankfully she refrained. I also cannot stand the taste of the nasty, squirmy things. Basically, if they weren't a food source to millions, maybe billions, of people around the world, I'd wish all the fish would disappear.

Therein lies why I am praising God my girls are in high school where the grossness of skits ends.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Longhorns & Psalm

I promise eventually I'll have a greater frequency of "less serious" entries, though I suppose it's my blog and I can do what I want! :) In any case, I'll start today with a few thoughts on my beloved Longhorns and finish with a "psalm" to my true Beloved.

Hook 'em Horns! Though I'm still disappointed in the Big XII championship and Heisman outcomes and will be cheering loudly for the Gators come Thursday (well, in my head since we have small group!), I am thrilled we pulled ahead and took down the Buckeyes! I only saw the second half due to CR, but it was enough to make any good Longhorn fan nervous! The eyes of Texas are upon you...'till Gabriel blows his horn!

Okay, enough of that. This morning I was reading Psalm 5 and toward the end of my time, this song shuffled its way into my playlist. I hadn't listened to it in a while, but in reflecting on the words in conjunction with Psalm 5, realized it's somewhat a Psalm in itself.

I'd like to say I wrote it, but it's actually written by Kate Hurley and is called Tell Me. You'll notice in the last verse there is another line written in green. Kate sings all the black and in the last verse a male voice enters (he represents God's voice). It's actually sung lightly underneath her words and the song ends with one last word from God, while Kate is silent.

Confused? Then buy the song on iTunes and I promise it'll make sense. Here it goes...

Call me beautiful, I want to believe
Am I beautiful, when you see everything?
Can you call me beautiful, the weakest parts of me?
Am I beautiful, when I come out from hiding?
When I come out from hiding?

Cause on the outside it looks like I'm doing well
On the outside I seem fine
But I'm dying for someone to hold me close and tell me it's all right
Will you take off all my layered masks
Will you look upon my face
Will you tell me I'm beautiful
Will you love me all the way

Tell me that I'm beautiful until I believe
Even in your weakness, you are beautiful to me
Tell me that I'm beautiful until I believe
Even in your weakness, you are beautiful to me
Tell me that I'm beautiful until I believe
Even in your weakness, you are beautiful to me
Even in your weakness, you are beautiful to me

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mighty to Save

My current "theme" song of sorts is Mighty to Save. During the fall, I think I heard this song at least once a week at church, Shoreline, or CR. Then, I distinctly remember Mel putting it on as she prepared lunch on the Getaway while we were all finishing up our two-hour quiet time. My Beethoven, Ezekiel, and David-filled quiet time; not that they are bad, but that's another story. Anyway, coincidence? I think not.

As I mentioned in my first post, though I love songs with lyrics, my heart is primarily stirred with the instrumental portion. Except praise music, which of course has a deeper meaning than "lalalala, I love your beautiful eyes and want to swim in their blue"-type music. I digress. I'm a little slow and really didn't realize until later that Sunday night after the Getaway that God was talking to me through this song. Over Thanksgiving week, I listened to it daily, and since then, it has been a constant quiet time and driving companion.

This morning driving into work after my lovely two-week vacation, I blared the tune and sung loudly (I'm sure fellow drivers on Central thought I was nuts, but who cares!). The chorus and second verse are especially relevant to my current state, if you will. Two other songs that are also meaningful right now are Brooke Fraser's Hymn and Kate Hurley's You Are Not Alone.

As I approach this week with slight apprehension, I remember "Savior, He can move the mountains My God is mighty to save!" And praise God these aren't just words.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Motherhood, Pounds, and Lions

Friday night we watched a 20/20 special called Extreme Motherhood. Let me just say there are some very odd people in this world! From women who are breastfeeding their eight-year old children to those carrying around fake babies for attention. The fake babies were especially bizarre; dolls made to look like real children and are treated as thus by their owners. One such woman had many dolls, changed their diapers, took them on walks, and was upset when passersby did not gawk at her "newborn child." In the words of Heather my sister-in-law, who borrowed her daughter's fabulous phrase, "the fake baby people freak me out!"

Last night we saw the movie Seven Pounds. While it is not a feel good movie, it is quite interesting. The storyline unfolds slowly and Will Smith proves himself to be an exceptionally talented actor. There were several promising chick flick previews. We followed the film with a rather delicious dinner at a new French restaurant. Superbe!

Lastly, I finished A Voice in the Wind, the first installment of Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series this morning. Wow. It takes place in the Roman empire following Christ's death and once again, Rivers captures Truth in a strikingly powerful way. I highly recommend it and am eager to begin the second book. Thankfully I bought it earlier this week!

Back to the real world tomorrow. I am saddened to end my vacation, yet anxious to see how this new year unfolds.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bonne Année!

Happy New Year! As many people do, I've been reflecting on 2008 and looking forward to 2009; below are some of my thoughts.

2008 Blessings & Surprises
  1. Community group! These girls are a tremendous blessing, and thanks to margarita therapy :), our group has embraced authenticity and truly spurs one another on in Christ. Though Kristin and Abby have moved on to new adventures, we gained two fabulous women; Jen and Caryn, our new leader. I am eager to see how God moves in 2009!
  2. My sweet small group girls. I love them dearly and am so thankful to share in their lives. Our January dating sleepover and end-of-freshman year "Raise the Group" were among our sweetest times together in 2008.
  3. Kristin and Lisa. The best co-leaders (or trifecta as Lisa coined us) I could ever imagine. I am infinitely grateful to be a part of their lives.
  4. My family. This fall especially has been difficult due to my aunt, Ulrike's excrutiating battle with cancer. In spite of this, I have seen everyone persevere, link arms, and seek God's face for strength and guidance.
  5. Switching onto the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center account. Since I started working at The Richards Group, I wanted to work on MDA. Now, it is especially meaningful.
  6. Having my first car "scrape/dent." This may sound odd, but I have prided myself on a perfect car "record." Though the scrape/dent isn't horrible and is completely fixable, I've learned a lot from that little indiscretion. :)
  7. Starting CR. Still in more of the surprise boat with this, but am trusting it will soon be a blessing. Though I'm a little overwhelmed to be starting inventory!
  8. Finding a doctor I like and trust.
  9. Getting an iPhone! I love it; such a blessing!
  10. Starting a blog! Ha!

2009 Goals...Not Resolutions :)

  1. Making it through the entire year of the Journey! I always try and peter out around April. This year, though, I'm excited about the books we're journeying through. And hope my new phone will help with reading the devos at home in the morning rather than on my computer at work.
  2. Along that same vein, having a consistent quiet time rather than my on again, off again tendencies when life gets busy.
  3. Working out consistently. I know, I know, everyone says this, but like I said, it's a goal.
  4. Finishing my inventory!
  5. Surrendering, continually.
  6. Sticking to an actual budget.

That's all I've got for now. I'm sure more will come up as the year progresses. Community group, I hereby give you complete permission to ask me about my progress on any of the above goals! Not that you need permission, but still. :)

Here's to a fabulous 2009!