Thursday, October 23, 2014

Retreat Weekend

It is that time year again - Church retreat time.  A time to cringe when I have to tell my boss that I need time off because of religious event (not an observance) - I would normally not cringe but as my job has the possiblity daily cringe/reflux factor yeah I just hate the hassle.

In terms of brevity and space, I'm keeping my stuff pretty simple - yoga pants and tunics all nicely wrapped up in my Lo & Sons Catalina Bag.

In terms of entertainment - cause I need my tools:

  • Ipad for emails and reading newspaper
  • Book for down time
  • Bible for Bible Study
  • Earphones so I can listen to my audio book or just jam out to Taylor Swift.
  • Charger cords

These will be wrapped up in my Lo & Sons OG bag.

Retreat Weekend

Old Navy fitted sweater

Blue shirt
$155 -

American Vintage t shirt
$70 -

Old Navy stripe tank top

Neil Barrett short skirt
$600 -

Monki hipster panty
$7.76 -


Old navy activewear

Agent Provocateur black bra

Old Navy ponte pants

Leather boots

Lucky Brand black flat

Weekender bag

Lightweight scarve

Monday, October 20, 2014

The photo challenge

Two weeks ago, my cousin in law (it's a thing) challenged me to a photo challenge that sought to achieve the following:

To post pictures of you
Explain what beauty is

Yeah since I don't do rules, I just posted pictures with the my lessons learned on the last day.

Wednesday Morning - Hump Day Sophisticated

My Olivia and Clara Crossover Thursday

Gone Girl Date Night


Wednesday Muli-tfunctional Style

What did I learn from all this?

1) I hate pictures of myself. You don't see all of me and you can judgements based on what you see.
2) Beauty is more than skin deep - it is the feelings, good and bad, along with the shared experiences of the moment you capture in a photo.
3) I value my relationships with my kids more than anything.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday Morning Work Session

I'm coming off the most stressful month. A year ago, I was chiding...CHIDING grown ass men for not doing the one job they have to do.

This year, operations went off without a major hitch. I have been busting my azz getting numbers balanced for our limited operations (until December). Just really busy. Really hectic. I actually forgot to just function for a week - get up/work/home-for 7 days straight.

I wasn't give a choice on working a Sunday - a preferred day of rest for me. So given I had no scheduling autonomy, I showed that I can dress any which way I wanted.

Comfy with my stereo and my audio book in tow.

Sunday Morning Work Session

Old Navy graphic tee

Hue checkered socks
$19 -

Nike shoes
$140 -

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Project Management

How does shit get done? That's the one question I don't ask.

For me I found Asana.

Haven't heard of it? You will.

It leverages your work email and calendar and allows you to add team members (up to 15 for free).

I run formulation from start to finish for my bureau. Working with a committee of a dozen regional contacts to briefing senior leadership, I have to be able to mange several budgets at any time (current year, new budget and new budget plus one). Always running.

Which is why Asana is amazing. I have different work zones (home and office) and then each budget is it's own project process. I can delegate tasks out to team members and special leads if I need something.


In terms of daily management, I use a daily docket.

Yes. Sometimes I do need to be reminded to run like hell from my office.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gone Girl Date Night

Two weeks ago - my husband, Attractive Al and I, went on a date night.  They are few and far between - just a reality of DC living.  We try but its hard.  Moving on.

We headed to the Mosaic District to see Gone Girl (read my review of the book from 2013 here).

You can read the reviews (courtesy of the NY Times).  You can read the commentaries of Rosemund Pike's performancefeminism, oral sex, Ben Affleck's ween…actually that last one was hilarious and NSFW (be warned).

What I liked about the movie was its connection to the book.  Yes, there are deviations but I understand you cannot show everything and logistically some things shouldn't be shown.  Plus with the book's author at the helm of screenwriting the movie, it is pretty faithful account of a marriage gone sour fast.  Its gory but the goriness shows the depth and depravity of this woman who honestly believe she is the right.

Now the my review of the new upcoming hood in the DC area - Mosaic District.  Haven't been?  You are not missing much if you are not in Virginia.  Its a crowded town center which I'm sure for the residents of this area - me?  Not so much.  While full of restaurants, parking is limited, and people jockey for space constantly.  We had to drive through two full garages before stalking down a parking space (damn it isn't holiday shopping season yet).  Needless to say, AA, wasn't happy.  We ended up parking, running to the theater with minutes to spare (we allocated 90 minutes - we spent an hour in traffic, getting into the MD, and parking), and scarfing down nachos and junk at the theater.  Review:  get the nachos with the chips on the side and the junk?  get it but don't let your significant other near without threatening to stab them with a fork.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


#GIRLBOSS#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AN AMAZING AND GREAT LISTEN!!!  Let me tell you being a mom and working always places you in a conundrum - are you a ball busting woman who had kids?  Are you a mom who happens to work?  This book reaffirmed my original aspirations - being a great public servant, owning your work and the steps that leads you being successful in the workplace.  Don't apologize for being driven, for having a life, for seeing things outside the box.  For wanting more.  For clawing and busting butt to get more and do it fairly.

Own it - #GIRLBOSS

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After-note:  I listened to this book at work.  I say that because right now I am in the midst of some serious work shit (no other way to say it).  From a review that could re-categorize jobs and salaries to stressed interpersonal relations (I swear if you say the sky is blue with a smile, some of my coworkers would get upset).  The problems are legion and there is a quagmire in where and how to begin.  In listening to this  book, I was hyped.  Trust and believe that you may or are somewhere that was billed as one type of workplace and in fact is  Learn as much as you can with the time you have.  Dodge bullets, targets, and negatively the grace of Neo in The Matrix or this:

Not only this but do it with a smile on your face.  Cause nothing pisses off your distractors more than doing something well, with grace, and air of "this shit doesn't faze me".  There will be times when people throw you off your game - me?  The more recent time when a manager sent me away on work travel while a major project that I have a hand in was due.  Not only was it not sent in on time while I was gone but I got bitched out for the delay.  I apologized to the manager that she felt that way but also reminded her that I worked hard for the team to get a point where they could finish without me.  I also made it clear that my work travel was educational but not necessary as there were (and are) team members capable to travel and report back to the senior leadership.  

End result, the project was done to the satisfaction of that manager and senior leadership and my team received a word of thanks.  What that humiliating and humbling experience taught me was to really tease the expectations of that manager - they are notorious for doing the "bring me a rock" which is the worst type of management if you have workers that need clear guidance and support or who are like me have a vision but that vision doesn't fit into the existing mold.  

The book really encourages you to be on your game in the present and be flexible about the future.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


This past weekend was trying. My son came down with a case of viral respiratory issues - in short it was hard to breathe. Friday night, he wheezed for 7 hours straight.

Saturday - we talked him to his pediatrician where he got a new Rx of steroids to inhale.

After a couple of dosages - he was back to himself again. And in time for the Auburn - LSU game.

After that victory, we rested up and made our weekly menu, we hit Costco and Walmart. It was during this excursion on Sunday did I realize my daughter had caught the virus.

Well at least we are prepared.