If You’re Gonna Spew, Spew in This…

As is the ilk with anything electronic that I own, my laptop has taken a semi-major dump. My wireless card is shot, meaning I need to plug directly into the router in my basement.

This is like that disgusting, wet belch you hear your best girlfriend make before she becomes a fountain of all the Long Island Iced Teas (“hey, there’s no tea in this”) that she just had.  I have spent the last two hours metaphorically moving all of my stuff out of my handbag and into my pockets in case she might need it to barf into. I’ve managed to get everything of great importance into storage to mitigate the damage.

A week before I have a mjor project due in my grad class, and as the holiday season hits full boar for MK, I need to start scouting the possibility of buying a desktop computer.

I’d been planning for the last six weeks or so that I’d needed to move my base of operations into a more business-like setting.  I really wanted to wait until Black Friday, when I could get someone to go to Best Buy for me (as I will be looting at the Ann Taylor Factory Outlet), but I might not have that luxury.

In addition, I had been hoping that there would have been major renovations to the basement office in preparation for the big move.  As it is, there are a lot of spiders’ nests (ew), the whole office portion is an unorganized mess, and there isn’t a sufficient amount of heating to make the space a comfortable work area. K suggested that I invent an adult-sized, electric onesie, but I highly doubt I can fabricate and patent that before I start working from my home office.

The only upside to all of this was that at least my computer managed to hold out until after Windows 7 dropped.

I guess there is a silver lining.

The Word You’re Looking for is “Irony”

Spam Email

 

My poor friend, this is the second or third time that something has hacked her account and sent me spam email.  Of course, Hotmail says, “Trusted email with Microsoft’s powerful SPAM protection.”

I’ll get right on it, thanks.

The skin that you are seeing is Helvetimail, a Greasmonkey skin for GMail in Firefox. Helvetimail is another customization in a series, including Helvetimail, Helvetical, Helvetireader, and Helvetwtitter.

State of the 101 Union

As of today, I have completed 35 of 101 tasks.  This means:

  • I am only 34.6% completed with my tasks.
  • Average completion should be one task completed every 10 days; I have completed an average of 1 every 18 days.
  • I have 382 days left to finish my tasks (September 28, 2010), which means I need to increase my rate of completion to 1 every 6 days.

Some other points of interest in my 101 List:

  • I already did not complete 1 of my 101 (one failure)
  • There are at least three different tasks that I want to change out
  • I follow Day Zero’s Twitter for other good ideas for my list (for next time),
  • Experience is definitely the best teacher, so when I hit this again on January 1, 2011, I will know how to write the next list.

If you’re interested in starting your own 101 in 1001 list, go to http://www.dayzeroproject.com/

Conversation Fodder

This week in my Environment of Business class, we are talking about ethics as they pertain to business.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this subject bores me.  Allowing students to take the floor to talk about their belief system as a symposium for academic thought is a waste of time: each party is convinced that their way of seeing the issue is right.  Ethics are a belief system, and belief systems aren’t objective conversation fodder.  I don’t see anything learned about that – it is just a great way to filibuster a classroom and create a rift.

I’m just not interested in discussing my personal ethical believes with a classroom full of strangers, just as I am not interested in discussing my moral beliefs (which for this chapter in class, are pretty much interchangeable).  I don’t care to be judged in an academic setting as to what my personal beliefs are in practicing business.

Chug, Chug, Chug

Life keeps chug, chug, chugging along.  Sometimes, we’re skipping arm-in-arm; sometimes, I’m getting dragged three paces behind by the wrist.

It’s interesting to look at this holiday season as my first as a business-owner.  I now understand why the retail business is so calendar-skewed as it is.  You have to make sure that you are letting the customer know that you are there: you are a wonderful – the only option – for their gift needs this holiday season.

So, the prep is on for a few holiday boutiques to showcase the new MK products for the holiday season.  I’m planning for one at the end of the month, and two in November.

Prep, prep, prep, prep, prep.

But in reality, this is so much fun.  I love all the planning, designing, and marketing.

I was built for this.  I was built to run my own business.