Whoa. It’s been just a few days since I’ve say down to post a little something here. It seems as though I didn’t have much of anything to say. If I’ve learned anything while blogging it’s that I shouldn’t force writing a post when I have nothing to say or just don’t feel like writing. I know, I know, that makes me an unpredictable blogger but given so much of my actions are predictable give me a break. =)
Where to start??
This past weekend was the inaugural event for Southwest Strides and it went off without a hitch. We had a better turn out than expected and we received nothing but positive feedback. Most importantly we raised almost $8000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance! We learned a lot from the event and look forward to continue to grow by hosting other events in hopes of continuing to bring the community together.
This Saturday I’ll be volunteering at the official CCA Undy 5K event. And Sunday? Well, there’s this little thing call Ironman AZ. Heck no, I’m not racing…but I make a darn good spectator. You can bet I’ll be out there rocking the Banana suit, cheering on my racing friends. If you’re at IMAZ be on the lookout for me!
Speaking of running….after being patient for 21 days I went out for a run and felt pretty darn good. I have since gone on 2 more runs and still have no significant pain in my foot. I went ahead and switched up my shoes and busted out some Mizuno Wave Riders I stashed away to be used for a special time and have worked on a bit of a gait/cadence change. Doing so means that I feel like a newbie runner once again. Oof. Who knows if the changes I’m playing with will be long-term but I think it’s worth a look. Once again, this doesn’t mean that my problems are gone but saying I’m thrilled would be an understatement. So ready to get back to running regularly and hitting the trails.
Remember when I told you about the #Omniten #Omnigames? Well, slowly details are emerging. The funny thing is, while we have more information we also are left with more questions at what this experience will entail. Through hints we’ve determined that we’ll be heading to Park City, Utah in early January and it looks like all #Omniten seasons (including the current season) will be involved! Other than the other information provided previously, that’s all we really know. After having a blast in Park City for our mini-#Omniten Reunion last NYE I’m pretty stoked to head back. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll take another stab at skiing that mountain. Heck, I may not have an option but to ski the mountain if the #omnigames calls for it!
What else…..hmmmm. Ah yes, one more update. This past week DH ordered and submitted payment for Unlocking The Truth’s custom SJC drum kit. It will take several months to be built but seeing yet another goal met is awesome and exciting!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
It’s crazy to think that our Ragnar and Disneyland adventures have come and gone, and last week our Indiegogo campaign concluded (with our goal being met!). Next up is the Southwest Strides’ inaugural run, our Undy 5k event, this upcoming weekend. While I’m very excited for the event I’ve once again found myself asking, “What now?” You know I always have to have something cooking in the pot!
Awesomely enough there was no time for the dust to settle before an opportunity presented itself. Just a couple of weeks ago I received an email from Columbia Sportswear inviting me to the first ever #omniten omnigames. Yes! (Not sure what this “#omniten” stuff is about? I explain it here.)
So….What does that mean? What does it entail? Where am I going? Will we be teamed up or competing as individuals? Not a clue!
Here’s what I do know…all #omniten alumni have been invited to take part in the challenge that will be held in early January. I also know that Columbia is the master of creating suspense and super rad adventures. In the past they’ve always managed to surprise us even if we’ve managed to uncover bits and pieces. In fact, while it’s fun to make guesses we have learned not to take any of our guesses seriously because we’ll be blindsided and blown away anyway.
As the date gets closer I’m sure we’ll pick up more details, like what location we’ll be flying into, but that doesn’t mean that’s where we’ll be staying of course. Columbia always seems to have something up their sleeves and they never show all of their cards until the time is just right. Mind boggling to us? Yes. But that’s how they roll.
What’s at stake? Of course pride. But we’ve also been challenged to make sure our passport is up-to-date. Per their communication, we won’t need it in January, but if we play our cards right we may need it soon thereafter. See?! Suspense!
I don’t think there are any #omniten who aren’t excited for this adventure. Who doesn’t like a challenge? But more importantly, it means another much needed reunion for our inaugural crew and the chance to meet members of the other seasons.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
If you happen to follow me on Instagram you’ll know this past weekend was our trip to Disneyland. DH and I decided to take Friday off of work, cash in on our Best Western Rewards points and head to Disneyland for the weekend.
Our 5.5 hour road trip from Phoenix was uneventful…that is, until we ran out of gas. What?! Yes, you read that right. We.Ran.Out.Of.Gas. ”How does that happen?” you may ask. Well, while my Chevrolet Spark is excellent on gas mileage it only has a 9 gallon tank. Heading into California we had just under a half of a tank and thought we were good. Little did we know there would be no gas stations for that long of a stretch. Put those things together and you’ve got a wee bit of a problem. Thanks to a friendly state trooper who happened to stop to check on us, we were on our way sooner than later. Lesson learned, don’t let the tank get that low in my Spark and when traveling from PHX to California, get gas before entering California!
We still made it to Disneyland with plenty of time before heading to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Our Disney World experiences were always at Christmas or spring time, so going during the fall to see the parks all decked out for Halloween was a big draw. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special event that’s hosted throughout the season that requires separate admission.
Basically the park closes early to general admission visitors and remains open for a limited amount of visitors who have tickets to the party. It was perfect for us because we basically had a half day at the park, got to have “special” experiences that only occur during the party (in addition to all the regular attractions), and didn’t have to pay the full day price. It was awesome to see the Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion along with other changes they made to the park/attractions to make everything match the season. We tried our best to make it to the midnight closing time but must admit we had to call it a night and head back to our hotel by 11:30p.
The next day we chose single day park hopper passes and started out at the Disney California Adventure. Coming from the hometown of Cedar Point it’s hard to live up to awesome amusement park rides so we stuck with themed attractions such as Tower of Terror and Cars Land versus California Screamin’. We hopped between the parks throughout the day and ended up finishing our stay in the Magic Kingdom.
I’ve already been asked, “How does Disneyland compare to Disney World??” I have to admit, this was my biggest concern. After our experience the best I can say is that there’s pros and cons to each. I’ll do my best to explain….
Both parks had many of the same rides but we found them to be slightly different and actually preferred some of them over the WDW versions. We’re not sure if it was our timing but Disneyland seemed much more congested than the WDW parks. We’re figuring WDW has WAY more visitors but are they spread out throughout the parks making the individual parks seem not so busy? Maybe.
If you stay on site at WDW you’re submersed in Disney everything. It’s almost as though you’re in a different world. Everything seems, well, magical. We didn’t have that feeling at Disneyland. However, it was cool to experience the location where it all began and we still fully enjoyed ourselves.
If you want to see more photos you can visit my Flickr account.
I remember becoming fascinated with Walt Disney at a young age and wanted to learn everything I could. Like many, I’ve always seen him as an inspiration….even to this day. Heck, I even quoted him in my senior high school yearbook. Ha!
Although I see Disney World and Disneyland as fun places to go, I also see them as so much more. Something that came from a person that dreamed big, believed in those dreams, went after them, and succeeded. That’s not to say Walt didn’t have his share of setbacks. In fact, due to a disastrous opening day pretty much every press organization that attended predicated the park would fail within a year. And that is just a start.
But every time I walked through those gates it’s as though nothing else matters and when I leave I’m even more inspired to live my dreams.
So as we steer away from the “all inclusive” type of vacations DH and I were once accustomed to, we will always have time for Disney and it will always hold a very special place in our hearts.
Speaking of going after your dreams. You may remember our Indiegogo campaign to raise money to purchase a new drum kit for Unlocking The Truth. DH and I never gave up hope, even when we’d have days with no donations. However, thanks to friends, family, and strangers who also believed, the fund kept slowly increasing. Coincidentally enough, with a little faith, trust, & pixie dust, it’s happened. During our time at Disney we not only met our goal but exceeded it with time to spare.
There’s only one way to dream, and that’s to dream big.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Wow. Tomorrow is Monday already and I have yet to even stop to take a break for the weekend. I’ve already said this but it’s been a bit insane here in our world the past month.
From organizing Ragnar teams (only 1 month away), to raising money for our Unlocking The Truth Indiegogo campaign (DONATE HERE!), and planning a quick trip to Disneyland, I’ve slowly been revealing all of the projects I’ve been working on. Although there are several more (which are not quite ready to be made public), I can let you in on one more. And it’s a big one!
After almost a year in a contractor position at my workplace, and having multiple internal interviews over the past month, I have been hired on full-time. As ya’ll know this part of my life I like to keep private, so I won’t say where I’m working, but to say I’m stoked is an understatement. What I will say is that I’ll be working in a totally different capacity than I have ever before. I have been looking for an opportunity like this for several years. Even at long lengths in confusion of direction (which I’m sure will come again….) I’m thankful to say that my diligence and patience paid off. And this is a fantastic jumping off point.
With all of this going I was doing what I do best, keeping on top of things, but this weekend has kicked my butt. After receiving word last week that I got the job DH hit the road for a gig in Texas with Corvus. In the meantime I came home to find a mess of cat and dog vomit/diarrhea Friday evening. Given our kiddos health issues that’s often what is to be expected. Thankfully having tile floors and a TON of experience with cleaning I’m pretty good at cleanups. I was hoping it would be a short bout but haven’t been so lucky.
I hit the trails early Saturday morning with some of my Ragnar Teammates. No trail run is complete without some fun, getting lost, and at least one of us taking a spill. This week it was my turn and now I have some war wounds to show for my efforts. With my love of trail running this will not be my last.
Unfortunately following the run I came home to yet another mess. The remainder of the day was spent cleaning and monitoring Spencer, our greyhound. What I had hoped would be a restful night’s sleep ended up with me being awoken every half hour for long bathroom breaks and foot baths due to him stepping in his own feces. In other words, a LONG night. Needless to say both Spencer and I are ready for his bowel issues to get better and for DH to come home too.
With all that has been going and this added to the mix I’m a wee bit spent. But it’s time to get Spencer on the mend and reload because if what’s on the calendar for the next month is any sign, things are not slowing down. Xterra, Ragnar, Disney, developments with Corvus, along with other projects (to be revealed soon!)…We’re just getting started.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
After DH served his time in the Marines we moved to Michigan. During that time we found ourselves adjusting to civilian living, specifically when it came to our income and lack of medical benefits. We were able to pay our bills but anything “extra” wasn’t possible. At that point we had been married 2 years and had never had a honeymoon or a true vacation for that matter. We somehow found ourselves roped into visiting a timeshare presentation. Don’t ask. I have no idea why we did it other than maybe an evening of entertainment instead of starting at walls like we were used to doing? We were no where near close to having money to even consider going on vacation let alone buying a timeshare (not that we ever would), alas, we went.
For those that have had the experience of a timeshare presentation you’ll know what I’m talking about. They start all nice, get you believing that they are right…and then sit you down and start hard selling. Normally when it comes to negotiating I’m a hard baller. (I learned from the best…my mama). But in this case it wasn’t about hard balling because there was no deal to be made. When you truly have no money (and not just saying that you don’t have money) it’s a different story. I remember them asking point blank, “What is your dream vacation?” Of course their point was to get the ball rolling. And while DH and I have always had locations in the back of our mind at that that very moment in time travel and vacation wasn’t on our radar….at all. Given our situation we couldn’t even wrap our head around the idea. When it comes to timeshare presentations, if the first person can’t get through your barrier then they send another person, and another if need be. In our case, they must have seen that clearly we were in no position to purchase, probably felt pretty bad for us, and we were let off the hook.
Since that experience our finances have been up and down but we’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling.
Unfortunately even with my quick trip to Park City and DH’s tour, our last true vacation was Italy, prior to moving to Arizona. While we’ve had enough to cover bills we’ve once again found ourselves leaving out the “extras” that would put us in the negative. If you compound that with having to secure pet care for the kiddos if we do want to travel (which has recently been fixed!), so much uncertainty when it comes to our jobs, no unpaid time off, opposite schedules (meaning we never had the same days off…ever), or the uncertain future when it comes to DH’s band, we’ve once again found that traveling/vacation hasn’t been in the cards. For the longest time we stopped thinking about it and began to have the mindset we had in Michigan because basically we had to.
DH and I LOVE to travel. We love adventure. We love to try new things and go places we’ve never been before. It’s a lifeline. Now that we’ve had the experiences, we want more. So Even though we can’t really afford a vacation we recently started doing some research as to what we can do to make this happen. To some this may not be smart. I know this is going to sound like a first world problem but we NEED this. We’re not looking for anything big. Just a quickie weekend here or there. Luckily for us we have many options within driving distance. The downside? So many options it’s hard to choose! After going back and forth between an outdoorsy type of adventure or a “typical all American” vacation ideas we have finally made our choice….Disneyland!
This may surprise some of ya’ll since you probably never pegged us as a Disney fans, but we are. In true Heidi fashion we weighed all of the pros and cons of our options. What it came down to is that Disney is not too far away and with saved points our accommodations are paid. In addition, although I love outdoor adventure DH is a little more hesitant. While he’s open to the idea I can’t just expect to throw him out in the wilderness and have him not only survive but enjoy it. Gotta ease into that sort of stuff.
So Disney it is. Funny enough, Disney World was our first true vacation we took together. Kind of apropos that this will be our first true vacation here in the west. Here’s hoping that just like before, this will lead to many more adventures!
What is your dream vacation?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Last Thursday I had the unfortunate experience of leaving work to find my car wouldn’t start. I had some power but nothing strong enough to start the car or roll down the windows. Thankfully DH was able to head my way to give me a hand. We expected to jump my jar, go get a new battery, and then go home. Little did we know that it wasn’t going to be that easy.
Once he arrived we found our batteries were on opposite sides of our cars. Given that I was parked on the incline of a parking garage, with a car next to mine that wasn’t moving anytime soon, we had to push my car from one side to the other. Once there I was easily jumped. I immediately headed to O’Reilly Auto Parts, asked for a new battery, they changed it…and then nothing. Once again, I had some power but my car still wouldn’t start. At this point we weren’t even able to jump my car. Although the employees and friends on the internet said it could be the alternator or starter, we had a feeling something else was going on since it was different than any other time we had dealt with this problems in other cars.
I grabbed my phone, called State Farm (Thank goodness for Roadside Assistance!) and a guy with a flatbed was on his way. Needless to say all automotive shops were within minutes of closing for the day, so after waiting for another hour or so we could only drop my car off at a shop and hope it’d be fixed the next day.
Throughout the day we were in contact with the shop and they had no answers for us. By the time we got to the shop after work and realized that they still hadn’t figured out the problem we grew increasingly anxious. Within an hour they had figured out we had a blown fuse in our ECM (engine control module) and our alternator was fine.
We were happy to have an answer and walk away without paying hundreds of dollars but we found ourselves at a crossroads. What do I do with my car? Most people would say, “Keep it. It still works.” While I wish I could say that, what they don’t know is how many problems we’ve had with my car. Let me start off by saying I love Chevrolet. I love my Aveo which I lovingly named “The Skate”. It has taken us many places. Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York City, North Carolina, and even been my chariot when we moved across the country.
You’d think I’d have a ton o’ miles on it with all of that after 7 years, but given we lived in such a small town prior to our move, I was just over 69,000 miles. Yet, within those miles I’ve had many problems. I’ve gone through 3 computers (A $3000 part which thankfully was covered under warranty every time), the entire gear shift mechanism need to be replaced at one point (also covered by warranty), the hatchback latch somehow came “undone” which mean I couldn’t use my hatchback door, and the lock mechanism of the driver side door fell into the car door making the lock unusable. These are the main items I’m remembering, but there were more. Unfortunately for us each time these problems came with absolutely no warning.
I’m not one to throw in the towel but after last week’s fiasco we found ourselves asking, “When will something like this happen again?” Although each time it’s been inconvenient, we’ve been able to adapt and overcome. One day that may not happen. For instance, what if this happened when DH was on tour and I’m in Phoenix alone? Sure I’d figure something out but not without spending an arm and a leg or calling every one of my friends for help.
A new car was not in the cards or our plans whatsoever. However, knowing I like small vehicles my brother, an engineer for GM, sent along some info awhile back on a vehicle that he thought would peak my interest. I’ve been following the development of this car for awhile and even had the chance to see one first hand while in Italy last year, before it debuted in the US. What car? The Spark.
So when everything happened last week I knew the direction I wanted to. My biggest concern? Would Spencer, our greyhound, fit? Yep, the first thing I said when I sat down at the dealership? “I’m between the Sonic and the Spark. I preferably want the Spark. But my dog has to fit.” Priorities. Right?! Hey, who knows when we’ll move next. I need to be able to take him along again. The Sonic size is more comparable to the Aveo while the Spark is even smaller.
After a brief inspection of folding the seats and realizing Spencer would fit in the Spark, I was sold. Oh wait! I still had to take one for a test drive. Next choice? What color. Ugh. This is the hardest part. The old Buzzbomb says, “The bolder, the brighter, the better.” The grown up, realistic Buzzbomb says, “Be realistic. Blend in. Don’t go for a trendy color that will be out of style next year.” Hmmmm. With a gentle nudge from DH I went with……”lemonade”.
What the heck. You only live once and my name is Banana Buzzbomb, is it not? Never in my wildest dreams would I think I’d have a yellow car, yet here I am, with a yellow car. The color lemonade really describes it perfectly as it’s not a BRIGHT yellow. The interior accents make it pretty fun too. It’s like sunshine to brighten my day.
While none of this was in the plans I wanted to send out a big high five to State Farm and Sands Chevrolet because they were there just when we needed them. Always an adventure with us and that will never change.
I have to smile because I just said so long to “Sparky” and here I have a Spark in my life. Now, since I name all of my modes of transportation, I’ve got to to name him or her. So far these are the ideas I’ve got. ”BB” (as in Banana Buzzbomb) or “Three Bee” (Since I’m often referenced as “BBB”). The guys at the dealership called it “Banana Boat”. Do you have any creative ideas?!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
My travel and lodging for NYC was paid for and provided by Nokia but all views expressed are my own. Ya’ll know I have and always will keep it real.
I’m back from #ZoomReinvented in NYC! As always I wanted to take a few minutes to digest everything that happened, especially since it was a whirlwind of activity Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Wednesday started out with a 3am wake up called to meet up with Kim at the airport for the trek to NYC. Unfortunately for us it seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
From an initial delayed flight, being asked to deplane our 2nd flight, which lead to us somehow missing that flight (US Airways never clearly explained how this could happen, but it was a blessing in disguise), being bumped to a 3rd flight (also delayed), sitting on that plane at the gate for two (yes, 2!) hours, then moving to the runway for another hour wait, finally making it to NYC 6 hours after scheduled….only to find the 2nd plane we “missed” never took off, the flight had been canceled (See the blessing? We got the first seats on the next flight. If we had been on that plane we wouldn’t have been so lucky,) and Kim’s luggage had not made it to NYC.
Did you catch all of that? If not, in other words, it was a gaggle. Although the weather in NYC was fine the surrounding areas weren’t so lucky which caused havoc among flights and air traffic control. This in turn meant grounded flights and big restrictions. Thankfully Kim and I took it in stride and kept the smiles on our face. The delays meant we were able to get to know each other a bit better which was actually pretty perfect.
By the time we made to it NYC we found ourselves being dropped off at the Hudson Hotel…the rad hipster feel and beautiful decor was very welcoming after such a long day of travel. Sadly we had missed the Nokia welcoming dinner but I made sure to see one of my fave Omniten ladies, Katie, who had also been invited by Nokia. After a quick catch up we called it a night and prepared for the next day and Nokia’s big announcement.
First thing in the morning we were shuttled to Pier 92. Within an hour the presentation was set to begin and I could feel the energy pulsing through the room.
Finally 11am came and the big announcement came: Nokia is releasing the Lumia 1020 which marries the second generation of Nokia’s massive 41mp sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS).
The next hour we were shown all the specs along with the phone in action. The photos are amazing. Immediately my gears were churning on how this piece of technology would fit perfectly into my life. Simply put, this camera phone is a game changer. I have a history of taking a camera everywhere I go. I’ve already found myself leaning towards using my phone for day-to-day photos, crappy quality and all, so I don’t have to lug my DSLR everywhere. So to have the option of a phone with a camera that produces DSLR quality photos? Whoa. Mind blown!
Following the announcement we were invited to check out the phones for ourselves in an interactive “show room”. Demo areas filled the venue with each location providing a different focus on the phone, allowing us to see the camera in action, up close and personal. As if the initial announcement wasn’t enough, this further proved that the Lumia 1020 is legit.
Later we had the opportunity to sit in on a Q &A session with the head camera developer Juha Alakarhu. Although I’ll readily admit much of the info was above my head I am always interested in expanding my knowledge and found this to be a great opportunity to understand the technology even better. Nokia has done some hard work and it shows.
That evening we had the opportunity to celebrate Nokia’s announcement of the Lumia 1020 by attending their #ZoomParty. Told ya it was a whirlwind experience!
So happy to hang out with these ladies
For those that want the nitty gritty details….the Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in the U.S. on July 26, exclusively on AT&T Wireless. It will sell for $299 with a 2-year contract. Ya’ll know I’m not all that into specs, but for those interested…
Networks: GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, WCDMA: 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, LTE network bands: 1, 3, 7, 20, 8
Display: 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch
Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
Main camera:PureView 41-megapixel with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front facing camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory; 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage
I/O USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
Size/weight 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, Weight: 158g
Although my time in NYC was short I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to have the experience. I have yet to get my hands on a Lumia 1020 but it looks as though I will soon have the opportunity to test it out along with a couple other Nokia items. More on this in the near future…
Oh yeah, almost forgot! Want to have the chance to be one of the first people to snag a Lumia 1020? Nokia has FIVE up for grabs. Hop to it!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
What a whirlwind of a week I had last week. From showing my parents around Phoenix, to a day trip with them to Sedona, topped off by a quick trip to Las Vegas to fulfill our dreams of seeing Celine Dion, we covered some serious territory.
Celine in one word? Phenomenal. It was one of those experiences where no words will do justice. I had a feeling my emotions may get the best of me and sure enough when that curtain opened and I saw Celine standing there the tears started flowing. I’ve waited close to 20 years to experience her live and she did not disappoint. So amazing and well worth the wait.
I wish my parents didn’t have to head back home. I knew I had missed them but didn’t realize I had missed them so much until they arrived. Dinner together, hanging out, and heading out for adventures with them is unfortunately something we lost in our move across the country. While I’m happy we chose to strike out on our own adventures there’s no denying we miss our parents a ton. But we’re grateful for their constant support and the many fantastic new memories we made this past week.
Although they have gone home things won’t be slowing down for me just yet. A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Nokia and invited as an online influencer to their #ZoomReinvented press event in NYC July 11th. What?! YES!! Technology + NYC = Win/Win. I’m not going to try to sell you on the idea that I’m a total technology whiz, specifically when it comes to specs and all the ins/outs, but I must admit technology has always been a pretty big part of my life from a young age. Yep, all the way back to the ol’ Commodore 64 with joystick or my first kodak camera with 110 film, technology piques my interest for some reason.
While I’ve focused on unplugging more often lately I still must admit that my life revolves around electronics and technology. (Remember how many cameras I take on my hikes? Maybe this is also where I should admit that within the past week we’ve acquired a new iPad, iTouch, and laptop…..) So, as you can imagine, when I received the invite, not only was I stoked to hear I’d be heading to NYC, but also to see Nokia’s release of a new technology.
Nokia is keeping pretty mum about it all but there are lots and lots of rumors milling about as to what is going to happen. The gist of those is that they are poised to unveil the Lumia EOS which has similar specs to the PureView 808, but runs Windows Phone 8. Supposedly the phone will contain a 41 mega pixel camera. I have no idea if this is fact but my inner photographer is pretty darn excited at that idea.
Considering Nokia is being quiet about the technology you can imagine how little I know about what I’ll actually be doing in NYC. I do know that there is a welcome party the evening I arrive, followed by a full day of press for the release of their new technology. This includes a Q & A with the head of their camera technology followed by an evening #ZoomParty. Nokia has been seriously promoting how well their camera phones capture in the dark so I have a feeling we’ll get the chance to see the technology in action.
I know it doesn’t seem like I’m providing much information on what I’ll be doing in NYC but that’s because I don’t even know. But hey, ya’ll know I’m always up for an adventure. If you want to keep tabs on what I’m up to follow my #ZoomReinvented and #ZoomParty posts on Twitter or Instagram. NYC, here I come!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
DH and I love living in Arizona. There’s little that has proven to be a downside of moving here, except one thing. No one to watch our kiddos while we’re away. I know it sounds like something so simple but for us it’s not. In the past our pets have always been watched by family members while we were away. They have never once been boarded. Don’t get me wrong, kennels are an excellent option for most dogs and cats, (remember, I’m a veterinary technician and have worked in the kennel) but when it comes to our kids it’s not that easy. With all of our moves they are the masters of dealing with change, but with their older ages I can only imagine what would happen if we would drop them off at a kennel. Most of them have some sort of illness, disease, or condition that requires medication and/or would be exacerbated by the experience. Even if we did opt to board the cats and dogs we couldn’t forget about the birds, tortoises, and frog. You can see our dilemma.
Finding a pet sitter was something I’ve visited on and off. Every time I’d look I would become overwhelmed and would put it on the back burner. Although I was able to make it to Las Vegas with the dogs in tow to surprise David, it made me realize we really needed to hop on this task. Who knows when another situation like that will arise and next time A. I may not have the option to take the dogs or B. want to take day trips or do other activities while DH is on tour that I couldn’t do prior due to having to rush home to take care of kids C. want to have an actual “vacation” where we can enjoy it 100% without worrying about our companion animals.
So the past 2 weeks have been filled with scouring the internet, specifically care.com, to see if I could find our pet sitter. My biggest concern: who would be willing to take on our menagerie? DH and I pride ourselves on running a tight ship and have it down to a science, but it does take some work…especially for someone who’s not used to it. I had it narrowed down to 2 individuals that run their own businesses as pet sitters, crossed my fingers, and made a couple phone calls. One person has since left the field and the other agreed to have a consultation. Yes!
Once I had the consultation set I wasn’t sure what I should do. Should I present the document I’ve already prepared for our ‘rents of FAQs, tips, how much to feed, emergency contacts, vet info, etc.? Or would this make me look totally anal? Sunday arrived and we patiently awaited her arrival. Thankfully the sitter thought of the idea of calling me when she arrived so I could place the dogs outside to help diffuse some of the excitement. I’m also thankful that when I let the dogs inside and chaos still ensued a bit, the she wasn’t put off by their barking and kisses. Hey, I may be a vet tech, my dogs may be decently well behaved…sometimes. But they still have their moments.
Within a few minutes everyone became fast friends with the sitter and I were able to get back to the task at hand. She immediately started taking notes so I decided to hand her my previously prepared document. I quickly explained my reservations about providing it and freaking her out, but she was thrilled. According to her she normally writes everything down, prepares a document of her own, and saves it in a database. In addition, she said she also has to pry answers out of people on what to do/what to expect. Ha! So it was perfect. After an hour and a half of discussion and getting to know everyone I determined that we may have found an absolute perfect fit for our pet sitter. Thankfully she thought so too.
When it comes to having others care for our kids we’re pretty easy going. With that being said I know not anyone can or would be willing to do it. After our consultation I am thrilled and grateful that we found someone that is not only willing to do so but is such a perfect fit. I have no doubt in my mind our furry, feathered, and scaly creatures are going to receive the best care. Since our move we rarely travel but maybe this will change and we’ll soon be back to our globetrotting ways.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I’ve basically already talked about this a couple weeks ago, but just the other day I realized I glossed over something that deserves more attention. Being chosen as one of Columbia Sportswear Inaugural #Omniten. (What’s #omniten? Find out here.)
Back in late 2011 I won a jacket and base layers from Columbia through twitter. I always want to share my views on products and brands I believe in so I went ahead and did a few blog posts about what was sent to me. Columbia never asked me to do this nor did I expect anything in return for sharing my thoughts. In early 2012 I received an email from Columbia asking to speak with me via phone. I was stoked but had absolutely no idea why they’d want to speak with me. It was during this conversation that the idea of #Omniten was discussed. They explained that it was in the early stages of planning, gave me a few vague details, but wanted to know if I would be interested if it came to fruition. I couldn’t say, “Yes!” fast enough. Knowing that there was a 50/50 chance of it actually occuring, I didn’t get my hopes up. And then it happened.
In early March 2012 I received my first box of goodies and accepted my place among Columbia’s Inaugural #Omniten.
Over the next 6 months I acquired some amazing gear (including a GoPro), was whisked off to Sedona for their 2013 Spring Preview, was present when they revealed Project Z as their new technology Omni-Freeze Zero, rubbed elbows with some of Columbia’s head honchos (and didn’t even know it until I was well into my conversation….ha!), sat among some of the best magazine editors, practiced a little vortex yoga, and hiked into the Grand Canyon with 20 people I had met only 48 hours before.
To say the whole experience with Columbia has been life changing is an understatement. The gear has been absolutely rad, but in reality it comes down the experience and the people. I was told by one of our Grand Canyon guides that my life would be forever changed. Little did I know he would be right. It was out there in the Arizona heat that I realized there was so much more to life. I literally went home and told D, “We have to move.” And so we did.
The inaugural #omniten season officially wrapped in mid-late 2012 signaling it was time to make room for a new crew. However, it wasn’t the end, only the beginning. New adventures await and I can’t wait to see where they take us.
Photo Credit Will Rochfort
I have no idea why I was chosen to be part of the #Omniten. No idea whatsoever. What I do know, is that it happened for a reason. The experience brought out of me something I never knew existed and lit a fire in my life. And for that I am truly grateful. If you would’ve told me in during my initial phone conversation with Columbia, just a year ago, that I’d be where I am, doing what I’m doing, I’d say you were crazy. And yet, look where I am.
Columbia took a chance on something that they didn’t know would be successful. In the end it has proven to be successful, and it’s pretty kick ass to say that I was part of the inaugural #Omniten crew. Thank you Columbia for choosing me and proving that some of the best results come from taking a chance.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)