Saturday, August 30, 2008
So, throughout the discussion I'm telling folks about all of this stuff and after one of our breaks, this guy comes up to me. Now mind you, EPA is quite large. We cover 16 floors in our regional office, so it's no surprise that I don't know everyone. So, this guy asks who I organized for - I told him. Turns out, he was hired by CalPIRG back in '96 and was at organizer training w/ me in Boston. After further reflection (the next day), he told me that I did look familiar (amazing since I had long, straight, hippie-like hair and dress at the time). Makes sense since I was leading breakouts and such by that time. Funny how your past mixes w/ your future.
I thought this was interesting. As part of that training we had to do this 360 evaluation where folks evaluated you as a leader and in your job in general. Much of it was to be expected. All of the people oriented questions had high marks. At the end, folks could add their own anonymous comments. One commenter wrote, something about "when will Robin figure out what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that she has to, but I was just wondering." Too funny! Do I have to grow up? I don't want to, that's for sure. I like that my life and my career are constantly changing. Most folks have 5 careers in their life. I'm all about where life takes me. Of all the comments I received, that had to be the best one. Thanks!
Friday, August 29, 2008
My sister got my baby sweater/hat set in the mail today and texted me the cutest picture of Leah in it. Now that she has it, I think I might post pictures of it tomorrow along w/ a sweater for Alex that I'm finishing tonight. Alex's sweater doesn't need to be a surprise.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
And what a gorgeous day for a ride! Clear skies, 80 degrees, no humidity -- absolutely fabulous!
Now, I am going to grab a quick bite and probably crash. Even w/ no humidity, the heat did get to me. I had some nausea from dehydration, but I took care of it. By the end, I was so wiped from the heat, the length of the ride, and the fact that I haven't been sleeping well due to the Olympics, I was tempted to close my eyes on my bike! Can you image? Falling asleep at the . . . handle bars? Too funny!
I didn't really take any pictures during the day, but I did manage to catch a beautiful sunset along the canal before grabbing some homemade ice cream in town w/ Dannielle and her family and heading home. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The picture isn't all that great b/c it's taken inside w/ a flash, but you get the gist of it. The nice thing about the women's frame is it is proportioned for a woman's unique fit. The distance between the seat and handle bars is less since our arms are shorter. Also, the bike comes with a women's specific seat (the ones w/ the hole in it to lessen the "pressure"). I like these new bikes.
The only thing I don't like about the women's model is the girly details. It's less obvious on this bike than on others, but as you can see, there are cheesy little butterflies on the bike.
Serioulsy, just b/c it's a women's bike, does it have to be all girly? Since that's all they had and the fit worked, I have to deal w/ the girly details.
I am so excited to try it out! I will probably have to wait until Saturday to ride it since I'm going to Lewes, DE tomorrow to visit a friend for the day. Doesn't make sense to bring my bike if they aren't riding too.
All I have left to say is YIPPEE!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I was first on a holding pattern while I waited to hear about a job in DC. It kind of just fell into my lap and figured I had to give it a shot or I'd always wonder, what if? Plus, moving to DC would have meant I'd be closer to my sister and my 2 gorgeous little nieces. It also would not have hurt to be near my hair dresser too, but I digress. Turns out I didn't get it. I'm perfectly fine w/ that since I do love Philly and I love my job. Sure, it would have been nice to be near the girls, but in Philly I'm a day trip from DC and evening trip to NYC and the rest of my family.
So now, I'm in a holding pattern of sorts while I figure out if I can negotiate language in my lease renewal that will allow me to break a lease if I buy a place. I want to start looking, but my lease is up at the end of October. No way I will close that quickly. Plus, I leave for China on Nov. 2. No way I could deal w/ closing, moving and packing for an international vacation. So that's holding pattern #2.
Finally, my last holding pattern is waiting for my new bike to arrive. I've been having a lot of issues w/ my current bike and finally found a new road bike that should be perfect for my century ride in seven weeks!!!! B/c my old bike sucked so much, I haven't gotten above 35 miles in my training. It's very frustrating!
So, there's my whiny post, which explains why I haven't posted in a while. What's there to post about when you are in a holding pattern?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It's more of a coral color. It's not as orange in person as it is in this picture. Not sure how much I like it b/c the gauge shows any little mistake. Still, it's another finished project.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I quit smoking!!!!
I was living in the DC metro area and had just changed jobs, leaving the PIRGs (having worked for them for many years) to go work for the Endangered Species Coalition. I was also getting ready to move out of my dumpy apartment in Hyattsville, MD to live w/ a great group of gals in Chevy Chase, DC. Also at this time I was studying for the LSATs after having determined that I needed a law degree to be a lobbyist for one of the DC enviro groups (as you can see, I went a slight different route).
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
Clean my apartment
Test ride road bikes
Work on my apres surf hoodie
3) Snacks I enjoy:
Trader Joe's Sweet & Savory Trail Mix
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pay off my student loans
Work for a public interest environmental law firm or advocacy group
Put money aside for my nieces' college tuition
5) Places I’ve lived:
How much room do you have???? In order to save space, I have condensed some of the places, not bothering to list situations where I moved back and forth from different places (i.e., Cape Cod 2 summers, Washington, DC before and during law school). That's what made my government clearance document a nightmare to put together.
Johnstown, PA (10 years)
Haworth, NJ (7 years)
New Brunswick, NJ
Boulder, CO (2.5 years)
South Yarmouth, MA
College Park, MD
Hyattsville, MD (1 year)
Washington, DC (~3 years)
South Royalton, VT (3 years)
Brighton, MA (1 year)
Philadelphia, PA (5 years)
6) Six people I would like to tag are:
anyone who wants to play!
Monday, August 4, 2008
This picture looks just like one of our old formal CIT pictures. I'd load it here, but I must have that picture back home.
It may be 21 years, but we look just like we did at 15 as opposed to, well, what we are now . . . 25, right?