The holidays are upon us! I can't believe it's already November. Its going to be a crazy next two months. I've got a camping trip to plan, a conference to attend, parties to organize, and Gilder to blame for it. I'm swamped! (name that movie)
So, in the spirit of the holidays, I'm trying to get organized. I'm using Google's handy online spreadsheets to keep track of everything related to our family Christmas: gift lists, addresses, menus, etc. I'm also using it to keep a weekly grocery list and a packing list for my upcoming conference. I would recommend it, especially for people as unorganized as I am! I can't lose it, because it's all online. And I can edit in on any computer I'm on, in case I think of something while I'm in Waco or...well, I never go anywhere else. But if I were to go somewhere else, I could still make changes. Organization helps me feel less stressed. I usually end up over-organizing, and never actually getting anything done. :)
Speaking of computers, I have a new work computer! It's the MacBook Pro 17 in laptop, and oh, it's very nice.... What I like about Macs is that they have great programs, they're well thought out, and they have fun little things you can do right out of the box. For example, there is a program called Photo Booth that really has no use at all, except to take funny pictures of yourself. It basically uses different filters to distort the camera image. Like I said, completely useless, but perfect for making PC users jealous when I turn on my computer for the first time, pop open Photo Booth, and show them something they've never seen before. Apple is so smart to have stuff like that included. It's one of those programs that you get tired of quickly, but really helps you love your computer right out of the box. Ingenious.
Next week, Karen and I are heading to Seattle, WA, for a design conference! How exciting is that! We'll be learning more about InDesign, which is the program we both use every day. It's going to be three long days of classes, but it's going to be great. I've never been that far Northwest, so I'm excited! Of course, predictions are for rain the whole week, but what better way to experience Seattle?
Probably from now til I get back (and a little after, since we go camping the day after we get home) you won't be hearing much from me. But after that, I'll post some pics of Seattle, the account of the trip, and any funny camping stories I'll have! Whew, I'm a little stressed thinking about all the things coming up, but it's going to be fun, a whirlwind, and pretty soon, it's going to be the New Year! Holy Cow!
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