Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(Lack of) Progress Report

I am embarrassed to admit that it’s only January 28th and, already, I am floundering on some (OK, most) of my New Years Resolutions. Here’s the progress report thus far:

Get More Sleep = F
5 hours last night, 4 the night before... Think this one might be hopeless.

Start Taking Vitamins = D
Still choking down between one to four a day (out of the nine I am supposed to be taking).

Stick to a Workout Schedule = F
I did swim laps last Wednesday... Maybe I could constitute one athletic activity a month as routine.

Walk Addie Regularly = F
We've been playing lots of fetch. Does that count?

Get Rid of Clutter = C
Slowly but surely.

Spend More Time w/ Grandparents = C+
Have helped Grandma print her Dancing with the Stars tickets off the Internet, download and print the free Suzie Orman book Oprah was giving away on her website, and open a CD full of pictures that my cousin sent her from Costa Rica over two years ago.

Maybe I should start over with February Resolutions.

Hip, Hip, Hurray!

It has been a near torturous wait but we finally received Mike’s Level-1 CFA exam scores, and he passed!!! Celebrations are an order for this weekend. (Now, if the Steelers can just win the Super Bowl... Mike will be on cloud-9!)

Monday, January 26, 2009

DGH 2009... Almost!

Wow, what an incredible week... 52 applicants, 41 interviews and 11 stellar women helping me to lead the way.

We have finished the Globetrotter interviews and are only days away from announcing our 2009 team. Thanks to the many volunteers who have been a part of this selection process. I love you all dearly!

(P.S. No clue what is on my face in this pic. I'm reflective!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Proud to be an American

Regardless of political affiliation, most would agree yesterday was a shining moment for our country. A day of camaraderie and patriotism, both here and abroad. I appreciated Obama's emphasis on taking personal responsibility for our government and I was inspired by his focus on traditional values. He said that our challenges may be new, along with the tools we use to meet those challenges. However, "honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism... These things are old; these things are true." I could not agree with you more Mr. President.

I have traveled to many places where people are far less fortunate than we. It is because we are Americans that "our capacity remains undiminished." I believe we are keepers of a legacy, that our ancestors do have something to tell us, and that leadership by example is the most powerful form of influence known to man.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Top five reasons why I've been a bad blogger lately:

5. Have been busy getting ready for the 2009 Dustin's GreenHouse Globetrotter Team. All of the applications are in, we have 47 students from 13 different schools, and interviews start Monday... We've also outlined (almost) a complete program which will begin in February and run through September. I'll wait to share those details in a separate entry.

4. The Legacy Campaign has crossed the half-way mark, which means our to-do list is getting longer and more urgent. We raised over $12,000 from our Active members alone on Monday night. This is more than any other group of Active members has ever given! We are still a long way from reaching our goal but we are definitely making headway.

3. Work has picked up again... The Consulting world always slow down in December and then kicks into overdrive by mid-January.

2. Mike goes back to school on Monday so I've been taking advantage of as much quality time as I can get.

1. My parents' journey through Africa makes my daily activities seem a little blah. If you're interested in reading about their experiences go to Even if you don't know them, I promise that it's worth the visit. They are truly doing some amazing things!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


"Experiences are worth ten times the money spent on things. Things go away, are used up, break or are consumed. Experiences stay with you forever."

~Martin Green (my Pops)
From his journals of Africa

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Not a pill popper.

I'm not doing too well with this whole vitamin thing... The goal was to take 9 pills a day (5 in the morning and 4 in the evening). So far I haven't been able to choke down all 5 of the morning pills in one day, much less start on the "pm" pack. Is it possible to have an extremely small throat hole??? I just swallowed pill number 3 (from yesterday's "am" pack) and I swear it is lodged in my esophagus and is slowly inching its way down. I need chewables (for grown people).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Random thoughts on a rainy Tuesday...

I'm sitting in the Lexus dealership waiting for my car to be fixed, again. This time my Check Engine and VSC (or was it VCS) lights came on... Frank, the service guy, just came in and said the problem was an air filter something-or-other and estimated the repair cost at apx. $450.00 (assuming they don't encounter any other big problems once they get inside). Ugh, I hate spending money on car repairs. I'd rather pay for a parking ticket, pay to have a cavity filled, even pay those random, unexplainable taxes that show up on cable and cell phone bills than pay for car repairs! My big question is when is enough, enough??? I am looking at all those new, not-broken cars in the parking lot... They are starting to call my name!

On a brighter note, we went to see the movie Marley and Me last night... It was fantastic (loved Jenn Aniston) but would highly recommend bringing tissue. (Speaking of dogs, I can't get my mom's dog to pee in the rain. We're at 12 hours and counting...)

Mike and I also had a wonderful New Years celebration and weekend in Chapel Hill. I think most of the guests from Cat and Chris' wedding would agree that a vacation from the vacation is now a must! Three nights of partying requires at least two weeks of recovery these days! Here are a couple pictures from the festivities.