Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21, 2010 - Spring is here

Hey there, hi there and hello there to everyone on this second day of Spring. Yesterday was indeed the perfect picture day of Spring with 70 degree wonderfulness, then we returned to the Seattle of the South today with rain off and on ... guess I can't complain as another 2 inches of snow fell a couple days ago back home. O ya, happy one year anniversary to the Horman family as well ... hard to believe it's already been one year Brandon and Jessie, don't forget the good times!
With only a three days worth of work at Aflac last week, it flew by quite quickly. We had a couple great brainstorming sessions for our policyholder and account online websites, some great things that I think will truly transform it for our customers ... hopefully it doesn't take too long to accomplish! Additionally, we're in the process of hiring my counter-part on the Future State Claims team. With three interviews down, I think we have some great candidates that will fit in well with the hope of hiring within the next week. I truly enjoy going through the interview process because you can learn so much about people by just listening to their reactions to various situations.
Emory was pretty interesting this week as we got back into the swing of things with class and study time. I was pretty happy with my Marketing midterm, something definitely to post on the fridge ... much better than my accounting exam:) I don't know how, but I'm pretty darn lucky with my group mates again this semester. We met this past weekend and began our work on our two semester long project and yes, we picked Disney as our company to analyze. Who wouldn't want to pick a company that has characters like Tigger and Rafiki? It feels pretty good to be ahead of the eight ball on the project, kind of hard to believe there is only four weeks left in the semester.
Last week also brought the bi-monthly YP meeting where my pals Scott Ferguson from United Way and Mike Veneble from Columbus and the Valley came and talked about the great partnerships we've made over the last year or so. Mike talked about the 5 Under Forty (
Then on Thursday I joined a few other YPs, our city's mayor, superintendent, president of the chamber and others for Columbus' Day at the Capitol. We met with our area's dignitaries, heard from the Lieutenant Governor and had our picture taken with the governor. Although it was great to hear about all the great things coming to the community and fratenize with some of the local influential folks ... it was at the same time dissapointing to see the bureaucracy that truly took place in the senate/house chambers. Now I do not claim to know all of the inner-workings of the government, but I do know that whilst we were there for 45-60 minutes in each chamber, not one single thing was caccomplished besides lots of hand shaking, pictures and politicking. One guy even flipped the votes for his two neighbors that were nowhere to be found. Somewhat disheartening to see what really happens on the floor although I hope that once we left is when they truly got to the business. I know the legislators work hard, but less internet surfing and hand shaking would surely allow for more productivity and influence, but heck, guess I can't talk unless I run for office ... ain't no way that's happenin':)!!
Welp, suppose it's time to settle in for the evening with Jenny, Caden and some tasty homemade cookies. My morsel for the week comes from Naomi Williams as I am truly grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities I have been given and continue to receive ... hope you feel the same way, "It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment." Go Panthers, bring home the championship to the University of Northern Iowa!!!
nate klein

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March 14, 2010 - Relaxation

Hey there, hi there and hello there to all you St. Patty's Day celebrators! Another wonderful week in the neighborhood as I'm finishing up Spring Break ... apparently Aflac didn't get the memo I was on break though because I still had to go to work:)
It was quite the productive week again at Aflac, wonderful fun indeed! I know I've chatted a little bit about the blog I maintain at work, so here it is ... the Duck Pond ( I submitted this for a Best New Community Award, so feel free to go out there and vote with some kudos if you like:) This was also mid-year performance appraisal week where I was able to take some 1 on 1 time with each of the team members ... they are all awesome, gotta love going to work with them! O yes, and how could I forget the pictures I submitted to the Aflac yearbook. They wanted pictures from the high school days, so Jenny and I spent a good few hours reminiscing through the old yearbooks and these images are what I could come up with ... hilarious and embarrassment all in one ... how did you let me out of the house like this folks?!
You know what, this spring break was just amazingly relaxing. Besides the fact that I worked all week, I came home and didn't do a darn thing ... and it felt great. It was fun to just hang out with Jenny and Caden where we took many a walk and lots of delicious home made food was had.
Friday we got together with some folks for a cheerful night of catfish at Ezells, mmm mmm good! A bunch of us then went out to No Shame Theater, an amateur open mic night where 15 performers are given up to 5 minutes to do whatever they want on stage. So much talent and comedy, great way to spend $5! Then Saturday we helped the Columbus Cottonmouths try and break a Guinness World Record by participating in one of the largest musical ensembles at the hockey game. We were about 500 kazoos short, but it was a great game with good friends.
Back to school this week and apparently Jenny is going with some friends to Savannah for St. Patty's Day, wish I had Wednesday through Friday off because that is going to be awesome!
Welp, not too much else going on during this week of relaxation. I did find out that my dad and sister are coming down in a month to visit, which makes us quite excited. O ya, then I saw my mom on national TV with her aha moment commercial (, good work ma!
So during this week of relaxation, I figured I would share this morsel ... "We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies." ~Etty Hellesum. Don't let the daily worries bring you down, because life is too good to not live it with full-on energy. Hope you all have a great week:)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010 - Happy Anniversary Jenny:)

Hey there, hi there and hello there to one and all on this beautiful Sunday eve. I hate to brag to the folks back in Iowa about weather, but this weekend was just absolutely beautiful in the low 60's with berry nice sunshine! What a perfect way to celebrate mine and Jenny's two year anniversary (first picture together pictured here with the tuxedo t-shirt ... she was hooked from there) ... be honest, how many people put money on that two years ago:)? Pretty amazing how time flies when you're having fun!
Time at Aflac this past week was majestic if I had to pick a word. Amidst all of the excess reporting and hoops, our team continues to git ir done and this past week seemed like our most productive in a long time. I don't know what it was, but the movement on all of our projects seemed to be taking quantum leaps and everybody was holding themselves accountable to get better. Could be that I'm going over mid-year appraisals this week, but I really think that we're just gellin' like magellen:)
This week up at Emory we had a break from our core courses for a crash course in Professional Communication. This professor is the epitome of what I want to be when I grow up, an MBA business leadership/communications professor ... couldn't paint a prettier picture if I tried. So, I asked if I could sit and chat to learn a bit more about his past. That was Monday ... then Wednesday came around and I had the opportunity to chat with Professor Smith for about a half an hour to gather some tidbits of info as I push forward to the end of the degree and beyond. I also found out that this summer I will be taking Strategy and Finance followed up by an August ACE course in Entrepreneurship and ending the year with Negotiations and potentially Marketing Seminar. Should be a fun filled time at Emory over the next few months, especially with study abroad in China squeezed in there during the beginning of May:)
This weekend was great for some chillaxin time with Caden, Jenny and friends plus 60 degree weather. Yes, that is Jenny's anniversary gift ... a bike, a little unorthodox I know, but I think she likes it! We went for a couple rides this weekend with friends for a total of about 30 miles in addition to some rollerblading action. Friday night we also bid farewell to our pal Dave Rodriguez where Jenny and I rocked some old school t-shirts for some laughs. Saturday was also filled with good times as we made our way to the Springer Opera House for the show Oklahoma. The first act started a bit slow, but the second act more than picked up for the performance ... great local talent indeed!
I just heard my bro and his team won the state tourney, congrats man ... that is awesome and wish I could've been there to cheer on your fouls:) Welp, I hope everyone continues to have a good lenten season ... yes, I am holding strong to no fast food and soda-pop, although the Sprite and JBC with choco frosty at Wendy's was looking good the other day:)
Have a great week.