Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19, 2010 - Christmas is almost here:)

Hey there, hi there and a Merry Christmas hello to you:) A special happy birthday goes out to Nicolasa on her December birthday, can't wait to celebrate with you later this week! Also, this week marks Jenny, Caden and my initial adventure to drive back to Iowa ... yes, DRIVE back to Iowa ... which hopefully will only take 16 hours!!
The past couple weeks of new responsibilities at work have taken me away from my ability to have good 1v1 time with the team, so hopefully I can pick that up again after the New Year. Some of the new projects I'm getting some exposure on are pretty fun, so we'll see how everything shakes down. I love this time of year at work though because we get to look back on everything that we've done, sit back, relax (maybe for 15 minutes) and celebrate all the success.Had a great Leading Change seminar this week and a fun division wide luncheon. In addition to the fun, our team sponsored the 3rd annual PIC team canned food drive where we exceeded our 550 can total last year and nearly hit 800 with 799 cans accounting for 750 pounds of food for a local shelter ... made us feel pretty darn good:)
Had some fun volunteer action over the last couple of weeks with a half day YP board retreat to chat about our 2011 plans. Also had our nice United Way 2010 volunteer committee wrap up with some tasty soup and great discussion about our 2011 Live United Youth Camp, which is going to be quite exciting! Then, the Literacy Alliance is having our budget wrap up and planning for all our 2011 activities, on a slim budget of course. Sounds like there is a lot of not for profit planning going on, now it's time for the fun part ... executing the plan!!
We've had lots of parties with friends over the last couple of weeks, ending in one amazing Dirty Chinese Elephant gift exchange with the SIFE crew. After some Networks & Organization class up at Emory, I met up with the guys for a weekend in the wilderness (as seen in the pictures this week). After picking up some double cheeseburgers, ya ... really hoofin' it you could say, I hiked with some pals into the night for a sleepover in the woods. A wonderful fire and great guy time was had by all nine of us. This morning brought about a seven mile hike back to reality and the comforts of indoor plumbing;)
Welp, just a few more days until the voyage back home and Jenny, Caden and I can't wait to see everyone ... fingers crossed for decent driving weather!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5, 2010 - It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Hey there, hi there and hello there. Hope everyone is having a terrific start to the final month of the year, where has the time gone?
Aflac hasn't been too crazy as the year winds down, just finishing up the year's projects and planning for 2011 is getting finalized. Had good times out with a couple of our customers as we work with a vendor to improve our online services. It was fun to sit down with all the team members this week for some 1v1 goal action. We finished out the week at Haleigh's house for our annual Dirty Santa party where the most popular item came from the Klein residence, and yes, it was an Iowa Hawkeye Snuggie, passed three times:) What a great team and good times had as usual.
Pretty darn good week at school too with a final presentation for our Integrated Marketing Communication class, which went swimmingly. Then Wednesday brought our final in-class case negotiation to wrap up the semester. Only six more classes to go and I have a whole week and a half break before my next one starts, I don't know what I'm going to do with myself:) Then Thursday, the Blue Steel Kickball team hoisted another Co-ed Kickball championship trophy with a 3-1 win ... ya, it was amazing!
We had a couple more parties that wrapped up the weekend including one at Runci's for the soccer team. Then Saturday morning, before the Aflac Christmas party, we flipped some flap jacks for a fundraiser at the Easter Seals organization. I tell you what, that is one organization that truly knows how to make their volunteers feel welcome ... plus there was some tasty breakfast action indeed. The night brought all the friends together for a great eve at the Aflac Christmas Prom ... yes, that is a burgundy suit and Jenny all dresed up as, welp, an elf I suppose.
A great week ahead with the Wizard of Oz, Fantasy in Lights and a visit from one of Jenny's friends all on the docket. Plus, we finished all Christmas shopping and the Christmas card poem today ... so, an amazingly productive weekend indeed. Hope you all have a fantacular week ahead.