Before I dive into sharing the happenings at work these days, I wanted to clarify one thing from yesterday’s post. When I said we “splurge” on phones, I really meant that we own more phones than most people. Since Nick develops apps for the iPhone and Android, we have quite the collection of phones sitting around. He received one Samsung phone directly from Samsung in order to help test his games. All the other phone that are in our possession have been purchased through Craigslist and Nick’s side business pays for them, so really we aren’t using our personal incomes to buy all these phones. We use our every-two-year upgrade to purchase our personal phones, although I am on my second iPhone 5, thanks to Verizon’s warranty. The sound stopped working on my first iPhone 5.
Anyway, now that I’ve cleared that up (since I know you all were so concerned about us having a bazillion phones), I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to at work lately! First off, last week I had to take a CPR class.
I was actually really irritated that they were making me take this class, but it wasn’t until I was actually in the class that I realized why. I know CPR and have been certified year after year in the past for my many years of lifeguarding. The technique seems to vary slightly from year to year, but the fundamentals are all the same. It is drilled into my memory, like riding a bike. But the last time I was certified was in 2005.
When I sat down in the class, the instructor asked, “Who had taken a CPR class before?” I was the only person sitting in the front row, so I don’t know if the three people behind me raised their hands, but I certainly did. Then the instructor asked, “Who has preformed CPR before?” I raised my hand. And it was at this moment that I realized this was why I was dreading this class. The last time I was certified for CPR, I had a drowning and I had to perform CPR. They guy died. He was dead when we pulled him out of the ocean, but we still tried to revive him.
I know doctors, nurses, and EMTs do CPR all the time, so really it’s not a big deal, but when you don’t do CPR as a regular part of your job, it is emotionally draining. In the situation, I didn’t think, I just did, but I definitely cried and coped with my fellow lifeguards a few a days afterwards. It’s been 8 years. I hardly ever think of this indecent, but suddenly having to get re certified in CPR brought a bunch of emotions back to me.
The class was fine. Like I said, CPR is like riding a bike to me. It is deep in my memory, I just have to learn the this year’s tiny tweaks. As for the other participants in the class, they passed, but I can tell you straight up, if any of them needed to perform CPR on me, I might choose death as my first choice. I hope that doesn’t come out the wrong way, but basically, if I was the instructor, I WOULD NOT have passed them. I’m not getting all high and mighty thinking I’m better than them at all. They were struggling with the basic fundamentals of CPR and when you struggle to recall something you went over five minutes ago, how are you going to handle the situation down the road?
Anyway, I passed the class and got back to what I’ve been working on, which is a fun event in part of a series called Bags and Bundt. The entire series is called the Savvy Women Series and basically each event will focus on a different professional development topic such as building your network, negotiating a raise, etc. The Bags and Bundt even is going to have guest speaker, Abby Curran, who was Miss Iowa 2008. She was the first woman in Miss USA to have a disability and she will be talking about determination and not letting others get in the way of your dreams. I’ve been working on a really fun part of putting on the event (or so I think)… making graphics and building the website!
I’ve been using my blogging skills to work on the website. This has been a mutually beneficial skill, since I already bring some know-how, but it has also given me the opportunity to do some research on exciting stuff like writing CSS code, which I can apply to my bloggy-blog. (Am I losing any of you yet?) So here are a few screen shots of the front end of the website:
It’s not done yet, but I think it is coming together nicely and I’m pretty proud of it! If you want to check out the actual website, you can go to http://savvywomenseries.com/. Heck, if you live in the Dallas area, you can even sign up to attend the event! (Shameless plug!)
I’ve also been working on some print graphics like this fun poster that we are hoping to have hung in various store windows.
As well as this AWESOME (if I do say so myself) sponsorship infographic to get great sponsors to help back the event.
How has work been looking for you lately?