I Went to Vegas and Left My Husband Home

That title sounds scandalous, doesn’t it? Every word is true though.

During the last week of September we moved into the house on Friday and Saturday, tried to unpack as much as possible on Sunday and early Monday morning, I got on a plane to Las Vegas and stayed there for three days.

When I was originally scheduled to fly to Vegas for a trade show, we were expecting our house to be finished in October, so I would have been back in time to move. Instead the move happened directly before my trip. As you may have figured out already, I was in Vegas for work. I think if the timing with our house had worked out differently, Brad may have come out with me. Regardless, it was my first time in Las Vegas and it was interesting.

I go to industrial trade shows for my clients periodically and often travel alone, though I’ve had luck ending up on flights with clients, work partners or the media people the we work with, I don’t normally run into friends or family. When I checked in on Facebook at the airport, showing I was headed to Las Vegas, I said which trade show I’d be attending. When my flight landed, I had a message from Brad’s aunt (in Seattle) that Brad’s uncle was on his way to the same show and had just landed! Small world! Continue reading

Positive Reinforcement

When I was little, my dad used to want to go get ice cream after dentist appointments. It was as much of a treat as the treasure box at our dentist’s office was. This came from when he was a kid and got ice cream after going to the dentist.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve averaged about one medical appointment a week. Between getting set up with my pump and establishing new medical care since moving north, I see the inside of a lot of different medical facilities. I’ve also verified my medications and allergies more times than I can count!

My office is awesome in that it operates on a flexible work schedule year-round (flex schedules are typically used to extend summer weekends at some places) so I don’t have to take personal, sick or vacation time to go to all of these appointments. Continue reading

Social Media + Customer Service = Starbucks Success

I don’t like math, but things like this blog title make sense to me.

I occasionally use Twitter to express satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the brands that I follow. Recently, I tweeted:

Everyone is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and I want one. @Starbucks can they be made skinny and sugar free? #PSL #diabetes

I’ve been pretty bummed that I can’t shouldn’t have some of my favorite treats recently.

Starbucks at Sea

Later that day, I had a Direct Message from Starbucks asking me to email them details. Continue reading