Working with a peer to co-design a solution for a little one-day show, it's getting a bit sticky. She comes from the advertising world where everything has to be edgy. We're designing for a corporation with a developed brand. On the whole, I love her thinking and what she comes up with, but it's not on-brand. I'm the 'face' of this assignment, so sort-of in charge, but we're peers. So, when I love the base elements she's designed, but then say, "What if you tried it this way?" in an attempt to get it to work, she resists. Logical response. I'm asking her to bastardize an elegant solution, but I know the solution will be thrown out without the brand elements. Ugh. I'm not her supervisor, so I can't say, "show me three variations with this, this, and this."
I feel her pain. I'm getting bored with the design I created for the bigger show. I keep trying to break my own brand! However, different for different sake is not always the best solution.
It's been raining all week and I have a few lingering flu elements, so I haven't been on the bike. I start getting really twitchy and achy when I haven't exercised. After walking the dog, I totally intended to do the boring Pilates video for the 537,356th time. But, I'm back here writing to ya'll instead. Priorities are obviously in order. I actually took a cab to work twice in the last two weeks. It costs $24 + tip to go 8.2 miles. Yuck.
I'm getting ridiculously addicted to Scrabulous in Facebook. Poor Jrex has to hear me blab about how I managed to use "ax" and get 34 points! He's amazing because he makes me think he's interested. Love him.
He caught the same flu. He's injecting immuno-compromised mice. He's 12 days into a 30 day experiment. Can't stop, has no one who can 'cover' for him so he can be sick, and is totally nervous that he's going to give the flu to the mice. I can see his scientific publication now, "The chemo seemed to be working great on the cancer tumors, however, they all died of the flu." (May it NOT be so!)
I'm putting in PTO requests for the next few months. A day to go up to Seattle for a weekend. An afternoon so we can go somewhere for our anniversary. A week so we can drive to LA, see Jrex sister and her family. We'll pick up his parents there, then drive to Yosemite for four days with his parents. Jrex found a loft condo for us to rent. That means we'll be on the fold-out couch in the living room with no walls separating us from the 'rents. I'm SURE you'll hear more about that later. Then his sister bought us (just the two of us!) two nights in a Napa Valley hotel for Jrex's 40th birthday at the end of June. That should be very fun.
Two of our friends, let's call them Lovey and Dovey, are planning a trip to New Zealand. I'm excited for our little trips, but would love to get out of the US for a 'real' adventure. Our passports expire this year and I've only got two stamps. Ah well, perhaps I'll eventually retire overseas and have so many stamps I'm sick of it. All in all, really, I have very little to complain about.
That's all I know for this morning! Hope you all have splendid weekends in store. Any adventures I can live vicariously?