Archive for September, 2009

Planning Geekery

In the next few days, I will be getting my fill of planning and all the dorkiness that goes with it.  Tonight, I’m dragging Chris to a presentation on Cycle Chic in Amsterdam.  Tomorrow night is former USC Professor Greg Hise at the National Building Museum presenting “Plan Like Your Life Depends On It.”  Friday I will be attending the USC SPPD’s reception at the ACSP Conference (American Collegiate Schools of Planning) to catch up with local folks and professors who have made the trip from Southern California.  I will be speaking at the conference on Saturday morning with Jennifer Raitt about the APA Policy Guides and how to integrate them into the college curriculum.  Or something like that.

Every day is this Planner's day on the Hill.

Every day is this Planner's day on the Hill.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there.  No, no, no.  The ACSP conference always coinsides with the APA Leadership retreat weekend.  I just have a meeting on Saturday night and possibly crashing a reception at the Building Museum then I am relieved of my duties.  But, the APA’s Federal Policy and Program Briefing is from Sunday to Tuesday, with Tuesday being Planners Day on Capitol Hill.  Not so related to my duties, so I will not be taking part (I’m taking Sunday all to myself!).  But, if you happen to see more DC folks than normal checking out street trees and curb cuts, you’ll know why.

 

You can play the at-home version by reading some of these fabulous planning quotes.

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Notes from the Universe

Corinne Whiting introduced me to Notes from the Universe, a daily email “personalized” from The Universe.  Their tag line is “Thoughts become things…think good ones.”  Not a daily affirmation so much as a wacky and quirky way to look at things a bit differently.  Here are some examples of messages written by the Universe:

The difference between an old soul and a young soul, Megan, is known only by the old soul.

Whatever the heck that means,
    The Universe

Just kidding. I know. You do, too, right, Megan? Whew….

 

Whatever the heck that means.  Seriously. The Universe is real, yo.  Here’s another:

It’s exactly at times like these, Megan, when the going gets tough, rumors are rampant, and people begin resisting change, that you know things are about to get really, really good.

You always could pick the right time, the right place, and the best jeans.

All eyes are upon you,
    The Universe

 Better than even you have ever imagined, Megan.

And my favorite: 

From really far out in space, Megan, do you know what you look like?
A star.

A super star.

Love you like crazy glue,
    The Universe

Sometimes you make these things so easy to write, Megan.

 

Love you like crazy glue…hey, is Clay Griffith writing these?  They make me laugh.  Sign up and you, too, can giggle every morning.  Thanks, Corinne, for my daily giggle!

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This past weekend

Last weekend was a great weekend.  So great, I’m just now getting around to writing about it (yes, I realize it’s almost the next weekend).

Thursday night I had dinner with Maria, then walked a few blocks down Barracks Row to celebrate Meghann’s birthday with Jules and a drink.  It is apparently birthday season around here, because on Friday night we celebrated Deepak’s birthday.  Deepak and Molly’s parties are always awesome, however, they somehow get better and better.  I was not disappointed by this session of Abba singing because Molly used the half full bottle of Jim Beam as her microphone.  Nice.  Dancing by all.

Saturday morning I had auditions for three of WIT’s troupes.  I did everything I had hoped to accomplish: find out what happens at auditions, play with some great people and get the first one under my belt without any expectations.  Done!  Everyone else was great…so much so I was concerned that if every audition is like that, there would not be anymore auditions in my future.  I was totally outmatched (which I expected, but damn the others were awesome).  Shout out to Jim who had the best initiation I’ve ever heard: “So, I just found out my father has down syndrome.”  Come to find out, some of the people in my audition were already in troupes or just moved to town with super impressive resumes and education.  Hope continues.

Saturday afternoon was spent with Chris and his friends moving Chris into his new place.  It was done so quickly, so props to everyone who helped out!  They even unpacked his book shelves and kitchen, which was about all he had anyway.  Boys.  The situating and settling is continuing, but I am so thrilled to have him so close…finally.  Now I get to see more of him and that makes me happy.

After the packing, we headed to Old Dominion to watch some football (sorry, Trojans.  I’m still there for you) then off to Piratz Tavern for International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  We had fun and it was unexpectedly not crowded.  That is officially my third post about that place….I wonder what that means?

Sunday morning I had brunch with Reyna, Daniel and Arlene at Reyna and Daniel’s new place.  How freakin’ cute are they and their new place?  It was fun to get caught up and I hope to do more of that once they get to be more permanent in DC.

No move is complete without an Ikea trip, so I took Chris’s virginity yet again by taking him on his first Ikea trip.  We found bunches of great items, but didn’t bring any furniture home.  Next Sunday might be our big day.  We’ll see.  More shopping scheduled this Sunday, so I’ll let you know how it works out.

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Career Fair

Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday I had the pleasure of recruiting students at the Purdue Civil Engineering Career Fair.  This was my second year attending, and I am yet again impressed by the quality of their students – not as much GPAs and other quantative measures – but by being good people. 

The career fair is completely a student effort and they have great leaders and volunteers that see the process through.  For example, there was a nice young man (how old do I sound right now?) whose name I did not get that helped us get settled for our presentation.  Before we began I got some drinks for me and Emily and brought them back to the room, however, my hands were full and I could not open the door.  By the time I had realized this, he had walked across the hallway just to help me.  Seriously, now I really sound like an old lady!  And it wasn’t as if he was kissing my arse for a job – he did not even submit a resume to us.  At any rate, if Purdue keeps turning out good people AND good engineers, I have faith in the Millenium Generation after all.

Overall, this trip is quite easy because Emily knows her way around having graduated in May 2008 from Purdue.  And we are both knocked out from traveling.  I did not get a chance to take many photos, but here is one from the Indianpolis airport.  Is it art or a bench?  We couldn’t figure it out, but I really liked it! 

Suitcase bench in the brand new Indy airport

Suitcase bench in the brand new Indy airport

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Wedding photos

As promised, here are some wedding photos. We do not have too many good ones, so I apologize. But the ones posted give a pretty accurate description of the goings on at the Cummings.Wedding cake by Melissa's friend Caroline
For as many photos as I took at the “bachelorette party” and BBQ, none of them turned out that well. We don’t have any photos from the Sunday morning brunch because I was too busy crying and would not allow photos to be taken (I was really sad about leaving).
This link has all of the photos mashed together, so you’ll just have to figure out what’s what on your own.

UPDATE: Melissa and Jake set up a website for guests to download their photos so they can create books and stuff.  If you have photos, please submit them.  If not, you can still take a look.  Enjoy!

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Los Angeles

Turns out I did not take too many photos in Los Angeles.  Not many good ones at least, so I’m hoping to find some jewels in Chris’s batch.  I’m not holding my breath because he is too fond of the candid shot, which is a style preference, I guess.  I will post all the others to Flickr, but here are some of my favorites.

Night One: Hollywood Bowl

Night One: Hollywood Bowl

Day Two: Griffith Observatory

Day Two: Griffith Observatory

Day Three: Korean BBQ

Day Three: Korean BBQ

Don’t forget to check out this awesome video from the Hollywood Bowl concert with John Williams directing the LA Phil.  I think the video speaks for itself.

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Coming Soon!

Okay, so my plan to update the blog while I was on vacation severely failed. Sorry about that. However, we have some great photos and updates, so I’ll try to spread those out over the next few days. Bottom line: a good time was had by all in both Los Angeles and Seattle, plus, my sister is now Mrs. Bang-Knudsen!

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

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