Thursday, June 29, 2006

Minnesota Twins

why did i leave? they have events like wine, women " baseball.


the other day i realized that i accept my commute for what it is. if i'm ever late to work, i'm late...there's no way to make it quicker...i run into too many traffic lites, speed limits, corners and other cars. it's all back roads. no hi-way to zoom through cars " lanes, quickening my travels to work.

it's kinda nice. i leisurely drive in to work, preparing for my day. even if i'm running late 'cause there's nothing i can do about it.

if i'm smart, i just work from home until i have a long enough break to drive in.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

teacher’s pet

first of all, i'll confess that i was sometimes the teacher's pet in high school. lisa was always the one to be yelled at while we chit-chatted in accounting, the german teacher was my volleyball coach, the physics teacher also coached volleyball, and so on. i never made effort to become a teacher's just happened.

i made it through college nearly unnoticed because i made effort to blend in and just get through it. i can't name a single professor who may still remember me.

and then came my mba. again, i've made effort to just blend in and go unnoticed, but it hasn't worked. my management professor clicked with me 'cause i was HR. however, i didn't speak up much, so i never became the teacher's pet. this summer class has done me in, however...first of all, it's a small class, so there's no where to hide. secondly, i'm the only HR person around " my professor's wife is in HR, so we seem to have a connection. he often refers to me as "his HR person," or points me out to ask me questions. i'm making effort to speak up more 'cause i think class will be more enjoyable, but he certainly isn't going to let me "blend in." lastly, when i was discussing the final with a couple classmates, they requested i go talk to the professor about a study guide because i had good repoire with him. i didn't realize i had "good repoire" at the time, but it's become more obvious as the class has continued. i am the teacher's pet. but once again, i didn't try.

as you know, i'm totally enjoying this class and having the teacher on my side sure doesn't hurt. go school!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Christian by Maya Angelou

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin."
I'm whispering "I was lost,"
Now I'm found and forgiven.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain,
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
who received God's good grace, somehow.

~Maya Angelou~

study music

Michael Buble provides great study music. A discovery I made tonight via (so any music like his is good)

Back to this McDonald's case, I want a Happy Meal.

My favorite local coffee shop is also going all open mic on me. A little distracting, so I'm thankful for my headphones...and, man, do I need an Ipod. I decided the Ipod was my reward for finishing this class " getting a the end of this class.

i got yelled at via this email

All, due to security initiatives that are in place, a weekly report is being generated of failed login attempts to the Oracle 11i application among others. Each of you getting this email because you made multiple (5) failed attempts to log in to Oracle 11i in a short period of time. This kind of behavior looks similar to behavior when an attack may be occurring.

Along with looking like attack behavior, 5 failed login attempts will also lock your account. Please take care to know your password or have it saved in a secure location. Do not make 5 failed attempts to log in. If you do not get in by the 3rd try, I suggest that you go to: https:\\i'mnotgivingthisaway.html and change your password. If all else fails, please contact your local helpdesk for assistance.

This report will be occurring weekly going forward, so please make an effort not to be on it again.
(emphasis was my own...I giggled)

smashed up mini

somehow i managed to smash up my ipod. the screen is almost completely gone and it won't play music. i can see enough to click on a playlist, but no sound comes out. sad, just sad. oh, and something's rattling inside it.

i had been storing it in what i thought was a padded pocket on the side of my laptop bag. apparently, that padding wasn't near enough.

at first, i didn't think it was a big deal. it's been a great ipod " has served me for a couple years now. unfortunately, now that it's gone i realize how much it meant to me. i think i must shop for a new one...but i'm poor! dang money.

while i'm shopping, i may as well buy a bigger one, right? i mean, why stay with the same size...and the nano's are too little for me - i'll definitely break that. luckily, San Jose State has got some kickin' i just need a second job. :-)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Friends of Jeff

So there's this guy in Washington that has ALS and a group of people came together to support him. It's call the Friends of Jeff and has grown into a rather huge thing. Among other stuff, he writes inspirational notes every day " emails them out to whoever would like to receive them.

Almost every time I read one, I want to blog I figured I may as well just blog about the site, show you where to sign up for the email, and let it be...enjoy!

Excerpt from Today's Entry:
Monday, June 26th, 2006
“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett

Is perception reality? Not always, but perception is reality to the one doing the perceiving. Most people don’t know you. Some know a little about you, but few know you well enough not to be influenced by the reputation that precedes you.

Friday, June 23, 2006

height in california…again

i'm tall out here. i've said it once, and i'll never let it go.
last night the class i'm in went to a internet privacy discussion thingy to earn extra credit...someone had a camera and took a picture of all of us together...i had to stand in the back with the boys 'cause i had heels on, and was therefore gigantic. it wasn't a problem for my head to stick out over all the girls in front of me. probably can't see the poor lad behind me, but that's his problem. :-)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


again, i have proven that i'm an extrovert. i woke up a bit groggy, knowing i had to give a full day of new employee orientation today. i grabbed a starbucks to cheat a little on my waking up process, and was feeling good by the time new hires started rolling in.

at least i thought i was feeling good - after i started in on the training i got a whole new energy. i'm getting to meet new people, perform a little " try to laugh a lot. the more i go, the more energy i'm getting from these folk. funny.

i did try to tell a funny story " totally blew it. that's another blog entry.

favorite soda

Mr Pibb is officially my favorite soda of all time.

And I can get fountain Mr Pibb in the cafe for a mere $.30.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

running thoughts…

as i was on my short run this morning, a car drove by and i thought to myself, "i wonder how many points people would have earned if they'd have run me over..."

you know the game where the passenger tells the driver how many points they'd earn for running someone over? i hope i'm usually a 20-pointer. though i don't really know how the game is scored. i assume headphones adds a couple points to me 'cause i wouldn't see it coming...

Monday, June 19, 2006

school ain’t so bad

i enjoyed class tonight. i really did. i enjoyed the discussion with my group of four, i enjoyed the class discussion " had to participate because the professor called on me, and i enjoyed the lecture. i guess it doesn't hurt that when the professor called on me i had a brilliant idea to share. i should probably share my brilliant ideas more often - i just assume that everyone else is thinking the same thing, so i don't speak up. huh.

this class is different for many reasons:
i'm looking for a distraction from my recent break-up, and school is definitely working.
i basically have school " work right now - no other major commitments. i have time for this.
i'm trying to make friends instead of hiding in the corner just doing school 'cause i have to.
my professor is really smart " interesting to listen to.
summer school is just more laid back.
i'm learning a lot about business. it feels worthwhile.

i may take these words back, but there's hope that this MBA won't be complete hell.


i try pretty hard to create nicknames for almost everybody " everything i meet. sometimes people or things slip through, however, and that's ok.

a coworker just referred to Starbucks as "Starbees" and i'm stealing it. why didn't i think of that sooner?!?!?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

car wash

i washed my car in my backyard today. i think it was the first time i ever hand-washed Pitter Patter, and it sure was awesome. i saved $14 in the process, so it's good for my budget, too! now i just need to wax her.

some day soon i'm going to have a car washing party. i think an afternoon in the backyard grillin', washin' cars " hangin' sounds fabulous. watch for the evite!


i've decided a long walk-run feels better than a shorter run. i want to be able to run for an hour straight, but my body just ain't in that kinda shape. so i either run for 25-30 minutes, or run-walk for 50-60. i feel better after being out there for 50-60 minutes.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


but i didn't feel it. not even a little. slept right through another one. dang it.
4.7 about 45 miles south of me.

i need to move into a high-rise.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

zit removal

so i spent the day at the spa ruled...for one day. i went through this crazy detox your body routine, started sweating and the chick said, "any time you sweat, it's a great detox."

let's back up a couple months - i noticed a gigantic zit about to pop up on the end of my nose. it hurt, it was slowly turning red, i was about to become rudolph. i went for a run, sweat a bunch, and the zit disappeared.

i now think you can get rid of zits by sweating....if only i'd known that earlier in life. luckily, i'm one of those adults who still gets zits like i'm 14. i'll be able to put this knowledge to use.

Monday, June 12, 2006

movin’ up the corporate ladder

just call me Kristie "Senior Generalist" Hegman. be gone with the simple "Generalist" title.

(someday i may be humble enough to just let this happen rather than shout it from the rooftops)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

family email

i love that my dad always signs his emails with a:
love, DAD

coaching…i’m done!

i'm done with the season! we had our last tourney this weekend, and it's over! woooooooo!
we ended up 56th out of 137. not quite 8th, like last year, but we're in the top half, and with this team, it makes me quite pleased.
plus, they played out of their minds this morning. i was almost tearing up i was so proud. it's fun to see girls grow into their sport. go team!
the season ends at just the right time - and maybe it's because it's the end of the season and we all know it - but there was drama brewing and about to explode. coulda gotten quite interesting.

i'm looking forward to the break...i'm thinkin' i'll actually play some volleyball, hang with some friends, get through this silly summer class...whatever i want.

Thursday, June 8, 2006


i believe any meal can be made better with either ranch dressing or salsa. not both, but one or the other. any meal.


A couple months ago I signed up for a summer class called Ecommerce. It’s six weeks long for two nights a week. Seemed to be a lot, but I get a class done in six weeks " am that much closer to being done with this school crap. Totally worth it.

Well, as ya’ll know, Accounting did me in. A month ago, I was convinced I was barely passing and needed a serious break from school. A long summer break would be the solution, so I dropped Ecommerce. I figured I’d just do my best at Accounting and move on from there.

Monday, June 5 came. It was to be the first day of Ecommerce. I thought about it while getting ready for work and decided I still deserved a long summer break.

I mentioned the potential of class to Lercher, who told me I should just go. Suddenly, my mind was going a million miles a minute! What the heck? Could I give up my long, relaxing summer " take a class? Oh, my. Of course, I sought outside counsel. My friends all said to go for it, as long as I didn’t have a real excuse…my parents said to take a break and get my social life in order (as I’d just broken up with Steve and needed friends). I made a pro/con list, weighed each item and ended up signing up for class.

I’ve now sat through two classes. I really enjoy the topic and the professor…and my classmates are cool…but it’s a TON of work! In the remaining five weeks I have to write a 10-12 page research paper, do four case studies and group work. Oh…and a final that will include creating a business plan. Dang! I thought they took it easy in summer school class.

I blame Lercher, really. If he woulda just let it go when I brought it up Monday morning, I wouldn't be in school right now. I should be at the beach or hanging out with friends…instead, I’m in school or doing homework.

Freedom starts on July 13!!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

fruit by the foot

i'm too old to win the "ultimate boarding giveaway" that's on the fruit by the foot box.
maybe i'm too old to be eating fruit by the foot.
(apparently i'm craving sweets today)

the end of the jelly bellies

i've had jelly bellies on my desk for a while....i think i started with 5 pounds, or something ridiculous like that.

sadly, i'm down to the worst flavors. coconut " banana are at the very bottom of the ranking pool, i've determined.

it's unfortunate to constantly have a scrunched up disgusted face 'cause i can't stop eating them. i wish someone would take them away.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

6 years!

today is my 6 year anniversary at my company! 6 freaking years...whodathunkit. and whodathunk i'd have been through so much in those 6 years. awesome!

Friday, June 2, 2006

Twins win!

my boys love me...and know when to put on a show. i've even forgiven morneau for taking over dougy's spot. now if only i recognized more than torii " joe...

In honor of their win (and my ringtone):
We're gonna win Twins
We're gonna score
We're gonna win Twins
Watch that baseball soar!
Knock out a home run
Shout a hip-hooray!
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today.

We're gonna win Twins
Give it our all
We've got the guys who'll
Knock the cover off the ball
Let's hear it now for
The team that came to play
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today!

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Unless you are in a hole and continuing to dig, why would you stop in hell? Many people take on an endeavor at breakneck speed only to stop and rethink their quest at the first sign of resistance. This is often akin to a deer stopping to gaze into the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. If Mr. Deer had just kept moving, the car would have missed him. Resistance gathers strongest just before a breakthrough. Don’t park yourself in hell when heaven might be just that extra “push” of effort away.