First up today is a Christmas card I made with this adorable SU image that my friend Kimberly let me borrow.
I used my pencils with this image to keep it subtle and rustic looking. I love how the effect ties in with this lovely patterned paper and the limeade paper. I'll plan to make a few of these and send them off to our World Vision sponsored children in Africa & Haiti. I like to find Christmas images that they may relate to. Somehow the usual ornaments, trees and sleigh's don't translate to them as well as a simple nativity scene.
So, this past week I was on a business trip to the west coast. It was exhausting, but actually a lot of fun. Usually when I travel it's international. I typically go to our main offices in Taiwan, Japan and Germany and train a large group of people. Usually I travel alone or with my boss and while my boss is a great guy, it's sort of formal - well - because he's the boss. Well this trip was different. We have had a number of pricing challenges in the west coast. Why - well a lot of the business on the west coast is manufactured overseas and it adds quite a bit of complexity. So last spring we formed a team to try to minimize the issues. One action of the team was for our group to be a resource to the sales force to help analyze these complex situations and develop a way to handle them, before we finalize a deal with the customer. So, this trip was a visit into the sales offices to really talk through the complexities of their customers and ensure we worked together to fine ways to alleviate the issues. So, this trip was with co-workers and the meetings were not about training but collaborating. The group of co-workers I went with were a riot. We all get along really well and we laughed a ton.
Our first stop was Costa Mesa in southern California. It was very nice where the hotel was. There was a path around the lake and I got out bright and early and enjoyed a walk. Don't you love those palm trees???
So why is Becky called 'I'm low maintenance?' Well we went and had a beer after the last meeting and while we were talking she insists that she's as low maintenance as they come. Neil and I almost spill our drinks when she said that. I love Becky and she's not high maintenance but the night before she was standing in the lobby insisting to see a manager about a complication with her room and there are a million other examples of her being assertive and speaking her mind. I told her she was the perfect balance. I mean heck, low maintenance people often hold their feelings inside and don't ask for what they want. That's not healthy, but it did make us laugh.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day.