In-The-Middle-Of-An (Audio) Book

2021959815Phew, you made it through that title – a mouthful – and I am giving you a preview of what will be my first book review!  Albeit, it’s an audio book.  Also, I’m only halfway through, having barrelled through Malcolm Gladwell’s calm, clear voice which accompanied the long wasteland that is the 401 from Montreal to Toronto.

Anyhoo, this is just Part 1.  I am LOVING Gladwell’s latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  So far it is fascinating, and I’m only on the first lesson: that advantages can be seen as disadvantages, and vice versa.

It all comes back to the original story of David and Goliath from 3,000 years ago.  David, a lowly shepherd, defeated the 6’9″ Goliath in battle using only a slingshot.  We are amazed at the odds of such a defeat occurring but Gladwell argues that underdogs are winning all the time and that the lesson from the story is that the very thing that makes a giant a Goliath is also part of its weakness.

Stay tuned for my full review after I’m finished – don’t worry, you won’t have to wait for when I drive to Montreal the next time round.


What is Your Best Before Date?

best beforeYesterday, at the grocery store, I picked up a small container of sour cream for our chicken tacos we were making and glanced at the best before date on it: August 19.  It didn’t take more than a second for me to chuckle at it.  I turn 30 on August 20, so to see a best before date on the day before my age shifts to the BIG 3-0 was more than a little fitting.

I often notice dates on or around my birthday.  Not that I’m birthday obsessed (I’m happiest with a delicious dinner, wine and a few friends to celebrate with) but the date is obviously important to me.  As a kid I’d think, when I saw a carton of milk that expires later in August, ‘Hey, I’ll be 13 when this expires’, knowing that I’d have to cross a milestone to get to when the milk goes sour.  Yes, a little odd that I’ve always projected this notion onto dairy products.

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Check These Four Things off your List Before You Email Anyone

tumblr_myebwtELvb1st5lhmo1_1280I work with some people who get emails constantly.  They get so many emails that they need to spend their after-hours (their pre-9am and post-5pm) doing real work.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to focus if that was me!

There are a lot out of articles there that suggest people should only respond to emails at only significant times in the day, and turn it off otherwise etc. but I think the problem needs to be nipped in the bud at the source: the sender.

So, before you send that email, think about a few things to maximize your time and to help minimize others’ efforts.

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Orange is the NEW Black – Fire Warden Style 101

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I unintentionally wore my new ‘miami beach orange’ dress to work today, forgetting I was a fire warden and that my hat would match my outfit. Needless to say, I’d never caught the 100s of building co-workers noticing my brightness moreso than today. Luckily, there was no fire. And, even more lucky, everyone was kind enough to inform me of my choice and ask if it was deliberate. Let’s just say it was.