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Bored? Nope, not me.

Posted on September 8, 2009

When I was a kid oh so many years ago, I would sometimes complain to my parents that I was bored. This would usually be followed by my mom giving me something to do, usually a chore like vacuuming or cleaning toilets ? EWWW! Needless to say, I didn?t say this very often.

Photo by Marinela.
Photo by Marinela.

As I got older, I learned how to fill unscheduled time. I realized that boredom is in the eyes of the beholder. Is it that I actually have NOTHING to do? (Ok, we all know that?s not possible when you own a home.) Or is it that I have a list of things to do, but none of them are APPEALING? (This is more likely the case.) So I?ve learned to have a secondary list, things-to-do-when-I-don?t-want-to-do-any-of-the-things-I-should-be-doing list.

Things on this list are usually things that don?t have to take a lot of time and can be squeezed in when I need a break. Reading is always a good filler, so I always have a good book I?m reading (often 2-3 books, I?m a person who likes options). And taking my dog for an extra walk is a good head-clearer for both of us. My latest uber-interest is cooking and finding new vegan recipes to try. This weekend I made tofu scramble (delicious!), peanut butter pancakes (turned out perfect and yummy!) and vegan ice cream ? all successes! (this, however, is not always the case with my cooking?)

These same principles apply for my work day. Most days I have enough work to keep me more than busy, but sometimes I just need a short mental break. Writing these blog entries has been a great one to fill a little time. I also like to look up new programming techniques that can be used in the future. And it never hurts to back up emails and organize projects to keep my computer in a reasonably understandable system.

So no, I almost never say I?m bored anymore. Most days, I wish there were more hours in the day to fill with all the things I want to try. If you are saying you?re bored, ask yourself this: Is it really that you NOTHING to do or more likely is it that you have nothing that you are INTERESTED in doing? If so? find something interesting! Now, if you don?t mind, I?d like to get back to my Garbanzo Tacos (yes, another NEW things I tried).


? Post written by Cristy Wiza.

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My Top 5 Colors

Posted on September 3, 2009


Photo by MikeJonesPhoto

Photo by Mike Jones Photo


A color is just a color, is just a color. Or is it? I love color, but of course I have some favorites. Here are my top 5 fav colors and the reasons I love them so much.

  1. Purple – any and all shades: This probably comes as no surprise, I LOVE purple. It is the color of royalty. It represents richness and reflects a restless state of mind. And in lighter tones, it stands for romance (I bet you didn’t know that I’m a romantic person at heart). And of course it can help boost a child?s imagination or an artist?s creativity.
  2. Steel Blue: Sometimes it?s better to fly in under the radar, and that’s what I love about steel blue. It?s subtle, refined but not at all boring. It?s the epitome of understated elegance.
  3. Bright Green: Fresh, bright and inspiring, a bright and lively green always makes me think of spring. Of a fresh start. Of renewed life. What?s not inspiring about that?
  4. Orange: No, not the bright, glaring orange of traffic cones, but the warm, rich orange of fall leaves (which, by the way, I spotted on some trees last week). It represents change, progress and energy.
  5. White: Calming, soothing, openness. After a long day, a stressful week or a busy summer, you just need a little bit of nothingness to help calm your mind.

What are your favorite colors?

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Phone vs. Email

Posted on September 2, 2009

Have you ever sent someone a quick question via email, only to receive a phone call from them a few minutes later? And instead of simply replying back to the email with a one sentence (or less) answer, they spend 10, 15, 30+ minutes on the phone talking about everything except the question you asked? Or, on the flip side, receiving an eight-paragraph email that would have only taken a few minutes to discuss over the phone or in person? Not to mention all of the other forms of communication available today (Facebook, Twitter, Ning, ? ok, the list is endless). How do you know what?s appropriate?

Photos by otjep and daniel437.

Think TIME and CLARITY. What will take the least amount of time while still conveying a clear message?


  • Quick question needing a short answer
  • List of many changes to a project (for easy and accurate reference)
  • Needing files, fonts, logos, etc.
  • Sending information during non-business hours
  • Arranging meeting dates
  • Needing to send the same information to multiple people


  • Questions regarding an unclear email
  • Topic with many talking points in need of a discussion
  • Sensitive subject material that could be misconstrued in an email

These are only a few examples, and there are always exceptions (like a detailed email highlighting the points of a conversation or project for documentation). Knowing the other person is key, like calling people who never check their email, or emailing people who never answer their phone. Let?s face it, the goal is communication and there are definitely people who have strong preferences in using one or the other.

Saving your clients time is also saving them money. Finding the most efficient way to communicate with them will get the work done in the least amount of time? time you can use to check us out at (yes, shameless plug at the end)


? Post written by Cristy Wiza.

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