September 25, 2009

It never fails…

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 2:37 pm by bethmillett

We have a long-standing joke around Borshoff — the way to awaken a client that has gone quiet for a while is to remove them from the workload chart. Each week, the account staff all report how many hours they think they’ll spend on each client; after many weeks or months of reporting zero hours for a client, there’s discussion of “Should we take them off the chart?” And it almost never fails — the moment you hit Ctrl-X, the phone rings or the e-mail chimes and it is that very client, calling with a statewide advertising plan, or 16 brochures, or whatever.

I had a similar experience this afternoon. A couple of days ago, with a few moments to spare, I started cleaning out my Outlook Contact list. One person I deleted was a development officer for an Indy museum. I had lunch with him probably five years ago, as he tried to persuade me that my clients’ sponsorship dollars would be well-spent supporting one of their exhibits. I let him buy me an inexpensive lunch at his museum’s cafe and then told him that my clients had no sponsorship dollars. (But I did later share his contact info and exhibit roster with all my colleagues.)

So, Tuesday or Wednesday, I came across his name and decided to delete him from my address book.

Imagine my surprise today when the elevator doors opened on my floor today and there he was, coming down from a meeting somewhere above the 4th floor!

September 9, 2009

Hey! Down in front!

Posted in Great Big Sea, Uncategorized at 3:20 pm by bethmillett

Great Big SeaOne of my favoritest bands in the world is Great Big Sea, from the “tropical island of Newfoundland,” as they say. They don’t tour in the Midwest much or get much airtime (not that I listen to much live radio), so I have to survive on my iPod. Some of my favorites are “When I Am King,” from Something Beautiful, “Consequence Free” and “Captain Wedderburn” from Road Rage, and “Fast As I Can,” from Rant and Roar. Actually, I love pretty much everything they’ve ever done. I simply cannot sit still when their music is on.

So, I was excited in June when I found out they would be in Louisville in October. I bought tickets as soon as they were on pre-sale through the Web site.

Today I got an e-mail from the Web site telling me my seat assignment (at the time, I thought it was weird I couldn’t select a seat assignment but I figured it was festival seating and first-come, first-served). But apparently, buying pre-sale tickets straight from the band was a pretty smart move — for only $40 per ticket, my seats are Orchestra, Row B, seats 205 and 206. Frickin’ dead center, second row.

That’s close enough that I should be able to get my underwear up on stage. While I’m still in them. Someone better warn the boys.

Now I just have to hope that my friend Chelsea, who introduced me to the music in 2001 or so, is able to get away from her husband and two kids to enjoy what I hope is a performance of a lifetime.

September 6, 2009

A frenzy of activity

Posted in Home Improvement, Uncategorized at 2:42 pm by bethmillett

I can’t believe Mom and Dad leave the day after tomorrow! This afternoon we are working the TuxBro four-mile run in Broad Ripple, The Ripple Effect. Mom and Dad are volunteering and I am timing the race. Hopefully the rain is done for the day — I will never hear the end of it if they have to sit out in the rain removing timing tags from people’s shoes.

In the meantime, we finished off most of the work today. Mom hemmed the shower curtain, and Dad and I hung the new headboard pieces. It’s 18 pieces of wood covered in foam, batting and seafoam green velvet (so soft!). Each row of six is mounted on a cleat, which hangs on a matching cleat on the wall. After evaluating it, Mom and I think that I will buy some thin strips of wood (lathing, probably) and stain it a color to match the furniture, then slide those in where the panels meet. That will ease some of the trouble spots where the panels don’t meet perfectly or the fabric is slightly bunched up.

I also hung new swing-arm lamps. No more kitties knocking lights off the nightstands! And, Mom decided I needed new ivory curtains instead of the green ones. As usual, she was right — they look much better against the green walls.

The new headboard!IMG_0912

September 5, 2009

Almost done!

Posted in Home Improvement, Uncategorized at 6:29 am by bethmillett

Mom and Dad returned last Saturday and we have been very busy around the house. I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off from work but worked a bit in the early mornings. The time seemed to fly by — we went to see the King Tut exhibit at The Childrens Museum, have been to Lowes and Home Depot numerous times, and enjoyed dinner at Fogo de Chao on Thurdsay night. Last night (Friday), we went to see the penultimate Indians game of the season and were “treated” to a 16-inning game that finally ended with a loss to the Louisville Bats. But, we stayed to the bitter end and enjoyed a pretty impressive fireworks show from the infield.

Add to that a number of hot projects at the office and this is just about the first chance I’ve had to update you on the progress of the guest bathroom. We’ve been putting a bunch of finishing touches on it. Dad and I messed around with the plumbing and countertop installation, so for a couple of days, it seemed like the project was moving backward. But I’m glad we got it all squared away. One of the things I hadn’t done was completely tie down the tub faucet, so it wiggled around a lot when you tried to pull the diverter lever for a shower. A few 2×4 blocks and some strapping and that is all squared away.

I’m in my favorite part of a project — all the tools are starting to migrate back to the garage, where they belong, and I’m making more returns than purchases from the home improvement stores, so I’m getting some money back on my credit card. Of course, Mom and I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond (known in my household as Buh-Buh-Buh) and spent a jillion dollars on new towels, shower curtain and accessories, so it’s not entirely a money-back process.

Yesterday while I was at work, Dad finished off the baseboards (we installed them on Wednesday, and he caulked and did touch-up paint) and installed the doors and the closet door. I think all that is left is touch-up paint on the ceiling, caulking the countertop, and caulking the faucet. Then, it will be time to sort out all the linens before I put them back into the closet. I swear that thing is like a clown car — I could not believe how many towels and sheets I took out at the start of the project!

We had to brace the backspalsh against the back wall of the bathroom in order to be sure it stuck to the wall (there was a little bit of a bend to the backsplash). Made for an interesting limbo experience to get to the toilet.

We had to brace the backspalsh against the back wall of the bathroom in order to be sure it stuck to the wall (there was a little bit of a bend to the backsplash). Made for an interesting limbo experience to get to the toilet.

Fabulous new shower curtain in brown, garnet and orange. Love the punch of color against the less-dramatic walls.

Fabulous new shower curtain in brown, garnet and orange. Love the punch of color against the less-dramatic walls.

The mirrors are hung now. The sidesplashes are braced against each other as the caulk adhesive cures.

The mirrors are hung now. The sidesplashes are braced against each other as the caulk adhesive cures.

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September 2, 2009

How many years of bad luck?

Posted in Home Improvement, Uncategorized at 7:29 am by bethmillett

Mom and Dad arrived back from Utah on Saturday, and I’ve been meaning to post an update on the guest bath and other projects — watch for that coming soon. But first, this morning’s escapades:

I was sorting things out in the garage for the garbage man, including dragging the tub to the curb. The old mirror from the bathroom had been leaning against the tub, so I “walked” it over to my car, and then moved the old cabinets (which the Lahertys are going to take for their barn) over so I could lean the mirror back against them. I guess the mirror flexed too much as I was walking it back, because it broke into a zillion pieces. It’s not the end of the world, as I had only planned on selling it on Craig’s List, which seemed more hassle than it’s worth. But it was a lovely mess to clean up this morning… and it was only about a third of the glass, so I still have to break the rest in a controlled fashion.

And hopefully my first bit of bad luck is not a flat tire!

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