August 9, 2011

Time flies when you’re changing diapers

Posted in Borshoff, motherhood at 9:22 pm by bethmillett

Evan,

I cannot believe how fast the last six months has gone. It seems like only yesterday I was in the hospital, amazed that I had grown this tiny creature. Now you continue to grow and change every day. You’ve gone from 5 pounds, 15 ounces, to something close to or maybe even beyond 16 pounds. (Dr. Abernathy will tell us for sure at your six-month check up on Thursday.) You’re stronger and more expressive every day. Your legs are strong, and you love to stand up in my lap or on the floor. I’m sure that you’ll get lots of tummy time and floor play when you start day care next week, and I bet you’ll be rolling over and crawling around in no time. I love to hold a toy in front of you and watch you study it and then reach out to try to grasp it.

It’s amazing to watch you explore the world around you, whether it’s by reaching for things, shoving toys in your mouth or just looking around and taking it all in. I can still remember looking in the rearview mirror about two months ago and seeing you awake and looking out the window, marveling at the world going by outside. You have such a serious, thoughtful look on your face that I can’t wait to hear what you are thinking. You’ve been swimming a few times and love the water — you’ve learned to kick your legs and make splashes. This has changed bath time as well — I get almost as wet as you do!

You are such a happy boy! You have been coming with me to work — I’m so lucky to work for such a great company — and clients and coworkers always comment on how great you are. One client said last week, “Best baby ever!” (This was the same client whose meeting you once interrupted with an incredibly rude — and loud — noise.) You’ve been to several meetings at Lilly, and my clients there are so focused on you that they hardly seem to notice I’m in the room. You’ve been loved on by so many people, but you always come back to me!

For the last month, or maybe even longer, you’ve been sleeping through the night, quite easily. Sometimes you fuss a little at bedtime around 7:30 or so, but you quickly settle right down, and I very rarely hear a peep out of you until at least 5 a.m. Some nights, it seems like you are asleep before your head hits the mattress. You can’t imagine how wonderful this is, and I love you all the more for it. Every night before I go to bed, I sneak in for another look at you. The sound of your deep breathing and little murmurs almost makes my heart burst. Many nights, I have to move your security blanket off your face — for some reason, you love to fall asleep with it draped over your head.

As you learn and explore, so do I. So much of motherhood is trial and error. What worked yesterday may not work today and what failed yesterday could be a total success today. You are very forgiving of my mistakes as we work our way through being mother and son. Honestly, I’ve found motherhood to be a pretty easy adjustment. When I find myself worrying about Little League or calculus homework or watching you walk into your college dorm, I remind myself that we’ll both be ready for whatever lies ahead. What an adventure we’ll have together!

March 4, 2010

In celebration of National Grammar Day, some commonly misused words

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 8:03 am by bethmillett

National Grammar Day isn’t usually a day for greeting cards or gift exchanges, but I have a little gift for you! Yesterday I spoke at an Indiana University School of Journalism PR writing class and shared with the students a pretty big collection of commonly confused words and grammar problems. I had a lot of fun, and it appeared that the kids did too (it might have something to do with the chocolate I threw at the kids when they answered questions, even if they were wrong).

Then I was able to visit with a lot of the professors and staff who I had both taken classes from and then worked with for three years after I graduated. Ernie Pyle Hall has changed a lot — the library no longer has actual books, but a lot of computer workstations for research. The classrooms I studied and taught in are relatively unchanged, except for “The Pit,” a classroom in the photo lab area of the building that used to be more like a basement — no windows and you had to go down a flight of stairs into it. Now, it’s all on the main level and it’s full of windows. A lovely room, but I was a bit disturbed by the number of professors who told me that all the bodies are buried there. Their story sounded a little too rehearsed. :-)

So, as my gift to you, click the Read More link to see the list of commonly misused words on the blog, or click here to download a PDF that you can use for your own reference!

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October 6, 2009

Aversion to ampersands

Posted in Borshoff, Funny, Uncategorized at 4:41 am by bethmillett

I have previously mentioned my rather strong feelings about ampersands. It’s not so much a phobia or hatred of the character itself (it’s actually a lovely, curvy shape, so I identify with it). It’s not that I think it’s bad to use it in company names or as part of a graphic element. It’s when people use it in prose or body copy instead of the word “and.” I had one colleague who peppered her e-mails with the character, and it just looked lazy and sloppy. It takes three keystrokes to type “and.” It takes two keystrokes, including one that requires most people to look down at the keyboard (finding the number 8), to type an ampersand. It’s just not enough time-savings to validate using a symbol instead of a word. Now, if the word “and” had 15 characters, I could probably be convinced otherwise.

I get a lot of grief about it at the office, so I was excited to wear my newest shirt.woot purchase last Friday. Ryan was so proud of my breakthrough!

ampersand

October 2, 2009

Celebrating another 25th birthday

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 2:11 pm by bethmillett

logoMy own 25th birthday was, well, a few years back, shall we say…. but I’m delighted to be a part of my company’s 25th anniversary this year. In October 1984, Myra Borshoff founded a three-person agency that has grown to more than 40 talented professionals who I am proud to work with every day. See a little bit of our month-long celebration here, and become a fan of Borshoff on Facebook or follow Borshoff on Twitter to hear more!

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!

January 22, 2009

A Nice End to a Long Project

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 1:55 pm by bethmillett

For most of the summer and fall, I devoted much of my work week to implmenting the new logo we designed for Indianapolis Power & Light Company. This meant finding everything that the old logo was on and ensuring that it was properly updated with the new logo. There are still some things that the client is handling internally, and we’ve just gotten the go-ahead on the interior and exterior signage for their six locations, but for the most part, my work is done. I got to learn a lot about coal-burning power plants, visit their massive Petersburg facility and spent a lot of time checking the smallest details of the application of the new logo and graphics to their fleet.

They have more than 400 vehicles, from heavy duty trucks like digger derricks and material handlers that actually install, repair and maintain the power lines around the city, to your average sedan. My colleague Josh and I spent many an early morning or late night checking over the work done by the vendor and ensuring that it was all done properly.

Today, we had lunch with the vendor and a couple of our client contacts to celebrate the completion of the project. The vendor gave me my very own IPL truck, complete with all the decal work! It was a nice ending to many months of work!

The truck even came with its own safety cones!

The truck even came with its own safety cones!

December 7, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Posted in Borshoff, Uncategorized at 8:16 pm by bethmillett

Of late, I’ve grown more and more concerned by the condition of the English language. The grammar teacher in me (she’s still in there somewhere, even if she hasn’t been in a classroom in nearly 16 years) gets a little bent out of shape by a few of the common mistakes she hears time and time again. Here are a couple of the biggest:

Acronym versus abbreviation: If you can say it as a word, like “scuba” or “NASA,” it’s an acronym. If you have to pronounce each letter individually, like PDQ or USA, it’s an abbreviation.

Reflexive pronouns: A verb takes a reflexive pronoun if it is something you do to yourself: you can dress yourself, talk to yourself, pleasure yourself (sorry, couldn’t help it), etc. But you cannot tell someone, “If you have any questions, please call myself or Bob.” If someone else is doing the action, the correct pronoun is “Call me or Bob.”

As a bonus, my pet peeve is use of ampersands instead of “and.” Can you really tell me it’s easier to type shift-8 (&) than a-n-d? In my mind, it’s lazy and improper grammar to use that character instead of the word. My colleagues tease me unmercifully about this, to the point where one day I went out to my car to discover that the windows had been covered with chapstick ampersands. It took me week to notice there was one on the sunroof.

Okay, I feel a little better now.

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