The Common Cold Killed January

Well at least it killed my January.  I would say my symptoms started around my Birthday on the 7th.  They weren’t too bad and would come and go.  Things changed drastically the next week.  Monday the 13th I thought I would go to the doctor to nip this thing in the bud only to find out it was “just a cold…and had to run its course”.  Tuesday I felt so bad I wanted someone to take me out in my back yard and shoot me to put me out of my misery.  Wednesday I threw in the towel and cancelled my trip to go see my parents.  The rest of the month was a roller coaster filled with ups and downs…being able to breathe, not being able to breath, feeling better but no energy, etc.   I would think it was gone then sadly new symptoms would surface.  I can honestly say now…finally… I’m back at 100%.

At what expense though?

  • The trip to see my parents.  We weren’t able to see each other at the holidays.  I wanted to get down to Corpus Christi before my semester got crazy busy.
  • I’ve lost a month on my New Year’s fresh start.  I love the New Year.  I love to set goals and start fresh after the holidays.
  • A whole month of inTuitionat40 posts.  I had big plans of posting once a week until graduation.
  • Getting my work load at the office under control before school started up.  Hahahahahahaha – it’s nowhere near being tamed.
  • Work outs – no running, no yoga, no boxing class…NOTHING!
  • A trip to the retirement home with Lola, my Golden Retriever.  We passed our Therapy Dog Team test back in the Fall and we go to visit the residents.  We had to delay our 2nd visit because I was sick.  You can follow our visits at: Pawsitively Lola

Sooo…with all that said I’m going to follow in my Father’s footsteps and my New Year started Saturday.  Years ago he quit smoking on Ground Hog Day.  He said he’d decided to let everyone else declare their New Year’s Resolutions and fall off the wagon and he would start his resolution on Ground Hog Day.   My head is clear and I’m ready to take control of my obligations (work, school, house, etc.) vs. feeling they are controlling me.

My first step – keeping up with school.  I have 3 weeks behind me of my first semester.  Here’s a view of what I see as I walk out of my bedroom each morning.  I’m so excited I’m on the home stretch of my degree.  I hope I can regularly share the journey of the next 13 weeks with you as I bring my inTuitionat40 blog to a close and graduate with my MS in Marketing in May.

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Close Up – I count down every week. It’s very exciting.

Happy Ground Hog Resolutions to those of you that have had a hard time in January.  It’s OK to take a do-over…I am.  🙂

-B

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InTuitionAt40 Year in Review

What a year!!  I have another year behind me as well as 2 more semesters under my belt.  Let’s take a look at how my inTuitionAt40 going-back-to-school blog did.

For 2013 here are some of inTuitionAt40’s milestone:

InTuitionat40 Stats Recap

Top 5 posts –

  1. Game of Thrones Twitter Support
  2. Super Bowl Sunday
  3. SWF Desperately Seeking Successful…SEO???
  4. My First Meetup
  5. Chronicles of my Online Dog-watching Obsession

Overall it’s been a good year with my blog and school.  I’ve learned a lot in the classroom and out.  There’s still lots of unknowns of where I’m headed but I know the end is near.  I’m looking forward to have my evenings back and not having to worry with classes, exams, group projects and especially tuition…does that sound like senioritis already???  Maybe a little.  Classes start soon and I promise I’ll try to post regularly again.

Happy New Year!

-B

Is Twitter the New Nielsen Ratings?

twitter-tvI stumbled across an article today about Nielsen new Twitter TV ratings. 

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Can you remember the days the when you’d get the TV Diary in the mail with a crisp $1 bill and you’d fill it out logging what shows you watched.  I don’t really remember why it was so fun but I just remember getting so excited when it came time to fill the TV logs out.  I can remember sitting on the floor at the coffee table in the living room (on our green shag carpet) filling out the diary.  Maybe it was for the dollar, maybe it made me feel like an adult doing the same thing my parents were doing or maybe I felt like I was voting for my favorite shows – who knows.

Now there’s a twist to the process, social media is being looked at to help gather TV viewing statistics.  It makes sense; find out what people are talking about.  I’ve thought about TV producers looking at the viewer sentiment before with all the data that can  be pulled but I never associated it to that book I used to fill out.  Funny how things come back but in a different form.  I just wonder if the 10 year old’s of today will look back and say “Remember when I had to type into my phone to send a tweet?”  That kind of makes me sound old…

Here’s another example of how things change…

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The old calculator watch.

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Today’s Pebble Smart Watch

That’s all I got this week.

-B

Breaking the Cultural Divide

Last week was a crazy one.  I had 2 group projects due and each one had a presentation to go with it.   I’m proud to say both groups pulled off our presentations and we ended up with A’s.  Whew!

Group projects are challenging on so many levels; organizing everyone’s schedules so you can meet to work on the project, getting everyone on the same page so you work on your project in the same voice to make consistent points and then everyone completing their part to bring the final product together.

But there is another side to group projects that I find very rewarding.    UTD is a very multi-cultural school.   I have worked with people I would have never gotten to know had it not been for group projects.  In one of my groups this semester there are 5 of us.  In one of our first meetings we started working and I stopped and asked where everyone was from.  Zimbabwe, China, China, China and Texas – I am the only native US citizen in our group.  I find it very interesting to learn about the different cultures and to hear what has brought everyone to the US and to UTD.   One of my favorite stories is about a friend’s arranged marriage and how she moved to the US from India.  We have found we have many similarities and we grew up literally half way around the world from each other.

CulturesI find it amazing how so many international students are able to do so well in an English speaking class and give a presentation in a language other than their native one.  I’ve learned to cherish their stories, their differences and their cultures.  In our group meetings we come together as one and no one cares about politics and how our political leaders act towards each other.   What a great lesson…and it wasn’t even on my degree plan.

-B

Happy Halloween!

You know how I love infographics!  Happy Halloween!

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How Technology has Changed the Face of Dating

Outside of the obvious (online dating sites) the internet has changed the dating world.  If you haven’t been “out there” in a few years here’s what you’re missing out on.

Online dating sites – there’s sooo much here I could cover a month of nightly posts so  I’ll just touch on a few right now.

  • First there is the profile. How much do you say? What pictures do you use? And what is your profile name????
  • Speaking of pictures, I’ve yet to figure out is why guys like to post pictures of themselves from the bathroom mirror with their shirts off or while driving their car….if anyone knows why please share.
  • It used to be the question of how long until you call someone after a date, now with online dating you have to worry about replying too fast to an email.  Some sites show when you’ve last logged on, so if you went on a date with someone do you get back on the site to answer emails from other prospective dates?  If you do and you see your last date is online and they haven’t called you back, you wonder if they didn’t like you…but then you realize you’re doing the exact same thing to them – it’s a vicious circle.

Facebook –

  • Before the date- it’s called cyberstalking.  Looking them up on Facebook prior to the date is a given.  See what you can find out, do you have any common friends, etc.  It’s almost like a job reference search.
  • Then when dating someone, at what point in the relationship do you become Facebook friends?

Googling them before the date is a given as well.  Just a continuation of cyberstalking.  Find out what you can ahead time to see if there are any red flags…like a mug shot.  Then if you can’t find anything – do you worry about them not having a web presence at all?

Texting – Has its pros and cons.  Some people don’t like to talk on the phone anymore.  All communication can be through text.  This is just odd when you’re trying to get to know someone.  BUT it does come in handy to send a little note just saying “hi” to let them know you’re thinking of them without being too clingy.

Facetime – thank goodness no one have ever wanted to Skype or Facetime with me.  The beauty of talking on the phone is you can look however you want.  He doesn’t have to know I’ve been wearing the same comfy sweatshirt all week!!

Then if things don’t work out – it’s too easy to follow along what they are doing.  When they are back out there,  Are they doing better than you.  Does the new “you” in their life look better than you?

online-datingIt’s a whole new world out there folks!  If you’re in the middle of it like me (or like I should be but I go to night school and volunteer and blog and…and…and…) then good luck my friend.  It can be challenging but also a lot of fun!

-B

CurrentTrending Topics for a Grad Student

“Trending” seems to be trending in social media talk.  So what’s trending in my life right now:

  • Midterms/ Studying
  • Late Nights
  • Tired
  • Stress
  • Study Break Munchies
  • Minimal Social Life
  • Procrastination
  • Full DVR
  • Upcoming Project Deadlines
  • Did I already say tired..I meant exhaustedstress demands increasing

It’s the mid-point of the semester and that means the stress of studying for mid-term exams is high and the demands of deadlines are cranking up!

So if you’re trying to manage a higher than usual stress level like me -keep in mind there’s always an end to it all.  Mine is in May until then I’ll take the weekend.keep-calm-its-almost-friday-4

-B