I saw this video while I was in New Orleans, and a copy of it was in our goody bags from the conference. I had to hold in the waterworks the first time I saw it. There is about a one minute intro before the song starts, but if you wait that out then the song is very cool.
While we were out one night in New Orleans we walked into a bar where this guy was playing. I think his name is Ben Mcgehee, and it was his version of Lil Wayne’s “Mrs. Officer” that drew us in. He was pretty awesome.
Last night I got back from my leadership conference in New Orleans, and all I can say is that it was AMAZING! Everything was so well organized, and all of the workshops and events that we went to looked awesome. There were 10,000 of us from Starbucks in attendance, and we booked nearly ever hotel room in the city. Some of the highlights were, eating lunch on the field of the New Orleans Superdome, having streets shut down for a Starbucks partner only street fair, painting canvases to be hung in local schools, hanging out on Bourbon Street, getting to see the store of the future and things that are in the works to make my job easier, and having Bono speak at our last meeting about Starbucks partnering with RED. The whole experience was awesome! It would have been even more awesome, IF I HAD REMEMBERED TO BRING MY CAMERA!!! Luckily I have a bunch of picture happy fellow managers who will be making me discs of the pictures they took. Depending how long it takes for me to get the pictures I may or may not try to post some of the highlights. Now that I’m home it’s back to business as usual, which tonight means getting Ellie ready for Halloween. It’s good to be home.
New Orleans, Here I Come! October 26, 2008
In 8 hours I will be boarding a plane for New Orleans to go to the Starbucks Leadership Conference. I will be one of 10,000 store managers and support staff in attendance. This means that Keith is going to be both mom and dad for the next five days. I would post more about the details of the adventure I am about to go on, but I have to get up and get ready to go to the airport in about five hours, and I haven’t packed a single thing yet. Plus on top of that, I am already starting to get that sick feeling in my stomach that I get when I haven’t gotten enough sleep. One of my friends referred to it once as “slumber party tummy”, and I totally agree with her.
Anyone Else In Over Their Head? October 23, 2008
I got a call today from one of the “Over Your Head” producers to see how everything was going, and how we were enjoying our kitchen. He also asked if I knew anyone else who was in a situation like ours that could use their help completing a remodel? Anyone need some help?
The Stuff I Grew Up On. October 20, 2008
I have no idea what reminded me of this, maybe the same thing that reminded me about “The Torkelson’s”. Wait, no I remember what reminded me of “The Torkelson’s”, and it is not the same thing. Anyway, I was driving home today and I remembered this song, which I don’t remember ever hearing outside my mom’s music collection, but from what I can recall it got a lot of play at our house. I played it for Keith and his reaction was something like, “What on earth is this?” I said, “It’s Slade.” And he said, “By who?” And I said, “No, that’s the name of the band.” Then he rolled his eyes at me and went back to watching videos of Elmo with Ellie-Bean on the other computer. I have a vivid memory of my mom and I playing this song and marching around the living room. It’s a good marching song. The video quality is pretty awful, but if you play it it just might make you want to march around your living room too.
This Is Where I Live – Part 2. October 19, 2008
Keith was leading worship at church today which meant that he had to leave the house at 7:00 am while I was still asleep. About 10-15 minutes after he left I heard him come back into the bedroom. It turns out that someone had stolen the catalytic converter off of his car which in turn made the car so incredibly loud that he would not be able to drive it without being pulled over. This meant that he had to take my car, which would have been no big deal because normally I would just then not go to church because I wouldn’t be able to get there. Today though I was on nursery duty which meant my attendance was a must. Thank God for the Hutton’s again, who came and picked me up and put Ellie’s car seat in their car so that I could be at church. I titled my post “This Is Where I Live” because most people would just be upset that something like this happened to them and think bad things happen to everyone every once in a while. But where we live, where this happened, we also had two cars stolen in less than a year. I know we should probably move, and if the housing market wasn’t so crappy right now we probably would, but for right know that’s not happening.