Weekly review: Week ending November 8, 2009

Last week was a high-energy week. Tuesday was networking-intensive: a breakfast meeting, a major presentation, and a speed-mentoring event. On Thursday, I had lunch with an IBMer in order to give him career advice (!). On Friday, I had lunch with an acquaintance who’s planning to go to the Philippines, and I hosted a friend of a mentor.

It was a good thing that I had blocked off the entire weekend to enjoy some quiet time. Aside from a few neighbourly encounters (it was a gorgeous fall weekend), I didn’t talk to anyone but W- all weekend. I even skipped my usual video chat with my mom, instead catching up on sleep and quiet.

Fortunately, recharging didn’t involve zoning out. We had a very productive weekend. We spent Saturday doing laundry, planning and making a sofa wrap, and tidying up a little. On Sunday, we bought groceries and made two large batches of lunches/dinners. Based on the success of our fleece blanket experiment, we picked up fleece sheet sets for everyone in the house, too. I ended the day by cutting out the pieces for hooded fleece house robes for W- and me. Yes, definitely a getting-ready-for-winter weekend.

Next week promises to be a high-energy one as well, between a trip to Boston (during which I am probably going to be too busy to meet up with folks =( ) and the paperwork for my permanent residency.

Plans from last week:

  • Work
    • Planned:
      • Give talk on “Remote Presentations That Rock” (if you’re in IBM, ping me for details)
      • Get my visa application sorted out  Not needed any more – training will be virtual
      • Create community guide for training
      • Organize handouts for training
    • Also:
      • Recorded the video for Remote Presentations That Rock using a totally awesome makeshift setup in our kitchen
      • Met people and gave advice
      • Connected with the Center for Advanced Learning and the Collaborative Learning community
  • Relationships
    • Planned:
      • Tidy house and prepare lots of meals
      • Help make house routines even smoother
    • Also:
      • Prepared so that winter will be even more comfortable
      • Feathered our nest <laugh>
  • Life
    • Planned:
      • Finish my skirt and start on pants Will do a bathrobe instead
      • Clean up the back yard
      • Wake up before 6 every day Stayed up late a few days, so missed this
    • Also:
      • Made a sofa wrap – first home dec project

Plans for this week:

  • Work
    • Finalize the recording for the presentation
    • Prepare for workshop
    • Customize my benefits
    • Write user’s guide for community
  • Relationships
    • Make bathrobes
  • Life
    • Enjoy some more quiet
    • Keep biking to work
    • Get the paperwork ready for the permanent residency passport request