Tuesday, September 15, 2009

While I'm Gone...

Things are starting to heat up here in Corporate America.  Busy, busy. So, it looks like I'll be traveling a bit.  Again. 

It's difficult to say whether this will help or hinder my writing efforts.

Hmmmm...  I have done some of my best blogging done whilst sitting in an airplane.  Then again, depending on how my meetings go, I may be spending that time seeing if wine tastes as good from those little plastic bottles as it does at home.  (And then again, I'm also an excellent multi-tasker.)   Please let's pray that US Airways serves something better than Sutter Home.  Blech.

At any rate, just in case I don't get back here for a few days and you need a little something to read, I thought I'd post some of my recent favorite blogs.  You should check 'em out if you get a few moments.  In all cases, you can enjoy them whilst getting drunk multi-tasking as well.

Coltin1948:  A "Superior Scribbler Award" winner and deservedly so.  Well-written and mature in both content as well as delivery; (mature as in "elevated," not in the "for mature audiences/x-rated" way. Sorry.  Maybe he takes requests?)    Bruce obviously spends a significant amount of energy developing each post. It makes me selfishly grateful he was recently laid off and has this kind of time.

Drawing In:   Her profile describes it best, "Caroline Bender is the pseudonym of a 20-year career gal. Once a junior secretary, at a time when such titles were worn with pride, she broke into management and enjoyed a 7 year run before experiencing a spectacular professional breakdown. Miss Bender now observes the work world as a high-tech Mill Girl. Every day that she is not fired is like a little gift."  Fun observational humor about life, the universe and everything.

just kickin it around:  A multiple award winner! Trust me, there's no other blog quite like that of Babblin'bob which he describes this way, "the strange and not so strange things I encounter every day, some political, some personal, some funny and some not worth posting at all."  Read his unique voice once and you'll be hooked.  It's almost too hard for me to describe in a way that does it justice.  Just go.

Life is just like that:   Argentum Vulgaris has a bunch of good blogs so it was hard to pick just one. But this is updated often (if not everyday), very ecclectic and always entertaining.  "...Warts and all, no holds barred." Okay, so I can't pick just one... AV also has a great review site / blog catalog at Blogger's Cafe.  I swear that the 5 Gold Sovereigns Award he gave me has nothing to do with the recommendation!

Read Me Sometimes, Think of Me Often:  This blog was created for friends and family to track this American native's observations, progress, flailings, and other notations as she makes her way in the city of Dublin, Ireland.  Great photos and lots of fab reviews of various Dublin pubs and other sights.  Oh yeah -- she's also my sister; the one who had the "theatre closet" I recently told you about. :-)

The Good Girls:  This is a newer blog for me but I've really been enjoying it. It reads like a novel with each post being a distinctly descriptive chapter.  Often told from the point of view of a young girl, one gets the feeling that there's a little therapy in there for all of us.

The Time Crook:  Another award winner!  I'm always especially excited when I see a new Time Crook post in my blogroll. This blog is about everyday experiences but so incredibly well-written and so effortless, it's literally a joy to read.  Photos and poetry too which is a plus.

There are more favorites of course but I've got to get packing and catch my plane.  I'll have to save them for next time I guess.  Maybe I'll make this a routine when I travel.  Let me know what you think...

In the meantime, if you're anywhere between Boston and San Francisco, look up in the sky and give me a wave!
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Argentum Vulgaris said...

BB (the girly one) Wow, thanks heaps for the inclusion here, honoured.


Hunter said...

You like me. You really, really like me.

Now that I'm done with my Sally Fields impersonation, thank you for the mention and kind words.

Hope that all goes well in the Corporate America related travels! Can't wait hear what you come back with.

Hunter (The Time Crook)

Sarah said...

all the tears and long-night scribblings are worth it. thank you charlene, and be save. (btw, i'm very close to san francisco!)

plainolebob said...

wow , who woulda thunk that, Bess says thanks too.
hi, hunter and a/v

Charlene said...

My pleasure all! :-)

Mary Ann Cicala said...

Thanks for the blog roll--I'll try to check some of these out! As for making the most of your time in the air. I always go back and forth when it comes to defining efficiency while traveling for work. Inspirational speaker and author, Brian Tracy, would advise to take full advantage of this time. Most everyday distractions are eliminated when you are soaring 35000 feet above the hustle and bustle of life on the ground. In this steel tube, there is no telephone (unless you pay the exorbitant price of using the phones on the plane), no colleagues or family members to interrupt the work flow, and you often have several hours of "found time." You can get three times as much work done without interruptions as you ever could in a busy office where you are surrounded by people and bombarded by phone calls.

That said, travel and meetings and constantly being "on the go" or "on stage" can be mentally and physically exhausting. It's so important to also take time to be fully present. It helps to maintain balance in ones life if you have time to breath, meditate--or drink cheap wine and watch a bad movie aboard a 747.

I say, check in with yourself and be sure to follow your heart and not your head, Charlene!

Thanks for all the inspiration!

Bruce Coltin said...

Thank you, Charlene. I appreciate the kind words, especially since the feeling is mutual.

Charlene said...

Totally agree Mary Ann!

Thanks Bruce!

Naqvee said...

hahaa.. multi tasking.. ummm.. i multi task with tea and coffee ..when i read blogs! thanks for the list

Argentum Vulgaris said...

BB (the girly one), remiss of me, but I haven't checked stats the last few days, I just did a look at feedjit and can't go back far enough, only a day and a half.


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