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Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Have a Catchphrase?

In the past week, it's been made clear to me twice that my big value-add at work is my relentless enthusiasm for upcoming changes to stuff in IT. While I'll be the first to admit that sometimes these changes come with a certain amount of pain, two different people have said that my presentation style really makes everything better.

First I was chatting with Glenn last week and I said that something would be awesome. He said, with a meaningful twinkle in his eye, "It would be completely awesome." When I didn't laugh he said, "You may not know this, or realize this, but your catchphrase in the School of Med is, "It will be completely awesome!"" I smiled and said, "Really?" And he said, "Oh yes, definitely." Immediately I'm thinking, "Sheesh, I'm a dork. I should monitor my language so I don't sound like such an 80s Valley Girl." But he continued, "Yeah, people really look forward to your presentations because they're always so enthusiastic and even when stuff will be tough, there's always some really great benefit they count on you to point out." Then I started musing on making up a presentation Bingo card for the next time I present to them with "Completely Awesome!" as the center square.

Then at the end of my exercise class today I bumped into Valerie from the Classics department. She said, "Oh hey, you're the famous Ammy. I love your presentations." I blinked and said thank you and she went on to sing my praises some more about how she "was sad when Sarah Straight left the university because I figured there was no one who could bring so much enthusiasm to IT stuff, but then you came along and it was perfect." We chatted for a few more minutes, then went on with our day and I floated back to my desk on a bubble of, "People like my style. I'm good at my job. Yay."

So, y'know, that's completely awesome.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Internet Famous

Some days are weird. Some days you get a call from a writer at Men's Health magazine because she saw that you taught a class on iPhone and iPad at Stanford. And well, expert in a topic at a prestigious university is great for articles. So some days you get back to your desk, email your friends, come up with a few good examples of weird, cool ways to use an iPhone, and you send it back to said journalist, with that caveat that your examples seem way more Mom-centric than Manly Men's Health-y. Then the journalist asks you to talk more about life at Stanford and why smartphones are cool, so you write a quick paragraph or two and send it back. And then some days, say about a week later, you find yourself published on the web.

Somehow I suspect this will generate less chatter with my friends than our Halloween photo on BoingBoing. On the other hand, I suspect it may lead to other journalists stumbling across my name and asking me more stuff in the future. Because hey, nominal expert in a topic from a prestigious university is great for articles.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Baby Loves Samoas

Sunday night, after a lovely dinner of pot roast and asparagus provided by Mrs. Lendvay, we sat around playing the latest expansion to Cards Against Humanity. Our hostess busted out the remainder of a box of Samoas to be consumed by the assembled crowd. One cookie sounded just about perfect. Little miss Athena toddled over and grabbed my cookie. I thought sure she'd be feeding it to me momentarily. That's what she always does. She never actually eats food unless it's a puree or her baby cereal or a Mum Mum. But she licked it. And she liked it. And she ate the whole thing.

Seems good...

What? I steal food now.

Chillin' with my cookie.
Of course, it's important to remember that Girl Scout Samoas are covered in chocolate, caramel, and coconut. This got messy really fast.

Extreme cookie joy!
There comes a moment where you realize that you have the best friends in the world when one grabs the camera while the other grabs the baby wipes.