My poor piggy

My poor piggy
So this happened yesterday. I was wrangling my dog into the laundry room so I could vacuum. Normally I put him outside because he’s not a big fan of the vacuum. BUT yesterday,  my fiance went across the street to be a good samaratin (the storms from last week blew our neighbor’s tree down and he was going to chop it up for them) and he left our gate open. Since I was barefoot and our driveway = super-pointy rocks, I thought I’d just put the dog in the laundry room to keep him out of the path of the scary vacuum. Our laundry room is pretty small. By the time I got our 75lb dog in there, I was scrambling to get out. I kicked the doorframe. &*%$#@!. Expletives came spewing forth; I thought I stubbed my toes. No big deal. Till I looked down. My poor, poor pinky toe on my right foot was slightly askew. That’s when I know something was afoot. (zing!) The ER was not fun. They took 3 x-rays but said they couldn’t use them because they were “inconclusive”. The nurse decides to numb me up so they can move my toe around. She starts injecting a TON of numbing fluid into my toe. So much that the pressure from the fluid caused the bone to slip back into place. I shouldn’t say slip, I should say ohholyhellmytoeisfallingoff POPPED back into place. Then they took a second round of x-rays and viola! Bone is fine! Just a few fragments floating around, but I should be good. They buddy taped my toes together (quote from the nurse while taping “Let’s be friends!”) and gave me pain meds. Sweet, sweet pain meds. It still hurts like a sumbish, but at least I’ll be able to sleep. Moral of the story? Always wear sneakers when doing housework.

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Things I learned from my first Triathlon


1. The pool is cold. Get over it.
2. S*** happens. Keep going.
3. Don’t lean on your right handle bar on your crappy used bike because it will cause the gear cylinder to malfunction and your bike will refuse to change gears. (that’s a big one)
4. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Pee. Pee. Pee.
5. Hair is super unruly when you swim + run to a transition area. Braid it.
6. Yay for sunscreen!
7. Running shorts are probably a better choice than spandex crop pants on a race day. Pulling on spandex pants when wet does not work out so well.
8. Having friends there to support you is awesome. It feels so good to have a crowd cheering you over the finish line (thanks amanda, kelly, erin, matt & jeff)
9. Sweet Ce-Ce’s gives out coupons but they don’t open until 3 hours after the race is done. So have a post-race treat back up plan.
10. Finishing a race feels amazing!

OBTW How the heck did I miss this?

Dani Heileman is Engaged

Don’t ask me why I didn’t immediately blog about this……I’m tellin’ ya folks, that’s just how busy I’ve been lately. Jeff & I went to Breckenridge Colorado in February for some awesome R&R and he proposed on the side of Peak 9. Dropped to his knees on his snowboard on a gorgeous mountaintop. It was amazing and the most beautiful thing I could have ever imagined. The ring was custom designed for me including symbols that are close to my heart. The date is September 10th and I can’t wait! If you want more sappy, wedding-y blog entries, check out http://pineappleandpomegranate.com      =)

PodCamp Nashville 2011: Express Yourself

It’s that time again! I’m revving up for PodCamp 2011. Although I could not commit to being on the planning committee this year, I’m volunteering day-of with all the fine folks who stepped up to make this the best PC yet! And I encourage you to do so as well. Volunteering is a great way to get your hands dirty (so to speak) in the tech and creative community. I’ve volunteered at PodCamp and BarCamp before and let me tell you, it was well worth it. You’ll have to be up early because the setup normally starts way before the doors open. All the volunteers are usually buzzing around doing various projects. Hanging signs, plugging in surge protectors and gathering swag bags are a few of the various jobs that have to be done. What makes this event so great is how smoothly it runs, and that is not by accident! Lots of hands make quick work of the setup and finishing touches. Even though the morning is fast paced, there are great networking opportunities. You never know who you’ll be brushing elbows with! So be sure to volunteer for PodCamp this year. You won’t regret it! See you there =)

BarCamp 2010

BarCamp Nashville 2010

Goodness, time has flown. I’ve been so busy with so much going on, where to start? Well let’s just pick up right where I am now, shall we? I’m the Marketing Coordinator for BarCamp this year. I’ve been working with the design, copywriting and web teams to make sure the event is promoted successfully. I’m also speaking at BarCamp this year. Yep. My topic is Time Management: How to make everyone think you own a flux capacitor. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. That being said, October is the busiest month I’m going to have all year. Projects, work and volunteering have me pulled in so many different directions, I hope there’s a bit of my sanity left when it’s over.

Moved In

This past weekend was a biggie. Saturday was time well spent and karma points earned. I worked with many talent folks at the Design-a-Thon. We created branding, materials and a website from start to finish in one 24 hour time span for a very deserving non-profit, Youthturns. You should check it out when you have a chance. Then Sunday was my big move! I had so many people come out to help and show their support. Special thanks to Kurt, Dave, Les, Bryan, Julia, David & Camille, Latda, Jones, Thomas and Jeff. The move was smooth and I’m happily settled.
This weekend is going to be equally as crazy. Movie tonight, beerfest tomorrow and boat trip Sunday. Pics and commentary to follow, hope you had a great week!

Sometimes People Make Me Angry

Thought I’d share a little tale with you fine folks today. We’ll start off with me. I’m not perfect. I’m not pretentious. But there are little things that REALLY get under my skin. This morning is a shining example. Today, I went to Publix to buy breakfast for everyone I work with. I vaguely noticed the guy in the checkout line a few rows down who was buying cigarettes and vitamin water (what a paradox). We both finished paying around the same time, so I’m walking out of the store a few yards behind him. I load my groceries. I notice in my peripheral vision that he’s sitting in his car. He’s one row ahead of me.  I get in my car and as I’m putting the key in the ignition I watch him unwrap his cigarettes and throw out the plastic and foil that keeps them sealed. On the GROUND ya’ll. This lazy bastard rolls down his window and throws out the plastic and foil onto the parking lot. I almost, ALMOST, just turned my key and left. But I had a moment of clarity. A few weeks ago, I was out dancing with the amazing Erin Cubert. We were walking out of one of the dance clubs and noticed a guy throwing a beer can into the street. Erin stopped, walked back and threw the beer into a garbage can literally a few feet away. She stated “that just gets under my skin, people who don’t care”. And let me tell you folks….seeing that guy throw his trash out his car window made my skin crawl. So, I pulled my key out of the ignition, marched over to his car and picked up his trash. Right in front of him. I walked the few feet to the garbage can by the curb and threw it away. He started his car and had to drive right past the garbage can to leave the parking lot. As I looked up, he was laughing at me. My blood boiled. Something so seemingly insignificant to so many, made me want to take on the world in that moment. My hope is that he realizes that some are disgusted by his behavior, and he’ll make changes for the better. But my understanding of most of humanity tells me otherwise. What about you? What would’ve made you get out of your car?

It’s Official – I’m a Grownup

My New HomeTa-da! Look at me! I’m set to close on my new house July 21st. I’ve been looking for a while but I fell in love with this one. This cottage was built in 1946 but it’s been completely gutted and re-done. New plumbing, electrical, drywall….the works. It’s gorgeous on the inside. These last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me, but I think I’m back on top now. BTW, do you have any plans for 7/25? I could use some help lifting all those boxes…..

Owl

*Poot*