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Week 205

Posted by linda on December 21, 2011

So we’re done with the year, Keela’s off to fly all around the world.  Tom, our crazy contractor has left the building for colder weather.  Damien is hush hush about his plans. Maria, the intern, is off to warmer weather and sandy beaches.  And me, I’m going to bounce around locally and reflect on all the great events that made 2011 spectacular. As a relative newcomer to Central I don’t have a lot of Central history to reflect on.  Instead here are my predictions for 2012.

  1. First and foremost I’m declaring the Cute Kitten Project Management system un-Central-tutional and therefore a project tool that we can no longer utilize.
  2. The Toolkit will be completed and ready for public consumption.
  3. Damien will announce he is quitting espresso once every quarter.
  4. 67% of the office will be getting married in 2012.
  5. Central will have projects that result in solving problems in the areas of…well… everything.
  6. The Squiggle T’s next color combo will be a teal shirt with a lime green squiggle.
  7. My new commute vehicle will be a 1974 Vespa Rally.
  8. Germany will win every match in the 2012 Euro Cup Tournament and lose the only one that matters. Random but true.
  9. The HVAC unit will work whenever I want it to.
  10. We’ll have an office cat named Squiggle. I love him already.


Happy Holidays and a safe, happy, joyful start to 2012!


Week 24 or Week 187.2

Posted by linda on August 25, 2011

I love celebrations!  Lately I’ve had a lot to celebrate, getting engaged, moving to the North Bay, Kathleen’s birthday today (see above: delicious cookies and a rose from Keela’s garden), and my new role as Central’s Studio Manager.  Not quite 3 weeks in and I feel right at home. There’s a lot to do and I’m looking forward to helping Damien and Keela with their to do lists and making things as easy as possible within operations.

It’s my Friday today.  I’m off for a three day weekend to do restoration work on my engagement ring, a 1974 Rally Vespa.  It’s been in the design community for quite some time, handed down to me by a former IDEO colleague and renamed “Poppy”.  The intent was to drive it a year and then restore it but once I took one piece off I couldn’t stop. Now we have 5 boxes of parts and one frame ready for metal work.  Another plus to the long weekend is driving my other baby, a ’76 Stingray, for one last road trip before she’s stored for the next year.  Side note:  I’m working on getting a company field trip to Laguna Seca for a Skip Barber day of racing.

I’m very excited to be here.  I look forward to more birthdays, more cookies, more laughs, more debates on whether or not we should remove the espresso machine and many more posts!  Now back to the bills!