Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Busy, Busy

Sorry for taking so long to post a note. However, I don't really have anything new or exciting to add...just the same stuff. We did pass a really big milestone in school, however, as last weekend was the halfway point in the program. You might think that would be enough to convince me that I'll survive the ordeal, but I still occasionally suffer from major doubts. I spent a couple of hours on the weekend watching the videos from the global "Moot Corp" competition (a business plan presentation competition). We are supposed to be preparing for our local competition now. The winners from that will move up to the Texas competition, and those winners will go on to the global one. While our project is really good, involves us all deeply, and has brought us a long way, most of the global teams have been working for several years, as opposed to several months, on their presentations. Additionally, they seem to have budgets that include fees for legal representation, traveling around the world, prototypes and mock-ups, and all kinds of things that we have had no experience with. In other words, watching the presentations depressed me just a bit. Still, I'm giving it my all, and trying to learn from what I see in the other teams. We'll just have to see what happens. I've settled in to my new routine at work now. I work less than a mile from my apartment and have fabulous hours, starting at 6:30am and ending at 3:30pm. However, I'm still so far behind in another project (at another company), that as soon as I get out, I rush across town to work from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for them. And school? Well, this week I've ignored it for the most part as I have not had any breathing room. I have gotten a bit of reading done, however, between the hours of 6:30pm, when I get home, and 9:00pm, when I can't stay awake any longer. In bed at 9, and up at 5, and it all starts over again. My daughter Rebecca has just started a blog of her own, and she's having a lot of fun with it. It's only just begun, but you can still find out a bit more about what's going on in that part of my family if you want to check it out at Well, I have a couple of sideline projects to work on this evening...I'm designing a cover for my brother's new country music CD and a brochure cover for Custom Air Products, so I'll be busy for a bit now. Greetings out to Azzy, who never fails to keep in touch. My apologies for not being able to Skype with you recently, but someday, I really believe that things will calm down enough for us to begin chatting again. I've lost touch with several friends over the past few months, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to start catching up soon and make up for lost time.


  1. Anonymous12:32 AM

    Hello Bea,

    Good to have you back.

    Don't worry about being unable to blog ar chat. You have a full plate and your friends understand. So go on with your hard fight. I wish you more luck. Hope we can chat again sometime soon.

    Regards to you and your "my old man".


  2. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Hi Bea,

    I went reading your very earliest blogs.

    I was dog-tired from a full 32 hour, non stop, work session. ( I/We built, and my team was installing a CNG station control system overnight.

    Two groups helped me, one from 6 pm till 6am in the morning, and the other from 6am till 4:30 pm next day.
    This old geezer was the only one to last right through it all.) As I was too tired to go to work today, I decided to read a bit more of your blog, your complaint abt the quality of interaction with the study group was a deja vu experience.
    We had "brain storming" sessions when I was with Philips and remember the discussions being hogged by the CEO. Nobody ever said any thing that could be remotely interpreted as dissent. I had trouble early on, but learnt to hold my horses later.

    And then Your Trilemma of May. But I was disappointed by your remarks abt my alma mater.

    But no more, This is Your blog not mine.

    I find you to be a wonderful and a truely zestful soul. Very inspiring. Great inspiration for another 'oldie' whose spirit was flagging. Thank You.

    Will read all your posting since September 2005, by and by. But that will take time.


  3. Azzy...I worry about your sanity when I find you've been reading my old blogs, something even I'm not brave enough to do. I'm just kidding, of course. I'm also thrilled to find that I am not the only one to pull all-nighters. But 32 hours? That's a tough one, and something I haven't done for years.

    I have to ask...what is a "CNG station control system"? I'm just curious, of course.

    Leo and I are headed out for something good to eat (amazingly, we don't eat out much any more, so it has become something fun to do again.) I will be working on homework activities all weekend long, but may squeeze in time for another blog posting.

    Now the big question...why don't you have a blog? I'd love to peek in on your activities now and then, and I'm guessing I am not the only one who would be interested. Let me know if you ever decide to start one, as it would DEFINITELY be on my list of places to visit each day when I'm online.

  4. Oops...I forgot...
    Leo said to say "hello"!

  5. Anonymous5:49 PM

    Bea... Not to worry. Doubt, will ever get around to reading your old blogs. Just my way of saying I fell into admire with you.Did skim through them and noted your remarks about the Cougars. Miffed!;-)
    CNG stands for Compressed Natural Gas. These filling stations are spreading like... what?.. Wild Fire? Yeah and gas stations look like haunted houses. All new cars sold here last two years have CNG carbs factory fitted. If we get the Gas line from Iran that we so desperately want, there wont be no 'gas' stations around any more. Just history.
    Wish could start my own blog. Between writing on places like shipoffools and other christian discussion forums and emails to friends, find no time. Then who would want to read my ranting and raving. Besides, I get too emotional on issues I care about.
    regards to You and Leo.