Monday, January 26, 2009

Here comes the ice

Thanks for the responses to the previous post about the menarche party. I'm glad I wasn't the only one baffled by this.

In other news...old man winter has been very kind so far (last week it was 79), but rumor is he'll get nasty tomorrow. Dallas has an ice storm warning from tonight until Wednesday. Sounds like OKC will get the lovely "winter mix."

You know my inner weather nerd is kinda excited about this. I hate driving in it, but I'm very curious to see if Dallas meteorologists are as zany as OKC ones.

Hmm...how will I measure this? They must do at least 3 of the following:
  1. Sometime this week it is given a name, i.e. "Ice Storm 2009"
  2. Dramatic music erupts before the weather forecast and/or commercial breaks
  3. Anchors claim the news station is in "storm watch mode" or some level-orange saying that describes their obsession
  4. They break into regular programming
  5. They overestimate the accumulation - since it's ice, they'll say the rain will last longer than it really does. If it were snow, they'd overestimate by 2 inches.
  6. They send at least two reporters scattered through the city for live reports on the ice. These reports involve: a ruler, an extreme close-up of the road, and/or an extreme close-up of a street sign. The reporters will be in full winter gear, advising everyone to stay home....meanwhile, behind them you can see cars driving way too fast on the roads.
Let's see what happens. I'll report their performance and any other funny observations. You do the same.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A menarche party? Really?

Driving to work last week, I was behind a mini-van with white letters on its back window. You know, how small businesses put their name & phone number on there, or, truck drivers have the sticker of Calvin peeing on the competitor truck's logo (the mom version of this sticker is Calvin praying at a cross).

Anyway, this mini-van says:

Celebrating girlhood into womanhood
www.menarcheparty.com

Is that what I think it is?

I get to work and immediately search online for this website.

Oh, yes, friends. You can host a party for your daughter when she gets her period. Or, you can host a puberty party to teach her and her friends about the birds and the bees. Either party, you'll play fun games like "pin the ovaries on the uterus."

For the most part, I'm all for removing the taboo from women's health issues. Oprah talking openly about menopause. Good. Breast cancer awareness. Good.

But I'm just not sure this idea's going to catch on.

Maybe girls are more open about this today? Maybe I'm too conservative?

Your thoughts, please.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Me audit

Well, it just wouldn't be January if I didn't post something about New Year's resolutions, now would it?

I've never been a fan of New Year's resolutions. I guess I've never felt the "time to start over" inspiration with New Year's...instead I get that feeling at Easter. Yall know from previous posts how I love Easter.

But lately I have been feeling reflective. I still don't want to make "resolutions" per se, but I've found myself thinking a lot about what I want in life. I guess it's a continuation of my "get busy living" thoughts since November.

I had an idea: take a PR idea and apply it to my life. I should conduct a "me audit."

Okay, a quick PR lesson.
There's a procedure called a communications audit. In a nutshell:
  1. Round up one copy of everything the organization publishes (i.e. magazine, brochures, posters).
  2. Define the organization's mission.
  3. Compare the items you compiled against the mission. Do they match?
  4. Cut things that don't help the mission.
  5. Add things that are needed to fulfill the mission.
It sounds simple, but the audit is actually more helpful than you'd expect. You discover strange projects that were hastily done in response to one person's request.

Or, you realize the organization doesn't make or do a single thing to help an important part of the mission. You just never noticed this gap because you didn't look at things from this perspective. Because most of the time, we're reacting, not planning ahead.
Okay, PR lesson over. What if we applied an audit to ourselves?

If we look at everything we do (i.e. commitments, work, how we spend our time), can we directly identify how they help our overall mission in life? As a people-pleaser, I know I've agreed to do things that I really don't want, or need, to do.

Is there a gap where we should be doing something to fulfill our mission? For me, I know my friendships are extremely important to me, but I need to do more to keep them alive.

And what is our life's mission, anyway? That answer requires a much longer post, but we should at least establish a mission, instead of just reacting to life.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing lately. A lot of thinking. A me audit.