Saturday, March 31, 2007

horray horray!!!

so after some hardcore self marketing and promoting i was offered the pr job i was jonesin' for yesterday.

it sounds amazing and i cant wait to start...

the only thing is-

i had to break the news about japan. after all we are leaving in a month and 22 days.

so i after he told me about the amazing benefits i told him about japan.

he said he had to ask the partners and he would get back to me.

i then promptly emailed all of the tour collateral i had to the president saying how i hope she understands my committment to serving others.

i guess some of the partners were gone for the weekend and that they all had to sign off on it. so i will find out monday.

please pray they say a-ok pal and let me start monday still...

thanks friends.


if penny weren't a cat she would be a shoe.

she is obsessed with them.

her new favorites- rocketdog's...and their boxes.

next time i will have to buy boots so she can fit in the box better...

battle of the bands...

last night joel and i were guest judges for the battle of the bands at king of kings.

it was mostly high school and middle schoolers.

it made us feel old.

...but it was fun.

the winner of the battle of the bands was a band called augustine from hastings, ne.

one of my favorites was omaha band your face.

that is a picture from the end of the battle with all the bands on cute.

Friday, March 30, 2007

ode to obi....

today on my last day at obi,
i say thank you.
thank you jimbo for getting me this first job out of college.
thank you mary ann, shawn and tj for hiring me.
thank you meredith for keeping me sane and helping me have some insane dance parties.
thank you jimbo and ashley for the many memorable lunches.
thank you tj for keeping my imagination growing and helping me with impromptu songwriting.
thank you jon for the help with computers, servers, Thai food and everything else under the sun.
thank you shane for driving me to my wedding reception in your slammin impala.
thank you mark for teaching me new things about photography.
thank you shawn for believing in me and letting me try new things.
thank you kerrie for encouraging me to grow- even after you were my internship supervisor.
thank you jeff for the fun stories.
thank you annie for showing me to be careful what you wish for.
thank you chris a. for showing me how cool video can be.
thank you chris b. for being the other half of shake and bake.
thank you tenniel for having such awesome graphics that it inspires me to learn illustrator better.
thank you jen for being my cheerleader and teaching me how to pitch.
thank you ed for playing your guitar on a whim.
thank you shannon for always believing i would see matthew mcconaughey on my honeymoon.
thank you jason for being an awesome party planning pal and always up for a good chat.
thank you tracy for letting take lead on that photo shoot.
thank you ashley for jammin out to jt and fergie,shopping, getting pedicures and suffering at fed-ex with me on lunch breaks.
...and thank you mary ann for leading me on this wonderful crazy pirate adventure.

we had a good run obi- but now im off to sail the seas and see the rest of the world.

i will miss you.

thanks for the memories!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

swashbuckling sisters

thanks for the awesome new swashbuckler pirate shoes kerrie.

you are way to kind.

thanks for being a great internship boss, coworker and friend.

im glad that you cared enough to send me off from obi in style...even if i am walking the plank.

...wasted away again in Margaritaville

today at lunch me and ashley sailed away to margaritaville.

it was nice...

Nibblin' on sponge cake,
watchin' the sun bake;
All of those tourists covered with oil.
Strummin' my six string on my front porch swing.
Smell those shrimp
They're beginnin' to boil.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know it's nobody's fault.

Don't know the reason,
Stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo.
But it's a real beauty,
A Mexican cutie, how it got here
I haven't a clue.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
Now I think, - hell it could be my fault.

I blew out my flip flop,
Stepped on a pop top,
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.
But there's booze in the blender,
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know, it's my own damn fault.
Yes, and some people claim that there's a woman to blame
And I know it's my own damn fault.

thanks molly

thanks for the fab pictures of me getting ready for the wedding- molly.

they are beautiful.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

interviews part two...

i had one second interview today for a pr job.
i think it went really well.
we will know friday.

i also have a second interview next tuesday with another company for a program coordinator job. that would also be fun.

wish me luck. pray for me if you will.

my last day at obi is friday.

im sad to go and leave my good friends...

but excited to try something new.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

mini's at it again...

...this time with digital billboards in a few cities that are personalized to owners that drive by- the new york times reported.

it is set off by chips in the keyfabs and the boards read custom messages about you or your car.

"The messages are personal, based on questionnaires that owners filled out: “Mary, moving at the speed of justice,” if Mary is a lawyer, or “Mike, the special of the day is speed,” if Mike is a chef." -BARNABY FEDER

"In addition to employment-related comments, the signs will affirm the driver’s favorite things about their car and driving habits (“Turns are made to be carved”), urge them to treat themselves to whatever customization feature is on their wish list (“You’ve earned your spoiler”) and wish them a happy birthday on the appropriate day. Since more than a third of Mini owners have named their cars, the messages will sometimes refer to the car by name." -BARNABY FEDER cool is that? way to be a head of the game.

can i please work for you now mini?

omaha is the place to be- i guess...

"In short, Omaha’s cultural moment is all about the application of the great Midwestern bourgeois virtues — thrift, square dealing, humility, hard work — to bohemian artistic projects. On this, everyone agrees."

check out this recent story in the new york times about omaha.
that is neat.

Monday, March 26, 2007

happy spring.

'if you are feeling down and blue,
just shop, shop, shop-
shop for shoes.'
-window display at westroads mall.

me and ashley went and got pedicures today on our lunch break.

i got the deluxe one for the first time...

the lady massaged my feet and legs for close to an hour.

it was heaven after this weekends havoc on my feet.

then i got 'tequila toes' nail polish- the perfect color for spring.
ashley got the color 'my chihuahua bites'

get ready for sandal season ladies and gents!

next stop- new shoes.

ps- it's a beautiful 81 degrees here in omaha today out of towners!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

make-up artist by day, bull riding and wig parties by night

so i survived day two of 12 hour work days and it left me tired and ready for a day of nothing.

the makeup event went well. i pretty much rocked and sold tons of make-up.

the rodeo was fun. i talked the famous daves girl into trading some bbq for an army radio. that is a picture of the belt buckle we were raffling away. it was quiet the dinner plate as they say.

the wig party for kristin and lindsey's birthday was also fun.
it's always good to see my lipgloss girls.

it was a full day of me going from 8am-12am.

my feet and legs hurt today- but today my husband is great and got me peanut butter chicken and gave me a massage.

life is good.

Friday, March 23, 2007

and they call the thing a rodeo...

so it turns out my omaha homeshow event i was working- wasnt actually the homeshow.
it was also at the qwest center- but what the army had in store for me was much better.

a real, full-on, hardcore pbr rodeo.

omg! mike lee was in our booth signing autographs (he will be there tomorrow too) he was the world champion in 2004!! and he is only 23! WOWOWWEWEeeee

i have always told joel i want to go to a rodeo and he never would take me- it was fate i found this last minute job that helped me cross one thing off of my 'to do before i die list.'

seriously guys, you all have to go to a rodeo, it was flipping amazing!
my voice is horse from yelling so much!

oh ya- and working the promo event for army was way fun. 2 girls i worked with at the cws cingular event were there working...didnt know- they just were there when i got there and we had a blast! we made free dog tags for everyone and entered people to win this hella huge belt buckle. dont worry more pics will come tomorrow!

me and anne cant wait to rock the pure country again tomorrow from 5-9pm so come and see us at the army booth and the backside of the arena.

ps- im gonna ride a bull tomorrow!!

"Well, its bulls and blood
Its dust and mud
Its the roar of a sunday crowd
Its the white in his knuckles
The gold in the buckle
Hell win the next go round
Its boots and chaps
Its cowboy hats
Its spurs and latigo
Its the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo."

if you are bored this weekend....

come and see me at one of these fun promo jobs im doing.

tonight from 5-11pm i will be working in the us army cowboy tour booth at the qwest center...talking to people and all that jazz.

tomorrow from 9am-4pm i will be a laura mercier makeup artist at vonmaur at westroads.

then i will be headed down to the qwest center for the home expo to work in the army booth again from 5-9:30pm.

when the times get tough- the tough get working...

be careful what you wish for.

ps- i got a second interview with the agency!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

pray for job's with mini's...

i really want one.

the agency i interviewed at today has the new markel mini account in town. pray i get the job so i can get one step close to my dream of owning a mini or talking them into letting the new pr girl drive one for free promo!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

i hate this weather...

every rainy day last spring walking by the administration building at uno:

me:i hate this weather- it makes me sleepy.

jimmy: i love this weather- it is my favorite.

i doubt you can see in that picture but me and jimmy are walking by the administration building on the cover of the 06-07 uno undergrad catalog.

that's what we did for a few years.

it was nice.

days like today, crappy ones, are the ones i miss him most.

Monday, March 19, 2007

my first grapple

that's right ladies and gents- grapple.

an apple that tastes like a grape.

How Is A Grāpple® Made you might ask?

Well their website told me:

"Grāpple® brand apples begin as a Washington Extra Fancy Fuji Apple. Of all apples this is the one that takes on the grape flavor best.
This Patent Pending process is complex and the ingredient mix primarily includes concentrated grape flavor and pure water. All ingredients are USDA and FDA approved and the process has been licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

There is nothing but flavor being infused into the Fuji apple. The apple takes on no additional sugars or calories. They are not genetically altered in any way.
The apple is as healthy as ever but now has the new exciting grape flavor."

my review- tastes like a apple soaked in grape juice. not to shabby.
but at just over a dollar each- i don't think i will be going out of my way to enjoy one in the future. maybe just special occasions.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

happy green beer day.

last year for st patty's day we were in dallas as boyfriend and girlfriend. i was on spring break and called in sick to work the whole week. it was a goodtime.

this year im out of school, have no spring break so we are in omaha. good news is we are husband and wife and our spring break will just be a bit later when we spend a month in the pacific.

ain't life grand?

Friday, March 16, 2007

welcome little schlegelmilch

welcome baby parker jay.

parker is joels cousin jamie and jessica's new baby boy.

his big sister is lena- she was our flowergirl that couldn't make it to the wedding- but still our flowergirl.

can't wait to meet you lil schleg.

the anti-agency

it's official we are starting our own agency.

the 'anti' agency.
where we are as young and hip as the work we create.

here is who i want in the agency...anyone else care to join us?

Me- Events, PR and Recruiter Rockstar
Jimmy F- Project Papa
James C- VP of BS- New Business Development
Katie- Most Creative Director
Meredith- Account Goddess and Videographer
Alex- Design Diva
Ashley- Pretty PR and Writer
Matt- The ‘Suit’- New Business Development
Linsey- Client Whisperer
Molly- Anti-Agency worker
Chris- Professional Paparatzi
Travis- Graphic Design and Web Guru
Heather-Money Honeys

im being serious here. let's find some clients who want cool work and cool people to represent them. we will start small doing work from our home offices in omaha, dallas and long beach. we don't even have to quit our day dreams if we dont want to. we will make some $ and travel the world together. be our own bosses.

who's in?

start thinking of names and clients. we will start the agency of our dreams!

dear post master,

why does it cost .24 cents more to mail a different size envelope? granted it is bigger- it weights the same. it had two pieces of paper in it.
two very important pieces of paper that i sent last friday.
yesterday, thursday, you returned it to me with a big sticker over the hr department i addressed it to and stamped it postage due .24 cents.
why couldnt you, out of the kindness of your heart, just let this one go?
now its probably too late for the job.
thanks a lot post master.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

i'm a visonary dynamo....

i took the monster JASPER test today to figure out what some of my strengths where.

this is what i found out:

my unique strengths are:

What you want out of work:
To dream big and to foster your creativity and knack for innovation.

Your colleagues think of you as:
A creative, abstract thinker who is fun to watch in action.

What you have to offer:
Not only new and better ideas for how things can be improved, but also the courage to pursue them.

Your JASPER type
Danelle, your answers indicate that you are a Visionary when it comes to your overall work type. Your JASPER type is a combination of your most prominent work traits and is a good indicator of what you're like at work.

How unique are you?
Your combination of strengths is quite unique - only 13% of people are Visionaries.

Knowing Your Colleagues: The Other Work Types Now that you know a bit about your type, you may want to learn about the other kinds of workers out there. After all, you probably work with many of the different JASPER types on a daily basis. Do any of the below descriptions sound familiar to you? Perhaps one of them perfectly describes a coworker. Read on and you'll find tips on how to best interact with these types.

You are actively taking many of the necessary steps toward moving into a different job or field. You've made the decision to move on and are now doing what's necessary to get there. While you may not have decided what type of job would be best for you, you are nonetheless taking active steps to find a new one.

You could be sending out resumes, interviewing, and waiting to see what comes of your efforts. Or, if you have decided to completely change fields, you may be busy filling out applications for advanced training or schooling. Either way, the essential component to this Career Stage is that you are no longer just thinking about something different or feeling settled in your job; instead, you have taken the big and courageous first step to actually embark on something new.

When it comes being a leader, your style is Innovative
You tend to be inventive and proactive in creating new ways for things to be done. When tasked with leading, you bring a sense of confidence, which can often be motivating and empowering for others. You are quite comfortable in your ability to brainstorm original ways for things to be more productive, and you aren't afraid to take risks if it means finding a new, better way.

While you shine most in your ability to be an Innovative leader, you may still exhibit qualities of other leadership styles. The section below points out the areas in which you also show promise and that you may want to concentrate on developing. What's important to remember is that leadership style is a multi-faceted trait and one that may change and evolve as you advance in your career.

From combining the first letters of the four Personality sub-dimensions on which you scored highest, your Work Personality type is ESRC. 18% of JASPER test takers have the same Work Personality as you.

The ESRC type is the most common, at 18% of test takers, reflecting someone who is Expressive, Spontaneous in working toward goals, Rousing in responding to others and Composed during stressful situations. Does this sound like anyone you know?

You are more Expressive than Introspective when it comes to your interpersonal style. This means that you have an energetic aura about you, and you are perceived to be quite gregarious. You are open and outgoing and draw energy from your interactions with others. You probably enjoy working in collaboration with others rather than working alone

You are more Spontaneous than Deliberate when it comes to how you work toward your goals. This means you tend to push the envelope or suggest new ways of doing things, rather than following the rules every time you do something. While occasionally impulsive, you have fresh ideas and are able to break out of the mold, which is valuable for helping others think of new approaches.

You are more Rousing than Agreeable when it comes to how you interact with others at work. This means that you challenge the status quo, not only in coming up with new ideas but in also calling upon your colleagues to think outside the box. Although you are known to push the envelope, you do so in a manner that is thought-provoking and beneficial to the company. Your animated personality can make those around you feel energized.

You are more Composed than Passionate when it comes to your emotional style and how you respond to stress. This means you have a calm temperament and function in a relaxed manner. You are not one to become highly emotional about bothersome work issues but instead remain composed and collected. People can usually rely on you to bring a calming presence to even very tense situations.

Based on your answers, you are strongest in Communication Skills

You are likely an articulate person and have received positive feedback from others on your writing ability or your skill speaking to groups. Even if you aren't regularly called on to present ideas to others, you have confidence in your ability to convey thoughts and ideas in a clear and eloquent way. You are not one to get overly nervous when speaking to those in positions of authority. Instead, you get excited and energized when given an opportunity to display your skills.

Your Collaborative Work Style

While you're not at a loss when working by yourself, you feel much more productive when you can work with a team and bounce ideas off other people. You enjoy the camaraderie of working with a group and feel much more effective than when working on your own. You are likely confident in your ability to open up and share your ideas and thoughts with others and don't feel insecure when others review your work.

Even though you prefer collaborative work, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are an extrovert or a people-person. In fact, it may be quite the contrary. What is important to note is that your collaborative style is a reflection of the fact that you believe you do your best work when you have the opportunity to work as part of a group.

Your Questioning Work Style

While you trust the decisions of your superiors, you feel better when you understand the reasons behind certain decisions. You aren't comfortable simply accepting things at face value; rather, you prefer to critically assess others' decisions and offer your own opinions.

Even though you see the value in questioning the rationale behind organizational decisions, that doesn't necessarily mean you question everything. Instead, you are tactful and speak up only when you believe there could be real benefit from such a challenge. As such, your colleagues and superiors likely appreciate your willingness to put yourself out there on behalf of the organization.

The concept of Values addresses the aspects of a job that are the most important to you. Values can be either tangible or abstract, but they are things from which you derive the most meaning and motivation.

The graph shows how important each of the six Values is to you.

As you can see, the value most important to you is Balance
While you are likely very dedicated to your career, your outside interests, well-being, and personal relationships come first. For you, work should be flexible enough not to interfere with your personal life, and it should allow you the freedom to pursue outside interests. It's important to you not to be overworked or over-stressed, and you don't want a job that will potentially interfere with your personal life and sense of overall balance.

Your high score indicates that Personal Growth is an important value to you. For you, work should be one of the main ways you experience new and exciting challenges. More than just a job, you believe that work should provide the freedom to use your talents and the opportunity to find personal meaning.
Achievement ( 7 )

Your high score indicates that Achievement is an important value to you. You are likely driven and determined to achieve as much as you can in whatever you do. Not only do you want success, but you also probably desire the expert-status and admiration that come with it.
Helping Others ( 6 )

Your score indicates that Helping Others is of moderate importance for you. While you ideally would like your work to benefit society in some way, you recognize the limitations of such an altruistic work objective. Instead, you do what you can to help others within your job, even if that doesn't necessarily mean directly making the world a better place.
Security ( 6 )

Your score indicates that Security is of moderate importance to you. While you no doubt prefer to know that your job is safe, you don't necessarily make career decisions based on it. Instead, you simply enjoy the consistency and stability of a secure environment, and like few unknowns to pop up along the way.
Financial Success ( 1 )

Your score speaks to the fact that monetary rewards are not too important to you. While you may still desire financial security, you are not simply motivated by the prospect of affluence nor do you make work decisions based on it.

It's important to remember that your values change over time and as you enter different phases of life. As you age and grow, what was once important early in your career may be replaced by something completely different. For example, if you have children, you may value Balance more than Achievement.

There are many different aspects to a workplace that can affect your job satisfaction. Based on your personal experiences in a variety of work settings, you have probably developed preferences for the type of environment you like to work in. Work Environment assesses what's most important to you and those things that simply don't matter much when considering the physical, emotional, and functional aspects of your workplace.

Flexibility ( 10 )

Because of your adaptability, you favor a workplace that fosters a sense of fairness and affability, a place that understands and is willing to accommodate you. This environment is relaxed, feels safe, and most likely exists in a less traditional workplace.
Supportive Atmosphere ( 8 )

You want your workplace to be one that is compassionate, fair, and accommodating of people's personal needs. While you don't expect your employer to cater to every whim, you desire a feeling of safety and support. It is your hope that your workplace will foster open communication and a sense of intimacy.
Fast-paced atmosphere ( 5 )

As someone who most likely favors a consistent and low-stress work routine, you probably don't get energized or excited by the hectic nature of a fast-paced work environment.
Consistency ( 4 )

As someone who doesn't need to have the same routine each day, you don't place much importance on the consistency and stability more traditional work environments usually offer. Instead, you may prefer a more spontaneous and unpredictable environment.
Professional atmosphere ( 3 )

While you may not be opposed to a traditional office environment that requires a certain degree of professional dress and manner, this type of setting simply isn't a top priority for you.

While each job has its own unique set of tasks, most jobs involve one of three general work categories: Data, Objects, or Ideas. Work Tasks measures the type of work you most enjoy.
You most prefer working with Objects

You enjoy the physical aspect of objects such as machines, tools, laboratory equipment, or natural resources. You like working with your hands, and enjoy tasks that involve something you can touch or manipulate. Despite the fact that you favor the concrete aspect of object-based work, you likely also have a knack for creativity and coming up with new ideas for projects and have little desire to sit at a desk all day.

Although you may not currently be in an occupation that involves physical items, having good dexterity, being patient and deliberate in your approach to completing tasks will help you excel in this area. You may want to consider some object-heavy occupations such as a mechanic, surgeon, or landscaper.

People who prefer work tasks that involve Ideas tend to take great pleasure in brainstorming creative ideas and having discussions about abstract concepts, which usually involve collaborating with their colleagues. Not overly concrete, idea-people like to be the ones who come up with the ideas as opposed to figuring out how to implement them.

Idea-people can be found in the following occupations: advertising, copywriting, architecture, software development, and writing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

hope is an action word.

'Hope is passive in the sense of a wish or a prayer - or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, with persistent, personal action to execute the plan or prove the idea.' -wikipedia

...sorry wikipedia- i have to disagree with you. i think hope in the form of a prayer is active not passive.

i have always had hope.

heck i even have it tattooed on my back.

hope. faith. and love.

when the going get's tough- the tough have hope.
they act with perseverance and passion for what they love.
i have always had hope and it is that hope that keeps me going.

some say im lucky with some of the amazing things that have happened in my life.
i say its my faith, hope and love that have blessed me.

that's why i know god will take care of me- even if my job is in a rocky place right now.

does anyone need some advertising, marketing, video work ect? obi needs clients- and if we don't have new ones in 15 days... im onto bigger and better things i found out this morning.

but it's ok. i remember my favorite professor reilly saying how if you work for agencies its rough- loose a client and loose your job. i thought- might be worth the chance.

so with that- i will act in hope and keep sending my resume's out with faith and love.

feel free to take my resume and submit it to the coolest places you know that need a little hope to work for them.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

that's right donald trump invited me... be his personal guest to hear his real story on trump wealth creation from his son, donald trump, jr.

i will also be trained by '4' self made mulit-millionaire experts.

he enclosed two vip personal guest tickets for me to attend his event 'the omaha 2007 creating wealth summit- where i will learn to make money the 'trump way.'

anyone care to join me? haha.