Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bang Bang Shoot Em Up

This week was C.R.A.Z.Y! I was requested to teach at a leadership conference for our organization on the topic of employee engagement. That's great, but there were a couple of problems:

1. I have never taught on employee engagement
2. They only gave me 2 weeks notice
3. I was brought in bc the original speaker, although a super sweet and smart guy, is as introverted as they come. Soooo...in other words. They needed me to be the sparkle.
4. I had to create the class from ground zero.

Even though you would never know it, I get incredibly nervous before teaching. So I was super stressed all week. But guess what...it went over perfectly. Lots of laughter, and hopefully some learning. Woooo!

Here I am at the conference with my coworker Deanna....

And my other coworker Loyd....
Yesterday I spent the day on and in the water! The oil hit Pensacola Beach early last week. You can still swim in the bays and sound though that make up the intercoastal waterways. Thursday night a group of us went out after work and stayed until sunset.
I believe you have already been introduced to Heather. This is Thursday night....

Yesterday I went to Defuniak Springs (think country...very country) about an hour away for a day of skiing and lounging. I will tell you I was NERVOUS! I know I skied at my parents boat, but this time I would be behind a bass boat...and I had people to impress! Well let me just tell you that I got right up and skied twice that day! It was amazing.

It did get me thinking though...the fat girl inside of me still whispers in my ear "You can't do this". For example, I was hesitant to jump off the boat and swim because there isnt a ladder to get back up. You have to pull yourself up on the side of the boat. Well, I did jump off. And then...put two hands on the side of the boat, fully expecting to look like an idiot and need to be lifting by helicopter onto the boat...
And guess what? I just lifted my own damn self! NO problem. I meant to take my camera, but left it in the car. I did however get it out later for this....

That's right. The liberal Yankee from Kansas got to shoot her very first gun. I was so damn excited. I wish I had one of those hot holsters like Mariska wears on Law and Order SVU.
Turns out I can't shoot as well as I thought I could in my brain.
Shitballs. And where did my ass go?
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

27 comments:

  1. Your face is glowing...you definitely have a "sparkle" thing going on!

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  2. Wowza!!! You look more and more beautiful each time I see you (how is that possible?)!!!!

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  3. glad your presentation went well! :) shooting can be addictive. my husband and i go to the range whenever we can...i have a 9mm and a 22

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  4. You look hot mama!!! Congrats on the class and it looked like you had a fun weekend. P.S. you are so damn tan!!!

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  5. I love to go shooting! My husband took me for the first time in February and I've been dying to go ever since! I'm glad your presentation went well!

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  6. Well of course they would go to you for the sparkle. Duh!

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  7. By the way, I know you have a ton of blogs and can't keep up with all of them, so I'm going to toot my own horn and let you know that I FINALLY GOT APPROVED!!! July 9th is a go and I will FINALLY be a bandster. So excited.

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  8. 1) You should have called me!! I am seriously an employee engagement expert. It's what all of my current client work is...now you know for next time!! Glad you rocked it. 2) you are so damn skinny!!!!!

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  9. Very cool! Shooting is SO much fun. I was the typical liberal hippie chick until my husband introduced me to shooting. Now, I still vote pro-woman, pro-choice, pro-gay, BUT you can take my guns when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers. Heh.

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  10. WOW! What that's jammed packed! You look great and most of all happy and at peace! Awesome!

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  11. Wow. Amy you really are an amazing chick! You are sooo skinny in those pics...Now your one of the skinny bitches...but I love you anyways! Congrats on the wonderful weekend

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  12. Amy you look great! I want to shoot too and as a SVU fan I hope my shooting has Ms Hargitays swagger.

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  13. You look great!! And I would have to agree with the others, shooting can be addicting! I have my own pink 22 rifle. Your pics have got me jones-ing to go shoot. Have a great week!!

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  14. My gosh, you look positively tiny.

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  15. Amy with a gun? EEK... actually anyone with a gun.. double eek. Didn't that scare you?
    So proud of you getting up there to have a go re: the skiing. I'm not sure that I could do it either - though I guess learning to ski first would actually help. You look amazing - that first pic of you had me memorized. You look teeny girl. xxx So nice to see you back.

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  16. VERY COOL.
    Ive shot a gun once...back in the 90s ;) at a shooting range.
    I think I THOUGHT Id feel hardcorebadass---but it was NOT as I envisioned at all.

    welcome back and if I see yer...glutes around here Ill let you know.

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  17. OK - obviously I missed a post somewhere, and you know I read you religiously... who is Heather? At any rate, you go girl on the gun! I have been having secret fantasies about getting one (yes, I'm a full-on Yankee too.... that is what living in the south does to you)! You look FANTASTIC - and great job on the training. I get nervous before I do it too which is crazy!

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  18. looks like you had a blast. i can't get over how great you look! how skinny you are!!!!!

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  19. Yes, you look super great, just a normal skinny girl now... can't even tell you were ever bigger than you are now!

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  20. Well, I'm obviously not business minded.... I don't even know what employee engagement is... I thought at first it was something against or for employee fraternation... actually I'm pretty sure I didn't even spell that right. But anyway, you look great as usual. And you look like you enjoy your career. I am sorry to hear about the oil spill reaching you... It is a horrible disaster. *Maria*-blogger from "This one time at Band Camp..."

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  21. You look so thin and happy. I've read your blog religiously and I don't recall Heather either. However...the pic of you guys - her guns and your curves - muy caliente!!!

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  22. You look gorgeous! And Heather is totally hot wow!

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  23. Gorgeous as ever and skinnier every time we see you.
    So glad your program went well...I'd call you first for sparkle as well.

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  24. I was in a class today with an instructor who was just cute as a bug - had a great smile and fun personality - but she was on the heavy side and I don't know why but I thought - "Hey there's the old Amy" I was kinda a dejavu. I wanted to tell her " Hey, I've seen you on the other side and you turn out wonderful"
    Weird thought I know.

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  25. Gosh! You are looking so tiny! Glad you had fun!

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