Monthly Archive for August, 2009


Several months ago I was asked if I’d be interested in being interviewed by a magazine called GI Jobs.  Not being shy, I figured, “why not?”  The magazine is geared towards military personnel who are getting ready to separate from the military and provides advice on what types of jobs are available.  They wanted to highlight me as someone who had applied their military skills in the business work place.  My article was posted in the June issue both online and in their print magazine.  Heck, I even made the cover!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted again by our internal PR team and was asked if I minded if they posted my story to the internal news page.  I again said ok.  This morning, I log into my computer and the first thing that comes up is this:

PDT Front Page

As you can see, my article was the TOP story on the internal news site today.  This page is only viewable by Travelers employees, but it is what EVERYONE in the company sees when they first log on.  It is nationwide.  I have received email about this from people all over the country.  Some I know and some I don’t.  It has been an interesting day.

Christmas Project

Sharron has been very busy the last few months painting new buildings for her Christmas village.  I too enjoy painting, but my hand is none too steady and I end up getting too frustrated with detail work.  I can see in my head what I want, but can’t seem to make it happen.  On a recent trip to Michael’s though, I found this Santa ornament that looked like a good cross between 1 color easy and super detailed hard.

Santa Ornament

I’ve been trying to find some time to start and finally couldn’t take it anymore yesterday.  During my lunch break, I digitally painted him.  :-D

Computer Painted

I can’t decide if I should paint eyes on him or not.  He looks good both ways though.

Last night when we’d gotten all settled in, Sharron was working on a project in her office and that gave me a good opportunity to bust the paints out.  I started with the green background color.  I also painted the back of the “ball” he’s perched on the same green color.  Most likely I’ll have to do a second coat before I’m happy with it and then I’ll move on to the red!  Wish me luck!