Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Germ Survey

Here's an extremely relevant discussion topic. (NOT)

If/when you get a starbucks drink and you pony up to the bar for extra milk, sweetener, whatever...WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE LID???

For a long time, I used to "protect" the "inside" area from germs by putting my lid on the counter like the first picture.
Then I got to thinking, that this meant putting the mouth/sippy area directly on the counter. So then I started putting the lid down like the SECOND picture, realizing that the edges of the lid that are actually touching the table, are not parts of the cup that ever touch my drink or mouth. So...this is my less-germy methodology now. And check it out..."X" coffee - DECAF in the mornings...for the sole reason of not being addicted and needing coffee on my off-work/non travel days.
Question: Have you ever thought of this? Do you just hold the lid in your hand the entire time? Does anyone else have advice out there?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I just completed my 103rd expense statement. Well, technically I've done more than that with pre-PRISM trips, pre-expenses, and supplementals. But I was trying to figure out exactly how many trips I've made for this project. I guess 103 is my best guess. A few of those are definitely 2 week trips, however...I would guess probably 4-8 of them. That is a lot of weeks!

If you were to look at my expenses, you would see that like 80% of all my meals are eaten at Benihana (sushi - it is across from my Dallas hotel), PF Changs, Panera, and Starbucks. I guess I am a creature of habit.

Speaking of a trip I won't be making today...I won't be running! (I don't think.) I played Ultimate yesterday for a long time in too-small cleats. Ouch! I'm hoping to swim, if I can find a gym in the area.

I'm working from San Jose this week, from "home" actually, its very nice. Murray, pictured below, and I are hanging out. We are about to walk to 7-Eleven for some caffeine. I had a wild idea to go off of my morning coffee...stupid...so for now I'll be needing a lunchtime caffeine burst as I wean my body off.

For Labor Day, I went to a BBQ with 20's from church. It was really nice. (And played Ultimate-also nice - blisters - not nice). It was the perfect way to spend a paid work holiday (not doing real work). I also squeezed in a morning run, semi-prepping for another half-marathon with Beth. What did you do?????!!!!!!!!!!