Land of Ada–Part Two

So we chatted with Anna way more briefly than I would have liked, and then Susan kept the train moving. We were on our way to a different department, when I passed by an office with a nameplate I recognized.

I said, “Hi Randy! I met you in January out in California!” If there were two people who had polar opposite personalities, it would probably be us.

Randy was cordial, stepped out from behind his desk and greeted us in the hallway.

It was mentioned, maybe I explained how I knew Susan, of my online presence. And the mere mention of the conversation occurring online about this business was met with…quiet reserve.

He let me know that he never goes online to check out the conversation. I was a bit caught off-guard. Was he being dismissive?

Given the nature of his work, overseeing those who work with the IBO Plats, wouldn’t be helpful to know what “the field” experiences in regards to online reputation and how it affects their ability to grow their businesses?

I had questions to seek clarity but time was ticking and we were moving down the hallway.

(Update 7/11: I got some clarification. He’s very on top of the conversation. Just not directly spending the time online. Smart guy. This conversation takes a heap more time that I ever would have imagined! My apologies for any mischaracterization.)

To be continued…

Our Too-Brief Visit to Ada–Part One

It’s not every day we are in Michigan, and only a stone’s throw away from Quixtar/Amway Global. So on our way back from camp, I thought we’d drop on by for a couple of hours.

I arranged our visit with Susan, a lovely woman and one of the most responsive employees at the Corp. I “met” Susan through her blog and she’s someone, who, regardless of our Q/AG connection, I’d befriend.

We arrived in “Mecca” and we had no idea which building, exactly, we were to visit. The place is a small city, about a square mile. No joke.

So first we came upon a gate with this sign.

1.9 or 19 miles an hour? Either way, very specific these Q/AG folk are.

Wrong building. Make a call. Within three minutes, we get to the correct building.

Susan brought us upstairs to meet some folks. The place was rather quiet, with many people on vacation, including Beth. Beth’s assistant Teresa kindly gave the kids and my husband lollipops, as well as other food items that they raided from Beth’s office.

First we found Robin in his palatial office, and I took a quick pic. The only pic I took of the gang, since I didn’t want people to feel awkward with “Blogger Bridgett” in the building.

Robin, whom I also met through his blog, and later met in person in Prague, used us as an excuse to get off the phone with someone who, apparently, talked an awful lot.

We then met Anna, who’s known of me through my comments on the Corporate Blogs. And this is when I knew that a couple of hours was just not enough time for a visit.

To Be Continued…

Family Camp Highlights

Canoeing

Crafts

Archery

Rock Climbing

Me Upside-Down Ziplining

And, one of the most bizarre games I’ve seen…as this video shows: “Steal the Bacon”.

Having not grown up going to camp, this was an “experience” for my hubby and me as well as the kids.

Camp is definitely not where you go for some R&R.

XS Energy Drink–Heaven on Earth

Okay not really, but those were the words Matt, my husband, uttered yesterday when we discovered an XS Energy Drink vending machine in the Quixtar/Amway Global cafeteria.

We had been away from home and away from XS for about four days. We stopped over at the Corp and met some lovely people (more on that later) on our way back to Chicagoland.

As we are leaving, Matt was craving an XS. I mean, here we are at the Corp that has exclusive rights to the stuff, and there isn’t any to be found.

We are about to leave, and I notice a cafeteria off the lobby. So we venture in and notice a few things (more on that later). Matt’s ready to go and starts to head out with the kids to the van.

I then notice, way in the back, the very last vending machine is selling XS for a dollar!

I run, yes run, back to the lobby and as I see my family exiting the building, I yell, “Matt! There’s XS for a dollar! In a vending machine!”

The receptionist probably thought we were nuts as Matt hurried the kids back inside as we made a mad dash to the back of the cafeteria.

Needless to say, after we figured out how to use the vending machine (as this video shows) we bought seven cans, all different flavors, and drank four of them (two each) on our three-hour drive back home.

Oh the simple pleasures in life…some have their Starbucks, we have our XS Energy Drink. :)

The Frantic Hours Before Leaving Home

Why is it that I feel this need to have every single itsy bitsy part of my life in order before leaving tomorrow morning?

It’s stressful enough to pack the kids, my husband, and myself for a four-day family camp adventure, without me feeling like I need every dish cleaned, every article of clothing washed, every perishable food consumed, and every email answered.

I cleaned the top of the refrigerator. I inputted all financial info into my Money software and reconciled all statements up to today. And here I am writing an entry for a blog that no one even knows about yet. Why? All of this could’ve waited another few days.

Maybe getting away from the daily activities, or even knowing that I’m going to get away, out of my routine, makes me look at things around me differently. Realizing all the things that I should’ve been taking care of up to this point, but haven’t for whatever logical or illogical reason I choose to assign.

I am looking forward to our time away. Really away. We are headed up to Newaygo, Michigan to Camp Harvest. Looking to arrive by dinnertime tomorrow, Sunday, and leaving by lunchtime on Wednesday.

650 amazing acres. Here’s some info about how this camp came to be: Camp Harvest

We’ll be there with 19 other families–one cabin per family. Here’s what we are to expect:
7:00 A.M. Showers open
7:55 A.M. Meet at the flagpole
8:05 A.M. Breakfast
8:45 A.M. Session 2 (Adults downstairs and children upstairs in Dining Hall)
10:00 A.M. Family activities
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. Family games on field
2:00 P.M. Family cabin time
3:00 P.M. Family activities
5:30 P.M. Flagpole
5:45 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. Kids’ games on field
8:00 P.M. Session 3 (Adults downstairs and children upstairs in Dining Hall)
9:00 P.M. Canteen and campfires

Don’t know if my almost 5-year olds will be able to handle such long, active days…don’t know if I will be!

Okay, need to make a plan for tomorrow morning and get the packing list together before going to bed. I have a feeling I’ll be catching a little shut-eye on the four-hour drive.

Am I A Blogger?

It was one year and nine days ago that I posted my first comment on a blog. It was a corporation’s blog, so I didn’t feel as cheesy.

My plan was to say (rant) what I had to say and then move on with my life. Well, that was the plan. The reality is that I got sucked in to the blog world.

So much so, that last March, I was flown to Prague by that corporation to be part of a panel discussion on blogging and how it affects the reputation of a company.

They actually thought I had something worth contributing to their sixty or so P.R. people from around the world.

Is that crazy, or what?


Anyway, that was over three months ago. And at that time, I made it clear that I had absolutely no desire to have my own blog, like some of the other panelists had. That I would stick to commenting on other people’s blogs.

I mean, why? Why blog? What’s the point?

How much (or how little) do I share of my life when I know the whole universe can access my little world here?

Bi-zarre if you ask me.

Well, let’s see where this all takes me…