EES/OAC NYC Trip Wrapup – Looking back

On April 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea


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I’m back.


Well. I’ve been back from NYC for a full week now, but have been deep in a hole, mostly offline, trying to finish the manuscript of the 2nd edition Labtracker that I’ve not had time to blog, breathe, sleep.. well, much of anything except subsist off coffee and Diet Mountain Dew (Voltage, for those of you taking notes). I’m not quite done, but enough so that I can see light and I am finally convinced that it is the end of the tunnel and not a train about to smack me into oblivion.

So here I am with my wrap-up of the trip to NYC that I took.

Key note here — and please forgive me for not getting the exact text right but I really am tired — My trip was paid almost completely in full by the kind folks at Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES) and arranged by the great ladies (and guys? were there guys?) at Porter Novelli, to meet with the EES folks and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) — a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Hotel for one night (the BBG gals covered one night on our own to see the town — first time in NY, had to see it!), airfare, car service, and a few meals were covered in full. So a huge thanks goes to these guys for this much needed vacat… err.. retre… err.. conference. Yeah. I think that’s the official word we’re using. We copacetic here? Got it? Good.

So yeah, I’m probably the last person to put my thoughts down. And some of that was because I was somewhat incoherent at times (I was speaking in citations at one point.. I have the emails to prove it). Some of it was due to simply to stress for the book. Some of it was unsure where, exactly, Andrea stood on a few things and needed some time to put words to thought. And, well, some of it was sheer jaw-dropping “what the holy hell are y’all doing?

This is going to be long. It will include my overall trip-thoughts, ideas along the way, photos, etc. Think of it as a virtual journal (which, really, is what blogs were, originally, rather than places to get vitamin information from) as I meander through my memories of the trip, throw along some photos, pop up some thoughts and questions along the way, then really get into some discussion.

Get your Click out, folks.

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On March 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It’s been a busy couple of days around this viking household, and I’ve been very busy.

Yes, I’ve even been neglecting email.  I’m sorry.  It’s been hectic.

I have announcements.  They probably should be one separate posts, but I’m going to do them together because I should really be in bed now, still really should write something I meant to do on Monday, and I need to be up in 6 hours.

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On February 2, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. –Mother Teresa

I’m puzzled.

And irate.

And puzzled.

And irate again.

And back to puzzled.

It’s much like the proverbial ping pong ball.  My emotions pop between the two with dizzying speeds.  One moment I’m sitting here, and the puzzlement (and at times utter bafflement) are manifest.  And then I’m reminded by some of the things going on and I’m irate again.

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On December 31, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

There are many reasons I do not want to be a “Professional Post-op” and why I am liable to laugh out loud at those who would use that term to describe me.

I don’t play games.  I don’t play politics.  I’m not fake.  I’m not effusive with my emotions.  I’m not overly chatty.  I tend to be very analytical with my thoughts.  I’m not overly graceful socially.  I’m quite literal in words, actions, and thoughts.  I try very hard not to overreact.  I try not to judge others harshly (let’s face it — we all judge.. it is human nature).  And I try not to allow my emotions to color my thoughts.

That last one is really a bitch.

It is why I’m writing this blog post today rather than last night.  Last night, I was too angry to be rational.  Instead, I painted my nails black and watched Criminal Minds.  Today, I’m just sad.

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Be the Change – Save a Life

On December 28, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

ABC News is doing a great new series about small things that normal people — people like you and me — can do to enact REAL change in the world.  Not people who have millions upon millions of dollars, or those with IQs of 187 or eidetic memories.  Normal people.  You.  Me.  The elementary school down the street.

So I watched the first show and was thinking about our own little community.

So I walk up on high and step to the edge to see my world below.
And I laugh at myself, as the tears roll down.
Cause it’s the world I know, it’s the world I know.

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