Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Skis or Not?

Tips Down the Hill - Colorado!
It was the perfect day of skiing - blue skies, no wind, no lines. Sounds like a perfect day - right? But not before JHW found he had left the car key in the ignition all night and the battery was very dead. 

We had to call "Jeff" the only garage/gas station guy in this little town to come up and give our car a jump start. (will make front page of tomorrow's paper in this small town)
Then ... we finally get almost to the lift to find JHW's boots had busted wide open. (See third photo) Next, he had to be fitted for new boots, which meant new skis for him too. He is a "tips down the hill skier" and NEVER falls. With this new stuff - he fell three times today. Not fun getting up and putting yourself back together again.

But, with his new shiny boots and skis, it made me start thinking, maybe I want new boots and skis too! I have had my boots and skis since my early twenties. Ohmygoodness - lots has changed since then - I have managed to keep my cell phone # and my ski equipment (two of the few things consistent in my life:) 

As for skiing - I am in control, tips down the hill (wahoo!) with my old stuff. Apparently my boots and skis are now vintage (I think they're cute) and can't be rented or bought anywhere. Very old - how distressing!  

So, here's the question...I can see people in the ski line pointing and snickering at my ohso old ski equipment. Should I attempt to change and learn with new improved skis and boots, or should I keep ignoring the snickers of others and keep my old, but easy and comfortable boots and skis?    


Friday, December 17, 2010

Tis the Season for Socializing-Part Two

Etiquette Tips for Christmas Parties - The Socializing Season (Part Two)
In my last post I gave you five basic tips for success when invited and attending a party. Here are five more tips to help you feel polished for your next party.

  •  RSVP/ASAP—Always respond within a few days of receiving an invitation. The host/hostess needs to know how many people will attend in order to plan the party. And never say ... "I am calling to RSVP" - say, "I am calling to respond to the invitation to your party."
  • Please keep your cell phone on manner mode at holiday parties.  It is not impressive to “cell yell” over the crowd. If you must talk on your phone—go somewhere private.
  • Maintain a balanced conversation. Refrain from boring “business talk” or too much “kid talk.”
  • Prioritize socializing at holiday parties, instead of just eating and drinking.
  • Attempt to send a thank-you note for gifts within the first week if possible. However, thank-you notes are always better late than never! 
Party on!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tis the Season for Socializing!

Etiquette Tips for Christmas Parties - The Socializing Season
The following tips are basic but easy to overlook. 
Remember to adhere to these tips both personally and professionally during the holiday season. 
1. Always err on the side of being conservative, especially when it comes to: a. Drinking b. Dressing c. Gift-giving  Being excessive and extreme with any of these can cause you
much embarrassment.

2. You must attend your company Christmas party. This is a “must
attend” event and can be a career-killer if you decide not to
go—this shows disrespect for your company, supervisors, and

3. Thank the host/hostess for the party by: a. Bringing a gift to the host/hostess to  show
 your appreciation.
b. Thanking the host/hostess before you leave
 the party.
c. Sending a thank-you note afterwards.

4. Give gifts that honor the recipients. Know their taste and always
give a well-thought-out gift.

5. When uncertain, call to confirm the proper “holiday attire.” This
term can have various meanings to different people. It could
mean anything from a sweater to holiday sequins.  

Five tips today and five more to follow...
Merry Christmas - 10 more days ...