I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2021
Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
First things first: today is the last day to sign-up for the 6th annual Secret Santa (Mug) Swap. If you want to join the holiday fun, we’d love to have you. I am thrilled to report that enough people (at least two each) from the US, Germany, and Canada have signed up, so if you were hesitant because you thought you might be the only participant from your country, get your name on the list now! Find all the details here.
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I had my annual performance review this week and it went really well. I was glad to hear that my supervisor – and the other project managers that I work for – are happy with my (remote) work because even though I haven’t heard any direct complaints, I also don’t always get positive feedback to know that expectations were met or exceeded.
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I finished A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig this week. (Please don’t ask why I did this to myself.) I cannot say that I “enjoyed” reading this book, however, I did find it very interesting and it showed how much reporting fell by the wayside during the Trump years because there was just SO MUCH to cover. I recognized events and situations but got a much better understanding of what was going on behind the scenes at the time. It shows once more how important it is to hold this guy accountable and not let him get to any public office ever again. (Full review to come in my next book review post.)
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Have you heard of Tchibo? It’s a well-known German chain of coffee retailers and cafés. Their coffee is now available in the US and I found out this week that they’re giving away free coffee: four free bags* (ground or whole bean coffee) and you only pay for shipping. That’s a really sweet offer if you like to try new coffee. You should get on that.
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Yesterday was Veteran’s Day here in the US. It’s a federal holiday and as a federal employee, I got the day off, which was nice. Did you also know that yesterday was St. Martin’s Day in Germany? I told you about this (traditional) holiday in my Halloween post and I was tempted to bake some traditional “Martinsküchle” (fried yeast cookies) for the occasion. I ended up not doing that, but I know my Mom baked them (she does every year) and she sent me a message saying that she had leftovers that I could have. (Sigh. I wish!!)
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