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03May14

Hi blog. Haven’t stored much here for a while. And thus, I’ve lost much, or it seems everything.

I read most of Dorothy Day’s autobiography which I can’t remember the name of right now. I am reading Middlesex. I discovered Blinklist today, and “read” Getting Things Done by David Allen in 10 minutes. 10 minutes and “read” in quotes because Blinklist provides the highlights of each chapter of a book for you.

Believe it or not, it’s been 2 years since I graduated and I can take a class at OBU for free in the fall! It might be a good idea to take intermediate 1 accounting.

Job is incredibly busy. I am going to a conferences this next week—it’s the TUG user group conference, which is a conference for users of the construction accounting software we use.

Really, none of this stuff I’m writing is what I really want to store.


MOOC Update

26Jan14

As mentioned previously, I signed up to take a few free online classes. This is the end of week 2 of both classes.

In Think Again, I just have 1 video left to listen to in order to wrap up all of the 1st and 2nd week lectures. Glad I’m on track there! The lectures began rather slow and elementary. However, though still elementary, the interesting level of lectures has increased and I am learning concepts that feel beneficial to understand. So far, I’ve learned 5 specific types of words to look for in arguments:

1. Argument markers (like because, therefore, so) which can signal premises and conclusions

2. Assuring words (“in fact”, “I strongly believe”) which draw on an authority to back up a claim

3. Discounting words (mainly: but) which can signal the presenting and discounting of a counter argument

4. Evaluative words (good/bad, right/wrong) which are mainly adjectives used to present something in certain light (okay, I just made up the explanation for that one, I can’t actually recall why the professor highlighted evaluative words, but I think what I said makes sense)

5. ?? I can’t remember the other. Okay, let me look it up. GUARDING WORDS (some, many, a few, perhaps, likely) which make your argument less forceful/abrasive and less likely to make the audience discount your claim. 

I like this. I like that these lectures are making me think about how to evaluate arguments critically and gives me some specific tactics to look for in persuasive writing. Maybe perhaps, I am also learning how to be more persuasive myself and present my ideas to my boss, co-workers, peers, etc in a logical sequence.


Yesterday, I walked in the door from work and not 5 minutes later there were 6+ unknown college students in my house for a game night. And it grew to 10+ people. Positive note! I didn’t freak and I enjoyed myself, mostly. This is personal progress.

At one point, I was playing Boggle, and I was terrible. You know what, interacting w college freshman shouldn’t make one feel insecure. I have such a trouble speaking coherently–both in structure/logic and vocally. My words fall out on top of each other and half the time I don’t even know the simple thing I’m trying to communicate. Also, I don’t know things… Like how this or that works or any useful facts. I don’t respect myself intellectually.

Last night, some friends were using the twitter hashtag homeschoolkids — I don’t know the purposes. I think most of them were trying to point out terrible things about their experiences, but a lot of them didn’t seem so bad to me. Also, many of the tweeters are incredibly bright individuals and despite having educational holes because of homeschooling I think they’re who they are because of the same reason. Okay, mostly besides the point. I hate homeschooling isolation and arrogance and am for better regulations. I’m just a “skeptic of both sides” as I told a friend.

Back to the hashtag– maybe my contribution should be about how far I feel behind my (younger than me) peers in knowledge about anything and everything. I hate feeling dumb and I think I can blame it on being homeschooled because I really didn’t learn much.

This post… I don’t even know what it is anymore. Here’s to openness and vulnerability.


This past year I tweeted about things a lot. Specifically, things I like. Just pulled my twitter archive and pulled out them out. Here they are:

2/19/2013 eggs fried in cast iron skillets, driving (and driving fast around curves in my Honda), my husband, the color gray…
2/20/2013 driving home and knowing I already made dinner up, my hair, pictures of tavi, knit pants
3/14/2013  my job, ice cold water in the mornings
3/21/2013  right now: @haettinger, @kiery28, my new cheese slicer, and Grayson baby.
3/30/2013 the effects of relaxation breathing
3/30/2013  my house, sunshine on Saturdays,stretching when the baby is feeling cramped….
4/1/2013  peets coffee w a tad of liquid chai, texting the creature in the mornings, remembering my journal is safer than twitter…
4/16/2013  waking up to birds in tree tops, waking up next to my husband, waking up next to my baby.
4/22/2013 seeing Michael most of the day all day, the squirrels that hop from my roof to the tree all day, wearing shorts.
4/22/2013  morning naps in the sun w Trey, talking to the payroll guy at work and cracking up over how different he is on the phone.
5/11/2013  APM’s podcast: The Story, my neon yellow shirt, and yummy but fast freezer dinners
5/15/2013 getting an email from Lanetta.
6/8/2013  re-reading all my  tweets and being reminded of all the things that are sunshine to me.
6/17/2013 my dad, waking up to a clean kitchen, Michael’s light in his eyes, and Heineken w hamburgers.
6/17/2013  feeding my son, good things happening to @haettinger, shorts and tank tops, and wearing whatever I want
6/20/2013  playing dominion w mom, Tina, Michael and Jacob.
6/25/2013  baby t, beer, biking, and beating Michael at games
6/28/2013 Also: new book, confidence, and things
7/8/2013  afternoons at my parent’s, evenings w Rachel and Tucker w mixed drinks and games …
7/10/2013 my hair, my body, wearing tank tops and shorts outside and not being afraid of being raped or feeling guilty for showing too much skin.
7/10/2013  lunch with Michelle, coffee from Syrup, fixing a report and making it useful at work, spirographs, learning new games with m.
8/4/2013  using my blanket from when I was a tot. Weekend vacations like this.
8/10/2013  being a mom, oreo cyclones, my husband.
8/26/2013  the voices of ppl I love. <3
8/29/2013 More  hazelnut coffee, to do lists on yellow paper.
8/29/2013  mornings like this one, leaving for work on time, tight jeans.
9/11/2013  working from my couch. Friends. Husbands, and waking up from nightmares to a good reality.
9/26/2013  sisters, babies, chocolate, even if it’s cheap chocolate, although good chocolate is better.
10/3/2013  having ODBC access to the entire database for the accounting program at work.
10/3/2013  my wedding ring, Colorado,SQL queries, databases.
10/19/2013 My favorite thing about the Internet is real life stories.
10/24/2013  NPR, real life stories, my incredibly awesome husband.

In the Name of Love

Just posting the link to this article about the “Do what you love” (DWYL) mantra. 

Questions/ideas I’ve had related to this:

People will say that they don’t care about the lack of money in their chosen profession because they want to do something they enjoy and something that is meaningful. I get this from other people who think that I’m selling my soul to boredom when I say I’m an accountant. I always feel slightly chided–they’re the noble one, willing to teach school at the local high school or suffer as a starving artist and I’m the materialistic, unimaginative,selfish person. 

Being able to make your profession something you love is more often than not a sign of incredible privilege. That’s okay–but you’re really not that much more noble for it. 

Also: I’m not convinced that a person’s happiness and wholeness is directly related to whether or not they’re able to “do what they love.” Working at a job that one hates for the entirety of their life sounds miserable, but I’m attracted to the idea that you find a job you can tolerate, you do it well, but you don’t define your life by your job. From the linked article, “if we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.” 

Just thoughts and ventures.

P.s. I have to still acknowledge that right now, I mostly “love my job.” I’m not on a search to go find something I like less. My job stresses me out sometimes, I don’t like this or that, but it’s okay. I get to do fun things with numbers and accounting systems and I can shut it off when I’m off work and doing the other things I love. 

 


I found Coursera.com . You should laugh now, because I am ridiculously excited. So much, that it’s really the reason I came back to the blog.

(In case you don’t know: Coursera offers free online classes from well known established universities and professors. MOOC stands for Massively Open Online Class and Coursera is not the only providers of MOOCs, albeit perhaps the most popular.)

Today I started How Things Work 1 which is intro to physics 101, taught by Louis Bloomfield at the University of Virginia. Also, contemplating participating in a course titled Think Again: How to Reason and Argue from Duke University. Mostly, I am looking forward to a class that doesn’t start until February on Model Thinking.

Hoping to document and store notes on what I learn, here at thestoragebin. Cheers to that!


1 year later

13Jan14

Have things changed much since I posted over a year ago? Yes. Yes. Yes.

My job duties changed again, surprise. More surprisingly though, they have remained fairly stable since I was transferred to a child-company and began working for my now boss. Official title is “Financial Accountant” and work has been fun, exciting, challenging, sometimes stressful, but oh so much better than before.

A few of the things I’ve worked on this year:
-Implemented a more thorough job costing structure in our accounting system, Sage Timberline
-Worked closely with an interim CFO to create a standard process and format for our monthly financial statements
-Began preparing our monthly financial statements (Income statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flows)
-Made major modifications to a job cost status report in Crystal Reports
-Worked in Microsoft Access to gather data from out database as well as update records
-Designed a system to begin tracking our job backlog within Sage Timberline (as opposed to keeping track of it manually on an shared excel spreadsheet, as was being done)
-Designed a detailed backlog report from scratch in Crystal Reports (big challenge after only having limited experience modifying Crystal Reports)
-Aided our estimating team with implementing special features in their massive excel estimating template

There’s an overview. As you can see, I really just work on design and implementation of an array of accounting procedures and reports. Excel is still one of my best friends, but I’ve also become one of those people that will groan at someone’s very convoluted excel spreadsheet when the task and/or report could be accomplished much quicker via other means.




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