A Second A Day: February 2018

February 2018 Accomplishments:

  • Visited New Orleans, LA for the International Roofing Event and Indianapolis, IN for the Wastewater, Equipment, Treatment and Transport (WWETT) Show.
  • Celebrated my 29th birthday
  • Watched *a lot* of figured skating during the 2018 Winter Olypmics.
  • Continued training (ish) for the Dallas Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon

A Second A Day: January 2018

Back in 2012 I stumbled upon a video featuring a young woman who documented each day with a one second clip. In the end, it was edited into one video set to LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends

A year later, in 2013, I was inspired and tried to the same thing. By September I had failed.

2018 is the year of getting s*#@ done and getting past the excuses I make for not finishing things.

So instead of waiting until the end of the year, I broke the task up into little pieces and will post a video at the end of each month. 30 seconds in 30 (or 28 or 31) days is a WAY more manageable task and easily accomplished.

Here’s a look at January:

January 2018 Accomplishments:

  • Traveled to San Antonio, TX for a college friends reunion.
  • Visited Las Vegas, NV for World of Concrete and The International Surface Event
  • Went on a geocaching adventure sponsored by the City of Plano
  • Began training for the Dallas Half Marathon in March

What I’m [Listening] To – Jan. 6, 2018

I will readily admit that I’m addicted to podcasts.

In fact, This American Life’s Episode 447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms was my gateway drug.

At the beginning of my last semester in college, my professor called me up and asked if I had an internship that semester. I did not and she encouraged me to apply for a intern reporter position at KWBU, Waco’s NPR station.

I distinctly remember telling her that I didn’t have any news background but she assured me that I could write well and that was all that mattered.

I went to the interviewing having never listened to NPR. In fact, the only thing I knew about NPR was that it was a bunch of monotone voices and classical music.

During the interview the President & CEO of the station asked me if I listened to NPR. My only answer was a “I do now!” The station manager suggested checking out an episode of This American Life to test the waters.

And the rest is history.

I listen to a wide variety of shows from daily podcast of my favorite radio morning show, true crime podcasts, staples like This American Life or Snap Judgement, and even fiction podcasts.

My most recent binge-listen (if that’s a thing) is “Heaven’s Gate” produced by Stitcher and Pineapple Street Media. It’s hosted by Glynn Washingon the host of Snap Judgement.








It uncovers the story behind the infamous Heaven’s Gate cult – the ones who committed mass suicide to join the spaceship following Comet-Hale Bopp in March ’97. It focuses beyond the fatal decision of the group and talks with family members of the cult members, survivors and seeks to answer the question of how this all happened.

The series in total is 10 episodes ranging from 45-60 minutes long.

Curious? Listen to the trailer episode here.


My year’s #BestNine doesn’t even begin to cover the year that 2017. While most would call 2017 a “dumpster fire” (I get it, I really do), looking back at my personal and professional accomplishments it’s been quite. the. year.

In fact, it wasn’t until I posted the following image on IG and really began to think about the year as a whole went, that 2017 had numerous moments to celebrate.

Noteworthy Moments:

  • My brother got married in March and welcomed in a new sister to the family.
  • I went to a lot of shows: OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Lone Bellow, Needtobreathe, Celine Dion, and Eric Church.
  • I saw some podcast live shows: Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, My Favorite Murder and the Lore show (which I went solo too!).
  • Ran the Dallas Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon, my second 13.1.
  • Successfully grew a veggie garden and posted WAY too much about it on my social media accounts.
  • Traveled to Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Providence, RI, Orlando, Seattle, Leesburg, VA, San Antonio, Scotland, London and many places in Texas.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Was nominated internally for our company’s annual awards.
  • Participated in the “Walk the World Connections” program in work and got to visit our London office (and have tea with the CEO in the House of Lords). My sister came out and we went through Scotland afterwards!
  • Served as the Vice-Chair of the IAEE DFW local chapter and will serve as the Chair in 2018.
  • Received the IAEE Merit Award at the annual meeting and expo in November for my contributions to the local chapter level.
  • Got a promotion.




I am notorious for killing plants. My mom once gifted me a cute, tiny succulent for my desk. Within three months its leaves and stems had shrived and fallen off. Needless to say, I receive fake plants from her now.

Earlier this spring I made the decision to start a garden, perhaps, with some lofty goals of yielding a harvest that would supplement my home cooking. While I don’t consider myself picky about my vegetable consumption I ended up with three types of plants – mammoth jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers and cilantro.

First up was clearing our the small garden in the back leftover from the previous tenants. The image on the left is two year growth – there were weeds, trees, dead clippings worthy of a compost pile and an unopened bag of soil from the last failed attempt at starting a garden.

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Before and after. Gonna try this garden thing.

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My little jalapeño plants are flowering!

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And today, signs of life! This little japaleno will one day grow up to be a delicious jalapeno popper.