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Business Travel: It’s Not Always So Great

In Un-Business Stuff, What You Need To Know About Small Business on March 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

I’ve traveled quite a bit over the last couple of months, and it hasn’t been all roses every time. But, that’s what I get for traveling so much I suppose. Sometimes things happen while traveling that you just have to laugh about (because there’s really nothing else you can do).

**Please ignore the black spots in some of the photos…my iPhone suffers from something that apparently many do…there are specs of dust in my camera**

At the end of February I had the pleasure of going to Phoenix, AZ to do a ride along with my Phoenix rep. This trip went very well, thankfully. And I got to meet one of my best friends I went to college with face-to-face (college was online)…after almost 10 years of knowing her!!

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The view while flying into Phoenix

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My hotel was right across the street from the AZ Lottery office

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Some pretty big cactus!

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I had the hotel gym all to myself. I love it when that happens!

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My beautiful, amazing, and awesome best friend, Joanna…and me! Love her!

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The gorgeous sunrise as I was leaving the hotel for the airport to go home. My days start far too early when I travel!

At the beginning of March I attended an Entrepreneurship Pathways workshop in Fresno, CA. I was honored to have been recommended for and able to attend this amazing workshop! I teach an Small Business Entrepreneurship class at my local junior college and our head of the business department recommended I attend. I met some really amazing individuals and I learned a great deal about small business, entrepreneurship, and really great ways to present information in my class!

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Beautiful decorations in the entryway in one of the Alumni houses at Fresno University!

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Absolutely amazing chandelier in the same Alumni hall! I’d love to have this hanging in my mansion (if I had one)…

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I had the pleasure of working with some really amazing people on a great project at the workshop! I met a lot of really great minds!

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I successfully completed the workshop!

Okay, here’s where my travels started taking a turn for the worst. The second week of March I was supposed to go to Houston and then Dallas, TX. However, instead, I ended up in Albuquerque, NM and then San Francisco, CA! You’re probably looking at a map of the U.S. in your head, and you are very correct, neither of those are anywhere near Houston or Dallas.

It all started when I was trying to fly out of Ontario, CA. First, the plane was (somehow) overfilled by 4,000 lbs of fuel. Not a great start! Then, there was a delay due to weather in Houston. This was supposed to be a direct flight from Ontario to Houston. Someone at the airlines felt that it was a great idea to fly us into Albuquerque, NM to refuel so we can fly into the east side of Houston, around the storm. I knew I should have just canceled the trip, but I really wanted to salvage the trip, so I went.

NM

Flying into NM was a bit scary…there was no sign of life or civilization for the longest time!

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Then there were signs of LIFE!!

We were supposed to stay on the runway, refuel, get our new flight plans and then head out to Houston. That didn’t happen. They decided to let us deplane while they got everything ready for our continuing flight. As we were deplaning they let us know that there was a delay due to weather. Then the flight was canceled altogether due to weather in Houston. Okay, no big deal. I could salvage the trip if they could get me to Dallas that night or the next morning. Nope. Didn’t happen.

So, instead, I told them to just get me back to Ontario, CA so I could go home. The whole trip was a complete bust.

bathroom

I got the airlines to comp my room for the night, which had an amazing vanity that I am thoroughly in awe of. The lighting was perfect!

The next morning I was set to fly to San Francisco, CA to sit in the airport due to a 5 hour layover. No bit deal, I could get tons of work done (which I did).

Boarding pass

And they got me a window seat! That was probably the best part of the whole day…other than finally getting home.

Then, we were delayed because one of our pilots called in sick. Luckily, the delay was only a little over an hour before they got approval for one of the passengers (a pilot who was flying home) to co-pilot the plane. I was excited! I was going to get home!

Then, a storm rolled into San Francisco and I was really worried that we would be delayed…again.

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Once on board I looked out the window and saw the guy sitting outside with our luggage on the cart…just sitting there for a good 10 minutes in the rain. Really?

We were finally able to fly out and head home!

CA

It was SO GREAT to finally be back in SoCal after 2 FULL days in airports!

My next trip was to Orange County, CA, thankfully because I didn’t have to fly anywhere!!

Sensei

I got to start my day with having breakfast with a wonderful friend!

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Once I finally got to the first location with my rep we got to build a flooring shelf for the Roomba. I love DIY projects!

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Before and after of the display that we rearranged and fixed up. So much better!

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Our next location proved to be a great visit as well as we spoke with the manager and got them to allow us to move our product to the endcap!

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Our third stop of the day proved to be successful as well as my rep was able to fully train a couple of employees!

My last trip was to Miami, FL. And while I did have some challenges with flight delays, planes not being assigned to the flight, change of gates, missing my connecting flight due to delays, having unexpected layovers, etc…it wasn’t nearly as bad as the non-trip to Houston!

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I was pleasantly surprised with my hotel…I had a full kitchen! It was a cute suite!

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The view from my room was gorgeous!

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My courtyard view was gorgeous as well!

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My rep did very well at our store visits as well. I got to watch him do quite a bit of training!

That’s all for now…I have quite a bit more travel planned for the rest of the year. I’m hoping and praying that my travels go much more smoothly going forward!

Fun Times With My Family

In Un-Business Stuff on February 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, so when I’m home and off on the weekends I do my best to spend time with my family. Here are a few things we’ve done over the past few weeks.

We got to go to Ridgecrest to visit some family. Unfortunately, the visit was prompted by some bad news, but we made the best of the time we had up there!

Chaz and Andres

Chaz and Andres (our nephew) – Andres is an amazing cuddler!!

Chaz and Gulliana

Chaz and the beautiful Gulliana (our niece)

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Beautiful Gulliana

David taking over

David wrapping Michael and Chaz up…David towers over the both of them!

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3 Handsome men! Michael (my son), David (my brother), and Chaz (my handsome hubby)

Tammy

Tammy (17 yrs old…almost 18!)

Cathy

Cathy (16 yrs old)

Kiara

Kiara (15 yrs old)

Michael

Michael (15 yrs old)

Addie

Adrianna (Addie) (11 yrs old)

Manuel

Manuel (our nephew)

Andres

Andres (our nephew)

Gulliana

Gulliana (our niece)

Girls

Our beautiful girls!

Chaz and Me

Chaz and Me

Chaz and Danni

Chaz and Danni (brother and sister)

Family Dinner

Family dinner…all 13 of us! We were missing two nephews and one niece…

On another weekend shortly thereafter, we had a bonfire and smores in our backyard. It was so nice to just sit back and relax and enjoy my family!

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Addie’s marshmallow is on fire! Yummy!

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It was chilly outside, but our bonfire kept us nice and warm!

Michael and Orion

Michael and Orion were cuddling! We have cuddly animals!

A couple of weekends later the kids (minus Cathy because she wanted to look for a job instead – good for her!) and I went for a hike in Hemet, CA behind the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater. The view was breathtaking!

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(L to R) Kiara, Michael, Tammy, and Addie

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Michael taking in the view

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Michael being a daredevil…how is he afraid of heights, but can get on that rock??

This last weekend we went up to Idyllwild to go out to lunch and then on a hike and we were pleasantly surprised with snow!!

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My beautiful family, including our nephew on the end 🙂

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Kiara (L) and Tammy (R) throwing snowballs

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I’m not sure what Cathy was doing…possibly getting out of the way of incoming snowballs.

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It looks like Tammy hit someone…

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Michael getting ready to chuck a snowball back at Tammy and Kiara!

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Cathy…just staying out of the way and finding a good walking stick.

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My beautiful Addie posing for me 🙂

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My handsome Chaz…I had to lighten the picture so he can be seen…I think I was in the sun and he was in the shade, which made it too dark to see.

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And last, but certainly not least, a family picture at a cute Mexican place in Idyllwild for lunch!

Business Trips – MA, CA, And FL

In Un-Business Stuff on February 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Since joining the iRobot team, I’ve had the great opportunity to travel quite a bit. Here are a few pictures from some of my travels thus far. I will work harder to get better pictures throughout my travels over the next few months as I get to do quite a bit of travel!

My trip in the beginning of January was to Boston, MA, where we were met with some snow. This was the first time I got to actually drive in the snow. Definitely interesting, but extremely beautiful!

These were taken at my hotel in Boston:

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These were taken on the flight out of MA. Absolutely GORGEOUS!Boston 6

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Next, I went to San Francisco, CA. Here are a few of the highlights. It really is pretty, but the drivers are CRAZY!!

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My next trip was to Seattle, WA…which was gorgeous!! The city was beautiful, the hotel was amazing, and the view from my hotel room was to die for!! I have fallen in love with Washington!

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Then, I went to Orlando, FL. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any actual pictures of FL from the ground, but I did get some great shots from the plan as we were landing.

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However, I did get a picture of the coffee pod in my room in Orlando…Guy Fieri coffee. My husbands co-workers think he looks like Guy Fieri, so I thought this was hilarious!

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I love taking pictures from the plane at night because I really think that they come out better and are just beautiful! Here are a few of the pictures I captured on my way back into the Ontario, CA airport.

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More from my travels to come…I’ll be in Atlanga GA, Phoenix AZ, Fresno CA, Houston TX, and Dallas TX coming up in the next few weeks.

How I Keep My Family Safe During A Storm

In Un-Business Stuff on January 29, 2016 at 6:46 am

We all know how storms can cut power lines and cause havoc in our local communities. As a working mother, I’m always concerned about my children’s safety when that happens. So, a couple of years ago I decided to think ahead and protect my home. Of course, the methods I used might not seem suitable for every family. That’s why you still need to use some common sense when taking advice from this article. At the end of the day, it’s easy to improve your situation if you apply some forethought.

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Purchasing a backup generator

Residential backup generators are a godsend when the power goes down. We decided to buy a diesel model that seems to work well. It’s helped to put our children’s minds at ease and improved our situation. The experts at Able Sales say those products are more efficient than their petrol counterparts. We’ve only had to use the device a couple of times, but it made a huge difference. Indeed, ours was the only house on the street with electricity the last time we had a major storm. All our neighbors came around to ask how we managed to keep the light on, and most of them decided to buy generators after speaking to my partner.

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Keeping candles at the bedside

The chances are that power outages will occur while you’re in bed. In some countries, they call that sod’s law. So, there’s always a need for candles at the bedside to stop any accidents. Like it or not, you have to get out of bed to switch the generator on and restore power. As most homes in my area have basements, that could mean traveling down two flights of stairs. The last thing you want is for someone to fall over and break their ankle during the process. That is why we always keep a stock of candles in every room. Just remember to keep a lighter handy too. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to make good use of this advice.

Storing food in the basement

It’s possible that a winter storm might occur and block the roads outside your home. That’s happened once since we moved into our current property. Unfortunately, we didn’t see it coming, and so we had to ask our neighbors to loan food and essentials. While it’s unlikely you’ll become trapped in your home for more than a couple of days; precautions are necessary. We now keep a massive stock of long-lasting food in our basement for those reasons. Tinned goods are always preferable because they have a late used-by date. However, nothing is stopping you from buying a freezer and keeping meat and other items. Just make sure you switch the generator on before they defrost.

I hope that learning about my techniques will make your lives easier in the future. All parents worry about the well being of their children, and so you just need to think ahead. Thankfully, storms don’t happen very often, and so there’s no reason to panic. Just prepare for the worst while the weather is good, and you shouldn’t encounter any issues. Thanks for reading guys. I’ll catch you next time!

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Helping Hands 2 Help Others – Blanket Drive In Escondido CA

In Un-Business Stuff on January 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Friends, family, and acquaintances:

My brother-in-law, Mick Lopez, is holding a blanket drive in Escondido, CA. He sees a dire need in his community and is dedicated to helping those in need. His initial goal is to collect 200 new and used blankets, but is also looking for beanies, umbrellas, jackets, pillows, and gloves…really anything…that could help keep those in need warm and comfortable.

If you, or someone you know, is in Escondido, CA and you can find it in your heart to donate even one item, please reach out to Mick directly to have item(s) picked up, or you can drop item(s) off yourself. Please see the flyer below and please donate what you can. Thank you in advance for helping your community!

Please feel free to share this with your friends and family! Let’s get the word out there!

 

Blanket Drive