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Tomorrow I will be officially 38 weeks pregnant, two weeks away from my due date. I’m not sure if any of you moms out there have experienced anything like this, but time could not be dragging any slower at the moment. With most of my projects at work wrapping up or wrapped up, I’ve been sadly having to turn down upcoming speaking gigs, missing cool conferences, but am keeping busy by writing blog posts on user experience, mobile, and content management systems and hosting my web show. Check out the DelCor blog soon for those more spiffy blog posts.  But that’s only work-related stuff. As a person who is constantly busy, I’ve been finding the much coveted down time mildly unnerving, so I’ve decided to include my own list of items pregnant ladies can do while waiting for baby.

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Here are the other things one can do while waiting for a child to emerge:

-Wash baby clothes up to 6 months old. Resist the urge to keep washing clothes even older.

-Assemble the nursery. Hang the mobile. Stare for long periods of time around the room.

-Watch every movie at the theatre since everyone tells you you’ll never be able to do this again. Eat popcorn because you can. You’re pregnant and this gives you caloric freedom for a short window of time still.

-Hang out with old friends.

-Get your nails done while hanging out with old friends.

-Clean your house.

-Attend weddings (not as fun sans alcohol and uber pregnant).

-Research potential preschools for two years from now because yes, it’s that competitive and yes, you’re slightly crazy.

-Find your pediatrician.

-Attend hypno birthing classes. Debate with people you meet on the pros/cons of birthing choices these days. Useful cocktail conversation or annoying? You be the judge.

-Debate if you should have a birth plan or if the hospital staff will hate you. Decide to do one anyway and call it “Birth Preferences”.

-Visit all of your friends who have already delivered their babies and be jealous that their waiting is over.

-Tour the hospital or birthing center.

-Watch every single TV show known to man. Be thankful for Netflix originals.

-Pack your hospital bag.

-Read every baby and pregnancy book in English until you can’t wait to read something about not being pregnant.

-Read Lean In. Consider picking up a book of fiction and then decide that’s too much of a commitment. If the baby comes tomorrow, will you ever know what happens?

-Assemble all car seats. Same goes for the stroller. Monitors. Diaper station. You get the drill..

-Buy everything left off of your registry that you still need.

-Wonder how much longer you will have to wait. Decide it’s an eternity.

-Make check lists on your blog of things you’ve already done while endlessly waiting for baby to arrive.

What did you do while waiting for baby?

 

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Another lovely weekend with a rare moment alone. December is becoming a busier month with holiday parties, the rush of work trying to get completed before offices close, tech conferences, and all those gifts that need to bought in time. December also happens to be a month filled with inspiration for me. Perhaps it’s because I’m seeing so many friends in such a short window of time or all the visual stimulation from online shopping, but here are a few things I’m most excited about this weekend:

Grace Coddington’s memoir. 

I want this/need this. I’m a big junkie for biographies and recently read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a fun, quick read that had me chuckling to myself non-stop. I’m also reading Stacy London’s The Truth About Style which is semi-autobiographical, so this would be an awesome gift for myself. Take a look at my other gift ideas on Pinterest. 

Grace Coddington Memoir

Moscow Mule 

An American classic cocktail originating from the vodka craze in the 1950s, this drink is easy to make and perfect for a little holiday shindig. My friend Svetlana (the force behind http://www.brightestyoungthings.com) made this for me during a quick visit yesterday and perhaps it’s my Splenda-loving/sugar-hating ways, but I’m always shocked by how delicious ginger beer can be in a cocktail.

Moscow Mule

Jessica Pratt

San Francisco native Jessica Pratt’s debut album is a soft, folksy gem reminiscient of Linda Perhacs and Karen Dalton. This release seems to be perfectly suited for the cold months, like a warm sweater that you wear. Not that I bake too often, but if I did this would be my baking soundtrack.

 

What’s inspiring you this weekend?

Eleven years ago today I was a college student, renting a two bedroom on the North side of Chicago. I was sleeping when my roommate, a New Yorker, ventured into my room and shook me awake, crying, “World War III!! It’s World War III!” Confused by the flickering lights on the television, still half-asleep, that “bullet-proof, untouchable Americanism” I was brought up with (unknowingly) suddenly became quite known to me. The L-train wouldn’t venture downtown. Classes were cancelled. Everyone waited and watched, wondering if their city was next.

Having traveled through Israel last month, meeting renowned journalists like Aluf Benn and Khaled Abu Toameh, I was constantly aware of how much historical and political knowledge (globally speaking) I lack and the luxury and challenge I have, as an American, to overcome that ignorance. Upon returning, I’ve registered for a free, 12-week course offered through Coursera by Princeton University, History of the World Since 1300. This online class has over 30,000 registrants from around the world, gathering and communicating online twice a week. Fascinating to me is how digital technology is continuing to evolve, allowing us to connect and learn globally from top universities and each other through start ups like Coursera and Audacity in ways few of us ever could before.

What is your memory of September 11?

What are you doing this year to continue your learning and professional development?

Liv Tyler by Ruven Afanador

“We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the unheard-of, must be possible in it. That is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us; to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter.”
-Rainer Marie Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet 

I came across this passage this afternoon, highlighted in my paperback copy “Feb 2006” in pen. I have no idea what I was doing in February 2006 or why I felt the need to document the date, but I do know that Rilke’s intellect and prose is just as moving in 1934 as 2006 and now, in 2012.  He writes this to the young poet who has suffered a great loss, but his words apply to everyone who has or is navigating through transitional periods in life. Whether starting a new career or a new project, fear of the unknown and our boundless insecurities seem to arise. This is a reminder to push through. That we are so much more than we ever imagined.

Sometimes it feels like your digital marketing projects can take a lifetime to starting making sense to your colleagues, senior leaders, or committee members. As social media evangelists for our organizations, we put our ideas “out there” like an experiment and hope that we attract the right people, those right people engage, and those people keep engaging and coming back. Sometimes the project works and sometimes the project fails. Or sometimes, the project never gets approved and it dies before it had a chance.

This just comes with the territory.

Still, there are moments when something “clicks” and magic happens. In those moments, you realize that your job as a community manager or digital marketer DOES matter and all those tools you rely so heavily on are just the drivers of something so much larger at work.

There’s a great blog post by David Armano, EVP of Global Innovation & Integration at Edelman Digital calling 2012 The Year of The Change Agent and I couldn’t agree more. To all the innovators and change agents out there, here’s to the good work that you do!

Ten days into 2012 and I already feel behind.

I’ve written three blog posts on 2012 resolutions that I’ve abandoned in three separate note-taking iPad apps I’ve been trying to adopt.

But, let’s look back for a moment.

2011 was an incredible year of growth for me. I married the bearded, opinionated man of my dreams in October, spent the last year carving out a social media and digital marketing position at a national trade association, and watched from afar as an EF5 multiple-vortex tornado took out a large chunk of my hometown in May. Emotionally torn, the devastation in Joplin motivated my sister and me to partner with Events for Good in organizing our first fundraiser, Red 4 Joplin, a red tie event at DC’s Union Station to benefit tornado victims.

All in all, I can honestly say that there was absolutely nothing bland or slow moving about my life in 2011.

But what about 2012, the year of the dragon? This year seems to hold so much promise after a challenging year for much of the world, so here’s what I’m personally resolving to do:

This will be the year I blog more.

DigitalConfetti was born from my desire to share my own journey building a community manager/digital marketing role from scratch at a national trade association. So many friends from the association community stepped up to offer advice and share their knowledge with me over the past year and many did so indirectly by blogging, contributing to Associations Now, or hosting incredible tweet chats and web shows. Seriously, if I had a question, I googled it and would most often find the top three posts were from someone within the community I already knew. And of course, big thanks to my sister KiKi L’Italien for being the social media power house that she is and for always being on speed dial.

I will host and participate in tweet chats more.

I will read more fiction despite the many, many books on business and religion currently vying for my attention.

I will learn another language, even if it is Hebrew. – I’m currently going through the conversion process and haven’t been as gung ho about my weekly Hebrew study, despite my annual resolution to learn a new language.

I will visit two new countries I’ve never visited before.

I will worry less and laugh more. Risk taking is part of our job as marketers and as humans in life. Fear, failure, the negative attitudes you might encounter from your boss, colleague, or stranger – maybe it’s like that old exercise of picturing a crowd naked to get over stage fright or just remembering that most of us are self-absorbed at heart (short attention spans) – just push “publish” and get on with it. In the words of Townes Van Zandt, “To live is to fly, all low and high.”

Happy New Year, Friends!