Service project #2 !

Yesterday I had an opportunity to do a service project once more! I signed up to clean the litter trap for the Anacostia River at Kenilworth Park. I got up bright and early to go clean up the environment, only problem was I couldn’t find the volunteer team. I’m sure I was in the right place— guess no one showed up.

However, I discovered a hidden gem in the city. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is nestled in a large lot off the Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. exit off of I- 295. There are park rangers , and a nature museum to tell about all the wildlife in the park, not something I’d expect to see in the city. I did a nature walk and it was so relaxing.

All was not lost in the day. I went home to MD to pick something up and found a penny jar I had from when I was a tween and added that change to my collection for giving to globalgiving.com! Finally some progress there. Hopefully, I’ll find some service projects where I can make a huge impact in my giving resolutions, but for now I’m just thankful I’ve found a lot of change and a great new place to clear my head.

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Microsoft Office help function is your friend!

The Microsoft Office help buttons have helped me so much at work that I should get it a present or something. I think I’m well versed in the basic to intermediate skills, but it helped me with advanced things I never knew Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or Access could help with.

This came up in my last job because my boss asked me to do an assignment where she wanted to transpose information from a column to a row, but she didn’t know how to do it and assumed I didn’t know how to do it either. So she said if I figure it out great, but don’t worry about it. Well, I clicked on my handy dandy Microsoft Excel button and typed in that situation. It popped out exact instructions on how to do it. My boss was impressed! Thanks Microsoft Excel help button!

Here’s what I found. Couldn’t get the graphics to load , but if you type “transpose data from columns to rows” it should come up:

If data is entered in columns or rows, but you want to rearrange that data into rows or columns instead, you can quickly transpose the data from one to the other.

  1. On the worksheet, do the following:
  • To rearrange data from columns to rows, select the cells in the columns that contain the data.
  • To rearrange data from rows to columns, select the cells in the rows that contain the data.
  1. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy .

Keyboard shortcut To copy the selected data, you can also press CTRL+C.

Note You can only use the Copy command to rearrange the data. To complete this procedure successfully, do not use the Cut command.

  1. On the worksheet, select the first cell of the destination rows or columns into which you want to rearrange the copied data.

Note Copy areas (copy area: The cells that you copy when you want to paste data into another location. After you copy cells, a moving border appears around them to indicate that they’ve been copied.) and paste areas (paste area: The target destination for data that’s been cut or copied by using the Office Clipboard.) cannot overlap. Make sure that you select a cell in a paste area that falls outside of the area from which you copied the data.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow below Paste, and then click Transpose.
  2. After the data is transposed successfully, you can delete the data in the copy area.

Tip If the cells that you transpose contain formulas, the formulas are transposed and cell references to data in transposed cells are automatically adjusted. To make sure that formulas continue to refer correctly to data in nontransposed cells, use absolute references in the formulas before you transpose them.

 

Treat yo’ self

I live in a city where it’s all about go go go. It’s about what you do and who you are, so much so that if you’re at a party and someone asks you what you do , it better be good because if not you are immediately left to stand by yourself while the other person goes and finds someone more important to talk to.

Being in this kind of environment can make someone very competitive and a workaholic. Working to make sure they are the best at what they do. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does become a problem when you ignore yourself, your needs, and relationships.  It gets bad when the only thing you care about is your career.

That’s why it’s important to treat yourself every once in awhile: sleep in one day, go to dinner with friends, plan a date night. It will make you a better worker and could be the best thing for you and your relationships.

Well hydrated?

I’ve been drinking only water for the last 10 days and wow have I seen the benefits of being well hydrated.

My skin looks so fresh and youthful, even more than it does regularly, and my hair is shiner and more elastic.  Everything about me just looks healthier.

I have a lot more energy and I just feel light and not weighed down.

Jonah Hill even swears by it. In an article with Cosmopolitan magazine when he’s asked what would you never leave home without? He responds, “Bottled Water…”

Giving up the juice, soda, coffee, and tea for a couple of days is definitely worth a try.

Tegan and Sara

Have you heard of a group called Tegan and Sara?

You may have heard of their more popular songs “ Back In Your Head” or “Walking With The Ghost”.

If you haven’t, you should. I would describe their music as typical hipster sound fare.

“ Walking with the ghost” reminds me of my week in Africa because it was playing in my head while I was there.  The song has a sound that seems overarchingly  foreign like being in Africa. It grips your heart and takes you on a daze. Africa is not just a place, it has a life of it’s own.  I wouldn’t describe it as a noun — more like a verb.  The song kind of makes you want to get verby , by moving around yet it is chill. I’m maybe over exaggerating the song because it’s linked to my experiences in Africa, but it’s still good.

Definitely worth a listen.

And we’re off!

Today, I got started on my year of giving. I’m committing to volunteering somewhere 2 times a month, and collecting change to buy stuff on globalgiving.com at the end of the year.

It hasn’t been going too well though. I haven’t seen any change laying around on the streets or grounds in malls or anything, which is really weird because there are usually SOME pennies lying around every once in awhile.

For my first project this month I helped pack lunch for In Service, a group that hands out lunches to the homeless population around Union Station. It went pretty fast because there were TONS of people.

I didn’t get that warm, fuzzy feeling of helping somebody, but that’s ok, this isn’t about me. I’m setting out to give back, help people, and people will in fact be helped by getting a nice healthy bag lunch tomorrow.

I want to get to the point where I continually look outside myself and look out for the needs of others a little more than I look out for the needs of myself. Not completely ignoring my needs, but not being so self-absorbed and selfish. I think it will be a great year and I can’t wait to see who I become by 2013!

Big Bullies

People are ripping FLOTUS Michelle Obama for her project to get Americans active. For what? Why? What’s the point?

Sure, I don’t agree this message is really a priority of the Executive Branch, or that we should have taxes on sodas or cigarettes because, is that really going to change anyone’s behavior? If you’re addicted to cigarettes you’re going to by that $10 pack. If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, you’re going to but that huge pack of Hershey’s chocolate. No, I do not think the tactics of the food police work because what it really boils down to is people have to WANT to in their whole being to change and make healthier decisions.

With that said, I don’t think the First Lady should be criticized for her choice. I mean what’s so bad about wanting to help people live better? With the obesity rate so high in this country, why not pick it? The next best thing to pick would be literacy, but former First Lady Laura Bush already picked that. What else is there? How to protect yourself from terrorist? Focusing on the environment and keeping us from global warming? Both equally controversial with some people.

It’s a no-win situation in this day and age. So why criticize?