Sunday, July 24, 2011

Breaking the Radio Silence


Hey! Here I am!

It's shameful how long it's been since I've posted here. Since early April — yikes!

Well, here's a quick snapshot of what's happened in the last 3.5 months:
  • I got a new job. In mid-June, I was recruited away from AutoTrader.com to work for a big public relations agency. (Yes, my degree is in PR, but I actually have a passion for corporate communications and employee engagement, which I will continue to do at this new gig.) I'll miss my peeps at ATC and my responsibilities there, but I'm welcome to this new, exciting opportunity.
  • Just a month into my new job, I bonded with coworkers over a terribly tragic event. On Friday, July 15, a gunman shot and killed a woman from my building in the parking deck adjacent to my building — then opened fire on a group of girls walking across the street for lunch. Two of my colleagues were shot, one of whom still has a long recovery ahead. It turns out the gunman was a security guard from our building and the shooting occurred on his lunchbreak. We don't yet know if the deceased victim was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or if she was targeted. No matter what, that Friday was a terrible, sad, senseless, disturbing day. I am proud of everyone at my new office. The victims have been strong, positive and encouraging. Everyone else has come together in this tough time to be honest about their fears and expectations: better security, our right to trust security, etc. We're all reminded that life is short and your plotted course can change within the blink of an eye. Give all your friends and family a hug and tell them how much you love them. (News story here: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/midtown-shooting-victim-was-1018502.html)
  • I've been blogging semi-regularly to my other blog, Savvy in the City. Most posts focus on being able to dress well without spending a fortune (Goodwill FTW!), eating, online shopping and things to do around Atlanta.
  • Dan and I got a new, sod lawn! I shouldn't put the exclamation point here because as of right now, it's been more of a frustration then a triumph; we found out right as the sod was being laid that we don't have enough water pressure to power the sprinkler system we had installed... so while we wait to have a second water meter installed, my sweet (and did I mention handsome?!?) husband has been manually watering the grass in the wee hours of the morning.
  • I've been playing tennis. Tennis is fun — it's one of the few things that gets me off my tail and sweating. AND, in the league I joined, you pick your own schedule. It's called T2 Tennis. T2 is a "flex" league, which means you and your opponent e-mail and discuss a time that works for each of your schedules. No matter what your skill level, there's a T2 league that fits with your play experience/ability. I didn't play so well this season, but I'm enjoying it, and I'm enjoying Dan playing, too. (Ultimate Tennis is a similar deal-io).
  • (Nothing I've accomplished lately is earth shattering or exciting, but I can't say that I mind.)
Things I'm grateful for today:

Family:




Upcoming weddings (my friend Julia's, and my brother Ben's):


Fresh fruit ripening on the window sill (from the Your Dekalb Farmer's Market, which always puts me in a good mood):


I won't be so long 'til next time... promise! But remember to check Savvy in the City for more regular updates.

3 comments:

CarrieAnn said...

Wow, Katy! Congrats on the new job. That is such an unfortunate, sad, thoughtless thing to have happen. There never seems to be an explanation that is worthy, yet you are right that it makes us appreciate the things that we may have overlooked before. I will give my little girl an extra hug tonight.

Kb_Mal said...

Thanks, CarrieAnn. :) Make that a super long hug :)

Brittaney said...

Katy, thanks for your comments. I had no idea you went through the same thing as me. It's nice to hear someone feels the same way and has the same perspective.