Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Recap


When doing employee evaluations, there is a tendency to evaluate based on one trait, either positive or negative rather than looking objectively at multiple performance areas.   This is called the “ horns or halo” bias and it’s important to be aware of it when doing evaluations.

As I sit down to review 2010,  I’m especially aware of this bias because the last 24 hours or so have been less than great. 

There is a crazy blizzard raging outside, the roads are closed and my husband couldn’t make it home for the long weekend.   I’ve spent many hours tackling a drift in my driveway that is over my head – and I’m 5’6”.   Round two of the blizzard is starting and those hours of work are being blown in by snow.  My dishwasher flooded my kitchen and dripped down into the basement through the light fixtures.   I’ve had to shut off the water in the kitchen because the water just will not stop running.   I need a plumber.

But these last few hours of 2010 do not put horns on the year.  This year has really been awesome.  One of the best years ever.   Really.  In so many ways this year feels like a reward and I know how blessed I am.   

Happy New Year!  May your 2011 be blessed.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Skill

I recently acquired a new skill.

DSC_0554Impressive! Right?

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. DSC_0569In fact,  I thought it was kind of fun.DSC_0560   I’m going to get a lot more practice this weekend!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

I wasn’t ready for Christmas this year.  

I got the tree decorated early.   We have a pre-lit tree with white lights but some of the lights wouldn’t  light this year so I added strings of multicolored lights.    I thought it was one of our prettiest trees ever.  


All of the ornaments on our tree have been collected over the years.  My Grandma made me this sled ornament when I was growing up.  It’s made with popsicle sticks. 


The shopping, baking and Christmas cards left undone gave me stress.

Even though I wasn’t ready for it, Christmas came.


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I didn’t get some things done but it was alright.

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It was good.