last day at the office (sad face)

Today is my last day at work before I take off on maternity leave for a whole year (that sounds like a really long time!). I've been looking forward to this day for nine months but now I'm not so sure. I'm leaving the security of this life that I've had for the past six years and jumping into a new life that I know nothing about (poopy diapers, crying babies, responsibilities, I could go on....). I have all the confidence that I will slide right in to mommy-hood but while I'm in limbo I'm really going to miss:

  • My daily walk to and from work (snow, rain, shine I was walking - FU TTC)
  • The office gossip and dramas ( I think this is one thing I'll miss the most)
  • Overhearing funny conversations (open concept offices are great for that!)
  • Brainstorms (if there was a brainstorm for an event idea, campaign etc. I was in on it, whether I had time or not)
  • New lingo (the under 25s have to keep me posted on the latest slang)
  • 3 pm coffee runs
  • The satisfaction of TGIF

I am now embarking on a whole new job, where I'm the boss! Yeah! I hope our baby is not one of those difficult colleagues :)




February 03, 2011 — Alanna Banks

so glad it's the (long) weekend

It's been another long week y'all and this one was capped off with a lot of stress. I admit I am a little neurotic and my favourite pass time is worrying, but I don't often stress like I did this week (stop laughing, I know people who know me personally are rolling their eyes!)

When stress hits me it goes straight to my head and last night my head was pounding. Fortunately I didn't have plans (thank God!) and I surrendered. Here are some ways I deal with stress. What are yours?

  • Venting (for all you husbands/boyfriends out there, just listen don't talk, let her get it all out)
  • Quiet time (curl up and take a time out for just 20 mins)
  • Advil Liquigels (my saviour!)
  • Bubble bath/shower (when I'm stressed I go straight for a swim in the tub)
  • Steaming cup of Chocolate Ovaltine (deelish!)
  • Long walk (mix with venting, it's the ultimate combo)

Hopefully you're not feeling stressed today! I'm not :) It's the long weekend!!

May 22, 2010 — Alanna Banks

shameless plug

Today was a big day folks! The Blizzardmobile rolled in to town to celebrate the 25th birthday of the iconic Blizzard treat (yum!).

I'm telling you this because for the last six months I have been living and breathing the planning and publicity of this event (my client is DQ and I have a soft serve obsession).  We served up 12,000 free Blizzards at Yonge-Dundas Square (ya I know!), The Spoons performed (you remember Nova Heart right?) and we collected donations for the Children's Miracle Network (I heart them!). Needless to say the event was a huge success and one of the biggest things I've ever planned (so there, I'm tooting my horn!).

If you came out today thank you! If you didn't I've officially made you crave a Blizzard. Go get one! What are you waiting for?

May 18, 2010 — Alanna Banks