Numbers nerdiness and the best thing about being a runner…

Aside from development team and style committee meetings, my week at work has had some exciting moments.

My article about Online Giving was published in the company’s client newsletter, ACS Technologies E-News. It’s always nice to get the newsletter out each month, even though it’s a publication so you know you have to edit it all over again the next month.

Oh, and the super corny title, “Put your money where your mouse is”, yeah, that was all me :). I’m such a goofball!

I feel like such a numbers nerd lately because I’ve spent the week rewriting payroll documentation so I’m immersed in the world of W-2s, W-3s, 941s, and other government forms. The weird thing is, I enjoy learning about this stuff!

When I started working with payroll, I figured it would be boring to rewrite, but it’s actually sort of interesting, and I’m definitely learning a lot. I have a totally weird personality for a writer anyway because I was always better in math and tutored it in college :).

Me in all my numbers nerd glory (back in 2009)

One of the best things about racing, aside from finish line euphoria, is seeing where your race entry fees go.

In many races, you don’t actually see where your money goes. Not that it’s the race organizer’s fault- it’s kind of hard to “see” scientists researching cures for cancer or arthritis or any other disease. When you do get to see, it’s awesome to think about how shelling out $20-$30 to run a 5K impacts others’ lives.

This week, I saw this article on Camp RAE on the local newspaper’s website.

Camp RAE is a summer camp for children with disabilities and their siblings. The kids get therapy but also have a good time making crafts, going on trips, and just being around other kids. I ran the Camp RAE 5K in 2009 and 2010, so the article definitely made me smile.

It’s one of my favorite races, and I can’t wait to do it again this Fall. It’s on October 15 this year, so if you’re a local, you should plan to be there- don’t worry, if you don’t run, you can walk it too :).

I went out to eat with the development team this week after work, and we had an awesome time :). It’s always great getting to know your coworkers a little better outside of work and meetings and job stuff.

Oh, and here’s what a vegetarian eats at a restaurant that specializes in meat…

Veggies! And shrimp and sushi too!

Chocolate cake- so delish!

Oh, and being able to eat slices of cake like that guilt free? That’s the next best thing about being a runner :).

Q. Are you a fan of math or English? I was more of a math person until I got to college.

Q. Have you ever ran a race for charity? I do mostly local races, and I love running races for good causes- like Camp RAE, disease research, or local schools.

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6 Responses to Numbers nerdiness and the best thing about being a runner…

  1. Math all the way. Although I enjoy english too so I can’t really pick. The road race I’m doing tomorrow-the entire thing goes to charity. It is crazy and I love it.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I think number nerds are cool. 🙂 When I took Math my junior year of college, I thought that it was a nice break from Literature classes. It was relaxing, and I ended up doing that homework first. I finished the Math homework a lot faster than reading storiies and books. But then I’m a slow reader, so you know. Haha! I ended up getting a B in Math. Weeeee!

    I’m glad that you’re enjoying the tax forms! Those things confuse me sooo much. My dad and I go through the tax returns together, and everytime I fill those out, I stress out! So, I give kudos to people like you who enjoy those things. We nervous/OCD people need you! 🙂

    I wish I could run without stopping.you’re so dedicated. 😀

    Mmmm… that meal looks good.

    By the way, I don’t know if you noticed, but I started participating in Five Question Friday. Today was my first entry on it. 🙂

    Have a good evening!

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      I totally saw it! I copied the questions for today into a new post but I don’t know if I’m going to answer them and put it up or not. I didn’t really care for today’s questions as much, honestly. The one about hangovers sorta left a sour taste in my mouth =/.

      I feel ya with the break from English. I really enjoyed my psych classes in college for that reason :).

      Most of the tax forms I’ve learned about are what businesses and companies file rather than what employees file, but it’s still really interesting to me. I wish I knew more about accounting, just because it’s a good skill to have regardless of what field you’re in, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up along the way too, I’ve already picked up a few things.

      • Rebecca says:

        Yeah, I know! When I saw the one about hangovers, I’m like… umm, don’t get drunk? Haha! I guess some people really want that advice. 🙂

        I loved psych. classes! I actually started as a Psychology major, and looking back now, I’m wondering if I should have stuck to it because I didn’t care for the class my freshman year, but sophomore year I loved it, and that was after I switched my major to English. Oh well. Can’t do anything about it now, other than think about grad school eventually. I’m thinking about Sociology though, for my master’s degree. 🙂 Grad school won’t be in the picture for AT LEAST two years though! Unless plans change.

        Yeah, forms are confusing to me! Haha. When they say, “Sign here,” “sign here,” and “…sign here” quickly, I’m just going to have to trust it. 😛

  3. I love English 🙂
    And history!
    I am so glad you were able to see where your race money goes! I love doing local 5k’s for charities like March of Dimes and other ones like that..
    P.s. Love that you enjoy your guilt-free delicious looking cake 🙂 I love days when I feel like that! Hopefully soon it will be every day!

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