Coffee & Catch Up.
That's the title of so many messages I've received over the past 6 months, from all kinds of people. People I know very well, people I'm acquainted with, people that haven't connected with me in over a decade, and lots of random folks.
At first, (since I was feeling more like a helpful advising socialite between January and April 2017), it was really nice. I tried to do at least one a day. I felt like that was a good way to stay in touch and/or meet new people.
But then... it got out of hand really fast. Coffee & Catch Up turns out to be code for, "I want something from you."
And now, when I see various folks write those messages that say, "No, I don't check nor respond to LinkedIn messages." --> I get it. I'm now officially, 62,003 messages UNread in my inbox. How's that possible? Did you know people will auto-subscribe people to all kinds of update emails? I'm now asking my VA to manually unsubscribe me from anything that's not an actual email to me.
I sit down for a quick sync with an investor, and then you get question after question about, "what coins should I buy now?", "I think I want to do an ICO, too", "will you advise my friend's startup that wants to do an ICO?", or hey, "I think I deserve to get paid more, in ETH or STORM Tokens please".
Advice? Be upfront and fast. 1) Hi, I want ____ from you, and 2) I can be valuable to you by ____. Interested? Coffee & Catch Up is just way too generic and passive. I still believe people want to help each other, just don't make the person you're asking for help from think too much. Make it easy to give.
Sneaking around to drink my banana milk.
That's what life is like with a toddler. I am actually sneaking around with my lil yellow box of banana milk and sucking it down as fast as possible before his little baby nose can tell what's going on. I'm sneaking around with it because it's my guilty pleasure. And it's made of all kinds of crap and artificial colors and sugars that I don't want my baby to ingest.
It's not just banana milk. It's a sip of coke. It's Doritos. It's cookies. It's juice. It's chocolate! It's super spicy food. It's popcorn. It's nuts! It's ramen. ... My husband and I do a dance once the Lentil is out for the night (sleeping his 10-12 hour shift), and we start breaking out the wine, the beer, the chips, and sometimes we even boil a thing of instant ramen.
Who would have thought that this is what life with children is like?
It is for us.
My husband, dear darling husband has been asking me to get lasik for YEARS now. Yes, he has been asking me to do it. I've been so scared. SO SCARED. The idea that someone will BURN with a laser some part of my eyeball. The idea of some mysterious flap being cut. The idea of smelling my eyeballs being burned.... ... Yuck....
Then my husband, said no new phone until I get it done. Still didn't get it done for years.... (I had my last phone for 3+ years until it literally DIED/or got stolen actually).
Then my husband said, after being inspired from an episode of the Walking Dead. Hey, if anything happens, how are you going to protect our family and our Lentil if you cannot see? Side note, my eyesight was really bad. In the -8.5 range (yes, that's a negative sign.) Very near-sighted.
So that was it. I did it.
Photo above is the last time I ever wore my goggled, THICK eye-glasses. It's been AMAZING ever-since. The gift of sight. WOW. So thankful.
Back from Tel Aviv. Exhausted. All I can say is, Tel Aviv is an awesome place. Got to meet up with the Bancor team. Did some business development. Did some presentations. Did some networking. Here's some photos from the trip.
Hey. No sleep. It's been so long, weeks. Especially lately. Body numb. We just keep moving forward and we're doing all that we can.
So I guess the plan is I will be on the live-stream today. The consensus is that the "chick" is more interesting to look at, so I will be it. I have no more contact lenses, so it'll be me in my goggle thick eye glasses. No makeup. Not feeling so "viewable", but hey, whatever. I don't know when I last showered. Facebook live-stream as we kick off our STORM Crowdsale.
Not much Halloween going on here. I'm home with husband and our Lentil for a couple days and then headed out for a couple weeks again. Forgot to buy candy at the house to hand out. No costume for anyone, not even the Lentil. I feel like a horrible wife. I feel like a horrible mother.
I know the family, everyone, the in-laws, my mother, everyone that's been working really hard to keep the family up and running while I've been working, is just really tired and wondering what is going on with me. Mother-in-law has had several "talks" with me. Father-in-law won't even be in the same room as me. Tension is very high at home. Lentil is not sleeping well anymore. He does not like this mommy working a lot world.
What a wonderful welcomed change of scenery from the past 5 weeks, Boston for MoNage by Jeff Pulver (founder of Vonage and VoiP). Here's a few of the favorite photos from that week:
I, and the team, we're so exhausted. Working around the clock. Literally. Taking turns sleeping. Taking turns eating. Taking turns cooking, taking out trash, or washing towels. Yes, this is the real behind-the-scenes look at the ICO. Crap-ton of work, sweat, blood and tears from the entire team.
Overwhelming demand - way more than we expected. This also begins the journey of Storm and our relationship with airdrops.
LINK to the article here: http://www.the-blockchain.com/2017/10/10/stormx-lowers-community-appreciation-sale-cap-due-overwhelming-demand/
The Presale for an ICO. I now know what that means. In detail. Major milestone for our company (StormX, Inc.). Now to plan for the next long 6-8 weeks offshore...
If you'd like to read the recent news, here's a screenshot and a link: http://paymentsjournal.com/accredited-investors-contribute-16-5m-stormx-private-pre-sale/