The BLT: Rainy February Days

Even though February is the shortest month, it somehow always manages to feel like the longest. This items in this week’s edition of The BLT have no real connection to one another, other than that none of them requires going outside (apropos, as it’s been rainy and dreary here for most of the last three weeks). As an added bonus, there’s lots of kick-ass lady power in this week’s The BLT, of which I’m always a fan. Y’all know the drill by now, but for those who don’t, I haven’t accepted any type of compensation for the items I mention in this post. Enjoy!


I recently picked up Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, and find myself consistently nodding in agreement to much of what the author describes. I had always associated the word “introvert” with shy, anti-social people. When I finally learned that introverts aren’t necessarily shy, and that the definition of introvert has more to do with how such people derive their energy (from “alone time” as opposed to highly social settings, which is where extroverts get re-energized), I realized that it fit me to a “T.” More importantly, this book discusses all of the wonderful and often underappreciated things that introverts can contribute to business and society.

As a bonus, make sure to check out Susan Cain’s fantastic TED talk on the same topic.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain


Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a wine tasting at my friend Jenny’s conducted by Elizabeth Schneider. Elizabeth is a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Sommelier, and she brings a fresh, unpretentious approach to wine. She is local to Atlanta and almost exclusively does corporate events, so I count myself especially lucky to have had the opportunity to attend one of her tastings. However, for those of you not in Atlanta or unlikely to encounter her at a corporate event, Elizabeth has a great blog, Wine for Normal People, and a popular weekly podcast. If you are looking for a highly educational, yet non-intimidating introduction to wine, definitely check out Wine for Normal People.

Elizabeth Schneider's Wine for Normal People


Dave was up in the Seattle area all last week for a conference at Microsoft. It’s hard when he’s gone, but he doesn’t travel too frequently, and he always returns with fun surprises from the Microsoft Company Store. This year, one of my treats was a Microsoft LifeCam HD. It’s so easy to install (just one USB connector) and has a flexible mount that grabs onto monitors or other surfaces of varying thickness. The noise-canceling and echo control features work great. The LifeCam is compatible with Skype and Google Voice (I’m sure it works with others; those are just the only two I’ve been able to try so far) so you can video chat with loved ones far away, or just use sans video it in lieu of a regular phone.

Microsoft LifeCam HD 780p

What did you think?

Did this edition of The BLT help chase away your rainy February blues? What BLTs have helped you through the short, dreary winter days?

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  1. In a different B from yours this week I discovered Bobbi Brown corrector & concealer and YOWZA did that lift my spirits! I do not typically fret about my age but I’ve been noticing that between keeping up with the kiddos and business-building activities, I was looking a bit tired. I treated myself to a stop at the Bobbi Brown counter at Macy’s and was blown away – took off at least 5 years in a matter of seconds!

    • Erin says:

      Oh wow, I will definitely check this out. Silly as it sounds, turning 30 in a few weeks has me a little freaked out (hence the bangs and suddenly feeling the urgent need to start contributing to my 401(k)), so I might splurge on it as well!

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