Archive for the ‘Travel’ category

Watch “That Time Pojo Took DC” on YouTube

March 3, 2020

My nephew recently went on a trip to DC and I loved seeing all these pics♡…

Watch “Dark Gift from NOLA” on YouTube

March 1, 2020

My brother brought me back this gift from New Orleans, LA at the end of 2019. It was a perfect addition to my dark collection!

A Revisit to Liberty Gym

June 15, 2016

This weekend we hit the gym in Albuquerque since we were up there. At one point in time, we went up there frequently to train on the weekends, but it’s been a while.

I got a good workout on both Saturday and Sunday, but the best new thing about revisiting Liberty was their gym kitty. They never had him before! He was very comfortable lingering around the iron. So cute!

I loved the hammer tri machine there! I hit chest on Saturday then bi•tri on Sunday. I embedded a vid of me benching below. I know now that my form has improved… arch looking better… feet planted… staying tight.


•An inside look at Liberty Gym•


•Liberty Gym Kitty••


•Sum mighty worn 1 pounderz and yeah.... old guys rule ;)•

A Visit to Lake Travis

August 4, 2015

Lake Travis in Austin Texas was a straight blast. Once the 2015 NAGARA/CoSA Conference ended, we rented a utility vehicle and a speed boat. It was so fun to spend the last afternoon in Texas swimming and soaking in the sun. We also rented a convertible Mustang and cruised around in that one evening, which was a fun (‘cept Crystal’s hair got tangled LoL). If I had my choice, I’d choose the boat because I once had a convertible! I’ve loved the water since I was a youngster.


An Educational Trippy Trip to the Lone Star State

July 29, 2015

•••Flight Out•••

Last week I went to a conference in Austin, Texas to make a presentation and accept a leadership award. I learned so much during the course of the week and networked with many people. I visited the beautiful capitol and the Texas State Archives while I was there. 

Austin is an interesting city to say the least, and I can see why they have the saying “keep Austin weird.” After 5 was always a trippy adventure… from the crazy street people, to the bat bridge, to good eats. I didn’t take photos of the weird stuff though!

Amongst a gazillion bars, there was one real gym. It was a Gold’s. I like having a few drinks occasionally, but a gazillion bars is a far cry from my cup of tea! In my off work/downtime, I had the most fun on Lake Travis on my last day there.


•••Amazing Stonework Here•••


•••TX Archives actually had up a NM Archives Poster and a View of the Capitol from my Hotel Room Window•••


•••D Loooooved This Car and Lady Bird Lake•••



•••Me and D on the Bat Bridge on Congress Street and Our Ride in an Electric Car•••

I Missed You!!

July 27, 2015

~Lunch... gym time at noon to run for 20 minutes straight... After work... Outdoor strength training... back day... Deadz, seated rowz, good morningz, and dumbbell back flyz.~

I did a ton of walking and even a good bit of swimming last week and over the weekend in Texas, but no weight training. I also ate way to much while I was in Austin and by Sunday, I felt terrible. Disgusting actually. I could never eat like that all the time nor could I forget about weight training. It is such a part of me that I absolutely need it.

Of course I came back to a three day slew of back to back (all day) meetings after the cheat fest! Just my luck! Not a prob~ I decided that I would hit a straight week of lunch time cardio and then weight train when I get home. I’m committing to three stricter than usual months with regard to clean food, cardio and strength training.

I missed you so much iron. I love you and I refuse to live without endorphins!

Yellow Hots?

July 25, 2015

TRUE STORY… Gal from New Mexico visits In and Out Burger in Texas and asks for a side of green chili with her burger. Guy at the arm to arm busy joint looks *really* confused and says “you mean jalapeeeeeeaaaños?” Gal says “no. You know? Green chili?” Guy says “ohhhhhhhhhh yeah,” and reaches under the counter. Gal looks super happy and relieved until guy slides this little cup of yellow hots to her.  :/ 


~ Sum Texas Green Chili ~

Bad Girls

July 12, 2015

Here is my new coffee mug!! Stac brought me this back from Cali when she hit Universal Studios. It has Harley and Poison! I love it!!!


Meghan: Missing a Friend

June 13, 2015

Tonight I’m thinking about my friend Meghan as she treks across El Camino de Santiago. She started in Lisbon with her mother and is on day 5 on the Camino Portugués. Today she is in Portugal and she is heading to Santiago. From what I could find online, it seems they will be walking about 300 miles. Her journey is inspiring! She even tied the symbolic shell to her backpack.


•••Meghan...Day 4 on the camino.•••

I’m going to miss working with Meghan. I have had the chance to get to know her well and I’m really glad I met such a wonderful woman. I included some photos we took together on a site visit for work last month. We visited New Mexico’s largest petroglyph preserve, known as Mesa Prieta. The private preserve is a magical place and around 7500 years ago, Archaic people began carving pictures into these basalt surfaces.

Meghan and I had a great time that day. We both learned so much about how petroglyphs were made, how they are documented today, and the digitization project that this non-profit organization is working on. It was mind-blowing. We spent the larger part of the day with a very knowledgeable archaeologist. Our conversation was interesting. I love to learn and asked many, many, many questions.

I’m really glad Meghan and I got to spend that day together before she left my agency. There is nothing like having like minded friends when we are finding “the way.”  It reminds us that every single person we meet on our personal and professional journey will teach us something because we are meant to meet them. From Meghan I have learned how to stay inspired… how to stay smiling… and how to stay brave.


•••Meghan Bayer and Felicia Lujan visit the mesa.•••

A New “San Diego” Theme

May 15, 2015

My new web site theme is about the ocean. This was a photo from my 2014 trip to San Diego, CA. I love this quote by Christopher Paolini (Eragon). He said… “The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” The bay was beautiful first thing in the morning. I would love to spend hours writing near the water. Maybe one day I will go back to write and forget conferences!!


San Diego

December 9, 2014

This is a beautiful photograph.

Home Sweat Home

November 4, 2014


~Workers install a new sign at Mandrills Gym in Santa Fe, New Mexico.~

Sunday was my first day back to my real gym after a trip to the ocean. There is nothing like working out in the city I love. On Sunday I slammed an aggressive chest/back workout. Though I was off my regular training schedule last week, I was glad I wasn’t set back one bit this week on strength. I like working out early in the day. When I got on the scale, I realized that my commitment to a relatively clean diet (with the exception of liquor) paid off. I didn’t eat any junk in San Diego. My body rewarded me with no scale tips. No…I’m not bulking!

Today was leg day and I squatted and hacked a plate like a champ. I even added a dime to my squat today. My goal is a plate and a quarter by the end of December. About 15 minutes into my leg workout, the power went out. It was funny to see several people quickly trickle out of the gym. Good excuse to bail I guess? Naw…the true blues stayed killing it in the dark. When killing it is second nature, you can do it with no light. You can do it with your eyes closed. You can do it in your sleep. I wasn’t surprised to see the handful of people I did who stayed to clank iron in the dark.

When I drove into the gym parking lot this morning, a new sign was going up. The workers measured and adjusted a big sign with the logo I have grown to love. It features an image of a powerful Mandrillus sphinx, the world’s largest monkey. Maybe I like the logo because it reminds me of training. Or…maybe I’m just an animal? While I stopped to take a picture, I thought… “It should say Home Sweat Home under Mandrills Gym.”

Most Memorable: ARMA Live Conference 2014~ San Diego, CA

October 30, 2014

~Expo Hall...Oxygen Party Bar~


I didn’t get to do everything I *really* wanted to do in San Diego, but aside from everything I was there to learn about…here is a list of my favorite/most memorable things.

•••••Hanging with smart people the whole time.🙌

•••••Witnessing a breathtaking, vibrant California sunrise.🌇

•••••Visiting an Oxygen Party Bar in the Expo Hall. My fragrance included “kiss me all over” and “sex on the beach.”💋

•••••The lovely scents and sights of San Diego.👀

•••••Amazing PowerPoint presentations for the opening session.🙊

•••••Broken Yolk Cafe☕

•••••Swimming under the stars.🌠

•••••A mind-blowing keynote presenter.✅

•••••How data can be compared to zombies.💻

•••••The beautiful night skyline.🌃

•••••Clean, manicured nails and hands.✋ I want them!!!!

•••••Walking 20 miles to get across the convention center.🏃

•••••Drinking by the ocean.⚓

•••••Night sounds of the city.🌉

•••••A long, hot bath.🛀

•••••Realizing how hard it must be to seamlessly coordinate such an intricate conference with so many attendees.📃

•••••The Crawl and Cocktail Party in the Expo Hall (except for some parts).🍺

•••••Cheering for Jackie to win the drawing.👏

•••••Joe’s Crab Shack😍💜

•••••Margaritaville🍸(yes…I know this is a martini)

Photo Journey: ARMA Live Conference 2014~ San Diego, CA

October 29, 2014














Notes: Case Study- How We Did It: Lessons from IG’s Smartest Peers

October 29, 2014


Case Study- How We Did It: Lessons from IG’s Smartest Peers (Enterprise Records Management at Comcast) presented by Ralph Furino, Comcast Corporate Records and Information Management and Tamara Hoagland, Information Management Specialst with Information First, Inc.

ARMA Live Conference
San Diego Convention Center

This session focused on the use of HP Records Manager (formerly HP TRIM). The software “is a scalable enterprise document and records management (EDRM) solution that simplifies the capture, management, security, and access to your information in business context.”

•••They ingest records using TRIMport as Text Tabbed Delimited files.

•••Metadata is extracted and
encrypted data is uploaded to a secure FTP site.

•••Files are decrypted in a batch program to concatenate multiple metadata files into one import file.

•••They are able to run an “empty container report” to see which images didn’t transfer.

•••The use WebDrawer is part of the  standard license of HP TRIM/RM.

•••Images displayed in WebDrawer are the masters and not a copy.

•••The system can be set up to host anonymous users, named users or super users.

•••Active Directory is used to control security with regard to anonymous access.

•••Searching is done via WebDrawer in a web portal.

•••Supports more than 1,300 viewer formats.

•••Records can be redacted electronically while preserving the integrity of the master image.

•••When records are destroyed, metadata is retained and the master digital image is overwritten 10 times, which is in accordance with federal destruction standards.

•••It was recommended (for data integrity) not to use leading zeros on any numeric field because data will be truncated and difficult to manipulate/search.

•••Make sure to complete an upgrade and user acceptance testing in a development environment before moving into a production environment.

•••Use the Software Development Kit (SDK) to develop automated electronic image imports instead of HPTrim port.

•••Back end database utilizes Oracle and SQL.

My questions were:

Is there a digital preservation module with HP Records Manager which allows for check sums and object validation? Answer was yes.

Is there a way to search multiple documents which have been retrieved and automatically identify confidential information for redaction? Answer was yes.

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