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When Something Bad Happens [quote]

When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. Continue reading

Posed [She Only LOOKS Calm]

Well, I’m totally in love with my Vizsla, Rowdy. If you didn’t know that already, it’s probably because you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter. If you love Vizslas too, you should connect with Rowdy on Facebook or Twitter, or with me on Instagram–I try to do all my dog-related sharing in those places for my non-dog-people friends; I used to be one myself, so I understand that that sort of post can get annoying.

So anyway, I will occasionally post pictures of her here, but I promise they’ll only be really cute, really funny, or with a good story behind them. Continue reading

Spiked Chai Latte [recipe]

I had a bad day yesterday and Sarah had a rough one today. And Jenny isn’t here for our weekly ritual of Coffee, Crafties, and Besties (#CCB) because she is out of town for work. Sad day.

So instead of straight-up chai tonight, I decided that we needed something with a little extra oomph: after a quick run to the nearest Brown Derby, spiked chai was born. Continue reading

Beliefs vs. Behavior [quote]

Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. Continue reading

Promote What You Love [quote]

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Crocheted Baby Afghans

Three crocheted baby afghans and one mug cozy: the work of several months and lots of love!

Clockwise from upper left: Will Mildren and his blue and yellow baby boy afghan, Little Miss Bailey’s afghan — a pink, ruffly afghan for a little girl with two older brothers–a mug cozy with crocheted button, and Little Miss Robertson’s afghan–a ruffle-edged afghan made to match custom curtains. Continue reading

She Only LOOKS Calm…

I don’t feel like blogging, but here’s a picture of Rowdy, our 14-month-old Vizsla! Continue reading

Ain’t Workin in My PJs No More

That’s right, I’ve got a new job! I am no longer working only out of my home office (and I didn’t always work in my PJs…); now, I am one of three Executive Assistants supporting our executive, Jean, at Club Management Services. We provide comprehensive administrative services for clubs and their boards. So far, I am loving it.

Monday

Typical first day. I got trained on answering phones and finding answers for the most common questions. Then, in the afternoon, I alphabetized name tags. Bor-ing! But I’d rmust ather do something productive like this than sit around doing nothing, that’s for sure! And hey, I got some quiet time to myself too; no phones or walk-ins to disrupt me. Not a bad first day at all.

Tuesday

I took the morning off to maintain some previous responsibilities, then spent the afternoon learning QuickBooks and making sure Jean had what she needed for a meeting that evening.

Wednesday

Attended my first board meeting and helped Jean take minutes. Very interesting discussion in this meeting about an issue plaguing Springfield! I can’t say more than that, but I can tell you that I am excited about the prospect of learning more about what is going on in Springfield and what the leaders of various sectors are doing to solve those problems in a smart way.

Thursday

I learned more about QuickBooks and the ins and outs of another club’s special organizational idiosyncrasies. Then I attended their board meeting. More inspiration about the good stuff going on in my little neck of the woods. I’m proud of how this particular organization is working to shield the ones it was formed to support from the ups and downs of the economy.

Friday

Quiet day, but productive. Our office is typically closed on Fridays, but I was hired to help with that. So I manned the office and even managed to help a few people who called and stopped by. Imagine that, at the end of my first week! Felt pretty good.

So here’s a few things I did this week that I either have never done or haven’t done on a regular basis in a long time.

  1. I wore make up. Every day.
  2. I was up before 7:45 am every day.
  3. I walked to work on Monday, and loved it. Unfortunately, it aggravated my knee and caused my ankle to swell up. Didn’t love that.
  4. I took short lunch breaks to go home and play with Rowdy.
  5. I have started making some new habits to go with this new schedule and routine. I’m trying to incorporate FlyLady cleaning routines with the healthy eating habits I started while working with Pamela. They aren’t prefect yet, but I’ll keep at it. And I will succeed.

…so what’s new in your life?