Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Arriving at the job fair a little after 10:00 this morning, my estimation is there were approximately 3,000 professional men and women all over the age of 35.
OK, back to the job fair. Much to my disappointment, there were only 14 companies of which 2 did not even show up. Subtract the Navy, Marines and Air Force booths, we were down to 9 companies. Subtract Macy's who only were hiring for Holiday help (note I didn't say Christmas...that really burns me but that is another post). If you were an IT person, you could very much write your own ticket. I am not an IT person. I still have problems coding html thingies.
The bright spot today is I used my networking knowledge and reconnected with the one of the owners of the company I once worked for. My initial goal was to ask him if I could use him as a reference. However, he may have a lead or two for me. Is this The Plan?
So...baby steps...gotta take baby steps...and I promise...no more utterly personal stuff.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer).
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.'
There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it . . live it and never give it back.
STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's my little pumpkin, Jack!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Blavod (blah-VOD) is a premium quality vodka from the U.K.
The only difference from regular vodkas is that it is black.
The black color is 100% natural and come from a little-known Burmese herb by the name of Black Catcheu.
Like regular vodkas Blavod has no smell or taste, and even if it is black it will not stain your tongue, teeth, or clothing.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Since I read the book, I didn't have high expectations for the movie version as so many times I am disappointed with Hollywood's adaptation of a good novel. After all, we create our own version of the characters and images of the words we read as we process and digest the words we read. I set the bar to be unimpressed.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Aren't' they pretty? I did not purchase any of these, but managed to get lots of other fresh veggies for the week.
This little pumpkin was $40 bucks. Tell me, who would want to carve this unique pumpkin?
Finally, the best for last. Here's Jack who 5 minutes earlier he was fast asleep. Somehow, he wasn't that into the pumpkin patch pictures. He was all about the sleeping.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
As the family calls me, The Grama Paparazzi, Jack flashes a look over to his adoring public. I love carrots, Mommy!
He melts my heart!
His little smile could stop a cold war or give reason for politicians to stop and smile.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Today's gentle breeze disturbed the water just enough to minimize the reflection from the trees. Doesn't it look as though someone painted the lake. The fall colors drip into the foreground.
This very happy weeping willow gets sufficient water supply and thrives. The horizontal line in the background is a walk way separating the two lakes.
Proudly, I am pleased to say that neither of these photos were altered in any way. It is all God's beautiful gift to me.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Your horoscope for October 17, 2008
You might discover a hidden talent for writing, or, if you already knew this, you may find that the depths to your skills are greater than even you expected. At some point during the day you're likely to get a little frazzled, but this will pass. Get your work done and enjoy your day.
The frazzled part of my day may have occurred when driving the 80 miles home in the rain on a slippery interstate. (oh, I invited myself to spend the night at my friend's house because I already racked in 160 miles on Thursday. some wine...some long talks...felt really good!) Immediately, I altered my speed down to 50 miles per hour and got my butt over to the outside lane.
Hmm...my sister has been telling me that I should write a book about a close family member in hopes for a therapeutic resolution. My little sister thinks I hung the moon. She has always been my champion. Funny, I think she is the moon hanger!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Aside from being a well respected newsman, he often shows a softer side.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
If you visit Chronicles of a Country Girl, you will note that acorns
in her neck of the woods are shiny.
I have yet to find a shiny nut. (giggle...excuse me...I just have to chuckle)Now I ask you, what do you see in this malformed tree?
Or is the a gorilla in the woods?
You tell me!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
7 Things I plan to do before I die
- Go on a Mediterranean cruise
- Own a home again
- Visit all 50 States (after traveling almost a year in the RV, we have only 10 to go)
- Improve my photography
- Snow ski down a mountain once
- Spoil all of my grandchildren (currently only have 1 so Kids, get busy!)
- Get another dog...a beagle puppy...just for me
7 Things I can do
- Create a warm and homey environment
- Decorate my little heart out
- Host a fantastic dinner party
- Rescue stray kitty cats
- Plan a wedding in 6 weeks (it's true..)
- Let the past go and forgive
- Never hold a grudge
7 Things I cannot do
- Put things together…I am not mechanical
- Open our safe… forget it…I cannot do it
- Can't seem to get back to my wedding size
- Eat a mushroom....ewwww
- Eat any shellfish or I die
- Refuse my children
- Say no as much as I should
7 Things that attract me to the opposite sex
- His name should be Fred
- Shiny bald heads
- Expressive eyes
- Sense of humor
- Ability to make me laugh
- Big brown eye
- Be married for almost 36 years...I was a child bride!
7 Things I say most often
- It's the right thing to do.
- There is a plan for all of us.
- Look for the good in people.
- Let me tell you about my grandson, Jack....
- Don't tickle me....
- I love you!
7 Celebrity Crushes
- Denzel Washington
- John Cusack
- Ed Harris
- Pierce Bronson
- David Lettermen
- Martin Sheen (not the sons...ewww)
- Hugh Laurie
7 People who need to do this (please don't hate me)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
so that I could enjoy the rain on the roof.
Anyone have any ideas to end this headache?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The word that I had to actually look up was....kerfuffle!
kerfuffle - a disorderly outburst or tumult; commotion, hoo-ha, disruption, disturbance, a public disturbance.
Kerfuffle makes me giggle. Hoo-ha makes me giggle, too. I used that word several weeks ago in church.
My migraine has made my brain turn to mush. My migraine caused a kerfuffle in my brain.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Because I suffer for the ill effects of heat waves, I try to get a bit of a breeze and fresh air by opening the sliding glass doors. After a quick shower, I notice the screen is slightly open. Charlie is on the patio. Oh crap! Just as I step outside, the neighbor's dog comes barreling around the corner. The combination of the dog and I'm sure my hair still wrapped in a turban towel, Charlie jumps 6 feet into the air and takes off.
Now, I'm 54...I don't jump fences or railings, heck, I don't run! Charlie escapes and I am up a creek.
After getting the food and cup, I try to mimic the sounds of "dinner time" chow bell, but Charlie is not buying this scheme.
Having to break down, I called my daughter to tell her what I've done. Now I couldn't feel any worse, but now she's crying.
I summon my husband to come to help. Her father in law joins the posse and my daughter shows up. Charlie is no where to be seen.
After hours of walking the neighborhood, we come back home to wait it out.
How does one entice a cat to return home? Dry cat food. Canned food. Turkey lunch meat. I tried everything except fillet Mignon. No Charlie.
I vow to stay up, waiting for the little munchkin to return home. At three in the morning, I see the little criminal and quickly wake my daughter.
Charlie is taunting us by sitting on the air conditioner, the retaining wall, even the open window sill of the downstairs bedroom, but he will not enter his domain.
So, here it is, 6:00 AM and I am fast approaching being up for 24 hours straight.
The last time I managed this was on our trip to Amsterdam years ago. I realize that I am not as young as I used to be.
The obvious conclusion is simple. I am really bitchy without sleep.
The tale of Charlie will continue...with a happy ending. I just know it.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
- I found my cell phone...although the cats didn't talk, I know it was one of them
- Today is an animal print pantie kind of day
- Finally found the nerve to step on the scale...I was sure I gained back every pound lost on WW (which was 18), much to my relief..I only gained 5 back
- Cleaned out my purse, looking for my cell phone, everything is organized...at least for the next 52 minutes
- Whoever wrote the post on how to include Twitter on your blog, will you please tell me so I can find the instructions...I am lost
- After cooking all week...I have no inspiration for this evening
- Am I a germ phobe? After cleaning the sink and toilet, I must wash my hands 38 times
- I need a pedicure really bad... but that leads to selecting a color and I shutter...what is the big deal?
- Need to strip my bed and wash all the linens...ahh...maybe tomorrow
- I believe I am a blogging fool
- Does anyone else receive an email and you find a glaring mispelled word and email them back to tell them about it?