Seeing this little angel makes me realize that I so miss my little Heidi. She gave us thirteen wonderful years as a faithful, loving, sometimes obedient beagle! I always considered her to be "my" dog and in looking back over my life, I know she cannot be replaced, but seeing this little beauty makes me wonder if maybe, just maybe, there's another little sweetheart due to share my home and heart again.
By the way, I found this photo on Pinterest. If you haven't stumbled upon it, let me just warn you that once you visit this site, you will have spent several hours just wandering around.
Well, nothing much has changed. I wasn't lying on a beach in Tahiti. Nor was I fishing for the Great White.
More along a boring matter, I am still working at what I consider my dream job. Honestly, I am completely 180 degrees from where I was one year ago where I hated getting up in the morning and dreading spending hours upon hours on the phone. Today, I could work 7 days straight if needed and not blink an eye.
Yesterday was spend with Jack, my sweetheart. Here are a few photos of our day out.
A stop at the local O'Donalds for a (which I was completely surprised) a healthy kid's meal. The teeniest, tiny serving of french fries, apples, chicken nuggets and skim milk.
Just because we can raise our hands over our head, silly!
A little snippet of the river
more play time on the slide
and a little precious face
Being the creative person that I am, I concocted a story about these 7 ducks. After a long morning swimming down the river, they took refuge at the Duck Restaurant for a little snack.
About a week ago, I was talking to a co-worker when she told me she was completing an Ali Edward's project that really sparked my interests. Now, granted, my friend was just completing a project that she started 2 years ago, but nonetheless, the project struck my interests.
It's called Week in a Life 2011.
With your handy camera attached to your side, you record every aspect of your daily life.
I know, I know, it is a bit like blogging, but perhaps with a more personal, journaling touch.
I realized that in order to do this, I would need a new pocket camera. Why? you ask! Well, I learned a valid life lesson and decided that it is not always the best idea to share everything with one beloved grandson. Granted, he did take some great photos from his vantage point, but the zoom button no longer works and I believe the SD card has been permanently damaged. No worries! It was only a 5 MP and purchased at the turn of the century. Gawd, that sounds ancient!
So, last week, I took advantage of a HSN special and purchased a Panasonic Lumix 14MP 4X Zoom Digital Camera with a 4GB SD.
With that said, I am on my way to recording a week in my life ala Deb style! (since I ain't no Ali Edwards!)
Some of you may know that I start a new job today. One could say it is a dream job. One that would make Oprah proud that I plan on doing something that I thoroughly enjoy and that I consider is worth getting up out of bed in the morning.
But as human nature has it, after 3 interviews over the past 2 weeks and one very long holiday weekend, somehow, I managed to convince myself that I was not getting this job.
Yet my sister had, what many sisters have, intuition, foresight and a little bit of ESP, sent me a new pair of shoes and a very pretty bright pink top for my first day of work. Honestly, I thought she was just being super supportive. Geri, I love you so much for that!
Giving notice at my current job was a bit like the final scene from An Officer and the Gentleman.
Friends and co-workers hearing that I was giving notice, raised their arms in the air, waving them wildly. If each one wasn't attached to a headset, they would have stood up and cheered!
One friend said to me, "One down! It will be me next!"
I wish all of you all the best of luck in finding new employment!
I have been thinking about this post idea for a few days now. Part of me wonders how I lived 50 some years without knowing this. The other part of me thinks this could have only been designed by men for women.
This Tuesday, I have an interview which could potentially be my dream job. Yes, that's right, an actual dream job. I wanted it to remain under wraps, but my husband told my daughter, my son, my son in law, my sister and brother in law. I was uncertain whether I spread the word that it would somehow jinx it or at the very least, totally blow the interview. Nah, not like that is going to happen. I have more confidence in this field than anyone else I know.
Part of my defense mechanism is to say right up front that I probably won't get it as I always prepares for the worst and be excited if the opposite develops.
Tonight, I must prepare my samples, my works of art, my projects that I have poured my blood, sweat and tears into.
If my post seems a little off it is probably because I sometimes blog after I've taken my Ambien. I tend to leave out sometimes important words or entire trains of thought.
I am asking all my 3 or 4 readers to please, send me warm, positive thoughts Tuesday around 6:30 pm.
Happy Birthday to by beautiful niece, Stephanie as she gets one year closer to the big 3 0. I love, love, love you!
Since this is an Ambien induced post tonight, who knows what I will say. But I think I found the place where our next home will be. Although it is in the same town that we live in now, it is about 5 miles from here and has a very New England look to the neighborhood. The townhouse is off of Mt. Vernon (alas my ode to Thomas Jefferson). I think I'm in love.
On January 2, 2011, myself, along with probably several million people, decided to do something about my weight and join Weight Watchers.
I know, you are probably saying it was a New Year's Resolution, but honestly, I tried very hard not to use those words, but rather convince myself that this is changing bad habits into good habits. And besides, has anyone seen Jennifer Hudson? I mean, OM Gosh, she is stunning. She is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. Eat your heart out Simon Cowell!
By now, I would have expected to have dropped 20 plus pounds, but the new Points Plus program is a slow and steady approach to weight loss. Yes, I am the scrappy little turtle who goes to meeting every single week. I'm down 5% of my body weight so far. A great accomplishment, yes it is!
On my journey, I will post some funny stories, embarrassing moments (really? did I just say that) and posting pics along with way.
I have a few pieces of clothing in my closet that will be photo worthy. Like my size 16 Gap jeans and the little Jones of New York summer dress, straight fitting, that will definitely make the blog. Just letting you know that I may not be able to breathe nor sit down in these clothes, but you can be pretty sure I'll share!
Along my journey, my lovely daughter is joining me. This makes me happy because it is always better with more bodies. My friend, Lynn, is on the program too, and much farther along. Overall, I plan on being a success story.
Thanks Jennifer for the inspiration and of course, thanks to my leader, Sissy.
Not only have I decided to blog today, but I have even updated my design. Hey, I'm feeling a little festive.
Is anyone tired of winter beside just me? Winter has hit everyone hard this year in all four corners of the USA. After 2 snow storms, ok, the one on Christmas day was picture perfect so maybe I should just discount that one, but the snow storm of January 10th was more than any Southerner could handle.
I know, my family and friends on the East Coast have had what? 50+ inches of snow so far? More on the way and more predicted for Atlanta this coming week.
So with all that said...here's a photo we can all relish in...
Lovely blooming pear trees....
A tiny bit of phlox...
And my favorite of all....hosta...I can almost smell the rich soil...
If you are counting the days to Spring, tell me what you are most excited about Spring's arrival...
Today is day 3 of the "weather event" that hit the South. Today, news reports have turned critical of the response of the City of Atlanta and local cities. Let everyone know that the City of Atlanta reportedly owns 8 snow removal trucks. Yes, just 8! Then, mysteriously on Monday, the number jumped to 11! Imagine what a positive impact the additional 3 trucks had on the mess outside!
Again, I made it to work, this time 2 hours sooner than yesterday. My ride time was a mere 1.5 hours. Normal travel time with zero traffic would turn out to be about 15 minutes. Mother Nature dropped our temps into the teens last night and the roads were expectantly much worse for it.
As I approached my place of employment which is in a very lovely office complex, the street into the complex was blocked by a long string of horses of the construction type.
I said to Fred, just drop me off and I'll walk in.
But you will fall....nah...I'll be OK.
Away he pulls and not 3 minutes later, I am laying on my big butt with my feet up in the air. I always hate it when he's right.
I managed to pick myself up and begin the very slow, tedious walk, creeping 1 foot at a time. Along come a car from the parking lot and attempts to pass me by. Seconds later, he turned around and offered to drive me to the front door. Now mind you, this is only 200 feet from where I was.
I accepted the offer from the very young, nicely dressed young man. As he delivers me to the front door, he said "Don't let this nice gesture ruin my reputation. I am an attorney!" As I laughed, I thanked him for the kind gesture and told him his mother would be proud!
Tomorrow is yet another day. Tonight the temps will be in single digits.
I went to work today. Managed to venture out much later than my start time, but when I arrived, it was good to know that management appreciated my efforts with a hot lunch plus abbreviated hours. The message was clear, they wanted to be sure all of us made it home long before the roads refreeze.
Not all companies care so this sat very well with me.
Aside from that, a little Honda car was speeding north on 400 and thankfully, cleared us when it spun several times around. This is the problem with snow on the ground in the South. People don't stop for a minute to think that perhaps, maybe one just can't drive 50 mph after Mother Nature just dropped 6 inches of snow on us.
It's the other guy you always have to watch out for.