Saturday, June 16, 2007

New Blog

I'm not sure why I had a new blog made oh so long ago.

But I also have:

If you want to check that out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Back to ND

Friends and Family,

Its been a while. I have not been back to ND since mid January, 2 full months. This time is a wedding planning and sausage making trip back to New Salem.

Also getting to take our new truck on its first road trip :)

Cookie sales are winding down, have to turn in money, forms, and any leftover cases of cookies this week.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Up with the times.

My stepmom has an email account!

I set it up for her of course, a shiny new gmail account :) I hope she likes it, and signs in once every 9 months to keep it from being dormant.

So what is new here.

I am looking forward to the long weekend, starting some time tomorrow when I can get out of work.

Plans for me... A Physical Training session, a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a professional massage, followed by 2 days of nothing.

Ahhhh... Can you just hear my stress let go and my mind unwind?

I plan to spend at least one morning/afternoon with a flatbed scanner and a bunch of old photos, get those digitized, and I would like to get together a collection of photos with my Grandpa B in them. Make a collage or a slide show.

That's my plan, what is yours?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Costumes costumes

Why do I love them so?

Costumes are so much fun for me, and I evangalize to everyone! Thanks to the collection I have I get to loan out my old pieces from previous years to get everyone in the party.

So I guess I will break my secret, if you wanted to know what our costumes would be...

Brandon is going as Indiana Jones, and I am going as his companion in "Temple of Doom" Willa Scott :) Its going to be hard to sell because no one will knowwho she is, but as long as I hang around my man and he calls me "sweetheart" every now and then they should have an idea ;)

Photo of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,  Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Busy Bee...

Well my Girl Scout plans are back in full swing and I have 3 new girls. Only one has made it to a meeting yet, but the second will start after October, and the third has a conflict with our regular meeting night so she will only be participating in things outside of that. I call her our "member at large".

I have also started a few other new things this year. I have joined some social and career networking groups. One is from my sorority affilition in college and another is the Society of Women Engineers. Both are kind of fledgeling groups in Rochester, starting up in recent years locally and trying to attract enough members to keep whatever charter agreements need to be kept with the national organization. That fact aside I am going to try not to take on any official roles even though both groups have been asking for officer volunteers.

In addition to that some women I know here at IBM Rochester get together for lunch once a month and I have been invited to attend that.

It might seem crazy to be adding these 3 things on top of an already busy schedule, but I feel I have been ignoring my career networking for far too long and even the sorority group offers opportunites for that. This basically adds 3 to 5 activities on my calendar a month and I can always choose to skip one if I am swamped at work or something.

Cheers to my career!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Welp I had a bad day

Welp, I had a bad day yesterday.

I lost another girl from my Girl Scout troop, she dropped out, so we only have 4 registered scouts so far this year. There are a couple of prospects to recruit new members but they are not guarantees.

Every week for the last 2 months (or even more frequently) I end up discussing the job losses at work. I am a contract employee and they really give us almost no notice if they lay you off (48 hours notice you can consider yourself lucky). I am safe for this round, but it leaves a “sword hanging over my head by a thread” kind of atmosphere that permeates most work related conversations. Some days my job can be very disappointing, a lot of work for not any significant result, and yesterday was one of those.

I (along with 90% of women in America) have a struggle with my weight. I am up 15 lbs from my great weight loss from last year and my eating and exercise habits had taken a huge dive around March of this year. Yesterday I ate a healthy lunch, ordering a cucumber/tomato salad with a light vinaigrette sauce and a smaller portion of pasta. Unfortunately that left me so hungry in the afternoon (and I was already craving chocolate) that I ate 4 mini candy bars which a co-worker happens to have a supply of. Yesterday I was supposed to go to Jazzercise but I couldn’t get out of work in time (class is at 4:15 on Tuesdays) so I vowed to go home and work out. Instead I went home, ate more chocolate, and watched TV instead of working out!

So any normal day issues like these come up and I deal with them just fine, but yesterday was a convergence. I think in addition to the losing 2 girl scouts for this year which makes me very sad, another big component of my bad day yesterday was our lack of plans for our wedding. We have been going back and forth on a couple different issues and some talk last week finally got me on the warpath such that we have a specific wedding we are now trying to make happen. Getting advice on times of year that would be good and possible event planners local to our destination as well as a lot of online searching of our own on costs has been starting, but at a snails pace. It saddens me SO much that my wedding might be a financial burden to my friends and family, or worse yet that none of them will make it! Of all our ideas there was one that stood out to me as a great way to go, and Brandon agrees.

Today has gone much better by far, but my normally sunny disposition still has a bit of cloud cover.

Bright Smiles and Sunshine I pray are in my future.

Friday, September 08, 2006

That's it! This is the last straw...

No more chocolate for me! I just had a wicked case of hiccups which I can blame soley on an innocent looking kit kat bar!

I apologize to anyone who was within earshot of my 'hic 'hic.