Family Tuesday

June 30, 2014

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This was up at a friend’s house and I really liked it.  Today I got to spend some time with my parents. The USS Slater (a warship of some kind) was traveling up the Hudson River to Albany. We made plans to go see it but it was going quickly and we missed it at our planned location. No worries! We drove North and kept driving until we found new places to see it.

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It was really cool!  A few years ago, we watched a bridge travel down the river.  When I saw the article about a ship from World War II traveling up river, I knew it was something we could do.

Monday is Mine! 6/16/14

June 16, 2014

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I started this post this morning but weekday morning job got in the way.  Yet I still feel like today was my day, all mine. I worked for a bunch of hours but I was still able to check on the things I wanted to and come home to my life.

I used to always take work home with me.  I’d be upset over things that happened or try to figure out why someone said something or was rude, but today wasn’t one of those days.  It wasn’t until I started writing this blog that I even remembered that there were some crazy things that happened today.  That is HUGE for me!

So thank you Monday for being mine today.  Let’s hope I can bring this feeling to other days this week!

How did you make Monday yours today?

Sunday Song – 6/15/14

June 15, 2014

Currently my favorite song is Pharrell – Happy.  I’ve gotta say that even when I’m in a funk, all I do is turn on that song and start clapping along. I love that it always makes me want to get up and dance!

Some of the lyrics of the verses are a little bit nonsense (like sentences missing words), but he gets the idea across. Don’t try to bring me down. My outlook on life is Happy and that’s how it’s going to stay!

Now I just need to remember to turn it on more often and get up and dance… The other day at work I actually turned it on. One of the individuals there was upset because she hurt her knee awhile ago. We turned it on and started singing, clapping and dancing around to try to make her smile. She refused but it did make my workday so much easier to get through – my mood was instantly lifted!

What’s your Sunday Song?

Strawberry Oat Bars

June 15, 2014

This sounds delicious! Jess has done it again, finding a recipe I really want to try!

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Strawberry Oat Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1  Tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats, divided
  • 1 Cup Strawberry Jam

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.

3. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla and extract until smooth. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix until combined. Stir in 1 and 3/4 cups oats. Spread 2/3 of batter on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spread strawberry jam over the batter with back of spoon.

4. Add remaining 1/4 cup oats to remaining batter. Crumble over top of strawberry jam. Bake 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool, then cut into bars.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

July 3, 2013

So I’m still at the same job but they had me working a third position for 10 weeks. It was only supposed to be 2 weeks, but it continued indefinitely despite then hiring someone to take the 3rd position 6 weeks into it. Having the third position screwed with my mind way too much. I am really good at compartmentalizing, but that wasn’t allowed as each position asked me questions while I was working other positions. I was constantly stressed out, gained weight (while on a fitness challenge, no less), was too stressed to go to the gym (which I just joined in March), and had no time to go to one of my jobs located an hour away or to work there at all.

So I got an employment agency to say they’d find me a job and quit the crazy busy job as of June 21. The finance department didn’t like that and offered me a full time position at 30 hours per week with benefits – continuing to work 2 positions. Basically, they gave me what I asked for in March.  So the new change is instead effective June 24 but I was on vacation starting June 21.  I’m so excited because it means (despite being on vacation at start of job) I will get Holiday pay for July 4/5!  Plus they were in open enrollment and told me that I could sign up immediately instead of waiting 3-6 months so I have insurance now too!!!!

Of course one of my bosses was let go last week so I’m not sure what’s gonna happen, but for the moment it looks good….

:( = Opportunity

March 5, 2013

On Wednesday, February 27, I posted this status on Facebook: 

😦 = opportunity. So turn that frown upside down and get moving!

I have a LOT of jobs right now.  Currently, 3 of my 5 part time positions are paid by the same non-profit organization (payroll, secretary, closing a child company).  The previous week, the government announced that it was cutting funding towards my organization and others like it.  The next next day we had a “town hall meeting” for most of the administrative staff (other parts of the organization met at different times) and I heard that the board was implementing a hiring freeze for administration.  Considering one of my positions is as a temporary employee in payroll and that they wanted me to get permanent status, I immediately wondered what this meant for me.  It took a few days, but on Wednesday, the Director of finance (oversees Payroll) was able to speak with our Acting Executive Director (acting because the Executive Director died in January) and it was confirmed.  I would not be able to become permanent in payroll.

The opportunity part comes into play because a different part of the organization needs a full-time Administrative Assistant.  This is a brand new position and is actually multiple steps up from my secretary position.  I do not know how stable it will be with the budget cuts, but I was encouraged to apply.  Driving home from work on Wednesday I received a phone call to set up an interview for this position (TODAY!!!).  I am planning to see if it is anticipated to remain as a stable job.

On Thursday, Momma had surgery.  I had attended her appointment prior to the surgery (weeks ago) and the doctor, for whom I had previously worked, mentioned an open position in the company and encouraged me to use his name and apply.  After the surgery, he updated us on her condition and asked me for an update on my application.  Since I had not heard back, he suggested I contact the company again.  I emailed my resume again but copied him on the email.  That afternoon, I got a call to set up an interview (TOMORROW) for another full-time position.

Two interviews in two days?  I’m a bag of nerves now.  I know that this is an opportunity, but I am really hoping to do well today and tomorrow.  There are no guarantees in life, but it would be nice to have a full-time job with benefits…

Self-Nourishing Wish

February 28, 2013

Today is Wishcasting Wednesday again at Jamie Ridler Studios!  Today is the day for self-nourishment wishes.  But being that today is actually Thursday, I’m going to change it up a little and send a bunch those wishes towards my mom and my sister as well as to myself.

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I wish to nourish myself.
I wish to be like that ^ picture.
I wish to eat healthy foods.
I wish to develop a taste for more healthy foods.
I wish to start an exercise program that is consistent and enjoyable.
I wish to read more (for fun) and enjoy what I read.
I wish to take time off from work and business to enjoy time to just be.
I wish to spend more time with my family.

I wish self-nourishment for my mother.
I wish her swift hands, good judgement, precision and success in her surgeon during the surgery she is having right now.
I wish her endless healing energy and quick recovery.
I wish her easy and painless movement in her shoulder in the near future.
I wish her all the good things in life that she deserves.

I wish self nourishment for my sister.
I wish her a mental break from the stresses of her life.
I wish her relaxation.
I wish her happiness (and natural weight loss!).
I wish her endless healing energy to use on whomever she chooses.

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Relig-ish

February 21, 2013

I first heard that term several months ago when I discovered Rachelle Mee-Chapman, a formerly ordained minister, and current Magpie Girl.  Pretty much, my understanding of the idea is that someone can be religious or they can be spiritual but usually the beliefs will differ greatly.  Instead, someone who is relig-ish believes in a variety of things that are a mash-up of religion and spirituality but can not choose to completely forego their beliefs of one in order to fully fit the other.  Rachelle’s explanation is here (I think I watched the video once but I don’t remember and my definition may vary greatly from hers).  She has an interesting way of seeing the world so I love getting emails from her several times a week so that I can look at the world in different ways too!

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Anyways, I think that’s me.  Growing up, I remember that we went to a Catholic Church and I attended CCD.  Then something happened and we stopped going for a few years.  Then we went back.  Maybe it was that break that kept me from taking everything I was told and ingraining it in my mind and soul.  Or maybe it was my sister researching Wiccan and I also found it fascinating until she was told she could not do her Confirmation until she stopped looking at those sites/ message boards.  Or maybe it was because Daddy is Atheist so I knew there were other beliefs out there that differed from Catholicism.  Either way, I have never been able to believe everything that the Church told me.

At one point, I was part of the Goddess Circle – notice the word “Goddess” and you may be able to figure out where the Church would stand on that.  I also think that the tarot and psychics and sometimes karma are relevant ideas.

After my aunt died while I was in college, I stopped going to Church.  Previously, I sometimes took a break due to school and whatnot, but I usually attended.  I was even part of the teen choir and sang every Sunday for the 12:00pm mass.  But I tried to go back several times after my aunt died and I could not stop crying.  I just stopped trying to go.

But tonight, 8 or so years later, I attended a Catholic gathering.  A friend of mine is in a young adult group.  After meeting for business, I invited myself along to her group.  It wasn’t in a Church, but it was in a Catholic retreat center that I’d been to in the past for retreats.  There was prayer and worship and theology.  I enjoyed most of it, but I know my opinion differed from the crowd when they approached the sensitive topics (homosexuality and abortion).  Luckily, they didn’t say anything against me as a person (i.e. opinions on the idea of living with a significant other while unmarried) but, based on the conversation, I recognize that I’m no longer religious but instead relig-ish.  I believe in the power of that altar from a few years ago, but I also felt something at the beginning of worship.  The only explanation I can give (that even sounds far-fetched to me since I don’t remember ever feeling it before) is that it felt like the Holy Spirit had come to visit me

So I guess this post is a big thank you to Nicole (who probably won’t see this) for the opportunity to attend the group and the newer religious stuff, to Michelle for helping return me to religion as a kid but also showing me spirituality and a lot of non-religious stuff, and to Rachelle for having a website and blog that speaks to the act of uniting the two.

Writing Prompts…

February 21, 2013

So this morning I searched for writing prompts and one I liked was on journalbuddies.com which seems to be to help parents/teachers inspire kids to write, but it was actually relevant to anyone:

Motivated Monday
Tell a Story Tuesday
Descriptive Writing Wednesday
Compose a Poem Thursday
Friendly Friday
Supportive Saturday
Sunday’s End of the Week Reflection

Each prompt was used throughout the month but each specific use of the prompt (a quick description) was different each week.

If you know a good prompt website, let me know!

Welcoming Wish

February 20, 2013

As I previously mentioned, one of the reasons I came back to the blogosphere (I’m sure there’s a “proper” spelling for that somewhere though I’m seeing it underlined in evil misspelling red squiggly) is to participate in Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting Wednesday blog prompts.  I used to participate in this funny little thing called Goddess Circle by the beautiful Leonie Dawson.  It was really a fun experience for awhile, but then it really grew and took off.  It no longer was this comfy cozy little circle.  It grew to be huge-mongous.  I still subscribe to Leonie’s blog, but I think I was in the circle for only one year.

Luckily, even though I’m no longer in the Goddess Circle, Leonie is great at giving people the low-down on lots of glorious interesting amazing things they can participate in and get edumacated absolutely *F*R*E*E*.  I’m pretty sure that it was one of those event where I first discovered the lovely Miss Jamie Ridler.  This video (Creative Living Practice: Dance Through Resistance) is the first thing I remember ever seeing from her and it made me happy and got me to subscribe to her newsletter and smile everytime I see it in my inbox!

Anyways…

For my FIRST EVER Wishcasting Wednesday post (so exciting!)

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What do I wish to welcome in?

I think that the thing I want to welcome in the most is the future.  I used to be afraid of the future and so wrapped up in myself or my life that I was scared of what the future would bring.  But now I am excited by the future.  I’ve learned that it can be exciting and it can completely change your outlook.  I know that my future has many probabilities but it is also FILLED with POSSIBILITIES!  I am thrilled to have my boyfriend and my business, both of which came since that Goddess Altar a few years back, and both of which fill my life now and in the future.  I now wish to welcome the future.  But I also wish to welcome other things.  I wish to welcome love.  I wish to welcome wealth.  I wish to welcome a new home.  I wish to welcome marriage.  I wish to welcome travel.  I wish to welcome early retirement.  I wish to welcome health and healing to my family and friends.  I wish to welcome satisfaction.  I wish to welcome clarity.  I wish to welcome open-mindedness.  I wish to welcome new business partners.  I wish to welcome truth.  I wish to welcome wisdom.  I wish to welcome all the gifts that I’m meant to have in my life.  I wish to welcome fitness.  I wish to welcome an enjoyment of exercise and sport.  The following photo pretty much sums it all up…

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What do you wish to welcome in?  (Thanks Jamie for the awesome and inspiring prompt!)