Friday, May 29, 2009

oh may

So, I've been a little busy this month. First, I have a new job. I moved this week to the Development Office. My new territory is SW Arkansas and Texas. Lots to learn really quickly. I'm, already loving my new co-workers and they are quickly learning how weird and quirky I am! They'll love me before they know it.

The great thing about this new job is that I will be out traveling and telling the Ouachita story. I'm sure that will bring some fabulous stories. I always run into very interesting things while I'm out and being on the road gives me time to think, which gives me things to write about.

The other big thing that happened recently is that my sister got her Master's. I had such a great time while I was home. Dad and I went to the King Tut exhibit at the Dallas Art Museum while I was there and us girls went to the Main Street Festival in Grapevine. So fun. I wish we had something like that here!

Any way, enjoy the grad pics below. I'm so proud of her..some man is going to be super lucky to snatch her up and in the mean time there are some very lucky kids in Dallas who get to have her for a teacher! It makes me want to go back to elementary school PE (and she is the only thing...I don't know, I kinda liked Jump Rope for Heart but not the mile run day!)

this is what we call the Master's glow



now she's in the hood!

mis parentals

mis madre

mi familia...we're so pretty..but why did I do that with my head?

Aunt Faye and Uncle Keith

Papa and Maurine

such a rebel...I told her what are they going to do, kick you out of school...oh wait!

you did it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

sites

I know, I know, three posts in two days, but this one I've been working on.

Over the last 5 days, I've been working on a special project. During it, I have come across some super fascinating websites. Many of which I never would have crossed had I not done this search. So, consider this a "birthday present, christmas gift, just becasuse I love you and thought of you, mother's day, T2, Happy Hour, love from my heart" kind of considerate offer.

Some fabulous new website finds (sorry no coupons this time):

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Menu/DiningEtiquetteGuide.htm

http://www.oldandsold.com/articles05/business-6.shtml

http://www.career.vt.edu/diningetiquette/QandA.htm

http://business.missouri.edu/342/default.aspx

http://www.bremercommunications.com/Dining_Etiquette.htm - good techniques for many things

http://www.thefoodpaper.com/features/beefcuts101.html -details about beef and steak cuts

http://humanresources.about.com/od/workrelationships/a/dress_code.htm -dress code

http://www.dresscodeguide.com/

http://www.dba-oracle.com/dress_code.htm -I like how these people think, no nonsense office appropriate dress code – I cannot be held responsible for any personal feelings about this site. I just thought it was funny!

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/newsandeditorial1/a/aaidenttheft.htm

http://collegegrad.com/jobsearch/New-Job-Preparation/New-Job-Proverbs/

http://inside.bard.edu/doso/senioryear/personalfinance/studentloans.shtml - the senior year experience

http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/blog/2008/07/17/ten-books-that-changed-my-life/

http://www.gradspot.com/Lifestyle/Socializing/The+Top+Ten+AllTime+Best+Graduation+Speeches?page=0%2C1

And, my fav – I like the content, but I love the name even more: http://www.ramenrentresumes.com/

Some extra's that you might find helpful:

www.gradspot.com www.apartments.com
www.first30days.com www.quarterlifecrisis.com
www.capandcompass.com www.dresscodeguide.com
www.fightidentitytheft.com www.itendity-theft-tips.com
www.privacyrights.com www.canivote.org
www.usa.gov www.philanthropy.com
www.americancity.org www.mint.com
www.pnc.com www.quicken.intuit.com www.dinkytown.comwww.webhelps.com

Happy Surfing!
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coupon

ok, so Oprah has done an amazing thing. She has offered to buy chicken for everyone. Follow this link to the coupon:

http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20090430-tows-kfc-coupon-download

I can go ahead and tell you that the traffic on the website is super busy. And, if you are in Arkadelphia they dont have the grilled chicken here. Go figure!

Anyway, this is all about friends helping friends! I was graciously helped by friends, so I'm paying it forward. Enjoy!

And, remember this is one of those times to not complain that you cant get your order just the way you want it...it's free! Be grateful.

That is actually a reminder I just had to type to myself.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

here little birdie

so, I'm having a little issue. This weekend, we had a monsoon. This is no surprise to many of you, because where ever you are, you most likely had one too. But, the monsoon brought a tragedy to my house. No, not what you are thinking.

I spent most of the day Saturday scrapbooking in my living room in front of the TV. I had dinner plans that night, so I got ready and left my house, locked the front door and turned around only to find an ankle deep puddle of water at the bottom of my steps. Ok, so no big deal. I cautiously waded around it, down my front sidewalk and turned right on the main side walk to get to my driveway. (typically I walk through the yard when it is not a mud pit!)

I was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a very upsetting sight. There on the sidewalk in front of my house was a crime scene. A murder scene if you really want me to be honest. Get ready... turned on its side was a beautiful birds nest that had fallen from the tree above. Next to it was the remains of a cracked up beautiful turquoise shell. I was so sad!

It was so obvious that it was a baby robin egg that had fallen to its demise. I felt like I had done something wrong. Like I was entrusted with a little baby bird and I did not protect it. I know that birds and animals may not feel like we do as humans about our off spring, but I couldn't help but imagine that there was a mommy bird that was upset.

First, she had spent the day and night before being drenched by the rain. I can't help but think that it would be annoying to be a bird on a day like that. Yes, spring mornings are wondrous and they can just sit and sing and talk to each other. But, a rainy, wet Saturday where your only living environment is to just weather the storm. Yuck! No thanks. I'm glad I don't believe in reincarnation. I can think of many things that I would not want to come back as and a bird is one of them.

Second, she lost her home. It may seem minuscule to relate it to the desolation that a hurricane or tornado can bring, but relatively speaking, the weather changed her entire living environment. It up rooted her, moved her from where she had called home, called comfort and peace. Gone, knocked down by the storm and laying there on the sidewalk to just be viewed by everyone. It was really sad. And, what's more is that it just kept getting rained on. Over, and over and over and even now three days later...more rain poured over it. So annoying, if only I could build a home that could withstand the storm.

And then, laying there beside it was her baby. I almost can't type these words. I know it sounds silly, but I don't know what to do with it. I've always been told not to touch a birds nest because the mama will not come back. But, I don't want her to come back. If she hasn't seen what happened, I don't want her too. How awful. How sad for her. I feel like I need to have a burial and dig a little tomb and put the egg shells in it, but I don't do goo. And, that's what it looks like. I guess I could get my shovel out and scoop it up, but part of me likes walking by it as I come and go. I like the reminder that things aren't always good, that they aren't always the way we want them to be, that they don't always happen the way we want them to. But, it makes me sad.

I don't know what to do and if the weather would ever quit, I might be able to think about a proper burial. I'm so torn, so sad, and I know I need to remove the reminder, but for some reason, I like it.

I promised a friend that I wouldn't post a picture of it, but I want you to hurt with me, to be sad with me. I don't like to share burdens alone. And, I feel like there is so much imagery and analogy in this situation. I guess that's part of why I want to leave it there. I want to learn from it. I like to learn from others mistakes and maybe keep myself from experiencing things. So, I guess for now, I will leave it there, and I will walk past it as I come and go and I will see what I can learn. What I can draw from it.

I'm sad my sweet birdie, that I didn't even know I had, is gone. He didn't even have a name! I'm sorry I didn't provide you a safe environment to grow in.

**UPDATE** The rain last night washed the egg parts away, but the nest is still there. How how I wish the storm would be over.