Laid Off? How I Survived the Job Search

They say that doors close so new ones can open, and now that I have found a new job I hope for that to be as true as it has proven to be in the past....more
That is great you were fortunate to find one quickly as you were very proactive. My last layoff ...more

I went on a vacation

I went on a vacation.I love a good road trip. It was awesome to see new places and meet some of the people that the people I care about care about. In this time I experienced more than a few moments of pure happiness – kayaking on Lake Michigan, geo caching in the forrest, The Best pie ever, a detour through The Great Smokey Mountains, and another through a small Georgia town with rocking chairs on every porch  - but one moment that nobody else knows about stands out and that is the one that I want to share....more

Breaking up ....with your job... is hard to do.

In a series of events that I can only assume I will one day in the (hopefully) not so distant future look back on as fate I lost both of my jobs within a series of a month. I received many assurances that it was not personal – schedule conflicts/ contracts/ moving in a different direction/ recreating positions..... I was wished well, offered stellar references, and thankfully allowed to continue working for a while....more

The New Year

The New Year is just around the corner.I always find that the end of the year sneaks up on me. I think that part of it might be because I live in a state that does not have proper seasons. I also have a theory that an old friend and I discussed about time relativity related to your age but that is another topic…....more


I used to love Thanksgiving. I cooked my first Thanksgiving meal when I was twelve and from that year on I had some kind of large contribution to all Thanksgiving dinners that were to follow.Some years I had over 50 people in my home. I loved it! People would rave over my food and my home and my general Martha Stewartness. I believed it too, but in hindsight it was as sugarcoated as the yams (which I hate). ...more

Zzzzzzzz. Awake! Zzzzzzz.

 I don't (usually) sleep. Last night I woke up - which is quite odd for a person who does not sleep -for about 1/2 a second I thought I was somewhere else but I was not.  I was still at home in my bed with a cat on my feet and too many pillows around my head. It is strange how much you can feel in half a moment. What will the next moment bring? ~~~~~~~~~...more

Thing a day....

I am a sucker for thing a day posts & readings.Yes, I am the person who buys those reading a daily calendar books and actually reads them. I am the one who decides to do the picture a day challenge and really focuses on taking the perfect picture for that topic everyday. I am the one who looks forward to November so I can post the things that I am thankful for, without it seeming like I am bragging about having the perfect life - because most days I do not - but for that I am thankful too. (Think of how boring THAT would be!)...more

I am here, I am here....

I need a blog. I knew that this was true but a few weeks ago I woke and and KNEW that I needed to write and that I needed to write regularly. I can not tell you exactly what this will be about - or if anyone out there will really want to read it. I can tell you that it will be honest and it will include some of the things that I love (my family and friends, pictures, decorating, bargain shopping, cooking, knitting) and some of the things that I struggle with (parenting ups and downs, being a single Mom, finding balance in work and life and love)....more