Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Hope your day has less tricks and more treats!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Obsession - One of them...

I have an obsession with calendars. I use a day planner for my day job. I have one for my writing. On my desk I have two blotter calendars – one for the day job and one for everyday use. The blotters are used for passwords, appointments and other things I need to remember.

My desk is L shaped. On the side that houses all my day job stuff I have a wall calendar. It’s more for show. My son gives me a dog calendar for Christmas every year. We have three dogs; a yellow lab, a chocolate and a golden retriever. Each year I get something to do with one of them.

Where the house computer sits I have a tear-away calendar. It’s usually a Maxine. I love reading her daily rants.

Lastly, I keep a small one in my purse. It has doctor appointments for the family.

Oh, I can’t leave out the hubby’s calendar. That is on the side of the refrigerator. He keeps track of the appointments for the dogs and himself. LOL

Is it a big much? Maybe, but in my head I can justify all of them. :o)
Do you have any obsessions?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rotten Experience

I pay to belong to a freelance job board. I’m not mentioning the name here, but it’s huge and many a writer belongs to it. Anyway, I’ve been bidding on jobs lately trying to fill the gaps with the holidays around the corner.

One proposal was accepted and when I was given the work or shall I say test, I found the work wasn’t for me. It made me feel uncomfortable, so I decided to withdraw. This person got ticked off and threatened to leave negative feedback. I sent a long letter explaining my reasons. Now mind you it’s supposed to be a company, not an individual. I thought I did the professional thing by backing out because I truly couldn’t do the work.

If there’s one thing I hate, as a survivor domestic abuse, it’s to be threatened. My hackles go up and I get into fighting mode. I don’t like to fight when it comes to my career. So after the second email from said person, I decided not to respond. My first was very professional, so I’ll remain professional and not respond. If I get negative feedback, I’ll survive. I’ve survived much worse.

They have their opinion and I have mine.

What would you do?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Foliage

Over the weekend we drove to New York to visit family. The fall foliage was at its peak in some areas. The brilliant reds, vibrant oranges and the stunning yellow and gold leaves reminded me why I love northeast.

Zooming down the highway at 70 mph taking in the breathtaking view is exactly what I needed. It’s been a stressful time for our family. The various colors brought happiness to my heart and so did the warm temperatures we were blessed with.

My son introduced us to his new girlfriend. She has a young child and he’s a cutie pie. I liked his new girlfriend. They appear happy. It always fills my heart when I see my children happy. It’s been a long time for my son. He had his heart broken a few years ago and this is his first serious relationship since that one ended. Sure he dated over the years, but nothing he wanted to commit to.

When he asked me to lunch last month when he was visiting to tell me about her I knew it was important to him. It seemed like he sought my approval. Of course I gave it to him. J

The break away from the house was a break we all needed.