I’m thinking this will be the last post on this particular blog as I “transfer” to the other and I might as well leave it with a grand finale of deep thoughts and reminiscing of the goals I had in mind career wise…after all the blog is called WM247, and I have juggled that thing called working full time and taking care of a household which indeed is a full time job in itself. If your just now getting the whole “theme” here well…that’s ok.
There is a few possible “prospects” in what I hope is the very new future for my career change and career goals, hence why I hope to finish here and start like a phoenix rising from the ashes on the new blog. (Don’t worry I’ll let you know when that happens here).
If you would have asked me my “career” goals at 18 I probably would have semi laughed and possibly scoffed at the idea. I, like any true young adult was completely living by the day and didn’t really have anything set in stone for the future and really and truly figured it would be a safe bet to go into health care and be a nurse or some such just to appease the masses. (Seriously… I do love science and the human body and figured that was the way to go) It wasn’t something I was truly passionate about. I honestly thought I had no clue what I wanted to be at 18, or even 24 for that matter. I’m pretty sure it was around 26-27. I just really didn’t think or knew what I was passionate or talented at. Who had time to think about stuff passion when you married young, had one kid, moved to Texas, had another, went to work to pay the bills, had another kid and kept on working just to get by and pay for daycare?
Something buried deep deep inside of me finally was completely excavated when I was working in Texas and back in that day was free to browse the internet without restriction between calls and stumbled on some kind of blog awards thing. (bare with me this may be long but I will get to a point eventually) I was completely intrigued, I clicked on each “nominee” and the first being the infamous Pioneer Woman’s Blog. Believe me I was reading the Pioneer Woman before she was THE Pioneer Woman. It was literally as if Pandora’s box had opened. Here this woman was doing everything I had ever loved to do in some form or another long long long ago. She was writing stuff about her life and she was funny… hello diaries 1 2 and 3, she was taking amazing pictures, and designing her web pages- creating stuff. It was all rolled into one and she was just barely getting her start of speaking at blog conferences and getting paid ( I think she had like Blogher and one major company at that time). I could not believe that someone was actually getting paid for doing the most awesome job on the whole planet. It wasn’t even the idea of getting paid at that point, but I couldn’t get to Blogger fast enough to create my blog. Wait, that’s a total lie, I completely put it off for a week or two because for some reason I really had to stew this over because hello people may actually read this stuff.
Anyway, the start of her blog completely changed everything for me. Back in the day I was a pretty darn good blogger and I was writing stuff like reviews for companies and was heavily involved in twitter parties and then vlogging was soon my thing. Go ahead re read my old stuff..I admit to getting sucked into a time warp and re reading the blog.
Then I decided this whole marketing communications thing was the way to go and I needed to completely go crazy and refuel my passions within the creatives and go back to school and get paid to be passionate about something. And Here I am.
Tuesday was the second interview I have had with a potential company and it is within my current company. I really truly have made it a goal of mine in order to gain experience it best to gain it where I already have my foot in the door. I have the necessary “background” experience and tenured with the company and it honestly probably is my best shot. I’ve been waiting patiently for a position in this department to open up. I have diligently been checking the postings within, waiting for the heavens to open and there it be. I didn’t care if they needed a coffee runner, I was going to apply for it. Then on Jan 3rd..there it was a position working within the creatives.
My interview went beyond better than I expected. I didn’t have to answer many questions, he talked most of the time and was very impressed with my “credentials” if you know what I mean. Mmm… a bachelors in visual communications, leadership experience… the works. Then he told me something I completely didn’t expect. He told me that another position has also recently opened up within. A “manager” type position in my dream kind of job department and he has referred me for that position as well. I may have almost squealed with excitement right there. Really me? Then he said something else that I didn’t expect…”if you don’t hear from me by the 12th of Feb, call me as it may just be things are tied up with HR and I do have to work it out with the big big boss.”
Now of course this is not to say that I feel I’m set in stone, in like flynn, or any of those things. I cannot get myself worked up and then crash down to Earth extremely disappointed. I will say that I really feel the odds are in my favor again one must not count the chickens yet. Surely 1 of the two positions would be under consideration.
If you would have told me 4 years ago when I took my silly career strategies class and we had to list our short term and long term goals- of course short term being finish school, long term find dream job become manager…better yet become director all of this not taken seriously and just for an easy grade…if you would have told me that the silly dream stuff would/could come true, I seriously would have laughed in your face.
Tune in soonish (we hope) for the little mommy blogger that could, become a real career something or other. It will happen for sure we just want it to happen sooner than later. I literally see the finish line after this long marathon and I’m going to make it. I’m really actually going to make it. Dream Big cause it really can happen.
It’s a good thing I never made any resolution to blog more in 2014. I do hope to remedy that, just getting here and starting a post is half the battle.
I think my mood and attitude is finally coming around. Winter is always so bleak for me. The sun really makes a difference. I’m probably one of those few people who can actually notice the slightest difference that the days are gradually getting longer already.
Well enough with that….
As for the new year, it’s here and I have decided no life changing goals or any of that. I’m playing this one day by day. I have some really hopeful prospects (I think) in the works. I’m trying to be optimistic but also focused on my task at hand which has been extremely hard when you want to get started on this thing they call living to work instead of working to live. Sending me good vibes this week would really help a girl out.
I hate to admit that I don’t think I’ve even taken all of 3 pictures this year if that, and that includes my phone. January has always been the month with the least picture taking.
This is probably enough rambling for now. Looks like someone is really late taking down the Chirstmas decor this year. (Yes I still have a Christmas header up…let’s see if after this post I get something new and fresh up. I probably should brush up on my mad design skills.)
Outside My Window: Coldness….
(Look at Google plus being all fancy with the snow..how did it know?)
Many northerners wonder what the big deal is? The big deal is it’s very rare for us to have below freezing temps and snow and ice this early in the winter season. We’re not used to that. School has been out since Friday and continues to be out until Tuesday. The neighborhoods are still pretty bad. No bus would want to even try to get up our hill. I’m pretty sure they gauge closings based on our hill. I’m just saying.
I Am Hearing: The News which we don’t watch often but hey.
(insert random snow pics and warm puppy pics here)
I Am Thinking: Sigh…I’ve finally got somewhat of Christmas cheer by putting up the tree. I think that’s as good as it will get. At least it’s something.
I Am Hoping: For a little bit of a warm up but not expecting much. I’m also hoping that by the time this is read tomorrow I will have a my official degree certificate in my cold clammy hands. UPS has been trying to get to me with out success.
Plans For The Week: I was supposed to have an interview for a position I actually applied for but I rescheduled. I know I’m lame. I just have no drive right now. I blame the cold and darkness it happens this time every year. Oh and the hubs has one of his company parties this week so there’s a little bit of something to look forward to.
She does warm this grinchy heart a little.
Outside My Window: The usual cooler temps and fall like, can’t complain
I Am Hearing: Sunday night football
I Am Thinking: It’s a been a couple of weeks since my last post and my mother has gotten concerned (not really) when she asks, so your last post was a few weeks ago? That’s a hint that I’m behind.
I’ve been on the hunt for a you know what…that thing that validates I have this awesome degree and student loans to pay for it. I’ve had a lot of possible nibbles from companies that I didn’t apply for but they found me based on publishing my resume. It’s overwhelming and scary at the same time. The sad thing is none of them are anything I’m looking for. If I’m desperate I could always sell life insurance. I’m just saying.
Instead of blogging, that has been my Sunday night homework of the week. I’ve tweaked my resume so many times for so many different possibilities it’s crazy.
I Am Hoping: I will get my house in some kind of order in preparation for Christmas. I admit I’ve had ample opportunity but have been down right blah since my dog has passed and my dream job possibility didn’t pull out that my hopes have been kind of down. Plus I’ve put a huge halt to my “healthier habits” kick (remember we weren’t calling it a diet/exercise plan) which I’m sure would boost my mood but it’s a matter of getting back on the horse and I haven’t had the mental gung ho to do so. I can tell my somewhat formed muscles are flabbing out again…literally.
(Obviously I needed some therapy writing today)
I did at least get my Christmas cards and traditional yearly calendars ready and ordered way earlier than I ever have. It only took me all of Saturday to do so because I’m such a stickler now a days for how things look, that it never looks right ever. But I do think the card this year is “designed” better than it has in the last few years. I’m sure it all has to do with the fact that I’m a college graduate now. (yeah…sure).
Plans For The Week: Nothing major as of yet. I will say that the hubs has landed his “dream job” as full time now thanks to his career services company he used. Needless to say now that he is full time and could put us on his benefits, I’m hoping planning that they can now help me find something. They have spoiled him on this job adventure and are taking him out for lunch tomorrow and he’s going to bring them my resume. So there is that.
Picture Thoughts: Yes we need some pics in this whiny post.
I came to an alarming conclusion that I didn’t even come close to taking enough pictures this year. This made it challenging when doing up my calendar project. Most of my picture taking was from my phone which I need to transfer back to the ‘puter. I’ll get on that.
Outside My Window: It’s getting colder as we speak and I’m not having anything to do with colder weather this early in November. I really wanted to get some fall pics in and have yet to do so. I’m afraid that we’re going to be in for a really harsh winter …hopefully I’m wrong.
I Am Hearing: Doctor Who (of course) “Hooverville” (Is it sad that I know the titles?) It’s not one of my faves but whatever. P.S. I’m crazy excited about the 50th and really considering not only watching it at home but seeing it in theaters. It’s going to be epic just from what I’ve seen of previews.
I Am Reading: I didn’t finish Life After Life, is it sad that I kind of figure the ending won’t be too surprising? It did get better as it moved along but my subscription expired on the library and I already re checked it out. I didn’t really feel it worth my time to finish.
I’m on the hunt for the next book. If you’re in a book club and want to tell me what your next read is that would be cool.
I Am Hoping: Still waiting around for that hope thing. I’m really not holding my breath as of yet. I would blog about it but I’m still trying to keep optimistic.
I Am Thinking: I really need to get back on my Insanity regime. I kind of let it go after the mourning of the dog. I felt I was allowed to “grieve” and eat what I want for a bit. It’s time to get back in gear now and I’m dreading it at this point because starting back is so hard.
Plans For The Week:
Not to much. It will be a busy work week plus I have a “date” with my boss/ good friend to attend the annual service dinner for work. If you work for 10 years you get a really nice Taj watch and honored at the service dinner. Every year after that they give you a pen and you still get to attend the dinner. Since the bosses hubby usually has to work and or is not overly thrilled to attend I get to come along as her plus 1. It really is fun when you know the people and can hob nob with the big wigs oh and dress up too. So there’s that.
I have really slacked off as usual on the photo taking department. I’ll try to amend that later in the week.
One Last Thought: The youngest got a ‘Respect’ award from the principal. Which I found oddly odd..reason being he literally just got a hole punch(oh yes the dreaded hole punch) for supposedly being disrespectful to the lunch lady for supposedly just saying ” Can I have a little more please?” according to him. I’m pretty sure he was honest and sincere when he asked for more and was polite about it. I really don’t see him being downright rude to a “stranger”. I again took the hole punch with a grain of salt and just asked to at least apologize the next day to appease the masses. I don’t think he remembered to apologize, so for him to suddenly get this ‘Respect’ award today was totally out of left field. Good job buddy for being respectful wherever whenever that was.
Outside My Window: It’s getting chilly and dark and soon to be rainy. Typical fall I suppose. I’m loving the trees of color. They don’t have a lot of trees in North Texas and it saddens me, which I guess it shouldn’t since I don’t live there anymore. I’m just sayin…
I Am Hearing: The ending of Doctor Who Doomsday. Oh the feels. Here is my question to my particular Whovian friend. Rose talks about her mom being pregnant. I can’t ever understand why they didn’t ever bring anything up about it later when she (Rose) comes back? Real nerd problems I suppose.
I Am Thinking: Another “nerdy” show we enjoy is Bang Goes The Theory on BBC. Very sciency and right up there with Mythbusters but less explosions which I appreciate.
I’ve got other things on my mind but it’s kind of a hurry up and wait and see kind of thing. I’ll let you know when it’s all said and done.
I also will do better to comment on posts. I’ve been using my Kindle a lot to read the blogs and then do the writing on the laptop. I have a hard time going into the link, signing in with wordpress and trying to comment. I guess the Kindle and WordPress don’t jive well. Though I do have the wordpress app, just haven’t used it much on the Kindle.
I Am Hoping: I have some hopes but it’s still too early to mention anything yet. I’m sure you can kind of figure what I’m talking about. I’m not over hopeful but hopeful. How about that for chasing around the subject?
Plans For The Week: No big plans really. We’ll just wait and see.
Picture Thoughts: Trick or Treat was kind of a success and bust at the same time. The boys were the dynamic duo of Batman and Joker with the youngest as a last minute football player. He didn’t want to be Sheldon because he is weird like that. This week it is Red Ribbon Week so we’ll how much bribing it will take to get him to do dressing up for this week.
We were pretty much the only ones traversing around the neighborhood which was good and bad lots of extra candy at our house from no trick or treaters and good as we had the whole place to ourselves.
Dear 4th Grade Teacher(s),
It has come to my attention the new system for “punishing” those who show irresponsibility, and disorganization in class is a hole punch to indicate said child didn’t do what they were supposed to do, and at the end of the week/month the number of hole punches indicate whether the child is allowed to partake of movie day or sit in detention.
I get that some method of reward and punishment is necessary, but what if it doesn’t work for my kid and what if I’m the one that causes the hole punch(es) in the first place?
IF I have signed every necessary form of paperwork and mistakenly forgot to sign the little hole punch tally figurine stapled to his folder where I signed the folder, and he gets a punch for me not signing it who really should be punished? I feel like if he breathes in the wrong direction it’s a hole punch.
I admit I’m kind of over this hole punch thing and haven’t really gotten on to him for them unless it’s something like not turning in homework. I’m not going to punish the kid for my mistake. It’s upidstay.
I apologize for not bringing this up at the conference because you guys were so adamant to tell me all the wrong things my child possess and you kind of laughed off the fact when we brought up that he is pretty darn smart and probably bored in class, hence why he can’t sit still in class and focus, oh and you feel he should be on meds (thanks but no thanks) not that you said it directly but you mentioned meds very discretely and I caught on to where you were going with that.
I believe that is it for now. We will muddle through 4th grade with much gnashing of teeth and hope for the best in 5th grade.
Signed One Punchy Parent.
Outside My Window: It’s chilly, dark, and I’m dreading daylight savings time and I’m not sure when it starts.
I Am Hearing: Mythbusters
I Am Thinking: It’s really strange not feeling stressed and pressed for time to get homework done on Sundays. I’d like to say I’m getting a lot done with my “free time” but it seems other stuff just gets in the way…of course
I Am Hoping: That the rest of this week is awesome. There’s a certain knock at my door and I think it’s a big O. I don’t want to say any more than that but send good vibes to me tomorrow. Pretty please.
I Am Reading: I’m still reading Life After Life. I’m enjoying it I suppose. I’m really close to finish and somehow I think it’s going to be a let down. But who knows.
Plans For The Week: Besides the one thing tomorrow there’s that other thing on Thursday. I’m a little disappointed that we don’t get to dress up at work this year. First time ever they cancelled Halloween. I had big plans for me and my co-workers boys to be random insurance characters. -Mayhem, Jake from State Farm. Me as Flo of course. They were going to be willing to go with it because I’m bossy like that and when you’re the only girl you kind of get you way on things like this sort or. Any who that’s not happening and we’re all kind of bummed.
I’ll have to pass for the moment on pics..I selected the wrong “post” type in word and ugh…why does it have to be so complicated now?
Ugh… I hate to even start a non meme post with this one, but writing is cheaper and easier than therapy for me at least.
We’ve had Annakin since he was wee little six weeks old. (If any mental energy prevails I will post pics in his homage)
I may tear up before I’ve even started.
I’ll admit he was a little puppy terror but dang it he was a cute one. He destroyed many a shoes and toys and everything in between. But again dang it he was cute.
He found a love of sprinklers and his girl Bella
They were inseparable including their escapes every other night to roam the country.
Then just over a month ago he started really having labored breathing it was obvious he was really struggling but didn’t complain and we knew we had to get him seen. The vet had no idea what was going on but both of his lungs were collapsed and all the air was now surrounding his chest cavity instead of inside his lungs. Normally situations like this are caused from a traumatic experience or some kind of puncture but there was nothing. They had to manually draw the air from his chest cavity in order to give room in chest to fill up again and breath..I think I’m describing that right.
Most people have a great difficulty of paying a great expense for a dog, it’s just a struggle for us as anyone else but we really didn’t want to give up and we felt blessed that we had some means for the time being to give it a shot. We wanted to show the boys that you just don’t give up on family.
After a couple of days in the hospital he miraculously got better. The vet couldn’t confirm whether it would come back again or not.
Fast forward 30 plus days with no problems and we woke up Friday morning to him struggling again to breath. This time it was pronounced he wouldn’t/couldn’t lay down but would stretch his neck up to get air.
We felt we were wringing our hands in despair as sure we were able to foot a significant vet bill before we couldn’t do it a second time in such a short period of time. We felt deep inside there probably wouldn’t be much option for him and who was to say it wouldn’t come back again?
Luckily or sadly the boys were out of school Friday. We got them up and explained our predicament. They understood sadly and said their goodbyes. We took him to his last visit to grandma’s to say goodbye, dropped the kids off and went on to the regular vet. We knew there wasn’t enough time to go across time to the emergency vet. We explained the grim situation and the vet contacted the emergency vet for more information to see if there could be one last try of something.
It was at this point that our poor boy who although struggling was acting like a puppy again and filled with curiosity of the sounds from the dogs on the other side of the closed door. He also was turning blue. If you never thought a black dog can turn blue, they most certainly can due to lack of oxygen. Our hearts sank greatly and we knew there really was just no more time.
So our sweet boy went to the great beyond with me and the hubs at his side. We took a moment to tell him how awesome he was and that he no longer had to suffer. I’m sure he’s around somewhere chasing sprinklers in the big back yard in the sky.
We will miss you sweet boy!
(so glad I took this pic last week, before there was nary a sign of any struggle)
It really does feel so good to be doing this again…cause it’s the first step to getting back to routine blogging.
I still need to work on changing over to the other site. Baby steps though.
See if I can remember how to do this.
Outside My Window: Beautiful last couple of days. Perfect fall weather.
I am hearing: Celebrity Paranormal. I am also slightly hearing the youngest singing Applause by Lady GaGa from his room. Love that kid! He is so crazy into football and Barry Sanders of all players and googles everything about the Ravens, football and Barry Sanders and then quizzes me on random football player facts like “Mom, what team did Joe Montanna play for?” Like I don’t know son. He sometimes looks shocked that I actually know.
I am thinking: I’m a touched bummed that my graduation has to be set at the most inconvenient time of December 20th. That would be all well and good if it wasn’t in Denver Colorado. The hubs would not be able to get off the week before Christmas as that is their busy time. Did I mention the hubs got a new job? He loves it and it’s a so much better opportunity for him to grow and receive benefits which is something he didn’t have a good chance at at the smaller business.
The funny thing is I may make an attempt at working at the same place. We’ll see.
I have been on my own search for the “dream job.”
I am hoping: For once in a long while I feel pretty content about things. Good weeks at work are always helpful and hopeful.
Is getting way too big too fast. We’ve already started the shaving thing (I know!) He refuses to do anything that requires hair combing. He has great hair …
Plans For The Week: I am on a slow process of de cluttering the house. It’s a slow go but I am trying. That’s the extent of the excitement of my plans.
Currently Reading: Life After Life. I’m half way through. It’s picking up but I don’t think it’s one I would rave about. It has some good parts but still pretty slow.
I’ve posted most of these pics on facebook already but this is all for anyone else, like my mother
Of course I have to include my notorious butterfly and puppy pics.
Ok I’ll spare you…just one more.