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A Blessing In Disguise

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Well guys, since the last time I have really been active in my blog, I have been faced with some disappointing, yet exciting life changing news. I was laid off in mid June from my position at the Advertising Agency. I was faced with a situation that turned my whole world upside down. I was let go, left with many unanswered questions and a stress I was not yet  ready to be faced with regarding my financial obligations that come along with being a single woman living alone. Every day for the past month I have searched almost every career site online, networked with all possible people who could aid in full-time positions, and was even  faced with attempting to do something I never in my life thought I’d do– file for unemployment. I knew the economy was bad but didn’t think I would ever be affected by it. I mean, I have been working since I was 15 years old, and who wouldn’t want a motivated woman with a Bachelor’s Degree wanting nothing more than to work. I was depressed, stressed, and in a bind I couldn’t see past. Well, I finally had my appointment to get my unemployment filed and the lady speaking with me advised to wait another week to make a  higher income due to the new quarter. Patience is something I struggle with, however, I took her advice. I impatiently waited for the date to arrive in which I could jump on this chance to continue to have a small sum of money coming in until I could get back on track with a real job. Well, 2 days before taking that embarrassing, yet necessary drive to the unemployment office, I got a phone call that changed my life. “Can you meet with me today at 2,?” the lady on the other end of the phone said. Needless to say 2 interviews, a background check, and a phone call later I was offered a position in the Animal Health industry!  Although this is somethingI never imagined doing, I started my job on July 9th  and couldn’t be happier! The challenge, the opportunity as well as the job stability is something in my career I have never been able to say I had. I went from making a lousy hourly salary to making a decent salaried pay check. I will be getting a raise next month and I am constantly being praised for my hard work, my ability to work well with others, and promises of growing into a management, higher paying position. This is a job that I truly feel is my career. No more jobs to pay bills or something to get by temporarily. This is my new life, this is my new world, and this is something I am proud to say I am a part of. So to those of you who are having a hard time in this economic crisis I say this–do not underestimate your talents and skills due to the fact one person turns their cheek on you. There are plenty of opportunities to work, you just have to be willing to learn and adjust to things you may not be used to. Stay focus, and always remember somethings turn out to be blessings in disguise.

Happy Birthday America!

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Although our country has seen better times, we are doing much better than some countries. People from across the world envy the life we live. Today is a day in which we celebrate Independence Day.  July 4th is the day in which celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Without this we would not have the freedom we do today. Across the nation, people pay tribute to this day with parades, fairs, parties, cookouts, and my favorite FIREWORKS!! Last night I went to a celebration in my hometown called Red, White, Boom. There was live music, food vendors, face painting, and again my favorite FIREWORKS! As I sit there it hit me that it is not often people come together regardless of age, race, religion, or political parties to celebrate such a historical accomplishment by our country. So today I say to you, be proud to be an American, be safe, Happy 4th of July, and last  but not least, don’t forget to wear your RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!!

Materials:

  • large sheet of poster paper
  • red and blue paint
  • brushes
  • dishes.

Directions:

  1. Lay the big paper down on the floor. Use a ruler to mark lines with pencil for the blue field and stripes.
  2. Have students dip or brush hands with blue paint and press onto the hands the top left corner of the paper for stars. Alternatively, you could paint a blue field, allow to dry and then make white hand prints.
  3. Dip or brush students feet with red paint and make foot prints in a line for the stripes. Remember, the top and bottom stripes of an American flag are red.
  4. Allow everything to dry and display.

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • CRUST
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • TOPPING
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
 

Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 325º F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with waxed paper.
  2. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix with a fork until evenly moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up 1 inch of the sides of the pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the sour cream until blended. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Pour half of the batter into the pan.
  4. Put the jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth (about 4 minutes). Drizzle one fourth of the jam mixture in stripes over the batter in the pan. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam, then drizzle with 1/8 cup of jam. Reserve the last of the jam mixture to drizzle over the cheesecake.
  5. Swirl the batter gently with a thin knife to marbleize it slightly.
  6. Bake the cheesecake until firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center, 70 to 80 minutes. (Don’t worry if your cheesecake cracks while baking or cooling.) Set the cake in the pan on a wire rack, run a knife along the inside edge to loosen the sides, and let it cool completely. Wrap the cake in plastic and chill it for at least 4 hours.
  7. Take the cake out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Remove the pan sides and place the cake on a platter. Warm the remaining jam mixture until liquid, then drizzle it over the cheesecake. Serve with the fresh blueberries. Serves 12 to 16.

Work Hard, Live Easier

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So my life has changed dramatically since my last blog entry. By changing dramatically I mean I GOT LAID OFF 😦 Everyone says to me, “it’s the economy” or “many companies are cutting back.” That’s all fine but at the end of the day, it doesn’t pay my bills. I live alone which means I am responsible for EVERYTHING financially in my life.  I could sit here and complain about how stressed out I am but the truth is at the end of the day,  there is no point. I look at this as a new chapter of my life and a chance to utiize the skills I’ve acquired in a new career. There is a saying “all good things come to those who wait.” Well guess what? I’m waiting patiently. So to those who have been affected negatively by the economy I want you to keep in mind, sitting on your behind will not help you succeed. Get active, knock on doors, network, and most importantly, keep a positive attitude because you WILL find something!

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB

1. Always keep your resume updated and error free. Your resume is how an employer gets to know you before actually meeting you.

2. Have a cover letter. Sending a cover letter can set you aside from other candidates. It shows that you took the extra step and are serious about wanting to work.

3. Dress to impress. Once you have been given the opportunity to meet with management, don’t blow it by looking like a slob. Always dress business professional.

4. Be yourself. Sometimes meeting potential employers can be intimitdaing. Employers know you know are nervous, no need to tell them. Be confident and show a little of your personalty. Don’t be scared to ask any questions. And don’t forget to bring your portfolio to showcase your work.

5. Mind your manners. Be sure to not only thank the people who interview you in person but also follow up with a thank you letter or email. This ensures that they don’t forget about you and know you mean business.

6. AND ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE!!!!

Want to make a good first impression? Below are some ideas for men and women on what is appropriate for interviews!

National Best Friend Day

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Today is the day in which we celebrate National Best Friend Day! My best friend Allison and I have been threw so much together! Ever have one of those friends you go from talking to each other every single day to not seeing each other in months and things being the exact same? Well that’s exactly how we are. I can count on her for anything. If she’s got it and I need it there is no doubt in my mind she’d give it to me and vice versa. We will always fight like sisters and laugh like teenage school girls. If you have a person who you call your best friend give them a call today and tell them how much you appreciate them!

Here is a pic of my best friend Allison and I

Happy Friday!

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I don’t know about you but my favorite day of the week is Friday! Friday is the only day of the week  I get super excited about. After a busy work week I just love getting off , having an adult beverage or two, and knowing I get to sleep in the next two days. (not that I ever sleep past 9 but hey I can sit in my pjs all day) Well there’s nothing much to this blog entry just wanted to say Happy Friday!!! Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Crazy Dog

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Anyone who tells you raising a puppy is easy LIED!  My parents have always had done such a great job of training their dogs that I guess I assumed I would catch on just as easily. I mean how hard could it be to teach a dog right from wrong. The answer my friends is VERY HARD!!!

My friend Piper kept hassling me about getting a puppy. “You live by yourself,” or  ” let’s go look at puppies,” and of course when when would go you’d feel bad for the dogs. On the other side my dad has never thought it was a good idea for me to get a dog. I’ve lived by myself  for almost 6 years and anytime I would bring up the D word my dad would cut me off “you aren’t home enough to raise a dog” and “they take a lot of work and cost money.”

Well guess what people, I got a dog. My dad is a smart man I don’t know why i didn’t listen to him. Dogs are a lot of work. I have had almost every room in my apartment peed and pooped on, endless numbers of shoes, phone and computer chargers chewed up, and get woken up nearly every night because my pup is chewing up something or needs to potty.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my puppy to death. He loves to ride in the car, play fetch and go on long jogs and walks with me.  He is 9 months old so he is still in the puppy phase but I still think he needs a  little help in the discipline area. I rarely spank him, he hardly ever listens to me, and jumps on people when they come in the door. There is no reason what so ever that I shouldn’t be the boss in my own house. My boyfriend is always saying “I told you not to get a dog.” People joke that if I can’t control my dog then how the hell am I going to control my kids. And thats when it hit me…time to teach Phoenix who’s boss!!

Piper and Phoenix

One of Phoenix’s victims

Phoenix sunbathing on the porch

International Day of Families

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Ever heard of family day? Neither have I…until today! May 15th is a date in which countries of the United  Nations observe International Day of Families. Dating back to May 15, 1995, the International Day of Families is a day in which people of the UN focus on the importance of balancing work and family. Specifically, it stresses the significance  in financially and emotionally contributions of workers to their families while  consistently adding to the growth of the society. Celebrations include workshops, meetings, and campaigns focused on the strength of family support systems. Although here in a America this is nothing we celebrate, I think it is very important for all working professionals to keep in mind how lucky we are to have careers and families. It is important to always keep a tight balance of the two and continuously strengthen our efforts to grow in both aspects of our lives.