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 I do not deal well with rejection. Honestly, who does? I have yet to meet a person who actually likes rejection. Some sales people feed off of rejection and it pushes them to try harder, but I really doubt that they actually enjoy being rejected. This week I started sending my resume out for a new job that I can do from home. This is the first time I have had to do the whole resume thing in my entire 12 year career. I created a resume when I graduated from college and landed a nice little job in the Human Resources / Staffing field. From then on out, the jobs I have had have been based on referrals from other people. New opportunities have just landed in my lap and I have been blessed because of them. Even once my first child was born and I decided to become a stay at home mom, opportunities came forth in the recruiting field that enabled me to be a stay at home mom while earning a bit of money on the side. As of this past January, I ended up resigning from my home based recruiting position because being on the phone so much was becoming too difficult with three very loud children in the background. It is hard to remain professional when you have a toddler tugging on your leg to hold her, or a three year old wanting to talk to whomever you are trying to hold a professional conversation with. The problem is...we are really missing the money I was making. My husband referred to the fund that we put the money into as an "Oh Shit" fund while I referred to it as an … [Continue reading]

Peaks and Valleys

 Isn't it funny how marriage has its peaks and valleys? I am happily married. I married a wonderful man who works extremely hard every day away from home to provide for us. When he comes home, he happily shares in the housework, the cooking, the taking care of the kids, etc. I am spoiled and blessed all at once. Even though I do consider myself to be happily married, there are times when my husband and I can't stand each other. We get in those moods where every little thing the other one does bugs the heck out of each other. My husband, for example, likes to finish whatever I am doing. If I have a pot on the stove simmering something and the lid is supposed to stay on during the entire time, he comes into the kitchen and takes over...lifting the lid and stirring the pot. He thinks he is being helpful when really he doesn't understand that I have things completely under control. I, of course, cannot imagine anything that I could possibly do to annoy him. OK - well maybe the beating him up in the middle of the night gets annoying, but besides that I am really the non-annoying one out of the two of us. (Kidding, of course!)At times, we are annoyed with each other. Those times I will call our valleys. Then we have our peaks. The past few weeks we have been on a really high peak. Everything is clicking. We are communicating, loving, having fun, and enjoying each others company. The kids are happy, we are happy and things are just going swell. We just came off of a wonderful … [Continue reading]

More Than You Have Ever Wanted to Know

I have been delinquent. I have been tagged by four people for 3 different meme's! In the next few posts, you all are going to get more information about me than you ever wanted to know. Here is meme one and two.I was tagged by my friend Kate from one of my favorite blogs, Kate in the Kitchen, for a fun meme.What were you doing 10 years ago? 1997 was a good year. I was really enjoying being a single, independent gal living in the city. I lived in a house with my then roommate Peg and met my husband through her. I was also working for a company called Cerner Corporation as an Organizational Development Specialist. What were you doing 1 year ago? In the summer of 2006 I was a sleep deprived new mom, loving every minute of life with an infant again. Five snacks you enjoy (I'm not a big snacker, so this one is kind of hard): 1. Dove Milk Chocolate 2. Bananas 3. Cupcakes 4. Bread 5. Diet Coke Five songs that you know all the lyrics to : 1. Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield 2. American Pie 3. Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp 4. Brick House 5. Bop With You Baby by Dan Seal Five things you would do if you were a millionaire: Make sure everyone in my family has enough for what they needBuy a house by the oceanStock enough away so my kids can live comfortablyStart my dream businessPay off billsFive bad habits: 1. Procrastination on things like emptying the dishwasher, cleaning toilets, etc, 2 Brushing my teeth with the water running, 3 Cracking my knuckles, 4 Nibbling while cooking, 5 … [Continue reading]

Growing Up

 I didn't think that Jacob going to Kindergarten this year was going to bother me. I really thought that I would deal with it fine and that it would happen without much emotion from me. Then, I walked into Jacob's bedroom at bedtime last night and he was clutching his purple blanket and his stuffed dog, Talktus, tightly and sobbing quietly. I sat down beside him and asked him what was wrong. He said that daddy told him that Kindergarteners don't have blankets so when he got to kindergarten he shouldn't have to sleep with his blanket any longer. He then looked up at me, with big tears in his eyes, and said "Mommy...if I can't have my blanket, I don't want to grow up very badly." It just broke my heart. I, of course, told him he could keep his blanket for as long as he needed it and that he did not by any means have to stop sleeping with it in Kindergarten. Then, we came down to have a talk with Daddy, who totally didn't mean anything that he said and thought that Jacob knew he was just playing with him. So yeah...kindergarten isn't going to be so tough. Yeah, right. This whole growing up thing is going to have me sobbing buckets! … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Perfection

 I have never been a huge fan of peanut butter cookies. It isn't that I don't like the flavor of them... it is just that they are so inconsistent. You never know what you are going to get when you bite into a homemade peanut butter cookie. Is it going to be crunchy? Will it have peanuts in it or be nut free? Will it be soft and tender with a chewy center? You just never know. In the August 2007 issue of Gourmet magazine I was reading an article about The Willows Inn...a beautiful Bed & Breakfast on Lummi Island, which is a two hour drive from Seattle and a 1 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver.  The chef at The Willows Inn graciously provided Gourmet magazine with some of their most popular recipes. One of the recipes he shared is a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies. Normally, I would have flipped right by this, but when I read that the Gourmet food editor who tested the recipe then slipped the recipe into his own recipe file as the peanut butter cookie of choice, I had to give it a try. This recipe makes 40 large cookies. We are talking 1/4 cup of dough per cookie people, so they are really good size. The recipe also says to bake the cookies for 30 minutes. This did not work for me at all as my first batch that I finally took out after 20 minutes were brown and crispy.  The next batch I left in for only 11 minutes. I took the cookies out when they looked like they could maybe use one minute more (which is my secret to a great cookie) and left them on the cookie … [Continue reading]