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Congratulations, Bella!

Today, my big girl is a Kindergarten Graduate! I'm so PROUD!

My Rockstar

27 Dresses...

So I just watched 27 dresses, and they spent the entire movie trying to make Katherine Heigl look like the ugly-duckling older sister.

There is NO way to make that girl look ugly or frumpy.


An overdue career update...

A friend's comment (Thanks, G!) made me realize that while I had blogged about the end of my previous position, I hadn't blogged about what's transpired since then.

So... without further ado!

After the unmitigated disaster that was the end of my last job, I took a little time to figure out what I wanted to do next. What I realized was that I've been in high responsibility, high visibility, high pressure management positions for about 7 years. I was exhausted! I didn't want more pressure - I wanted a job opportunity where I could go to work, do a great job, and then GO HOME. I wanted something where i could leave my job at the office at the end of the day. No more "life and death" decisions for me. No more 80 hour work weeks.

So, with that in mind, I set about my job search. I interviewed about a zillion (yes, kids, zillion is the highly technical term) times. I turned down a couple of positions. I was beginning to really freak out because I didn't want to just take a job to pay the bills, but I was reaching the point where I no longer had the liberty of being choosy.

At almost the exactly right moment, and opportunity came along that suited me pretty well. I liked the company, I liked the work they did and I like the position they were offering. It would be an administrative/executive assistant position, where my entire job would be to work with the managing partner of a small company to make his life easier. I negotiated a little regarding pay & benefits, but we came to an agreement that worked and I started work the second week of April.

The job was really fun! I did everything from fetch coffee to make travel arrangements to plan meetings. I also have some useful computer skills, so they put me to work implementing a software-based project management solution. Pretty early on, some people I work with discovered that I'm a bit of a "grammar nazi" and I became the default "copy editor" for the writing projects produced within our office. After about 2-3 weeks, my boss left for Cairo... he was gone for 2 weeks, but upon his return, he called me into his office.

I'd been working for the company for just shy of a month, and I thought "Oh dear lord... how on EARTH can I possibly have gotten into trouble here already?" He asked me to shut the door behind me and sit down, which made me even MORE nervous. I sat down and began to mentally prepare myself for the worst. What came next absolutely blew my mind.

He said that he felt like my talents were being "wasted." That while he loved having me as his assistant, he felt like the company (and my long term career goals) would be better served by me taking on a role within the company that better fit my skill set. In short, he promoted me. I'm now working as a "Development Coordinator / Foundation Relations Specialist." This means a little bit of grant writing, a little bit of editing, a little bit of salesmanship and relationship building, a little bit of training on topics where I have experience or expertise (primarily marketing and PR) and a little bit of project management/coordination.

So... that was last week. I spent the week busting my ASS writing a grant for a project I really believe in. It was lovely to feel like i was doing something important for a cause that will make a difference in the world. This week involves a lot of research... finding funding sources for clients with projects across the country. Next week will probably be more grant coordination! I'm happy. I'm still working on some salary negotiation issues, but I'm really hoping that it all comes together because I can see myself at home in a position like this for the long haul.


Best Mother's Day Gift... EVER.

As part of the mother's day gifts they made at school, the teachers asked the kids questions about their moms and recorded their answers.

Here's what Miss Bells had to say about me...

1. What's your mommy's name?

2. How old is your mommy?

3. What makes your mommy happy?
Us cuddling together and watching tv together.

4. What makes your mommy sad?
When I don't listen to her and be rude to her.

5. What makes your mommy laugh?
When I put on a funny show for her.

6. What is your mommy's favorite thing to drink?

7. What is your mommy's favorite color?

8. How much does your mommy weigh?
1 lb.

9. What is your mommy's favorite thing to do?
Kiss me.

10. What is your favorite thing about your mommy?
She's a good person.

11. What is your mommy's favorite food?
Macaroni & Cheese

12. Where is your mommy's favorite place to go?
The pet store.

13. What is your mommy's favorite tv show / movie
Grown Up Movies.

14. What is your mommy's job?
She works for a man that tells her what to do.

15. What is your mommy's favorite animal?
a cat.

16. What is the nicest thing your mommy has ever done for you?
She made my soup when I was sick.

17. What is the nicest thing you have ever done for your mommy?
I kiss her and love her.

18. I love my mommy because...
She makes me stuff and kisses me.


5 years ago (almost six), I became a mom.

It was the defining moment of my life. She changed everything about me - my priorities, my goals, my sense of humor, my insecurities and my perceptions about life, love and what it means to be a good person. She taught me how to laugh... how to love. Her birth inspired me to get my life in order... to do everything necessary to be the healthiest person possible. My goal is to be the mom she deserves.

Every choice I make now, I do so with her in mind.

Happy Mother's Day, Bella.

Thank you for making me into the woman I've come to be.

Mamma "loves you the whole world!"


Animal Crackers...

And you know... the monkey's just "Yeah... I mock you with my monkey pants."

Some gems from Lewis Black

"It was a special winter, wasn't it? Yeah. If you're a fucking moose and you've got fur on your fucking nuts, it was a fucking festival. Where is global warning when you need it?"

"The only thing dumber than a republican or a democrat... is when these two pricks work together! We have a party of two systems: the democrats, which is a party of no ideas, and the republicans, which is a party of bad ideas."

Chocolate Meme...

Stolen from MuteLorelai

What Your Taste in Chocolate Says About You

You are sophisticated, modern, and high class.
Your taste is refined, but you are not picky.
You are often the first to try something new.

You are full of life and vigor.
You have an amazing amount energy, and you keep very active.
Some people feel like you can't focus on them. You do tend to be restless

You love the feeling of accomplishment. You enjoy doing what's important.
You feel lost when you have to do frivolous tasks or hang out with shallow people.


April is National Poetry Month

I've been getting daily emails for National Poetry Month, and this is one that blew my mind. It's an excerpt from Anne Carson's "The Beauty of the Husband." She describes the book as a sustained emotional narrative and a layered performance in language. The book is subtitled "a fictional essay in 29 tangos." This is tango # XIX.

A Conversation Between Equals
than Which Nothing is More Difficult to Achieve in
This World Habeas Corpus'd as (Keats Says)
We Are Out of All Wonder Curiosity and Fear
-By Anne Carson

I know.
I can see why you would think that.
Go on.
Faithless lecherous child.
What can I say.
But please.
Destroyer liar sadist fake.
Please what.
Save me.
Who else do you say that to.
No one.
No one he says.
Have courage.
You fool.
Oh my love.
Listen I only wanted one thing to be worthy of you.
Are you mad.
No yes it doesn't matter.
You live a counterfeit life.
Yes yes but for you.
These are my trophies my campaigns my honors I lay them before you.
The women.
The lying.
The shame.
No there is no shame.
The shame I feel.
There is no shame except in retreat.
And I never retreat.
I guess not.
Be my ally.
What are we talking about now.
If you wish not to go on with this I'll stop.
Don't stop.
I've said everything before.
What's wrong with us.
Fog of war.
Why are we at war.
Because I don't want to give up.
Your dreams are a mess.
They are my masterpiece.
God help us then.
God has no place in war and the folly of it well one has only to persevere in folly and
the world will soon enough call it success.
No it's not going to clear up is it or make sense or come out into the open somewhere
this welter of disorder and pain is our life.
Your so-called freedom.
Our so-called love.