You Are Massachusetts
You are smart, serious, and quite traditional. You don’t have a lot of time for junk in your life.
It’s likely that you’re well-educated and hard-working. You live a very goal oriented life.
You are probably socially liberal, but personally quite conservative. You would never be described as wild.
But you’re more diverse than people give you credit for. You’re equally comfortable at a business meeting and at a rowdy sports game!
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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of Giraffes and The Brooklyn Bridge that Michael took while we were in NYC last week. I showed you the new hard wood floor that my friends helped me install. I shared a post I had written for the On The Edge blog called My Daughter The Chi-A-Poo. We talked about uses for baking soda and I told you how you can enter to win a 40″ Flat Screen TV!!
The Weekly “oh crap!!”: My motorcycle tire is worn down to the cords (or would it be chords??) 😦
The Weekly Amazing Fact: An adult giraffe’s kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion!!!
The Weekly Birthdays: Jessica Westervelt, Melinda Race Myers, Jen Swartz Lawrence, Angelos Tzelepis, John Striffler, Jeremy Kenny, Faith Barr, Jeff Filby, William Pillon and a HUGE Happy 30th Birthday to Avari Tears!! I hope you all had wonderful birthdays – leave a comment to let us know how you celebrated your special day.
The Weekly Activity: Working on the poker run – route ideas, and donations oh my!!
The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: No Destination’s Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House
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Blog Post by: Rose A. Winters
I don’t have children, so I consider my dog my child….
In 2007 my boyfriend Michael and I were at my realtor Terri and her husband Bob’s house and met their adorable little Chi-a-poo named Molly. We spent most of the evening playing with little Molly. Up until this point Michael always used the argument that little dogs weren’t manly and the long-haired ones should have a broom handle shoved up their butts and be used as mops. Just the idea I liked little dogs surprised many because I’m originally a Doberman gal…. By the end of the night Molly had Michael wrapped around her little paw.
A couple of months later when I was getting ready to close on my house Michael fessed up that he wanted to buy me a puppy as a surprise for my housewarming gift. I’m glad he told me because a pet is a life changing, long-term commitment. He told me he’d already been speaking to a breeder and there was a litter being born that week and we could pick her out soon. Since he’d already done so much work finding her I figured I’d at least check it out.
It took me all of about 10 seconds to pick her out of the 5 in her litter and to know I’d love her forever! She looked like a tiny little guinea pig! To give you an idea of the demand – the pictures were posted online and in 8 minutes Isabella’s entire litter was spoken for. As the weeks passed until we could pick her up in Buffalo, KY, the breeder posted a new picture of her every week until she was 7 weeks old.
The first time I held Isabella it was love at first sight. We spent hours at the breeder’s house getting to know her and getting her to feel comfortable with us. We flew home with her and she became our daughter.
We feed her, dress her, cuddle with her, and give her the best care that we’re able to give. We chronicle her life like most parents chronicle their children’s lives. We measured her to track her height and weight. We wrote down the date when she lost her 1st tooth, and had her 1st haircut. We taught her all kinds of commands – sit, stay, down, paw, and roll over. She’s so well-behaved! She’s our little darling 🙂
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Click some of the links in the blog to see more pictures of Miss Isabella….
All Photos by Michael T. Henry except 2 week old picture courtesy of Sunset’s Toy Breed Puppies
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This was originally posted on my friend Lynn Hidy’s website Up Your TeleSales on May 31, 2010.
Who Will You Be When The Pilgrimage Is Over?
Rose Niekrewicz-Winters is a friend of mine, I met when we were both on a bus trip with a band in Ireland…. ‘nuf said. Instead of telling you, I’ve asked Rose to share her pilgrimage and thoughts about it:
It’s been quite a long pilgrimage. I’ve traveled through the past year and a half searching for a job. Not just any job, but “the” job. I know, I know – in this economy many would say I’m a fool to NOT just take any job. What those people don’t realize is that if I just take any old job and then if it doesn’t work out and they lay me off, it could jeopardize my future unemployment status. The bottom line is that I’m picky.
Some may say it’s all about who you know. I’ve found that sometimes that just doesn’t matter. I have over 600 friends on Facebook, over 200 members in the motorcycle club, I’m in, thousands of hits to my blog, piles of former clients…. The list goes on and on. Nobody seems to know anyone who is hiring. I keep my ear to the ground because all it takes is 1 “right person” to drop your name at the right time.
Who I will be at the end of the journey is hopefully someone gainfully employed and happy at my job. Push that angle aside and I’ll also be a person who took the time to get to know hundreds of people in the process and did good things for others along the way.
What did I do to keep my sanity? I helped others. I spent time working on a charity poker run for a girl with optic nerve cancer. I helped some friends whose house burned down rebuild their lives. I volunteered to help do work to open up the Double H “Hole in the Woods” Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. I helped out a friend who was in a motorcycle accident. I supported a friend whose daughter has leukemia and tried to help her spread the word about a fundraiser for her. I tell friends that I may have an empty bank account and can’t financially contribute to everything I’d like, but I do have time and a bank full of good karma!
When did I find the time? Being out of work many people assume you’ve got all the time in the world to run around and help them with their errands. There is nothing further from the truth. I look at my schedule lately and wonder “when will I find the time to work when I get that new job?” When you get extra time in your life, life decides to throw things at you to fill the time!
Where do you meet the people? Anywhere and Everywhere! I talk to people every chance I get. I make friends at a local coffee shop, on vacation, at concerts, at networking events, online, through other friends…. I keep saying it only takes talking to the one right person to land that perfect job….
How I’ve dealt with being out of work so long is a common question. The answer is by keeping a positive attitude. I always keep in mind that nobody wants to hire a complainer who’s crying in their beer all the time. So I’ve been careful not to be that person. At the end of the How Far Are You Willing to Travel article in the A Chip Off the Block newsletter some questions were asked.
How would you like it to be instead?
Obviously I’d like to be employed. I’d love it to be with a solid company that’s willing to recognize and pay for a quality employee. Those $10/hour job calls just frustrate me to the point of asking “Did you even read my resume??”
How open to new, sometimes crazy sounding ideas are you?
I started my job search very focused on a sales job. Later I reflected on my career and realized I was selling myself short. True I’ve held many sales positions as of late, but I also have done marketing, data processing, management, etc. So pigeon holing myself was a horrible thing to do! I later realized that opening myself up to other markets and other professions was a great idea and now I tell people that I’m keeping my options open and I’d love to hear their ideas, no matter how crazy they may sound.
Just last night a good friend told me that another mutual friend counts on me for my ideas. Apparently I’m her “think tank” and I never knew it. I’m analytical and try to think three steps ahead and my friend doesn’t normally think past the first step. She let’s things unfold as they happen. I’ve learned in life to think about the future because your actions today can make or break things.
How much effort will you put in?
I work hard so I can play hard. Everyone likes to make money. They’d be lying if they said otherwise. I like to do a job in the most efficient way and get it out of the way. I put in the effort to get a job done right the first time so it doesn’t have to be revised 4 times therefore wasting valuable “play time.”
How does this fit into your goals?
This all fits into my goals. My goals are to work hard so I can afford to play hard. I love to travel (in fact that’s how Lynn of Up Your Telesales and I met and became friends), ride motorcycles, attend concerts, etc. All of that is tough to do when you’re unemployed. So I’m hoping my positive attitude and outgoing personality I’m putting out there will pay off with the job of my dreams!
How will you keep going when it gets tough?
That’s a loaded question if I ever saw one! Things have gotten tough. Life is tough. The question is will you choose to have a “Whoa is me” attitude or a positive attitude? Attitude is half the battle! Times get tough and somehow it motivates me to work harder and put in even more effort than I had prior.
In closing the How Far Are You Willing To Travel article said: “It’s your pilgrimage so there are no right or wrong answers – plus if you’re happy with the path you’re on, continue!”
I may not always be happy with the path I’m on, but I’m always aware of the next crossroad and am very aware that my life can be very different based on the choices I make. All events shape the outcome of future events. Just like Marty and Doc discussed in Back to the Future It’s all about the “Space Time Continuum”. Make every moment count.
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The Weekly Re-cap: I showed you what I had for a 3AM snack and spoke about Mental Feng Shui. We celebrated Miss Isabella’s 3rd Birthday!! I told you about a study going on to track how many fireflies are still out there. Michael & I attended the 5th Annual smAlbany Small Business Day and I shared a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
The Weekly New Season on TV: Project Runway Season 8
The Weekly Food: Pizza, Sliders Sweet Sausage and Leftovers! (Real healthy huh?)
The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to Musicouch.com Time Warner Corporation bought the rights to the Happy Birthday song in 1998. So now a single use in a film or TV program will cost around $10,000!
The Weekly Birthdays: Chantel Weckesser-Schultz, Nicole VanWagner, Heather Skoda, Jennifer Kappeller, Jerry Papandrea, Ed Lass, Debbie DeCicco-Fiore, Carla Rozman, Phil Russo, Lisa Naccarato Schatzel, Dan Hubbell, and Kevin Ryan. I hope you all had wonderful birthday’s!! Leave a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.
The Weekly Activity: We went to Dale Miller for the Equinox, Inc. benefit where Kristi Gustafson & Steve Barnes were guest bartenders. (They raised over $1000!) Our friend Trish and her son came to visit for a day of BBQ and hanging out in the pool. We attended the Lia Car Show, as well as the smAlbany Small Business Day as VIP bloggers. We rode out to The Factory in Ballston Spa with No Destination, and we test rode a BMW K1300 GT at Max BMW Motorcycles. We had a VERY busy week!!
The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter (some of them): ChesshireCat, Santino Rice, Tim Cronin, Rev. Alan Rudnick, Lydia Kulbida, Outspoken Media, Barkeater Chocolates, Merci Miglino, Sonja Stark, Lisbeth Calandrino, Dan Churchill, Larry Zimbler, Lauren Rose, and Squiggout.
The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause. Please donate whatever you can. They have a hefty goal. Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.
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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: This week we talked about my guilty little puppy and the fish in my pool. I informed you of a rude person who works at Colonie Center. I told you about our yummy chicken, zucchini and mushroom dinner and discussed the results of the library usage poll. Finally we talked about Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo coming back to General Hospital as Brenda Barrett and the Delmar Homeowners who tackled a kid for ding dong ditch.
The Weekly Downer: People not returning phone calls. It’s rude and unprofessional!
The Weekly Amazing Fact: A hummingbird weighs less than a penny!
The Weekly Birthdays: Adriane Powell, Tim Niekrewicz, Suzanne Marshall Akers, Scott Carpenter, Jennifer White, William Tragedy Yager, Paul Bolk, Jamie Lubman, and Terry McCann. I hope you all had wonderful birthdays! Leave a comment and tell us what you did to celebrate your birthday.
The Weekly Craft: I miss having time to do crafts….
The Weekly Activity: Searching for a job, interviewing and going to Michael’s gallery reception.
The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: As part of the Albany restaurant Dale Miller’s ongoing series of fundraising cocktail parties for area nonprofits, Kristi Gustafson and Steve Barnes will be guest bartenders from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday July 26th. Dale Miller will donate 25 percent of the food and beverage sales in the bar during that time to Equinox Inc., the community-services agency best known for its Thanksgiving dinner. You can RSVP on Facebook here.
The Weekly Countdown: 482 days until Breaking Dawn is released. How excited are you for this movie??
Weekly Grand Totals: I was awake for 36 hours straight and I finally crashed around midnight last night – hence why the weeklies are being published a bit later than usual. Than you for your understanding.
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