Not just a one day event, I'm blogging every day about what I'm thankful for

Good Genes

I went over to my cousin’s house today. I do love her to pieces and am so glad they’ve moved here, although I still honestly don’t know why anyone would move here in purpose. Her brother (also my cousin, obviously) was here. I haven’t seen him in 40 years and then twice within about six months.

I was noticing how old he looked. Warren and I both commented later that he looked like he was close to 70. He is, in fact, only 58.

It just made me really thankful for my good genes. I’m 56 but hopefully I don’t look like I’m close to 70. Well, really, I hope I don’t look like I’m 56 either 😉

Blue Funk

I’ve really been in a blue funk lately. Here’s just some of what’s been bothering me:

My daughter witnessed a brutal mugging/attack in her neighborhood. Now, I’m very proud of her for being the only (out of several) witness to call 911 and give a statement to the police. But, as a mom, I’m worried to death now. I wish she could afford to move to a safer neighborhood or out of Cleveland entirely. I feel like I’m always making up an excuse to be sure I hear from her every night. I hate worrying.

I was originally planning on going to see her and Soren tomorrow. But my car has been acting weird and I didn’t want to get stranded on the road, or worse in the ‘hood in Cleveland. I really miss them and want to see them in a bad way. Hopefully soon. The problem is that she is so busy with photo shoots and shows on weekends, that it is hard to find a day to go over.

Work has been busy. It’s budget time and that is never fun for a non-numbers person like me.

I’ve really been missing my mom lately. Nothing in particular, just everything. She drove me absolutely batty when she was alive and I did everything I could to avoid her many times. But I loved her and could always talk to her.

But, I’m determined to crawl out of this mood. The sun has been shining and it is hopefully starting to warm up a bit. I have tomorrow off and my plan is to try and get some exercise. Hopefully that will help. But then I just want to sit in the sun (if there is any, I heard rain was in the forecast by morning) and read. At a minimum, I hope to get my deck furniture all put out and washed off so I’m ready if it ever is nice enough.

I haven’t been very good at finding those things to be thankful for lately. But today I’m thankful I at least have the beginning of a plan to turn this around.

Not your typical self help or business strategy book at all. This was a short (78 pages in print) book that broke different strategies down by the alphabet.

ABC – Always Be Committed
DEF – Don’t Ever Forget
GHI – Getting Highly Inspired
JKL – Just Keep Looking
MNO – Make Notes and Observations
PQR – Pursue Quantitative Results
STU – Start Teaching and Understanding
VWX – Value with X-factor
YZ – Yellow Zebra

This is a a quick and easy read, yet has many salient points and reminders. I do recommend this book if you are looking for a short book that will remind you of many things you already know in the CRM world. Four out of five stars.

Let me just say I gave this book five out of five stars.

Here’s why. When you take on a popular subject like the sinking of the Titanic, it can be very risky. We all know what happened and have even seen the movie. What we don’t know is the story that Alcott weaves for us. The story follows a young woman, Tess Collins, who has begged her way onto the Titanic as a maid for a popular fashion designer. The ship had already sunk before I was one quarter of the way through the book. The rest was all about rebuilding lives and following the different paths they lead.

I was intrigued by this story. It was very well written and kept my attention to the very last word.

I highly recommend this book. It was an engaging piece of literary fiction.

Hello again

I haven’t posted for a few days. Quite frankly, I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say. I don’t know why, but I’ve been kind of blah lately. The weather finally improved and was warmer (70 degrees) but I just floated through the days.

But today I want to tell you I’m going to try and be back although I still probably don’t have anything to say.

I went to kindergarten this morning to read – I read “Where the Wild Things Are” – the kids loved it. I told them that for the rest of the school year, the teacher would figure out the best way to have one child bring me a book each week to read. That should be fun. Besides, I had run out of books at my house that were age appropriate.

The thermometer has been dropping today – it is about 25 degrees cooler now at 4:00 pm than it was at 8:00 am – and now they are saying we probably won’t be able to see the lunar eclipse because it will be SNOWING!!!! Seriously, they are calling for 1-2″ of snow tonight. I know it can snow in April, but I think we had plenty this winter that we should get a pass on it this year. I have sandals on today – I will NOT get my winter clothes and boots back out. It is the middle of April for crying out loud. Sheesh

Oh well, I’m thankful today that I was able to go to kindergarten – the kids always make me smile and laugh. They are so cute and eager to learn new things. This week’s chicken “doctors” told me all about the eggs they have in the incubator. Next week they will hopefully have at least one hatched chicken. That should be exciting.

Pamela Beckford:

Help out a fellow Hoosier. I just bought and downloaded my first one.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Operation Mallory was set up to help a fellow author, Stephen C. Spencer has written some great books, but Steve also has cancer. He’s suffered with a brain tumour for a while, and kept it pretty quiet. The observant among you will notice he stopped blogging and tweeting.

All the authors who follow this blog will appreciate how hard it is getting your book noticed. If you can’t promote, then your books go unseen and unloved. For someone in the USA (where medical treatment isn’t paid for by the state), this is a double whammy. You lose income while incurring huge unexpected bills.

So I’m helping spread the word, here is a link to Sean Campbell’s blog where news of the campaign can be found 90 Days Novel. Please help all you can with re-blog, tweet etc.

Here’s a bit more about Steve’s books

Dubbed “America’s James Bond”, Paul Mallory…

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Pamela Beckford:

Wish Helena a Happy Birthday! And buy her books!

Originally posted on 1WriteWay:

A little birdie (well, actually, a big birdie) told me that today is Helena Hann-Basquiat’s birthday!  And what better way to celebrate her birthday than by heading over to Amazon and picking up one or all of her recent publications:

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, available in both ebook and paperback.  I highly recommend the paperback.  The printed format is candy for the eyes.  If you are a fan of Helena’s blog (and how can you not be), then you will love having the adventures of Penny dammit, Countess of Arcadia and Helena all in one beautifully designed place.

Three Cigarettes, available as an ebook and only 99 cents.  By the way, I’ve read and reviewed Three Cigarettes and found it to be both thrilling and chilling.  Although Three Cigarettes was written by Jessica B. Bell, Helena was the editor.  More importantly, she is Jessica’s keeper and…

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