Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Blog

Picture of the Day for 11/20/2014. As if maintaining one blog isn't enough, I've started a second one! It's called Happy Accidents and Unexpected Moments of Joy. The title is pretty self-explanatory. The purpose of the blog is to document those happy accidents or ephemeral moments of joy we experience in our lives. Since I'm bad about keeping a personal journal, I suspect these blogs will end up being the way I'll document my life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Losing a Dad

Picture of the Day for 11/19/2014. I attended the viewing for my childhood friend Sara's dad tonight. She was in tears. I don't blame her. It's been three years since my dad passed away and I still cry over him. I told her I found losing a dad was far harder than loser a mother and she agreed. Who would have ever guessed this would be the case as she and I both had very close relationships with our respective mothers. 

Well, at least my dad keeps me company in my kitchen. I smiled just the other day at this picture I have posted on my refrigerator.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pie is Merely the Delivery System for Whipped Cream

Picture of the Day for 11/18/2014. My niece Lisa's 25th birthday was yesterday. Tonight I went over to my sister Robynne's house for a little celebration. I was highly motivated because not only do I love my niece, but we both share a fanatical love of pasta. Robynne made Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner. Yum! I wasn't about to miss that!

Lisa also got her favorite pie- pumpkin. (That's where our paths diverge. I am so completely indifferent to pumpkin pie. Meh.) We were laughing at her liberal application of whipped cream so of course I had to take a picture of it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Back to Work

Picture of the Day for 11/17/2014. A couple of months ago I blogged about the prophetic fortune cookie that correctly predicted a refreshing change in my future. What I was not at liberty to announce back then is that I've returned to my consulting job. My former employer reached out to me in September and asked if I would be interested in returning to work. I said "Yes!!" I flew down to California for an informal interview on Monday, October 6 and I was offered the job on Friday,  October 10. Yay! Here are all the perks:

-I'll be working for the Southern California region which is my favorite. When I was interviewing, I was asked several times if I would mind traveling to Southern California frequently for company and client meetings. I'm delighted to!

-I get to work remotely from Salt Lake City so I don't have to move. The only stipulation is that I go into the Salt Lake City office at least once a week; otherwise, I get to work from home.

-I was quite pleased with the salary I was offered.

-I get all my 16 years of service back so I don't have to start from square one.

In case you are wondering, I'm not giving up on Teach Speech Now. Just scaling back.

Today was my official starting day. Since I'm working remotely, I don't merit an office, but the cubicle I've been assigned is fabulous. Here is the view out my window.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Florida Merchandise

Picture of the Day for 11/16/2014. Hmm...I went a little crazy buying Florida apparel last week during my week-long trip there. Two Florida necklaces and one Florida t-shirt. That's because I'm "crazy" about Florida. Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!

(OK- sorry about that self-indulgent humor. I know that was not funny to anyone except myself.)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Snow Glow

Picture of the Day for 11/15/2014. I woke up this morning and saw the telltale glow through my bathroom window. I didn't even have to look out my window to know that it had snowed. Brrr. And to think just a few days ago I was enjoying pleasant weather in the 70s. I miss Florida already!

(Yes, I'm aware my window is dirty. That's because I can't reach the windows on this side of the house except by ladder. I'm going to hire someone to do my windows next spring.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

English Chips

Picture of the Day for 11/14/2014. On Halloween my niece Chantal mentioned she was craving English chips. This of course made me crave them intensely even though I had not given that particular food item a single thought in years. Now that I'm home from my travels I was able to meet Chantal and my great-niece Hayley for lunch where we all consumed English chips dipped in tartar sauce. Yum!