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30 Days of Thankful- Day 4

Monday, November 05, 2012

Day 4, Nov. 4th
Today I am thankful for my college education.

And really, that's saying a lot, considering it's done almost nothing for me. I can't remember a point in my life where I wasn't absolutely certain I'd have a Bachelor's Degree someday, and since junior high, I knew it would be in theatre. So, really, my degree is the accomplishment of a personal goal as opposed to a professional one. I'd have loved to use my degree in theatre to actually, ya know... work in a theatre. But, alas, this business really is about WHO you know, not WHAT you know. And I don't know anyone. And I don't want to leave San Diego.

Besides all that, I am grateful for my education in OTHER ways... particularly with this upcoming election. I learned in my classes how to think critically, analyze evidence, and to never take information for face value. I need to know that what I'm reading/hearing comes from a reliable, reputable source. I listened to the debates with skepticism, questioned everything, and am doing so as I research the various propositions that need to be voted on here in California. And I feel I'm able to make an educated decision without all the shiny carrots being dangled in front of me to distract me from the issues (or reality).

I also wouldn't be the person I am today without all the experiences I had in college. A leader of sorts (running a very successful social club that I essentially started from scratch with a friend), ambassador to the transfer students at my particular college for 2 years (essentially the face and representative of that population), and all the hard work I did in various classes, shows, workshops, etc. I wouldn't trade that for the world. I'm looked up to and a role model for my siblings, my parents, my grandmother is proud of me...

Also, already having a Bachelor's Degree means I can go straight into a Master's program without having to get another Bachelor's, even though it's in a different field. Woohoo!

So, I am thankful for my college education. Even if that degree is just a pretty paper in a pretty frame.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/5/2012 5:39PM

    Awesome blogs, Jill! It's always refreshing to read about things people are thankful for!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2012 12:38PM

    I am proud of you! I have always said getting the degree is the real education!
I had the same issue with my degree in Sociology/Psychology many years ago with
Not being able to find a work for over a year after graduating! But, I, too, have no regret
At getting my degree and feel it made me who I am today!
I, too, am grateful!

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MOWINELADY 11/5/2012 8:34AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment and having such a great outlook on life.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/5/2012 12:33AM

    I didn't even frame my diploma. I use my B.S. in Botany to identify plants for my garden. But all that coursework turned out to be handy as a technical writer, where I was basically a student of new technology over and over and over again. So it wasn't wasted, just not direct.

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 12:26AM

  I know what you mean - I feel the same way.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 3

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Day 3, November 3rd
Today I am thankful I have shelter.

In light of the recent hurricane (and weather anomalies past), I am grateful that I have a house to live in. I am so terribly saddened to hear people are struggling and have lost their homes, etc. They are in my prayers. I myself am in a position to not have housing fairly soon, although my family would never let me be homeless. I'm pretty sad about this because I love this house, this neighborhood, etc. And come January, I won't be in here anymore. I'm grateful for the time I've had here and for the little time that's left.

The day I moved in (I painted it that color!)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/4/2012 12:30PM

    I hear you loud and clear...this is such a sad time for so many who have lost so much! I just can not imagine such devastating loss! They are all in my daily prayers! And, I keep your situation in my prayers, too, as a comfortable place to call home, where you think, eat, sleep and live is still very important...I will be seeing you and your dear Kitty (MM) in just the right place!
Love & Hugs!

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JBINAUSTIN 11/4/2012 2:32AM

    We're lucky to have homes, but it's sad that we have to be reminded of this by other people losing theirs. I appreciate my space a little more now.

Your bedroom matches your SparkPage! Cool.

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MOWINELADY 11/3/2012 11:25PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we need to be thankful everyday for the little things we have in our lives that we take for granted so often.

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30 Days of Thankful

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I've seen this around, a few Sparks are participating, and in light of my recent situations, I think I need a perspective shift. Its so easy to get caught up in all the "bad" stuff... Its going around these days. Its easy to overlook what we do have. So, this month I am going to concentrate on what I am grateful for. Once a day I'll post a little blurb about what I'm thankful for in my life and include a picture. (Hey, I gotta be creative somehow!) Since I just read about this today, I'll do two entries in this one.

Day 1- November 1st
Today I am thankful for friends that have my back.

Despite the stresses I've had concerning a few of my friends lately, I am blessed to have them when situations get REALLY tough. My grandmother forgot to do the banking yesterday when rent was due, so my friend covered me. Of course I will be paying her back now that the money is my account. But, it was good to know that I have a friend that will do that for me in a crunch and not even think twice about it. I have other friends that don't mind giving me rides to places I need to get to, friends that'll spot me for lunch, friends that'll listen to me when I'm upset, friends that won't judge me when I make mistakes, and friends I can depend on to be a part of my life- past, present, and future. For them, I am truly thankful.

Day 2- November 2nd
Today I am thankful to finally have a cat.

I got my first cat when I was 8 years old. Poodie was my companion for 16 years. I've had numerous cats in that time, a dog, a couple of freak carnie goldfish... When I moved to San Diego 5 years ago, I moved into an apartment that didn't allow pets. And I haven't had a pet since. Its been lonely not having a pet. I've always enjoyed their companionship and cuddly snuggliness they provide. So, luring a stray that was wandering through my yard and suckering it into being my pet has been awesome!

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DIANER2014 11/3/2012 5:56PM

    Great blog and pics! It's nice to have friends you can depend on.

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/3/2012 2:22PM

    It's great to have friends and pets we can depend on !! Cats may be finicky, but they are good listeners.


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NEWSGIRL2177 11/3/2012 11:14AM

    Your kitty pics are super cute. Love! Friends, in all forms, are so important.

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JSALERNO 11/3/2012 6:33AM

    Glad you had a friend who could help you out.

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NANCYPAT1 11/3/2012 1:11AM

    Thanks for your gratitude blog. It is a NECESSARY reminder that we do have to express and FOCUS on our blessings rather than on what we do NOT have. Positive words and gratitude go a long way to making challenges and struggles shrink a little bit and bring a little peace into our hearts.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/3/2012 1:03AM

    I love your grateful blog and will look forward to it each day!
You know I am an animal lover! So, I, too, am grateful for our cat, Alice!
I love your Meow Meow! The pics of the paws with pads are awesome...I love paw pads!
And the close up...however did you manage that one!?
I am very aware of being grateful...and especially what people are suffering from the super storm! So very sad!
Have a great weekend, my friend!
P.S. I am grateful for you, my SparkFriend!

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ARUSHING2 11/3/2012 1:00AM

Nice diversion for me - thanks!

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WORTHART 11/3/2012 12:56AM

    Thanks for reminding me how important it is to be thankful for whatever life brings us.

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Yummy Tortellini Soup

Thursday, October 25, 2012

For "funsies" I made some tortellini to put in a delicious soup for dinner the other night.

I used round wonton wrappers and stuffed it with part-skim ricotta that I added some fresh chopped parsley and romano cheese to. I sealed the tortellini with a beaten egg.

In no time at all, I had about 35 tortellini, stuffed and folded and ready for soup.

The soup itself was loaded with veggies. I used a zucchini, onion, garlic, carrot, green beans, kale, and spinach. I stuck in a large can of crushed tomatoes (no salt added!) and seasoned the whole deal with a pinch of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and Italian herb seasoning blend. I cooked the tortellini right in the soup. I accompanied it with a chunk of whole wheat baguette that I toasted with a bit of butter, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese (finished with a sprinkle of parsley) and sprinkled some romano cheese over the hot soup.

It was delicious and the leftovers made a perfect lunch at practicum today!

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DIANER2014 10/26/2012 8:27PM

    It looks really good! emoticon

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RAINYFRIDAY 10/26/2012 2:58PM

    Great idea and it looks so good! Perfect for the cooler weather we had recently. I may have to give this a try with the kids :D

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/26/2012 2:47PM

    Now that is clever ! I never thought of using a wonton wrapper to make my own tortellini. That's a fantastic idea. I'm stealing it !!



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ABB698 10/26/2012 12:03PM

    When I saw your pic on FB I wanted to eat it, now its only 9 am and you just made me hungry again! Actually, I saw someone have pumpkin butter from Trader Joes the other day, and I need to try that! Yum! Have a fab Friday Jilly!!

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CANNIE50 10/26/2012 12:31AM

    Oh, yum! WHat a great idea.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/25/2012 11:59PM

    Delicious! I would have loved to join you...on a cool rainy night with your Meow Meow in our company! Oh a grand time we would have!
Love you, friend!
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EVERYONESANGEL 10/25/2012 11:56PM

    This looks great :) great Job :)

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Advertising Flyers!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I know they aren't much, but at least they're a start. I needed to be creative and get some ideas flowing.

These are works in progress, of course. All critiques/suggestions welcome. I have only posted these on my Facebook page for my friends and family to see.

Also, I'm really sorry they appear to darn tiny on this blog!

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CANNIE50 10/26/2012 12:33AM

    They look great, Jill. Good for you for being energetic and creative about earning money. I wish you loads of success, and I hope people appreciate you!

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JBINAUSTIN 10/25/2012 6:00AM

    Those are catchy flyers! Good job. It's too bad you're in southern California. I could use some of your services.

It just occurred to me that I know a service that might be able to help you market your skills, if it's available in your area. It's an online service called TaskRabbit.com where people who are willing to provide services can connect with people who need things done. I know TaskRabbit has people who live in Austin (where I live) and LA and San Francisco, but I don't know about San Diego, which is where you live, right? That might be another way to advertise your skills and get work. If you have a skill that can be done remotely, like editing, planning, research, or travel arrangements, you don't have to be in one of their cities to become a TaskRabbit. I saw that someone hired TaskRabbits from all over the country for a product evaluation and to read documents and comment on them online.

I've hired two people to help me out so far, one to clean my house and another to help me unpack after a long, equipment-intensive scuba vacation when I was feeling to sick to deal with it when I returned. The unpacker was so speedy that she had time to help me start organizing some financial papers that had gotten out of control.

I like the security of being able to pay with a credit card that goes to the online service, not to the individual helper. And there is some recourse if the TaskRabbits don't perform to your satisfaction, plus they do some background checks so you're not inviting a newly paroled axe murder into your home.

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/22/2012 2:17PM


That's a great way to advertise your services !! Post the cooking flyers at your local church. that's a great way to get the word out.

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RAINYFRIDAY 10/22/2012 8:59AM

    Awesome! I hope you get lots of business from your flyers! I wish I had known a month ago that you were a notary. I drove to about 3 different places before finding one.

Hmmm.. can you do zipper replacements? :)

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SMILINGTREE 10/21/2012 10:21PM

    They look fantastic! I especially like the border around the cooking classes one.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/21/2012 9:52PM

    There is a place in Mira Mesa that was hiring a part time notary recently. Are you interested? If so, I'll find out for you. If you are giving cooking lessons, I may at some point contact you. Very clever idea and be prepared to market yourself like mad. Especially to single guys who'd love to know how to cook. (easy stuff) Thank you for the goodie and kind message.

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DSHONEYC 10/21/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon I admire your creativity.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/21/2012 7:59PM

    Sweetie, I think they look great! Once you have taught some cooking classes,or completed some work, have people comment and get permission to use their comments on your flyer or website! Do you have "Angie's List" there? Might be another possibility!? I would sure want your services if you were near me! I know many people need alterations but do not know where to go/or dry cleaners charge to much! Did you check out Adult Ed or Community Centers?
I wish you much luck!
Love & Hugs,

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/20/2012 11:46PM

    They look nice!!

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DIANER2014 10/20/2012 11:03PM

    They all look great! emoticon

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ABB698 10/20/2012 10:22PM

    Looks great! The notary one seems a little plain compared to the others. The cooking and seamstress ones shout what you're offering, but the notary one does not. Maybe make the word NOTARY the focal point? Good luck!

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