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1/6/19 2:08 P

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My goodness Lapperoo, what a terrible few months! I'm so sorry you and hubby have been so sick. I hope you both continue to improve and are all better very soon.

So now, I'm a BeachBody coach, as well as a CPA and a candle maker and an Interim Controller at the ASPCA. I would really love it if between candles, CPA and BeachBody I could stop working full time in an office, no matter how much I like the organization. But so far there's just not enough money in that for me!

Today I'm doing client work, then working out, then making dinner and working on the schedule for candle shows. I have a coaching meeting at 9 pm, but I doubt I'll really make that call. They record it so I can listen to it tomorrow, and there's lots of training on line that is self paced. It also has really worked for me as I've lost nearly 20 pounds since last April. I'm going to keep going and get to my goal weight and keep it there the rest of my life!!!

Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday!!



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1/6/19 11:08 A

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Darn.... that SPCA thing is like watching a thriller movie! Edge of your seat, when's it gonna happen already! I would love to see you get a permanent offer from them, Heather

Carol, I love where you negotiate from. The cards are all in your hand. August? Are they kidding? Your guy sounds oblivious.

I don't have to do any of that anymore emoticon Although, I have said that I'd consider the perfect job offer if it came along. I suspect it doesn't exist though.

Jen, you're making me smile. My kids were both over 8 pounds and neither one of them slept through the night till they were close to 3 months old. My daughter cried every waking moment till she was 6 weeks old and my son cried every night between about 7 and 9. They were both semi-good at eating, but neither one of them worried the doctor with their weight or habits. Hard as it is to be tired all the time, enjoy it while you can, because it will fly by! Then you'll have a new fun stage to enjoy!!

I got nothing done of the administrative stuff I wanted to do over the holidays, but I am more or less caught up with the work, so that's good.

I've discovered that this dealing with people thing is so odd anymore. I love most of my clients. There are those few who are a bit of a pain, of course. Then there are those who are just evil. Those folks are usually from the juvenile court cases and they aren't my clients but they are family members with an interest in the child so I have to deal with them, like it or not. But DAMN! Some of them are just crazy.

Surprisingly, my favorite clients are the little old people. They are so sweet and so grateful for help. Often they are just grateful to have someone to talk to. They smile a lot, talk about their families and their histories, and they usually offer to pay me before I even ask. I hear very little complaining, and I find most of the conversations fascinating. It's more fun than I thought it would be. And then, of course, sometimes they die. That's the nature of this business, but it always makes me sad.

Wow... life and death... young and old. I've chosen an interesting career path, but I have to say, for the most part, I really enjoy it!



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1/5/19 4:45 P

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Hi All and Happy New Year!

I've been MIA as I've had a lot on my plate. My DH and I both caught a bad virus from our grandson (he's now 11 mos old). Husband got bronchitis from it while I got pharyngitis, couldn't swallow and ended up at an Urgent Care where they gave me a variety of meds which helped to get the throat open and less painful and helped with the cough. We went to NYC to celebrate my birthday (lots of fun) but both of us still had fluid in our heads and ended up with blocked ears from the airplane. I still have one blocked ear and my wt. loss physician told me he thinks I may have an infection in the sinus and the one side. So appt with my Internist on Monday. In between my ear issues DH came down with pneumonia from his bronchitis. I felt my cough/cold symptoms were picking up again but I jumped on it with the cough/cold meds. It has been nearly a couple of months of being under the weather and unable to swim for most of it. I was only able to do shallow water aerobics when the pool was open. I have to find a new pool as the one I go to that is heated (88 degrees) is closing for a year or more while they rennovate the entire facility. Pool isn't being changed at all but everything around it. Finding a warm water pool is a problem as there are very few and generally are shallow water and have mostly treatment programs for post hospital folks.

Sounds like some of you are in the job hunt again. No fun in going through that process. It takes time and energy so I'll keep fingers crossed and say prayers for all of you.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you all know I think about you but haven't had much time to do Spark here.

Happy New Year!
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1/4/19 11:54 A

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I am copying and pasting your words so I can use them verbatim. It's a perfect place to be!


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1/4/19 10:42 A

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Yep, a bird in the hand is the best place to negotiate from...I sure love this job, but I can't keep being a temp for my families sake...I have another offer that I'm debating, so I wanted to give you guys first chance since I love the work here and the people are fantastic, plus the cause is something I completely stand behind... Oh yeah, that is a lovely place to negotiate from!

I've been doing the same here to set myself up to do some contract work since I won't have finished everything. They are super excited about that, but they're still trying to negotiate me staying until around August. We'll see. I have two month long trips planned in Feb/March and April/May and then a eighteen day in July. Love me, love my travel, right?

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1/3/19 2:23 P

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Carol, I think because it was a really long process there was some expectation that he'd decide a little quicker. At least, that's what I thought. But, he decided and accepted! They are targeting a start date at the end of Feb.

In the meantime, I had a great phone screen with another non-profit, and it went really well. Closer to home and more money than I've got now. I have an in person interview with the Controller next Wednesday. The role is for an Assistant Controller, but I'm not really hung up on titles. In fact, closer to home and a less stressful job for more money sounds pretty good right now. :) Would I like to keep this ASPCA job? Yes I would. Is there any chance it could become permanent before May or so? Yes. But I'm a bit tired of holding on and hoping for something to go my way. I have to take action to make things go my way! Maybe another solid offer that I'll take would nudge the ASPCA to make a decision sooner.

Back to work..... lol

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1/3/19 12:00 P

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Yeah, the more you nurse, the more you'll produce. Just go with it. My son was almost ten pounds and he was fully sleeping through the night by six weeks and sleeping four hours at a time before that...but then, I had my daughter lol. She was seven and a half pounds and woke up every hour and a half or so and then was a "snacky" eater. She loved to snuggle on the breast and snack. They were totally different experiences, I can say that!

The doctor was concerned with her small size, but she was totally healthy. She was at the bottom of the chart...but then my son was off the end of the top of the chart. Surprisingly, I wasn't that worried because she was so healthy and such a little love. She loved to track people's voices and watch people from the very beginning...and you know, it all makes sense when you look at her at 28. She's still tiny and weighs about 105 pounds of solid muscle. Someone has to be at the bottom of the chart in order to make the chart! My son is a 6 foot brick who fills a doorway. My daughter is still a people watcher and totally snugly to this day!

Heather - Two weeks doesn't seem that long to me when your job scouting. I certainly took that long on many jobs since I would be looking at different jobs and trying to decide between them. Because of my background, if someone needed someone like me, there isn't much of a field to choose from - who knew that my choices over the years would do that?! I'm sure where you are there's a huge pool of people! I live in podunk and agriculture is very narrowing.

The partner's here are starting to think about me leaving and yesterday they came to ask if we could discuss it next week since I'm in the middle of year end. Then one of them said they were talking in the morning and "decided" that August would work for them. I just started laughing and told them I had a celebratory trip planned. He asked what I was celebrating and the other partner and I both rolled our eyes...Gee...retirement! I told them I would be happy to consult and that would be better all the way around. He also said that he understood that I didn't want to answer to a CFO and I could answer directly to him...So, that issue was resolved quite easily. ...although, we'll see what the new CFO makes of that haha.

I suspect that next week I'll have to tell them about the month long trip and the dates...but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I'm super happy I'll still have some time to finish more of the job here! I also told them I really wanted to finish the job with one of our little companies and they were super excited about that...good retirement plan, right? A little play, a little work and lots of landscaping!

(Did I tell you guys about my plan with fig trees?) We have an acre on a hill and I went to a winery where they had taken fig trees and trained them like grapevines. I saw it and immediately wanted to do it down out driveway! For Christmas my husband got me four fig trees! I'll need at least a dozen...





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1/3/19 8:42 A

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Jen, I'm glad it's going well. I'm sure he's right on track!

Sydney was 4 lbs. 11 oz. when born and by her 7 day check up, she was down to 4 lbs. 5 oz. She didn't sleep for long periods, because she kept waking up to eat. She'd sleep two hours, then wake up and need to feed for about an hour. She was so tiny and it took seemingly forever for her to fill up. Then she'd pretty much sleep again for a few hours, then wake up to eat. Around the clock it was like this for about the first 8 weeks because it took her that long to get up to a kind of normal 8 pounds. When I hear people say their baby slept through the night from the start, I always know it was not a preemie!!

I gave up on any idea that I'd have any kind of "fun" or "productive" maternity leave, and focused my energy on taking care of myself and Sydney. We slept a lot, we snuggled a lot, and I remember watching TV which was a luxury for me because I never had time for TV
when I was working.

It got easier about week 8, then we had some fun! I loved that time and I hope you love it as well. My baby girl is still snuggly and I love when she wants a hug. :)

On the job front, it seems they've made an offer to the CFO candidate that I liked, but he hasn't accepted yet. Ugh. They made the offer the Thursday before Christmas, so it's been two weeks. So if he says no, I wonder if they go to the second choice (which many people didn't like) or if they start over. In any case, I have a phone screening for a job today that looks great. Closer to home, permanent, better salary than here as a temp (not as good as if it were perm, but the commute makes up the difference), opportunity for promotion, and seemingly positive environment at a professional membership non-profit. Wish me luck. I hope to get an in person interview and an offer. Then we'll see what happens here.......the uncertainty is beginning to really wear on me.

On the health front, I'm doing great! Enjoying working out again, and eating carefully. Woo hoo!!!!!



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1/2/19 5:56 P

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Hi guys, it is quiet!

We stayed home and I strategically pumped so I could have a couple glasses of mead at midnight :)

Randy is back to full time work now that he's used up his vacation. I'll continue to do my best to sleep when the baby does... He's starting to have more little stretches of time where he's awake but not crying which is cool. It breaks up my fretting about how much he's eating to instead try to interact with him while he's alert. We see the lactation consultant again tomorrow, so hopefully it'll be good reassurance that he's eating well and gaining good weight.

I'm still drowning in Christmas cookies though... Madness!

Jen

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1/2/19 8:38 A

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Hi Carol!! Pretty quiet here, which I hope means people had a nice New Year Celebration! We had family visit, and we went ice skating Monday morning (I watched as I was ostensibly working while there and didn't want to be far away from the phone). We had a super nice New Year's Eve and a quiet day yesterday.

I'm grateful for so much from the last year, including the job loss. I mean, of course I would rather have left on my terms, but that was an awful job and being free of it left me available for this job. I sure hope 2019 is overall a happier and slightly more even keeled year than I've had the last 5 or so.

Your trip sounds wonderful and your position in life is great. You didn't get there by accident, you've worked so hard and now you can enjoy "retirement". Somehow I don't think you'll ever stop working though!!

Have a great day and rest of the week everyone!!

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I hope everyone is planning on a fun New Year's celebration! I will need to work tomorrow because I'm setting up a new system for the new year in our accounting software at work...and tomorrow is the first!

I keep wondering where this year went! It's been great to work this year, this project has been really fun and by delaying retirement for another year, we are in a lovely place with housing and finance - so YAY!

I am looking forward to the coming year with so much anticipation and excitement. My brother-in-law in Colorado needs my help in setting up a new system and my other one in Lompoc needs some help there too. My current company has already asked if I would do consulting and not lose touch which means I have successfully not burned any bridges here.

Of course, they'll have to fit in around our travel plans and I haven't explained that yet. When we go to help Tom's brother in Colorado we'll drive over and make a trip out of it, finding good hiking spots along the way. February 25th we leave for Spain, Andorra, France, Portugal, and Morocco! We're taking a whole month off to do it and we've reserved apartments already so we're pretty set to go! Marrakesh here we come!

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