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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Life Goes On!

Life Goes On!
Post #14 – August 12, 2009
1:13 PM

In about 47 minutes, I have a phone interview for a job in Packaging. And, what am I doing? I am blogging. Because I have reviewed all the information about the company and my answers are ready. If this job is for me then it will be mine. I am excited but you know you have to keep on making plans because life goes on! Keeping that in mind, I’ve signed up for full-time substitute teaching. Let the games begin. I will also be teaching a creative writing 8-week continuing education class in my hometown. The class will be 1 night a week for 2 hours and the focus will be character development for fiction writers. If you want to learn how to create great fiction characters sign-up by clicking on the link below.

http://www.stamfordadulted.org/CourseCatalog/classView.asp?id=1174

This is how I live: If a traditional job is not forthcoming, I have to make my own way. We can’t depend on others to make anything happen for us. When you do that, you end up beholden to them. We all can use support, a connection and/or a chance and I am all for that. But just sitting around waiting for the door to be opened for you is tiresome. Just accept that sometimes you have to go in the side window or God forbid the back door. Don’t waste your energy worrying about the way you get in just focus on making sure you get in.

And don’t define yourself by your job. If this recession has one lesson that should be it: You are not what you do. Unfortunately, some people don’t get that. I was just reading online this morning about people who have kept their job loss a secret from their friends and neighbors. The primary reason was they fear those “friends” and “neighbors” will shun them. I hate to tell them but those friends and neighbors are neither. But then again if your whole life is about keeping-up-with-the-Jones, I guess you would be concerned about being shunned. What a sad, sad commentary on the lives of those types of people.

Life goes on! Everyone has to decide for him or herself what type of life they want to live. Then they have to go about manifesting it. A life based on their terms not their neighbors, friends or family. Be courageous and do what you say you want to do!

And be truthful with yourself. Know what you are willing to do and not do. That goes for both your personal and professional life. I don’t want to be VP of anything, not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not for me. I would rather have a career-ish job position because for me there is so much for to life than work. Employees need to realize that there is no guarantee in their current or future employer’s ability to keep them employed. And an employer should not expect blind loyalty. We should all come to the table from a place of truth: I, the employee, possess a skill set you are seeking while you, the employer, have a compensation package that includes a salary, benefits, and paid vacation. We will exchange what we each possess until it doesn’t work for one or both of us. Truth goes a long way!

Find your place in this world because Life Goes On!

The phone interview went well! Now I will see if they want to bring me into their office for a look-see. I will keep you posted.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Creativity Flowing Freely

Creativity Flowing Freely
July 20, 2009
Post #13

(I was unable to post from my Writing Retreat hence the difference in the post and today's date)

Today is the first day of my Writer’s Residency for Fairfield University in Mystic, CT on Enders Island. It feels good to be back in stride again – all you Maze featuring Frankie Beverly fans know what I am talking about.

Anywho, this morning part of chapter 1 of my novel, Chocolate Martini was work-shopped. It was good to hear both the good and the bad or what I like to call the “what they like about my work” and “areas for improvement.” Fair and supportive was what I got and you can’t ask for more than that. The instructor Da Chen gave me some excellent advice that I think will free me to “not be so politically correct” as he said. I had not realized I was being PC but sometimes we need that objective eye to help us “see.”

Da said he can feel restraint in my writing. I can’t have that so I have to let it rip! After all my character is a woman who does as she pleases and to hell with the world’s perception of her.

I’m going to go for now as I have to get to my afternoon workshop at 2 PM – Thank God it is in the room next door.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Post #12 – Started on Saturday, July 11, 2009

On the agenda for the evening: To enjoy Maze featuring Frankie Beverly performing at The Beacon in NYC!

If you have never seen MFFB perform, you have deprived yourself of good music and vibes.
It is so hard for me to believe that MFFB has never received an award of any kind! That just makes no sense to me. FB talked about never receiving any awards not even from BET and how it used to bother him but then he realized he may have never received any awards, he has received many, many rewards.

I LOVED that line: no awards but plenty of rewards.

My evening started with dinner at Ocean Grill on Columbus at 78th (http://www.brguestrestaurants.com/restaurants/ocean_grill/index.php). The drinks, food and company were FABULOUS. My group was my two sisters Brenda & Daryl and Courtney a very good friend. If we had not gone anywhere but drinks and dinner it would have been a wonderful evening because we always have a ball together but by adding MFFB to the mix the evening was destined to be like a scrumptious cupcake with the perfect frosting and the just right amount of coconut sprinkled on top.

I was so jazzed about seeing MFFB that I had not paid attention to the opening acts when purchasing the tickets. So it was eventually a pleasant surprise to see Hal Linton, a young Barbadian singer who has been called the Soul Prince of Barbados. I say eventually because he started out with some rap/ spoken word and I was like: Not tonight, tonight I came to hear grown folks R& B/Soul music. Then he segued into a smooth Maxwell-like song that had tinges of Al Green (in my opinion). He was good and I liked what I think was his ability to gauge the audience and adapt his delivery of the song. Now I could be wrong and that was what he had planned to do the whole time but you never know….

Then Mr. Ted Wizard Mills formerly of Blue Magic came out and tore it completely up! He sang Sideshow, What’s Come Over Me, Three Ring Circus, Tear It Down, Chasing Rainbow, etc. etc. His voice was amazing especially when he was hitting the notes – the audience was singing along and loving every minute of it. Mr. Ted Wizard Mills was style personified – he entered the stage with presence and blew kisses like the old school artist he was.

After a short intermission Maze featuring Frankie Beverly set it all the way off! And you know the audience was singing right along to all the songs. Frankie and Maze were at the top of their game especially Frankie who is 62 years old. From head to toe Frankie had his usual white outfit on as he joked about having only a 3 pack, whatever because his pecs were talking to me up in the Loge section of the theater. We Are One, Joy and Pain, Southern Girl, Love Is the Key, Back in Stride, Can’t Stop the Love, I Want to Feel I’m Wanted, Can’t Get Over You, Golden Time of the Day were some of the songs that filled the Beacon with good vibes and joy!

Of course the last song was Before I Let Go which got everyone, including me on our feet. When I stood to shake my tail feather the floor was literally moving, UP DOWN UP DOWN, but I didn’t care, my feeling was: If the floor collapses I will die a happy woman because I am at a Maze featuring Frankie Beverly concert~

Finished on July 17, 2009 @ 12:29 AM – I do take my time sometimes

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Rockhouse Hotel Spa!



Rockhouse Hotel Spa!
Post #11 – Friday, July 10, 2009

Back to my Jamaica vacation details: The highlight of my May Jamaica trip would be the Spa @ Rockhouse Hotel (www.rockhousehotel.com), which is one of my favorite hotels in the world. The vibe that permeates is one of tranquil coolness. People tend to speak in hushed tones and laugh softly. The change in your tone of voice happens naturally, now the laughing part for my crew is different because we enjoy every moment of vacation and if that means we laugh loudly then so be it. LOL to the max~

Now keep in mind the Rockhouse experience is very different from the beach experience as it is located on the cliffs in the West End of Negril. All sun worshipping will take place by the pool or on the porch of your villa. I’ve only stayed in the villas – my first visit I lounged in a (regular) villa and my last visit I relaxed in a premium villa!

Everything about the place screams relaxation and now they have added a spa. That is like diving into a pool of chocolate, swimming a few laps and then laying on a chaise lounge made of marshmallow; you want to pinch yourself silly. However, don’t do that because you will miss the spa and we never want to miss a spa experience.

While we didn’t stay at the Rockhouse, we did visit their spa, which is unusual because a lot of resorts and hotels only allow guests to use the spa. Ten points for Rockhouse Hotel.

I had a 50-minute Swedish massage and then added 30 minutes for a nominal fee. 80 minutes of pampering! One hour and 20 minutes – OMG. I almost screamed out-loud when I realized that meant 30 minutes on each quadrant of my body. I didn’t because Courtney, one of my travel buddies and I were sharing a massage room so I didn’t want to disturb her vibe.

After my therapist worked my back out, I was SET for the rest of the day. I try to use visualization, breathing and just plain old letting things roll off my back to minimize stress so I am proud to say that my back knots tend to be minimal. For the few stubborn knots that refused to exit, she attacked them with strong hands that she used to knead out of existence leaving behind a puddle of Jell-O-like muscles. Cue the church music – cue the Angels singing: Hallelujah!

If you ever find yourself in Negril, Jamaica and you want to experience both the beach and the cliffs you must, must, must stay at the Rockhouse Hotel! If that doesn’t fit your budget you can just get yourself a massage and then have lunch at the restaurant. Trust me - You will not regret it.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

It’s my 10th Anniversary!

Post #10 – Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to share that 7/7 was the 10th anniversary of my last chemo treatment for breast cancer!


God is good all the time even when we aren't sure. 10 years - my how the time flies --- I wanted to commemorate this date for several reasons:

#1 - I am always looking for a celebration because there is always the possibility of gifts from my immediate family (I am only partially joking - LOL).

#2 - I want to remind people that monthly five-finger exams work to detect breast cancer along with a yearly mammogram.

#3 - A diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence -- look at me --- ten years away from my original diagnosis ---modern medicine is a gift from the Creator that I give THANKS for
each and every day.


Live Life to the fullest - make sure you have a list of things you want to do and start doing them --- Life is short and we only come this way once! Some of the things I've done in the last 10 years:
·I've obtained my obtained MBA
·Am currently enrolled in a MFA program for creative writing
·Completed my novel (now I just have to get it sold)
·Learned how to belly dance - yes I did


Some of the things I want to do in the next 10 years:
·Learn how to surf
·Adopt a child -- maybe (Lord help me - smile)
·Buy a condo
·Teach creative writing on the college level
·Start a foundation - not sure for what but I will start one
·Etc, etc, etc

What will you etc. be for the next 10 years - you may not know now but takethe time to think about it and then do it! We all deserve to LOVE our lives~


Love, Peace, Joy & Blessings to you all~


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

I’m back and Yes, I am late in sharing my vacation notes – so what!




Post #9 – Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yes, I do realize I am beyond late sharing my vacation news but that’s just the way the cupcake crumbles sometimes…. And yes, I do have a cupcake that I will eat a little later on – today’s flavor: chocolate cupcake with white frosting and topped with coconut. Yummy!!!

My Jamaica vacation was so WONDERFULLY RELAXING. We arrived on the not so sunny island of Jamaica on Saturday, May16th and were shocked by the renovation that Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport had undergone. We hadn’t been to JA since 2006, which has been absolutely, insufferable because I do love Jamaica. But we had to try some other places like Bermuda, partake in some family celebrations in Las Vegas, take a cruise or two to the Bahamas and one year I do believe I did not take vacation --- I feel faint just writing that, but it is true. I will have to double check my old calendars because that just doesn’t sound right.

So back to my story: The airport in MoBay is wonderful – the shopping is great, plenty of places to eat and drum roll…..it is air-conditioned. Hallelujahhhhhhhh! So that was a nice surprise – a/c in the airport. Then we headed outside to find the driver sent by our hotel (http://http://www.negril-treehouse.com/). The surprises kept coming! As I exited the terminal, I heard my sister, Brenda laugh aloud and knew that she had seen someone she knew and she had: Norris Fenton, a driver in Negril and a wonderful man. And he had a new van too – everything was popping up new in Jamaica!

If you ever need a driver while in Negril you need to give him a call @ 876-384-2596 or just ask for him at the front desk at the Tree House. Continuing, he drove us home – I typed home without even thinking about it – I do feel like I am at home when at the Tree House so I guess typing the word home was a natural thing to do. With Norris behind the wheel, I was sliding into complete vacation mode since I knew I was safe.

My travel crew this year included a friend who had never been to Jamaica except on a cruise ship so I was excited to introduce her to our Jamaica and I wanted her to have a good time. You know how you love something so much that you hope your friend(s) feel the same way. Well she did! She said she never relaxed so much on vacation – she is the type who rips and runs going on tours and the such but not this time. This time she chilled and didn’t have to hear anyone call her Mom once! And while she LOVES her children beyond words she did have to admit it was nice to not hear the M-word once. Now she did call her daughter everyday but that is to be expected – actually I think her daughter called her more than she called her daughter but I could be wrong.

So we made our way to the Tree House and to our rooms before heading down to Margaritaville for some bar food with a Jamaican twist. I mean Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, backstory: When we first started going to Negril it was just plain old Margaritaville but then the owners went into business with Jimmy Buffett who is famous for his hit song Margaritaville.

After we ate and drank, we headed back to our rooms and dropped off to slumberland!

I promise to tell more tomorrow~

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Teaching & Me

Post #8 - Tuesday May 26, 2009

I will be teaching a Creative Writing class in the Fall
@ Stamford Adult & Continuing Education
The on-line catalog will be available on August 4, 2009
http://www.stamfordadulted.org/CourseCatalog/default.asp

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Other Shoe Dropped & Preparing for my Vacay

Post #7 – Wednesday – May 13, 2009

Well the other shoe dropped --- I didn’t get the job that I wrote about in Post #4. You know the position that I called about and the interviewer seemed to have forgotten who I was – picture that but she seemed to be grasping to recall me. To see how I felt about that read Post #4. And again the interviewer used too many words to say no. See for yourself:

Dear Valerie,

It was a pleasure meeting with you to discuss the Customer Service Associate position with Blah Blah.

I believe our interview provided me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of your skills and work experience, while hopefully providing you with a clearer perspective of the role and expectations of the CSA position.

While I cannot extend an offer of employment to you for this position at this time, please know that our needs for qualified candidates are ever changing and that new opportunities present themselves routinely. I encourage you to periodically check our website at blahblah.com to stay current with our job openings. Also, I will keep your resume in my active file in the event I have any future openings.

I thank you for your interest in Blah Blah and wish you well in your career search.

I do apologize for the delay in contacting you. The process took longer than anticipated.

Interviewer’s Name
Address
City, State Zip
E-mail
Telephone #
Cellular #
Fax #

Too many words people – too many words. And way too much contact information. I know we are supposed to network and follow-up with people but I am not in the mood to do that with this particular interviewer. She was nice enough but…..

So you can imagine I was a little bummed – okay, okay - I was very, very bummed over not being hired….I didn’t even want to talk about it. And those who know me know not much stops me from talking ~ LOL. I think I had 1 or 2 days of stewing but I got over it because I know that, that job was not for me. I just want my job to show up and show up soon – breathe Valerie breathe --- so I will do just that: wait for my job to show up.

In the meantime I am readying for my trip to Jamaica --- hey no hating or snarling. Vacay is like my massages, a necessity. I can’t wait to touch down in Montego Bay, take the ride to Negril and begin my vacation of 9 days/8 nights in the Jamaican sun, surf and sand. I think you know I will be having a good time --- oh yeah!

Of course I will be getting a massage at my hotel the Negril Treehouse http://negril-treehouse.com/ which, is a located on Negril’s famous seven-mile beach. People who remember Negril from back in the day like say the ‘70’s or ‘80’s think that the seven-mile beach is too touristy with hotels up and down the coastline. We actually met a guy, probably one of the many hippies from the States, who used to live down there many moons ago; well he was beyond despondent that there were so many hotels now.

To me Negril is perfect. It does have hotels up and down the beach but not one high-rise since no hotel in Negril can be higher than the highest tree. I’ve never been a high-rise hotel person….well there is one in Aruba that I want to try but that is another post for the future after I try it out. Aruba is wonderful but I am talking about Jamaica now so I will get back to that.

Negril is a perfect slice of heaven to me because you can party all night every night if you want, chill on the beach all day long (Ding Ding Ding!!!), take a tour to another part of the island, take a ride on the glass bottom boat, jump on a booze cruise, horseback ride or partake in any of the many other options that abound. You can make your Negril vacation whatever you want it to be.

I discovered Negril on a day trip from Montego Bay. A driver took us to the Treehouse so we could swim and chill all day long and then we had dinner later that night at Rick’s CafĂ© where we sipped drinks and watched the sun set as cliff divers plunged off the 40 to 70 feet high cliffs. While most cliff divers are native Jamaicans there are always some inebriated tourists willing to take their chances plummeting off a ledge. We have seen some folks get smashed up pretty good. The first time I was there some man didn’t jump out far enough and cracked his face on the rocks on the way down. I do believe teeth were missing by the time he hit the water. I DO NOT play with my dental work – hello I don’t think so.

The Treehouse is located in the middle of the seven-mile beach and the only bad thing about that is: hurricane season. Every hurricane that hits Negril hits the Treehouse’s beach, which has shrunk from its former vastness but it’s still great. My vacation crew and I usually stay in one of the hotel’s ocean-front suites, which sleeps four, has AC, small refrigerator & stove (you know that stove gets no use when I’m in the house) and 2 yes 2 bathrooms! You know 2 bathrooms is like gold when you have four women in a room – hello~

So if you are ever in the area make sure you stop by the Treehouse and sit awhile, soak up the sun, breath in the sea air, and get a burger and a drink at the beach bar. I’m sure if you get a taste of the place you will want to come back and spend some time there. Oops I almost forgot they have room specials like 2 for 1: you reserve one room and get one free. You have to call down to the front desk (876-957-4287)to find out when the specials are in place. Yes my rooms are on special!

I’ll tell you all about my trip when I get back~

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu, Regular Old Flu or Plain Old Stomach Virus

Post #6 – Friday – May 1, 2009

Yesterday, I thought I might be a victim of the swine flu that is sweeping the world. But it turns out all I have is a regular old stomach virus, which is nothing to sneeze at, no pun intended. Flu symptoms are as follows:

1-Fever (usually high) – Nope
2-Headache – Nope
3-Tiredness (can be extreme) – Slightly
4-Cough – Nope
5-Sore throat – Nope
6-Runny or stuffy nose – Yes but I attributed that to my case of slight allergies
7-Body aches – Nope
8a & 8b – Diarrhea & vomiting (more common among children than adults) – Yes to the first symptom and I felt like I was going to vomit but it never materialized

I was getting ready to head off to meet my writing mentor when symptom #8A starting calling my name – no details necessary I am sure – and wouldn’t stop calling me. Well needless to say I had to cancel my meeting, which I was disappointed about because I like meeting with Pete (Duval) of Fairfield University and talking about writing, my writing, and the craft of writing.

Of course when I started to feel yucky earlier in the day I did not immediately make the flu connection: swine or regular. So of course when I did make the connection I went from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds! But all is getting better now. I will take it easy this weekend.

Make sure you all review the above symptoms and determine if you have the flu, swine flu or regular old stomach virus. Hopefully you won’t have any of the symptoms.

Wash those hands and don’t overdo it on the hand sanitizer because we all need a certain amount of germs in our lives~

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Make sure your environment is supporting your wishes!

Post #5 – Wednesday - April 29, 2009

I want to share with you all a magnificent happening that occurred today ~ as some of you know I have a Vision Board that is filled with the things and events that I want to occur in my life. And in the course of looking for work I recently created a Work Vision Board. When I wake up in the morning I see both boards as I have mounted on my bedroom wall – what a nice way to start the day and a great way to lift my spirit when it needs a poke or two.

Now back to the magnificent happening of the day: Long story short: Last year I made a sign to remind me to file for unemployment on a weekly basis - the sign was a long, slender piece of post-it paper with the word in caps and permanent black marker. So the word was written UNEMPLOYMENT. So last night my sister, Daryl realized that word has been in my line of vision for over a year! So today we ripped it down and replaced it with FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT along with my list of benefits and circumstances that I want. I hung the sign and within 10 seconds the phone rang about a PT position I applied for yesterday! The HR manager wanted to make sure I knew the pay is low and the assignment is only for 14 weeks - I said yes I was aware, blah, blah and he told me he is recommending that the hiring manager speak with me and if I don't hear in one week to call him back.

God does manifest when we need it! And if this doesn't work out something will ~

My lesson: Always look around to make sure that something in my environment is not detracting from my goals. I've been very concerned with putting up my vision boards and position affirmations but did not think about what could be detracting - another lesson learned~

Just had to share....

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Faulty memory leads to Que Sera Sera

Friday - April 24, 2009

Post #4

Hello my lovelies! Today is Friday – Yippeee – I love Fridays whether I am working or not.
Fridays are like a reward and Lord knows I deserve one this Friday after my Thursday, which was a Doozie! How about I called to follow-up about an interview I had 2 weeks ago to the day. And it went a little something like this:

Me: Hello Blah-Blah, It’s Valerie Lee how are you?
Blah-Blah: Valerie? (Tick tock Tick tock Tick tock) Oh hello Valerie.

Oh hello Valerie… OMG - How could she forget me? Let’s get serious people I possess an exuberant, gregarious spirit – I sometimes blind people with my smile and I am a full-figured, voluptuous woman of color. So I figure if she could forget me I do not have a chance at getting that job. My new thing is: Que Sera Sera and after I had my moment where I realized she didn’t really remember me or had to think twice about it – because yes I do think she should have known who I was right away – I said Que Sera Sera.

I’m already onto my new heat-seeking employment options search. Truth be told I can be a team player when necessary but I do so prefer being a individual contributor, which is corporate speak for a non team member. I would much rather have a to-do list and unfettered time and space to do my J-O-B. Just give me the due dates and I’m good to go. So I am now exploring the possibility of utilizing my expertise as a Personal Assistant/Concierge for some rich person. Note I said rich not celebrity. And I mean Oprah-Bill-Gates-dollars aka “folks who are not easily affected by the current economic state of affairs.” I will keep you posted.


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Email job rejections and Cruising

April 22, 2009

Post #3

A short while ago I received an email job rejection. I guess I should be thankful with a small “t” since I did get that much because I’ve interviewed at enough places and then not heard from the HR department ever again. Well here’s the reply I got today:

Valerie – Thank you for your interest in blah. We appreciated the opportunity to interview you for our blah role. Your credentials and previous work experiences were very interesting to us; however, we have decided not to pursue your candidacy at this time as we have identified other candidates whose experience more closely matches the job requirement. With that being said, we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities. Best of luck!

Not to seem ungrateful but I didn’t need that many words for a “no.” My reply to HR person was:

Dear Blah: Thanks for opportunity to present my qualifications for the position.

Okay I now have just one remaining possible job offer or another unfortunate response using too many words telling me “no,” looming in the air out there somewhere. Then I am back to square one. Again. Thank God I am positive or I might start to think there was something askew. Hmmmmm maybe ~ stop it, stop it! I do know there isn’t anything awry. I realize I have to continue to be serenely patient because the perfect job for me will manifest at the right time and no sooner. I just wish the “no’s” would get out of the way so my “YES” can come barging through the door as trumpets blare loudly announcing that my job has finally arrived! Hallelujah!!!!!!

Okay that’s done now onto some travel talk – I hope everyone has realized that this is the perfect time to make a reservation and fly off to some fun. And you don’t even have to leave the country – there is always Miami, Charleston, or Fort Lauderdale just to name a few places in the sun right here at home. And there is always the local hotel in your town where you can stay just one night and tune the world out.

And then there is always cruising, which is probably the best bang for your buck. If you can manage not to do excursions, over-drink, or buy stuff at the endless stores on board the ship. Now I know you are thinking; that doesn’t sound like much fun. Well I always have fun when I cruise. But then the perfect day to me is laying on deck or the beach in the country that we have stopped in for the day and sunning on one side – sip a soda or juice – flip over - sun some more – get in the water – float around – feel the sun baking into my skin, but don’t tell my oncologist b/c I am not supposed to bake like I used to since I’ve had chemo and turn 2 shades darker in less time. I do saturate myself with sunscreen, which we all should no matter the amount of melanin in our skin. Back to steps to my perfect day at the beach: get out of the water and start the whole process over again.

My one splurge when cruising is, drum roll please, getting a massage…surprise, surprise. And another great result of cruising is someone makes your bed, puts a towel animal on it and everyone smiles at you – what could be bad about that? Absolutely nothing! Now let’s re-cap the benefits of cruising: When you cruise you get to sail to different countries, try out different beaches, if you so like buy some jewelry and other stuff at great prices on and off the ship, and not make your bed. Life is good when you cruise!

Peace & Love

Love Your Life!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Post 2

April 21, 2009

Yes I did go to a wake tonight, met someone who worked at a company I would like to work for and Y-E-S I did ask her if there were any job openings! And I am not ashamed to admit it. Those willing to ask shall receive – the gospel according to Valerie. Who knows what will come of it but at least I put it out there. Will keep you posted.

I might be onto something here. In my area (Fairfield County, CT) a local job board hosts Pink Slip parties but now I’m thinking maybe I could check obits and see what the deceased did for a living and then mosey on over to the wake and meet possible job prospects that way ~ shameful but it could work. LOL Let me know what you think.

Well I did get around to perusing my travel magazines yesterday and wanted to grab my passport and head directly to the airport for a new adventure. I was particularly interested in the newest Budget Travel (May 2009) – lots of good deals aka affordable escapes. Miami Beach was calling me – breaks on rooms – deals on meals – and of course spa savings. If I weren’t going away in May I might have actually gone to airport!

Hope that was tasty and informative enough for now –

Peace & Love

Love Your Life!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Day 1

Post 1 – April 20, 2009

Cupcakes and travel magazines are how I make myself feel better. Normally it’s just sweets: candy, cake and juices but today it’s cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop in Stamford, CT and travel magazines from Borders also in Stamford. I just took a taste of a chocolate cc with white frosting +coconut. But I haven’t started reading my new travel magazines: Budget Travel, girlfriend getaways, and lonely planet.

I have been looking for work since March 2008 so that would make my job search 13 months old and old is the operative work. I have a MBA in Global Marketing which I received in December 2007. I am one of the most positive people I know so I’ve viewed the current escalation of job loss in general as being a: it is what it is situation. And as far as my personal situation is concerned I have held the belief I am where I'm supposed to be right now in time. But only 98.75 percent believes and 1.25 percent is wondering why someone has not snatched me up!

I am so tired of people assuming that I will leave as soon as the market picks up. First of all: who knows when that will be and second: no one knows when it does pick up how fast it will pick up. And why is anyone afraid of an experienced and educated individual? If you can get someone to work at below their normal pay scale and utilize their skill set to the betterment of your business why would you turn that opportunity down?

So when I left a doctor’s appointment today I headed directly to Crumbs and then the bookstore to get my coping mechanisms. And yes I do have excess weight on my bones. I have lost weight over the last 18 months and know for a fact whether I am at my optimum-government-suggested weight or at my current-not-approved-by-the-government weight I will always, I repeat, I will always eat cupcakes. And other sweets – Yeah!

And since I do love to travel and be pampered as much as I like to eat cupcakes and other sweets I am so looking forward to my massage on 4/28 Tuesday. I have a standing appointment for massages and I DO NOT miss them – damn the economy! Massages are a necessity for my spiritual, mental and physical well being.

FYI: I am not sure what this blog will be about but you can bet it will be tasty and informative just like cupcakes and travel magazines. So Peace & Love to each and everyone who stops by~

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