Last Updated September 4th, 2008

OK, Alice, I’ll Play Along! 7 Random & Weird Things about Me

Much to my surprise, Alice Seba tagged me the other day with the 7 Random & Weird Things about Me meme. Ah, the price I pay for commenting on someone’s blog! 😉 Some ways I dread memes, because it’s often hard to decide what to say, but I occasionally participate. Like today.

Here’s how this one works:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog; some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on each of their blogs. (I’m going along with Alice and leaving this part out!)

All right, here goes.

1. I pick my daughter up from school and drop her off by walking each day rain or shine. It’s a nice bit of exercise, and this being southern California, it’s mostly shine, sometimes way too much sunshine. Doubly so now that I’m pregnant enough to really feel the heat.

2. I read a lot, mostly science fiction when it comes to leisure reading. But if there’s reading material and spare time, I’ll read almost anything. We have a shortage of space for hanging family pictures because my husband and I have so many bookshelves. He shares my addiction.

3. I was very much the “shy girl” in school. You know, the one shaking and almost in tears when called upon, even though I almost always knew the answer. I’ve done a lot of work to get past that kind of thing.

4. I regularly try to push past my comfort zone. This is a big part of how I got past the worst of the shyness. Went away to college when all my sisters stayed in town. Tried out to be an expert on working at home for a local TV show once. Didn’t get it, but I tried.

5. My current pregnancy was a complete and poorly timed surprise. But sometimes statistics get you like that.

6. Despite living in southern California, I’d rather be in a place with more rain. Probably comes of living here almost my entire life, discounting those years away at college.

7. My son is one of 3 boys born on my mother’s side of the family in the past ~50 years. The other two are about a year and a half older than he is. All 3 of my sisters have daughters and no sons. I’ll take whatever I can get with this baby, but I have plenty of people cheering for another boy. Should be finding out within about the next two weeks.

And now the part I’m really bad at… tagging people. Hey Alice, are there tagbacks? Just kidding. Let’s see who’s been commenting around here…

Vered
Cath Lawson
Melissa
Charlene

Just if you want to, of course, folks. And anyone else who feels like joining in.

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Last Updated January 31st, 2008

13 Job Hunting Tips

With my husband hunting for a new job, I thought I would share some tips this week for others in the same boat.

  1. Think hard about your goals.
    This is an area I’ve made sure my husband has worked hard on. Being laid off means to me that he may as well try to pursue some of the dream jobs he never really had the time for before.
  2. Don’t settle until you have to.
    While my husband will have to take a job soon, that doesn’t mean he must settle for the first job that opens up to him. If he were doing that, he could well be working at Home Depot already. On the other hand, a point will come where we will really need that income to stay where we are.
  3. Network.
    I’ve been utterly shameless about telling people about the layoff. I’ve gotten ideas from a few people.
  4. Get help with your resume.
    One of the few good things to come of this layoff is that his former employer did contract with an outsourcing company that is helping him really put a better resume together. With any luck this will help him land a better job than what he had before.
  5. Check Craigslist.
    While scams do land on their job boards, so do a lot of legitimate jobs, especially if you’re not talking about working at home. We’ve seen some really interesting ones there.
  6. When in doubt, apply.
    This one has been a bit tricky for my husband at times. In the past he has been too willing to say he’s not qualified for a job over small issues. This time he’s letting the potential employers decide if his qualifications are close enough. Of course, the one that he was a great match for except they wanted him to be able to speak Mandarin Chinese we skipped over. Some qualifications really do matter.
  7. Post your resume online.
    Indeed, LinkedIn, etc. This may not get you much of anywhere, but there’s always a chance.
  8. Know how much risk you can afford.
    A lot of the employers we hear back from on posted resumes are commission-only types, and potentially high pressure as well. If you don’t want to do that kind of work or risk not earning enough, don’t bother with them. But if you think you could do well and can afford the risk, go for it!
  9. Interview, even if you don’t think you’ll get the job.
    Sometimes you will. Sometimes you won’t. Sometimes the interview will help you to realize that the job wouldn’t have been a good fit for you anyhow. And all interviews are good practice for the one that gets you the job you really want.
  10. Pay attention to the details.
    Spelling counts. Grammar counts. Your appearance counts, even if you’re just dropping off your resume.
  11. Dress appropriately.
    Know in advance how you are likely to need to dress for the job you’re applying for. You can dress a bit nicer than that for the interview, but dressing worse can be a big mistake.
  12. Turn off your cell phone during interviews.
    You need to show that you understand the interview is the priority.
  13. Do your research.
    It can really pay off to be able to talk coherently about the company you are interviewing with. This is especially relevant if they’ve recently released some big news.

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Last Updated January 10th, 2008

13 Things I Try To Do Every Day Working at Home

I love working at home. It’s exhausting, but well worth the tradeoffs to be able to have the kind of time for my family that I can take at need.

The daily routine can be a bit challenging at times. These are some of the things both in terms of my business and home life I try to do daily. It’s definitely not the full routine.

  1. Play with the kids.
    Can’t forget this one. Being able to have a little fun with them is the biggest reason to work at home.
  2. Post on this website.
    Well, this is likely to be 5 or 6 out of 7 days a week, not really each and every day.
  3. Check basic website stats.
    I don’t check all stats daily; that would take too much time. But a quick glance to be sure everything is running well is important. I go over things in more detail weekly.
  4. Check email.
    The trick to this one is to not do too much of it. I try to keep it to once or twice a day, unless I’m actively communicating with someone by email.
  5. Post on other sites of mine.
    Which ones varies. This site gets more attention than the others do; it’s my favorite.
  6. Read relevant blogs in my areas of interest.
  7. Follow my writing schedule.
    I plan out the kinds of writing I do at different times, such as writing articles for article marketing.
  8. Make meals for my family.
    We hardly ever eat out. My daughter rarely buys lunch at school, although she always wants to. It just makes more sense to make it.
  9. Read to my kids.
    I have a simple rule when I work during the day – if the kids interrupt me because they want a story, I stop as soon as possible. Similarly for games and such, but that’s balanced by making sure they know how to entertain themselves as well.
  10. Get some exercise.
    I walk my daughter to and from school on school days. Other days I try to find something else active to do.
  11. Take advantage of quiet time.
    If the kids are sleeping or out of the house, that’s serious working time. This is harder in the evenings, with my husband home, but still possible.
  12. Clean.
    This is good for those times I know the kids are going to be interrupting me a lot anyhow, although things like sweeping and mopping are best done with them not so underfoot.
  13. Get some downtime.
    Can’t be working all the time, even though it’s often tempting. I love what I do!

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Last Updated November 15th, 2007

13 Things I Love About Helping in My Daughter's Class

My daughter’s kindergarten class has “Morning Read” each morning, Monday-Thursday. It’s really a fun time. I very rarely miss a day of it. Here’s what I like about it:

  1. It doesn’t take that much time out of my day. Just a half hour or so extra at the school.
  2. I get to know my daughter’s classmates.
  3. My daughter gets to bring home a new book to read each evening. This is the book she will then read at “Morning Read”.
  4. My daughter’s reading skills are steadily improving, and I get to see it.
  5. Listening to the kids read.
  6. Seeing my son learn to interact with the other younger siblings as I read with the other kids.
  7. Seeing my son get still more interested in books. He doesn’t always play during “Morning Read”; sometimes he prefers to listen, and at home he has picked up the habit of repeating the words to the book after me when I read to him.
  8. Picking different kids to read with each day.
  9. Seeing my daughter light up when I pick her. Not every day, since she needs to show others how well she reads.
  10. Noticing when one of the kids has forgotten their book folder and is nearly missed for “Morning Read”. They just look so relieved that someone has noticed them. Some of the kids have very busy parents and forget their book folders very regularly. It’s hard on them to feel left out. But they are allowed to get another book to read in class.
  11. Talking a bit to the other parents while waiting for things to get started.
  12. Knowing that my daughter’s teacher really appreciates the help.
  13. Knowing that the kids are learning to appreciate books.

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Last Updated November 8th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Things I Love About Being a Stay at Home Mom

Being a stay at home mom is not easy every day. There are days that it drives me up the wall. But on average I love it and have no intention of trading what I do.

  1. Being able to help in my daughter’s classroom. It’s just quick things, like helping with the morning read, but it’s so nice to be able to do that without worrying about what time it is.
  2. Time enough to cook for my family. I love not having to eat out a lot.
  3. Never having to find a good daycare. I have nothing against good daycares, but finding good ones is tough, as I understand it.
  4. Having time to read to my kids when they want to be read to.
  5. Being able to work from home so I still bring some money it, yet with a flexible enough schedule to be able to focus on my kids.
  6. Having a husband supportive of my choices.
  7. Lunch at home. I like having an easy way to use up leftovers or make what I feel like having.
  8. Seeing how creative my kids can be… all day long!
  9. Working on projects with my kids.
  10. No question who has to take time off if one of the kids is sick. Sick kids aren’t much fun, but at least there’s less stress.
  11. The ability to cope with my son’s speech therapy needs without explaining it to an employer.
  12. I love that I was able to discover a career option I probably never would have considered if I had worked outside the home.
  13. Taking the kids to the park spontaneously.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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