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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. Halfway done the summer vacation. Usually by now I’m ready for school to start, but I’m really enjoying this year. 5 weeks until BLC start and 6 until E starts. Then I have to line up some clients!

2. I received the following email from the new president of the local mothers-of-multiples club (I used to belong, but stopped when my kids got older):

I was just meeting with the two new VPs of [the club] and we were brainstorming meeting topics for the upcoming year.  Your name came up!  We all agreed that we would love to have you present your home organization services at a membership meeting this year.  We were trying to think of things with interesting people (you) and relevant topics (home organizing) and that could be interactive.  Your business fit the bil!  The date we were looking at is Thursday, October 20th at 8pm.  We thought it would be a good time to motivate members to organize toys and clothes after the sale, organize clothes for the change of seasons, or organize homes in preparation for the holiday season.  We brainstormed a zillion things that would be fun like a Q and A portion where members could ask you about certain challenges within their own home (or I could email you a list ahead of time) or you can demonstrate with household items that you or a member brings in or you can show before and afters, etc.  In order to increase attendance you could even raffle off a free consultation hour or something!  Of course you would be able to hand out business cards and pamphlets to drum up customer business as well as offer to collect email contacts if people wanted to provide them, etc.  We can talk more about any and all ideas, we were just brainstorming and so many things came out of discussing Tidy Tina!  Give it some thought and let me know what you think – talk to you soon!

I gave it some thought and prayer and with great trepidation replied yes. I’m already working on the presentation. I feel a little like a fraud because, although I’ve been in business technically for almost 5 years, for some of those years I’ve only had one or two clients. I’ve had maybe a dozen total over the years–some as small as a closet, but some as large as the whole house. And I’ve never spoken to a group about it. Well, I’m glad I have a few months to prep!

3. Bennett, Laura and Catie have been attending Good News Camp this week–a service of the Childhood Evangelism Fellowship in our county. During the school year they have a club that meets on Thursdays at our school. They LOVE it. They LOVE camp. I love the fact that not only are they playing and having a good time, they are also learning about the Lord.

4. Although, speaking of playing, it’s been somewhat of a quiet week this week. We are in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave. Today is supposed to be 100. I go outside to drop off and pick up the kids, or to go to the store. Otherwise, I’m thankful and stay inside with the A/C.

5. About a month ago I scored three Razor scooters at a yard sale for $7 total. When I saw them, my first thought was that the kids could practice their balance easier than on the bikes. I was right! Bennett and Catie loved them. Laura didn’t like getting hot and sweaty (gee, I wonder where she gets that?!). A few nights ago Catie wanted to try riding her bike again. Jim pushed for a few minutes and then BAM, Catie got it. Bennett didn’t even need pushing, BAM he got it too. Laura came out to practice, but continued to have problems. We encouraged her to try again with the scooter. But can I express how happy we are to FINALLY have kids that ride their bikes?!

6. Two weeks ago Jim had a phone interview for a contract job. It let to a face-to-face interview later that week. Then Tuesday of this week he gets an email about another interview with the project manager. Today he meets the boss of the whole company. Next Monday he meets the customer. We’ve been “between contracts” since about mid-May. We’re doing ok, but I’m definitely ready for him to go back to work. I miss the stability of an every-day kind of job, although I know he’s happier and his blood pressure is lower.

7. Our new next-door neighbors got a puppy last month–a black lab named Pepper. Absolutely adorable and heads for our yard the instant she’s let out. This week they brought home a black kitten named Max. They also have an 11 month old baby. Can I tell you I’m thankful for my older children and older cat family? They are cuter, but ours sleep through the night and don’t poop on the floor!

Don’t forget to hydrate and stay out of the heat!

Posted in 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. 6 weeks left of summer vacation. Usually by now I’m dying for a break, not liking the time with the kids and going generally crazy. This summer (barring one child’s meltdown this morning!) has been actually pretty good. With friends and activities to keep us busy, it’s been somewhat of a lower-stress vacation. We’re definitely doing the “staycation” thingy due to Jim’s job situation (between contracts), but sleeping in and reading books works for me.

2. Pursuant to the “between contracts” clause above, Jim has an interview today. Prayers are appreciated. I really miss the “sameness of paychecks” that a regular job provided. Self-employment is not for wimps.

3. We finally found a reasonably priced used “jr guitar” for Catie. Jim tried to give her a lesson. The result? She seems to know everything about playing it until she actually sits down to try and play it. Then “it’s too hard!”. So once the summer is over and we’re back to piano lessons for Laura, Catie will take guitar lessons from the same teacher. Or we’ll sell the guitar.

4. I coughed up $98 for 15 uniform shirts for the three kids who will be wearing them. (3 white, 1 black, 1 red) That was a tough pill to swallow. I voted yes on the uniforms, so I can’t complain, but I wish I had thought it through a bit more. Next month we’ll buy pants for them–tan and black khakis. We’ll do one year of the uniform thing and then the two older ones will go to middle school and not have uniforms. Thankfully Ethan can wear whatever he wants.

5. I got to hold a two month old little girl yesterday, who gave me the pleasure of falling asleep in my arms. My youngest is going on 8 1/2, so holding babies is unmitigated joy for me. We’re “done” having them ourselves–we knew that years ago–but there is that ache every once in awhile. Which is why friends with babies come in so handy!

6. With being on the go so much this summer, the more boring aspects of home-running have fallen by the wayside. My paperwork clutter is HUGE, and I have no clue what all needs to be done. Today, since we aren’t going anywhere, I will be taking time and dealing with it.

7. Jim and I are updating our life insurance policies–going with a new company, extending the coverage time (adding five extra years b/c of Catie) and upping the amount. To do all this I had to fill out a boatload of paperwork and then yesterday a nurse came out. She asked us a bunch of questions and then did the dreaded bloodwork. The last time Jim has blood drawn he passed out. So he was understandably nervous. This time he (and I) did fine. Now we just wait for the approval. After all the difficulties getting approved for health insurance, I’m hoping for an easier time with life insurance!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summers!

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Summer Cold

This week has been somewhat of a loss for me. Sunday morning I woke up feel rotten. Jim went to church by himself–the kids overslept by a lot–and I went back to bed and slept some more. I spent the rest of the day lying on the couch, drinking tea and/or chicken broth and resting. Monday and Tuesday I felt ok. Not great, but ok. Wednesday was just a repeat of Sunday. I canceled a much-anticipated play date (rescheduled for tomorrow) and spent the day doing nothing. Thursday I dragged myself and the kids to a friend’s pool where I laid in the shade and rested again. Today I feel somewhat better. Tomorrow I’m hopeful for a 90% recovery. My voice comes and goes–my laugh is very Marlene Dietrich right now.

As I posted on facebook, summer colds are just not fair. Everyone expects to get sick in the fall and winter–they even call it “flu and cold season”. But summer is when we should be outside, in the pool, visiting with neighbors and having fun. NOT BEING SICK.

On the “there has got to be a good side to this”, the kids have bugged Jim a lot more than me this week. 😀