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Where Will You Start?

March 13, 2011

What do you want to do to change it?


Morning Meditation

March 12, 2011

Today just make it simple. Stop. Smile. Slow Down. Breath.

Spiders, And Bats, And Comic Books? Oh My

March 11, 2011

I’m really digging the Superhero inspired photographs by Craig McDean. There is something about the comic book backdrops that really excited me.

If I was going to be in one of the photos I would love to pose as Poison Ivy or Batman(woman). Who would you want to be?

Where’s My Cat?

March 10, 2011

Update: Thank you to those who are helping. There has been no sign of him today or yesterday. He was seen on the 8th running across the street (a very busy intersection) and was under the building on the 9th. Last night it rained which I think kept him where ever he was hiding since he hates water. Hopefully the rain will hold out tonight and he will be back under the building where we can trap him in.

If you have been following me on Twitter you may have seen that my cat is missing. We aren’t sure how he got out. I’m positive that he didn’t go out the door and we have had construction going on in the apartment, but that hole has been covered. On Saturday we found that he was under the apartment in the crawl space, but we couldn’t get him out. Finally we got a call on Monday from  a lady who saw him running across the street headed to a woody area.

Right now I’m a mess. Conrad, my cat, has been with me longer than I’ve been with Russell and longer than I’ve had Bug. Now I’m not one of those people who call their pets their children, but he was part of the family. When I was down he would curl up on my lap purr. When I was sick he would lick my forehead. He would even let Bug hit, I mean pet him, lay on him, and give him kisses.

R is upset and blaming himself  since he almost caught him under the building, but he got scared and ran. I don’t blame him. For a while I let my anger out on the people fixing our bathroom, but it wasn’t their fault either. They are good people who live in my complex. They made sure not only to cover the hole, but block off the bathroom as best they could. One spend all day Sunday climbing under the building to find him. I even blamed myself. When he was seen crossing the street I was out walking with Bug in the area. Did he see me and try to come to me for help? Why didn’t I look harder? Why wasn’t in the right area at the right time? However I needed to remind myself that it wasn’t me. We were going through the bushes, calling his name, and hanging fliers. We have posted on Craigslist and called all the shelters in the area. Both R and I have searched and searched and searched. Nothing.

Add on top of all that my other cat, Sophia, who has just lost her best friend. She walks around all night crying. She has taken to following me around with this confused look on her face (really she has the most expressive face I’ve ever seen on a cat). She doesn’t understand and I can’t help her. Sophia is a special case of her own. She was a rescue that I got 4 1/2 years ago from the Burbank Foster Kitty program. Her socializing skill are poor and to this day she has only bonded with me. Conrad was her BFF. They were the type of buddies that if I came home and found them with matching tattoos I wouldn’t be surprised.

At this moment I have no control of the situation. And trying to understand that is the hardest thing for me to do. In a way I am a control freak. I like having control over decisions and making the calls. However in this situation it is out of my hands. All I can do is keep doing what I’m doing and hope that he either finds his way home, gets picked up and taken to a shelter, or someone else spots him and calls. In my heart I know that but there is a huge disconnect between what my heart knows and what my brain thinks and getting past this place is hard. I feel useless, like I failed and can’t shake that feeling.

Have you ever lost a pet? What happened? Or have you ever struggled over not having control in a situation? How did you handle it?

P.S. To anyone who has ever stopped to look at a missing animal poster thank you. Knowing that there are people out there who care is a great feeling.

P.S.S If you are in the Shoreline, WA area and see an orange and white, male tabby cat please contact me at myreinventedlife@yahoo (dot) com. I know it is a shot in the dark, but it is one I’m willing to take.

Smoke On The Water…Yum

March 9, 2011

The best pork came from this grill.

Secret Service

Some good news on the list front. This time I tackled something on my Bucket list. I went to a BBQ competition. This has actually been on my list a long time and was inspired by the Food Network and their constant shows featuring BBQ cook offs, and this was no small affair. Heck, there was even a governor there. One hell of a place to campaign since he is running for Senate.

Smoke on The Water Competition, sponsored by Budweiser, is held in Winter Haven Florida annually. When we arrived I was assuming that we were walking into some small local event that would pit the firefighter, police, and other locals against one another. Was I wrong. This was no family affair. Competitors came from around the country and compete around the US.

R is a huge fan of pulled pork, but ribs are my weakness, but after leaving I became a convert. Between us we shared a rib and 5 pulled pork sandwiches.

I’m not a food critic nor do I know how to give it a proper review, but I was in hog heaven. Every bite was better than the last. The last sandwich we had literally brought tears to my eyes.

This was one item I was very happy to cross off my list. Than again I may on cross it so that I can do it again!

No one stands between R and his pork.

Have you ever been to a cook off?

14,000 Things To Be Happy About

March 8, 2011

Call me crazy, call me a glutton for punishment, but I call it a challenge. 14,000 things to be happy about is a lot to be happy for, but are there really 14,000 things? I think there are. So, here I go. I’m going to make a list of 14,000 things. Don’t worry I won’t include it all in once. I will post my list in various forms to the blog. Let’s start with a few:

  1. Photo safaris
  2. White cheese popcorn
  3. Felt tip pens
  4. Dry Erase markers
  5. Hot tubs
  6. Journaling when traveling.
  7. My Yeti doll
  8. Aqua blue
  9. People watching
  10. Burt’s Bees chap stick
  11. Honey Bunches of Oats
  12. Golden Girl Reruns
  13. The excited feeling before going on vacation
  14. Trader Joe’s
  15. Walking into places that smell delicious
  16. Dream catchers
  17. Physicians Formula makeup
  18. Betsey Johnson leggings
  19. Sun bathing
  20. Text messages
  21. Shopping for baby clothes
  22. Sunny days
  23. Long hair
  24. Sharpies
  25. Warm sand beneath my feet
  26. Hummingbirds
  27. Black pearl earrings
  28. When people wear flowers in their hair.
  29. Ordering hot chocolate at Starbucks
  30. Going to a place where everyone knows my name (and they are always glad I came)
  31. Ceramic bowls
  32. Pink Wii Remotes
  33. Ghost stories
  34. Pecan marshmallow logs
  35. Great season finales of favorite TV shows
  36. When a bad stain comes out of my favorite clothing
  37. Watching the History Channel
  38. Hoop earrings
  39. Pale pink lipstick
  40. Taking art classes
  41. Sunlight shining through glittery snow globes
  42. Finding new uses for my droid phone.
  43. The fact that my phone is called a droid
  44. Having an apartment with a balcony/deck
  45. R’s brown beanie
  46. Komodo Dragon Blend Coffee
  47. Wearing leggings under sweater dresses
  48. High heeled boots
  49. Ginger flavored ice cream
  50. Chili dogs

What would you include on your list?

Did She Just Say That?!

March 7, 2011

Lately I have been reading tons of articles about putting together resumes and getting through the interview.  It really got me thinking about some of the interviews I have conducted in the past. People sometimes will surprise you with what comes out of their mouth. Here is just a couple of the stranger things that I have come across.

The first interview I conducted was as a Manger Trainee at a department store. There was about 30 people there for the interview and 4 managers. One of the candidates we had some concerns with since he listed 5 retail jobs in less than 2 years on his application and was at each job less than 4 months. So the first question that we asked was “tell us about your past retail experience.” Immediately he began talking about working in the women’s department and how great he was at sales since all you have to do is “get them in the fitting room when they are naked and give them more cloths. The best way to sell to them is when they are naked…” Red flag number one. He went on to tell us about how he helps women but instead it came out as “I have done a lot of women.” Talk about Freudian slip. Very few people caught what he said, but the manager who was training us heard it and had to excuse himself for a minute.

Lesson to learn: Talking about how you harass customer’s and use fitting rooms as your personal peep show will not get you hired.

During the holidays we were always looking for seasonal help and with the ample amount of applications that we got it would take us about a week or so to sort them out and then call back to set up interviews. One day I got a phone call from someone demanding to know when she was going to start work. The conversation went down hill from there. When I asked her name to check with the schedule she became violent. After demanding to speak to someone higher than me (which would be my store manager who wasn’t there), threatening to call corporate to report me, calling me every four letter word in the book, and telling me that I had no right to tell her what to do (which was hilarious since not only would she have to report to a department supervisor but they reported to me so I was her boss’s boss) I finally figured out that she had just put in an application 20 minutes ago and just got home from doing so. Needless to say the HR Supervisor deleted that application.

Lesson learned: Don’t scream at the person who you want to hire you. They wont.

I was in the position where I needed to hire a Coordinator for my intimate apparel department. Since it was an internal position I was looking for someone who had shown leadership abilities in the past, willingness to learn, someone who I knew was reliable and I could work with easily. Several great candidates applied as well as some wild cards, but all were interviewed. One of those happened to be some one who knew the department better than anyone, but her attitude, customer service skills, and ability to work with others was well…lacking. She was called into the interview because I wanted to see why she wanted the job and try to determine if a switch in position might be what see needed to get her to perform better. After all her knowledge of the department was something I came to depend on. From the start her fire was evident. I asked “Why should I hire you?”

Her answer “Because I don’t sit around like the other Supervisors do. They are lazy and rude. I don’t understand why they get 40 hours while the rest of us hard workers hardly get any hours at all.”

Lesson learned: While honesty is appreciated editing is appreciated even more.

Finally the last didn’t happen when I giving in an interview, but when I was waiting to do one. I was sitting in the waiting room with two other people awaiting an interview for a large retailer for the position of assistant manager. I struck up a conversation with them and found that they were also being interviewed for the assistant manager position. That’s when one decided to confide in us that she had no idea what the position was for and that she was hoping to at least get a position in HR. The other guy in the room replied he didn’t know either, but he though it had something to do with maybe unloading the trucks or being on the registers. Thankfully I was called in for my interview at that point and wished them both luck.

Lesson learned: Know what you are going for prior to the interview. Just google it if need be.

Have you or anyone you have known made a faux pas during an interview?

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