30 December, 2013

Looking Forward...

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I don’t believe in setting New Year’s resolutions and I don’t plan on setting any this year.   I do plan on making and keeping a few promises to myself.  I know it sounds like the same thing, but in my mind, it’s not. 

My first promise to myself has been to quit wasting time on that stupid Candy Crush game.  I cannot understand why I’ve let it consume so much of my life in 2013, but alas I did.  I deleted it from my phone today.  I’m done being aggravated on a daily basis by that thing.  Ahhh, it feels good.

I also plan on letting go a little more – especially the things I cannot change.  My job sucks.  My co-workers suck.  My boss sucks.  Without a career change, I cannot change any of those problems.  Unless something else magically comes along, I plan on sucking it up and making the best of it until I can move along to sunnier climates. 

This past year, we trimmed television from our lives and it has been a liberating experience.  I can honestly say it was sucking the life out of our household.   We still watch a few of our favorite shows, but the television is not turned on for the sake of it any longer.  I plan on making some more adjustments to how I spend my free-time.   

I plan on eating better – at least adding a few more fruits and vegetables to my diet on a daily basis.

I’ll never be a work-out guru, but I plan on walking more.  Because of the treacherous sidewalks this time of year, I may have to settle for the treadmill until Spring.

I plan on closely examining my personal friendships.  I think there is room for improvement there.

Everything is manageable – in small doses and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store…

23 December, 2013

Pre Merry Christmas

Wow!  Where has the month of December gone?  The last I remember, it was late November and now, Christmas is upon us.  How did that happen?

On the upside, I’ve been done my Christmas shopping and decorating since December 1st, so it’s been a pleasant experience being able to AVOID the mall, crowds and crazies. 

I did however, fail at Christmas baking this year.  I don’t enjoy baking, so it’s not something I do willingly, but every year, I begrudgingly make J and The Boy shortbread cookies.    This year I’m blaming the lack of cookies in our household on the makers of corn starch (a key ingredient in the cookies).  Yes, the corn starch company!  For the past 15 years, the recipe I use for the shortbread has resided on the side of the corn starch box.  Imagine my surprise when I look for the recipe on my new container of shortbread and all I see are the instructions “for recipe ideas visit our website”.  WTH?   So because I’m not totally lazy, I trudge off in search of the recipe on the world wide web – only to be horribly disappointed when I receive a “404 Not found” error.  Seems someone didn’t pay the web hosting bill at the corn starch company and their server WITH the recipes no longer existed.

So, there you have it – my household is cookieless for the 2013 festive season.   Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t have won the mother of the year award this year anyhow, so no harm done. 

If I had made them though, they would have looked like this…

Not really, more like this...but a girl can dream can’t she?


Have wonderful Christmas! May your home be filled with lots of love and many, many cookies.

15 December, 2013

To Celebrate the Snow...

Here's a little something I've been working on.  It's fitting given all the snow we've been getting up here in Canada.

White Bear's Journey

Zuni carver, Everett Pinto, carved this white marble bear with the turquoise heart line.  The bear has been wrapped in heavy sterling and the necklace has been strung with white moon shell heishi beads, hematite beads, and nuggets of vintage Sleeping Beauty turquoise from the legendary closed mine in Arizona.

The Bear is a symbol of strength, with power from within.  The heart line, which starts at the mouth of the bear (where breath gives life) and point to the soul (where faith, spirit and inner strength reside).

04 December, 2013

Diabolical Scheming in Process...

For years, I’ve struggled with happiness in my career.  I’m easily bored, need to be challenged and most important of all, don’t like to be micro-managed.
Well, I’m 3 years into my current position and am still unhappy with my choice in careers.  It’s my problem and I’m dealing with it, BUT knowing it’s only short-term (3-5 years) definitely helps. 
That being said, I’ve come up with a plan of sorts – something that should keep me engaged, reduce my exposure to unpleasant people, allow me to be slightly creative and the best part – my report structure should change.  AND, there is a need for this position within the organization – they just don’t know it yet!
Here is where by diabolical scheming comes in.  I need to figure out a way to – make them aware of the need for this position, convince them I’m the right person for the position, convince my boss he’s not the reason I’m want out of our department, so he’ll give the new position his blessing, recommend me and then find a suitable replacement so I can get the hell out.  Then all I have to do is make the position mine.  Easy - in my mind at least…
So, the position I’m speaking about is a corporate policy and procedure trainer.  The position title needs some work. 
Basically as part of my current role, I now write corporate policies and procedures and as part of the legal department, we then “roll them out” and magically believe people are adhering to them.   By “roll them out”, I mean send the policy in an e-mail.   Efficient, I know but not so effective.
I would like to take the role a step further and implement a formal training program which would entail initial training, ongoing training to new employees, yearly refresher training and of course, policy and procedure compliance monitoring.
I believe employees would find value in this because as it stands now, they are supposed to following policies and procedures that many of them don’t even know about.  They start with the company, are handed a policy and procedure manual and are expected to be aware and understand it.  People aren't wired to work that way – at least most people I know aren’t.
I know it sounds boring, but I enjoy the teaching aspect of these things, I like to make boring topics interesting and understandable and I like things to run smoothly and right now, things don’t run smoothly – at all.  
So there it is…my "escape from the legal department until I can escape from reality" scheme.   *insert diabolical laugh here*  muhahahaha

02 December, 2013

Things to Ponder…

Does anyone use the word “please” or is it just a given that they are entitled to something and therefore the word is not required?

Why are some people just bitchy assholes EVERY, SINGLE day of the year?

When did we become so self-absorbed?

Why do some people believe the world revolves around them?

Why does the festive season bring out the worst in mankind?

Why has Facebook become the first thing people turn to when they need to express their emotions?

What did we do with our spare time before social media and Candy Crush?

Do you really care if a Facebook friend cleared a level on Candy Crush?

Why does Facebook recommend “people that I may know” that only appear to be porn stars? Do they know something I don’t?

Does anyone read anything other than status updates anymore?

Why do the Internet Nazis allow me access to social media sites, but not the Weather Network?

Why do we wish our lives away and only live for the weekends?

Does anyone send Christmas cards anymore?

Why does work always feel like an exercise in self-preservation?

Is “thank you” really that difficult of a word to say?

Why do friends feel more like acquaintances than true friends anymore?

Since when has complaining become about everything become a sport?

As you can tell by this post, it’s been one of those days, weeks, months. Actions speak louder than words and lately, people’s actions are screaming at me. I’ve lost a lot of respect for certain people in my life and I’m hoping it’s only a momentary hiccup. I have hope for humanity and that suddenly we will realize what tools we’ve become and how social media is to blame. Wake up people. You’re not special - we’re all idiots.