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Friday, March 21, 2008

Make a Wish meme

Tammy tagged me with this Make A Wish meme and I had to steal a little of her idea...



Mine isn't as pretty and creative as hers, but I think I did an okay job... What do you think? Now it's your turn. Here's what you have to do:

1. Think about what it is that you want more than anything, what your heart’s desire and fondest wish is, and what it is that you would wish for if you were to see a wishing star flame across the night sky.
2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below.
3. Use a graphics program of your choice and place your wish on the picture.



I'm feeling a little lazy and tired so I'm not going to officially tag anyone; if you'd like to do it then I'd love to see what you're wishing for.
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Professional women networking

A lot of women need and look for resources to assist them in advancing their careers, growing their businesses and finding a work/life balance. They'll find that, and much more, in the recently launched online community w2wlink, which is a free networking service.

w2wlink.com matches women with free networking circles based on their detailed profiles then matches them into peer groups of up to 10. The community was founded by former Match.com executive Lisbeth McNabb.

One of the things that immediately prompted this blogger to join this community was the immediate access to articles and information that are relevant to my life like the articles Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs and We Attract Who We Are. Not only is the information written in a compelling and easy to read manner, but it is easy to follow and incorporate. Also, of utmost importance, is the site's uncomplicated navigation.

This is a snapshot of a description directly from the site:

www.w2wlink.com is the premier content and community website for professional women in times of growth and transition. The site provides relevant content and connects women into free and private peer networking circles to pursue their growth journey. Site members can find resources and guidance, seek advice from peers, discuss topics of common interest and offer personal viewpoints using the SmartComments tool. w2wlink.com Network Circles are online groups of women focusing on discussion topics such as the entrepreneurial journey, corporate fast track, networking skills, and work family life balance.

If you're looking to advance your career, find balance in your life, discover entrepreneurial resources and support, learn more about taking care of yourself and much more then tap into w2wlink.com. I think it's the perfect community for bloggers and entrepreneurs like you and me.

Lisbeth McNabb,
CEO of w2wlink.com
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Forgive the absence!

Please forgive me for missing my blog surfing and reading the past day or so. As you already know the baby was sick and boy has she been fussy. A sick baby can make life a lot more hectic. I'm hoping she's feeling a little better tomorrow so I can catch up on some work: housework, writing work, paperwork... you get the picture. I was gonna say blog work, but blogging is not really work to me. It's too much fun! Even the paid posts are fun.

Oh well, I hope to see you all tomorrow at your blogs! I'll catch up with the tags, memes, commenting and such.

BTW: I did take the baby to the doctor and she just seems to be getting over a virus or something. And she has a cold. Nothing major. Oh, and there's the teething. She has every freaking teething symptom that grandmothers made up... I mean, uh, warned us about! :)

Have a great night!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The entire poem

Last Thursday I gave a little teaser of a poem I wrote and tried to get you to click through to another site I'm apart of (Gather) to read the rest. Well, a couple of you asked me nicely to post the entire thing here so here it is:

Dream Killers

The redness seeped from her gums and she spat into the porcelain
Letting the wetness carry it away
Her muscles throbbed like the rhythm in the depths of the ocean
She could hear her joints scream like chimpanzees at the tops of trees
And her brain was fuzzy and bruised like day-old peaches
She wondered what else lurked, hiding in the darkness
Tiny invading microorganisms swimming to failing limbs
Dangerous gnawing bacteria taking over acid-producing organs
Unknown deadly disease destroying the path it traveled
It all lived inside of the creature
Slowly, creeping to overtake her dreams.
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What a crazy morning!

My morning began at 3 a.m. when the baby woke up crying. It was one of those cries that said, "Come get me." Then a misleading pause to make you think they went back to sleep before the "Come get me" gets louder. I stumbled into the children's room and scooped up the baby before she woke up the other children. She was very warm.

It took me a minute to get out of my fog, but I realized that her warmth was not a result of being snuggled comfortably under the blanket... it was coming from the inside of her body. My baby had a temperature.

I grabbed the diaper bag, her sippy cup from the fridge and took everything to my room turning on the light so I could get a good look at her. She was breathing very rapidly and she seemed drowsy. I immediately gave her a dose of Tylenol and encouraged her to drink. She drank thirstily and I changed her diaper and stripped off her clothes.

Finally I was able to take her temperature. It read 101.4 under her arm. Careful not to panic because the added degrees for auxiliary temperature would make that quite high I went to the bathroom to get the other thermometer to take her temperature rectally. It read 101.7. Not too bad for an almost 10 month old.

I called our 404-250-KIDS line, which goes to one of our local children's hospitals and the on-call nurses. I wanted to make sure that I had given her enough Tylenol and check her symptoms.

The nurse called back about five minutes later and went through the checklist of everything to ensure it wasn't anything too serious. I needed to give her .2 more of Tylenol and keep her as cool as possible. Good, because everything she said I had done and gave her the additional medicine posthaste.

I lay her in the bed and watched her fall asleep; waiting for her breathing to slow. Finally it did and she slept soundly. I, on the other hand, was wide awake.

By 8 a.m. her fever had returned. I rushed to get the other kids' breakfast then woke the baby to give her medicine, juice and see if I could get her to eat something or take a bottle. She took her medicine, drank some juice, ate a little applesauce and promptly boo booed. Then the fussying started.

What I found out when I picked her up was that the boo boo had came out of the top and sides of her diaper. She -- and the high chair -- was a mess! I yelled for the 4 year old to get the diaper, wipes and a towel from the bathroom. I instructed the 3 year old to get a plastic bag. A last-minute bath was in order.

After she was cleaned and everyone was dressed we ventured out to the sitters more than 30 minutes late. After getting the two children settled inside, I got back in my van, turned the key and looked down in shock to see the key had broken off in the ignition! What the f... yes, I almost said it. But, instead, I just laughed.

What else could go wrong?

Thankfully, my husband had given me a AAA card and I called. They originally told me it would be $100 out of pocket, but once they found out I didn't have the original computer chipped key I didn't have to pay anything extra. WHEW!

The baby and I waited at the sitters and eventually made it back home before the rain started. (We're expecting winds up to 28 mph today and a storm...)

She's still fighting the fever and I'm almost out of diapers and wipes. However, right now she's sleeping soundly and I've been checking on her regularly. As soon as the teenager gets home I'll go to the store to get the things the baby needs as well as some infant's Motrin, which works better on fevers.

Maybe I'll get a nap before the day is over... wishful thinking!

So, how's your day going? :-]
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Accreditation revoked at Clayton County schools

My daughter attends a high school in the Clayton County school district and, unfortunately, the National Accreditation Commission board unanimously voted to revoke the county's accreditation on September 1. The only chance the district has to hold on to the accreditation is to meet nine requirements by September.

This is a concern to a lot of parents and students, but it is of particular concern to parents -- like me -- who have students entering the 12th grade this coming school year. For older students, like my daughter, losing the accreditation would mean no HOPE scholarships and difficulty getting into certain colleges. And this also affects me for my younger children -- especially the second one who is supposed to enroll in pre-kindergarten this year -- because there would be no pre-k funding. And to top it all off, as a Clayton homeowner I would be faced with lower property values.

So as my daughter takes the Georgia High School Graduation test, prepares for the SAT, applies for scholarships and researches and decides on colleges she'd like to attend, we'll be faced with mapping out an alternative plan for her senior year. If the accreditation is revoked there is a chance that she could attend a private school since the Senate recently passed a bill that "allows students in chronically failing schools to transfer to public or private schools," according to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It's possible we would be able to receive a voucher for $4,100 if we choose a private school.

With everything going on this just seems like another thing on my to-do list, but as any mother would do I'll take care of whatever I have to in order to help my daughter realize her dreams.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Three added to my favorite sites list

I was finally able to get to the elements at the bottom of my page and I have added Farah, Sweat Pea and Melinda to my favorite sites list. Check them out when you get the chance.

For some reason I think there was someone else I was supposed to add, but I can't remember who. If you remember then let me know, okay?
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I... can't... breathe...

All day yesterday I had been talking myself into getting up early today to attend the 8:30 service at my church. Well, I guess myself listened and I woke up (without an alarm) around 6 a.m. Although I didn't get out of bed until 6:45; I did finally take a shower, apply a little make-up, fix my hair and find something fairly descent to wear.

There were a pair of brown slacks with some small stripes (blue and a tan/pink color... sounds kind of ugly, but they're really nice) that I pulled from the closet along with a cotton, button down, long-sleeved dark pink shirt. I also pulled out a black skirt in case the pants didn't look right. I started complaining a little as I ironed the shirt because we didn't have any starch and it was one of those shirts that is easily wrinkled.

After finishing my ironing, I pulled the pants on and they were a little snug... I twisted around to see the size and they're a 12!! I wear a 14. I struggled a little to get them buttoned -- had to suck in the extra belly skin (sorry, TMI) -- but they were on and fairly comfortable. I looked in the full-length mirror being careful to check myself from every angle -- particularly the back -- and was pleased to see they fit very well. Hmm, I thought, just a little more tightening and a couple of more inches and I'll officially wear a size 12.

Well, time was running out so I didn't get a chance to try on the skirt and it was kind of chilly anyway so the pants seemed like a good choice. I rushed into the kitchen, popped a waffle in the toaster and breezed out of the door.

(Have you noticed that I didn't mention any children! Yippee! :-])

I opened the van door, tried to slide in and as soon as I sat down my breath was almost cut off. The pants squeezed my stomach so far in that I had to exhale! Since I didn't have time to change I just thanked my lucky stars that I had a jacket and went on my way.

While driving I glanced down and saw a couple of gaping areas down the front of my blouse. Oh no! I thought. Now, none of this showed in the full-length mirror, but I also hadn't finished the necessary preparation when wearing clothes that hardly fit. I didn't try to sit down and I didn't move around or bend over. Big mistake.

Once I arrived at church I made sure to put on the jacket and suck my tummy in. Everything was okay while walking then I had to sit down. Then it was time for praise and worship so I had to stand up. Then sit down. Then stand up when the bishop approached the pulpit. I tried to discreetly adjust my clothes each time, which was soooo distracting.

SIGH!

Now, I'll have to remember to evaluate my clothes a little better before I actually leave the house so I don't have to spend a few hours without being able to inhale completely.

I would have taken a picture to show you, but there wasn't anytime because I rushed in the house so fast once I got home and took my clothes off!
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