Column Topics: She Says...
30 May 2008
29 May 2008
"all pooped out"
28 May 2008
...I've reached a fork in the road
Along the way I've been lost, confused, had my fair share of flat tires, those moments where I was cruising with my hair blowing in the wind, and now, I've reached a pivotal moment in my educational career. Time is on my side, but it's a matter of choosing to do what will benefit me. I am confident in making my decision to switch-out, but I can't help but wonder, if I get things "over and done with" would that increase my chances of getting my foot in the door? I doubt it. But you can't help but have those "what if" moments. I'm not usually one to second-guess myself, but I have some external pressures that are aiding in the prodding. Tick Tock Tick Tock is all I'm hearing; but I know where my heart is. I guess I'll just have to sort it out myself; take this blank slate for what it is, and bring to it the most I can... Decisions, decisions, decisions..
27 May 2008
26 May 2008
25 May 2008
23 May 2008
Lately, I've noticed that whenever I'm asked how I'm doing, I keep saying that I'm, "chugging along."
Maybe subconsciously I'm beginning to realize my uphill trend, & am conveying what initiated all these good things to finally happen...
Being surrounded by children's books and reminiscing on those stories that influenced my own childhood, one anthromorphic locomotive comes to mind. I'm sure everyone knows the story of, "The Little Engine that Could." For those finding themselves having a memory-lapse, a quick synopsis follows: The little blue engine is stuck at the bottom of a hill, unable to find a larger locomotive willing to attempt the daughnting uphill climb. Seeing that it is quite steep, acknowledging that no one will help him, he has no one to rely on but himself. Left to his own devices, he decides to give it a try; as he climbs, he gains power at the steepest (most slow-moving point) through his own self-confidence, as he constantly repeats the mantra," I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." Once over the hill, enjoying the rewarding free-fall, he says to himself," I thought I could, I thought I could...."
21 May 2008
I'm finding igoogle such an effective & functional homepage that I keep a window open for it all the time. I have meticulously chosen applications that would pretty much mimic what I will be using my blackberry for, and as such, have created some much-needed productivity whilst web surfing, -aka. wasting time..
I completely customized the layout and theme; choosing an "ocean life" theme, (complete with an animated-octopus who changes his actions depending on the time of day; for eg. listening to his iPod).
20 May 2008
19 May 2008
Watching the movie and seeing Iron Man and his assistant Pepper, much reminded me of Frank and myself. There's always things that we disagree on, but its the kind of friction that brings us closer. He protects me, while I look out for him, on the sidelines. I'm the more low-profile "pro-tector" of the 2 of us.
All for all, a great movie. And a great weekend full of popcorn, m&ms, coca cola, nachos and movie previews!
16 May 2008
CHEE-WOW-WA! I'm so excited for this movie. I'll admit, I still get excited in the Disney Store (I miss the classic disney layout versus the mass-produced retail-oriented stores). I love all things Disney, and I've never been a naysayer to anything Disney Does. Just like Simon Says, Disney Does it right- and by this, I am even more love-stricken!
It'll definitely be a family affair when this gets released... I hope it turns into a COMBO PAIL DEAL! I'd love to have a plastic pail to take home with Papi and Co. all over it! What a great wash-tub for Rocco.... he'll have his relatives with him even as he gets squeaky-clean!
*Thanks Joy & Edwin for the Paws Up.
15 May 2008
Through some chit-chat today, I came to a very enlightening realization. I have quite a work portfolio. Work experience is a growing experience. Through the various positions I have carried, and chosen, to occupy my well-valued time, I have witnessed a common thread. Anything that I decided to do, was an extension of where I was at in that time of my life. My earlier retail fiascos were reminiscent of my pick-up-my pay check THEN go-for-lunch-and-spend-it days. A time where money seemingly grew on trees, and financial responsibilities were non-existent. Then came my salon receptionist job, where I enamored myself with the pampered-puppy attitude, where you tipped people for aesthetic services rather than providing you with speedy/excellent at-the-table kind of service. Summer of '05 gave me a job that was already In The Bag---working with Trevor Owen Ltd. (Google 'em, and you'll know what I mean by that..) a job that allowed Frank and I to work side-by-side, or at least, have our lunches together, all summer-long <3>
Another must-mention job was my bikini-bay sales associate position, where I humoured people by admitting that,"yes, I sell bikinis, BUT I don't wear one while I work!" On-the-side I held an At-Home-Tutoring job where I found myself becoming more like a Big Sister, than just a tutor. It was so hard to have that job end at the 2-year point...but on the bright side, that following summer, I had the priviledge to work for the super-posh, high exec. Scotia Capital- Scotiabank, on the 62nd floor of Scotia Plaza. It took a full 2 minutes to get to the top, and believe me, being sardine-packed in an elevator with thumb-numbing crackberry executives, made the ride THAT much longer. All you could hear was the insurmountable sound of their thumbs typing layers of skin away! You have no idea how I ecstatic I was when my *ding came to announce my release from the click-click-clicks! Throughout the day, I would even find myself still teeth-chattering to the sound of all those click-click-clicks!! :) A delightful work experience nonetheless, as I walked in the shoes of a Downtown Dolly; always checking my watch for the time, parading through the city in flocks with destination:financial district in mind, and the end-of-the-day, Catch the GO marathon; only to realize that your train was delayed because of "signal problems." Soon after, I gained 2 wonderful volunteer jobs where I delighted myself in working as a mentoring coach and catechism teacher. Two positions that I hold near and dear to my heart. A reconciliation with my nieces' old daycare centre provided for an ECA opportunity, and a summer that was filled with much fun, laughter, bandaids and diaper changes! Through the google-friendly web, I stumble upon something so FoolProof, that it turned out to be KidProof! --- My Most Cherished Work Experience To Date! I travel like a winged-messenger across the GTA and teach kids skills that will not only make them wiser, but will give them the kind of knowledge that could one day save their lives! Fast worward to late '07 and I gain my very own click-click job with the TCDSB. Hours flew by as I clicked my heart away and completed tasks like speedy gonzalez...I became numb to the constant typing, as I became one with the keyboard *lol. A few weeks later, I found out that my need for speed was to my very own detriment... shortage of work, meant bye-bye-bye; I couldn't possibly reduce myself to less than 16 hours a week, plus the chance of it becoming a more casual on-call position, than something steady/reliable. Another bullet to add to my resume, I found a position where I could combine my two loves: computers and kids... Teaching those courses was so much fun, and unlike kidproof, I had weeks of constantly seeing the same kids and watching them progress and learn from what I have taught them, with the final products being MS WORD 5-Day forecasts and different topic-ed power point presentations for eg. "Places in the World I Want to Visit." This job emphasized why short-term contracts are like those "have fun while it lasts" experiences: it goes before you get a chance to sit back and take it all in. Finally, proud to add another Gold Star position for my TC App., working at Learna is a great experience in and of itself. Reminiscent of my job-prior, it combines any and everything I have done up-to-date. A combination of all my skills and experience, and most importantly, my passion, this job is truly me. I think my job-hunting days are over...that is, until I'm Certified(-platinum--plated name plate *wink-wink
12 May 2008
11 May 2008
09 May 2008
Sometimes things happen, with all the the things that follow, it can simply become an abyss of nothingness... no longer holding that anger/frustration or any such emotion. So when someone extends that olive branch, why not take it?
Nothing to lose, but possibly much to gain. Sometimes things fall...and amidst all the wreckage and rubble, you can forget how great it was when it stood strong.
Simply put: I'm letting bygones be bygones.
Let's see how much of a catch-up I can do.
05 May 2008
04 May 2008
Today Frank and I went with Corey and Ana to see some yorkie puppies! As the 'doggie-expert' quote on quote, they called me Saturday if I could come with :) As soon as we entered the door, we got ambushed by 5 lil pups, and soon-after, their Mama and Papa. Dogs Dogs everywhere!
Little tiny furballs just running around, being cute and rambunctious as can only be expected. In the end, Corey chose the runt of the litter, Tiny. He's an adorable and absolutely gorgeous pup. Welcome to the family little guy!
When you're big enough you'll get to meet Rocky, Bunny Bunny, Noah and Princess!
Everyone from pretty every corner of the GTA gathered in celebration of the house warming/blessing of Joy's Condo. A much anticipated day- after the BIG MOVE- it was nice to see everyone near and dear. Starting from 2PM we had a strong and steady rotation of company til early in the AM. Food was eaten, drinks were drank, gifts were open---- with a high purple-rate (for those of you who don't know my sister, she loves anything PURPLE and EEYORE, or better yet, a combination of the two) A great celebration of my sister's great accomplishment. One more star to add to her Wall of Fame.
02 May 2008
01 May 2008
*Waiting for all those blossoms to bloom.