Sunday, May 03, 2009

Public Safety Reminder

Well, it's been raining pretty much non-stop for about 5 days now and it's brought to my attention something that the general public needs to be reminded of. Fact: In all 50 states it is the law that if your windshield wipers are in use (i.e. it's raining) then you must turn on your headlights. So turn on your headlights, people!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Don't quit your day job

I've been finding ways to fill up my free time lately. The last two weeks have been pretty busy for me. I've been going over to help my cousin Rob work on a house he and Michael bought, so I've been working at least a few nights a week after leaving Trophy house. The rest of my nights have been filled with Village meetings and hanging out with friends. I've found that having things to do every day really makes the week fly by. I've also found that even a few hours a week of extra pay can be a big boost to my budget.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring is in the air

Well, it's that time of year. We always say spring is in the air. What exactly is it that's in the air? Love? Pollen? Mind altering drugs that make you have unrealistic expectations? My vote is on the latter. I'm pretty sure that sometime in the last week a group of people secretly met somewhere and decided that they would all come to my work this week and make ridiculous demands. So far, I'm not a fan of this plan. Just so you know, if you need some plaques, trophies, or other engraving done, it's usually not okay to ask for it in less than 24 hours. Unless you walk in and everyone is taking a nap or playing cards. Then they probably could do it. But if you walk in and everyone is running around like madmen, running three machines at once, with both lines ringing off the hook, that's probably a good sign that your order will not be done tomorrow. Unless you're like everyone being affected by springtime, in which case you don't care what I'm already working on as long as your order is ready tomorrow at 10. Yay for spring!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Demolition Man

Tonight after dinner I had the pleasure of going to Michael's (my brother's) new house and helping with some demolition cleanup. He wasn't there at the time, he was at a hockey game watching the Predators. I'm not sure if they won, but it's usually a fun time either way. I had fun loading all the debris into bags and trash cans and lugging it into a ginormous dumpster. I was thinking that by myself it would take quite awhile to get all that out of the house, but once I found the trash cans behind the house it was just a matter of setting them right outside the door and shoveling straight into them instead of dealing with bags. Bags aren't ideal when you're working alone. Four cans full of old drywall, dust, lumber, and other stuff and I was done. Too bad, though. He was paying by the hour. Oh well, looks like I won't be retiring early.

So apparently only 4 people are brave enough to risk finding out what it would look like if I attempted to crochet. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out my last entry about the 7 lucky people who can win a free gift from me. Do it! Now! I'll wait.

In other news, I've been attending a new Wednesday night small group from church. The small groups are called Villages. For a while I went with Mattew and Jennifer to their village, but it was weird being the only person who wasn't married or didn't have a kid. So I tried out a new group and so far I'm liking it a lot. There are quite a few people in it who are Christians but didn't grow up in the church, which means they aren't familiar with most of the Bible knowledge a lot of us take for granted. For example, who Jonah is, what the difference between the Old and New Testaments is, who Lazarus was, and on and on. So we've talked about starting up a Bible study to help acquaint them more with the Bible. Somehow this has turned into me possibly being the leader of a new Village so that anyone and everyone at church can join. Wha? I didn't realize I was signing up for that! But we'll see what happens and deal with it as it comes. For the moment we're still trying to nail down a time and place to meet. It's looking like we'll be able to start up sometime in the next two weeks or so. I'm really excited about it, I just hope they aren't expecting me to be flashy or anything. I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lucky Number 7

I found this on a friend's Facebook page. Even though I wasn't tagged in it, I thought it was fun and borrowed it. So here I am posting it on my blog.

The first SEVEN people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For YOU.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

- What I create will be just for you.
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- You will receive your item before the end of the year.
- You will have no clue what the item is going to be. It could be a story or poetry. It could be a piece of handmade jewelry or a cheesecake. I may draw, paint, collage or crochet something. I might bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that in order to receive a gift, you have to re-post this memo and make and send out seven surprises of your own, so if you aren't gonna follow through and make something for seven others, you get nothing from me. And you need to send me your mailing address!!

I'm posting this on my blog, which then posts to my Facebook Notes. To qualify as a winner, you must comment on my blog, not Facebook. If you don't have your own Facebook or blog then you're exempt from the re-post requirement. Also, if you just do something nice for 7 strangers who have a real need (not just opening a door for someone) then you can be exempt.

Ready, set, create! :)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Thanks for the favor!

Thanks to everyone who responded about the Trophy House website! I got a ton of comments and emails. Only one computer other than my boss's had any big problems, but there were still a few minor things to be tweaked that would help with loading speed and whatnot. Some of you commented that the only thing wrong with the website was the lack of a large picture of my face. Well, that will be remedied soon enough. My boss was tired of people making fun of his mug shot, so he opted against our individual photos that we took a couple of weeks ago. Now we get to take a group photo next week or soon after. You never realized there was so much to look forward to from a simple trophy website, did you?