Ladies Day Out

I love friends with similar interests! K planned a Mom & Daughter day for us. On the agenda, theatre production of The Sound of Music. I’ve never seen the movie but I always think of Ricola when I hear the title. Count Momma & I in! There was a photo opt spot in the lobby, so the family in front of us offered to swap cameraman duties with us. The lady taking the picture was having trouble. She kept saying, “This box thing is popping up?!” So as I walk over to help, she moves my assisted touch dot and got the camera working!

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Sadly K’s momma couldn’t make it with the weather, so Spawn invited a stand in who fit in perfectly!

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Before the show started, I shared a Tweet – I’m trying to keep up with technology or as the kids call it, social media. At intermission, I got this from the lead actor!

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Mr. Ben Davis, an Indianapolis raised artist! Love seeing these guys come back and entertain in the city that molded them. First, Josh Kaufman. Now Ben. I might look into shows a different way now. Support local! Great show!

I Pick Italian

It was my month to pick for GDC. I figured I’d double dip and choose a locally owned eatery where a friend worked. Except, he was on vacation in Mexico. Where’s my server!?

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Regardless, what was once a RSVP of 4 turned into 8 overnight. Welcome to The Italian House on Park.

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I treated the girls to an app of Fried Ravioloi, it was hit! All of our food was served hot and delicious. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this place if you live near Westfield. It wasn’t even a far drive for me.

Spreading Holiday Joy

My amazing new work family adopted a United Way Christmas family this year. Myself and 2 other people got to play Santa and deliver the gifts!

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They are not pictured in my truck because they couldn’t fit inside! We packed my car for our Mom and 3 kids!

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Our Mom’s eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as we unloaded the presents under their tree.

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I thought I would make it through without crying, but nope. Our Mom wanted a hug. I kept it to welling up tears at the house, then lost it as I drove home. Such a great reminder of how grateful I am for what life has afforded me. If you ever hear me complain, call my bluff. If you think you have it bad, you may need a life check. Making a positive difference in someone’s life is not measurable. It’s a choice and a choice I will make for the rest of my life.

Eat, Drink and Get Sandy

Take me back!

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K and I took a great escape down to FL before the bitter cold arrived to the Midwest. As we enjoyed the warm salty air, this washed up and scared the shit out of me as I was blissfully taking pictures!

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I had seen a bright blue jellyfish on one of my previous beach walks, so I was hyper sensitive. We ventured out one night to see how the locals do it. Meet our Florida snowmen.

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K found this man more appealing. At 10 pm, it was half price tequila shots. Twist our arms.

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This vaca was all about good food, great drinks, and sand.

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After being beach bums for a few days, we needed to get some culture. Florida style. We found a holiday lights boat tour on the Intracoastal Waterway. I was hoping for a boat like this…

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Just kidding. That’s Steve Spielberg’s boat. Our boat was more this style…

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But it came with a tree. I’m not the only one who puts Christmas trees near water.

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The yachts and homes on this waterway were unbelievable and massive. Like stuff you see on TV.

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According to our guide, this family fell in love with the Harry Potter movies, then had there home updated to reflect the homes in the movie. $$$$$.

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Our farewell toast to the beach. Who needs stemware and flip-flops?!

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Turkey Travels South to West

Mama and I need a shopping fix. We hit Holiday Mart again and left with empty hands and mostly full wallets.

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Most of the boutiques that we loved, weren’t there. They must not need the publicity anymore. The clothing selection looked liked it was purchased online and overseas. Just not the quality and style we were looking for. We made up for it with a shopping cart full at TJ. Ahhhh we felt better!

Mom offered to make a turkey. Mannie wanted lasagna. Mannie rules the roost and even dressed up for the festivities. Then he requested a selfie.

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CS has a built in selfie stick. I tested out my new real selfie stick that I swore I would never own. It was free, so I call it a wash.

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To get our Thanksgiving turkey, we headed west to visit the lake CS grew up around, a beautiful sunset on Smithville Lake.

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My tour guides!

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To add a little fun, everyone donned Thanksgiving themed headgear.

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J-Man and I collaborated on some decorations for the table.

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After the meal, I was treated to the annual lighting at the plaza. Before:

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After! Bonus fireworks!!

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Thanks to all my non-laws for the tour! Go-go-CS-selfie-stick-gadget-arms!

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I’m An Author

After going through several leadership development programs and assessments, I stared at a pile of reports that I didn’t know what to do with nor had the time to think about it. Now that I have time back in my life, I put my noodle to work.

Your resume, or LinkedIn profile, highlights your job experience. I wanted something that highlighted my strengths. And not strengths because I think they are strengths. Strengths because a 3rd party says they are.

If you are looking for something similar, follow the process I created and you can promote yourself using credible resources.

Individualization
Strategic
Analytical
Responsibility
Ideation

$754 Burpees

Previously. (I missed 2015, but they didn’t. Over $600 raised last year.)

I’m so blessed to have year-after-year caring supporters of my philanthropic cause, the Pink Ribbon Connection (PRC). My gym at work loves a challenge and loves to challenge it’s members. Who wants to do 1 burpee for every $ raised?!

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This year, we had a guilt factor 🙂 Come, do the burpees with us! Even if you are in San Diego! I only had 40 minutes to offer in my busy work day. I figured a 100 burpee day would be my commitment. Make it visible and achieve your goal.

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Let’s get to work!

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I met my goal of 100 burpees faster than expected. Urg. Ok, let’s do 54 more to be a bigger part of the gang. The gang did SEVEN HUNDRED and FIFTY FOUR burpees. That’s quite insane. This is what getting to that point looks like.

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The aftermath…

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This fundraising effort is directly connected to our community. PRC provides Peer Counseling Help Line, Breast Cancer Informational Gatherings, a PRC Newsletter – The Pink Letter, a Library and Patient Resource Guide. And what I love the most, PRC provides free Wigs, Prostheses, Bras, Hats, Turbans and Accessories to our survivors. I appreciate Komen’s efforts. I hope you appreciate and value ours. Donations are always welcome.