Michele Minehart

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Month: October 2009 (page 1 of 6)

seasonal condiments and the like

it’s the 31st of the most god-forsaken awful month of the year, so we’re going to do it up right. hubs is currently washing out his (*new* because he forgot the old one at the michigan lakehouse) outdoor chili pot for some roasting tonight. apparently that’s what menfolk do – put meaty dishes over the open flame. i’d hate to know what he’d do with an entire pig.

as well we picked a peck of apples last night (just from meijer -but they sell local!) so i’m going to do up some sauce for henry’s limited diet plan. i’ve got a bit of cider we’ll let simmer as well. i’ve got 2 pumpkins to bake up so the insides can make my mouth happy in the form of something sweet topped with cream cheese. maybe even some seed roasting if i can figure out how that works.

but what i most look forward to is the pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee. for a month now i’ve been awaiting its return. it’s available in limited quantities at limited locations and i have yet to stumble upon it. i told H at the store last week that mommy was going to throw a tantrum if it didn’t show up soon.

the kicker? you know what IS readily available?? both gingerbread and peppermint mocha. please see exhibit A:

Dear Coffee-Mate Creamer,
Thank you for your continued contributions at making fall a better season each year with the addition of Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my grocers’ fridge. It’s the poor girls’ pumpkin spice latte. However, we need to briefly review the calendar and the appropriate seasonal condiments for each:
October: apples, pears, pumpkins
November: pumpkins, cinnamon, corn (though corn may not be the best choice of creamer flavoring – but thanks to the indians we hang it on our door in celebration)
December: chocolate, peppermint, pumpkin, gingerbread.
As you can see, pumpkin clearly comes before peppermint and gingerbread in the seasonal calendar. Thus, pumpkin creamer should be released earlier in the creamer calendar than november 1 whilest peppermint has had the habit of making an appearance in october. NOT APPROPRIATE.

Hugs & Kisses,

so tonight will be a fall festival of goodness. if my friends really love me they’ll bring the PSC along and we’ll enjoy a good cup on the cusp of November, a reminder that “rescue is coming“.

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i knew it would happen

we’re 3 days into approximately 60 of working full time hours. i’m exponentially more tired, but i have seen other improvements. the house is cleaner, as is the kid (his poor little tush is sore from a recent bout of the scoots, so the baths make him feel better). i have even cooked when i’ve been home before 7 (1 of the 3 days). 33% is pretty good on that one.

it’s quite amazing that as my availability of free time decreases, my management of it increases. i’m on facebook less and doing dishes more. wha? i know. but this is also the most insane time for hubby as he wraps up his access class and preps for his comps (to graduate) a week from saturday and then the praxis (to be licensed) the following week after that. i’d like to think he’ll coast from there, but really there’s just a flurry of final projects and a portfolio to put together. ah, and those pesky holidays. but he loves the time of year, so we will perservere. we sang a song at church once that spoke of a light at the end for those that hold on, so that’s what we’re doing – holding on. though, he did call me this evening and introduce himself as my husband. i reassured him i hadn’t married another in the past 48 hours that we haven’t seen one another.

i’m not sure how switch shift families do it. maybe for some they get along better because they see each other less, but that is not our case. on the up side, the kiddo gets special time with both his ma and pa, so he doesn’t see quite as much of the babysitter (though, he’s there plenty, too).

so far i’m enjoying the project at work, but that may just be because they haven’t really handed over any responsibility to me. i’m getting a feel for it and everyone on the account really wants to make sure it transitions well, rather than just assuming that i’ll know what to do. it’s a fantastic team, and that’s when i’ve enjoyed work the most. also, knowing the short term and projected schedule of it all makes it easier to swallow. if they said, “this is the rest of your life” i might get spooked, but as it is, it’s fun to try something new. **someone, please remind me of this on tuesday after i’ve had a few days behind the wheel.**

the first hurdle of our recent shift in lifestyle has been not to be too complain-y. we’re very fortunate to have the opportunity for me to make some extra (well, not extra – it has a place to go. but increased) money, especially before the holidays. not to mention this experience will help me be more useful in the future at work and maybe i’ll get to try other new projects. and though i never sit down before 7pm, the only things REALLY missing as of late is lounging and facebooking. i enjoy that, but not what you’d call a life essential.

the second hurdle, which is not new, is to not be so self-consumed. yes, this stage of our life is difficult (it has been for going on 2 years now since the hubs decided to further his education). but that’s not an excuse for me to be a bad friend, which i have been. it’s the small stuff. i need to be better at just “getting over” myself and the busyness and create space for my friends who i really appreciate and who deserve better attention from me. i know that they understand, they’ve been so patient as they’ve walked through this experience with us, but that doesn’t mean i can’t reciprocate and walk through their experiences with them, while being fully present with them (not just being half there and whining about my own life in the rest of the time).

so i suppose that’s a goal. we’ll set up an action plan. i’ll have to find me a take-away item to implement. (can you tell i’ve been around professional people lately? it cracks me up how they talk).

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just a few quick tips

i spent the day reviewing resumes for several positions and now feel the need to pass on a few pointers, in the off chance that one of the six people who read this blog are looking for new employment. so many times people want to know what to put in a resume. let’s start with what NOT to put on a resume:

1. the reason you are currently unemployed. in fact, stay away from the fact that you’re unemployed. but definately don’t blame it on everyone but you (“the trucking industry” or gw bush – neither need to be mentioned). and def don’t list it under the “work history” section.
2. previous work history if it includes “full time parent”. it’s a lot of work to stay home with your kids, but it’s not a job. at least, employers don’t think so. just makes you look either needy or defensive.
3. how you really really really need a job because you just graduated and your girlfriend is pregnant.
4. favorite colors.
5. anything to do with your pet.

and for things to include?
1. your name and a way to get in contact with you. seriously. update your resume when you change phone numbers.
2. your highest level of education completed. give me a degree, of some sort (yes, HSD / GED). but please don’t round up. everyone seems to be “one semester away”
3. employer // job title // dates employed // primary responsibilities. no store roster needed. but something other than “sold hairpieces for a while” would be nice.

that’s about it. i’m not bitter, i just feel bad that NO ONE EVER TOLD THESE PEOPLE. where are their friends? well, i’d hate to be that type of friend. so i’m just doing my job, as a recruiter AND as a friend. it’s my way to say i love you 🙂

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