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The Past and the Present

February 24th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in reflection

I think it’s amazing how much life resembles itself even well after 20 years. Steps get repeated, and old, familiar events and behaviors get mirrored in new people and new surroundings even years and years later. For example, I married someone who really reminds me of my dad on some days. Dave and my dad are kind, gentle spirits, often sacrificing themselves for other people without so much as a complaint. However, once pissed off, the whole world is at fault. It’s kind of weird how similar they are.

Another example is that I grew up with my father wanting to go into the sign business — making signs and art for businesses, companies, and people. Now, my MIL’s partner is a sign person. He does everything but digital signage, though I’m sure he’d learn quickly if he had to. It makes me think of my dad every time Larry mentions his business and his work. The past has a way of catching up to you, sometimes in quick, sharp slaps, and other times in gentle reminders that you are who you are and that will likely never change.

Swing Set Memories

February 24th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in reflection

One of the things we used to have when we were really really little (so little in fact, that I don’t think my brother and sister would remember this — they may have been too young) was one of those swing sets. In our first apartment after moving out of my aunt’s house when we just got to America in the mid-80s, my dad bought us a used swing set to put in the yard on the side of the house. I recall playing in it once or twice, until we realized the side of the house was just too cramped to have a swing set there, so my dad took it down. We never really did put it back up again because we ended up moving to another apartment where there was no yard. By the time we managed to get a yard in our home, we were all a little too old to have a swing set.

I really want to get Baby Bean a swing set for when the right age comes along. I think it’s one of those things that fond memories are built on. Swing sets can do no wrong for a little tyke.

Baby’s Room

February 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

We’re about 2/3 through cleaning out the baby’s room so we can make way for the new furniture and baby gear to come in (after painting, of course). It’s a big, giant job, and quite frankly I’m a bit overwhelmed. We’ve been browsing baby stuff (including discount furniture) and all we’re missing are the biggish things, like a rocking chair and changing table. We got the crib, but it hasn’t been delivered yet. Uncle Dennis found one for us and it’s at his place right now. It’s completely brand new, and for a really good price. I wonder if we can find a matching-ish changing table for that too, that can be converted into a cabinet for when Bean no longer needs diapers. All of this is so overwhelming. I can’t wait to see the baby room done and decorated!

Crafts Day

February 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Martha (my friend and coworker) has been planning on a crafts day for us to fool around with awesome fabrics and crafts ideas. She and I were going through some of her sewing patterns that she’s collected over the years, and looking specifically for newborn clothes and maternity clothes. Although I don’t sew, I appreciate people who can. My mother can sew anything and everything, with just one look. It’s really crazy. I wish I learned how to when I was younger, but I was never interested. I guess the next step is to look at various fabrics (like Kravet fabrics) to see which would match the selections I’ve chosen. Martha said she may be able to make these clothes for me! How awesome!!

Accident Claims

February 21st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

A client of mine had to undergo some serious personal injury surgery last week. I was so sad for her, as it is so devastating to see that this has happened. On top of that, it has been difficult for us to find her any sort of financial assistance while she is off her feet and can’t go to work. This unfortunate accident has become an added financial stress because she’s not able to make ends meet. This is why accident claims are so important. Legal services such as these can help make or break a person. Key Point Claims can help with these services and get you the care and financial stability back. I’m telling my client about this. Maybe they will be able to help.

Happiness is a Religion

February 21st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in connections

One of the most awesome things about life in general is the connections we make. I am most appreciative of the people and animals in my life. From Tink to Peeka (Jenbug’s puppy), and Dave to my coworkers, everyone I choose to keep in my immediate surrounding are so very special to me. I am so blessed to have all these wonderful spirits around me. I know it sounds really corny, but I’ve learned a while ago that in order to be happy, you have to fill yourself with happy surroundings and think happy. It sounds pretty simple, and sometimes it’s not that easy to do, but it’s the secret formula. It’s my religion. Happiness is my religion.

No matter how much of an isolated person I am, I am still very much of a social butterfly. I go back and forth between the two sides of the spectrum, often being able to lead in a big crowd and perform for everyone. And then other days, I would rather be a wallflower and hang back and just watch. It’s kind of amazing how I can just turn it on and off. I don’t think I had that ability before. I think this is a new thing and I’m not sure where I got it from. But I like it.

TIC Investments

February 21st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

Hey, ever wonder who “owns” the mall or the shopping center or an apartment building? It’s rarely just one person (though sometimes it is, if that one person is a billionaire). Average people with a bit of money to invest can do it too. I just found out it’s called “tenant-in-common ownership,” or otherwise more commonly known as TIC. That is like when someone just owns a fraction of a giant real estate asset, like a multi-family apartment complex, or a park, or a shopping mall. There are plenty of ways to do this, and apparently Cardea Commercial can you help you do it. I am so into real estate right now that I can’t stop watching these real estate shows, but none of them talk about TIC ownerships and investments! For shame! I would love to know more about this. At least though, I know that you don’t have to be a billionaire to do it. You can invest in a portion of the building or the asset and still be part ownership. It’s really neat. I’m going to look more into it for when we have the time and money to make such an investment in the future.