Peace. Love. Grace.

This week has been a mess. From getting yelled at for something someone else did first thing Monday morning to a resident threatening to sue if we didn’t let her out of her lease. I am so ready for the weekend. I am mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. This weekend I have decided to make this weekend a relaxing, creative, and positive weekend. Here is my creative weekend to do list.

Experiment with my pastels & oil pastels

Work on my tattoo design

Put together a feel good playlist (for weeks like this)

Send a few snail mail letters

Go for a walk

Relax with yoga

Begin “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

What is on your weekend to do list that will spark your creativity?

Ms. Kaileen Elise held a “Good Karma Swap” we were to get 4 gifts for our partner. a treat that calms, something that comforts, a bit of celebration and a piece that promotes creativity. The blogger that was assigned to me was Michele from You & Me & Lucy. I absolutely adore everything that I received in my package.
Create: Purple journal with several sticker sheets
Calm: TONS of tea. All of which are delicious. Especially the Blueberry Green Loose tea.
Celebrate: A set of Beautiful earrings from her Etsy shop SeachelleStudios I think I’m going to have to buy the matching bracelet when my refund check comes through.
Comfort: 2 -15 minute face masks.
She also sent me an “Uplifting” mix that I adore. I wish I knew the name of each song and artist was though so I could label them in Itunes. A chocolate bar that I would love to dig into, but I am practicing a little self control. I also received a precious purple little Buddha key chain. I love it all! I really hope my receiver enjoys my gift as much as I enjoyed this one.

Ashley from Ashalah Blogs held her 2nd annual “Be My Blog Valentine Swap” I participated in this last year as well, but I never received my gift. I was bummed, but this year made up for it times 100! Ms. Erika from Refreshingly Honest had me as her swap. She sent me delicious Vegan cookies. I have never had anything vegan, so I was a little worried, but I’ve eaten half the bag already. They are delicious! I also received 2 Endangered Species Chocolate Bars, which I have always wanted to try! I can’t wait to dig into those! 2 mini O-P-I nail polishes. And an entire box of Spring Jasmine tea that I can’t wait to try!

Coming home to these gifts in my mailbox was a perfect pick me up to this horrible week. I have struggled to hold back tears every second of every hour that I was awake this week. I came home from work had dinner and within hours was fast asleep in my bed before 7:00pm some nights. I see a few changed that are needed in my life as soon as possible. I can’t continue to live like this.

Thank you to the girls who really made a difference this week! One thing I lack in real life are true friendships and I love that I can turn to my bloggy girls when I need a lift.

I’ve been in my current position for almost a year now (next month) and this past week I was given my year end review. It’s funny because 3 months after me starting my job duties tripled. Not only did my assistant quit but my boss decided that it would be fun to put 90% of her responsibility on me as well.

Some of you may know what I do, but for those of you who don’t, I am a leasing consultant at a student community in my college town. I lease apartments to students. Sounds entertaining right? Ya, right.

Anyway, so as I was saying I have been doing the job of a manager since May. My manager left my property mid June. During the busiest part of the season. I was then responsible for 99% of her job (as well as mine, and my assistants). My hours went from 40-60+/week. I loved the paycheck, but working 7 days a week for 5 months wasn’t exactly what I thought I was going to be doing. September rolled around, my 37 move ins had done just that, moved in. Now it was time to prepare for the next busy season (November-February).

My RPM decided to pay us a little visit and her and I sat down and talked. We talked about busy season, and how I was able to fill my property to 100% for the first time in 4 years. How I was able to get my A/R (Money owed to us by residents) down to under $75 for the first time in 3 years. How great I did giving the circumstances.  Then she dropped the bomb. “By the way, we are interviewing for the manager position. We’re flying someone up from Florida next week, and I’d  love your opinion” My jaw hit the floor. Is she serious? Why can’t you just promote me?

She came and interviewed well. She put on her sparkly smile and her fake personality and nailed the job. A month later I was informed she had accepted the job and would be starting November 30.

Needless to say I was bitter. I have been running the property for 7 months and here she comes prancing in like she knows everything. We got off to a really bad start. She came in with this attitude that she knew everything and I was doing everything wrong. She has now been the manager for almost 2 months and she is finally realizing that what I was doing isn’t wrong. It’s funny, her and I had some knock down drag down arguments, and then the next day she would be as sweet as sugar to me.

Back to my point. Anyway her being here 2 months and having her complete my year end review was not okay with me, so I raised one last fuss for the year and demanded that my RPM do it since for the past 7 months I have not had a manager on site I feel that would be the best way to go about it.

The results:
I will be promoted within the next 6 months. Which I am still unsure of how that will happen considering there isn’t another property I would be able to go to.  I am up for a pay raise in the next 6 months. Plus I get to keep my job for now! :0)

I’m okay with it.

Last night I made the decision to go on a hiatus for an undetermined amount of time. I went on over to my twitter account and saw that a few of my favorite bloggers has posted in honor of another one of my favorite bloggers. Being the nosy girl I am I went over to their blogs and took a look and my mouth dropped.  I cannot imagine how I would react in a situation such as this.

So here I am, with 1 last Holiday wish. Please keep Brandy and her Guy in your thoughts and prayers. (See story below)

Brandy, we don’t talk on a regular basis, but my heart goes out to you and the Mr. If you ever need anyone/anything please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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My name is brandy. And I have a blog.

And a plea.

I use my blog to showcase the crazy I meet everyday, share the stories of the kids I teach and document my love for tequila, dairy products and the abdominal muscles of Ryan Reynolds. Rarely do I talk about personal issues on my blog- as personal as the dude that I adore (who I actually met through my blog- single ladies, let that be a very good reason to blog, the possibility of meeting someone as wonderful as my man), but I need your help. And it involves my dude.

He’s a guy who made math comics for my class, so they would love learning about addition. He’s the kinda guy who sends my friends gift cards when they are having hard times, who remembers every story I ever told him, who was the first person I celebrated with when I got a teaching job. He’s the guy who sent flowers to me at school- dozens of my favourite pink roses just because he loves me. He’s a guy who has spent a year patiently explaining (and re-explaining) everything there is to know about football during the important games when silence is preferred. He’s made me word puzzles and comics and stayed up late playing Scrabble with me (even though I beat him almost every time). He’s listened to me cry about school and family and jobs. He is everything I never knew I needed and everything I always knew I wanted.

The holidays have hit us hard. He’s recently been told he may have something called multiple myeloma- an incurable cancer, that gives a person an average of five years of continued life. Though this news has came as a shock, he continues to be exactly who has always been- spending his time worrying about me, rather than worrying about himself. He’s the most selfless individual I know- (he stayed late on Christmas Eve to work, so his co-workers could leave early) and a post like this would never be something that he would promote or encourage but when I’m overwhelmed and feeling helpless, the blogging community has always given me tremendous support and comfort, two things I desperately need at this time.

As I write this, the future is uncertain and we aren’t sure what’s happening. He’ll need to see an oncologist soon, to verify what’s going on in his body. My hope is that everyone who reads this think positive thoughts and if you are a person who prays, could you add him to your list? (You can refer to him as ‘brandy’s hot awesome dude’). If you don’t pray, please keep him in your heart. This cancer is only a possibility and I believe that the prayers and positive thoughts of people can make sure it never becomes a reality.

I want to give a big thank you to the blog owner who scraped their original blog plans and graciously put this up. My goal is to get as many people as possible to see and read this post. If you are reading this and want to help, copy and paste my plea into your blog or send a link through twitter, so more people can keep him in their thoughts. I would be so very grateful (even more grateful than I am to my friend who first showed me the picture of Ryan Reynolds on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. If you haven’t seen it, google it. You. Are. Welcome).

I realize this all sounds dramatic, a Lifetime movie in the making- but this is life. Right now. And I’m throwing away any hint of ego and am humbly asking for you to pray or think kind thoughts. If you are able to pass this on, thank you and if you know anything regarding MM- please email me (my email is on my blog). This isn’t a call for sympathy or a plea for pity. It’s just one girl hoping you can think positive thoughts for the person she adores. If my current heartache provides you with anything, let it be with the reminder that life is short, love is unbending and no one knows what could happen next. Maybe it is silly, but I really do believe that positive thoughts can make a huge difference. Thank you for reading this and if you haven’t already? Please tell someone you love them today.

I did.

Posted on: December 28, 2009

I don’t normally do this, however it was just too much of a coincidence not to. Christmas is right around the corner, and this year, I am flat broke, therefore there will be no gift exchanging (other than the $5 secret santa at work).
This however has not stopped me from browsing and taking note of a few things that I obviously need this year- you know just incase someone asks me what they might could possibly get me if they wanted to.
Anyway the gift at the top of my list, a little pricey, but very worth it was a Tassimo Brewer.   My mom bought one a few months ago for her book shop and I fell in love with it. I love tea and coffee,  however I waste more coffee than I drink since Jay only drink cold coffee (but leaves before me, so he doesn’t get any ), and I love tea, and it’s not that I’m lazy, but waiting for the water to boil, and then letting the tea steep for 4 minutes is a task.

So what is the coincidence you ask? Well I was catching up on my reader, and Miss Jamie at Oh, How Lovely! was having a great give away for an Ann Taylor gift card. Obviously this grabbed my attention as I am obsessed with Ann Taylor, but in my current financial state I can’t indulge. (By the way, you all need to go over there, enter the contest, and check out her site–it’s amazing. She is definitely one of my favorites. Anyway (I get off topic way too much) I followed her link to the Blogher site and realized that Jamie isn’t the only one having the give away, but 15 other bloggers are as well. As much as I love Ann Taylor, and free clothes, I wasn’t able to enter at ALL of the bloggers sites. But that’s not saying that you can’t? There are 3 entries per blog. Do the math, 3 entries times 16 bloggers equals 48! 48 chances to win FREE Ann Taylor clothes! What are you waiting for? GO!

Anyway, back to my Tassimo Brewer, I stumbled upon 7 bloggers who had the opportunity to review the machine and now have 1 to give a very lucky reader. 7 is a little more reasonable so I’m going to go for it and comment on ALL of them, tweet ALL of them, and post a link to ALL of them.  After reading their reviews of the Tassimo Brewer I browsed through each blog and ended up adding some of them to my reader! Do me a favor, check them out, enter in the contest, and add them to your reader!!

Retro Food Reviews

Xiaolon Mama Reviews

Megs Rad Reviews

Southern Hospitality

Totally Together Reviews

Petroville

More Women Reviews

Recently I received considerable amount of money added to my paycheck. I have been waiting 6 months for this commission check even after the 40% that was taken out in taxes it was still a nice chunk. As soon as it was in my bank account, I ran to the student store on campus and bought a brand new 13 inch 2.53GHz MacBook Pro! I have been without a reliable computer for over 4 months now. Anything I have done online has been via the iphone. It is so great to be able to read blogs, twitter, etc on something other than a touchscreen phone.

Along with the MacBook I also ordered a new DSLR. Several months ago I asked for some advice on which camera I should get to play with. Thanks to these ladies: Kyla Roma & Racheliza I finally decided to go with the Canon EOS Rebel XSI 12.2 Megapixels. So I went on the hunt. I got on Amazon first, they were reasonably priced, but I knew I could find them cheaper on Ebay. After a few days of searching and watching. I came across this listing. So I placed a bid. I was outbid 3 or 4 times, and finally with 2 minutes left I made one last bid. A few minutes later I received an e-mail telling me I WON! I’ve never bid on anything on Ebay before! I was so excited. Maybe a little too excited. I went ahead and payed for it through Pay Pal and patiently waited for it to arrive.
A few days later I received a note on my door, apparently I needed to be home to sign for the package, and they wouldn’t leave it at my door. So I went to the post office the very next day to pick it up. It took them 25 minutes to find the package. This is what they came out with. Needless to say I was ticked. The lady at the counter only said, well hopefully whatever it is isn’t ruined–they didn’t put any insurance on it. This was when I bit my lip. What I wanted to say probably would have gotten me banned from the post office. So I bit down, smiled and walked out.
I got back to my office and tore the box open. Literally -tore it up- I was so pissed that this is the shape I got the box in. It all lifted when I pulled out the actual camera box. I was amazed to see this:
Yes you read that box correctly. That’s a Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.5 Megapixel with an EF-S 18-55 IS lens. My mood lifted and I was ecstatic. I just purchased a brand new in the box with all the parts (minus a memory card) camera that should have run for almost $1000 ($975 to be exact) for less than $600 with shipping!! Ebay seller screw up FTW!!
Also with this commission check I also purchased a new bed comforter. It’s a beautiful Michael Kors bedding set in Tokyo. It will match my bedroom perfectly and it will lighten up my room, which was my plan.

So now that I have less than $6 left to my name, I’ll say it. Merry Christmas to ME!! I’ve spoiled myself a little, but it doesn’t happen often so I’m okay with it. I’ve spent the last year attempting to pay off debt and any extra money I’ve had has gone to bills, and credit cards. For once I wanted to do something for myself. Now it’s back to counting pennies, clipping coupons, and trying to get my savings account back to a positive number.
Wish me luck!!
What items have you splurged on lately? What would you buy if you had $3700 dropped in your bank account?

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