Thankful for… new assignments!

Thanksgiving is coming, and I have so much to be thankful for, even from just the past couple weeks.

First, I realized how much I love my job at the coffeehouse, especially now that all the drama has passed. Even though it’s not a “real” job, I am actually happy to go to work in the morning.

Then, I made a Christmas present, and it turned out great! I can’t wait to give it.

I’ve also fallen in love again with my ferret. You see, she used to be an annoying little brat when she was in the cage. Since ferrets are mostly silent creatures, she found out how to make sure she had everyone’s attention by scratching incessantly on her shelf. Taking the shelves out is a bad idea–then she bit the bars, which was even more annoying. So, out of desparation, I covered the shelf in felt. It stopped the scratching, and she even seems to love having that shelf covered in felt. So now I can simply bask in owning such a fun-loving pet.

A couple weeks ago, Randall House sent me a couple assignments. Nothing huge–it’s what I’ve done for them before. But … well, perhaps it’s bad to be so glad since it’s not good for them, but they’re so far behind on deadlines and such that they gave me another assignment, too.

Finally, I got a totally unexpected email from The Successful Investor Inc. asking if I’d like to help them with their content uploading project. I had a similar assignment with the National Institute of Business Management, and Phil Ash, that wonderful wonderful man, sent my contact info to The Successful Investor, so I landed a totallly unexpected assignment–without even having to apply!

May your Thanksgiving be as full of thanks as mine.

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Targeted Ads

I have a facebook. Anyone who spends more than 5 minutes on facebook realizes that the ads that show up everywhere are targeted, based on the information you put in your profile. One of the ads that shows up most frequently is for an IQ test. Its headline claims,

9 Friends Think Your Dumber Than George Bush!

Call me an elitest, but I refuse to take that test. I want to write them and ask, “My friends think my what is dumber than George Bush?” I have serious doubts about the ability of a company that cannot even use a contraction correctly to make an IQ test that has any realistic portrayal of someone’s intelligence.

Still Waters

My life isn’t incredibly exciting. Even the road to my marriage didn’t have enough bumps in it to make a good novel. The peace and quiet I’m enjoying might have some people ready to jump out of their skin and bounce on to something more. That “happily ever after”–you love to hear it happens, but it’s awfully boring to hear the details.

But you know what? It’s incredible. My marriage, my biggest blessing, is awesome. Not cloyingly sweet or anything. It’s just amazing. Even my job at the coffeehouse is pretty slow-paced and stress free. For me, anyway. Not the owners. And now, when money problems were just starting to cause a ripple, the waters stilled again when I got a few assignments from Randall House. They were completely smoothed when the OC Tutors accepted me as a proofreader.

Even the little things that would normally drive me crazy aren’t enough to faze me when stacked against everything else I have going my way. While some people thrive on adversity, I’m so incredibly happy and contented to say:

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Happy Fall!

I love the fall. It gives me a tingly feeling and makes my feet itch with a wanderlust they don’t often feel. Where I used to live, all the pleasant feelings I have in autumn only lasted a couple weeks, which is about as long as fall lasted.

Now, it’s an actual season. It’s been here for over a month and looks to stick around for at least that long again. I look around and see actual colors, rather than brief bursts of colored leaves that quickly turn brown. The weather makes me want to use any excuse I can to be outside. If I could actually read my laptop’s screen while I was sitting outside on the porch, I’d be out there right now.

Hope your fall season is as happy as mine!