Saturday, April 28, 2012

It's important to have an accurate resume

Trying to find a "real" job after 16 years of having a "surreal" job, can be somewhat challenging.  I was talking to a friend about writing a resume, (something I have very little experience at) she said that the most important thing in a resume is making sure it is accurate and up to date...

SO here goes...

Amy Eagle
San Diego, CA


Key Skills:
Communication - Proficient at facebook, instagram, and facetime. Generally can not get out of a store, business, or school, without having a lengthy conversation with total strangers. Speaks fluent sarcasm, and developing skills in communicating with angst ridden teenagers.
Problem solving - Resolves in-depth queries in a methodical manner, can google search at a very impressive rate, has the ability to deal with van fires, heart breaks, gum in hair, stained uniforms, and scheduling conflicts... with a smile. (sorta)
Team Player - Can work with Satan himself (assuming he is capable of hemming pants and baking 6 dozen cupcakes on a moments notice. I also put the A in PTA.
Planning and organizing - Refined planning and organizational skills, can get 4 kids, 2 dogs, 3 turtles, 2 rabbits, a lizard and a husband to look at a camera for a family photo. Able to finish large projects, get kids to various practices, and prepare dinner simultaneously.
Systems knowledge - Nervous.

1996- present        
General of own private, self built army
  • Collaborated with each underling, resulting in the ability to complete homework assignments on time.
  • After years of study and research 3 of my 4 employees can correctly identify a laundry hamper, and 2 can locate the laundry room.
  • Monitor employee facebook, cellphones, and email accounts to insure safety as well as protecting them against the temptation to cheat on calculus tests. (hypothetically speaking)
  • Carried out the assembly and presentation of "dinner' with only the use of a cell phone.
  • Supervised, coached and counseled roughly 400000 sports teams, team mom efficient.
  • Recruited and scheduled staff to ensure balanced coverage of chores, ranging from but not limited to: dishes, room cleaning, vacuuming, and locating laundry room to deposit soiled clothing.
  • Adapted and revised daily schedule to successfully complete 1400 hours of work with in the allotted 24.
  • Works pro-actively with team to maintain awareness of upcoming events.  Still working with team to master the skill of informing me of upcoming events.
  • Can play madlibs for 3 consecutive hours.
  • Once made a Halloween costume in 20 minutes with buttons and a pair of old overalls.
  • Can clean up hazardous spills while driving down the freeway.
Community Volunteerism:
For the sake of stream lining this process just imagine any possible event, organization, activity that you could possibly ever volunteer for.....
Yah I've done that....
and it's somewhat likely I was in charge.

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OK so who's hiring???!!??

Friday, April 20, 2012

An open letter to my teenage daughter

My beautiful Paige,

I was once 14, and I do remember what it was like. Here are a few things that I wish I would have known/believed then...

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
I don't care what some angst ridden, spitefull, spoiled rotten brat thinks. So what if someone is taller, thinner, has blonder hair, or darker hair, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You have a beauty that far outreaches any super model, you have a beautiful heart. You are an amazing child of God and your beauty shines regardless of the brand of jeans you wear.

DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME WORRYING ABOUT NOW
Believe it or not, the things that feel like they are the end of the world right now won't even matter in 10 years, hell they won't matter in 10 weeks! It's hard to see past that right now, but know that a whole lot of amazing awaits you in life, and these teen years will be just one drop of water in the giant ocean that is your life.

BOYS ARE DUMB!
Period. End of sentence. You're young, don't look too hard for "the one" just yet.  He's out there, and he will find you when the time is right. (many many years from now) Don't settle for the cute one, wait for the right one, who's kindness and goodness match your own, because you are worth it.

MIDDLE SCHOOL POPULARITY IS ABOUT AS IMPORTANT AS A TICK ON A DOG'S BUTT
Don't define yourself by where you think you are in the middle school pecking order. The kids who you perceive as the "popular" people, are every bit as unsure, insecure, and fragile as you are. Sometime in the not so distance future everyone's hormones will settle into place, and a lot of the nastiness disappears when everyone realizes that you all really are in the same boat.

DON'T BE A DOORMAT
It's okay to be a people pleaser, it really is. Just don't let people take advantage of your good nature, sometimes you have to be your own champion. Today it may be having the courage to tell your teacher that you don't want to be partnered with the kid who doesn't do any work, later it may be a co-worker, a boss, a friend, a family member. You can be nice and be helpful without being walked on.

BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
Don't try too hard to impress everyone else." To thine own heart be true " Don't worry about what others think. Be happy with YOU. Love YOU.  Because YOU are amazing. So dye your hair blue, wear a purple tutu and one lace glove if you want, be unique, be yourself, and love who you are.

NEVER BE AFRAID TO TRY
Sometimes you will succeed and sometimes you will fail, but ALWAYS try.  Don't live with regret or the thoughts of "if only I would have...."  Give it a try! Take the hard math class, try out for the team, learn the banjo, whatever it is.. don't be afraid to give it a try.  You may love it, you may hate it, but at least you can say you gave it your all and you tried something new.

I LOVE YOU  NO MATTER WHAT
When you succeed, when you fail.. I will be here.  Through your disappointments, and your triumphs.. I will be here. When you laugh, cry, learn, love, try, win, lose... I will be here.. and even when I am the last person in the world that you want to talk to... I will be here.





Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A quiet night at home

Today I was talking to a lady I have only known for a very short period of time, so she doesn't really know me or my kids.. I feel like I need to preface the story with that..

She was talking about her child and all their goings on, with this sport and that sport and this class and that class. I listened graciously (cause I totally can pull of gracious) and smiled and nodded.  She talked about practices and recitals, and then asked me what I had going on tonight. I said "my oldest has a band concert." To which she replied "That's it? LUCKY!, I wish I got a quiet night at home"

Again, CLEARLY she doesn't know my family. With the exception of my hubby, QUIET is not how we roll...

The bell rang at 11:40, I collected Garrett and Kaiden and Kyra, played a rousing round of the animal game ans arrived home a little after noon. The dogs had upended the trash can and eaten much of a box of crayons. The boys played video games while a very tired Kyra made her mom a birthday card and then rested for a few minutes on the couch.  At  2:00 we left to go get Paige, picked her up at Pershing and headed to Patrick Henry, did the parking lot swap, got Tanner from Heather and dropped Kaiden and Kyra to Stacy. Connor got out of P.E. at 3 and we headed home.  Listening to the sounds of grumbling kids and Garrett who has taken up yelling out the names of random fruits.

Arrived home by 3:15, homework, Paige destroying what isn't destroyed in her room looking for an envelope full of money that she has been saving up to pay her way to Hume Lake this summer, she seems to have misplaced it and the search has been aggressive, fierce, and LOUD. (sprinkled with a good amount of teenage angst)

Dog # 1 vomited up crayon, Dog #2 spent 20 minutes barking at a music box.

Connor needed to get into his tux, dinner had to be done, and homework needed to be finished.

Tanner is working on a clarinet solo for the upcoming band concert...

The phone rang roughly 15 times, and the doorbell twice.

Tanner suddenly remembered he needed to interview someone for his narrative essay, and felt the need to sing me a song he and his friends wrote about their teacher...(ummm yahhh)
Garrett thinks it's fun to repeat everything EVERYONE says,
Paige is hopelessly 14.

Daniel took Connor to his band concert..

To the best of my knowledge homework is done, showers are next. Garrett announced he would rather not wash his hair for a few weeks.. "just to see"
JUST TO SEE WHAT??? MOLD  GROW?
Hair WILL be washed.

I just found a chicken wing in the silverware drawer..

ahhhh just another QUIET night at home.. who's LUCKIER than me?
I submit.. no one! :)




Tuesday, April 17, 2012

we hold these truths to be self evident

I am a kid whisperer.. little kids LOVE me... seriously.. they do! I can't walk 4 feet at Green without my fan club showing up.. I sorta love it!

When Garrett says his tummy hurts he means it (Ms.Bridges found that out the hard way, when he puked all over her class)

I have two of the best teenagers on the planet (even though they drive my loopy at times)

There is a ghost in my house, sometimes it doesn't let me wake up.

2 sick kids and 1 with a girl scout meeting, makes for a VERY quiet ride home from school.

I don't understand skylanders

The Tupac hologram video that was taken over the weekend at a Snoop Dog concert, has had me amazed all day.. Like seriously amazed.. Perhaps I amaze easily. BUT WOW

Tanner will be doing a solo at the band concert in May... so apparently there is ANOTHER band concert.  Connor has one on Wednesday night, and then there's spring fest... weeee

Writing out all the things that are going on this summer.. made me a little dizzy.  I have really busy kids. We have Hume Lake Camp for the big kids, Summer school, Girl scout trip to Yosemite, VBS, I'm going to Detroit in July, and a family trip to Minnesota, and sending Paige (and possibly me) to Washington...  I need a nap just writing it out.

I can't wear earrings, I need to stop trying.. my ears hurt for days after I take them out.

I found a house to buy in AZ, wonder if it will still be available in two years??

Everything really does happen for a reason. If I have learned one thing in my life it is this.. EVERYTHING ALWAYS WORKS OUT! When you're in the thick of it sometimes it's hard to see, but every bad thing, bump in the road, that I have ever crossed, has turned out ok. 

Smokey is too good for popcorn. Refuses to eat it. For a dog that eats dirty socks and crayons on a daily basis, apparently popcorn is beneath him.

I want to get zoo passes again.. I miss walking around the zoo.. it calms me.

This year's yearbook is going to be SOOOO super cool. (I may be a little bias)

I'm shrinking.. I went to the dr and they said I was 5'5 even... REALLY???  no fair












Thursday, April 12, 2012

Letting go of the past

I've hit a odd spot in my life where I have been deeply analyzing everything in my life.  Call it getting older, growing, up, facing my children growing up, or just  going crazy. I have been questioning a lot of my  past choices. I have re-evaluated my religion, my relationships and also my past.

I like to think I am an easy going person, I think that may be true to a point.  I would like to think that I have a caring, loving, accepting heart... which is true to a point.  I also have that ugly monster called "grudge" that I carry around. I'm not even sure I realized it or ever accepted that fact until recently.

I don't generally hold grudges I think, but every now and then, there is a wound that goes so deep that I have a hard time letting it go.  Even when I tell myself and believe that I have.

I was faced this week with the fact that my reaction to an incident that happened when I was pregnant with Tanner forever altered not just my own, but my whole families path. I'm not saying it wasn't worth being upset over, I'm saying it really wasn't worth being upset for 12 years over.  I've let it alter my opinions and in doing so changed the course and connection for my husband and children.  I know there is nothing I can do to undo those years, but I can move forward with a changed heart and an a more open outlook, I hope I can spread that to my kids as well, and start the repairing of broken relationships.

So the moral of the story is,  let go of the hurts in the past, it does no good to carry them around, you may be hurting more than just yourself.

So here's to a grudge free future.. (excluding of course Matt Duran who pushed me down in the 1st grade and tore my new pants... I loved those pants)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

because eating worms is gross..

I have been feeling sooooo just sad the last few days.  Mostly little things, that for whatever reason seem like big things, but really aren't in the big scheme of things.  So for no real reason or at least no good reason I have been a sad pittiful mess.  Soooo today despite the gloomy weather I tried to shift my focus, so here is a fabulous pictoral of my day, of...

THINGS THAT DIDN'T MAKE ME CRY...
(drum roll please)

My antique cookie jar collection


The carne asada I had for dinner

My beautiful friend Kristen who called me today at exactly when I needed someone, just to chat
 

How my dog sits on the couch to look out the window


This picture





The teapot my mom got me


This little bug that we get to hang out with (along with her super sweet brother) every day after school

 The flowers from my hubby


My mantra "in control"



Monday, April 9, 2012

and on the seventh day he rested..

I have several religious theories that my mind has developed over the years. Or at least that my mind has further explored and added too..

One of which has been very prevalent in my mind lately.  I see friends suffering, I see illness, homelessness, debt, wars, natural disasters, and as a small minded human, I wonder why.  Where is God?  Obviously he knows, he's omniscient!  So why?

I'm sure you all know how the Bible begins (and if you don't go dust off your bible and read it.. seriously.. it's just a good idea) ... "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  What was before the beginning?  God existed, just our world didn't.. so he created it. He created the heavens and earth, plants, animals, water, humans all that we see...  If you take the bible at literal value it took 7 days...

Often times people will say things like "in God's timing" or "God's timing is not our timing" If God's timing is different, wouldn't it be true that God's TIME is different.

"In the beginning" when our earth didn't exist, neither did our days.. as in a 24 hour period.... OUR DAYS are 24 hours not Gods.

In researching this theory (thank you google) I found that The Hebrew word "yowm" means "God day" also a "God Day" , a yowm is said to last up to 2 billion of our years...

so here's my theory..

"and on the seventh day he rested"...

It's still the 7th day....