Thursday, June 17, 2010

FRIDAY FAST ONES



1.) News from the job search - more and more employers are looking for bilingual employees, some days it seems like ALL the jobs are asking for it! Mostly for Spanish speakers (not surprising being in CA) but also Chinese. So get your kids serious about those language classes!


2.) Ally received her first paycheck. Tom helped her open a bank account with ATM card access and a savings account. We advised her to automatically deposit some of each paycheck into savings, and she did.



But she was just so excited to have that money! She went out to eat, she went to many movies, she shopped and shopped and finally bought the cowboy boots she has been dreaming of. She is now so broke that she is scrounging change and asking for paid chores (which she'll gladly do tomorrow for the money today.) So far she has left the money in the savings account alone, but it is another week until she gets paid...



3.) Update on my complaint to Ikea - I have had two responses. One from the corporate office and one from the store manager offering to send me a gift card. I was thinking about suggesting she could offer me a job, but I am not sure I want a 3 hour commute for a retail job...wonder if they offer benefits?


4.) We are having a BBQ at my sister's house on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day and my mom's birthday and my brother-in-law's birthday. So we have 3 dads and 2 birthdays all together - now that is efficient!



5.) Last but not at all least. A few years ago when I first started checking out the internet to see what the hell a blog was, I found Mrs. G at Derfwad Manor. I don't know why I was so lucky to have found this wonderful, funny woman out of all the zillions of blogs out there, but I was just that lucky. I immediately had a girl crush and checked frequently for new posts and was excited when the Women's Colony was started and aspired to someday be a good enough writer to be published there.


And now it is over. She has closed it down. I am crushed. I will miss the Colony and especially Mrs. G because most of the other contributors I can read on their own blogs - but Mrs. G ...well, she is one of a kind and I can only hope she will grace the internet again because I will miss her so much.

6 comments:

knittergran said...

Derfwad Manor was brilliant; Women's Colony was an amazing and brilliant online magazine and I loved them both. It must have been a lot of work, but I miss them both. I hope Mrs. G. can't resist writing and comes back where we can all read her!

smalltownmom said...

My younger son has the choice of taking either Spanish or Chinese this fall.

jenontheedge.com said...

I loved Derfwad Manor and missed it even when the Women's Colony was up and running. I was absolutely blindsided by the news that WC was closing down and pouted about it for days.I would not be at all surprised if Mrs. G. starts writing again before too long.

Foreign languages don't officially start in schools here until 9th grade, which I think is too late. Luckily, French and Spanish are available to certain students (strong academic standing) in 7th grade and I've told both of my girls to expect that they'll be taking a language in 7th grade.

yogurt said...

One of my kids is in love with foreign language study. Planning to take three languages next year. I'm hesitant to approve that but I feel better after reading your advice.

jenn said...

I'm going to miss The Women's Colony, too! It was my first blog stop every morning. I'm holding out hope that she'll reopen Derfwad Manor.

Wenderina said...

I can't imagine blogging without turning to Mrs. G for inspiration several times a week. I totally respect the decision...I mean if you aren't Dooce or Julie & Julia, it's got to be a lot of work with very little reward.