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21 Jun

It has just been a crappy day.  First I broke my blog.  Then my watch broke at the gym and a piece of it fell in the toilet.  So I had to stick my hand in the gym toilet to rescue it. 

Work has required stupid red tape all day, and oh, my blog images are still broken.

I had thoughts of just quitting blogging all together.

But you all know that I couldn’t do that, as I’m addicted.  But it REALLY gets to the perfectionist in me that my images are all broken.  Gah!!!!  If anyone can help, please email lynnettebellin at hotmail dot com.  I’m willing to bribe you…

Goodbye, Movable Type

21 Jun

I just couldn’t handle the gazillion comment spams I was receiving every day any more.  I was deleting many real comments as I tried to purge all of the spam from my account.

Upgrading Movable Type is a painful process.  A friend recommended Word Press, and voila!  Look at me, I changed my blog platforms ALL BY MYSELF!  OK, with only a few emails for support.  But anyway, it’s done!

Now, I just need someone to help me with some style sheets to make this site look less lame.  Anyone looking for a small freelance gig?  Let me know in the comments if you’re interested!

Updated to add: CRAP AGAIN!!!  I went from breaking half the pictures on my site a few days ago, to breaking ALL of them (including video and slide shows) when I switched platforms.  See, there is a reason I don’t screw with the platform very often.  Someone help!

Hello world!

6 Apr

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100 Best Companies for Working Mothers

27 Sep

I’m proud to say that I am now working for one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. I was really glad to see my company on that list. If you have to be a working mom, it helps to be working for a company that is supportive of your dual careers (the day job and Mommyhood).

Things are going well at work. I’m finding the entire atmosphere refreshing, and my brain is finally stimulated again. I work with REALLY smart people, which makes it all the more interesting.

I’m sorry I haven’t had much to say this week… Not much going on besides work and hanging out with Little Miss. Next week I have my first business trip since Little Miss was born. It will be three long days of meetings. In one way, I’m looking forward to the change of scenery, but also know I’ll miss my baby so very much.

The Dating Game

10 Aug

I’ve decided that searching for a new job is much like the dating scene. Follow along with me here.

You first see that job posting, it’s like seeing a really hot guy from across the room. Looks good… You decided to look into it further, and then send on your resume. Very much like online dating if you ask me.

And then you wait. You put yourself out there, and now you have to wait to see if they’re interested.

The phone finally rings, or they finally answer your e-mail and they’re asking you to an interview. It’s just like a first date! Oh my gosh, what am I going to wear, what am I going to say, whill they like me?!!!! I want to make a good first impression….

Before the interview, you fuss about your outfit, your hair and your makeup, wanting to look just so. On that interview, you offer your winningest smile, and answer questions the way you think they’d want to hear the answers. You try to read body language and verbal cues to see if they like you or not.

And then you wait again for them to call. Meanwhile, you’re still wondering, did they like me? Could I have answered their questions better? When are they going to call?

So you send e-mails to thank them for the interview (much like if you were to e-mail someone you went on a date with just to say hello). You don’t get a response, so then you start to wonder well, what does THAT mean?

And then, finally they call. And you learn that you got the job. THEY LIKE ME! THEY LIKE ME!

But then you have to talk DETAILS. Much like in dating how those first conversations about marriage and kids can be daunting, negotiating that job offer feels much the same. You WANT to tell them what you really NEED, but is that going to scare them off? Is that going to ruin the deal?

So then you accept the job, which is much like accepting an engagement, or at least deciding to be exclusive with that one special person.

Much like that, quitting a job can be just like a nasty breakup. Look at my current situation — I’ve been with this job for four years, through ups and downs, through thick and thin, and my resignation will definitely leave them in a bit of a lurch. You then have to have the conversation of “it’s me, not you”, when sometimes you really mean, “it’s completely YOU and not at all ME”.

And, like many breakups, it’s amazing how quickly you can shut a door on a past that took up so much time and effort. You walk away, into the new job, with renewed hope for the future, and increased pressure to really make things work this time around.

The whole process is exhausting.

And I’m so glad I’m not doing the dating thing in real life anymore!

Update on Baby Bellin

16 Dec

Here is your update on Baby Bellin as of today, which makes me 31 weeks pregnant.

How your baby’s growing: This week, your baby measures about 16 inches long. She weighs a little over 3 pounds and is headed for a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and she’s beginning to accumulate a layer of fat underneath her skin in preparation for life as a newborn. As a result, her arms, legs, and body are filling out.

How your life’s changing:
Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Some women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Lasting from 30 to 60 seconds, they’re nonrhythmic and irregular and, at this point in your pregnancy, they should be infrequent and not painful. (When you’re within a few weeks of your due date, it’s normal for Braxton Hicks contractions to become more frequent and even somewhat painful; in fact, they’re often called “false labor” because sometimes it can be hard to tell them from the real thing.) Until 37 weeks, though, your baby is still premature. So if you’re getting frequent contractions (even if they don’t hurt), it may be a sign of preterm labor.

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The True Invitation to Insanity

22 Jul

I just picked up the invitations. They turned out really well. I really expected them to mis-spell my name (as 90% of the population does), or to goof up some of the text, considering the experience I had placing the actual order.

But they look great.

The problem? I totally didn’t think there would be so much assembly involved in these things! Oh…. my….gosh. Each invitation is a tri-fold, meaning there are 125 invitations that must be folded. You would think for how much we paid, they could fold the darn things for us! Then, they come with assembly instructions…

Here is what needs to be done:

  • Fold 125 invitations
  • Fold 125 response cards
  • Stuff 125 response cards into their envelopes
  • Stamp 125 response card envelopes
  • Stuff 125 invitations into the inner envelopes
  • Stuff 125 sheets with directions into the inner envelopes
  • Place tissue paper on top of the writing of the 125 invitations
  • Stuff 125 response cards into the inner envelope
  • Stuff 125 inner envelopes into the outer envelopes

Then, of course, they’ll need to be stamped (I’m sure this is going to cost more than 37 cents each) and addressed. Mom has volunteered to do the addressing, but good golly, I had absolutely no idea how complex this project would be!

I’ve had thoughts of bribing the girls at work to help me with this on a lunch hour, but will see how far I can get on our road trip this weekend.