Thursday, July 26, 2012

Office Space

I just wanted to take a moment to show off my new office space.

I gladly accepted the role as the assistant to the Chief Financial Officer back in May of this year, and it has been a wonderful journey! Some days are stressful and I want to pull my hair out. Other days I feel like I could prop my feet up, lean back in my chair, and sip a Diet Coke. I still count my blessings everyday and thank the Lord I have been given this opportunity.

I've only been working here 11 months, but I have already learned so much. It's definitely true that I have big shoes to fill. The person who preceded me in this role was not only a friend, but a wonderful mentor. She's now retired, but luckily I still get to talk with her on a semi-regular basis.

I've heard it said that if you love what you do, you'll never have to work a day in your life.

I couldn't agree more.

I was in a meeting with the CFO and the divisional CFOs this week, and they were discussing how our Corporate Finance team consistently ranks as one of the highest in employee satisfaction. My boss commented, "the only way I know how to explain it is that we're a team of professionals who love what we do, and the employees actually want to be here." We all nodded in agreement, and one person even said "There's no way I'd rather be sitting at home. I'd be so bored!"

One of the downsides of my new job is that my office suite is somewhat isolated from the rest of the group. Every job I've ever had until now has been very social and I've always been surrounded by people all day long. There are a few times when I can actually appreciate the peace and quiet - when it's 7:30 in the morning and all I want to do is check my emails and drink my coffee, for instance. But it sometimes gets a little lonely. (Okay, truthfully, I just needed to come up with one downside about this job, so that I wouldn't appear to be bragging).

Alright, I've rambled long enough. And Otis is sitting here staring deeply into my eyes.

I think he's trying to tell me something.

TGI almost F!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cheers to Three Years

On July 23rd, Brian and I celebrated 3 years of dating. It feels like just yesterday and it feels like forever.

I can't believe that we have put up with each other this long.

Want to know the ultimate test of a relationship?

A puppy!

Vet bills, 3am potty breaks, and a constant need for attention. Otis is like a tornado that moves through our house, wanting to destroy everything in his path! The first month with Otis was definitely trying. Brian and I were both completely and utterly exhausted. If you've ever been around me when I'm exhausted, God bless you.

Come to find out, Brian and I also have slightly different dog-parenting styles. (For the record, he's the mean one).

We are finally settling in with Otis and getting into a routine. I think in the end, he'll be one of the best decisions we ever made. I can't even imagine my life without that precious dog!

After five minutes of contemplating, I've come up with some advice I would give to couples in the first years of dating:

1. Don't Get a Puppy. 

Unless you are financially prepared, have done your research, and are willing to make huge sacrifices for the first few months.

2. Be Direct When Communicating.

For instance, I told Brian that he would need to do ONE romantic gesture to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. I got a sweet card and a steak dinner. I can assure you that without some direction on my part, I would've gotten...ummm....

3. Forgive and Move On.

When it comes to the trivial things (which encompasses 99% of all arguments), just hash it out and then get over it. I also heard once, courtesy of Dr. Phil, that there is such thing as "The Big Three," meaning that you will probably argue about the same big three issues for the entirety of your relationship. While I haven't yet discovered three big areas of dispute for me and Brian, I may have discovered one or two. (Hint: My obituary will likely read "His Cars Drove her to Suicide.")

4. Have Separate Interests.

I do not like video games, shooting pool, or scraping algae from fish tanks. There are better things to do with my time - reading, blogging and reading blogs, to name a few!

5. Be Best Friends.

...but you probably already knew that!

Any additional advice from those who's relationship has lasted 5, 10, 15+ years? If so, leave me a comment.

Also, just as a side note, if Brian and I don't end up making it to year #4, stay tuned for a blog containing advice on what NOT to do in a relationship. ;-)


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kick Back and Relax.

It may be a while before I have this blog up and ready.

Monday, July 9, 2012

New Blog, Old Blog, Life, and Other Crap.

As you probably noticed, I was on a month long vacation from my blog.

I will tell you why:

1. I started a new job and it was a bit overwhelming.

2. I got a new puppy and it was a bit overwhelming.

3. I was averaging 250 readers per day, which is a bigger audience than I had ever imagined for my little blog; however, I was feeling pressure to write every single day.

4. I began getting hurtful and mean comments on my blog, which comes with the territory I suppose. (These comments are outnumbered by the comments that are encouraging, nice, and make me smile.)

5. I was getting home late, taking care of the new puppy, cooking dinner, baking 2 cakes per night, losing my temper with everyone around me, and then blogging.

It got a lot overwhelming.

So finally I just said "Screw it!" and I abandoned the blog. It was the best decision I made all month.

Work finally settled down, Otis finally settled in, and I began saying "no thanks" to the things I didn't want to do.

I've finally had time to rejuvenate and reevaluate. I enjoy blogging. It's basically a public journal, and it's a great way to keep family and friends up to date with the happenings of my life.

But I've decided to scale back.

I've decided to go back to using Blogger as my host (though it has less opportunity for creative design, it's much more user friendly than WordPress). I've decided to put The Sweet Tooth Bakery on hold for now, although I'm still actively baking cakes for my friends.  I've decided to re-focus my energy on the things that matter to me - my family, my job, my boyfreind, my friends, my dogs - so sometimes blogging just isn't at the top of my "to do" list.

While I can't dedicate the same amount of time to blogging and baking as I had in the past, I am going to continue to regularly blog on a different site. This site will be

I hope you will continue to follow me on this new site.

Here's an emotional and heartfelt farewell from me to you:

To everyone that has asked me why I haven't blogged lately: Thank you. I needed your encouragement to get the ball rolling again. 

To Ben at Empowered Designs: Thank you for creating my website, working with me on all the details, and having patience each time I changed my mind about what I wanted.

To Colby and Otis: What would my life be without you?

To Brian and Mom, thanks for being my original biggest fans. I love you to the moon and back.

So long for now, Sweet Tooth.