Has anyone else noticed that we are having a bit of a baby boom? Maybe it is just my circle of family and friends that are currently going through this baby business, but it seems like this year I have been bombarded with invitations to baby showers and announcements of new babies landing in my mailbox at the end of the drive way and in my email inbox as well. There is no where else to hide, yikes!
My sister’s sister-in-law just had a surprise birth announcement in her family, so I am sure that I will go buy some receiving blankets and a few little outfits for her new granddaughter here in the near future, then wrap them up and get them in the mail. This is the first girl to arrive of all the other births this year. Everyone else has been having baby boys. And these baby boys are coming out big and strong. I haven’t heard of one yet that isn’t at least nine pounds!
The one thing about baby showers that I enjoy is the shopping for the presents. There is nothing quite like going into a nice up scale baby store and enjoy looking at and touching all the wonderful baby clothes and all of the other tons of baby related items. They always smell so nice and usually everything is extremely soft. I would never order something for a baby over the Internet, that would suck any enjoyment out of the whole ordeal!
It turns out that my nephew Rick actually hand wrote a thank you letter to the non profit attorney nc practice, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP, who has giving him a good dose of inspiration to finish up in high school with good grades and many years of college, to become a non profit attorney himself. Rick had a very “rocky” childhood and we all didn’t think he would live long enough to become any where close to legal age. Yet he managed to get his life in order, which took a lot of hard work and tough love for the whole family for many troublesome years.
Someone in the large circle of school friends that Rick has accumulated through the years, had a father who worked for this non profit lawyers practice. Through out the years Rick heard so much about how theses attorneys are so active with the involvement with numerous committees and commissions to improve our community. Funny how no one really remembers Rick talking about this man and what he did for a living. Rick did spend a lot of time over at that friend’s house as teenagers tend to do to socialize and to learn from various households and people that they are exposed to during that time of their life.
I hope Rick gets a hand written letter back. There are still a few people and companies that still communicate without the aid of a cell phone, pager or the Internet. I’m proud of Rick. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to be able to say or type that!!!
This year we once again start Daylight Savings Time some what early this year, believe me I’m not complaining. I have always been a huge fan of Daylight Savings Time, so I don’t mind losing just one hour of sleep in return for an extra hour of daylight in the afternoons. Daylight Savings Time, or DST, always begins on the second Sunday of March (this year it’s March 10th) and ends on the first Sunday of November (which is November 3rd). I have no problem with the loss of sleep rather quickly, because then I can enjoy some late afternoons out in one of my gardens or on my yard swing with any or all of the critters that we have here at the house. Weather permitting of course.
I wish that they would consider to keep all the clocks around the world on Daylights Savings Time. It must be so confusing to live in counties and/or states and/or territories and the like that don’t participate in this crazy, twice yearly, ritual that was started so long ago. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out that not everyone everywhere was utilizing all that Daylight Savings Time has to offer.
I remember, back many, many years ago, when I was planning my wedding day, how I struggled with what to give as groomsmen gifts, for the 4 guys standing up for us on our big day. There was no Internet to help with the wedding accessories that are necessary for all the people involved in the process. It was a good thing that it was a wedding attended by numerous bikers, that made it a bit easier to find things, there was plenty of Harley Davidson products that we ended up utilizing and were appreciated by all. But the Internet certainly would have made the whole thing so much easier.
Now that I have found out that my ol’ man lost his wedding ring months ago, but was afraid of telling me about it, it looks like we will be looking online for a replacement wedding ring. Back in the day we would have been very limited as to what we would be able to find in the good old fashioned brick and mortar stores. And since we aren’t in a huge rush, heck it’s been months since he lost the original one and has managed to do without for that long, I don’t see the need to rush right out and buy just any old ring. So far I really like the men’s wedding rings at jewelryvortex.com, but I have a feeling that we are going to butt heads when it comes down to the final decision and things could get real ugly around here.
When you mention Austin to me, I think of the hills and lakes of southern Texas. There is nothing as scenic as the hills of Texas in the spring when they are covered in blue belles and everything is fresh and green. I have been to Texas several times, for the SXSW conference and for business trips. It is one of my favorite cities of all time.
One of the girls from work recently moved to Austin for a sweet job opportunity and I still get an email from her once in a while. She has been telling me about a company based in Austin that is one of the best places in America to work. They treat their employees really well and the people who are lucky enough to work there are very loyal. Perhaps you’ve heard of Profitfuel, Inc.? ProfitFuel is privately held and is one of the fastest growing companies in America. They help companies with their online and digital signage. In today’s digital world, it is all about managing your online advertising successfully and it takes a professional like ProfitFuel to do a good job. Their sales counselors know all about search engine placement and advertising with the top Internet brands, and are already helping over 2,500 small businesses with their online advertising.