Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Big Change For Me in January

The place where I work just moved to a different building and it is so much fun!  Everything is so different, going from dark narrow hallways to wide bright hallways, floors with different floor plans and lots of extra hallways cutting up the floors.  I have lots more desktop space than before and the best part of all is that the computer desk part can be elevated so I can comfortable stand while working on the computer!  I LOVE THAT!

the lobby downstairs
lunch room
The lunch room area is not all that big, but it is brighter with the ceiling to floor windows and some comfortable chairs well placed where I took my afternoon break to read the first day.  Also, in the downstairs lobby area, are two seating areas where I can sit to read at lunch on cold days as well as a
Starbucks and little store with newspapers and snacks. 

The first day everyone was roaming around checking out the new place, trying to find things of importance to them like the common area files, the restrooms (which, by the way are pretty well hidden), and copy rooms and the big main areas of interest such as the record center, accounting, docket, and the copy center.
attorney office
With the open look with glass on the attorney offices instead of actual walls, it sort of reminds me of a zoo with all the different animal exhibits, but the plan is to get the glass frosted at some point which will probably fix that feeling of being on exhibit for everyone to see.  I also noticed it much nosier than the old place because with it all open, the voices carry.

We all got a map of all the floors, a welcome mug and cup and a $10 gift certificate for the cafe.  That was a nice surprise.

The walk to and from my new bus stop is even a bit shorter than before!

I'll be taking more pictures today.  It was all pretty overwhelming the first day there but I really like the reception area and conference room areas.  The moving crew did an amazing job getting everything moved in and organized well.  There are still some things still on the way, but it should all be done by the end of the week. 

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Best Lights for Christmas on Albertly in Parma, OH!
 As we walk our dog, we pass by this display.  I love it!  I think this is the best display I've seen this year because it's pretty yet simple and conveys the true meaning of Christmas. 

Yesterday after worshiping my Savior at the Christmas Eve candle light service at Parma Heights Baptist Church, I enjoyed browsing through the Samaritan's Purse catalog online and picking out several different projects to donate to.  This is how I like to buy for Jesus since it is his birthday we are celebrating.  It brings joy to my heart when I can help others and also help spread the good news of Jesus!  This organization is the best way I know of to do both. 

We show our love for Jesus by our actions and I think the two biggest are how we spend our money and how we spend our time. 

Merry Christmas to all! 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Why I'm So Glad I Read the Harry Potter Series

When the Harry Potter books first came out, my husband wanted to read them and I told him I'd rather he didn't because it was all about witches and wizards and witchcraft and I didn't want it in my house.  I just assumed that what it was but I was wrong.  Yes, I admit it honey, I was wrong.

When I looked at different booktubers on YouTube, over and over the Harry Potter series came up as being favorite books, best fantasy world, best book about a boarding school, book that got kids into reading and probably some others I forgot.  I never found one negative comment from anyone who actually read the series and my curiosity was sparked.  This year I decided to read it so I could find out exactly what it was that everyone who read it loved so much, and I did!

It is definitely my favorite series and I loved every book in the series.  Never would I have thought I would read a book that was over 700 pages, but I did and want to reread them!  This is so much more than witchcraft.  It is about friendship, family, loyalty, kindness, leadership, sacrifice, good vs. evil and love with lots of humor!  It's a coming of age story following Harry Potter from a little kid through to adulthood and Harry Potter is so cool!  I liked how each book told about another year in Harry's life.  He is a lover, not a fighter.  He just wants to be ordinary and not famous.  He didn't like everyone staring at him all the time because of his scar.  He was always humble and showed love for others all through the book, even to the end and managed not to kill anyone even though his life was threatened over and over.

There are many well-developed characters in this series that were introduced gradually enough that I was able to keep them straight.  I found myself really liking Harry and his friends and felt as though they were my friends too!  This series brought out a variety of emotions for me too which I love.  At times I felt sad, jubilant, scared, angry, excited and curious.  I laughed at quite a lot of things and cried during the last book.  I loved the interaction between the professors and the students, and the interaction among the students.

There is a lot of mystery and suspense with action, adventure and unexpected twists and turns.  This book is so well written and I was just amazed at the imagination that went into it.  J. K. Rowling had me eager to read more and more and get back to whatever book I was reading.  Even after the book was done, I kept thinking about it!   

The plot is very elaborate and complex which is why I'm surprised these are classed as juvenile books rather than YA, especially since most of them are about Harry's teenage years.  Also, I think the vocabulary is very advanced for children.  Because of the witchcraft and the dark plot, I would not recommend it for young children but would highly recommend it for teens and adults who missed out on this classic literature series.  I loved this whole series!!!! 

Here's some links to check out for more information and some fun:
Here's a sorting quiz (one of many) to see which house you would belong to:  I got Gryffindor on this one but Hufflepuff on another one

Have you read the Harry Potter books?  Which was your favorite?  (Mine was the 3rd, Prisoner from Azkaban).  What did you think of the series? 

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Common Knowledge?

My hubby told me some things that surprised me.  He says it is common knowledge that:

(1) The NFL gets paid by the government to do patriotic things at the games. Things like reuniting soldiers with their family or making the flag in the stands with spectators all holding a part of the picture. 

(2) The referees have other jobs as well.  Being a NFL referee isn't their primary job.  

I did know any of these things that he said "everyone knew."  So, I need to know who is right.  Please let us know in the comments if you knew these things.  I think there are others who didn't know these things either, did you?

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

So Much to be Thankful For!

O come, let us sing unto the LORD:  let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3, KJV)
What our Pastor said last week is true:  "Once you start thinking of something you are thankful for, more things will come to mind."

God has blessed me so much and given me almost 62 years (my birthday is Dec. 13).  I am so thankful that most of those years (all but the first 7) I spent knowing, loving and serving Jesus, my personal savior.  What a blessing, privilege and honor to serve the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

One game I like to play in my Sunday School classes around Thanksgiving is Scattegories.  I give them a letter and have them list things they are thankful for that begin with that letter in a minute (or whatever time limit I choose).  Then they get a point for the things on their list that no one else has.

Another game I did last year with a small class of four 5th graders was to let them build towers with big cardboard blocks.  They took turns naming things they were thankful for going through the alphabet.  We got all the way up to "S" I think.

Okay, if you've read this far and are curious, here's my list (let me know if I didn't include something you are thankful for as well)  (click on "read more" below the social media icons):