This Week In Business: Thanksgiving While Moving Edition

This Week In Business: Thanksgiving While Moving Edition

I haven't had much time to write this week because I am still working my normal amount but also moving apartments on top of that. So I spent Thanksgiving packing boxes and not eating the celebratory Chinese food I planned on eating after because the restaurant was closed. Oh well!

I am now thankful for frozen burritos and an internet connection I can mooch off of from the neighbors until mine gets hooked up.

I have managed to accomplish a few things this week, aside from not breaking any glassware...yet.

Too Cute Tuesday: Grandma LaBianca’s Holiday Cookies

Too Cute Tuesday: Grandma LaBianca’s Holiday Cookies

I'm not sure what it was about today but it kicked my butt. It just seemed like one thing after another, and talking with friends, it doesn't sound like it was just me that was having issues with November 24th.

Enter Too Cute Tuesday, always the perfect antidote to a crummy day. We forwent the cocktail in favor of chocolate mint oolong tea. Because alcohol is a depressant, folks and sometimes, a gal just needs a cup of tea and to whine with a friend.

I told Dorrie to give me a little Donna Reed here. I think baking and drinking tea made us both feel quite proper.

This week continues our TCT Month of Giving. Dorrie requested we help her make Christmas cookies so she could serve them at her store during the annual Midnight Madness Sale in Bar Harbor. (Bonus this week is we can eat our mistakes!)

This recipe comes from Dorrie's Grandma Dora LaBianca. Not quite a sugar cookie, not quite shortbread, this is a cookie that's slightly sweet and gets better as it ages. Just like us! Awesome!

Marketing Monday: American Express Open

Marketing Monday: American Express Open

Each Monday, I profile a person or company doing something cool online to promote themselves. If that's you or someone you know, contact me. I love new ideas in internet marketing!

Maybe it was the television commercials with all the beautiful but also competent business owners or the fact that I'm completely fed up with my bank but I finally activated my American Express business card this weekend.

In straightening things out for my new accountant, I wanted to set up some recurring business charges and create a business only Paypal account on this new card.

I originally got this card because of the benefits (Cash back? Points for things I need? Cool!) but I realize my decision was made because of some subtle (or maybe not so subtle) things American Express has done to brand this whole Open concept.

Why I’m Getting A SCUBA Certification

Why I’m Getting A SCUBA Certification

I've recently enrolled in a SCUBA certification course. Last night, I finished my pool skills and took my final written exam. The next thing to do is an ocean dive, which is something I'll do in the next few weeks before the water gets too cold. (Don't worry, I'll have a wet suit and my instructor has been doing this for over 20 years so he won't allow me to do anything dangerous.)

The logical question is why have I thrown down $500 for a SCUBA certification (and eventually a few hundred dollars in equipment) when I don't even have a boat?

My instructor in action!

Too Cute Tuesday: Hand Turkeys

Too Cute Tuesday: Hand Turkeys

Wait a minute, it's not Tuesday! Oh, that's right, we moved TCT to Wednesday this week (Wicked Cute Wednesday) because Sue had visiting relatives. But even the best laid plans sometimes don't materialize...

Christie and I made hand turkeys that were meant to be togther... until we realized we wanted to keep our respective creations. Oh well, Thanksgiving was never good to turkeys anyway!

Enter a few unrelated family crises among the TCT regulars (Is it me or are the holidays coming?). Christie and I ended up just crafting at my apartment and tabled Sue's craft for next week. But what craft would we do now that plans had changed?

Looking to our sister group Wicked Cute Wednesday, we decided that hand turkeys would not only be an easy and slightly campy way to go but would also provide us with a random Thanksgiving decoration for next week.

The cocktail is a fun nod to last night's meteor shower, appropriately called 'meteor shower'.

Materials
Paper
Markers or colored pencils
Hard surface

Cocktail of the Day: Meteor shower

This Week In Business: Switched Around Week Edition

This Week In Business: Switched Around Week Edition

What happened to Too Cute Tuesday? Nothing! It's just that this week it's going to be on Wednesday. So the usual 'this week in business' update has been switched to today.

(Interestingly, Too Cute Tuesday has branched off into Wicked Cute Wednesday in St. Louis, which is more convenient for Sarah's graduate school schedule. Be friendly with them on Facebook, too. The crafting and cocktail movement is spreading!)
The new Too Cute Tuesday logo. I know, hot.
Good news is plenty has happened since last week:
I found the one...well, accountantwise anyway.

The relationship between a small business owner and her accountant is important. They can help you make good decisions and help you plan the future of your business as they learn about your hopes, dreams, and fears. Sure, I am making it sound touchy feely but seriously, you end up working a ton with this person and there has to be some clicking if it's going to be a functional relationship.
I've been shopping around and I was looking for someone who would educate me on the things that I could learn about yet do what I couldn't.