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Some Random Nicole Updates

I realized that there have been a few things going in my life that people may or may not be updated on. Not the most compelling post but sometimes a little housekeeping is in order!

Last week, I got a promotion and a raise.

I was really debating whether or not to write about this. We live in crazy times and I didn't want it to seem like I was rubbing my good fortune in anyone's face. The more I think about it though, the more I thought most everyone would be happy for me.

I've been promoted to the editor position on the new website our newspaper is launching in April. That means less copying and pasting what other people write and more editing and writing my own stuff. My boss thinks it would be a better use of my talents. 

Interestingly, when he called me to the back room on last Friday afternoon to tell me this, I thought I might be getting fired. You can read my play by play account of the situation here on my Myspace blog.

My new website is actually happening, and soon!

Be-logo Part of my job these last six months was selling the commercial web design services of our company. Since I've been doing a pretty good job selling (who knew I could sell stuff?), guess whose website got put on the backburner? Mine.

I now have a logo and the template is getting put together. It looks sharp but for those who want a little inside look, I'm including the logo in this post. You may remember I do like hot pink but hopefully it's not too in-your-face. I'm working on transferring the content off Typepad and onto this new site. What a pain, but I know in the end I'll be glad I have it all on my own site.

My dog had surgery on a possibly cancerous growth.

Some noticed Sadie's absence from the Too Cute Tuesday party this week (and me cozying up to another dog). I love that people were concerned enough to email me about it!

I took Sadie to the vet last week to have a weird growth examined. The vet said it is a 50/50 chance it is cancer (given her age and the growth's location) so I decided to get it removed and find out. Her surgery was on Tuesday and she was a little too zonked to hang out with three other dogs and craft so I left her home.

She now seems to be feeling fine but the growth is being biopsied so I won't know for a couple more days whether I have to make a difficult decision or not. To be honest, I knew what I was getting into adopting an older dog (Sadie was 11 four years ago when I got her) but it's still hard. Keep her in your thoughts!

I've lost 15 pounds…and am still going.

I got a little fat a couple years ago and have been fighting to get back to a healthy weight for awhile. It helps to go to the gym with friends and do a little Wii Fit too.

I stepped on the scale at the gym yesterday and had to slide the pointer down further then I was expecting…I don't want to get into numbers but let's say I haven't been in that "decade" in awhile! I'm down 15 pounds from my highest weight last December, and I feel good!

So consider yourselves updated on pretty much everything in my life unrelated to money. How are you doing?

Secret Admirer?

Ah, Valentine's Day… not a big deal in my life. This year though I have a little mystery on my hands…

After my usual Saturday morning work, I got back to my apartment and found a valentine from my mom (awh!) and one from an anonymous person. It had no postage on it so it was dropped off by someone who knows where I live. And it's homemade.

I contacted everyone who I thought might have made it and it wasn't any of my usual suspects. I posted an inquiry about it on Facebook and no one has come forward yet.

So if you left me this valentine, please let me know because it's freaking me out a little!

Valentine

That's Expensive, Huh?

Why Do Cashiers Comment On My Purchases?

I’ll preface my story by saying that strangers talk to me all the time. I get why: I seem friendly and wholesome, I look harmless, and I have a vaguely familiar face that makes me look like someone you may know. Am I so-and-so’s old college roommate? Do I know your granddaughter? I’ve heard it all.

People randomly talking to me is not something new, though recently I’ve noticed something interesting in what strangers are saying to me.

The other day, I was buying my usual Odwalla Superfood juice which I sometimes drink for breakfast.

“Wow, that juice is expensive huh?” the cashier said.

At multiple grocery stores, I’ve had cashiers comment on my expensive purchases of, say, organic produce or in this case slightly overpriced spinach/fruit juice.

Now if I was a smoker, would the person cashing me out have said, “Wow, this carton is expensive huh?” Of course not. Yet for some reason, when I buy something healthy, I get comments.

I know we are in hard economic times and my $6 gallon of juice may seem frivolous but why? My food and drink are an investment in my health. Why would someone, especially a stranger, share with me that they think it’s expensive?

Has this ever happened to you? And if so, have you noticed others stating opinions your purchases more lately?

On a related note, I found a recipe to make Odwalla juice at home for a third of the price. Hmph

That’s Expensive, Huh?

Why Do Cashiers Comment On My Purchases?

I'll preface my story by saying that strangers talk to me all the time. I get why: I seem friendly and wholesome, I look harmless, and I have a vaguely familiar face that makes me look like someone you may know. Am I so-and-so's old college roommate? Do I know your granddaughter? I've heard it all.

People randomly talking to me is not something new, though recently I've noticed something interesting in what strangers are saying to me.

The other day, I was buying my usual Odwalla Superfood juice which I sometimes drink for breakfast.

"Wow, that juice is expensive huh?" the cashier said.

At multiple grocery stores, I've had cashiers comment on my expensive purchases of, say, organic produce or in this case slightly overpriced spinach/fruit juice.

Now if I was a smoker, would the person cashing me out have said, "Wow, this carton is expensive huh?" Of course not. Yet for some reason, when I buy something healthy, I get comments.

I know we are in hard economic times and my $6 gallon of juice may seem frivolous but why? My food and drink are an investment in my health. Why would someone, especially a stranger, share with me that they think it's expensive? 

Has this ever happened to you? And if so, have you noticed others stating opinions your purchases more lately?

On a related note, I found a recipe to make Odwalla juice at home for a third of the price. Hmph

What I Learned From An Eel Almost Falling On My Car

Talk about random, huh?

Here's the story: Picture it: Friday morning, 9 am on a clear January day in coastal Maine. An eel falls from the sky onto a parking lot. An eagle had fished it out of the nearby river and probably dropped it when it realized the disgustingness of its catch. While the eel looks a little beat up from its ginormous fall, it is quite miraculously still alive.

So one of my coworkers goes to get a box to contain it and brings him (her? it?) to the river. The moment of release, he hears a stern “What do you think you’re doing?” and it’s a game warden. That's right downtown at 9 am and there is a game warden. He and my coworker come to an understanding of what’s happening and the eel takes a few seconds to swim off but eventually does.

When I had learned that all this happened within about two feet of my car, I begin picturing a fictious situation involving an awkward conversation with an insurance agent and an eel shaped dent in my hood. But I got to thinking a little more about it and in typical Nicole style tried to glean some sort of symbolism:

1. Sometimes you're just doing your thing then Bam! you're 100 feet in the air in the claws of an eagle. Life throws this kind of thing at you so it's best not to take it too personally.

2. When all seems hopeless, try wriggling. You can get out of most situations, sometimes though you have to be a little flexible or unconventional.

3. Just because you fall, doesn't mean it's over. There are so many nice people in the world who would love to scrape you off the pavement and take you back home (you know, as long as you don't bite them). I'm sure you've found at least once in your life that you're more resilent then you ever realized.

4. Choose your parking spots carefully. (Sorry couldn't resist that one)

Yes, this doesn't have much to do with personal finance but, come on, how often does this happen?

Sick Day

It was one of those things that hit me like a ton of bricks. Some weird flu/cold hybrid really kicked my butt.

I've slept almost 24 of the last 24 hours and was unable to eat solid foods until late this afternoon. Bleh.

The good news is I'm feeling a lot better but certainly not good enough to think of something clever to say.

Have a good night, and stay healthy!

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