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We have to laugh at our situations........ - 12/26/08 04:11 PM
This morning I woke up ready for a great day....Got dressed for the gym and run out in the pouring down rain (no problem) to my car which is sitting in the driveway faceing the 3 acre dog lot. I look up at "Riley" who is just sitting in the yard, not moving, staring at me with sad puppy dog eyes. Upon further observation, she can't move. She is normally hooked on a 10foot lead which is attached to a 75 foot lead that runs up and down the inside of the dog lot. (she climbs fences) She has tangled herself (10 comments)
Merry Christmas! - 12/25/08 06:00 PM
It's here. I hope everyone woke up and had the same cheerful loving feeling in their heart as I did. I will say, this was the first year in 3 years that we stayed home. No travels!!!! The furthest we got from the house was a walk after dinner. Now we are watching a "House " marathon. Hey, it's Christmas House, marathon! Merry Christmas Everyone! (5 comments)
Motivating Monday - 12/22/08 06:51 PM
This is in my backyard. I have a memory garden my daughter and I created back in 2005 for my husband when he passed away. Every holiday we add to it with special yard art or plants or trees.. This is what we put up there at easter. It's a really cool place. We also have a sundial that is an actual urn. The coolest thing in the world! When life gives you lemons..... (1 comments)
Had a Christmas luncheon today - 12/22/08 06:45 PM
Every year I have a dinner for my team and a few special friends. It is very nice, but exspensive too. This year I decided to have a luncheon instead. It was fabulous. I actually think it was less stressful then a dinner- for everyone. My client care manager has 2 children, and I always invite the family. Having it at lunch allowed for the children to be more involved and not rushed to hit bedtimes. Plus it let everyone out of work for a few hours. I had it at Carrabbas-they allow you to have a private luncheon-opened just for (1 comments)
Holidays approaching fast, what's for dinner? - 12/20/08 06:24 AM
I need help! I'm not traveling this year for Christmas. My daughter and I are going to California for the Rose Bowl after Christmas. No family coming in (they all live many states away) So, I am cooking dinner for two! My daughter is allergic to Seafood and we're both tired of Ham and Turkey. Any suggestions for a great holiday meal? We know we are making mashed potatos and having cheesecake for dessert. That's all we know. MerryChristmas!!!!! (6 comments)
Okay it's not wordless Wednesday or..something Sunday...but I wanted to share the beauty of our area.
This is this morning looking out our mountains!!!! They are especially beatiful when they are snow covered. We have had a lot of rain lately...no snow...aghhhhh....Hoping for a white Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone..............and a Happy New Years (1 comments)
We all need to take a break - 12/18/08 12:20 PM
I just finished reading Valerie's blog about taking the day off for her son's birthday. A complete break from real estate. Well good for you! We all need to keep in mind what is important to us, I mean the real stuff! Yes, our career is VERY important, but birthdays, holidays, me time...just as important to us. We will all go crazy if all we do is sell sell sell.................... Did I mention, massages......... (1 comments)
Tis the gift giving season - 12/16/08 07:12 AM
I just commented on a blog about giving the gift or charity- love it. It got me going on another issue that I need help with. My client care manager has been with me for 5 years. She's great. She has a wonderful family and her husband has a good job. Her parents pay for childrens school in private schools and they wear nothing but the best, "designer" clothes. I mention this because you need to realize, they are not hurting for money. However, when it comes to gifts, she always asks me to just give her money. I know where (1 comments)
Relax... - 12/13/08 08:31 AM
I'm curious how other people relax. We have such a high stress job. If we don't perform, we don't make a living. Not to mention we are directly involved with the most important purchase in most peoples lives. I hear about people exercizing (which is great-I do to, but not to relax!) taking a walk, washing dishes (don't quite get that one)- all novel concepts. I personally find active rain to be relaxing, but before I discovered active rain what did I do? 1. Read- a good book- the problem with that is that once I start a book, I HAVE (4 comments)
Addiction - 12/12/08 04:09 PM
How did this happen? I cannot get enough of active rain!I wake up and the first thing I want to do is read what the latest blogs are. I'm driving down the road and an idea hits me...I have to go blog on it. Am I normal, is this a normal newbie behavior....will I ever be the same? I'm not complaining, just having way to much fun this. (1 comments)
Designations - 12/12/08 12:03 PM
I'm a huge fan of education and with that comes designations. I love my designations and the groups that support them. I'm especially fond of CRS on a State and National level. There is such a great network of professionals to learn and network with. My question involves the list of designations after a persons name. Is it proper to list all of them? I get emails from some Realtors where the designation lists goes all the way across the page. Then after that I get a list of what they were President of for the past 10 years and every (1 comments)
And so this is Christmas................ - 12/11/08 07:57 AM
You're part team, actually you're the team leader. Your team members have worked hard all year and it's been a difficult, yet successful 2008. How do you reward your team members? A dinner with team members and family is already set up. Last year, everyone got gift cards, even family members received gifts. This year, times are a little tougher. I feel gifts are more personal then gift cards, and usually less exspensive. Is it okay to transition to gifts instead of gift cards and not buy family members anything? (3 comments)
Northeast Tennessee Hiking - 12/09/08 08:00 PM
Spent yesterday taking a day to enjoy the beauty of the area here in Northeast Tennessee. This was taken in a National Forest close to Mountain City. It is called Gentry Creek Falls. There are 13 creeks to cross before you reach an incredible waterfall at the end. Judging by the next picture, you may understand why we only made it across 6creeks before we turned around! Our only other choice would have been...swimming!
I had to shimmy down this tree- trying to get BACK across was not quite as easy- that's a whole nother story!
Did I mention (2 comments)
Susan G. Komen 3day Breast Cancer Walk - 12/09/08 07:20 AM
Hello Active Rainers. I want to share with you a passion of mine. I walk every year in the 3 day walk for Breast Cancer. It is 20 miles a day for 3 days, rain or shine. It is an amazing, life changing event. My goal is to walk in every city it is offered in over the next 15-20 years. (depending on how many more cities they add on.) I am walking in Chicago in 2009. The criteria for walking is, each walker must raise $2,300.00 each. That is the a large number, but you can do it. My goal (3 comments)
Business Plan made simple - 12/09/08 07:04 AM
I have been looking through many blogs to see if I could find help...I need a SIMPLE business plan. My brain does not work well with high maintenance, lots of math and working backwards. I have mapped out my years past like a goal sheet. I just write down what I want to do and try to do it. I'm afraid I need more structure, but I need it to make sense to me or I won't do it or use it. Any ideas that may help me out there? Thanks! (9 comments)
3million dollars forgiven??? - 12/08/08 07:55 AM
This is NOT a political blog. It has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. Love them both! With that said, I understand that Hillary has a 7.5 million dollar debt from her presidency campaign and she is asking Obama to forgive/payback 3 million of it!?! hmmmm...Well, I have been running for the presidency of my household for a few years now, I think I'm taking it over this coming up year from my teenage daughter. It has run me quite a bit of dough, not to mention, sleepless nights, lots of overtime and taxi service. (that's not even scratching the (2 comments)
Passing along a tradition - 12/07/08 07:03 PM
When my parents sold the home we grew up in the Realtor had a pen and ink drawing done of the house and gave it to my parents at closing. I always thought this was such a neat thing. All of the siblings ended up getting a copy of this rendering and I have moved it to every home I've lived in since. We recently moved from the house we raised our family in. We lived there for 14 years and Rachel was starting her senior year when we moved to our new house. I am going to hire an artist to (1 comments)
Closing Gifts - 12/05/08 05:44 PM
In 2008 I changed my traditional closing gift to a monetary charitable contribution to my clients favorite charity. At the closing table I give the client an envelope with information printed out about their paticular charitable donation. For certain causes I have beaded ribbons that go in the envelope as well. i.e. Susan G Komen Breast Cancer- I include Susan's entire story with a prteety pink/white beaded ribbon you can hang on your tree. This has gone over very well. Plus it's a great write off and everybody feels good. Anybody else have some different closing gift ideas? (15 comments)
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