Monthly Archives: June 2012

Friday Tip


Go the extra mile.

If you’re hired to design something, make it the best you’ve ever done. If you’re hired to dig a hole, make it right the first time. If you’re hired to research something – spend an extra hour and write the best summary you ever have.

You may be recognized for this. It will make your life better even if you’re not.



I’ve blogged a couple times, once here and once on this blog. Are you stuck on your score, measured engagement or “Clout”? I believe that engageemnt is best measured in actual conversation, not how many times you were retweeted or “liked”.

Check out the blog link above and comment either place.

What types of things do you do to keep cool in the Summer?


Water Fight

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Yesterday my son’s friends and their parents came over for a grill out/adult beverages (for the adults, silly), and a water fight. Lucky it was 90˚F in WMI yesterday. It was really fun for the kids, with water balloon wars, squirt gun fights, water wand (soaker) shooting and me trying to keep all the refilling stations … well, filled with water. I’m pretty sure all the water really helped the lawn too.

There were grand parents, close to a dozen kids, and one dog, who thought it funny to play with the local black and white “kitty” the night before. Yay. I really needed to use the rest of my skunk recipe just before a party.

We threw up a canopy to add to the already shady back yard, but most all the kids found sun to hang out instead. Consequently the boy child got sun or heat stroke last night. I spent the night trying to keep Tylenol down him and ingesting water. Finally around 3:55am he floated off to sleep. And so did I. I can’t say this vehemently enough: DRINK FLUIDS – and not ones with diarrhetics, like alcohol or caffeine in them when it’s hot and or sunny.

So – Do you have a pool, lake or other fun way of keeping cool this Summer? And are you drinking enough water?

Really – REALLY looking forward to this weekend


Soccer GamesThree soccer games this weekend. The Boys U10 have a double-header against 2 teams that we either lost or tied. We’re much better than the beginning of the season. The boys are 2-2-1. I’d just be happy with one win. They’re having fun and playing very well. That’s all I really want.

Gonna be a hot weekend, here in WMI, though. I’m taking a canvas tenty-type cover for shade. Don’t need them getting all dehydrated in the 90˚ temps.

The Girls U12 is going up against a team we lost to last week. My girls didn’t show up to play last weekend. Hopefully they do tomorrow. We could’ve beat them if we’d wanted to win. The girls are at 2-3-1 – we need this win to end at 50-50. There was only one game that we weren’t in and had no hope of winning or tying. A team from Rockford MI. We should win this last game – they just have to want it. And they have to enjoy it. Unfortunately if they’re not having fun, they’re not winning.

Wish me/us luck. Any words of advice on how to motivate 11-12yr old girls: I’m all ears. *Puberty!*

Next up is my son’s birthday party. Lots of work to get the yard ready for that one. I’m taking this afternoon off to mow. I have 1.5 days to get ready.

More luck needed.