Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nice week...

Was a great week with the family.  I got a chance to go to Atsa-nice pizza again along with catch up on Logan's Wolf badge requirements.  Cleaned parts of the house again, explored new job opportunities and met some new contacts. 

My old leads group provided me with an awesome contact in the banking world, my neighbor reached out to me and I met up with an old business acquaintance to learn about what she does at World Ventures now.  Interesting company and concept...I'm exploring.

Today I'm focusing on the basement and moving that along for the next step, which is everything! Ha.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sad day....

After 17 years my little daschund, Alecks finally passed away.  She hit 'the wall' in December, bounced back but then hit the wall again...hard.  For the past 3 days we've nutured her and held her close while she passed in to doggie heaven.

The kids are taking it pretty well...wish I could say the same for me.  My first 'little girl' had to move on and I'm really torn up.  She was such a cutie...our prayers are with her.  Brenda is taking it pretty hard too as she cradled Alecks for hours yesterday and today.

I'll take her to the pet cremation facility tomorrow.  We had her mother Abbi cremated too.  These are such loyal, scrappy, one owner pets I can't say enough about the breed.  If you need a wonderful companion the daschund is a fantastic animal to consider.

Have to turn in now, tomorrow I'm meeting with a couple of job prospects that will turn in to valuable contacts if not viable career opportunities and I need my beauty rest!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mason's Birthday...thank you everyone!!

To my wonderful family and friends I would like to say "thank you" for making my little boy's 6th birthday a memorable event.  He had sooooo much fun today.  It's 10:00 o'clock and he's still so wound up over the LEGO's he received from his uncle Denny & Anne, Auntie Noelle & John, Auntie Holly & Kevin, Renee & Ken Gatewood (and Granty Mar too!), Ron & Felicia Opyd, Donna & Mark Miller and my beautiful wife Brenda.

I hope everyone had a good time and took some left overs home!  Now I have to tear Mason away from his 'work' to inform him tomorrow is another day.  Looking forward to the 5-10" of snow we're in for between Sunday and Monday morning.  Yeah...not.

Will continue final studies for the PMP and coordinate my career searching for Monday.  Anybody looking for a qualified finance, marketing or project manager (new)?  Tough market but not impossible if you're looking for the best!

Have a great weekend...more later.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


What a night.  Busy on-line for hours.  Business ideas coming together.

I made some great business relationships yesterday and hopefully they lead to something great in the near future!

Today is a busy cleaning day in preparation for my sons 6th Birthday!  The family will be coming by along with a few friends with the LEGO're invited! Ha.  Just bring a toy for my beautiful little boy (he's the blonde in the pic's below).

On to building wealth....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President's Day...

I hope you had a great day and didn't have to work!  Dull day.  Heard back from a few old work contacts and explained my current plight.  Expanded service on (yeah) and updated my Relay for Life website.  If you can, please sign up for Relay for Life!!  The upcoming walk is May 22nd-23rd.  You can donate at my the website, which I'll post later.  Thanks for your support, I couldn't do it without you!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Blue and Gold...

Last night was a blast....the boys had so much fun.  We even had some Scouts approach Pack Leader Rich and say "I'm in...I was thinking of quiting but after tonight I'm staying in!"  How cool is that?!

I think this year was more orderly than last year because of the amount of help we received.  As I stated last night, Pack 20 couldn't exist without all of the Den Mothers who have supported us and our boys!!  Thank you again Mom(s)!  The event only had one hiccup and that was the janitor turning off our PA system.  He apparently wanted to be reassured that HE was in charge.  Other than that the facilties and boys were well behaved.

We had seven boys pass over into the Boy Scouts.  There ceremony is called the Arrow of Light and as the arrow is passed it is marked with all of their acheivements pathwise to date.  The elder scouts come and adorn themselves with animal pelts symbolic of the Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Akela and traditional American Indian.  They wear belts symbolic of the status they speak of and inspire the boys to move to the next level.  It's really cool.  My boys were charged too.

I took pics of the center pieces to forward to the pack for voting purposes, but we know who's was the best right? Ha.  Thank you everyone for a memorable evening!!  Go Pack 20!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Boy Scouts Blue & Gold tonite!!

Tonite up at the Rec Center we'll be having the 2009 Blue and Gold Banquet.  Please join us if you can, it's going to be a good time!  Our 'little men' have sooo much fun.

So come, skits, food and laughter.

A couple of good job discussions came in yesterday/today.  Looks promising...guess they can spot good talent on sale when they see it. Ha!

Linked to today...we'll see how that turns out.  Give'm a click you need a website they have a great sale going on right now.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Romeoville Open House...

If I wasn't clear...March 14th is the Open House not this Sunday.

Blue &Gold is coming along.  Brenda has wrapped the plastic utensils with blue gold napkins and will be preparing the pasta for the event.  Spent part of the evening working on Logan's achievements and electives I'm tired.  Rich called and we briefly reviewed the items needed for the skit the boys are doing and the food prep items.  Also, we spoke about giving out a few badges for the B&G to honorable mentions.

I've finished the table center piece and boy I have to tell you it's worthy of a prize (?).  The boys helped to construct a replica mountain adorned with a Wolf and Tiger symbolizing what path they've taken with their Akela's.  Surrounding the mountain are votives with candles that they've decorated.  Looks cool because I've affixed a string of blue lights on the inside of the mountain.  Wow...what fun huh?

Finished the day listening to a couple of marketing webinars on SEO and PPC.
...the Open House for the Scouts will be on the 14th until about 3:00 p.m.

Snow & earthquake? In Illinois?

The buzz was that there was an earthquake in Illinois that registered in the high 3's!  Wow.  Happy meat and potatoes land 'shakin' it up' so to speak.

Contacted a friend with Market America to possibly see what his biz is all about.  Filled out about 6 more applications and caught up with a financial advisor friend, Dante Royster.  Great guy...very ambitious.

Signed up for and expanded services with  Examined the Illinois Notary page as I keep forgetting this is a public service that I can charge for.  I've been a notary for over 16 years.  Need something notarized in Will County, Illinois?  Call me.

Oh, the fish in the box here come when you call them...just double click.  A ripple will appear in the pond and they will dart for it!

Following up with Pack 20/Den 7 scouts open house information.  We'll be represented at the open house at the Romeoville Rec Center with a table.  I'll be if you want to gather information about the Boy Scouts and how you can get involved, just show up!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Great day...3" of snow or more...

It was a great about 6 applications out.  Made some great contacts with marketers...I love marketers.  I'm learning so much about internet marketing.  It's simply fascinating.

Made some appointments today.  An old friend reached out and caught up to me....we might ink some kind of get together this week Thursday.

Snow came...about 3" plus and the roads are a mess.  Good thing we only knew about it 4 days in advance...and we're still not ready for it!  Wow, unbelievable.

Tomorrow I'll continue networking and reaching out...feeling pretty good about my position and capabilities (so far).

more later....

Monday, February 8, 2010

First post....

Thanks for stopping by...this is my official 'first' post.

As my family and I begin a new chapter in our lives I thought I would scribe it as we go.  As you may know (or not know), I was recently terminated from my employ at Citizens Financial Bank (Munster, IN).  The circumstances were really questionable and I'll pursue that when time permits.  But right now I want to focus on staying positive and viewing this as a sign and great 'next step'.  It seems that CFB has created a world of problems for themselves that only time will heal.

So here goes...I'm currently working on a bunch of business endeavours, which I've kicked around for years and really haven't done anything with.  Maybe now is the time...I'll keep you posted as we go down that path!

Thanks for stopping by...more later....