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Please Pray for Bill, Carmen and Paul

Monday, July 07, 2014

I came home from work tonight to learn that the coroner called my partner today to let him know they found his younger brother's body this morning. He died suddenly and the siblings are reeling. They already lost another brother several years ago, right before both of their parents died.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/14/2014 4:57AM

    So so sorry, this family has been through a lot of sorrow. My thoughts are with you and you partner and his siblings. emoticon emoticon

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MNGREENEYES 7/8/2014 8:59AM

    HUGS! So sorry to hear about this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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MISSY455 7/8/2014 2:39AM

    So sorry for your partner and his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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_LINDA 7/8/2014 1:28AM

    So very sorry for this family :(( Surely don't understand so many taken from one family :((( So sad. Sending healing soothing thoughts and prayers..
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CATTUTT 7/7/2014 11:14PM

    So sorry to hear this, I will keep them in my thoughts.

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CHARITYAK 7/7/2014 10:30PM

    Heartbreaking. I am so sorry. Prayers for you all.

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SHERYLP461 7/7/2014 10:14PM

    So sorry for the family what a blow.

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CAROLJ35 7/7/2014 9:48PM

    So sorry! Never know when a day may be one's last day!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/7/2014 9:40PM

    I'm so sorry for the family. How sad! I just sent a prayer up to God.

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Happy 238!

Friday, July 04, 2014

emoticon I love this country! Thank you to all who serve in uniform and those who support those who serve. Thanks to all first responders and their families. Thanks to all the teachers, crossing guards...

Thank you to all who put in an honest day's work. Thanks to those who have the courage and vision to start companies and employ people.

This great country survives because of all this. I love being on the journey with you.

Happy birthday to all of us! Be safe!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/7/2014 9:19AM


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_LINDA 7/5/2014 1:18AM

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Happy 4th! Much to give thanks for indeed!

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LJOYCE55 7/4/2014 9:05PM

  We all love it here. Anit it great?

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Getting to know your Spark neighbor (lifted from ClaireinParis)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

1. Chewing gum flavor - I rarely indulge, but it would be cinnamon
2. Favorite season - spring or fall
3. Toenail polish color - if I wore it, it would be any color with sparkles
4. Favorite pie? - Mother's home made cherry (or mince)
5. First record I ever bought - John Denver's Greatest Hits (first volume)
6. Current perfume - none, but it would be plumeria or gardenia or rose
7. Trophies? - apart from SparkPeople, Toastmasters, work-related stuff
8. Worst day of your life - 06/23/1971 - the day my brother died and 02/13/2005 the day my dad died
9. Curse or swear? - at myself, unfortunately
10. Celebrity crush? - several when I was a teen
11. New reward now that it's not food? Reading for pleasure, games or sleep
12. Zodiac sign? Pisces/Aries (right on the cusp)

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_LINDA 7/5/2014 1:43AM

    Thanks for sharing! John Denver, now that brings back some memories!

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    1. Chewing gum flavor - I don't chew gum....
2. Favorite season - Spring
3. Toenail polish color - Anything bright and happy :)
4. Favorite pie? - OMG!! Strawberry/rhubarb......yumm!!!

5. First record I ever bought - Corey Hart - Boy in the Box
6. Current perfume - Mark Jacob's Daisy
7. Trophies? - Some sports trophies from when I was a kid
8. Worst day of your life - 01/02/2001 - the day my dad died
9. Curse or swear? - Rarely
10. Celebrity crush? - Shemar Moore
11. New reward now that it's not food? Clothes/Books/Entertainment
12. Zodiac sign? Virgo

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/4/2014 8:26AM

    1. Chewing gum flavor - None - it sticks to the fillings in my wisdom teeth
2. Favorite season - spring or fall
3. Toenail polish color - currently ebony with rhinestone sparkly accents
4. Favorite pie? - pecan
5. First record I ever bought - Little Woman by Bobby Sherman
6. Current perfume - something flowery (generic) I got on sale at CVS for $1.74 (I"m cheap!)
7. Trophies? - apart from SparkPeople, a couple of bowling tropies, a congressional recognition for community involvement, too many work related ones to list :D
8. Worst day of your life - the day my Dad was murdered, I was 11, childhood ended
9. Curse or swear? - occasionally, never at someone,usually at a situation
10. Celebrity crush? - When I was 13 Bobby Sherman - cannot STAND him now LOL
11. New reward now that it's not food?-- new books on my Kindle, shopping at thrift stores
12. Zodiac sign? Taurus -- you could tell, right?

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A Happy False Alarm

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My cell phone rang after I got to work. Usually, it's my partner and he knows I can't take calls at job #2. But it was my beloved stepmother in another time zone. It was early for her, so I said I was at work and she hung up. After a moment, long enough for panic to set in, I called her back. She NEVER calls that early, so what could it be?

False alarm! Nothing is wrong - she just dialed my number by mistake. So thankful!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/7/2014 9:20AM


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MISSY455 6/22/2014 1:55AM

    That is such a panic, glad it was a false alarm.

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MSROZZIE 6/21/2014 8:18PM

    Good you called back! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/21/2014 8:12PM

    Glad nothing was wrong..

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"Be Careful What You Wish For"

Friday, May 30, 2014

Four years ago next month, I graduated summa cum laude with my AA in Paralegal Studies. I am more proud of that than my BA in English that I earned years ago. I put a lot more into this degree and was sure it was my ticket to financial success, career satisfaction etc.

During the intervening four years, I have changed jobs at the same company several times and have had several bosses. My latest is a fantastic man, a wonderful manager and, from what I can tell, a very good lawyer. We've known each other since February 2001. Today was my last day as his direct report. He's not leaving and neither am I. I learned late yesterday that I am being transferred from the "legal department" per se to the "international legal and compliance department" without moving my desk or anything. My new boss, starting Monday, is one of the two attorneys in the international legal team. I am his first employee to manage and we are both very surprised by this change. He's a step lower on the org chart than Kevin was and that adds t the weirdness. York is from Taiwan and has that stereotypical attitude about place and everything else. I've known York almost as long as I have known Kevin, but we have not worked together for extended periods of time.

Our GC likes to "stretch" people, so York is a first time people manager and I now have the long-desired, long awaited and earned promotion to Paralegal. I have been working as a paralegal under the supervision of the attorneys that I support, but I now finally have the title.

Kevin always said, "be careful what you wish for" and I am living it in spades. I miss working with Kevin already! At the same time, I am excited at the opportunity to learn new things.

Nervous? Yes
Excited? Yes
Sad? Yes

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BRADMILL2922 6/5/2014 1:43AM

    WOW, CONGRATS! Wishing you all the best!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/4/2014 6:11PM

    Fantastic! You deserve this. I know how hard you have worked for this. Love Libby

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BYEFATNANNY 5/31/2014 12:05PM

    New assignments are a great learning opportunity. You'll do great and in 6 months you will be totally a pro at your new assignment. I've just recently had a new assignment area of law and it was fun to learn something new. Congrats.

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MYTURNNOW2013 5/31/2014 3:36AM

    It is not always easy to leave our comfort zones, no? You can help your new boss to shine, and in turn, you will shine even brighter :)

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MISSY455 5/31/2014 2:50AM

    emoticon emoticon on your promotion! I know you must be very excited to work as a paralegal after all you went through to get your degree. Changing bosses always comes with the unknown, but just look for the positives. Best wishes on this stage of your journey!

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TUDAFD 5/31/2014 1:07AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on the promotion.

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_LINDA 5/31/2014 1:03AM

    emoticon on your promotion, very well deserved and about time, really!! So sorry you had to lose Kevin as a boss :(( I hope this York can be reasonable, maybe you can teach him in subtle ways.. He will soon see what a hard working, dedicated and loyal worker you are. That should impress him no matter where he is from..
All the best with this new journey!
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/30/2014 9:00PM

    Keep a positive attitude. This could be just a stepping stone in your advancement. And you could also help Kevin with his future too.

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_RAMONA 5/30/2014 8:28PM

    I was 24 years old, wanting so much of my life to be different, struggling with unrequited longing in so many ways, when I walked into my place of work to find these words emblazoned on the wall in two foot high letters: "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it."

...Stopped me dead in my tracks, and in my longing. That day a new sense of reality was born in my heart (and I 'grew up' really fast).

I can empathize with your conflicted feelings.

I wish you all the best in the midst of this new opportunity! I hope it came with a raise....


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FORTYPLUS56 5/30/2014 8:24PM

    emoticon on your promotion. emoticon emoticon

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