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Feel Good Friday: Making Peace With Recommendations

July 16, 2010

Here’s the info if you want to join in:

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog!  You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile.  Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness?  Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it?  Well then, what is your happy place?  What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation?  A childhood memory?  We want to know!

Step 2:
Head over here and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.  Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun.  Feel good.  Smile.

Then, start looking for all of the good things you can write about for next week!  Once you start looking for the “good”  you will find it everywhere!

Here goes…

I have this fear of letters of recommendation. As I’ve mentioned, I have my own company, and get asked from time to time for letters of recommendation. You know how you have these ideas that there are some things that you do well, and other things that you don’t? I have this idea that my letters just aren’t that great. And that really bothers me.

Sometimes, it’s just really hard to come up with enough things to say. But that’s rare. Usually I need to write a letter for someone who’s done excellent work, and I end up feeling like it’s just not good enough, or effusive enough, or praising enough. But then, I don’t want to get too gushy, either.

This week, I received a request for a letter, and went into the usual process of researching: the person’s CV, the job description of the position she’s applying for, and the company itself where she is applying. And then I put together the letter. I wasn’t 100% happy with it when I sent off the first draft for review, but it was a start.

And she was happy with it! She said she was flattered by what I had written, and since she’s such a great professional (and person!) I was glad she was pleased with it. I’m working on some small changes, and it’s almost ready.

This makes me really happy, because letters of recommendation can be really important, and I always want to do a good job with them. Begone, letter writing fears!

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Is this what you want? Are you sure?? Maybe you wanted something else.

July 15, 2010

I received this email early this morning from Democrats Abroad. I can’t believe this is for real. It sounds like it was written for a sketch on SNL. Isn’t it funny?

Subject heading: you are a member in Argentina — is this what you want?

Hello Holly:

According to our database, you once clicked on a link saying that you no longer wished to receive email from Democrats Abroad. The link was at the bottom of a Democrats Abroad email.

Up until early 2010, the link was not clearly worded. [My bold, here and throughout.] The link you clicked on is now worded accurately as follows: “If you wish to continue your membership in Democrats Abroad but no longer wish to receive group emails, please Click Here.” But when you clicked on it, it probably read (ambiguously) as follows: “If you wish to no longer receive email from Democrats Abroad, please Click Here.” [I say: Wasn’t that wording clear enough already?]

We are aware that before wording was clarified, some members clicked on the link for one of these reasons:

  1. They moved from Argentina back to the USA,
  2. They moved from Argentina to a different country abroad,
  3. They no longer wanted to be a member of Democrats Abroad, or
  4. They wanted to continue being members but did not want to receive Democrats Abroad emails.

To help us make sure your real wishes are respected, we ask:

  • If you moved from Argentina to a different country abroad, please click here (to send us an email) and let us know where you are now living.
  • Otherwise, please hit Reply and let us know whether you want to continue being a Democrats Abroad member in Argentina. If you can think of why you clicked on the link (as originally worded), please let us know that too.

If you are still in Argentina, you have been missing out on email announcements of social events throughout the year and you will be missing out on voter registration events in the months prior to the November elections. Can we put you back on receiving regular Argentina emails?

No matter what, we encourage you to register soon and vote in November. If you still live abroad, you can use www.votefromabroad.org, which allows you to fill out and print the form to be sent to the local election officer in your home State.

Thank you for taking time to help us keep our membership information up to date and correct.

Wishing For a Produce Fridge

July 14, 2010

I don’t know why refrigerators aren’t sold with different configurations for the interior. Or maybe they are, just not down here. But then, I Googled “refrigerator with customizable interior” and came up with nothing.

Probably 80% of the food in our fridge consists of fresh fruit and veggies, and I have no way to organize them all without things rolling around, off shelves, and generally mixing with other stuff.

What a pleasure it would be to have a fridge filled with just produce drawers, all with adjustable dividers, depending on how much you have of one thing at any given time. I could get by with just one small shelf for beef/chicken/fish, and the door shelves for smaller items and bottles…and the rest full of produce drawers.

So considering that everything you purchase these days is customizable, why can’t you purchase a customizable new fridge just like you would a computer at Dell.com?

Any other suggestions? I’ve thought of getting clear plastic containers, but I’m not 100% convinced with the idea.

Make It Happen Monday

July 13, 2010

Wait, Monday was yesterday! I know, but I was offline most of the day and didn’t get a chance to sign petitions or post about MIHM. So here goes…

I discovered this great idea over at Homemaker’s Pensieve. She’s going to try to sign five petitions each Monday, and so will I. I hope you join us!

This seriously won’t take you more than five minutes. You only have to enter your info on the Change.org site once, and as soon as you sign one petition, they’ll suggest others for you to sign. Or, you can browse categories up above on the menu, choosing from causes related to sustainable food, health care, education, animals, and more.

  • First, click on the MIHM button up above.
  • Next, sign one or more (or five!) petitions of your choice.
  • If you have a blog, grab the button above and put it in a post or somewhere on your blog.
  • Come back here and add yourself to the Linky list (If you don’t blog, ignore this step).
  • I would love it if you would leave a comment here.
  • Also, please visit at least one of the other links from the Linky list to encourage them.
  • Feel good!

Océans

July 11, 2010

I know, I know. It was released back in January in France, and on Earth Day in the US, so you’ve probably already heard about it. But it just came out down here in Argentina, and we just went to the movies on Monday to see it.

This is another nature documentary that I highly recommend. No tears this time (unlike when we watched The Cove), unless you get choked up over the beauty of the images, which are just amazing. The documentary features marine life around the world, and was filmed in over 50 different places, taking a full four years to film.

This documentary is Disneynature’s second release, following Earth in 2009, and it’s just as good. Do keep in mind that the version distributed by Disneynature in the US and Canada is twenty minutes shorter than the international version, which is the one I’d assume we saw.

Check out the official website of the film for more info. Enjoy!

Resolving the Mysteries of Gluten Free Flours

July 10, 2010

I just came across the best series of posts on gluten free flours at Amy Green’s Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free blog. It’s a four-part series, and it’s a quick read. Take a look at it if you’re confused about which is the best gluten-free or non-wheat flour to use.

Part One: Density
Explains the difference between lightweight, medium weight, and heavy weight flours and starches.

Part Two: Mixing Flours
How to create the best blend of gluten free flours depending on the type of recipe you’ll be making.

Part Three: Flour Flavors
A reminder that each flour has a different flavor, some stronger than others (you’ll remember that buckwheat didn’t go over well at all with A).

Part Four: Get Cookin’!
A great list of gluten free recipes from different blogs, according to type of flour.

Enjoy!

Feel Good Friday, 18th Edition

July 9, 2010

Here’s the info if you want to join in:

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog!  You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile.  Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness?  Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it?  Well then, what is your happy place?  What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation?  A childhood memory?  We want to know!

Step 2:
Head over here and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.  Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun.  Feel good.  Smile.

Then, start looking for all of the good things you can write about for next week!  Once you start looking for the “good”  you will find it everywhere!

Here goes…

This week, I discovered this great e-book project that’s being put together by Steven Roll at Travelojos, a Latin American travel blog. I sent an email asking for info, and now I’m on the list of participants! I’m really happy about the opportunity to participate in this project, and can’t wait to get started!

But…I only have about ten days or so to come up with a topic and write my post.

It’s funny, because I have a whole Moleskine full of topics for blog posts for Ecohotelology, and for this blog I have a collection of little scraps of paper with ideas. No shortage of ideas here! I just need to sit down and write.

But for this project, I’m a little nervous. What to write?

Steven sent me a a link to this fabulous post as an example. Inspiring, and I’m sure I can come up with a whole series of ideas as a result of my experience living in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Argentina, as well as all the time I’ve spent next door in Chile.

The question is, what to write about? For some reason, this is harder than facing a blank canvas in painting class.

What aspects of expat life or life in Latin America would you be interested in reading about? What stereotypes of LA life and/or business can you think of that may or may not be true, or what would you expect it to be like? What would you want to know?

Thanks in advance for helping out with this. I’m really having a block here. At the same time, I’m really excited about working on this project.

Happy weekend!

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