Monday, January 30, 2012

6 Pack For The Kitchen $10

The Husband and I had lunch last week at The Brady Tavern in Tulsa, OK.

The French Dip sandwich was hearty enough that we shared it and were perfectly satisfied. I'm always on the look out for a good French Dip and I will most certainly have this one again.

I loved the option on the dinner menu to send a 6 pack to the kitchen. What a great idea!


Have you been to The Brady Tavern? Did you send a 6 pack to the kitchen?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Check Out My Posts On Cindy's Cupboard

I've had two new posts Cindy's Cupboard this week and have a couple of more scheduled.

Click here to see the latest and greatest.

Be sure to follow the cupboard this week to remain in the know!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Glasses Are Cool!

My sweet 9 year old niece just got her first pair of reading glasses.
How cute is she? I love her so much.


We are cool girls who wear glasses!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Selling My Costume Jewelry

Behold, a selection of my jewelry from the late 1980's and early 1990's.


These pieces have been in a couple of small jewelry boxes, hidden away in a drawer in my nightstand. I put them there 9 years ago when we moved to this house and have not looked at them since. Prior to that move, I probably hadn't looked at or worn them for 6 or 7 years. 

As I looked at the necklaces, brooches or earrings, I vividly remembered which blouse, sweater or dress I wore with each. It was a walk down memory lane of my time in corporate America where the dress code was formal and I wore a suit, hose and heels every day.

One of the advantages to operating a booth in an antique mall is the opportunity to sell personal possessions you no longer use or love. I'm going to liberate this jewelry and allow someone else to love and wear it.

These pieces will be making their way to Cindy's Cupboard at Antique NV in a few days. 

Do you have jewelry that hasn't seen the light of day in years?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Google Friend Connect is Going Away

If you are a blog reader, you probably have seen posts about Google's decision to retire Google Friend Connect (GFC) for all non-Blogger sites as of March 1, 2012.

I've read various articles that recommend users of GFC remove it from their Blogger blogs, because of the concern that Google will ultimately retire the functionality even on Blogger blogs.

I've decided to remove GFC at the end of February. If you are one of my GFC friends and would like to continue receiving notification of my posts, you may subscribe via Feedburner or via e-mail. Both options are found on the right side bar of the Clipboard. 

Go ahead. Sign up now. Thanks so much!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NaBloPoMo Status - Part 2 (or is it 3?)

I've not been posting on my Clipboard this past week for NaBloPoMo.

Why?

I posted every day for the first half of the month, even though I didn't think some of the posts were the most entertaining or meaningful.

When I tried to write a funny or meaningful post after the middle of the month, I was stymied and the daily NaBloPoMo prompts did not inspire me.

DAGNABIT!

I think this failure highlights one of my personality faults.

DO NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO! (or write/talk about)

Yes, I signed up for the voluntary task to post once a day on my blog and I meant to fulfill that promise.

Truly.

I got busy with life and my booth and at the end of the day, I was too tired to write on the Clipboard. No excuse, I know, especially after I made a commitment.

I admire my bloggy friend, Jill of All Trades. Even when she thinks she doesn't have anything to say, she sits at the computer and types a stream of consciousness to create a post. I may have to try her approach. However, it could be scarier than my dream posts!

All of this is just to say that I will try to post every day until the end of January.

Promise.

If I don't, just know that I'm cranky. At my age, that's all the explanation required!

Monday, January 16, 2012

NaBloPoMo Status Report


So far, I've blogged every day this month. Yeah, me.

I know some of the posts haven't been too exciting, but that's my life - not too exciting!

I'll keep posting, if you will keep reading.

P.S. I posted over here also.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hard Work

Wow, I've worked all day long. Well, except for nap time!

What you ask, have I worked on so diligently? I attended several estate sales last week and purchased quite a bit of inventory for my booth. Those items, coupled with the cup & saucer collection I unpacked this week have kept me busy.

It is amazing the time it takes to "work" new merchandise. The process looks like this:

  1. search out inventory
  2. research values
  3. research current pricing
  4. clean and/or repair the item
  5. add item information to booth inventory spreadsheet
  6. create price tag
  7. photograph item for inventory & for blog and/or facebook
  8. attach price tags and pack for transport
  9. write blog post with photos
  10. transport items to booth and incorporate into existing stock, which typically means creating new displays
  11. photograph booth
  12. publish blog post
  13. upload photos to facebook 
  14. tweet about new blog and facebook posts
  15. plan next inventory shopping trip
  16. start at #1 above
No wonder I needed a nap today.

Tomorrow morning I will iron, photograph and price the linens I'm taking to the booth. I'll add the new stock and publish a new post on Cindy's Cupboard in the afternoon. 

Then, I'll probably take another nap!
 
What are you planning to do tomorrow?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

If You Don't Absolutely Love Something, Set it Free

This is my paternal Granny. Her name was Jewel. 
She passed away in mid 1970's.
She was a collector of cups and saucers.
I unpacked one box of the collection this week.
It has been packed away for years.
34 years to be exact.
Here's the proof.
None of us has room to display the entire collection.
My mom does have some sets displayed at her house.
My sister has a couple of sets at her house.
I'm going to pick out one or two sets.

The remainder of the cups and saucers will be offered for sale in my booth
It's a shame to have them packed away, with no one enjoying their beauty.
So, we are going to set them free.

Have you ever set something free that you inherited?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bad & Sad Donations

I was out and about today looking for stock for my booth.

I stopped in at the local Goodwill and this is what I found:

Baby's First Christmas Ceramic Booties
 Hannah and Chloe, I know where your 1st Christmas ornaments are.
Call me!
Why in the world would someone donate these ornaments?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dinner

The Husband made this for dinner tonight:

and

Is it wrong to eat a chicken dish on a rooster plate?


Covering him up with the potatoes made me feel better.

We recommend both of these recipes. They are delicious!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Piranha & Snakes In Your Bathroom Sink

Do you keep piranha or snakes in your bathroom sinks? In my dream last night, an old co-worker does.

She loaned me her condo in a big city (it felt like Chicago?) and in one of the two bathrooms, she had tropical fish in the bathtub, two piranha in one sink and one snake in the second sink. There was also a baby alligator in the cabinet underneath the sinks. She told me I had to use the bathroom with all the critters. I was, under no circumstances, to use the bathroom without critters.

She became very upset with me during a phone call while I was there, because she knew something was wrong with them. She could just "feel" it.

She could "feel" it because they were dead! Not the tropical fish, just the others.

I accidently killed the piranha by spilling shampoo in their water.

I not so accidently killed the snake by bopping it on the head when it lunged at me.

I don't know how I killed the baby alligator, I just know I put it in a shoe box in her closet. (Alligator shoes?!)

I drank ice tea last night. I went to bed early. The book I was reading did not contain any of the dream critters. It did, however, contain scorpions and was set in a darkly alternative Chicago. Did I convert the scorpions to the dream critters?

It's an adventure every night when I lay my head down to sleep!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Elementary School Pick Up

I picked up my nieces today from school. I've done it before, but the process never ceases to amaze me. You have to get there 30 minutes early to have a hope of snagging a parking place or a good spot in the pickup line.

Huh? A minimum of 30 minutes every day sitting in your car waiting for your kids? Seems frustrating to me, but my sister tells me that's when she has a few minutes for herself to check Facebook, read e-mails or surf the internet on her phone. Okay, that makes sense. Thirty quiet minutes for mommy or daddy (I saw several daddies) is a good thing.

Once the kiddies are in the car, then you have the long, long line of cars to join to exit the parking lot. Did I mention it was long?

The whole after school process is not like when I was young. Of course, we lived much closer to our elementary school and could walk back and forth between school and home.

When I'm in charge of picking up the girls, I enjoy our conversations on the way home. They can be either serious or silly, but they always give me a good peek into the workings of their little minds. I know this is time my sister values with her girls. I value it also.

I guess Aunt Cindy needs to do the after school pick up task more often!

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Elevator Pitch

I worked on my elevator pitch today.

What, you ask, is an elevator pitch? Click here to read all about it.

I've edited my pitch at least 10 times. I've read my pitch to The Husband twice. Tomorrow, I plan to edit the pitch one last time and practice my delivery.

Why, you ask, am I working on an elevator pitch?

I have an interview with a staffing agency at 11:00am on January 11th. One of the options they offer their registered job candidates is a video resume that is available to their clients. What a great opportunity to make a good impression with hiring managers so they will 1) want to read your resume and 2) speak to you in person.

On Wednesday, January 11th, I'll be able to honestly say, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Last of Christmas

What did you do this weekend? We celebrated Christmas again!

You know how it is when little nieces and nephews grow up, get married and have kids of their own? There just isn't enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas for everyone to get together. For the last few years, The Husband's family has gathered in early January to celebrate Christmas for the kids. This approach has worked out very well and no one is stressed about missing other family events. We also rotate the festivities between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, which further helps lessen the stress because we take turns hosting and folks don't have to travel every year.

Cousin Char came from Denver to join in the festivites. This year will always been known as the year she took a mis-step in the attic! Don' worry, only her pride and her bottom were bruised.
First, we had a little birthday magic for Kevin, who was a New Year's Eve baby. The Husband and I can never seem to get his card to him before or on his birthday!
We had a lovely dinner together and then got down to the business of Christmas. Baby Ella and Baby Lucye opened their presents separately from the other kids, who were outside playing in the gorgeous weather.
Once the other kids decided to come into the house, the next 30 minutes were full of fun and chaos.





We stayed with niece Tracy and nephew-in-law Tim one night and the second night we stayed with niece Mary and nephew-in-law Joel. They both have most excellent guest rooms and always have an open door for us. (Thank you!)

Sunday morning, Cousin Char fixed Blue & Gold sausage and gravy, over biscuits. Yum! 

The Husband confirmed for the twins that, so far in 2012, they are on Santa's nice list. 
And Cousin Char and The Husband helped the boys find hidden pictures in their new activities books.
While little LJ just sat around being cute with her daddy!
Our niece Tracy and nephew-in-law Tim were great hosts for this family gathering. Thanks guys! 

Who is going to host the next gathering in Tulsa? Bueller? Bueller?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ice Cubes Shaped Like States

I worked on my "Things To Do In 2012" this week and signed up with one of the local staffing agencies.

Depending on what type of position you are seeking, agencies administer skills tests to confirm your level of proficiency. No more do they believe people when they say, "Trust me. I can do the job."

I dreamed (yes, this is also a dream post) that I was asked to report to the agency office for testing. They gave me a large board with the outline of the United States drawn on it. I was then given 50 state shaped ice cubes and a tube of super glue. I had to glue the states onto the board in the proper position before the ice melted.

What?

I really need to purchase a dream interpretation book!

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'm Totally Taking Credit For this Post!

I wrote a post for Cindy's Cupboard, so I'm totally taking credit for it towards my goal of posting every day in January for NaBloPoMo!

Click here to read my post.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Who Wouldn't Want to Own This?

I've been out treasure hunting 
and purchased this album to sell in my booth.

It is © 1964.
 
For a sample of the music and lyrics, click here.


I'll post on the cupboard's blog when this gem is available!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marlboro Man is a Zombie

I've posted here a few times about my vivid dreams. Go to the right side bar and type "dreams" in the search box to read a few stories.

It is my custom to read blogs every night before I go to bed. The other night I read Pioneer Woman's "Chasing Sunsets" post and all I could think of while looking at the photos is the sunset looked like fire.

My dream started with me and a group of people at a function at Pioneer Woman's Lodge. As we looked over Oklahoma's Osage County from the Lodge deck, we saw fire in the distance. Marlboro Man and others left hurriedly to fight the fire.

In the blink of an eye, they were running up the slope towards the Lodge screaming, "Run, run! Zombies!" As we looked again over Osage County, we saw an army of zombies approaching rapidly.

People scrambled off the deck and started running away from the zombies. There was a barn in the distance and women were hearding the children toward the barn, with the men bringing up the rear of the crowd. Unfortunately, the zombies caught some of the men, Marlboro Man included. Once those men converted to zombies, they began chasing their human friends and families.

The humans were close to the barn and beginning to go inside, when the zombies caught up with the stragglers. Marlboro Man caught up with their sons (which, in my dream were older than their daughters) and converted them to zombies.

As the humans entered the barn, we saw it was set up for a party. There were round tables for 8 with tablecloths and place settings and a buffet table for food. The humans were herded through the party area and up a staircase to a loft. Everyone stood in the loft and watched as the zombies entered the barn. We thought for sure we were at the end, but a funny thing happened. The zombies sat down at the tables, as if they were the original party guests!

One of the humans yelled, "There's a back staircase. Let's leave while they are busy!" The humans raced down the stairs and across the pasture to the nearest small town. The last time I saw Pioneer Woman she was sheparding her two girls toward town. The End.

I've never met Pioneer Woman, hence I have never been to her Lodge.

I understand that reading her sunset post and viewing the photos could have made me think of prairie fires, because we had a lot of fires in 2011 in Oklahoma.

I understand that I could dream of zombies and barns, because I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead and their mid-season finale featured a barn full of zombies.

What I don't understand is how I could (or would) put Pioneer Woman and The Walking Dead in the same dream. Was the common link barns? Barns owned by the Drummonds and the barn on The Walking Dead? Why? I had not read anything about The Walking Dead or seen anything on TV about the show prior to retiring for the night.

I can only hope two things:
  1. I don't have this dream again.
  2. Pioneer Woman will forgive me. Or better yet, Marlboro Man will forgive me!
This is similiar to when I dreamed that Bradley Whitford lived under my bed.

Have you had any crazy dreams recently?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's Day Lunch/Dinner

My mom and The Sister and family came over
for lunch/dinner on New Year's Day.

My tablescape was very simple.


I used a very special type of centerpiece.


Dishes filled with food!


Doesn't it make you hungry?


Menu
Spiral Sliced Ham
Fresh Green Beans 
Black Eyed Peas
Deviled Eggs
The Husband's Salad
The B-i-L's Grandmother's Apple Strudel

* My mom found the Broccoli Cornbread recipe in People magazine.
It was a big hit with our family.

Resources

Tablecloth & Napkins: Estate Sale
Dishes: Taylor Smith Taylor "Reveille" - Estate Sale 
Glasses: Forest Green Boopie - Collected over many years
Silverplate: "Queen Bess" pattern - My grandmother's service 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Things to Do in 2012

I'm not a New Year's resolution person. Never have been, never will be. But...in 2012, I am going to strive for some improvements.

1. I started the 2011 Goodreads Reading challenge in June, 2011. I said I would read 50 books before year-end and I did not meet my goal. 2012 will be different. I can do it. I love to read, so there is nothing stopping me!

2. I'm going to eat more fruit. I like bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, and other things, we just don't buy them on a regular basis. 2012 will be the year of fruit for me.

3. I plan to double the revenues for my business, Cindy's Cupboard. I've kept detailed records on what has sold in the last 6 months and I will focus my efforts on finding more of the same inventory, all while researching current trends in collectibles and vintage items.

4. I will sign on with multiple contract agencies, seeking a long-term, interesting assignment that will utilize my organization skills.

Numbers 1 and 2 should be easy enough to accomplish.

Number 3 will be a lot harder than it sounds. Anyone who has worked as a buyer in a retail environment knows that to be true.

Number 4 will also be a challenge with the current job market. However, I'm confident someone out there will need me to help them get organized!

How about you? Have you thought about some things you would like to accomplish in 2012?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

To Be or Not To Be - My Blog

In 2009, I posted 247 times.

In 2010, I posted 235 times.

In 2011, I posted 163 times.

Wow. What happened in 2011?

The question is "Have I said everything I have to say?" I don't think so, but I need outside inspiration.

I've decided to participate in BlogHer's NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). It's a public committment to post every day on your blog for one month. If you are stumped for a daily topic, they provide writing prompts. I reserve the right to not use their suggestions for my posts. However, if I find myself without a topic for the day, I will do my best to follow their lead and create a post.

The theme for January is Beginnings.


Why don't you plan to visit me every day this month to see if I meet this challenge?