The Last Weekend Of February Was Well Travelled

It seems like I was all over town this weekend! Friday found me pretty antsy at work towards the end of the day. I think I was starting to get on the nerves of one of my favorite co-workers, but I think she forgives me unconditionally! I started getting the idea into the husband’s head that we needed a date night, so I gave him a selection of places: Cellar on Greene, Mojito’s, Rosso, or Travania. He went with Mojito’s, which was an excellent choice, I’d been wanting to try them for a while now. It’s almost easy to miss Mojito’s, the only way you’d know it was there on Gervais is from the blue and green Christmas lights outlining the windows. It’s next to zpizza, between Park and Assembly if you need a little more directional guidance. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived at 7, but it was hopping very shortly after, which is why I only have two pictures from our dining experience. Husband got a Cuban beer, but noticed something odd about it. The flash had to be right on the words, but it says IMPORTED FROM HOLLAND. That makes me doubt it’s authenticity, but he said it was good beer anyway. I got the vegetarian plate, which consisted of rice and beans (beautifully presentation for a simple meal!), a yucca, and sweet plantains. I...

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Managing The Office Paper Flow: Part 1, Mail & Catalogs

As an office manager, I am responsible for the daily incoming mail deluge. When I started this position in September, the stack of mail consisted mostly of catalogs and sales post cards. To add to the problem, most of the catalogs were mailed to multiple people in the office, most of whom didn’t even work here anymore. It makes me cringe to think of how many of these catalogs were needlessly printed, mailed, then tossed out; even though my office does recycle paper. I made it my mission to reduce the amount of paper flowing into our office, beginning with the first week that I was here. To implement a paper reduction strategy in your own office, begin by holding on to the daily mail that you already receive. Distribute what’s necessary to the appropriate people, but hold all mail that is addressed to people no longer employed with the company to assess. Send out an email to all current staff members letting them know that you are working on reducing the daily paper flow and want to make sure that only what is relevant and useful gets to them. Making people feel like their time is important will encourage them to cooperate with you more at this point in the process. Once people start returning unwanted mail (preferably with a note so that it’s clear that it is...

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It’s Far Too Easy To Buy Things Online

I bought this domain today before I went on my lunch break and feel exhilarated to finally have a .com of my very own, and also angry at the fact that websiting is a lot more involved than I ever thought! How did the Internet ever get this far? I swear I was able to handle HTML back in 1998, what happened?! Until I get a grip on things, the posts may not be as frequent, or things may look out of whack, just me taking the time to get used to this higher level of the ball...

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Antiques, Thrift & No Bubble Tea in the CWC

Saturday had the makings of a perfect, leisurely day spent mostly outside in some form or fashion. I had great plans to spend the day in the Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) area, not venturing more than a mile and a half or so from home base. I stopped by Melrose Antique’s at almost the corner of Meeting and 9th streets in West Columbia because I had been meaning to for a few years. It is a nice little shop, converted from an older home and you can tell from the outside that there are probably some pretty cool things inside. I was immediately greeted upon entrance to the shop, and made a loop through the house. Though I didn’t make any purchases, I saw some cute, reasonably priced things. These are what caught my eye: Part of a set of candleholders. It looks like a taper candle will fit in the hats that these cute little doggies are holding out for you. They are pretty heavy, to offset the weight of a lit candle, I assume. Priced at $35, they were cute, but not that cute for me today. I have a joke with my mom regarding corn accessories. She has corn shaped plates, corn shaped corn holders, a corn shaped brush to brush the silk off of fresh corn, and God knows what else relating to corn. Making fun...

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Trader Joe’s Swiss Beer Cheese Fondue Trip Report

This was a Valentine’s day dinner for my husband and myself. I grabbed it from Trader Joe’s in Charlotte the Saturday before V-Day, because my love is a fan of both beer and cheese. The preparation is insanely simple: Cut packet, dump in pot, stir in the suggested spices, garlic, nutmeg, or pepper. You can use a crock pot to heat your cheese, or a real fondue set, or a double boiler, but I didn’t want to get the baby crock pot out of the attic; we don’t have a fondue set, and I was being too lazy for a double boiler! I went with a light sprinkle of garlic powder as my flavoring agent and set the eye on the stove to medium so that it would have plenty of time to melt while I prepped the vegetables, fruit and bread we were going to use as dippers. The dippers were red bell pepper strips, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, green apple slices, and French bread cut into bite sized hunks. Pretzels were supposed to be included too, but I forgot them in the pantry, oops! By the time I was done with the slicing and dicing, the cheese way delicious and melty. I called my husband inside from his man cave and we dug into the cheesy goodness. The downside to eating the fondue right out of the...

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In Which I Describe My Dream Job*

I want to have my hands dirty with words and creativity and gooey ideas that haven’t yet been completely thought through. I want to be respected as an innovator that comes up with some “weird stuff” that people later look at and go “yeah, yeah, that works!”I enjoy the smudge of ink on my hands after I thumb through a final draft of a publication I’ve worked on. I keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand because I’ll wake up from a cold sleep and have something that I’ve got to finish thinking through, but know myself well enough that I write it down or it will flutter out of my ears in my sleep, and fly out of my window like a quiet little bird. I can’t remember anything that I don’t write down and keep multiple lists on me at all times. If reading made you gain weight, I would have to be airlifted out of my home. I take in information and ideas that span from celebrity gossip to how to poach an egg to the best ways to invest in real estate. Magazines are stacked up in my bathroom, novels are a fixture by the bed. My Google Reader has posts in the triple digits daily, and I take in just about every word in each of those posts as something I might need...

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Electronics Recycling in the Midlands

E-Recycling (also known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE, which is a much better name!) is coming to the attention of the cities and counties in South Carolina much more frequently now, as there is somewhere within 20 miles to recycle your electronic waste at least once every month or two. Some e-waste drop off locations require you to show proof of residency in that particular city or county, so please make sure that you have the proper documentation before you load a truck full of old monitors! Your local city or county website is a good place to start to find out where to cart your compu-trash, as well as Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Sustainable Midlands. Mark these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to clear out your husband’s collection of computers from the late nineties and feel the temptation to just put them out on the curb just to get them out of sight! The Best Buy in Lexington, SC  (and other Best Buys in the country, I am sure) do e-waste recycling, but check their website for restrictions. I recently took two old computer towers to the Best Buy in Lexington, and got them inside only to be told that the hard drives were still in but that they would be happy to remove them for $30....

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Tasty Tuesday!

I thought I would join in on Tasty Tuesday from Marjorie at Blogging Butter! She is sharing a delicious treat that has Rolos in it, which is really making me want to run to the drug store and get a roll! I am going to share a savory recipe that I got from my mom: Pineapple Mango Salsa Ingredients •1 fresh ripe pineapple •1 ripe mango •½ cup red cabbage •½ small red onion, peeled •¼ c cilantro, chopped •2 T fresh lime juice •½ to 1 habenero chili** Directions Cut all pieces into small segments, combine in bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving, keeps up to 2 days. **Be smart and use latex gloves when handling these, and don’t come crying to me when your eyes swell shut. Ta da! That’s all, just some chopping and chilling out before you’re scooping this up in your mouth with tortilla chips! I recommend the Tostito Scoops to get the maximum amount of salsa in your...

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Shopping Charlotte on A Saturday

This past Saturday my friend Emily and I loaded up into her Tahoe and trekked up to Charlotte, NC for a day of shopping in the magical wonderland stores that we do not have in Columbia. Our itinerary included Mary Jo’s  Cloth Store in Gastonia, which was overwhelming with fabric. We both stopped in our tracks at the door and gaped, but not for long, because I tore through the rows and rows and rows of fabric for the bathroom after the hour and a half drive up. Emily quilts and was looking to see what kind of fabrics they had for some custom order quilts she is going to make soon. My favorite aisle was the vegetable, fruits and snacks aisle. There were FOUR DIFFERENT typed of onion print fabric. Garlic, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and curly fry fabric which is pictured below. Who would need curly fry print fabric? What would you make with this? I want Emily to make me a vegetable soup quilt, but she politely told me to forget it. Then it was on to Ikea, which I have no pictures of, but I do have pictures of some of my finds farther down. Ikea wasn’t terribly crowded for a Saturday, which was pleasant. We made it through it about an hour, believe it or not. By then we were hungry, so we loaded up...

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A Reverse Resume

To relax from my exciting day in Charlotte (post + pics coming once my husband comes home and gives me the card reader back), I am staying in for the night and reading blogs and the 20sb forums. I came across Elysa’s website, Genpink, and let me just say, ten posts in and I just love her style. I came across this guest post titled Refresh Your Resume: Four Alternative Resumes to Invigorate Your Job Search and it really got me to thinking about my resume. It’s your standard education, 3 most relevant jobs, professional groups/activities/awards Microsoft Word published document. Her advice is to try a video resume, or a slideshow resume, neither of which would work for me as they would feel awkward. Especially the video resume. I feel like the incarnation of the word derp when I have a video camera trained on me. A creative portfolio might work… if I had an impressive collection of work to show off, which I do not really have, and the few unrelated press releases and flyers I’ve done doesn’t even impress me. However, the Reverse Resume really caught my attention because it breaks all the rules of regular resumes. No bullet points, no centered name and firstandlastnameonly@email.com addresses! Just a chance to be real and say exactly what you WANT from you next job, not squeezing yourself into what...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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