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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Shopping Without Dropping

I need some new work clothes, and especially shoes. I’ve quite literally worn holes in two of my go-to pairs: one pair of black ankle booties, and one pair of Kenneth Cole Reaction ballet flats. This is the time for deals, when stores want to put out their enticing new spring line and they have to mark down the old stuff. However, I am always so chilly that I’ll still wear the cool weather gear through April at least. My laziness today is why there are only links, no images. http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=8557890020002&cid=49526 http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10850228&cp=4078198.4335463 http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=29333&categoryId=3364&pCategoryId=null&productVariantId=230659&quantity=1&itemGUID=1015bda3c0a8656e00880088a1c0c43d&sizeType=Regular&color=Strawberry%20Red&size=M http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=29762&categoryId=3364&pCategoryId=null&productVariantId=233732&quantity=1&itemGUID=100e0953c0a8656e0088008891fdde6a&sizeType=Regular&color=Lunar%20Grey&size=M http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/brandswomen/212collection/PRD~781263/212+Collection+Floral+Mesh+Top.jsp (in red) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/career/sweaters/PRD~692111/Apt+9+Ribbed+Sweater+Set.jsp (in red or lavender) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~680515/Apt+9+CableKnit+Flyaway+Cardigan.jsp (dark gray) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~739288/Simply+Vera+Vera+Wang+MockLayer+Cardigan.jsp (in hot pink!) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~699337/Croft+and+Barrow+CableKnit+Cardigan.jsp (in light blue) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/tops/shirtsblouses/PRD~766140/axcess+Medallion+Mesh+Top.jsp (in blue) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/tops/shirtsblouses/PRD~723984/Apt+9+Floral+Sublimation+Top.jsp http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/dresses/trends/partydresses/PRD~720403/Suite+7+Asymmetrical+Tiered+Taffeta+Dress.jsp (in blue) For my fancy party in March! Wow, I really need to go ahead and quit there. I have virtually spend probably $200-400 just there, I am sure. I’ll sit on that list and probably get a few things next week. I am going to Charlotte this weekend for a few cases of Three Buck Chuck for the aforementioned fancy party, an obligatory Ikea trip, and a stop by a fabric emporium that my quilting enthusiast road trip buddy wants to stop by. Just FYI, Charles Shaw Shiraz is fantastic. The pinot grigio is hit or miss for me, depending on my mood, but that Shiraz always hits the spot....

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Dreaming About Doing It My Way

I have always had an entrepreneurial streak in me since I was a kid. Around age eight, my friend Katie and I were obsessed with making beaded necklaces. We made endless amounts of them, even going so far as to take apart other necklaces when we ran out of beads and made new ones from the remnants. One day we realized that we were getting overwhelmed with beaded necklaces, more than we could fathom to ever wear. Our moms were tired of the constant “presents” and we decided that clearly, we needed to sell these bad boys. They would certainly fetch top dollar in the right market, so we went with a street fair approach to begin with, quite literally. We hauled our wares out to the side of the busy street that I lived on and jumped up and down with our signs that said HAND MADE JEWELRY FOR SALE! and yelled the same thing. When our first customer pulled over to see what our sign said, we got excited, but kept our distance as not to scare him away. I remember the young guy rolling down his window, leaning out the window and lifting his sunglasses to squint at our sign. “Man, I thought ya’ll were doing a car wash or somethin,” he said and peeled off. My dad came running out of the front door to...

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Pinking About Something

If you came home from a weekend away to find your significant other had painted your front door hot pink… or sky blue… would you be pleasantly surprised or mad? (Photo credit: www.akmasters.com) (image removed, will replace with a more cropped version) But imagine that the white screen door was replaced with a clear glass Energy Star certified door with a white frame. Or maybe a black frame. Either way, just imagine that you can see the entire front door in an awesome hot pink, or sky blue, or possible a deep teal color. I just can’t decide if the husband will be irritated at a hot pink door. Blue, I think he could handle, but… hot pink. I love hot pink. He knows this. I am working on priming it now so pics to come… whichever way I go!   Update on 2/2/11: He still hasn’t noticed the hot pink door. What can I say, when he finally does notice it, at least I’ll be able to say, “Well, it must not be that bad, it took you X days to realize it was hot...

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Point, Shoot, Throw

Since when are point and shoot cameras considered “kind of disposable”? My orange Olympus Stylus 830 that my husband got me in October of 2007 won’t work anymore because the xD card reader got screwed up from particles scratching the reader. Then he recommended that I just buy a new camera, because it would be easier and cheaper than getting the current one repaired. He said that point and shoots aren’t made to last very long, and they What?? That makes me mad on so many levels. That is one of the the problems with the world today, that technology can and should be replaced instead of repaired. I can’t say that I am helping, being that I wanted a camera that worked, and I wanted it sooner than later, but still. I do plan to contact my husband’s friends that own a camera shop in town and ask them if they would look at my camera and see if they could repair it for a decent price, then I’ll either keep it as a backup, resell it, or give it to my mom to use to take pictures of her dogs. While not reducing, it is reusing, so I can still sleep at night, knowing that I’m not killing the Earth too much more because of my camera dilemma. The red one pictured above is the one that...

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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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