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Congratulations to the Newest P&G Manager {In the Family Room}

Congratulations to the HubsToday the hubs is officially a manager at Proctor & Gamble.  And the kids and I couldn’t be prouder of him and his accomplishments.

When the hubs and I got out of the Army 15 years ago, we didn’t know what we were going to do or how we were going to support ourselves, the only thing we knew was that our family had to stay together.  We decided to move to the hub’s hometown in Pennsylvania.  He’ll dispute this factoid but our intended term was for a period of no more than 5 years; we’ve been here for 15 years

At the time, I was pregnant with baby number 4.   We also had 11~month~old twins as well a 2~year~old at home, so working outside of the home was not in the cards for me.  The hubs suggested that I go back to school and finish my degree, which I did ~ I ended up getting my master’s in American History and Library and Information Science.  The hubs, on the other hand, took jobs whenever and wherever he could.  I remember watching him work on the icy roof of a home in the winter and thinking Please God, do not let me become a widow

God answered my prayers and the hubs was hired at P&G on 6 January 1997 (our 4th child was born a day later).  From the moment he was hired, the hubs started setting goals.  He’s always been that way, making lists of things he wants to accomplish, creating 5~year, 10~year and 15~year plans.  His early goals were to get promoted rapidly through the technician ranks and he did.  He became the first black Tech 5 and Tech 6 at the Mehoopany plant in its 45 year history.  Tech 6 is the highest level you can reach at the plant unless you’re a manager.

Almost immediately, the hubs set his sights on becoming a manager.  He learned the various jobs assigned to him, accepted every task (big and small that was handed to him, even the ones that caused me him to lose sleep at night) and allowed nothing to deter him from his goal.  So after 14½ years of hard work, dedication, frustration, excitement and a whole host of other emotions, the hubs has realized his dream.  He has joined the ranks of a select few and is officially a tech to manager promotee effective today.

As part of the promotion, the family and I will be relocating to Missouri where the hubs will begin a new phase in his career with P&G.

Although we don’t say it often, we want you to know that we not only recognize all of your dedication and hard work but we acknowledge the sacrifices you made to support us.  Congratulations on your promotion to manager, Tony! The kids and I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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Crazy Days of Summer: Light

Crazy Days of Summer: Light

A picture I snapped of my husband as he was walking through an underpass.  Quite possibly one of my favorites…

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

Two years ago, our best friends were married at the beach. The bride was playing in the water at the end of the ceremony when I snapped this picture…

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

This was taken in Texas a few years back.  I’m a librarian, so it’s only natural that I would find a bar called “The Library”.

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

This was also taken at the beach.  The water and sky were so blue, so perfect.  They were almost indistinguishable…

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi oflive and love…out loud.  It will run from 3 June to 26 August and is open to everyone. Each Friday (posts will go live at 12:01 AM) participants are encouraged to share their favorite images inspired by the weekly theme.

The themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

The themes for July are:

Week 5:  1 July ~ Light
Week 6: 8 July ~ Patriotism

To participate:

  • Please share your photos with others by linking directly to your Crazy Days of Summer blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream. Feel free to share your photos in the Crazy Days of Summer Flickr Group as well.
  • The linky will remain open from 12:00am Friday – 11:59pm Wednesday.
  • Make a few new friends by visiting and commenting on the previous entry in the linky list.

Each Thursday, a few of Alicia’s and Kristi’s favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and live and love… out loud.

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Today I Said “Good~Bye”

Harry K. Miller LibraryI remember how nervous I was when I first went to the campus for my interview.  I wasn’t sure what to expect ~ would everyone be nice, would it be one of those stuffy interviews where everyone asks questions and no one smiles or would it be relaxed and informal.  I went in prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.  It was better than I expected and by the end of the day I had a job offer.

That was almost ten months ago.  Today I had to say good~bye.  Have you ever met someone and thought Wow, I can’t believe we just click like this?  Well, that’s how it was with my co~workers and me.  From the first day I stepped into the library until today when I took my last step out of the library, I felt as if I belonged.  How many people can say that they truly enjoyed working with everyone in their office?

We’ve made all the promises to keep in touch.  Exchanged email.  Friended each other on Facebook.  I hope the connection remains and I hope whoever sits at my desk on Monday morning realizes what an incredible group of people he or she is about to encounter.

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What I Wore Wednesday #13 and Real Momma, Real Style

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

This is my last week of work so I know I’m going to need these challenges more than ever now.  Last time I was a SAHM my wardrobe consisted mostly of the hub’s t~shirts, my own baggy sweats and flip flops.  My hair was always up in a knot on the top of my head.  And I rarely wore makeup.  In fact, when I started my job at Keystone College I made a big production out of tossing my sweats, but I promise you, those things are like Gremlins, they multiply when they come in contact with water and funk.

Wednesday ~ Hanging Out

What I Wore Wednesday

Camisole ~ Kmart
Tank ~ Hanes Men’s T~Shirts, Kmart
Cardigan, Watch ~ Target
Skirt ~ Freebie
Gold Hoops ~ QVC
Necklace ~ Can’t Remember
Bag ~ Coach

Saturday ~ Just Chillin

What I Wore Saturday

Tank ~ Hanes Men’s T~Shirts, Kmart
Skirt, Sandals ~ Dollar General (yes!)
Flower Pin ~ Handmade by Me

Monday ~ Glam Librarian

What I Wore Monday
Tunic ~ Target
Necklace ~ I can’t remember
Flower Pins ~ Michael’s Craft Store
Watch ~ Kmart

Tuesday ~ Stereotypical Librarian

What I Wore Tuesday
Cardigan, Camisole ~ Target
T~Shirt, Watch ~ Kmart
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Flower Pin ~ Handmade by Me

And, um, yeah, my mirror totally needs cleaning.  Yikes!

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style.

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

What article of clothing of yours do you think your family would burn if given the chance?

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10 Books in 10 Weeks: A Summer Reading Challenge

I’m almost certain PBG over at Dirty Pretty Thangs didn’t mean for her post, 10 Books in 10 Weeks:  Our Summer Reading Challenge to become a challenge beyond her own household but it did.  I’m joining her for 10 Books in 10 Weeks, which began for her on 20 June and will end on Labor Day.  Since I’m a couple of days late ain’t that always the case with me? I’ma start the challenge just as soon as I get home from work today and go from there.

My four choices for 28 June to 20 July are:

Group 1 Books

My four choices for 21 July to 21 August are:

10 Books 10 Weeks Group 2

My two choices for 22 August to Labor Day are:

10 Books 10 Weeks Group 3

I will, of course, post reviews as I finish reading them.

What types of books do you read?  Have you ever joined a reading challenge?  How did you make out?

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