Hey All! I decided to give my website an updated look, since the other one was just a bit…uninteresting. I have some exciting news coming, including an ebook that I authored and hope to have published on Amazon this year!! Stay tuned, as I will be sure to keep everyone update on its publish date. Best Regards,
I was recently given the *awesome* opportunity to build a website for my husband’s hockey league: The XHL. If you want to check it out now, here is the link: http://xhlhockey.net. I also made it available on my website portfolio. Remember – if you or someone you know needs a website, please feel free to contact me at anytime! Thanks again,
As some of you may see, I have a profile on Upwork, a freelancing site for all kinds of work endeavors. I have been pretty lucky to have worked with a variety of outstanding clients on this freelance platform….until recently. When a job came up for writing about coffee (literally, that’s what it said…) I was so excited about it. I immediately wrote one heck of a proposal and sent it their way. Two or three days later I get a response to my proposal, asking about my rates and explaining to me what they were looking for (very generic). I gave them my rates and told them that I would be very excited for this opportunity. I should have just sipped my coffee and never applied…. The original job post mentioned one article (we agreed on that) that was to be between 1,000 – 1,100 words. His goal was for it to be about coffee brewing techniques. Awesome, I was ready to get writing. Seven hours and nine pages of work later….. After he read my first draft, the client said “You don’t understand what I’m looking for”, so he sent me an article to review. He then tells me he actually wants the article to be closer to 3,000 words and for it to be formatted like the article he provided. Fine….all of this AFTER I said yes to a contract for $15 ($12 after Upwork fees) for a 1,000 word article. But hey…I am happy to oblige. I read the article he provided, researched coffee brewing and mirrored that article with my own style. I sent it in on Tuesday (after I fought off the death flu). On Friday morning, he sends me a message that says, “You don’t understand this topic. I am afraid I will have to cancel the contract. I have wasted too much time.” However, he did mention that he would be happy to work with me again on a topic that I will have to research and know more about (wth????). I just replied with, “I am sorry to hear that. I apologize that I couldn’t deliver what you were looking for.” I just hope he cancels the contract without payment so he doesn’t leave me a shady review. I will forego my $12 bucks for the sake of not having a bad review from a terrible client (good riddance). Now, I totally understand that sometimes you don’t hit it off with a client. He only gave me direction AFTER I sent in my first article, and then he went on to change what he was looking for once I “happily” accepted. Oh by the way, if you look up coffee brewing techniques, they are totally the same ones that I mentioned in my NINE page article. Here is what I am posing to my fellow readers…please look over what I’ve done and let me know how I could improve. Even if he had any decent critique, aside from “You don’t know this topic”, I don’t want to hear it from him. Please feel free to email me or leave me comments about what I could improve on with this piece. I do look for valuable feedback, but I won’t settle for it from someone who screwed me over. Here is the link to my article – Click here. Happy reading!!
I have had the privilege of owning a Chihuahua for over a decade. I feel in love with her right away when I saw one was for sale at our local pet store. Chihuahua seem to hit a popularity boom when the movie, “Legally Blonde” came out and everyone wanted to be carrying a little dog their purse. I talked my mom into going and looking at her, as I knew that should would fall in love too. We got her the next day and named her “Parker.” Over the years, I gave her a nickname that has stuck (Che-Bee: the beige one), and I often found myself calling her that over her given name. I loved having a Chihuahua, but I know that not everyone is a small dog person. Here are a few good and bad things that I have learned from owning this little dog: Chihuahuas are cuddly. If you become “their person” they will have no problem sleeping with you at night or resting beside you during a nap. They bark, but not ridiculously. I loved being able to pick them up and take them places with ease. I didn’t have to break my back getting them in the car if I decided to take our dog on a quick errand to town. The grooming was pretty minimal, as we got a short-haired chihuahua that didn’t require too much brushing. I loved that there were little poops, and for the most part, our dog was pretty easy to train. Finally, she is a pretty good family (with older children) dog. She loves those who she sees the most of (and who also give her the most treats). Owning a chihuahua is not for everyone though. I would not recommend one with very young children. Chihuahuas like more leisure and relaxation. Children can be energetic and busy; Chihuahuas have no interest in playing with them or fetching a toy that is thrown their way. Kids and chihuahuas are a mix that I personally would not do.They can get under your feet, and because they can be tiny, you may find yourself tripping over them. This is minor, but something to note if you are thinking of getting one. If my Chihuahua had to choose between sleeping or coming down to greet me when I got home, I think she would choose to sleep. They are much more independent dogs, and any love they show they seem to do when ‘they’ want to do it. It’s all about them sometimes…not you. To summarize, I recommend a Chihuahua for any family with older kids, a couple or just a singleton that needs a little buddy to take around town. They can be little love bugs, and if you find the right one, you soon realize that their heart is much bigger than their size.
Second Post in my Dog Lovers Series: (Min Pin/Chihuahua Mix)
A dog who may be small, but whose heart is notOur little mixed breed is one of the greatest joys that I have known in life. My mom rescued “Malibu” our Min Pin/Chihuahua mix (Pictured left with the pink harness) in California in July 2010. There was an abundance of small dogs in the shelters in California, due to the little dog craze that breed more dogs than proper owners. When my mom brought her home she was my little buddy from day one. Malibu or “Boo” as we call her, is lovable and sweet. I am not sure if I relate that to her being rescued, or to the breeds, but she loves to be around her family. She is very tiny, both in weight and height. Malibu was leashed trained, so she is a great walking buddy. I could take her in my car with ease, and it didn’t take too long to potty train her. Unfortunately, she wasn’t trained so great in that department when my mom rescued her, but she caught on right away once we worked with her. Malibu is a lap dog and will curl up right beside you for an afternoon nap. However, I could never get her comfortable in a bag or purse (dang it, “Legally Blonde” for setting that expectation up). The one thing that I didn’t mind, but many people do not like is Malibu’s desire to lick. I use to say that she had some frog in her because her tongue is always out trying to lick someone. I just think that she has so much love to share, that she can’t help but want to show it through her ‘kisses.’ Our chihuahua doesn’t lick like that, so I don’t think that’s the Chihuahua in her. Malibu is pretty warm to most people, even strangers or people she sees here and there. However, her heart and loyalty is to her family and those she lives with. Kids are at the bottom of the barrel for people that Malibu likes. I took her to the park one time for a work event, and many of my co-worker’s kids wanted to hold her. I had to leave early because I could tell that their energy and inquisitiveness was not something that Malibu enjoyed. If you have very young children, I do not recommend a Chihuahua or Min/Pin for your family. Grooming is very easy since she is short haired. We bathed her every so many weeks, as she got that dog smell or odor if we didn’t keep up. All in all, this mix of mini breeds was a great addition to our family. They have big hearts and lots of love to share. I wouldn’t bring a small pup into your family if you have small children because they may not understand how fragile those dogs can be. If you want a lot of love and a walking buddy that won’t walk you, then adding a mini-mutt may be the best decision you can make – it was for my family.
This post is part of a series in understanding why it’s important to have a companion that will never let you down.Since I feel as though I write a lot about the same things, I thought that I would share some insight on another topic that is close to my heart – pets (specifically dogs). These articles will be a series of blog posts about the dogs that I have owned. I will share some of my knowledge and experience on the breeds that I have had the pleasure of raising. Hopefully you will come away a little more understanding for what owning a certain type of dog entails. **PLEASE NOTE – This is just my opinion based on experience. For any health related information or questions, always talk to a knowledgeable breeder or veterinarian.**
Shelties – A Dog That Will Always Have a Place in Your HeartI grew up with Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) since I was about 14. The first one we had was a wonderful dog that made even my husband (not the biggest dog lover) fall in love with her. When we got married we decided to get our own Sheltie (Layla Rose – Pictured). She has been the best decision that we could have made. If you are seriously considering adding on to your family here a few good, and not-so-good, things about the breed that I have come to find: Shelties are lifelong companions that will nuzzle a place into your heart immediately. They are very easy to potty train, as they are eager to please their owner. Want to teach them a new trick? No problem – these dogs catch on very quick and both Shelties I own/owned knew how to fetch on their own. They are good with children, but are very cautious with them as well. Both dogs were great with other pets, and our current one even plays with our cat. I have found that Shelties also listen to you very closely. They will stay by your side and not let you venture to far out of their sight (They are like Velcro sometimes). Once fully trained, Shelties are a great addition to any family that will welcome them. As for the cons of having them, there only a few that may deter one from getting a sheltie. They have a lot of energy, and some very interesting idiosyncrasies because of it. Our first sheltie ran endless circles in our house (the herding instinct), and our current one chases shadows on the wall, floor, etc. She also has a fetish for our hose, and loves to be sprayed by it. Her barking can be excessive and quite loud. She has a normal bark, but sometimes she lets out a high-pitched one that can bring you to your knees. You don’t hear it often, but when you do it can be a little deafening. Grooming for this breed is what you make of it. We get ours groomed every four months professionally as she does have a lot of hair. We like to get our Sheltie shaved down pretty good going into the summer months. She loses so much hair, so this cuts down on shedding and it grows back in very nice. I find that once you open arms to this breed, you will have to hard time getting anything else. If you want a dog that is loyal, loving, energetic and smart then a Sheltie is the dog for you.