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Look into My Fridge

Posted in Friends, get your house in order, Girlfriends, Goal setting / list making, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by Carole Hicks
I want to see the inside of your fridge.

I want to see the inside of your fridge.

I have a strange obsession with seeing inside other people’s refrigerators. I’ve always known this but it really became apparent last week at a dinner party in a friends’ home. While we were talking, she opened her fridge and I could not focus on anything she was saying because I was fascinated with seeing inside her frig.

Having said that, I am deeply ashamed at how filthy I have let mine become. I have this weird worry thing that if I die unexpectedly (versus a planned death LOL) my friends and relatives will be in my home going through things and say things like “wow, check out this moldy container of yogurt in Carole’s frig…she always seemed to be so organized…she sure fooled me!”

Anyhoo, the worries/fears got the best of me and I cleaned it out today. Well, almost. I still have to do the drawers and side shelves. But I’ve made huge progress.

Please invite me to your house to see inside your frig, or just sent me a pic. Thank you.

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Fun, Funky, Fabulous — FRIDAY! BlogTalkRadio today at 2:00 pm EST

Posted in Blissdom 2009, Friends, Girlfriends, twitter on February 27, 2009 by Carole Hicks
The Super-fabulous SUGARjones

The Super-fabulous SUGARjones

Having fun, fabulous girlfriends like Debba and SugarJones help me keep my chaotic life “in order.” Life can be stressful. Can I get an amen? To destressitize myself, I love nothing more than just chatting it up with some friends who really know how to make me laugh. Just as an fyi, people ask about the “value” of Twitter. I met SugarJones on Twitter and then in person at Blissdom09. How’s THAT for value!

The three of us will be gabbing and getting nostalgic about Blissdom09 today on BlogHer radio at 2:00 p.m. EST. For info on tuning in to the show, visit Debba’s website.

I’d rather be wearing Bunny Slippers

Posted in Friends, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by Carole Hicks
I heart bunny slippers

I heart bunny slippers

THIS POST IS PART CONFESSION AND PART GOAL-SETTING:

I have a bizzillion pairs of shoes and boots. I am not bragging, just sayin. I probably only wear 30-40% of the shoes/boots I own. I swear that someday, yes someday soon, I shall have a shoe/closet purge — just like I did with my clothing recently — and keep only what I truly need/want so that someone else can benefit from them.

I’ve gotta say though, my fav shoes are my bunny slippers. My bunny slippers represent (to me, at least) working from my home office. At present, I probably spend 1/3 of my work time working from my home office but the rest of the time, I can be found in my car or in a high school classroom recruiting kids to the college I work for.

But truly, deeply and really, I aim to someday work from home all the time while wearing my bunny slippers.

What kind of shoes would YOU be wearing if you had YOUR dream job?

“Closet Sitting” – My Definition of an EXTREMELY good/great Girlfriend

Posted in Friends, Girlfriends, Goal setting / list making, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , on February 17, 2009 by Carole Hicks

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I can’t wait to tell Debba about this on the girlfriendology radio show next week! This is one of the BEST girlfriend stories ever!

I’ve been dreading and putting off forever, going through my closets and pitching what doesn’t fit, or anything I haven’t worn in a year or so. I CAN’T STAND TO DO IT ALONE! Perhaps I’m undisciplined or perhaps I think it’s a social sport. Here’s the story of what transpired TODAY!:

– I begged my neighbor/friend to come over and sit on the bed while I went through my clothes piece by piece.

– What an angel. She came over today, the exact day I asked her to.

– To me, this is nothing less than a miracle.

– I am relieved, and happy and about 50 pounds lighter of clothes I don’t want anymore.

– And, best of all, out of the discarded items, I was able to deliver a gorgeous coat to my very pregnant girlfriend. I had bought years ago at Henri Bendel (a very upscale store in Columbus). I bought it on sale, even though it was too big for me. I knew it would be a PERFECT FIT – and it was!

So here’s a tip from WANNA-BE organizer. Beg your girlfriend to come over and sit while you go through your stuff. It is a lot easier to do with moral support.

If you leave a comment below and set a target date to accomplish this, I’ll keep on ya until you get it done. To me, getting up the nerve to ask someone to sit while I do this was the hard part. The easy part was throwing stuff out in piles!! Next stop: Salvation Army.
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Debba Haupert – Girlfriendology

Posted in Friends, Girlfriends, SEO, twitter with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Carole Hicks
Girlfriendology Debba Haupert

Girlfriendology Debba Haupert

It is late and I’m tired but I have a write a few words to say what a great time I had meeting Debba Haupert from Girlfriendology.com today. We talked about so many kewl things. Debba and I are both PK’s and we love technology, marketing, social media, studying trends and did I really just say social media (oh no I guess I drank the kool-aid!).

She gave me a valuable SEO tip which I’ve heard before but never seem to actually put into action. Include outward bound links to other sites. The SEO robots, cookies, spiders or whatever they’re called, really like links. Debba is such a great girlfriend. You really should check out her website. It is bursting with girlfriend goodness!

Debba, if you are reading this you must still be laughing at funny I must have looked trying to figure out where the heck the camera function is on my new phone. Oh yes, I do so love technology but I’m truly so technically-challenged.

Christmas Eve

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, Family, Friends, Home / Husband / Married Life with tags , , , on December 30, 2008 by Carole Hicks

This photo on Christmas Eve represents a very special moment in time for me.  This Christmas is not my year to “have my daughters” with me and so on these every-other-year holidays, I often wonder how I am going to handle it…and, of course, I pray and ask God for strength to make it through.  Our dear friends, Liz & Johan, invited us this year to spend Christmas Eve with them at their home.  Liz’s sister, Amy, and her family were there as well as Liz’ friend Theresa and her family…so the house was FILLED with kids, laughter, noise, great food and fun.

Early in the evening, I began to ask the families to pose in front of the tree so that I could then give them some group photos.  Amy kindly asked if Darryl and I would like to have a photo with just us in front of the tree…I was thrilled!  So, D and I plopped down on the floor for our photo.  Suddenly, as if a giant magnet was turned on, some of the kids rushed into the picture and surrounded us (as you see here).  The parents in the room began pulling the kids off us and telling them to leave us alone so that we could get a shot without anyone else in it.  I thought to myself “are you kidding, this is wonderful!” and I told the parents to let them stay…and this is why you see this giant smile on my face.  My own kids couldn’t be with me this year, but THE GREAT PROVIDER landed some kids on my lap, even if only temporary…then again, kids are always temporary anyway…they always grow up.

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Mission Work within our church Family — yardwork day at Janet’s house

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, Friends on November 27, 2008 by Carole Hicks

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