Monday, October 30, 2006

All the Shelley Michels
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sweet 16

NOTE: This post was originally written on October 12, 2006. I found it in my list of drafts here on Blogger, so I thought I would publish it. My baby is now about to turn 18 in just a few months!!

Today, my baby turned 16! Where did the time go? I can hardly believe that’s she really 16 years old.

Michael and I gave her a suit for her birthday, but she had to pick it out. So today, we went shopping along with the Woodis gals. Laikyn hobbled along and we drove to each store at the mall to help her stay off her feet as much as possible. You see, a horse kicked her several days ago in both knees. We had her go online last night to do some preliminary shopping to decide which stores to go to. She finally found something she liked at the last store we went to - Kohl’s.

We went to Wal-Mart to get a birthday cake and they just happened to have one with a plastic decoration on it that said “Sweet 16.” It was so pretty and they added her name in a pretty pale pink color.

She wanted to go to Olive Garden for supper and it was absolutely wonderful there. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and we all had leftovers to bring home. That was our first visit to our new Olive Garden which opened in July.

After supper, we all came to our house and watched Annapolis. Halfway through the movie, we stopped and had the cake and some punch. The Woodis daughters spent the night with the girls. Even though everyone could tell Laikyn wasn’t feeling her best because of her knees, we all still had a good time together. As we were all sitting around the table at Olive Garden, I couldn’t help thinking how blessed we are to have the Woodis Bunch in our lives. We were like one big family sitting around the table enjoying the good food and each other’s company, celebrating the beginning of Laikyn’s 17th year. Amazing!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Learning Transcribing

I have recently started taking a transcriber class. I listened to the first class call last night. I have some homework to do, which will include practicing transcribing a previous call and brushing up on grammar. Even though I just listened to the call last night, it actually took place last Thursday and I did some practice transcribing last week. At first it was a little overwhelming, but I practiced again last night after listening to the call and it was a little more comfortable. The company offering the class is owned by an acquaintance of ours who lives just north of us in Tennessee. She owns Internet Transcribers (I.T.), which is the company I will be trying to get a job with after I finish the class in 3 weeks. I will be able to work here at home and bring in extra money. The class instructor works for I.T. and is a homeschooling mother like me. As an example, last week she took four transcribing jobs over a four-day period and earned about $250, while running her household and teaching her children and all the responsibilities that go with that. In other words, she was able to do all the normal stuff of her life and still bring in $250 over a four-day period. Previously she was managing I.T. until it became a full time job because of the company’s growth. She couldn’t do that and still be a homeschooling mom, so she went back to transcribing only. Transcribers who work for I.T. are able to decide how much or how little they want to work. I also have the option of working on my own and getting my own clients, but I want to start off working for I.T. Then if I decide to branch out on my own later, I can. I think it is something I will enjoy doing, and the neat part about transcribing for I.T. is that the majority of what gets transcribed is audio from business seminars, so you are learning business without having to pay to go to the seminars—you actually get paid for listening and transcribing! I.T. just recently lost one of their transcribers because she learned so much from listening to the business tapes, she’s opened her own internet business.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday is Errand Day

Today is errand day. I think L has decided to stay home, though, so it will just be K & me doing the shopping and errands. I’ve done my calisthenics this morning already, but haven’t ridden the bike yet. We usually leave about 10 and it’s 9 now. I guess I should get on the bike and start! I usually go right from the calisthenics to the bike, but this morning I ate in between and while I was eating, I decided to check my e-mail and blogs, and.....