End of July

There’s been a lot going on a Casa de Kelly but nothing big enough to warrant its own post. So here’s the hodgepodge of randomness that’s kept me on my toes these last few weeks of July.

One morning as I tried to wet my toothbrush in the bathroom I came face to eyeballs with Aragog. Now, I’m no fan of spiders (unless they’re killing mosquitos) but good lord, I especially don’t like them hanging right where I reach every morning usually without thinking.

I brushed my teeth in the other bathroom but despite the urge to give up my bathroom I grabbed some windex and drowned Aragog in a blue puddle. Bathroom is mine.

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My parents vacationed in Hawaii this past week and as the designed dog sitter, I had some extra pups. Which was fun, but also not. Four dogs means twice as much time feeding, watering and playing. There are more snacks to be distributed, play fighting to break up and LOTS more barking when I’m on a conference call. And when I’m on a conference call the pups favorite position is on my lap.

Not easy to balance. And when it’s time for bed there were four dogs fighting for the right to sleep closest to my head. Which meant one dog on each side, another by my feet or lying across my legs and the smallest one, Chase, sleeping on the pillow behind my head. Usually with his head on my shoulder.

I didn’t sleep well this last week.

But now that the pups are back home and my dogs are in a constant state of snooze after all that playing it’s time for me to clean the carpets after half a dozen spills.

And Jackson decided to eat watermelon rinds from the trash can on my new carpet.

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Saturday I decided to rearrange all the furniture in my living room since the dogs were using this chair to gain access to the kitchen counter:

I didn’t change the overall layout to this very weird room but I did move some things to the office. Next up to rearrange: the office!

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In the midst of dog sitting my aunt came to town and then needed a place to stay. So in between work and freelancing I cleaned up the guest room for her stay. She’s back home now but it was certainly different to come home and play hostess instead of getting straight to work.

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And finally, speaking of work, I’ve picked up a freelance job as an online community manager. I’m the liaison between members of the community and the staff, specializing in communication through a variety of mediums. It’s a ton of fun, challenging, entertaining and intellectually stimulating. In between ‘just getting by’ jobs and ‘I’m slightly more specialized than a highly trained monkey’ jobs I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to be challenged and be appreciated for doing good work.

Working in this community has also shown me how many amazing people there are who I want to get to know better and work with now.

A friend of mine shared an interesting podcast that I listened to today and I wanted to share this challenge. How do you bring value to those around you? And do others appreciate that value? At my full time job I can clearly outline all the ways I bring value to my organization. But they fail to value that contribution beyond a (very low) salary. There’s a distinct lack of appreciation in the organization which devalues the work of the employees.

In contrast, I have personal relationships that work extremely well because both individuals contribute value and appreciate value the other one brings.  Whether that’s the best place to go fishing on the lake, business ideas, coupon sharing, or just friendship – how do you bring value to those around you? Anyone who has attended high school probably recognizes that there are toxic people in the world. Thankfully it’s a big world and with 6 billion people in it I can afford to fire some friends. In a Facebook world it’s easy to go for quantity over quality but please resist.

As I’m working to continually challenge myself to be a better person I consciously step away from negative people, debbie downers, stuck in a rut-ers, flakes, and fair weather friends. Also most of the people who make an ultrasound pic their Facebook profile pic. That’s just creepy.

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