Feb 28, 2010

Sunday Funnies!

Hope your day is full of laughter!
xoxo Inge

Feb 26, 2010

I got to thinking about that warning label on the dressings aisle yesterday and I did some investigating on the web. Apparantly the balsamic vinegar is stored in containers that have lead. How much lead is anyone's guess. If you think about it everything can be dangerous whether you show up for work at Seaworld and drown or are hit by a car. Let's face it no one gets out of here alive. Are we going to worry about every little thing that can kill us or are we going to spend every minute on this earth having a wonderful time? I would rather be having a good time!

Have a fun day and don't forget to laugh out loud!

xoxo Inge

Feb 25, 2010

I went to the grocery store to buy some salad dressing today. When I got to the shelf that carries the brand I buy there was a large WARNING sign in front of the dressings. I did not have my reading glasses with me but after 5 minutes of squinting at the sign I figured out the warning was about the dressings containing balsamic vinegar, apparantly they can cause birth defects. If that's true why are they selling these dressings? A warning sign really doesn't cut it in my book.
Lucky for me my dressing is Tuscany Italian and so far no problems. (I'm rolling my eyes)

Then I was in the check out line and I was looking at the magazines. The headline on one of the fashion mags read that pretty is back! I didn't know it was out of fashion? What was in before? Ugly??? I mean really - who writes this stuff? What I would love to see is the headline to read Skinny out! Shapely in! Go ahead eat that sandwich!


Hope your day is fun! And don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 24, 2010

You never know who you will "fly" into on Twitter!

I am pretty new to this Twitter stuff. I only found out about it last year when Iran was clobbering it's citizens (again!) It was a way to find out what was happening there. Then... after awhile...I turned my focus on the move down south. When I think back on that whole thing #1 I am really proud of myself for taking myself out of my comfort zone and just going for it #2 Not panicking about being out of my comfort zone.

Lately, when I am not looking for work, I am cruising the internet (I know the correct term is surfing, but I prefer to cruise) I got back into Twitter on a more regular basis. I was linking some Abraham-Hicks videos to Twitter and suddenly I started meeting like-minded people. Who knew? Anyways there was one particular tweeter that contacted me and I just had to tweet back. It was the crown on her head that got my attention! If I had my way I would wear a crown everywhere. Why? Just because I think they are friggin fabulous! And really does a girl really need a reason to wear a crown? I pretty much feel the same way about wearing anything leapord... faux of course, silly! If you need a life coach or are just interested checking out her blog http://masterpeacecoaching.typepad.com/

Well, I did not hear back about that vegan restaurant job. Do you think he could smell the chicken I had for lunch on my breath? I'm guessing that had to be it. Oh, well... next!

Parking Space Thought for Today

and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 23, 2010

I went to Costa Mesa today to apply at Native Foods Cafe. It is a vegan restaurant located in a very "hip" mall that is unlike any mall I have ever been to. I'm sure if the owners knew I called it a mall they would be insulted. I got excited as soon as I arrived. The energy there was great! I am so not mainstream and I definitely realize it when I am around places like this, although it is ususally one shop among a zillion mainstream ones, not a string of like minded shops. I was able to get an interview right away which is great... it is a drag to fill out an application and have to keep coming back to check on it. Of course I was the oldest one again. I feel just as "hip" as the younger people who are also applying for a job. Can't they see how hip and young at heart I am? Well, maybe I don't look so hip when I first get out of bed but after a few stretches and coffee, I can run with the big dogs... ok... maybe fast walking.

Bought a birthday gift for Anna in here. They share retail space with Patagonia. I haven't seen one of those stores since I left S.F.

This tree is made out of some sort of metal

I would never thought to use a restored travel trailer as a shop. The plant shop was closed today. Darn it! I would have loved to snoop around that old Silverstream.

Owning my own motor home is definitely on my bucket list!

Beautiful succulent drought resistant plants.

I want another tattoo...

Hope your day is fun and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 19, 2010

I found this terrific shop when I was driving around Laguna Beach. There is something about a cottage style or Shabby Chic store that makes me go ga ga! The store was about to close so I was not able to snoop inside. Got their biz card and plan to go back soon.

If your in the neighborhood, you must check it out! http://www.cottagefurnishings.com/home.aspx
Hope your weekend is fun! and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 17, 2010

I went to Newport Beach today to check out a restaurant that was running an ad for servers. Since I have never been here (well, I drove through once last year) I decided to show up early and play tourist. As soon as I got off the 55 freeway and entered the town I could feel the energy change. Laid back beach tourist town... is how I would describe the place. I could just pack the family up and plop down here. There is something about living by the ocean that is... well... I can only describe it as ... ahhhh. I felt the same way when I lived in Miami. I can vividly remember one day I was washing my clothes at the neighborhood laundromat and while I was waiting for the clothes to finish I sat on the bench outside the laundromat and watched the boats go by on the estuary. It was absolute heaven!

Check out the Ingebird in a bikini!

Bicycles seem to be the preferred mode of transportation. There are mostof the street parking is metered, and I am guessing real estate is expensive and so are the monthly car parking lots.

I won't know if I made it to the second round of interviews until tomorrow afternoon, but I hope I do. It sure would be great to work in this environment everyday! The pictures I took are in a three block radius of the restaurant I applied to. I will keep my fingers crossed!
I also met this interesting woman who has an office in a garage of one of the buildings. She runs a non profit benefitting animals. Her site is called www.pawsoftheplanet.org She does some really good work for the welfare of animals, whether they walk, fly or swim.
Hope your day is fun and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Surfing definitely is a favorite sport around here!

Graffiti Newport Beach style!

Kid art for sale

Feb 16, 2010

Feb 14, 2010

I am trying something new. Blog advertising. I see some other blogs are doing it so I decided to try it out. Let me know what you think.
Hope your Valentine's Day is fun and if you are in between valentine sweethearts don't forget to take care of yourself. Doesn't a gift certificate for a massage sound like a wonderful, nurturing gift for yourself???
xoxo Don't forget to laugh out loud!

To My Favorite Valentine!

I just want to thank you for always being in my corner. You always encourage me and support any new ideas I come up with no matter how crazy they may sound. You tell me you love me every day. I am one lucky gal to have you in my life. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Feb 12, 2010

Weird thing happened at the Vons parking lot today (our local grocery store). I was about to get in my car when a well dressed man about my age approached me asking for money. Now he wasn't in a suit but nice button up shirt and khakis. He told me he and his wife were in a financial bind and could I help out with a couple of bucks. I asked him where his wife was and he said she is down the street. I tried to "read" him to figure out if he really needed help, but I just didn't know. I didn't have any cash on me anyway, so I told him no. Then I watched where he went. He went over to his car, a Toyota Camry, not brand new but not that old and quite clean. I drove slowly out of the parking lot and observed him approaching someone else.

I thought about this on the way home and I wondered what his story really was. I even felt a bit guilty. What if his story is true and he and his wife are down and out. Maybe she was asking for money down the street. I will never know.

After living in San Francisco several years and being conned out of money from individuals who seemed to need help has left me a bit skeptic. I really don't like feeling that way but I get pretty mad when I realize I have been had.

Hope your day is thought provoking and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 10, 2010

I am in awe of people who say they knew what they wanted to do with their life since they were a kid. I never contemplated anything like that. My days were spent pretty much wondering what I was going to do that day. Maybe if if I had been paying more attention to my future I would not have so much trouble with it now. I want to follow my passion and earn a living from that but the times I have attempted to go that way; like shop for antiques and collectibles and resell them... well, it just didn't pan out - financially speaking. I know that some say there is more to success than money but the guy I give my rent money to each month will beg to differ.
I am visualizing myself getting paid lots of money and see myself getting hired but so far nothing has really materialized. I really don't know what my perfect job is... well I can day dream about what I would like it to be, but in order for that to manifest itself will require money and lots of it. I have read plenty of books that say follow your dream and start your dream business but don't quit your day job until it becomes financially stable. Right now I want a job that pays me enough money to pay my expenses and allows me the extra time to research my dream job, oh, and how about a healthy work environment where the company does not work it's emloyees to death. I am doing everything I am supposed to be doing. I am keeping my part of the deal; visualizing, vision board, meditating, gratitude journal, applying for jobs online and in person, even cold calling. I am more than ready for the universe to keep its part of the deal. I know patience is a virtue but I live in a world that wants to be paid and on time. I am ready for that job. RIGHT NOW!
Hope your day is spent at a job that you love and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 7, 2010

The days are flying by. I could use a few more hours to get the things done I would like to accomplish. I start my day meditating, focusing on my breath, then breakfast (toast and coffee) I am so predictable... then writing in my gratitude journal. Next checking craigslist for new jobs and of surfing around looking for anything inspiring, connections, omens. I came across something interesting written by Steve Jobs... remember him? I have to admit I was surprised to see that he could write something so open and vulnerable but here it is

Then I did some more surfing and found a blog called http://www.thechangeblog.com/. There are contributing writers on the blog and I found a quote from Byrnne Betz that I found interesting:

"The law of attraction tells us that ‘like attracts like’. If we honk our horns in anger, we create anger in others and should expect another horn, literally or figuratively, to be blown back in our direction. What we exude will return to us. If something inside us calls us to change our paths, to honor our hearts in a new way, and if we choose to listen, the net has no choice but to appear, for we will attract it, we will create that which we need. The challenge comes in letting the energy of this wise, heart-centered aspect of our deepest Selves flow through us so thoroughly that we don’t miss what sits before our eyes. In order to be used, the treasures we have attracted to help us on our paths must first be seen."

I am still working on trying to figure out the difference between my intuition and my ego just throwing in its 2 cents. I am hoping I will find some clarity on this.

I have also decided to stop watching the news. I used to be a news junkie. CNN is my drug of choice and the similar news agencies on cable. I have come to the conclusion that ALL the news stations are in the business of scaring the masses and therefore keeping everyone of us in our assigned stations. They show the world as a scary place (they know how to blow a simple news event completely out of proportion) and show endless suffering night after night. When they are not engaging in that - the cable news channels seem to try to one up each other with insults and pissing contests. They have all become sensationalists and opinionated while parading around that they are journalists and just reporting the news. Many seem to become spokespersons for the political party they like best. I find it disgusting and I will not watch them anymore.

There just isn't enough hours in the day and I am really examining how I want to use the limited time I have. Hope you are finding enough time to do the things you love! and don't forget to laugh out loud! xoxo Inge

Feb 4, 2010

I went to the unemployment office today to see if I could meet with a job counselor and get any leads on restaurant jobs. What a waste of time that was. I basically signed in at the front desk, was handed a couple of books that introduced me to their office and was shown where the computers were so I could look up jobs. Well, to be fair I got to sign up for an account with CalJobs, which is really just an online job search, which I can access from any computer. I can also post my resume. I was hoping for a bit more. Alot of other people there were checking on their unemployment check status. I won't go back there anytime soon.

I will just keep on doing what I am doing which is pound the pavement and look for work the old fashioned way. Remember when that was the only way to look for work. No computers. No internet. No facebook. How did we ever survive????? I wish we would go back to the way things were. Posting resumes and applying for jobs on the internet is so impersonal. There is no room to elaborate on why we feel we are qualified for the job, that is if you are looking for work on a company website. Just click on the box - yes or no. Have you been on any of the company sites that have a 50 question psychological survey to go along with the application? Those really drive me nuts!

Tomorrow is a new day and for new possibilities!

Hope your day is fun and don't forget to laugh out loud!

xoxo Inge

Feb 3, 2010

Went to the job interview yesterday and I think it went ok. I was told there were lots of people who applied and if I get a call next week I get to come back and be looked over by the G.M. We shall see...

Meanwhile, I am meditating, visualizing and asking my guide for help. I really only have been out of work since January 14th but it feels like months already. I am listening to the little voice in my head... (the good one) who suggests places for me to check out but so far when I show up to those places I don't understand why I am there. Then the other voice (the bad one) who reminds me I am a knucklehead for listening to the other one.
Tomorrow is a new day! With new possibilities!
Hope your day is full of adventure and possibilities and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge

Feb 1, 2010

I have a job interview tomorrow!!! I put in an application at this particular restaurant last week. I found the job posting on craigslist and when I got there lots of people were applying... young people. When I left I figured I didn't have a chance for a call back....BUT I got a call back and I interview tomorrow...
Hope your day is juicy and don't forget to laugh out loud!
xoxo Inge
I'm taking my lunch break from job hunting. I watch inspiring videos and look for any new job postings while I eat. I found this one on Lilou Mace's blog
Hope your day is juicy! xoxo Inge