Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Busy week ahead turns crazy!

So on Saturday I posted that my week was going to be busy...but it was a self-fulfilling prophecy that now I regret!! A few quick highlights of how this week is shaping up...

7 am Sunday morning we get woke up by the police. Our friend Franck has flipped and totaled his car on his way home from the night shift and is being delivered at our doorstep while his car is being hauled away. Thankfully he was not hurt- nor hurt anyone else but that means we are now his chauffer.

Monday- my laptop at work keeps freezing

Tuesday- my laptop dies completely

Only positive thing that has happened so far is a phenomenal yoga class at my gym Monday night. Yes- I do Yoga. It probably is inline with my voting for Barack Obama. The right wing liberal that I am now. Meditating and voting for a Democrat. They probably go hand in hand...

Pray that my Wednesday is a better day. Because I am on an airplane from Cleveland to Philadelphia- Philadelphia to DC- DC Metro to my hotel. And I HATE public transportation. Something bad always happens to me on Public Transportation. "Hard to be Hot"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Busy Week Ahead

It is Saturday afternoon and I am out running errands. Our home computer is down so I decided to spend some quality time at the library and check my e-mail. :) I went to Akron this afternoon and waited in line for an hour to vote. From what I hear that is not a horrible wait but for living in a civalized nation there has got to be a better and more efficient way for people to vote! We can file our taxes online...why can't we vote online in the privacy of our own homes?

I was herded like cattle with at least 200+ other people while we waited for 4 workers to shout our names into the crowd for our ballot. I waited for 45 minutes to try and hear my name called...has no one heard of microphones? Seriously...

Anyway..the deed has been done. I voted for Barack Obama!

The week ahead should be great. I leave Wednesday afternoon for a CPSC conference in Washington DC. I am really looking forward to traveling and also the conference. It directly relates to my job so it will be invaluable information. There is so much changing in the Toy Industry that it is hard to keep up.

Anyway..that is the Saturday afternoon news flash for Mary Agbovi..
Over and Out

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Ending

It is Wednesday already and I am back to work...but I did have to let you know that my vacation had a happy ending. We awoke on Sunday, had a nice breakfast and while getting ready for church made the decision to go to Niagara Falls for the night!! I quickly got on the internet, booked our hotel, threw some clothes in my gym bag and we were off.

We had a great time!!! Both of us had never been there specifically or anywhere in Canada. My favorite part was our two mile run Monday morning down to the falls. The mist blowing in my face and hair, a brisk 50 degrees outside...it was invigorating!

There is so much to do and see at the Falls that we can't wait to go back...a perfect little weekend getaway. A sincere public thanks to my hubby for taking pity on my boredom! We had a great weekend together..

Saturday, October 18, 2008


So just in case you all are on the edge of your seats...waiting to hear how my vacation is going- I thought I owed my blog audience an update.
Here it is- I have done absolutley nothing worth blogging about. :) I guess if I thought about it..that would probably be my ideal vacation. I mean who needs the hassle of airplanes, romantic beaches, shopping, pedicures and fancy dinners. Totally over rated.
It is much better to use your days off for sleeping!

So I write this blog this morning still in my PJ's- a peppermint mocha coffee that I made myself in my hand. My husband is off to work with a great breakfast in his tummy and a packed lunch in his hand.

I leave you with a thought for my next blog. What is Normal?

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. - Ellen Goodman

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Home Business

We are stuck....that was what we decided yesterday while driving home from the gym. Emmanuel and I are talented, educated and passionate about life. Yet we can't seem to funnel that into something productive and lucrative.

We need to start our own business....we have awesome people skills, organizational leadership. But what to do?? This is our big question!!

Some of the top ideas
  1. Importing coconut and marketing a toasted snack from an African recipe
  2. Creating a training program for small business - or consulting
  3. Just having a lot of kids to keep us busy and occupied
Life is a journey so what is the next step??

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Let the Vacation Begin

Today starts 10 days off of work. What am I going to do you ask?? I HAVE NO IDEA!! Haha...
As the week progresses I will let you know if anything cool transpires. Right now it is looking like a lot of reading, sleeping, movies, yoga and gym time. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Death by Suburbia???

I have isolated a problem. I have a bad attitude. Is there such a thing as "Death by Subrbia"? What is your initial reaction to a title such as that?

This is the topic of our Sunday School class. We are reading a book with this title and from the minute I heard it...it has rubbed me the wrong way. Hopefully I am alone in this...hopefully my background and the filter with which I view the world, life and my relationship with God makes me singular in my contempt.

Suburbia is by definition = a residential area outside the city center.

Culturally I guess we all have a picture in our mind when we think of the suburbs... Starbucks, Suv's, Cute houses, kids running in the streets, book clubs, yard sales.... Sounds like a scary place to me!

Trying to keep an open mind...I began reading the book. I figured if I was going to have an opinion...it should at least be an educated one. I got to page two and closed it...I just can't bring myself to do it... Every barb at suburban life was like a knife in my heart.

Maybe the reason is this. I love the suburbs. It is safe.... It is what I have prayed for, put myself through college for, moved 2000 miles for... I see the suburbs as an answer to prayer and a gift from God. Finally I have my own yard, finally I have my own cute little house, it will be my kids soon running through the sprinklers.

Does this make me less dependant on God? I guess maybe it could...if my heart was not so full of gratitude for what He has done in my life.

Nothing too important

I am LOVING my new job....there is something about my title that just brought a real peace to my heart. Like finally..I may actually be doing what I went to school to do. Not fully...but closer than I have ever been.
I am getting teased at work because of it's length! But I didn't pick it so personally I think it is too long also.

Manager of Regulatory Compliance & Consumer Incidents

A mouthful right? "Turn over business card for rest of title".

At our cubicles we each have a name plate...we were encouraged to put something clever under our names so if you think of anything let me know.

The view from my new desk is GORGEOUS also... I have a panoramic view out the front of the building. The grass is always landscaped and the trees are turning colors right now. We went running last night down at the lake to get the benefits of this autumn season. :) Life is good today.