May

02

Posted by : Becca | On : May 2, 2009

…but I haven’t been posting lately because I’ve been ill. Pneumonia, to be specific, and it’s been more than a month that I’ve been sick. So I will be posting again – I promise! I just need to get lots of rest and get better. I’m just glad it’s not swine flu!

Sep

14

Posted by : Becca | On : September 14, 2008

Brilliant. Just hilarious. Doesn’t matter what your political views are…this is just flat out funny. Enjoy!

Sep

01

Posted by : Becca | On : September 1, 2008

Yes, I’ve been out of the loop for a week because of the DNC. I was working events and on my feet a TON. By chance I ended up, at the last minute, with credentials to get into Invesco Field for the last night of the convention and Obama’s speech. I’ll say right now I’m still an undecided voter, but I left the evening with renewed pride in our country. I’m so grateful to live in the United States of America.

So…getting into the event. I left for work early Thursday morning expecting to go home in the afternoon and watch the event on television. The event I was working was a roundtable then a luncheon with Madeline Albright. Turns out the event host possibly had extra credentials for the event at Invesco and told those of us who were interested to head down to the tour busses after the luncheon to see if any were available.

I closed out my event, got everyone out of the ballroom, punched out and tried to figure out what to do. I was already exhausted and knew it was a slim chance to get in anyway. I almost just went home. After some texting with my husband, I discovered he had credentials to get in. He was at home and exhausted, having gotten up at 6:30am Wednesday, ran camera all day, came home Wednesday evening, slept for three hours, then went BACK to Invesco at 1:00AM to set up for Thursday’s event. He worked all night long and into the afternoon and was looking forward to getting some rest. But yanno what…this is history in the making. This is once in a lifetime. When he texted me that he had credentials to get in, I texted back one word: GO.

So at about 3:00pm Thursday, I headed to the end of the complex to the tour busses. Met up with a co-worker who was trying to get credentials too. We just looked at each other and said “well, I guess we’re in this together!” There were a bunch of people waiting by the busses to see if they could get credentials too. It wasn’t looking good. Then at 3:14, one of the group coordinators came to where we were standing and yelled “the busses are moving in ONE minute. You need to be ON a bus to get credentials to the event!” Doug and I looked at each other and went for the bus, hoping to find empty seats. We got on and found two seats together and hoped for the best. As the bus started moving, a woman started passing out the credentials. There were enough for everyone on the bus.

I then called my mom and told her what was going on. Oh, and asked her to go to my house and get my kids and take care of them for the evening. Grandmas rock. Just sayin’.

The bus made it’s way through the crowded Denver streets over to Invesco Field. Now this wasn’t just a regular shuttle. This was a bus with special digintaries from foreign countries and other “folks of importance” so we got past the mass of humanity waiting hours to get inside the stadium to a secured area, parked the bus and made it into the staduim in a matter of minutes. What luck! Only problem was…the bus wasn’t returning to the complex after the event. It was returning the dignitaries to their hotels in Boulder and out by the airport. It’s a long walk from Invesco back into Downtown Denver. Oh well…who couldn’t use some extra exercise?

I was able to meet up with my husband once we made it inside and we enjoyed the evening together. Saw John Legend, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder. Al Gore spoke. Obama’s speech was really good. I’m curious to see just *how he plans to accomplish everything he talked about.

It’s finally all over, the delegates and tourists have left town and I’m recovering. My husband is also recovering from extremely long hours and hard work. He was part of the crew for many events throughout the week. He ran camera for several roundtable sessions, helped set up the press booths for NBC and others at the Pepsi Center and Invesco. Here’s a picture of some of the booths he help set up at Invesco:


Here is a photo of the south stands at Invesco with John Legend performing on the jumbotron:


Here is a picture taken towards the end of the event:


And the fireworks going off at the very end. It was amazing!!


What a night. I’m so glad I didn’t just go home to watch it on TV.

Oh, and here’s some video I took with my little digital camera. I’m not a professional videographer, so don’t pick on my camera shots, ok?

Aug

18

Posted by : Becca | On : August 18, 2008

Yes! The kids go back to school this week. This means getting more of my time back! It’s been a great summer and now it’s time to get back on a normal schedule and spend more time working from home. I’ll be doing more blogging for sure. I also just landed another web design project I’ll be starting on soon.

During my kidless week while they were on vacation with the grandfolks I did manage to get some good work done. Got their rooms in semi-order and did some work on the dreaded basement project. The play I produced is closing this coming weekend and I’ve managed to get hoodwinked into producing the next show for the company as well. Yikes.

Some of the best news is that (don’t laugh) it is almost caroling season!! Very soon I’ll be rehearsing again with the Original Dickens Carolers and getting ready to spread merriment and joy throughout the upcoming holiday season. That’s a project that gives me so much joy every year. I can hardly believe I get paid to do it! I’ll also continue working on their web site, which is a lot of fun for me to do.

It’s going to be a productive Fall here!

Aug

09

Posted by : Becca | On : August 9, 2008

Yep. The kids are leaving for a vacation with the grandparents tomorrow. It was a very last-minute plan but it’s happening. A week. A whole entire kid-free week. I can barely comprehend the idea. We’ve never had that long without the kids here. So I’ve been mulling over ideas of what to do with all this time. I’ll be working half-days during the week, but this leaves me a LOT of “extra” time on my hands. My husband will likely be working mega-overtime so I get to live that dream that I see so many women talk about on message boards…time just for me!

There will be Starbucks involved, no doubt. Catching up on my reading a little. Here’s the thing, though…I just came up from the basement. Oy. It hit me like a ton of bricks down there. You see, I come from a long line of pack-rats. This is NOT a good thing. Combine pack-rat with procrastination and I tell you what…that adds up to, oh, about four years worth of “I’ll get to that next week” sitting in my basement. I’ll confess my dirty little secret. At work I manage to be organized and get everything done. At home…well, that’s a different story. Paperwork is the bane of my existence. I let it pile up and then ohmygoshsomeonescomingoverandmyhouseisamess. ::::whoosh:::: the papers get piled in a box and stuck in the basement. I’ll get to it next week. HA. I can guarantee you that there are random papers from the kids’ Wednesday folders from second grade down there. They’re starting sixth and seventh grade in just over a week. This is a problem.

So I decided that “next week” really IS next week. With no kids to distract me I can and WILL finally start to tackle some of these tasks that have been piling up for all too long. I’m going to need trash bags. LOTS of trash bags. I swear, I’m the poster child for the reason places like The Container Store exist. Now I just need to write down a plan for the week and stick to it. If I don’t, it won’t get done. If I don’t I’ll just go down to the basement, look around, get completely overwhelmed and decide that ice cream and Oprah sounds better. I’m gonna put on my iPod and get to work. Maybe I’ll even tackle the kids’ rooms while they’re gone!

What would YOU do with an entire kidless week?

Jul

20

Posted by : Becca | On : July 20, 2008

I received this note from a dear friend today. I am so very lucky that my children have been blessed with excellent health. Several of my friends have children facing diabetes. Together we can all make a difference – please read this letter and watch the video. Make a donation if you can. Juvenile diabetes radically alters the lives of the kids who have it and they need all the help we can give them to find a cure!

Dear Friends, Family, and Neighbors,

On February 18th, 2008 everything changed for our family. Our middle daughter, Hanna, was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) Diabetes. She will be dependent on insulin for the rest of her life. We had become aware that something was just not right with her, but having Hanna diagnosed with a life-long, life threatening chronic disease was a shock. We were more shocked to find out that she was the 4th child diagnosed at her school this year.
Hanna’s body no longer produces insulin so we replace it by giving her 2-5 shots a day. She must prick her finger 6-8 times a day to test her blood sugar. We hope for a number between 70 and 150. If her number is consistently above 150, Hanna could suffer the long term complications of diabetes such as blindness, heart and kidney disease, amputations and a shorter life span. A number below 70 is even more frightening, Hanna’s numbers can drop quickly and we must be vigilant to avoid her becoming unconscious, leading to coma and death.
We are not looking for your pity. Hanna is doing well right now, she is healthy and happy, loves to play with her friends, swim, and read. She faces every day with a spirit of courage and hope. Our goal is to keep her as healthy as possible. We could use your support. We will be walking in the annual walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on September 28th, 2008. The walk is held in the morning at Rentschler Field in East Hartford . The JDRF is actively seeking a cure for diabetes, more then 85% of the funds raised go directly into research and research related education.

There are two ways you can make a difference in Hanna’s life and the lives of other children living with diabetes.

* Join Team Hanna and walk with us on September 28th. Collect pledges from your family and friends and bring them the morning of the walk. Free registration is at JDRF.ORG, select the East Hartford walk and then select Team Hanna from the drop down menu under Choose Team.

* If you can’t walk with us, you can still support our Team. Simply log onto JDRF.ORG and click donate under walk central. Type Hanna Rosenfield and Team Hanna in the box and your donation will go to our team. You can also mail donations to us at our home address. Please make checks out to the JDRF and we will deliver them the morning of the walk.

The walk itself promises to be lots of fun with a breakfast provided by Stop and Shop and an autograph session with Jim Calhoun and the UConn men’s basketball team. The walk will be done by noon. We are designing a fun team T-shirt that we will have for anyone who registers by September 1st. Thank you so much for your support, we are hopeful someday with the research done by the JDRF, Hanna will be able20to say “I USED to have diabetes.”

Jul

09

Posted by : Becca | On : July 9, 2008

I was catching up on some blog reading today and came across this post and its related comments. It really got me thinking and musing. So here comes the musing…

Balancing parenting with work can be…no, IS tricky. Penelope Trunk‘s assessment of “mommy porn” is spot on. I think she is right when she says that “I’m telling you this: people are not being honest about what it’s like to be with kids. People are scared to admit that they would rather be at work than with their kids, because work is easier than parenting.” But it’s even more than that. It’s because of self-imposed (and sometimes society-imposed) guilt. Mommies aren’t supposed to want to be away from their kids. That’s what the rabid SAHMs would tell you anyway.

I’ll tell the truth: I love being a parent. I also love just being “me.” Being me means doing things that don’t include my kids. Do I love being with my kids? Sure I do. Do I want to be with them all day, every day to the exclusion of all else? No way. I’m not scared to say that. It’s honest and it’s who I am. I am more than a mother. The challenge is that becoming a mother many times means putting other things like work or hobbies on the back burner sometimes.

Since my first child was born almost thirteen years ago I have made many different choices when it comes to work and hobbies. For the first few years I stayed home. At one point it might have been fair to say I was a hard-core SAHM and couldn’t imagine why anyone in the world would ever make a different choice than to stay home full time. Then I got a clue. Being a mother doesn’t mean you have to spend every moment of every day focusing on your children. Some people may do just that. It may even work for them. It doesn’t work for me and, darn it, that doesn’t make me less of a good mother. Since that time I’ve worked full time outside the home, full time at home, part time outside the home, part time at home depending on what worked best at the time.

I need to work, I want to work. I need to play, I want to play. And frankly, I want it all on my terms which means sometimes my kids and sometimes my employers need to take a back seat. I’m not going to apologize for that. My kids are at that age where having more money for more “stuff” would probably be pretty cool to them. Well, if that happens on my terms – great. I won’t sacrifice my personal peace so they can have designer clothes and more video games. Thrift stores and used game stores have the same stuff at less than half the cost. That will have to be good enough. I’m not above reminding them of the “starving children in China” like my mom used to do. Mother of the Year…that’s me. LOL

Let’s look at some basics when it comes to this whole “have to work” vs. “want to work” thing. I think it is fair to say that the *average* American family struggles to make ends meet. We can talk about downsizing our lifestyle and making different choices until we’re blue in the face but the fact is that having a lifestyle that’s halfway decent in this country costs a lot. The average American isn’t a mid-level manager making $100k plus a year. The median family income in 2005 was just over $56k. Take out that big chunk for taxes and what the average family has left to work with just isn’t all that spectacular.

Wouldn’t it be just ducky if working were truly a choice? The need for many mothers to work is undeniable. Problem is, many mothers don’t currently have the earning capability for it to make a huge financial difference for their family. Ever tried to pay for full time daycare on fast food wages? I haven’t, but I assure you it’s not a pretty sight. It’s reality for many women though. Those who are lucky enough to have decent earning capacities have more options open to them. Still, this whole “having it all” thing is kind of a crock. No one “has it all” all of the time. No matter what you have to do or choose to do, it’s exhausting and sometimes emotionally taxing.

I just spent 8 weeks rehearsing and performing a show that took time away from my family. Did I feel bad when my kids said “mom, can we do XYZ on Saturday?” and I said “sorry, I have rehearsal”? A little. I do feel bad when I deny a perfectly reasonable request from my kids. Bad enough to not do something that feeds my soul? Hell no. Bad enough to stay up way too late working and doing homework so that I’d have time on Tuesday to do XYZ with the kids? Yep. And that’s exhausting. I don’t know how I’d do it if I was working full time right now. Let’s toss a little more guilt into the mix now because frankly, we’d be much better off if I were working full time. Wanna know why I’m not working full time? I don’t think “having it all” is worth the price I’d pay physically and emotionally right now, and I’ll be honest and say that it really doesn’t have all that much to do with my kids. Sure, what’s best for the kids comes into play in our major decisions. I also know that what’s best for the kids is to have a mother that is happy and sane. It also helps that I’m blessed with a husband who has a decent job that he LOVES and this gives me the opportunity to have choices I wouldn’t have otherwise. Not everyone is so lucky.

I’ll go back to work full time outside the home when I find a job that I really want and love that fits into the schedule that I like to have. Or if the choice is full time work or living on ramen noodles at the homeless shelter. I will not work full time so that I can afford to have a house that looks like Martha Stewart just got back from Pottery Barn. My life will likely never resemble a swanky catalog. I am SO ok with that. I’d rather struggle a little and find more ways to make money from home doing things I enjoy than make the sacrifices I’d make working full time outside the home.

Jun

17

Posted by : Becca | On : June 17, 2008

Last week, I finished my first block of online classes at the University of Phoenix. This week I started my next block of classes AND it’s tech week for the show I’m in. We open the show this Friday night, so this week we’re rehearsing in the theater and getting a handle on all of the technical aspects of the show, the costumes, makeup etc. I’m having a great time with this show. Opening night for Jekyll & Hyde will be very exciting. Tonight we work with the stage blood for the first time. ::::insert maniacal laughter here::::

So with all this going on, I probably won’t have time to post until next week. In the meanwhile, good luck on your search for work at home jobs!