June 30, 2008: Please Take My Children to Work Day

I think I like that!  It was created with SAHMs in mind by MommaSaid.net. Oh, I wish someone (namely hubby) would take the kids to work with him one day.  He needs to really understand what it’s like to try to work when they’re on top of him.  Really, anyone that thinks that a SAHM or WAHM just hangs out all day playing with the kids, watching soaps, and eating bon-bons needs to spend a day in our shoes.

Making them understand that mom’s working is not the issue because they understand and even ask what my schedule is like.  It’s once I’m off the clock that they pounce.  Here’s a typical day:

Act 2, Scene 1 –

Girl: Mom, he’s touching my stuff!

Boy: Well she should play with me!

Act 3, Scene 4

Girl: MOM!  He’s sitting on the remote!

Boy: Her shows are boring!

Bedtime

Boy: Why did she hug dad first?  Why did dad hug her first?

Girl: Grow up whiner!

Boy: Sherrie, Dad!  Did you hear what she said?

And so on.

I’m not saying that I want to work somewhere else, and most SAHMs aren’t saying they want to go to work outside of the home.  We just need a break every once in a while, and not necessarily from the kids.  A break from the people who think we’re lazy slacker types or priveledged rich chicks would be nice. PTMCTWD would be awesome for that reason alone!

Here’s another thought – only childess people know what it’s like to never use the bathroom in peace.  That might seem like nothing to you, butto me and some of my stay at home sisters (and brothers), it would be a bit of paradise!

Another reason to love Shaklee: Shaklee Wins Stevie Award!

Shaklee Corporation Wins 2008 Stevie® Award for Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program

Shaklee is the first consumer products company to offset 100% of greenhouse gas emissions through the EPA Climate Leader’s program and use 100% green power PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Shaklee Corporation announced today that the company received the 2008 Stevie Award for the Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program at the 2008 American Business Awards held on Thursday, June 12, in New York City. The Stevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, and Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program.

The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards whose mission is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace. Shaklee received the award in recognition of numerous innovative projects, partnerships and achievements launched by the company in 2007, the latest in over fifty years of environmental stewardship and global “firsts,” including becoming the world’s first Climate Neutral™ certified company in 2000 resulting in a net zero impact on the environment.

In 2007, Shaklee became the first consumer products company to offset 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions through the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program and use certified Green-e renewable energy.

“We are honored to be recognized for our deep commitment to protect and preserve the environment. Shaklee was founded with the mission of making people and the planet healthier, values which are more relevant now than ever before,” said Shaklee CEO Roger Barnett.

“Our 750,000 members and distributors around the world believe that the right way to do business means doing what is right for people and for the planet. It is this innovative approach to business that has made Shaklee the environmental pioneer that it is today.”

Among other achievements in 2007, Shaklee partnered with Millennium Promise to facilitate direct emissions reductions by providing sustainable solar energy to electrify villages in Malawi, was selected by the nation’s leading child advocacy group, Healthy Child Healthy World, as the exclusive partner for a new video titled, “Creating Healthy Environments for Children” starring actress Amy Brenneman, and was awarded the Global Green USA Organizational

Design Award for outstanding leadership in spreading the message of improving the health of the planet through its network of more than 750,000 members and distributors.

2007 sales of the Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit, offering non-toxic and environmentally-friendly cleaning choices, helped eliminate more than 23 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and prevented more than 10 million pounds of landfill waste compared to conventional ready-to-use household cleaners.

Stevie award finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists and Stevie Award winners are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.

About Shaklee Corporation For 50 years, has been a leading provider of premium quality, natural nutrition, and personal care products, environmentally-friendly household products, and state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems.

In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in business worldwide.

Learn more about Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

To learn more about Shaklee, visit: www.greenbizmama.com or contact me.

Global Sponsor of the 2008 Stevie Awards is Dow Jones. Supporting sponsors of The 2008 American Business Awards include FIS Softpro, High Performance Technologies Inc., John Hancock, RCN Corporation, Richardson, and Ultimate Software. Media sponsors include the Business TalkRadio Network, CRM Advocate, and Human Resource Executive.

Tuesday Toot

It’s that time again! I love the memes! They are a gift for any blogger with a touch of writers block!

This week I’m celebrating a couple of things. First, I figured out what made me sick and healed myself with food and drink instead of drugs. Second, even when dizzy, nauseous, and generally unpleasant to be around, I still scored 9s and 10s on my assignments. Yay me!

Swing by and toot your horn!

WAHM life and sick days are such fun….

I don’t mean sick days for the kids, but for me.  I’m lucky that I don’t have to deal with anyone over the phone or via webcam.  I think I would have scared them today – ponytail just tossed on top of my head; glasses falling down my stuffy nose; jug of water and mugs of ginger tea at my side.

I think sick day productivity is a huge side benefit for employers of telecommuters.  I know I feel guilty enough about missing work that I’ll try to get something done.  And I’m not spreading my ick throughout the workplace.  I’m not spreading it at home, either; not this time, anyway.  This ick is due to some bad food at some point over the weekend and I’m still trying to pinpoint the exact item and location (possibly a Savannah, GA McDonald’s….)

I put in a half day today, partly because of how I felt and partly because of the big assignment due tomorrow.  I made it through the day without strangling anyone, accidentally shredding my notes, or terrifying my kids into silence.  (I’ve done that before and don’t want to repeat it. )

Just like a parent working outside of the home, the household duties don’t stop just because you feel like stopping.  But I’m lucky; my kids are old enough to help without making more work for me in the end.  The dogs, however, decided to help by running through the freshly sorted laundry piles and becoming ill themselves.

Oh man am I rambling this time around.  I think I’ll take my sleep-deprived self on to bed.  And hope that tomorrow will be the end of this ick.  I’m ready for a full day of work, refereeing a water gun fight during my lunch break, and teaching the kid about business, telecommuting, and time management.

Father’s Day 2008

For all dad, granddads, step dads, father figures, and mom’s filling both roles – have a great one!

Many blessings!  Salud!

We’ll be celebrating with hubby, gifting him with the traditional goofy card and The Boondocks season 2, attacking him with pillows, and letting him know he’s the best.  We’ll also place calls to my brother-in-law and father-in-law to wish the good ones.  I’ll call my mom, too, because she played both roles after my father passed on.  And I’ll light a candle for my dad, just as I have for the past 28 years.

Make the day a good one.

Bank of America’s resource for small business owners – and it’s free!

This is a great site for business owners, those thinking about it, and for those working at home.

http://smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com/index.jspa

It’s free and I’m not getting anything for sharing.  Take a look.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Loving. Happy Loving Day!

Because you had the balls to fight for your love and family in a time that it was illegal, I have my family. You went through hell and made the Supreme Court stand up and do the right thing.

Thank you!

What is Loving Day?

Loving Day is an educational community project. The name comes from Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving Day celebrations commemorate the anniversary of the Loving decision every year on or around June 12th.

http://www.lovingday.org/index.html

What is Project MAHMA?

Moms at Home Making a Difference.  Families across North America of all shapes and sizes are making a difference in their lives, homes, and communities with Shaklee.  We’ve changed how we clean, supplement our meals, and how we work.  We’re literally changing our and our families’ lives for the better.

How?  We started by joining Shaklee, shopping for our usual types of household and nutritional products, and sharing our experiences with others.  Neat, eh?

Like I mentioned before, I would be a customer even if I was not an Independent Distributor.  The products I use have made a huge impact on my life, my home, and my carbon footprint.

If you’d like to learn more, visit http://projectmahma.com/sherylthompson or join us for a Project MAHMA call one Saturday from 10:00-10:45 AM (CST). Dial in (212) 990-8000; access pin # 6262.

As always, best to you!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My weight loss & health improvement progress and a confession

One thing that I’ve noticed about a few of the wahms and sahms that I’ve met is that we’re stressed. We spend a lot of time caring for the family and home while putting ourselves on the back burner. I’ve done it for so long that it feels strange to make time for myself. But it is something I had to do. Something we all have to do.

If we don’t care for ourselves, we will be in no shape to care for anyone else. It might not happen right away. Months may go by before your body gives out. Or your blood pressure become uncontrollable without meds. Or you lose hair, gain weigh, gain wrinkles and gray hairs, and/or make your families crazy.

I knew something had to change when my family started to tiptoe around me more often than not. And when I went shopping for an outfit for my brother’s wedding last December and it took forever to find something that wasn’t matronly. I’m not as big as I used to be, dangit, so I didn’t think it would be so hard. I wore a size 22 top and 18 bottoms. The pictures just about killed me.

In March of this year I decided I was no longer going to board the yo-yo express. I re-embraced my vegetarian way of life and pumped up the exercise. The exercise part was not easy because I’m recovering from a back injury & re-injury (and tend to be an all or nothing kind of woman). I walk, jump on the elliptical, mix in some yoga & pilates, and have added Turbo Jam & Slim Series Express (Slim in 6 part 2). While I still eat more fat and junk than I need, I have made some decent progress.

I started at 238 and am down to 227 (I gained 2 this week, dangit). I’ve lost 7 inches overall (4 on my waist) and reduced my body fat by 5%. I wear a size 18-20 top and 16 bottoms. I’m still off blood pressure and it only goes over 140/90 after coffee or black tea (which Ive cut to 16 oz. max a day – this is huge for this caffeine-addicted, insomniac mama). I was feeling great until Tuesday when my daughter graduated from 8th grade.

My baby’s going to high school! Sniff…. I digress.

After graduation we took a few pics with her friends and and us. I thought I looked pretty good. I was wearing a fab wine colored lace wrap top and a calf-length black skirt. I checked myself several times in the mirror to be sure it looked as good as I felt in it. Well, the pictures say something different. All I saw was the big girl looking even bigger while standing next to my gorgeous daughter. She’s 5’5″ and a size 3/4. We’d made dinner plans with my mother, brother and sister in law, so I put on a happy face when what I really wanted was to cry and scream. None of the progress I’d made mattered, just because of a few pictures.

Wednesday I felt better, but still bleah about it. Every bump and exaggerated curve bothered me. Being bothered by what I see isn’t enough to make me get off track for long. I am tempted, though, but not by sweets or fat. The desire to comfort myself by feeding my sadness is screaming out loud. I’m ignoring my inner demons and enjoying a cup of lemon tea and a big glass of water. I’m concentrating on the next 10 pound goal, not on the supposed quick fix that a sandwich would bring at 1am.

I now I’m not alone in this. There are hundreds of people struggling with those demons right now. And beating them back, eventually freeing themselves completely. I’m ready to be one of the successful ones. Who’s with me?

50 things about me

It’s been a mellow sort of Monday.  Something desperately needed after a whirlwind week of field trips, summer clothes shopping, car repair, and disappointing house hunts.  A friend sent this to me and I figured I’d post it here.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes.

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? No way.

3. Do you own a gun? No

4 Your favorite song? Animal I Have Become

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Sometimes

6. What do you think of (veggie) hot dogs? Luv them.

7. Favorite Christmas song? Gabriel’s Message

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee & water

9. Can you do pushups? Yes.

10. What type of movies do you prefer? Anime, comedies, & suspense

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? wedding band

12. Favorite hobbies? Cooking, soapmaking, anime, & sci-fi

13. Secret weapon to get to the opposite sex? Sex

14. Do you have A.D.D.? No.

15. What one trait do you hate about yourself? Procrastination Queen

16. Middle Name? Lynne

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: School; Househunting; laundry

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday: Nothing

20. Current worry right now? Bills & finding a house

21. Current hate right now? My apartment complex

22. Favorite place to be? With the family; in bed second

23. How did you bring in the New Year?  With the family, gaming, dancing, & carrying on.

24. Where would you like to go? Australia & New Zealand

25. Name 4 people who will complete this? i think i know, but i won’t name them

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? never have

29.Do you know how to whistle? yes

30. Favorite color? Red

31. Would you be a pirate? No, I need to bathe everyday.

32. What song do you sing in the shower? none, but I sing all kinds fo stuff in the kitchen

33. Favorite girl’s name? Sakura

35. What’s in your pocket right now? cell

36. Last thing that made you laugh? My kids.

37. Best bed sheets as a child? Pink & white stripes.

38. Worst injury you have ever had? Smacking into the deer – 3 shot discs in my back, hip out of alignment, & torn ligament in my back

39. Do you love where you live? Nope

40. How many TVs & computers do you have in your house? 3 tvs (One just for gaming, no satellite)  and 2 pc’s

41. Who is your loudest friend? Me

42. How many dogs do you have? Two, Fred & Oz.

43. Does someone have a crush on you right now? John Barrowman hopefully.

44. What is your favorite book? I haven’t ready anything other than a text or cookbook is so long that I don’t know.

45. Favorite candy? Chocolate. Just gimme chocolate, no fillings.

46. Favorite Sports Team? Raiders in football & Cubs in baseball.

47. What song(s) do you want played at your funeral? No funeral for me.  Cremate & scatter me.

48. What were you doing 12 AM last night? On my computer.

49. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? How soon will R would up.

50. What person with nothing to do thinks of this stuff? A curious, silly one.