1. Feb
    19
    2015

    So Productive

    8:56 PM   ♥   2 Comments

    My week started out rough in the sense that I was a basket case. I was extremely anxious and nervous about what was ahead of me, filled with self doubt, and shy. That’s just how I am. I’m terrified of the unknown and this was no different. By yesterday, though, things started to feel much better. I wasn’t as worried, I was gaining confidence in what I was doing, and never hesitated to participate in the meetings.

    Today was even better, actually. I got up and cleaned the house (okay, I was slightly forced on that one), started my tasks at noon, finished just as I was being called to the meeting, we had our break and then dove into our teamwork tasks. I felt good about today. I mean it wasn’t perfect, I still started to get that feeling of “Oh god, what am I doing?” but it quickly faded when I calmed myself down and focused bit by bit. There is no rush and I have to remember that. They are looking for quality not quantity. I would rather complete what I can perfectly than make a mistake trying to finish. One mistake can be costly to the client. Nobody wants that.

    Today was great and I’m hoping things are even better tomorrow. Overall, I feel good and I’m happy. :)

  2. Feb
    10
    2015

    This is it

    4:13 PM   ♥   5 Comments

    Remember my vague blog post from last week? Well, I no longer need to be vague! I applied to Zirtual, a virtual assisting company, in the beginning of January. I thought they had forgotten me or that I didn’t complete their tasks well. When I got the email that I was moving on to the next hiring step, I tried to not get excited but I was. Oh so excited! I was afraid to jinx it, though, which is the reason for the vague blog.

    I had my interview at 2:40PM this afternoon and it last 20 minutes. I called my mom immediately to tell her that I thought the interview went well but I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to get it anyway. Zirtual is very picky and is known for it’s rigorous hiring process. 28 minutes after my interview ended, I got the email confirming that I got the job. I was still on the phone with my mother and just kept saying, “Oh my god!”

    I needed this, not only because I needed an income but because this is what I want to do. I’ve not stopped thinking about this job since I applied. I’m happy. Not just because I got the job but really happy. I feel like things are on the right track now. I am going to have a job I love, extra money all around, benefits!, and I feel like this is the beginning of the life I’ve always wanted. We can start saving to buy a house, get married, children. Getting a job was what I needed to do to accomplish any of this but getting this job makes me feel like things are finally on the right track. This is it. :)

  3. Feb
    06
    2015

    Vague-Blogging

    3:42 PM   ♥   1 Comment

    I hate when I want to shout from the rooftops how excited I am about something but don’t for fear of shit going wrong. It happens far too often but I want this so bad that I don’t want to jinx it. I’d appreciate good vibes if you can send them. Hopefully, things will be good next week. :) If not, you probably won’t hear anything about this again.

  4. Jan
    29
    2015

    Key Questions To Ask When Looking For A Dog Kennel

    7:27 PM   ♥   Comment

    For dog owners, looking for a kennel is like searching for a daycare for a child. You are looking for the perfect place and you’ll know it when you see it. As a pet owner, you always want to ensure the safety and care of your pet.

    However, looking for a dog kennel can be complicated. Often times you are not sure what to look for or what a kennel should provide. To help you in your hunt, we’ve put together a list of common questions that you should ask the kennel and yourself during your search.

    Tour the Kennel

    Let’s start with the most important part of searching for a dog kennel. You absolutely should tour the facility first. Your first red flag should go up if the kennel does not allow tours. It doesn’t matter what their reasoning is. If a kennel does not allow you to tour its facilities, don’t choose them.

    Touring the kennel is incredibly important because you not only get to interview your tour guide, but you also get to see the kennel first hand. Seeing the kennel firsthand will give you a lot of insight into how their facilities are ran and maintained.

    The tour is the best opportunity to ask any follow-up questions on the spot. You should go in with your own list of questions such as the ones below, as well as any that you come up with as your tour the facility. You may find specific items throughout your tour that you can ask about.

    Is the kennel staffed at all times?

    One of the first questions to ask, is about the kennel’s staffing plan. Simply ask them what hours the kennel is staffed. Not all kennels are staffed 24 hours per day. However, it is an added bonus if they are.

    Even with 24 hour staffed hours, you want to find out how those staffers are going about their jobs. Does the night shift just monitor screens or are they actually making rounds and checking on the dogs? These staffing questions will ensure that you understand how the kennel operates.

    Do you have a veterinarian on call?

    Accidents and emergencies happen. It is important that the kennel you find has quick access to a veterinarian. Good kennels will provide on-call veterinary services. That means that they have a nearby veterinarian that can be reached out to at a moments notice in the event of an emergency.

    Does the kennel require immunizations?

    Kennels should require that all of their animals have the recommended immunizations. The primary vaccines that kennels should require are rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Many kennels also require a Bordetella vaccine for all of its incoming dogs.

    Having this requirement is important for your dog’s health. Even if you are a responsible dog owner that is up to date on your dog’s vaccines, it does not mean that the other canine owners are.

    What type of exercise and play programs are offered?

    This is where kennels will probably vary the most. Some kennels offer the most simplistic of boardings. Either a crate or room is provided for your dog with periodic walks and trips for the bathroom.

    Other kennels will provide extensive play programs such as organized playtime, doggy TV, and even swimming pools.

    Are dogs separated by size?

    Depending on your dog and your concern of its size, you should find out if different sized dogs are kept separate. This doesn’t have to do with breed restrictions or anything like that. The fact of the matter is that larger dogs can accidentally hurt a smaller dog accidentally while playing. There isn’t any aggression or harmful intent involved but rather the sheer size of the dog.

    What is the staff to dog ratio?

    Another important staffing ratio is regarding the staff to dog ratio. An overwhelmed staff is not a good staff. The ratio will depend on who you ask but it should be no less than one staff member per ten dogs.

    How was the staff’s attitude?

    During and after your tour of the kennel, you’ll want to ask yourself about the staff’s attitude. Their overall energy and enthusiasm is a good gauge of how well they work with the dogs in the kennel.

    Enthusiastic, caring employees are easy to spot. They treat dogs like their own, showing them love and giving them plenty of positive attention. They also do not get flustered or irritated quickly by a misbehaving dog. They provide stern but positive reinforcement.

    How was the overall cleanliness of the facility?

    Finally, during your tour, keep an eye out for the overall cleanliness of the facility. Is the doggy waste piling up or do staff members promptly clean up after the dogs? What kind of condition are the individual cages, crates, and rooms in? A good kennel will provide a clean, sanitary condition for the dogs to live in.

     

    About the Author:

    Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies producing copy for blogs, articles, websites, product packaging, mobile apps, and more.

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  5. Jan
    21
    2015

    WW: New Desk & Less-Cluttered Setup

    12:00 PM   ♥   3 Comments
    setup

    Andrew and I got new (matching) desks. :)

  6. Jan
    18
    2015

    Protected: *TMI*: I’m excited!

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  7. Jan
    17
    2015

    Review: Keurig 2.0 – Coffee Your Way

    2:21 PM   ♥   Comment
    hellokeurig

    I couldn’t have been more excited to receive a Keurig 2.0 with carafe from Influenster just in time for Christmas. Andrew had been wanting one for a long time and it was almost a miracle that it showed just in time for me to wrap and place under the tree. However, I didn’t want to wait to give it to him so I didn’t. The smile on his face was a picture I wish I got. (more…)

  8. Jan
    14
    2015

    WOOOO! He Tested Negative!

    10:24 PM   ♥   2 Comments
    Loki tested negative for FIV

    In addition to Loki getting neutered, we had him retested for FIV. If you don’t remember, when we initially rescued Loki from a hole outside, we took him in. When we took him to the vet, they ran the usual tests and Loki tested positive for FIV. Our vet wanted us to put him down and when I didn’t answer her, hell I hadn’t even spoken to my mom about it yet, she asked if I wanted to still vaccinate him. Of course I did, no matter what I decided later on, he was coming home with me right then. I broke down into tears as Jenn had just lost a cat to FIV. I couldn’t be more thankful that she talked me through what to do and what I needed to know. The vet mentioned that, although rare, it was possible that he didn’t have it and was only testing positive for his mother’s antibodies. It was clear that she didn’t think this was the case but we could retest when he was 6 months.

    When we took him in today, the woman behind the desk mentioned it and reminded me to retest him. She asked if we wanted to continue with getting him neutered if he tested positive. I mean, this woman hadn’t even seen him before asking that but despite what they were telling us he had, he was in perfect health. I wasn’t going to give up on him then and I won’t now. Positive or not, he was coming home with me. Of course, I still want him neutered.

    When I called to check on them at noon, asking about the result slipped my mind. Honestly, since the day I spoke to Jenn about it, I wasn’t worried, okay, maybe a little. FIV isn’t the death sentence I always thought it was and Loki seems perfectly healthy.

    When we picked them up, there was a lot of hustle and bustle as patients were being picked up so I hadn’t had a chance to ask yet. However, my mother leaned over to double check the names (taking two separate cats to the vet for similar reasons isn’t as easy as it sounds) and saw that Loki tested Negative. Honestly, I wanted to cry tears of joy right then and there.

    While I am very happy that Loki does not have FIV, I am angry with the vet’s office/veterinarian. She wanted me to put him down and we weren’t even sure that he had it. Not that would have but how many people have put their animals down for no reason, without symptoms? Even if he were positive, he could just be a carrier (and neutering him is the biggest way to prevent spreading it) or it not effect him for a few years. That’s time spent healthy, happy, and loved. It makes me angry but I’m thankful I went with my gut to wait until I had an informed decision and for Jenn’s help in informing me.

  9. Jan
    14
    2015

    Ball Choppin’ and Creeper Stompin’

    12:57 AM   ♥   4 Comments
    mc

    This week is a good week. Tomorrow Loki is going in to be neutered. It’s definitely time. Then on Thursday, assuming all the shipping dates are correct, I will have my new Razer Kraken Pro headset and an new desk! Edit: Turns out the headset might be here tomorrow! Today, I helped Whitters set up her Minecraft server and it looks kind of awesome. :) We aren’t done yet but I’m excited. 

    However, there’s always some bad with the good. Rockstar delayed the release of Grand Theft Auto V PC. :( I’m pretty bummed about it but everything else kept me from thinking about it too much.

  10. Jan
    08
    2015

    I Picked Up A Client Without Even Trying

    3:47 PM   ♥   Comment

    Right before Christmas I was out shopping with my mom when I saw a post come through on a VA group asking for help with a line break in a WordPress site. Simple, right? I commented with how and an alternative method just trying to be helpful.

    Today while laying on the couch watching Twitch and chatting on a message board, I got a Facebook message from a woman who was “impressed” with my answer and needed some help with a client of hers. Apparently, she bookmarked me for later. I hopped on Skype and spent an hour walking her through what needed to be done. I got paid up front, too!

    She told me she was thankful for my help and would be contacting me for more work in the future and asked when I was available for WordPress training. :)

    I’m excited. I am in the process of applying for Lionbridge but that is only part time work. It’ll be nice to pick up some extra work in the process. Maybe I’ll finally get my business site up and running so that I have some where to point people.

I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 23 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my boyfriend of 7 years and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.


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