July 30, 2016 Jonya Pacey

This is a stake-in-the-ground sort of weekend for me. I’m taking on new responsibilities and rearranging others. My brain wants me to do some things and my bank account demands I do others. Curious? Read on. Firstly, the bank account – to feed it, I’ve taken a second part-time job at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Rochester, doing pretty much what I’m doing at the Rochester Public Library. Today at the library, I heard myself ask someone “are you ready to check out?” and realized I’d be using that same phrase at both jobs. I’ll be helping people find certain locations…

January 21, 2016 Jonya Pacey

I ate a muffin yesterday. It was a pretty good muffin even though there was a small packet underneath the paper wrapper that said “Do Not Eat” because it was a packaged muffin and I suppose they didn’t want it to get soggy in the days and weeks until I ate it. I couldn’t help but think this was the sort of food that The Walking Dead crew should hope to find. A muffin packaged to stay fresh for a long time and maybe even through the zombie apocalypse. Maybe with a side of chocolate pudding. No pudding for me,…

January 16, 2016 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

I didn’t get very far before I ran into trouble. I am going to quit, sort of… Sarah Arrow has an excellent 30 Day Blogging Challenge program. Daily emails kept me interested and on track with her challenge’s progress. In the 12 or so days I kept up with the reading, I found good suggestions and encouragements. It is a directed progress to being a better writer and blogger. But I’ve decided it’s not the program for me. And I’d looked at dozens of these before deciding to try Sarah’s program. It’s not her material and expectations, it’s me and…

January 15, 2016 Jonya Pacey

Ever wake up just convinced everything is going well? Me neither – least ways, not very often. But today I did and it’s just been rolling forward on the positive. After a strong session at the computer this morning, I headed to Zumbrota to go shopping for a new dress. Found one at Phenomenal Women, on sale, and a nicely coordinating jacket-thing to help make it pop. Plus a linen shirt from Travelsmith, one of my favorite lines and also on sale. Walked down to Artify to see Stacy and found Nancy Ellison was there. It’s her regular Friday at…

January 8, 2016 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

I went out to try to make a snowman and failed. I just don’t have the patience to learn to roll a good snowball, even a small one. And when I *did* get a base for my snowman rounded out, it sank into the snow so far it wasn’t a base but a basement, and I gave up. Van is out cleaning out the back driveway. He’d not done this the previous snowfall but it’s fairly warm at 33 degrees F and he’s on a roll.  Here are some happy pictures of things that Nature crafted today. Or upcycled, maybe…

January 7, 2016 Jonya Pacey

If you’ve been following along, you know I’m working on a 30 Day Challenge. And I’m behind but that’s what it is; I’m not going to shove paying work to one side while trying to push out some form of a blog post every day. Today’s post is directly from the Challenge and I’m interested in seeing what sort of response I get from this format; a couple of days ago, I did a personal Weekly Wrap Up. Here is a ‘best of’ post to recap the posts from the same time period. The week started at after I’d just freaking…

January 5, 2016 Jonya Pacey

I’m sure it was just a matter of time before I came down with the sniffles – I’m surrounded by people who are getting through and over the winter cold. It’s almost nine at night and I’ve been pretty much on task all day (other than meals. I read during meals which is wonderfully recharging for me).  So this is NOT going to be a very long nor very good post for the day. It’s OK for this website. This is my vanity blog, my website for whining and crowing and just sharing things. Like this picture of my cat. Meet…

January 3, 2016 Jonya Pacey

Today just seem like a good day to start a new ritual. Slept in (as long as the cats let me), had a cup of coffee, did the yoga routine, and am now typing up a quick blog post here on Keeping It Real. This will be a reflective look back at the past week. The New Year rolled through this week. NYE was a quiet time at home, sharing time with Van. We lit 27 candles to remember a lost friend and then almost started a fire when one of the candle holders broke apart from the heat. We’d left them…

January 2, 2016 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

Remember this commercial? Three women, one of them posting pictures to her living room wall and her more savvy friend trying to explain how Facebook actually worked? Well, I’ve walked around the last couple of years feeling like the third woman in the room, the one that is initially nodding about how wonderful the wall posts are and then is looking slightly confused. I’ve not ever gotten an editorial calendar to work for me. It’s clicked. I had installed an editorial calendar plugin onto this website but hadn’t been able to get into any sort of rhythm with it. Instead…

January 2, 2016 Jonya Pacey

It’s a potentially powerful self-awareness exercise that I’m doing for 2016. You can read more about it on Chris Brogan’s post here (borrowing one of his 2015 words, btw). And catch up with Deb Brown’s words here. So this is a new exercise for me, and I’m concerned that a year might be too long. Like I’ll get halfway into February and realize that 2016 can’t be all about *this* and needs to be about *that*. Or maybe it’s like being a vice-president of the local club before you get to be president; the past experiences of other people have…