No one could have foreseen the future of my practice. I was devastated to the
core along with hundreds of other professionals in my geographic area. My
practice had been built from the ground up in this professional business
district. I invested every penny of savings that I had in starting my
profession. As we all know, mother nature can be cruel and unforgiving at
times. The city was struck hard by the tornado and my beautiful creation was
leveled to the ground. I was fortunate not to have been on site when the
twister struck the location. There were other businesses in the district that
did, however, lose several dozen employees. I suppose I am superstitious or
just afraid of storms, but I don’t plan on rebuilding in that same location. I
think this time around I will look for a another dental practice for sale
instead of starting over from scratch. I may even decide to move closer to my
home state since my parents are getting older. It would be nice to see the
family every now and then. I suppose my brush with fate gave me a new outlook
on life. I can definitely say that it changed my priorities. Life is just way
too short to take risks again. I will be sure to relocate to a safer location
and count my blessings for my health and well being.
Before the deadline arrives to enter claims against the BP Oil Company hundreds of government and individual claims are trying to beat the mark. Over 2,200 claims have been entered against the oil company since the spill in 2010.
According to the 1990 Oil Pollution Act, companies have a three year statute of limitations to bring all legal actions before the courts after a national disaster. The beginning of the trials ended in April with the Transocean and Halliburton company pointing the finger of negligence against BP. No ruling has been made at this time by the judge.
There is a $20 billion allocated for the BP oil spill claims use. They have recently announced that $1.7 billion have still been unclaimed. The allocated amounts have increased in interests rates since the claims began. Where payouts were estimated at $7.7 billion in the past they have increased to $8.2 billion presently after the rate hike.
It appears that all of the ads placed by interested law firm companies have begun to pay off. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the suits are about the money. Can we not remember and morn over the loss of God’s property without becoming so greedy and self-centered. It was a horrible accident that should have been avoided. But accidents happen. Let us focus more on the solution instead of the pay back.
I love shopping for office supplies. Every time September rolls around, I get excited. Not only are the kids heading back to school, but it’s the time to stock up on new school supplies – new pencils and pens, fresh crayons for Jess and colored pencils for Ben, binders, paper, you name it.
I know it’s selfish of me, but I like to do my back to school stock up shopping alone. Oh I take the kids for new clothes and stuff, but wandering the stationary aisles is a very personal thing to me. It gives me a chance to spend some time alone and browse. For example, I would never get a chance to see the latest style in wedding invitations if my kids were with me. My husband understands this, and every year takes the kids out for ice cream and a long walk along the boardwalk on shop day. If there’s anything specific my kids want, they let me know beforehand. I know Jess really wants a new My Little Pony backpack. Of course her current backpack is perfectly serviceable; it’s just not the “in” style. I told her I’d look to see if I could find anything on sale, and she seemed content with that. Ben could care less. As long as he has something to draw and color with, he’s content; he’s my little artist.
I was doing my thesis paper on recycling and the effects it plays on the world as we see it today. My main theme was plotting out industrial effects on the planet over a ten, twenty and thirty year plan. The more I researched the more dedicated I became to the ecological cause. Truly, what we have done to this planet is atrocious. We have stripped it bear of many of the natural resources we need. Our water systems now have to rely on purification. What happened to the day when you could hike along a river stream and drop down to grab a sip of a cool stream to quince your thirst. Now you would probably pick up some sort of viral bacteria that would cause a system shutdown to your body. Enough of all the negative connotations. I believe hope is the answer. On the flip side of our destruction comes the rebuilding and refurbishing process. Ecological awareness has become more influential with efforts such as green printing and recycling centers all over the United States. I believe we can turn our planet around. Who knows, we may be able to offer the future generations more than what we had. I believe that with enough dedication and effort we can make the world a better place. Step up and help, it is a win-win process. You will be surprised at the support you get when you try to make a difference!
I had to get these wedding invitations sent out today. This was a task I’d been putting off for weeks now, but with the actual wedding only three months away, I’d now hit crunch time. I do seem to work better under pressure. A deadline, even a self-imposed deadline, provides me with that much needed incentive to get things done.
It’s actually quite nice, sitting here on the sofa, with some music playing softly in the background as I work. All the hard work has been done – deciding who will be invited, locating their addresses, writing up the actual invitations – and it’s just a matter of stuffing the envelopes, ensuring each note is tucked into its corresponding envelope. I can’t remember the last time I sat down for such an extended period of time.
My fiancé means well. He offered to help me with the invitations and the decorations, but he’s even more scatter-brained than I am. I know if I had left the matter in his hands, not a single person would have attended our wedding. But his heart is in the right place, and I love him for it. To be fair, he did do a lot of the dirty work in tracking down people’s addresses. It’s so tricky these days, especially among our friends, with people moving around so frequently. Nobody stays put for long anymore.
Some people might think I’m a little crazy to have my wedding at Christmas-time, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Everyone is likely to be in town anyway for the holidays. Christmas gifts can double as wedding gifts. Rain won’t be an issue (at least it’s much less likely), and if you’re lucky, it might snow – providing a beautiful backdrop to pictures. All in all, it just made sense.
I’ve decided to play up the Christmas theme with the decorations. For the wedding centerpieces, I’ve decided on thistle trees. Basically this will involve taking several dozen thistle heads and stacking them into a vaguely tree-like shape. Stick on a few decorations, and voila, instant mini-Christmas trees. I thought red and green might be a little too obvious as my colors, so I’ve gone with silver and white. Classic.
The dress has been a bit trickier. I had always seen myself in a little strapless number, but I’m not sure December is the most conducive time to be without sleeves. I suppose I can look into a little shrug or shawl for the actual ceremony. I’m sure at the reception, once the music starts up, I’ll be moving and grooving enough to stay warm! Especially since we’ll be listening to the best of the 80’s – music guaranteed to make you get up and dance.
The dinner is done. The dance floor has cleared. A few remaining wedding favors litter the back table. All in all, I’d call that a successful wedding. If I’m being totally honest though, I could care less about the big day. I’m most looking forward to the honeymoon, which begins in – I look down at my watch – exactly five hours, thirty six minutes and eighteen seconds.
We’ve booked ourselves on a two week Alaskan cruise. It’s been such a hot summer, it will be nice to escape the muggy confines of south Jersey for a while and experience the cool ocean breezes off the Pacific coast. Mmmm, I can just picture us waking up each morning and enjoying a hot coffee on our tiny balcony. And then the sunsets! I fully expect to see some gorgeous examples of nature at its finest. If we’re lucky, there might even be some wildlife to see. If I remember correctly, there is the opportunity at one point in the cruise to get off the boat and scout out some polar bears. Who knows if my future grand kids will be able to do the same thing in thirty, forty years time. But that’s a worry for another day.
My thoughts begin to turn to what I should pack. With the wedding, things have been so hectic I haven’t been able to throw a suitcase together. I check my watch again. Five hours and sixteen minutes to get it done!
What happens with all the props at the end of a wedding? Do the flower girl baskets get re-used? Does the ring-bearer get to keep his pillow? Maybe there’s a giant warehouse somewhere, akin to the island of misfit toys, to store all these leftovers.
I often wonder about the day after. I think it’s a hold-over from reading fairy tales. The way the stories are written, we never get to see beyond happily ever after. We never see how happy Cinderella and Prince Charming are together. Who knows, maybe in Cinderella 2, her and the prince are getting a divorce! Real life is so much more complicated than fiction. Stranger too, or so I’m led to believe.
You may wonder where this train of thought is coming from. It may be influenced (okay it is heavily influenced), by the fact that I was just served with divorce papers today. Something I never expected on the day of my wedding. It just goes to show you never really know a person until you start spending all day, every day together. Maybe Rick and I should have lived together before tying the knot.
Logically I know that fifty percent of marriages end in divorce these days, but you never really think it will happen to you. Somehow you’ll beat the odds. Well now I’m just another statistic. Take this as a cautionary tale.
There are events happening constantly. We have been invited to many of them because of our interest in many things. We have also played a role in organizing some of the large events that come to our town. There are so many details that have to be addressed when putting together an event especially if it is a large event that will include many out of town visitors. If you are putting together a large event there are many different aspects of planning that will need your attention from many different directions. This can be a difficult undertaking if you are doing this task on a regular basis. The best way to get your events planned without any waste of time or product is by using an organizing method. Some organizers use Event Management Software to keep their planning skills sharpened. By using software that is designed for those who organize large events planners can be better prepared for their occasion when the time comes for it to take place. Support and solutions is what event planning is all about. You often need to be creative when solving problems and when you are putting together a large event there will always be problems. It helps to remember that a problem is just a solution waiting to be found. Of course that can be hard to remember when you have people needing your help from every angle.
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