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May. 28th, 2009 @ 08:13 pm HEY!
It's been while. Not much has changed.

Business is great.
Hubby is great.
Rachel is challenging, but not as challenging as she was before.
Rahlee is great.
Stepson moved out.
House is great.
Got a new laserjet printer.
Still Jazzercising, but not an instructor.
Enjoying the Harley group and riding.
I'm editor of the Harley newsletter and enjoying that.

I'll be going to Wisconsin middle of June on business and to hang with my sister who is having surgery.

So, there yo go!
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Feb. 24th, 2009 @ 05:04 pm Unoinkable
Being a Jazzercise instructor is going to be great if the training doesn't kill me first!

I'm so sore!
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Feb. 7th, 2009 @ 05:52 pm Business Trip Recap
A client called me to come talk to them about a project so I flew to Milwaukee on Wednesday and returned yesterday.

On Wednesday evening, I had dinner with Mom, Valerie and Justine (my niece). We went to Red Lobster and it was very nice.

On Thursday, I had my meeting all day. The client is 'battling' with the home office in another country about if they will do the project, or pay me to do it. I agreed to quote on the project in hopes the home office finds my quote to be low enough not to bother doing it themselves. It seemed pretty clear to me they didn't really want to do it. I submitted the quote, so we'll see. While I was there, I also talked with a few other folks there and managed to come home with two more projects anyway!

On Thursday evening, I had dinner with my lifelong friends: Brenda, Betsy and Alicia. Betsy brought her 4 month old baby and Alicia brought her daughter. We had a great time talking and laughing for hours that evening.

On Friday, I flew home.

My flights were probably the most interesting parts of the trip. I'm super spoiled, so I upgraded to business class whenever possible. On the way there, I sat next to a male flight attendant going to his next airport to work. We had a great conversation and he made sure I went home with extra cookies and little bottles of Jack Daniels.

My flight home was the funnest. I was only able to upgrade one leg of that flight. I sat next to a really cute guy named Jay. We were both drinking Jack and Coke and started talking, drinking, laughing, drinking, and just having the best time! We ended up with 4 drinks each on the 1 hour flight! At one point, we had extra Jack but no Coke. We were in our desent so the flight attendant was sitting down. Here's how it went:

Me: What are we going to do, Jay?
Jay: I don't know.
Me: She's sitting down and I can't get her attention!
Jay: Well, we could press the button (pointing overhead)
Me: Oh, we couldn't do that! That would be so bad!
Jay: You're right.
Me: Go ahead, I dare ya!
Jay: OK! and he just pushes it.

The flight attendant didn't like that much, but she gave us our sodas and we drink all the way from the clouds to the Richmond runway. Cal was waiting for me when we got off the plane so I introduced them. I gave him my business card, so I hope he gets on Facebook or something and I can find him again. We just had the best time!
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Jan. 31st, 2009 @ 08:30 am More on Jazzercise
I decided to decide on if I wanted to pursue being an instructor by yesterday.

I've decided to go for it. I have nothing to lose. If I don't pass the audition in April, I get my money back.

I'm going to work very hard to be good enough.

We'll see what happens.
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Jan. 26th, 2009 @ 10:13 am Second Thoughts on Jazzercise Instructing
I'm having second thoughts on this whole Jazzercise Instructing thing.

Reason #1:
There is a mound of paperwork and quite an outlay of money required. See, they require you to buy a franchise and pay a annual fee as well as provide them with a report of how many classes you taught every month. Sure, I would get paid by the owners of the facilities I teach at, but for all the work that is required to learn routines, etc., I'm not sure it's worth it.

Reason #2:
Learning routines is not fun. Not fun at all. In fact, I dread it already. That will severely detract from my love of Jazzercise, which I really don't want to do.

Reason #3:
It's hard. I don't usually hop through entire songs, but as an instructor, I have to. I tried several songs yesterday and could barely walk afterwards. My feet, ankles, shins, and chest are in pain. This may pass, but what if it doesn't?

So those are my reasons. My daughter will be disappointed with me. That's a biggie and my instructor is somewhat counting on me to take some of her classes off her hands, but if I don't enjoy it, it just isn't worth it.

I'm giving myself until Friday to decide. Right now, I hurt so I don't like it.

Stay tuned.
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Jan. 24th, 2009 @ 08:30 am Hi all!

I've been spending most of my free, online time on Facebook lately and totally neglecting LJ!

Rachel had her wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. She's going much, much better than I expected. So much so that I can actually leave her for a few hours to go to Jazzercise and breakfast. Cal is here if she needs anything.

I've been reading franchise agreements about Jazzercise. That's the only way to become an instructor, to buy a franchise. So much legal mumbo jumbo. I just want to instruct but oh well.

Business has been extraordinarily good lately. My Kenosha Wisconsin client asked me to come there to discuss a really big project so I'll be there February 4 leaving February 6 and meeting all day February 5. I thought I was able to escape the Wisconsin winter this year, but I guess not. It'll be worth it if this project is as big as it seems to be. I just finished a really big project for my Richmond Virginia client so I now have the time. I also got a new client this month, so that was cool too. 2009 will be a great business year for me!

I won a new laser printer on Ebay. It is used, but perfect for my Harley newsletters. New, it retails for $3500 and I was able to get is 'slightly used' for only $610! Shipping will probably cost another $100 because it's really big and heavy, but it's still worth it. It also has toner, and toner for this printer is really expensive. I figure I can use it to sell small print runs of documents to my clients in addition to the CDs I already sell. It will pay for itself in no time. It prints 11x17 color and duplex! Gotta love that!

I found a fabulous recipe for banana bread on www.bigoven.com. There are many great recipes on there. I have to make another loaf of banana bread today because the loaf I made yesterday has already been eaten up by my family and Rachel can't even it it!

I guess that's about it for now. I have to run to Jazzercise! Have a great day!
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Jan. 13th, 2009 @ 10:16 am I'm In!

I got my official email that I passed the Jazzercise movement screening! Now I need to get certified in CPR and read and sign the franchise agreement. Then I need to work really, really hard to learn the routines for the certification test at the workshop.

Whoopee!!

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Jan. 10th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm Movement Screening Over
I TOTALLY ROCKED THE PLACE! I did so well!

I signed up for Jazzercise Lite, which is a low-impact version of Jazzercise. When I was done with my screening, the monitor said "Why aren't you working toward being a regular instructor?" She said I was good enough to be a regular! HOLY WOW!

She couldn't tell me if I passed or not, but we did choose my workshop dates, so I'm pretty sure I'm in!!!

GO ME!
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Jan. 10th, 2009 @ 07:16 am Here I go!
Well, here I go... I'm off to the Jazzercise Movement Screening. I'll be so glad when it's over!

Wish me luck!

I won't know the results for a week or so, but when I'm done with the screening, I can get on with my life!
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Jan. 7th, 2009 @ 10:08 am 2009 Thus Far
All is well. New Years was great. We didn't dance or anything, but it was very nice to spend it with my friends, hubby and even my daughter came along.

I have my Jazzercise movement screening on Saturday. It's just the first step to becoming an instructor. I decided to attempt certification as a Jazzercise Lite instructor. I think it would be easier to get a seat on the Illinois Senate than getting certified as a Jazzercise instructor! There's so much to it! IF I pass the movement screening, and that's a big IF, I then have to get certified in CPR, do a 3-day weekend workshop, take a test on muscle structure, learn a whole class worth of routines then do them for the 'officials'. The whole process takes about 6 months and about $1000. I know, I'm nuts.

I was told the place I'm going for the movement screening is very difficult. They didn't pass 4 people that came from our center recently so I have my work cut out for me. I figure I will do my best. If it's meant to be, I'll pass. If I don't pass, no biggie. I'm no worse off.

Business is good. Keeping busy.

I'm Editor of the HOG (Harley Owners Group) newsletter this year, so I've been working on that. It's looking pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

Rachel has to go to a consultation to get her wisdom teeth pulled this afternoon. Joy. Yay. Love those appointments. I just love doctors anyway so this should be a very special treat. It's has to be done. *sigh*

Well, off to work then maybe nap - no, no nap, that would be wrong! :)
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