Sunday, July 19, 2009


i said this a couple of weeks ago, but i finally have a picture to prove: kirkwood has officially outgrown macy in height. he still weighs 5-7 pounds less than macy, but he is beginning to fill out a bit. he still has bambi legs, but has another 30-35 pounds and 5-6 inches to grow before we can call him full-grown.

these two have had quite the active summer with colby being around. hoping once school starts back up in a few weeks that they don't turn into little terrors since they've been spoiled with almost daily trips to the park!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

the greeting committee.

to say the least, colby is greeted with.. enthusiasm.. when he gets home. i rank last in the 'let's show colby how excited we are to see him' contest. he has waited his entire life (believe me, he doesn't let me forget it.) to have dogs. needless to say, he loves coming home. :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

now, what do you do?

my husband knows a lot of people. through teaching, coaching, and growing up in kansas city, there are a lot of people he meets on a regular basis. and so it goes that as his wife i get introduced to a lot of new people.

new person: "now, what is it that you do?"

me: *GROAN*

it's the dreaded, yet inevitable, conversation topic for all introductions. i like to throw out my job title, hoping the meaningless description will apease them.

me: "i'm a securities processing specialist for a small trust company here in town."

most of the time, it doesn't. they keep coming back for more.

new person: "so, what does that entail?"


me: "well, i currently work the trade desk, but that changes every now and then within my department."

new person: "so, you buy stocks?"

big sigh.

me: "it's a little complicated. our company is unique. we are not an advisor firm, we employ no financial advisors. we are not a broker, clients do not call trades in to us. we act as a custodian, owned by over a hundred advisor firms across the u.s. since we are not a broker, we use an outside broker as our sub-custodian to hold our company's assets. because of the incredible amount of business our sub-custodian receives from us, we are able to negotiate competetive account fees that are desirable by our advisor firms. that, and we are a very small company, which gives them very accessible client service advantages. we house all account types: IRA's, custody, trust, etc. and i work on the operations side, rather than administrative. as a broker does, we issue monthly statements of transactions (trades, dividends, corporate actions) that my operations department is responsible for posting."

long pause.

new person: "so, you buy stocks?"

me: "yes."


on thursday, i put in my two weeks notice at work. if you ask me how it went, i'll shamelessly tell you it was horrible. i cried during the entire meeting, then cried more friday morning during my follow-up.

mostly because there are some people that i will miss. a lot. but also because as an overall experience, it was a really great first job in the "real world." i will hit my two year mark with the company this week. to put it simply, there are definitely some things that i am ready to leave behind. and i'm very much looking forward to what is next.

so, what is next? two weeks from today i will be starting my new job at my brother-in-law's physical therapy clinic. i'm getting reeeally excited about it!

i can't wait to meet someone new and for them to ask, "now, what do you do?"

Sunday, July 5, 2009

happy july 4 weekend.

we spent the fourth at a co-worker's neighborhood cookout. i had the chance to restore my love for sparklers since i haven't played with them since i was a kid.

we also, as we do every weekend, spent some time at the park with the dogs. we had such beautiful weather all weekend - even with cool(ish) evenings! such a nice break from that heat spell a couple weeks back.