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Working Like A Dog (Maybe)

By Char

Meet Raven. She’s my new office mate. Until this winter Raven had always been an outdoor dog, living the high life in her oversized dog house and sharing a large enclosed run with her Rhodesian Ridgeback pal, Kodi. Unfortunately Kodi passed away this summer so Raven has been a little lonely. As the weather started getting cooler and the snow started piling up by the foot, Raven has casually made her way into the house and deemed herself my sidekick. Her two favorite places to sleep all day are by my feet under my desk or right in the middle of my office (as shown above).

Raven has been a great influence – she really does help me stay on task more. I’m less hesitant to get up in the middle of something for fear of disturbing her nap! ;-)

So, what have I been working on? Let me warn you – it’s all over the board.

I recently upgraded my system to Windows 7. So far so good – nothing really earth shattering new, but it did give me the opportunity to clean off my desktop, reorganize all my bookmarks and start the year fresh. Before I did the Windows 7 upgrade I backed up all my files to Carbonite (I initially tried the free Carbonite Online Backup – no credit card required – and almost immediately upgraded to the paid version – much cheaper than a second hard drive), synced my bookmarks to Xmarks (just in case I wanted them back) and wiped the screen down with the very cute little duck (Aroma Home Screen Wipe – too cute) that is perched on top of my monitor.

Project wise I have a few web design projects in the works – hopefully I will be sharing a few of them here in the next week or so.  I’ve been playing with the new Genesis series of themes from Brian Gardner and the latest Headway release from Grant Griffiths. I am also getting ready to do some social media consulting for a client with a really important iPhone app (more on that later).

I am having fun field testing the Palm Pre Plus phone (which I used to take these photos – nice quality coming from a phone!) for Verizon. You can read my initial thoughts on the “Mom Palm” and stay tuned because I have another write up and a giveaway coming up as part of the campaign.

While I don’t really like the term “Mom Blogger,” I have been doing some writing in that department. You can find me at as part of their team of Mom Experts and recently the youth sports social networking site, WePlay, featured one of my articles from titled “Getting Past I Quit.”

And finally I have been keeping up with all of my own sites, from all the new guests on the Essential Tools series to tons of new printable activities and party ideas, girls sports insight and what’s for dinner!

Whew! I think I might just need a nap.

Categories : Working From Home



Raven is adorable! Funny how she is motivating you to work more because you don’t want to disturb her. If I try working on the couch, my dog tends to lay on me or my computer.


That and she keeps my toes warm! My other computer is a Mac that is by the window. Every time I work there the cat comes up and sits on the keyboard or waltzes back and forth in front of the screen before settling in to look out the window. Pets. Gotta love ‘em.


My dog also joins me at work:

I’m glad you love your Palm Pre, too. I was thinking Palm needs a Steve Jobs to make the rest of the world realize how great a device it is. Hopefully people will wise up before Palm goes through financial trouble.


Love your dog Eric – perfect office companion! The Palm Pre Plus is definitely a powerful device. It is like having my mobile office with me anywhere. Like any technology there are always a few things you’d like to see in the next version, but this one is pretty awesome as it is.

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