Wednesday, April 28, 2010

3D Movie Film Festival

The Grand Lake Theater in in Oakland is showing off its new digital 3D projection system starting this Friday.

5.00 per film

Friday through Sunday, April 30 to May 2
"Up" at 12:30 pm and 6:00 p.m.

"Avatar" at 2:30 pm and 8:00 p.m.

"Coraline" at 11 p.m.

Monday through Thursday, May 3 to May 6

"Up" at 4:00 p.m.

"Coraline" at 6:00 p.m.

"Avatar" at 8:00 p.m.

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610-2739
(510) 452-3556

Friday, April 23, 2010

Look Your Best - It's Worth It!

Research shows that good-looking people tend to earn more, get better jobs, and even get better grades in school than their plainer counterparts. A new study may help explain why.

Which leads me to my subject today - Great Skin! I don't know if it's because I want it to be true, or because it really works, but I'm thinking the latter.

A while back I told you about Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel. Well, I thought it was working even though I was using it with another cleanser (not Jurlique). But, now I'm using Jurlique Cleanser with Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel and I seem to be getting younger. Okay, not really. But my skin looks younger. I think so anyway. And I think it's worth checking out. Apparently, this stuff has been all the rage in Europe for years, but since I don't "get out" as much as I'd like to, I didn't know about it.

Good news = I'm thinking with my "new" skin I might make more money which equals better vacation spots?

Can't hurt. . .

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What Do You Think I Do - Sit Around All Day Eating Bon-Bons?

My first gift of "Administrative Professionals Week."

Thanks, Sarnoff.

A cute box of delicious Bon Bons from Craving Confections. . .

The diet will have to wait!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.

In the year 2000, IAAP announced a name change for Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.

Administrative Professionals Week is April 18-24 with Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 21.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I'm Sniffing Glue :)

Calm down - it's all good! Great, in fact.

Coccoina Almond Scented Glue Stick is non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free - AND it smells like an almond cookie!

I read about this online and searched high and low for it. I found mine at this wonderful store in Berkeley called "Paper Source." Be careful when shopping there, they have so many cute and unusual items that you could end up spending a lot more than you had planned.

Anyway, I don't really have anything to glue right now, but when I do, I'm ready!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Tax Day!

April 15th is NOT my favorite day of the year. I always wait until the very last minute to file my taxes and I'm never expecting good news.

But, today, I got a nice surprise when I stepped off the train - I walked about 20 feet and was handed a free Iced Vanilla Latte from Seattle's Best and then walked another 20 feet or so and was handed a free Wall Street Journal.

Hey, that's about as good as it gets on "Tax Day," right?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Not the Usual Lunch Hour. . .

Since Spring has sprung and the weather is nicer (well, some days), I have decided to find some "new" ways to spend my lunch hour.

Most cities have at least one independent bookstore left (thank God) and if you're lucky enough to work in the Financial District, you can spend time with a good book at Alexander's on Second Street.

Today, I not only "accepted" their invitation to the noon-time author event, but I expanded my reading interests to now include - yes - Romance novels!!

I got to the reading a little bit after it started and was pleasantly surprised to find an "eclectic" group of people, including myself, there to hear and meet, Gwyn Cready. Her new novel is "Flirting With Forever." It's the story of art historian Campbell Stratford and a playboy named Peter Lely.

And if the author's "sample reading" is any indication of the book itself, I think my train ride home will be anything but boring!

Zip - If You Dare

FREE "URBAN" ZIP LINE - Experience British Columbia in San Francisco

If you're interested in doing something "different" for lunch, you can ride on an urban zip line.

It's all part of the British Columbia Experience in San Francisco.

What: Ziptrek Ecotours
Where: Justin Hermann Plaza
When: Now through April 18, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Guests must weight at least 65 pounds and no more than 275 pounds to ride)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For "All The Single Ladies. . ."


“I am a single mother raising two toddlers by myself. This is held against me at work, because no one else has this problem. My co-workers are all happily married or have grown children. With no family available to help, I often have to take time off for medical appointments, illnesses and other child care issues. My boss says if this continues, he may have to find someone else for my position. I feel desperate because I love my job. How can I make these people understand?” — Worried Mother

Marie’s Answer: Juggling child care and work is tough, but being an unemployed single mom would be even tougher. If your boss has started fantasizing about your replacement, you must quickly take steps to save your job.

• Start by recognizing that the problem is not a lack of sympathy. Your manager simply hates the inconvenience created by your frequent absences. He may also receive complaints from co-workers who have to cover for you.

• Explain to your boss that you love your job and will do everything possible to minimize absences. When you must be out, offer to work from home or make up time later. Make sure you do such an outstanding job that you will be hard to replace.

• Instead of using vacation days for fun, stockpile them for family emergencies. When you have medical appointments, return to work immediately. Don’t extend the time with errands or lunch.

• Reduce co-worker resentment by making every effort to do your fair share, even if that means working through lunch or taking assignments home. Drop all talk of child care problems from your conversations.

Finally, acquaint yourself with the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If health issues ever jeopardize your job, you may need legal protection.

For tips on enhancing job security, see How to Avoid Losing Your Job.