Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - November 29th, 2011

Today's Ten on Tuesday is a fun one... Ten Favorite Musicals.

Now it's time for a confession. While I've been to see many live plays, only three of them have been musicals. Needless to say though, these take the top three positions on my list, simply due to seeing them live. I'm sure you'll find the rest familiar as well.

1. The Full Monty 

2. Wicked

3. Spamalot

4. Beauty and the Beast

5. Mamma Mia

6. Fiddler on the Roof

7. Jesus Christ Superstar

8. Grease

9. The Wizard of Oz

10. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I'm sure I've missed several musicals that I love on this list... but this is what I can think of right now.

What are your favorites?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Treasures - November 28th, 2011

When I was a kid, we would always put up the Christmas decorations the first weekend in December, and then add little bits and pieces throughout the month as we brought them home from school.

Now that I'm away from home, I still like to do the same. While most of my Christmas decorations are already up due to our early Christmas celebration, I do still enjoy making new decorations throughout the festive season. This is what inspired this week's Monday Treasures. Today I will be sharing 10 online tutorials for Christmas crafts with you. Enjoy!

1. Christmas Ball Wreath by Eddie Ross

This Christmas ball wreath is deceptively simple to make - all you need is a hangar, some glue, a ribbon, and several Christmas balls in multiple sizes. I have a feeling I know what my Christmas balls will be recycled into...

2. NOEL by Sand & Sisal

I love this tutorial because not only can you find wooden letters anywhere, they are very low cost. Sand & Sisal does an excellent job of describing and photographing every step of this project as well, so that anyone can reproduce this. This would work for any short word in any colour, for any season.

3. Boxwood Garland by Home by Heidi

While this posting doesn't offer much in the tutorial sense, Homes by Heidi does describe her process until the point where the leaves and lights are twined together... we just have to do what we can for the holly and ribbon. Despite the lack of 'tutorialness', I felt that this garland was simply to beautiful and unique to leave out.

4. Christmas Topiary by Fingerprints on the Fridge

I absolutely love this cute little ornament - it is a must for my 'to do' crafting list. The author provides lots of little tips and ideas, as well as letting us know what she would do differently next time. This is a great tutorial that make this easy to reproduce.

5. Christmas Shadowbox by Blue Eyed Blessings

Blue Eyed Blessings put together a shadowbox that is very cute, and also quick and easy to make. Put this together as a last minute decoration, or even a Christmas gift for a loved one.

6. Christmas Magnets by Jess, on Tip Junkie

These magnets are quick and easy to make - I should know, I've done them before (except with family pictures). 

I love these. According to Creative Momma D they took "forever" to make, but I agree with her in that the results look great. If you have the time and energy to make these, it will be well worth it.

8. Tin Shadowbox Ornament by Scissor Variations

This great little tutorial shows you how to make some decorations from your Christmas tree or to use around your home, that vary from the "normal". 

What a great idea! To use up an old pair of skates, simply make two wreaths or bouquets - one for you and one for a friend! I especially love the little ribbon balancing out the toe.

I'm beginning to think that seasonal decorating begins and ends with seasonal pillows. I love this one from Inspired Honey Bee - it's simple and cute.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pin of the Week - November 24th, 2011

This week I'd like to feature this great bracelet tutorial by www.henryhappened.com.

This bracelet is made to wrap four times around your wrists, and rivals some bracelets sold for over $200.

(Click on the photo for tutorial)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - November 22nd, 2011

Due I'm sure to Thanksgiving in the States, this week's topic is Ten Things for which you are Thankful.


1. My water bottle.
2. My shoes.
3. My dolly.
4. Nailpolish.
5. Hats.
6. Frilly skirts.
7. Christmas trees.
8. Presents.
9. Scissors.
10. Socks.


Did I get you? Yes? No? Okay. I'm not that brainwashed into consumerism. Here's my real list.

1. I'm thankful that all of my loved ones are healthy.
While there are a few that have been in and out of the hospital lately, none of our loved ones are laying on their deathbed right now, and for that I am incredibly thankful. There is nothing worse that knowing someone is about to die and simply waiting for it to happen.

2. I'm thankful that none of my family is fighting in any wars right now.
This one ties into the last. I am not ungrateful for what those that are currently and have in the past been involved in the army and/or wars have done for our country. I am merely glad that none of my family is there right now (my husband's uncle has served several stints in Afghanistan). Now, I know that sounds selfish, because there are so many great men and women out there serving our country. And I know that the time may come that my loved ones do the same. But for now, I'm glad to be able to be able to say that they are all in the country that I am so proud of, and safe as possible.

3. I'm thankful for my loving, supporting husband.
He fought along side me as I worked my way through university, and he stands by me in (almost) anything that I want to do now. He puts his foot down when he feels its necessary, and reigns me in when I get overexcited, but when he is with me, he's with me. He doesn't waffle. He is my rock.

4. I'm thankful that I had a great upbringing.
You see so many children now whose parents just don' t seem to have time for them. They aren't given the proper care and discipline that children need to grow up as active members of society. I am grateful that my childhood wasn't like that - I was given all the attention I needed, and more. My family is intact, and we see each other often.

5. I'm thankful that my family is very close.
I don't necessarily mean geographically close, while it helps that we are all within a few provinces. I mean we are close to each other in that we see each other at least annually, and we act as one big family - almost like what you see in movies about Italians (even though I'm French/German).

6. I'm thankful that I have a great job that I enjoy working at.
So many people dread going to work every day, and admittedly I've been in that position, even though I knew that it was only a temporary job. Now I know that every day I'll learn something new, spend time with a great group of people and work on things I enjoy doing. That's priceless.

7. I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head.
And not just any roof - we are paying bottom dollar to rent a place that is definitely worth top dollar - and it's an entire house to boot. We will definitely be spoiled when we join the buyers market.

8. I'm thankful that I can afford to properly cloth myself
You can separate the "haves" and "have nots" pretty easily in Canada, especially when winter season hits. The "have nots" are usually those who cannot afford proper winter attire. It gets to be -40 degrees Celcius (centigrade) in the city that I live in, so you know that it is not a fashion choice - in fact, most fashion goes out the window here in the winter in favor of staying warm.

9. I'm thankful that I am living a stable, minimum-stress life
You always here about this poor family that had their house broken into, and this poor family that had their vehicle stolen, and this poor family that had their home burn to the ground - but never think of it happening to you. I'm glad that this never has happened to me, and hope beyond reason that it never will.

10. I'm thankful that I can do anything that I want.
That isn't an exaggeration. I could quit my job tomorrow and go back to school. I could leave the country and go touring the world, getting side jobs here and there to pay my expenses. I could take up roots and move to California. That is the freedom of living in a free country. Not that I want to do any of these things, but the knowledge that the opportunity is there is a powerful thing.

Now it's your turn.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Treasures - November 21st, 2011

I've decided to try looking at this a little bit differently this week. For this week's Monday Treasures, I'd like to share with you the top 10 blogs on my Reader that I read most devotedly. To be fair, I decided to actually look into my Reader stats for the last 30 days (oh, the wonders of Google), rather than just tell you the 10 that I think will show up. And here they are:

1. Dollar Store Crafts

This actually surprised me a bit at first, but then I realized that this is likely due to the sheer quantity of posts that this blog makes, and the fact that I try to read most of the post that come, in the order that they come into my feed.

Dollar Store Crafts is a pretty self explanatory blog. The writers find items at Dollars stores, make something new out of them, and post a how-to for all of their readers to try. It is interactive in that readers can send in their own crafts and tutorials, and is set up in a user friendly way that allows readers to search the blog based on budget or keywords. Dollar Store Crafts posts an average or 21.9 posts/week.

2. WoolGatherer

The fact that this blog not only made the top ten but made number 2 really surprised me. Perhaps this is because this is a new blog that I have started following, or perhaps it is because it is a tumblr blog - you don't spend a lot of time on each post - but I hadn't noticed that I was reading much from there.

This blog is composed of a bunch of little pictures and articles found throughout the internet - the type of thing that you would find using StumbleUpon. There is no rhyme or reason attached to what is attached aside from providing entertainment for the reader.

3. RedShirt Knitting

Finding this blog in my top ten list doesn't surprise me the least. Between the Sims Sunday posts, her cost/egg for the year analysis (she raises her own chickens), her cats and her knitting, as well as many other great personal posts, the blog's author has kept me reeled in for some time now. (Unfortunately Google will not tell me how long I have been reading this blog... but I know it's been since 2009 sometime...)

4. PostSecret

I'm sure PostSecret's presence on this list won't surprise anyone. But for those who don't know what PostSecret is... have you been living under a rock? No... sorry. Here is the description from their site:

"PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail
in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard."

While the PostCards sent are often mildly disturbing, there is something reassuring about reading peoples' secrets every week. 

5. Saskatoon SPCA Foster Blog

Now, this is one that may be new to many of you. I'm not sure how many people know this or how many cities do this, but Saskatoon's SPCA (animal shelter) has a blog where they update readers about how the mama cats and baby kittens are doing as they are fostered out into different homes. Not only does this let you see a little bit about how the SPCA works, but it also lets you have an 'inside look' at the cats if you are thinking about adopting. Once we have moved into our own place I'm hoping that Gilles will consent to having a second cat in the house. If this comes to be, I will likely use this venue to adopt so that I have an idea what the kitten's personality is first.

6. Angie All The Way

This blog is a little bit different from the others that I have shared before, in that it is a personal weight loss blog. The blog speaks specifically to her trials and successes losing weight, and does not dabble in the commercial like the other blogs that I have made mention of. Angie's story is quite incredible - she worked her way from almost 300 lbs down to 170 lbs, and is now working her weight down again post-pregnancy. She also has lots of great tools for weight loss as well as other fun links and pictures on her site.

7. Auntie E's Knits

This blog goes completely the opposite direction of all others on this list, aside from RedShirt Knitting. It is a primarily a knitting blog, but the author also blogs about her alpacas, her garden, photography, and other aspects of her life.

8. Subversive Cross-Stitch

This is a funny one. This blog features cross-stitch, but not your ordinary samplers and flowers and beautiful things. No sir. This is subversive cross-stitch. The site features creations such as "You are a smelly pirate hooker", "bite me", and "candy ass". Oddly, this site does not seem to work properly in my reader, so I just check the site whenever my reader notifies me that there is nothing new from the site.

9. Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half is a cartoon blog that makes spoof on every day life - everything from raising kids to depression. Essentially, the cartoon makes fun of itself and its writer in a round about way, while providing entertainment to the readers.

10. Ooey Gooey Knits

Another knitting site, this one focuses primarily on the knits themselves with little to no personal content. There are lots of great projects on this site and it is a good place to go to look for knitting inspiration (aside from Ravelry, of course).

Interestingly, my reader also informs me that:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pin of the Week - November 17th, 2011

Rolling Through the Bay

This amazing sculpture by Scott Weaver consists of roughly 100,000 toothpicks, and was constructed over a period of 34 years. Four ping pong balls run through the sculptures San Franciscan landmarks.

(Click on the picture to learn more)

Photo courtesy of: Filth Wizardry

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ten on Tuesday: November 15th, 2011

Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Ways to use Fresh Cranberries.

Quite frankly, I have no idea. Based on experience with other fruits I'm guessing that you can eat them raw, make pie from them, juice them, and can them? But fresh cranberries don't grow around here so far as I know. I've only had canned. So, I will look to the Google-net for this one. Here's what it says (bonus: each one links to a recipe!)

1. Allrecipes.com says Cranberry Salsa

2. Martha Stewart says Cranberry Poached Pears

3. About.com Home Cooking says Blueberry Lavender Cranberry Crisp

4. About.com Southern Food says Cranberry Orange Butter

5. JoyofBaking.com says Cranberry - Oat Scones

6. Smitten Kitchen says Meyer Lemon and Fresh Cranberry Scones

7. Cape Blanco Cranberries says Cranberry Magic Custard Pie

8. Hub Pages suggests Cranberry Relish

9. Simply Recipes says Spicy Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

10. Taste of Home recommends ABC Slump

Guess these guys showed me! No pie, juice, or canned cranberries in sight!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Treasures - November 14th, 2011

From Thursday until today, I have been snuggled at home in a blanket, watching my nephew run around and my husband chase after him, and visiting with the in-laws. There is a certain comfort in the air and a certain joy, one that you know can only mean one thing. For us, for the weekend, it's Christmas.

For most of you it's still way too early to think about Christmas. However, for this family, Christmas is whenever you can make it. December didn't work for everyone's schedules to jive for Christmas this year, so November long it was. (plus a bit of extra long)!

In keeping with today's festive spirits, I'm going to feature ten holiday decorations from Etsy today - and early enough that you can order them if you want too! Haha... Enjoy.

(Actual Name: Christmas Door Wreath.."Champagne Elegance"

I love this wreath, both in is simple beauty, and in its versatility. This wreath could easily be used for Christmas, and then left up right until spring - it doesn't scream season's greetings at you, just festivity. I couldn't tell from the description whether those are real hydrangeas or fake - they certainly look real, but it would be much more practical for them to be fake, as then your wreath would last much longer - even to the next season. This wreath is sold by AnExtraordinaryGift for $50 USD. It ships to the United States only, for $10 USD.

AnExtraordinaryGift is run by Amanda out of Saint John, IN. She divides her time between her three children, her wreaths, and her part-time job. Amanda specializes in custom wreaths, and will do her best to recreate any vision you have.

(Actual Name: Silver Bird Ornament - Mixed Media on Wood - FREE SHIPPING)

This bird ornament makes me smile. Before I even opened  up the listing and found out that it is hand carved out of basswood I was drawn to the ornament. Ironically though, I have a hard time picturing this bird on my Christmas tree. Not that it isn't good enough for my tree-  far from it. Instead, I have a hard time picturing it because my tree isn't good enough for it. This bird belongs on a lit shelf, or as part of a centrepiece, in my mind.

Interestingly, it seems that this piece is a collaboration between two Etsy artists. The piece itself is carved by Will, of Will Kay Studios. It is then painted by hcozza (actual name not provided), from Albuquerque, NM. She paints the pieces based on childhood memories, and how she expects the decorations may be seen by a child.

3. Monogrammed Christmas Ornament by TypsyMollieDesigns

I absolutely love this design. I tried to do something similar this year, except making snow flakes out of peoples' names, but it didn't turn out nearly this well. I think I might have to use this as a basis for next year. Let's see... more than one colour, ribbons.... this definitely beats mine. This is sold for $8 USD by TipsyMollieDesigns.

TipsyMollieDesigns has several other gorgeous monogrammed items on sale, and has already had lots of great feedback - and the shop has only been up a few weeks!

(Actual Name: 2 x PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS...Embroidered....Choose Your Fabric....13 To Choose From

It's not Christmas without the stockings hanging over the fireplace... or off the craft rack, whatever your situation may be. These cute stockings are fully customizable - your choice of fabric, name, etc. They sell in different groupings... individually, in a set of two (like this listing), in a set of four or five, etc. This set of two stockings sells for $59.98 USD.

Sweetlittlethings4u is run by Nicole Clay of Lawrenceville, GA. She specializes in pendents, but has many different things that she has sold in her shop since it's inception in 2009.

5. Christmas Garland by tinamagee
(Actual name: Christmas Garland 20ft)

I love the look of this Christmas Garland. It is festive, and fun, and a non-traditional way to decorate for Christmas. It reminds me of something that you would see in a Dr. Seuss book instead of in a real-life Christmas display. This garland is sold by tinamagee for $19 USD.

tinamagee is run by Tina Magee (surprise suprise), out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tina is originally from Northern California, and was once a real estate appraiser. Now she works as a "professional photographer and published scrapbook artist", and is the mother of three.

6. Funny Christmas Wine Labels by picardcreative
(Actual name: Funny Christmas Wine or booze labels . set of 6 Vintage images)

Click to view this one bigger... seriously. The pictures are really cute, and the captions are even better. These wine bottles will definitely require a double take, and hopefully receive a few laughs as well. These wine bottle labels by picard creative sell in a pack of 6 for $6.95 USD.

Picard creative is run by Paula Picard, out of Maryville Illinois. Paula states, "I love all kinds of art and images- and uses graphics, vintage images and my imagination, I can overcome my 'drawing disability'"

7. Merry Christmas Garland by paperklipdesign
(Actual Name: Merry Christmas Garland - white)

This garland is cute in its simplicity. It would nearly blend in with a white wall, adding a subtle Christmas touch. It would also look great on a wall of a different colour. I have a bright red wall in my dining room that I could see this garland looking absolutely fabulous on. The garland is sold by paperklipdesign for $7 USD.

Paperklipdesign is run by Melinda Anderson out of Sydney, Australia. She makes all sorts of garland and tags, as well as running her second shop, Tivoli Vintage.

8. Wooden Snowflake Ornament by RileysCorner

I love the details in this decoration. The snowflake is perfectly balanced, and has just enough detail to be beautiful, but not so much detail that it becomes gaudy. The decoration is both simple and gorgeous... simply gorgeous. This snowflake decoration is cut using a laser by RileysCorner and sells for $11.95 USD.

RileysCorner is run by Elisabeth White out of Liberty Lake, Washington. The shop features laser cut and engraved Christmas ornaments. The site has only been running since October so there hasn't been a ton of sales yet, but feedback has all been positive so far.

(Actual Name: Snowflake on Red Ticking Decorative Pillow Cover 16 x 16 / Christmas Pillow / Christmas Decoration)

Christmas decorating isn't just for the kitchen and the tree. This throw pillow would be a great addition to have on the couch, to cuddle up to during a Christmas movie and to add a bit of life to the room. I like this one in particular because it has just the right amount of Christmas flair - the peppermint stripes and red patchwork strike a perfect balance. This pillow is for sale by North Country Comforts for $24 USD.

North Country Comforts is run by Karen Charbono from New Hampshire. Karen uses "utilitarian fabrics in many of [her] designs such as burlap, ticking fabric and unbleached cottons. [She sees] beauty in their simplicity."

(Actual Name: Christmas Photo Album - BELIEVE Decorative Word Shaped Scrapbook Album)

I absolutely love this Believe Photo Album by SimplyInvitingCards. Just a picture a page, maybe with a bit of text saying the year. I could see this as being a year to year album, showcasing Christmas pictures of the same child year after year as they grow up. This album is being sold for $40 USD.

SimplyInvitingCards is run by Jen Schroll out of Manhatten, Kansas. Every last bit of paper is being used in her projects, and what is too small to use is broken down into handmade paper. Jen also has a website for her stationary shop at http://www.simplyinvitingcards.com/ and another Etsy shop that features knitted goods: www.etsy.com/shop/saffronandspice.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pin of the Week - November 10th, 2011

Welcome to my newest feature - Pin of the Week! This will feature a different Pin every week, topic varying. Stay tuned for a new Pin every Thursday!

How to Paint Letters Perfectly

Great tutorial to ensure that your letters always come out exactly the way you want!
Courtesy of: That's My Letter
(Click on picture to view tutorial)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Feature

I'm really excited at how all of the features are turning out. There has been a lot of great feedback, which only makes me want to give you more! As a result, I will be adding a new feature - Pin of the Week (Pinterest). This will be published every Thursday. Look for it on the 10th!

Thanks for all of your great comments and emails. I love to hear from you, and know that you're lurking about.

Ten on Tuesday - November 8th, 2011

Hi again everyone;

Today's Ten on Tuesday post is 10 Thing You Do to Take Care of Yourself When You Have a Cold. 

Luckily, I don't have a cold right now (for once). I'm not sure I can come up with ten things, because I am typically a 'suck it up princess' kind of gal, but we'll see how it goes.

1. Make sure I have lots of Kleenex on hand - nothing sucks more than when you have a runny nose and you are stuck without Kleenex. Usually when this happens you are stuck for hours and it is completely inappropriate to ask someone else for Kleenex as well.

2. Pull out the cough drops - I haven't found anything that works better for a sore throat than Strepsils cough drops. Halls and Fisherman's Friends are both effective as well, but they aren't as strong.

3. Go to bed early - I'm notorious for not getting enough sleep. When I have a cold I do my best to actually get my recommended 8 hours, if not more.

4. Pop the painkillers - If I get a tension or sinus headache from having a cold, I'm not going to hesitate in pulling the bottle of Tylenol from its shelf.

5. Cough Medicine - if I need it. I'd rather choke back the cough medicine than sit up all night.

6. Nyquil - Sometimes if I'm really not feeling well I need a bit of a kick to fall asleep. I'm not sure if Nyquil is intended to be a sleeping aid, but it knocks me right out.

7. Bump up the thermostat - I'm always cold when I have a cold. Funny how that works isn't it? I'll have my thermostat at home a bit higher and my space heater running at work.

8. Wrap up in a blanket - If I'm sick enough, I won't do any cooking or cleaning in the evening. Instead I'll curl up in a blanket with a hot beverage in front of the TV.

9. Work from home - If I'm coughing or sneezing a lot, I don't want to get everyone else sick. Luckily with my job I have the option to work from home and keep all the germs to myself.

10. Call in sick - At a last resort, if I can't function I'll call in sick and just sleep all day.

Monday Treasures - November 7th, 2011

Edit: Oops! I guess this didn't post yesterday. Enjoy your Tuesday-Monday Treasure :)

Guess what you get for treasures today?

Surprise surprise... some pictures from Vancouver. Now, while I'm not going to try to summarize the entire two day trip in ten pictures (yah, we stayed that busy), I will show you some of my favorites.

Goeldi Monkeys at the Vancouver Aquarium

You can't really see it in this picture, but this mama has a baby monkey wrapped around it's neck. It was born only a couple of weeks ago. This news article shows the baby much better than my picture.

Here is another photo of the monkey exhibit. It looks like something out of a movie.

Crocodile at the Vancouver Aquarium

I'd never seen a crocodile in real life. I didn't realize that their eyes were actually so... Googly. I thought that they were on the side of their heads similar to a lizard.

Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium
I love this picture. So vibrant. Of course it wasn't possible not to get a vibrant picture with the painted blue wall and the lights and the contrast with the orange jellyfish, but Shhh... let's pretend it was my photography skills, shall we?

Frogs at Vancouver Aquarium
You would swear by the way that this frog just hung around, floating in the water that it was dead, but it wasn't.... all of the frogs in this exhibit did that. They're very relaxed little guys.

Sea Lions at Vancouver Aquarium
I couldn't believe how LOUD these guys were! You'd swear they were having a screaming competition.

Sea Anemone at Vancouver Aquarium
Amenomenamie? Anenemie? Anemone! :) I've always had a strange fascination with anything that is half plant half animal. Luckily, there aren't many of these in Saskatchewan, or I would never get any work done.

A bridge...
Okay, it's fair game now - you can call me a nerd. I had never been on this kind of bridge before, and I was more fascinated by the bridge than the ocean view around us.

Tree-Walk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

This was really cool... it was something like the movies, where you walked from hut to hut, all attached to trees. There were mini suspension bridges in between each little landing, and there was a whole long string of them.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Such a cool experience. The suspension bridge goes from one side of the river to the other, and the whole thing is shaking the entire way with everyone's steps, and it sways so much that you feel like you are walking drunk. Your legs are wobbly for a few steps even after you step off.

Giant Redwoods at the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Gilles decided to see if he could fit into the crack in a redwood....


Granville Island - Public Market
We tried to go see an improv show Saturday night, but they only had single seats left. Instead we got a bit of a preview through Granville Island, and looked in some shop windows.

Dinosaurs Alive! - Science World
There were a bunch of animatronic dinosaurs on exhibit at Science World. While they weren't as exciting as we anticipated, they were still really cool to see.

Happy Movember :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Have you ever been to British Columbia? I know I haven't. My husband hasn't either, and he has never seen the ocean. Those are limitations that come with living in an extremely large country. Sometimes I think that it would be neat to live in Europe, where driving into the next country is a similar experience to driving from where I live now to the farm I grew up on. Seriously, I would love to drive 3 1/2 hours and actually leave the province, let alone the country. But I've meandered.

Anyway, we were offered an incredible opportunity yesterday. We are going out to British Columbia on Saturday morning, returning Sunday morning.  I'm so excited!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - November 1, 2011

Can I just say that I can't believe it's already November? It seems like yesterday that summer was creeping up on us, shedding the allergens of spring. Now we are bracing ourselves for the first snowfall, which could come any day now. They say that time only goes faster as you get older, and so far that rings true. I only hope it doesn't keep speeding up at this rate, because otherwise I'll blink and then die of old age!

Today's Ten on Tuesday subject is "Ten Great Interview Questions". As this - to me - is a very ambiguous question (job interview? television interview? performance interview?) I decided to go with the one that I am most familiar with. The job interview.

Having been to more than a dozen job interviews already in my life, I can easily tell you that there is a preset group of questions that all interviewers who know what they are doing will ask. There will always be job specific questions of course, but usually they can get the answers to that off of your resume. The interview is to find out what you are like as a person. Here are some of the most telling questions:

1. What would I find if I look through your Facebook photos? (This question asks both if the person is professional, and sees whether they lie when they are under heat. Often the interviewer will have already looked at said photos at this point).

2. Where do you see yourself 5 minutes after this interview? 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? 5 years?

3. If you could drive any vehicle in the world, what would it be? (This helps get to the core values. Money? Environment? Power?)

4. What did you do to prepare for this interview? (This one threw me the most when I started interviewing. "Um... bought a new outfit?" is not the answer they are looking for, trust me.)

5. Tell me a time there was conflict in your life, and how you solved it.

6. Name three of your most significant accomplishments at your last job.

7. What are some things that you expect you may not like about this job?

8. Tell me about a time that you went above and beyond what was required to get a job done right.

9. How do you establish a working relationship with new coworkers?

10. What is your biggest weakness?

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