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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

February 9, 2011

And the winner is: Erin!  Congrats!

What she wins is another story.  What would you like to win, Erin?


January 26, 2011

Wow, here it is, the FOURTH BLOGIVERSARY of FrankNotes!  I can’t hardly believe I’ve been sharing, or rather, attempting to share the ups and downs of my life for FOUR YEARS!

In that time I have made 496 blogs posts, have received 8,454 comments, have had 331, 696 total views!

And every year on my blogiversary (well, except the first, which I apparently missed!) I do a giveaway of some sort.

So to commemorate 4 years of being together, let’s do a giveaway!

Leave a comment telling me why you started reading FrankNotes or your favorite story or whatever, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for…  for…  well, something!  I’d love to whip up a handmand something or other but at this stage in my life, that may not be very realistic.  But it will be something wonderful and filled with love from me.

Thanks for sticking with me for the last FOURS YEARS!

UPDATE: I randomly chose a winner, but feel free to comment.

Decisions, Decision & A Winner!

February 10, 2010

OK, I need some input.  As usual, it’s there’s going to be lots of explaining on my part, so sit down, grab a drink, and read away.  Also as usual, I’ll probably figure out what I need to do by the time I get it all written out, but putting it into words seems to be the trick I need to get my thoughts straightened out.

So as you all know, I’m leaving education and re-entering the Hair Biz.  Up until just recently, The Plan was to work at the salon owned by the person who currently cuts my hair by renting a station.  Then after building a sufficient clientele, she and I would open a salon together.

Benefits of The Plan:

  • it’s easy (no interviewing, no cash up front, etc.)
  • it’s cheap (the rental would be very affordable for L.A.)
  • the owner is a really kind, generous, fair person with whom I think I would enjoy working and building a business

Drawbacks of The Plan:

  • the salon is not in my first choice for desirable neighborhoods (although that’s why the rent is so reasonable)
  • the salon is on the second floor of what appears to be an office building, which means absolutely no “Walk-In” business (again, which means low rent)
  • the salon is small and hence cramped and crowded
  • the salon doesn’t have an ambience that I would promote or hope to have in my own salon
  • building a clientele in this salon is going to depend on my ability to market myself and any referrals I get from the owner (who has said she will gladly refer me her overflow)
  • the type of clientele and the prices I hope to get in my own salon don’t fit the image of the salon
  • the salon doesn’t carry a product line with which I’m interested in working

None of this is meant to slam the salon.  Instead, I’m envisioning what My Salon will be like and trying to imagine how the salon meshes with that.  I’m afraid I am going to spend a year building a clientele at the salon, only to be back at Square One when I open my own salon because of pricing, ambience, and location.

Of course The Other Option (TOO) is to apply at a salon in the location I want, that carries the product line I want, and more closely fits the ambience I hope to create and type of client I hope to attract.

Benefits of TOO:

  • actual experience in the area and with the products and clients with which I hope to work in my own salon

Drawbacks of TOO:

  • more work in finding the right fit (I’d have to create a resume, complete applications, get in contact with former employers to be references, interview, etc.)
  • it would mean having a boss and company policies, rules, and regulations to follow (vacation time, sick days, and general time off) as well as having a boss (one of the primary reasons why I’m leaving Education!)

So there you have it.  I think I’ve outlined the Pros and Cons of each scenario.  And as my luck would have it, I’m still no closer to figuring out which is the best path for me.  So I welcome your input.

And by the way, I apologize for not getting to this sooner, but WE HAVE A WINNER!

There were 46 unique entries (eh hem, Kaye and Adele!) in the post to help Hubby name his business and according to the Random Number Generator website (that I forgot to take a screen shot of, but you can trust me!) number 29 is the winner!  Rachel, you win!  What you win, I haven’t a clue.  But you win!  Thanks for your help everyone!

And The Winner Is…

January 30, 2009


(If I counted correctly!)


Congrats Kelly!  I’ll get them to you at our next Bunco, if that’s alright!

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

January 26, 2009

Last year my blogiversary came and went without me ever mentioning a word (I think it may have been because we had gotten the call about getting a child, but I’m too lazy to go check), but this year, we’re going to celebrate (albeit a few hours late) gosh darnit!

Anyone have any champagne?

OK, so it’s a bit difficult to celebrate without champagne.  So how about a prize  drawing?!

Everyone who posts a comment in response to this post will be entered into a drawing for two shopping bags made by little ole me.  They’ll be similar to these, which I made for Vanesa for Xmas (although different fabrics) using this tutorial (you need a Crafster account to see it, sorry!).


They’re pretty cool because they fold into a pocket on the outside.


And they make your groceries look so much prettier (or handsome, if you’re uptight that way)!


So leave a comment and cross your fingers!  And comment before Friday, as that’s when I’ll do the drawing!  Good luck!

ETA: I’m going to keep this open until Friday morning, when I’ll choose a winner.  I’ve also chosen and cut out the fabrics for the bags.  The outside fabrics are on top. (The blue print is my ironing board cover!)



And The Winner Is…

January 28, 2008

This is what I came up with over the weekend to give away to one of the lucky commenters (commentor?) from this blog entry.

Checkbook Cover

A fancy pants checkbook cover that I made using some Amy Butler (anyone seeing a theme yet?) and this tutorial.

Checkbook Cover


(Don’t worry, even if you could see the checking account number, you wouldn’t get very far with it…)

Thank you all for all the great “unusual” foods that y’all eat.  It brought back a lot of memories of foods that my family also ate.

Alright, alright, I’ll stop stalling!

Congratulations to Sherry!  She was the randomly selected from the list of commenters (commentors?) and once she emails me, she’ll have this checkbook cover in the mail on its way to her.

I had so much fun doing this that I’m going to try to do it once a month or so.  Hopefully y’all had fun sharing your stories.

Oh, Happy Blogiversary/Blirthday to me!  It was just over a year ago that I ventured into the Blogosphere.  It’s great fun for me to go back and to recall some of the things I’ve done and blogged about in that year (most of which I’ve forgotten about because my memory is so darned bad!).

Thank you to all of you who read my blog.

Special thanks to those of you who delurk to comment and share your thoughts and stories with me and my readers.  I love reading your comments and try to send an email to each of you.

Here’s to another great year!  (With fewer awful social worker stories!)

Just Like Grammy

January 22, 2008

Tonight for dinner I made opened and reheated a jar of Trader Joe’s chili. To accompany it I made some corn bread (also from Trader Joe’s! See a theme?).

Nothing like chili and corn bread to warm up some cold bones on a chilly, rainy evening.

So as I was eating the cornbread, I remembered something my Grammy used to do for us when we were kids.

She’d take some warm corn bread (or heat up some leftover corn bread), split it in half on a plate, spread some butter on both sides, and then poured maple syrup over the top of them. I remember it being delicious!

So guess what I did?

Uh huh! It WAS delicious! Just like Grammy used to make for us!

Of course this sweet little story didn’t prevent My Partner from looking at me like I was growing a horn in the middle of my forehead.

So that got me to thinking that maybe everyone didn’t eat maple syrup on top of their corn bread.

And then that got me to thinking, I wonder 1) What y’all would think about this combo, 2) If y’all would think it was as strange as The French apparently think it is, and 3) What “strange” things y’all eat.

So tell me (and the other readers) what you eat that might be looked at strangely. On Friday (January 25, 2008) I’m going to select randomly one of your strange food comments as the lucky recipient of a handmade gift.

So let the strange food comments begin!

(I edited the date to Friday instead of Monday so I can mail the package on Monday.)


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