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Pass the Whine

Last week was not my week. It included two visits to the ER, a broken ankle, a severe concussion and a sinus hemorrhage. My husband has been charged with playing nurse and family cook. His “cooking” has consisted of: fast food burgers, KFC, pizza and boiled hot dogs. His “nursing” is equally skilled. Let’s just say that his bedside manner needs a little more improvement and a lot less ‘whine’. Somehow, despite my broken ankle, I still managed to put a pot roast in the slow cooker one day so we would have at

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My Left Foot

My Left Foot

Friday morning, I was in the midst of my regular morning routine, when my son announced that his bus hadn’t come. I would have to drive him to school, which meant that I would be a few minutes late for work. I called my colleague, Pam, to let her know about the delay while locking up the house, when my purse got caught on the strike plate of the door and threw me off balance. Next thing I knew, I was flying down the two dozen stairs that lead to our front door. I

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My Smart Phone Diet

Ready for a mind-blowing statistic? In 2013, nearly 2 billion (yes billion with a b!) mobile phones were sold. More than half of them were “smartphones”. Like many people, I’m addicted to my smartphone. As we rang in the New Year, and the media talked about resolutions, I heard quite a bit of talk about “smartphone diets”. When it comes to diets, I’ve tried them all, so of course, I had to know more. Some experts insist that smartphones can help you lose weight: there are calorie trackers and step counters and apps that

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Whether your “snowman” looks like our beach version (it was 80 degrees here this weekend!) or the more traditional version, we hope that you’re feeling the joy of the season! The team at Matchmaker Logistics sends you and your family best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  We would also like to thank you for your faithful readership of our Thought for the Weekend and Just Another Mary Monday.  We truly enjoy reaching out to you in this way, and we appreciate your comments and your feedback.  We will

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I Quit (Every Year)

Can you believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve?  Where did the year go?  Before we know it, we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne and toasting the arrival of 2014. Every year I get swept up in the fresh beginnings the new year represents, and I make resolutions.  I mean who doesn’t want to better themselves personally and professionally?  I vow to stop smoking, lose weight, and achieve new heights in many areas of my life.  And, every year, I fail.  As the old saying goes: “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in

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The Ultimate Betrayal

National columnist for CBS Sports, Gregg Doyel, says that the Alabama-Auburn rivalry tops all of the other great sports rivalries, and I agree. He writes: “Lose to Alabama, and its sucks for an Auburn fan for 365 days. The next-door neighbors have a Crimson Tide flag on their porch. The family down the street has a dog named Bear. And forget about the grocery store. Alabama fans are everywhere, and they’re gloating because their school won the biggest game of the year, a game so big that folks in that state would pause if

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Worst Christmas Gifts Ever

At this weekend’s office Christmas party, I emerged victorious from the Dirty Santa gift exchange. My gift was stolen from me once and had to be stolen back by my sister, who came as my “date”. It was a bottle of Bacardi. Yum, my favorite. It certainly made up for the year when I opened my gift to discover a dryer lint removal kit. Seriously? That co-worker must have conferred with my husband, Dale, for gift-giving ideas. The same husband who has gifted me with both aftershave and African Queen makeup. Or, maybe this

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Big Bucks and Holiday Antlers

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’m back from a great camping and hunting trip with the entire family, and I think my bottom has finally defrosted after visits to the outhouse in 18-degree weather and snow! I told you that we were going to win the $160 pot this year, and although I missed my shot at a deer, my husband, Dale, came through with flying colors. He got a 7-point buck, the biggest deer of the season. And, he says he’s going to use his winnings to buy me a

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Camping: A Different Game of Thrones

It’s been a busy morning. I’ve completed my duties as Camp Fry Cook responsible for cooking the big breakfast–homemade biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, sausages, and bacon–that our entire family eats together before heading out into the woods. As you read these words, I’m most likely outfitted in my camo, crouching next to a tree with my rifle in hand. No, I haven’t gone postal. But, I have gone hunting. Today marks the beginning of the two-week rifle hunting season in West Virginia. For the past several years, our entire family has spent Thanksgiving week

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I’m Stealing Mary’s Monday

Hi. I’m Shelly, the Office Manager at Matchmaker Logistics, and I’ve hijacked Mary’s Monday to share my story of surviving unarmed combat with your favorite logistics Jedi warrior: As Office Manager, I am the go-to person at Matchmaker for accounting, HR and technology. When Mary has an issue (as she did last week with our cloud-based software) she asks me to “wave my magic wand” and get it fixed. I spend most of my time in the back office waving that wand, but I recently had the privilege of attending my first NASTC conference,

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