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Yesterday…

30 Jun

I went in yesterday to see M. There’s a lot of things that she doesn’t know where they are or how they work. That’s normal because I was handing so many things. They couldn’t get into the server account because someone changed the password and wrote down the wrong one.

So I spent a few minutes straightening all that out and showing her where thing are located. If she gets into trouble she knows she can call me and I’ll come in to help. I would never leave a client stranded ever.

Then we talked about my new deal starting on Monday that I am trying out for 3 months.

We also talked about how we’re moving our relationship from business to friend mode and we’ll make plans to go out now.

I got some big hugs from M. and Frankie and it was good to see them. It looks like every one is doing well, which I am glad to see.

Then I went to the gym for hours and worked out and visited the spa. It was very nice. I didn’t want to go out last night but it turns out that’s a good night for going to the gym. I was telling my mother, “I’m actually wearing a size 4 again.”

I hope I can maintain this type of schedule once the new deal starts. I feel like I am making progress.

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What did I do last night?

29 Jun

I had friends that came into town and we went to Buccan’s in Palm Beach and had something to eat and then we went to the Breakers for a Chanel No. 6. I ran into another friend at HMF that I hadn’t seen since Easter.

It’s always good to see everyone. It was a nice evening.

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Clean bill of health…

27 Jun

I am home from the hospital. This past month I have been thoroughly checked out and biopsied from every kind of doctor. Aside from my neck injury that I’ve had for over 20 years, I have a clean bill of health.

As the doctor said today, “Now you can go to Paris and celebrate your 50th knowing that you have a clean bill of health.”

The only surprise we found a month ago was that somehow I managed to break a rib (it’s completely healed but you can tell it was broken). I’m doing an easier routine at the gym now.

The only problem that they had today was that, as usual, my veins were non existent and they had to beat up my right hand to get the vein to come up for the anesthesia. So they had to bandage, wrap and tape up my wrist which makes me hand swell a little.

The last remaining item is to get a filling in my tooth replaced tomorrow.

And then my new deal starts on Monday. And I’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

So I get to spend today on the couch, reading a book and I’m going to the kitchen to make vegetable pot pie. A little comfort food…

I had a networking event planned for this evening but they don’t want me driving because I had anesthesia. They want me to take a day off. So I will comply with the request.

The server is allowing photos today. It did throw an Open Resty error on the upload but it went the second time. As a test, he’s the fortunes from yesterday. You’ve still got more work to do on this server.

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I threw these tennis shoes on to go to the hospital. These ended up being surprisingly comfortable. I’ll wear these again.

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Splendid day…

26 Jun

I had an 11:30 session with my new trainer, Blake. I just wanted to meet to get input on what I should be doing and which things I should avoid because of the injury. I plan on doing my workouts on my own because my schedule varies so much right now.

Then I did a full workout and stretching. Then I did full body red light therapy for 12 minutes, sat in the massage chair for a while and they did the hydrotherapy bed. I took a shower, blew dry my hair, did my full makeup, put on a dress and pearls and when I looked at my watch it was 3 pm! The luxury of going to the gym on your vacation. You can do everything. It was very nice.

I have stainless steel bottles that I fill with ice and water and then I add either cucumber, lemon or strawberries to the water. The steel keeps the ice cold all day.

I went to lunch to get one of my very favorites. I love, love, love Kung Pao Chicken over Salad with Lime Dressing. It’s my guilt free eating out because the calorie count is so low. The salad is so large, I only eat half of it. Because I spent so long in the gym, it was a two fortune cookie day. Both are great fortunes. I would take either one of them.

I would post a photo, but they are still having issues with this server (I’m not the admin on this one). It’s not allowing photo uploads.

These are the two fortunes:

“A Secret Admirer Will Soon Send You a Sign of Affection.”

“Great Acts of Kindness Will Befall You in the Coming Months.”

Then I went in for a massage. I met Alexis. She was so good, I signed up to get a massage a month with her. I consider spending this money on health and wellness. It’s good for me. So that was a very nice ending to the day.

You might not hear from me for a couple of days. If you read the previous posts you know why. All will be well.

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Network Solutions is having problems with the server…

24 Jun

My team at Godaddy knows I am rolling my eyes and they know why.

The web site you are reading this off of is on an old server at Network Solutions. All clients are Florida Web Development and Carolina Web Development are put on Godaddy servers for a reason.

Network Solutions had it’s day about 15 years ago. The server for this blog was put in place over 12 years ago. But they consistently pay inexperienced talent to the manage the hardware and unfortunately, this is what you get. Up. Down. Up. Down. And it goes on for days.

I don’t think this issue is going to remedy itself for a few days. They are having difficulty with OpenResty installed over Nginex on a  Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu is really for beginners. There are far more robust tools available in servers. My philosophy is that if you are looking for the easiest tools, you will end up with hard problems. Sometimes there is no substitution for hard work in information technology and computer science and that means learning and using the right stuff. Network Solutions has problems because of the way they choose to run that company. This is the only server I have left with them.

As I said, my team knows how I feel about it. But that’s why this page appears and disappears this week. You might want to read the posts you missed below.

As for the rest of my day. It’s been fabulous. This week is my last week of vacation. I slept in this morning after I finished a movie on Marilyn Monroe last night.

I got up and went to the new gym. I wasn’t even planning on using a gym for a while until everything heals but then this fabulous new gym opened up right across from the private airport. Literally, I make a right and drive a block down the road. They’ve got some posh stuff. The machines are really, really nice. I am just going at this very lightly for a while but I was very surprised how low I could adjust a machine. They have so many machines and so many different kinds that before I knew it, I was there over an hour and that’s without visiting the spa. To motivate myself, I bought a new gym bag and packed it with brand new makeup, cute little pink shower shoes, new toiletries, the works.

The gym is my time to myself. No work, friends or relatives. No phone calls. No emails. Just time to decompress. After I finished my workout. I sat in the Massage Chairs for a while and then I sat in the Hydrotherapy Bed. Then I tried that light therapy with the Total Body Machine. I’m really not sure what to make of that thing but I’m willing to try it for a while. It’s supposed to produce collagen.

I have an appointment with my trainer tomorrow to talk about a new plan.

I wanted to get in some workouts because Wednesday and Thursday I have to spend time in a hospital for tests. I think everything is fine. It’s just I’ve had some issues that go back years where they constantly want to monitor just to make sure everything is ok. So I just consider this maintenance. No worries.

Friday I am meeting with someone from my new deal. Remember I told you I signed a deal. The majority of what I will be doing is meeting with people and making deals for this company. Then I will spend sometime creating marketing materials and advertising for them. I actually built my businesses like this years ago. I can be very good at deals. What’a appealing for me is that it cuts down the amount of time I’m in front of a computer and allows me to interact with more people. It’s exactly what I need right now. The industries that I’ll be representing are medical. I have a lot of experience with medical from the early days of my career and then of course I’ve had a few medical clients through the advertising agencies that I own.

Then Friday afternoon, I have to get an old filling replaced. With my vacation, I have been scheduling all the little things that need done that I never seem to have time for in life.

This vacation has been good for me. Be sure to read the post below so you read about what’s up with my trip to Paris. I’m still smiling.

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My 50th Birthday…

23 Jun

My 50th birthday is July 16th. My mother called to tell me what she’s doing for my 50th birthday. She and I are going to Paris on August 5 -12. For my birthday celebration, we are having dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

That sounds absolutely fabulous. That’s a great way to celebrate my 50th is to have dinner overlooking Paris. It will be worth delaying the celebration until that week.

One of my friends texted from Germany that he’ll be in town in July and wants to take me out to dinner for my birthday as well. That will work because we can go to dinner in July.

Jules comes back on the 5th and she and I will make plans for a night out as well. I bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate her return to Palm Beach.

So just remember on my 50th birthday, that means that we launched the rocket to the Moon 50 years ago. I was fortunate to born during one of America’s finest hours.

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Fashion Show Continued…

23 Jun

One question that I’ve gotten repeatedly through the years is, “You spent a lot of years in Computer Science, why didn’t you ever want to go and work in California?”

No. Because they dress like slobs. A t-shirt and jeans to work to me says that you don’t have any standards and you don’t care about the details. No self respecting designer would wear a t-shirt and jeans every day. California is not my kind of mentality.

With that said, these are the rest of the items from the other day and why I like them:

Aqua and Pink Lilly PulitzerThis is the same Sophie dress as the other day (you saw me in a different pattern). I like this model because you can wear it anywhere and it’s washable. This is something that you can throw in the suitcase and trapse through anything in it. The sandals are a Jack Rodgers and, I dare say, far more comfortable than the other models of Jack Rodgers that I wear. These are comfy. I paired this outfit with large aqua statement earrings.

In terms of a purse for this dress, I like this bright colored pink Kate Spade.

Bright pink colored Kate Spade purse

The next outfit is a Lilly Pulitzer Linen skirt paired with a dark pink blouse, light pink pearls and a cute pair of pink embroidered mule shoes. Because the bees on the skirt are embroidered you can pick that up and carry it on into the shoes. Where are all these photos shot? My dining room. It’s handy for this purpose.

Closer look at the cute shoes:

Pink Mule Shoes

The next outfit can be paired with different pieces for different reasons. First is a striped Lilly Pulitzer with jeans and pair of white Penny Loafers with driving soles from Lands End. These are comfy and versatile shoes for traveling and walking.

Striped Lilly Pulitzer blouse and white jeans with driving moccasin Penny Loafers

And here’s the same outfit with light blue jeans…

Striped Lilly Pulitzer blouse and light blue jeans with driving moccasin Penny Loafers

And here’s it is paired with a pink blazer…This is actually a good outfit for an airplane. A jacket if you get cold, flat shoes, perfect…

Here’s a closer look at the shoes:

White Penny Loafers with Driving Shoe Bottoms

White Penny Loafers with Driving Shoe Bottoms

Courtney sent a new bracelet as a gift. It’s cute. This is the dress that I would pair with that bracelet. I bought this one a couple of months ago.

White dress on Laura Kerbyson

When I was looking for this one, I found an old favorite in the closet that I like for cocktails.

Laura Kerbyson in aqua cocktail dress.

Then for traveling and going to Paris, I bought some simple t-shirt dresses. I can sweat in it, get rained on, etc in this kind of dress. I can pair with a scarf and some jewelry to dress it up. I bought four of them in different colors. These things take up very little room in a suitcase. I call these “Saturday Dresses.” Because if I am going to the market to shop on the weekend and run errands, I reach for an easy Saturday Dress.

long necklace

Peach t-shirt dress

I also wanted to get more of the cute shoes.

Black embroidered mule shoesThe shoes above are good for adding color into a black dress. I don’t like to wear black but this helps

Red Embroidered Shoes

That’s all for now. I’ll do jewelry another day.

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That’s taken care of…

22 Jun

I stepped in for just three days to keep the store on Worth open. While I was there I fixed all the social media feeds that were broken and scheduled some content for a month. I prescheduled posts going to the web site. I cranked out a couple hundred marketing letters for clients, etc.

They are in good shape now.

Now I can get to my weekend tomorrow. I’m going to go and sit in a hydrotherapy massage chair tomorrow. I’m signing a membership to a club where I can do this every day. Part of the deal is that I’ll have a personal trainer who can come up with a new plan that can accommodate my old injuries. I think anything I do is going to have to be very, very light for a while. I am hoping that the weather will be good enough tomorrow to get in my walk through the neighborhood.

I will finish showing you “the fashion show” of new purchases. There’s some cute stuff here.

I have to go to the market. I’d also like to find some time to do a relaxing bath and read some more of the novel.

And of course, I plan on making a nice Sunday brunch. That’s what I think I’m doing tomorrow.

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I think sometimes people forget…

22 Jun

I think sometimes that people forget that I have business relationships and friends that are never mentioned on the blog because it wouldn’t be appropriate.

I keep a lot of secrets for a lot of people because they inevitably have to trust me with their business.

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We’ll continue the fashion show on Sunday…

21 Jun

The fashion show will continue on Sunday. I’m busy tomorrow and Saturday helping out a group of people. There are more problems to contend with than met the eye. It’s complicated.

One way or another, we will all get through this. I have known them long enough and well enough that they know that I operate from a point of love. I may tell you things that you don’t want to hear but I may tell you things that you need to hear. I’m only in this at this point because I care. I think everyone understands that my money will come from elsewhere. I wouldn’t be standing in front of this group if I didn’t have the character that I have.

With that said, everything will be fine. Somehow, it will all be fine.

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Ignore the hair and the makeup but look at the dress…

19 Jun

Dress number 2 that I ordered just came in the mail.

It’s been a long day and it’s been raining – so ignore the hair and the makeup. I clean up much better than this.

But what do you think of this new dress? There’s another one on the way too.

I think this is “Nigel Approved.” Nigel is my dog statue since I don’t have a dog. Every time I look in the mirror in the dinning room I ask Nigel, “So what do you think Nigel? How’s it look?”

I’ve done a fair amount of shopping recently. Nigel is going to have a lot to look at in the next couple of weeks.

I do love it Courtney. I think it’s just perfect. I’ll probably take it to Paris with me. Thank you so much. You’re so sweet.

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Yes, I am going to help out…

18 Jun

M. called me because she needs help. Her father is in the hospital in Canada. She wanted to know if I could come in and work the store for three days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). I signed an offer letter with someone else that begins on July 1.

It doesn’t matter what our differences are, of course, I am going to help M. So for those three days I’m not available during the day.

Let’s hope Pius recovers quickly.

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Discussing Atlantis with a friend…

18 Jun

I had dinner with a friend who said, “You have everything you want in one spot. Now I see why you live in Atlantis. You actually have a really great life.”

Exactly. And I do.

It’s a private country club with four golf courses. There are roughly 1000 households in Atlantis. The city of Atlantis is named after the island Atlantis. I live on a lake and a private golf course. We own JFK Hospital which is on our property. We have our own police department and our own fire department for the 2000 residents. We have our own Mayor and city hall.  If I want to fly an airplane, I go out the gate, make a right and I’m right at Palm Beach County Park Airport. Across the street is John Prince Park with a driving range, trails, etc. I’m 10 minutes from the beach. I am done with big houses. I’ve owned several by myself and I am tired of being a slave to the house and the property. I wanted a really nice condo. No worries. I bought one, gutted it and made it what I wanted. The biggest headache was dealing with pulling all the permits because I don’t do any work that’s not permitted.

We have 16 units in the building with our own pool (which has a lake view and a cabana house).  I can walk across the street to the restaurant at the Country Club. When I walk the neighborhoods I walk by half million and million dollar plus properties. I could not get all this anywhere in Palm Beach county. It has everything I need. I am less than 20 minutes to Palm Beach and 20 to Boca and 10 to the beach at Boynton Beach. With all that said however, that is why Atlantis has the highest property taxes of all of Palm Beach County. Because we pay for our own services for 1000 households.

I don’t hear neighbors because all the walls and ceilings are fire walls. They are also taller than standard ceilings. I’m a first floor, corner unit. I’m 20 steps to my car.

I work clients from Boca to Palm Beach. Atlantis is perfectly in the middle of the two.

I’ve been single a long, long time, almost 20 years. I’ve made all the companies by myself, the properties by myself, and each one has a lot of my personality in it. This one represents the stage of my life that I am I am in… Did you know that the buzzards are arriving next month because it will be my 50th birthday? At 50, I don’t care about a big house and big a piece of property. But let me also preface that with I spent four years with G. and that was obviously a lot of property and a lot of house. I spend more time now with friends and socializing and enjoying the things that I like to do in life with the way I have structured my life. I wanted a maintenance free life. Now I have it. The gardeners hare here at least 3 days a week and this building has it’s own full time maintenance person. I’m so glad it’s someone else’s job…

I do love where I live. For me, it’s perfect. I’ve had the big house in the woods. I’ve had the 175 year old Victorian. I built a brand new house on a lake. I’ve had everything. Now I am enjoying this. This allows me to have a more balanced life in all areas. You could say it gives me a lot of freedom. I am in the minority of ownership however, less than 3% are owned solely by women.

For me, it’s about keeping my life simple, beautiful and elegant.

I think sometimes people remember that I own and started Carolina Web Development and Florida Web Development (which are both advertising agencies) and my own design company. But what they forget is that for 4 years on Hilton Head Island, G. and I flipped houses, so I am well trained on what to do with picking and redoing a piece of property. We did a lot of them in four years. I had the design background before I met him. But I learned the real estate side from him. We split up over four years ago. But I know he’s a better designer for having known me and I know a lot more about real estate for having known him. But I had obviously redone properties before I met him. They were not in coastal towns however. Now I understand that side.

It was just a few years ago when I trying to maintain two residences – one in Palm Beach County, FL and one in New Orleans. I remember sitting in the nicest restarraunt in New Orleans having dinner with my mother after I had decided that I wasn’t going to build the theme park in New Orleans.

She said, “What are you going to do?”

“I’ve had enough of the lies and the politics and the flooding problems. I’m shutting it down and I just want to go home to Florida. The culture of this city is really not for me.”

I came. I saw. I planned. I reworked it every which way. I thought about it. I paid a visit to the Voodoo Queen herself. And then I decided it was time to pack up.

And that’s what I did. I liquidated New Orleans and I came home.

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If you don’t know New Orleans legend, the Voodoo Queen is Marie Laveau. In order to succeed in New Orleans, you must make a visit to her grave site and place the appropriate marks on the tomb and ask for her blessing. She was half Voodoo Queen and half Catholic. The vibe I got from that visit (or maybe it was just all instinct, said, “Don’t do this project. Not right now.”

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New Lilly Pulitzer dress…

16 Jun

I have a new favorite dress. Yes, I went shopping in Palm Beach yesterday. I visited one of my favorites, a Lilly Pulitzer store – C. Orrico.

Julie had given me a nice purse from C. Orrico for Christmas. I wanted to find a dress to match it perfectly.

So here’s the dress:

laura kerbyson

and this is how it goes with the bag:

I bought a new pair of Jack Rogers with the cork heel. If you have to walk a whole day in regular Jack Rogers, the wooden heels will kill your feet by the end of the day. I am hoping these have more cushion.

And of course I just put my blue topaz jewelry with this look.

I love this dress for several reasons. I can wear it from work into night. It’s stretchy and comfortable. I feel like I could wear it to do almost anything. This is a good design for a dress. I personally prefer sleeves over no sleeves because of air conditioning. They have other prints in this cut and I might add those later.

So how do I look?

These Jack Rodgers also look cute with it but I prefer the pair above:

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It’s a beautiful morning in Florida…

15 Jun

The lake looks so pretty this morning.

I got up and made French Toast. I make it with real french bread and then to cut all the sugars I mix half sugar free syrup with half lite syrup. I had friends that brought the Vanilla I use back from Guatemala. And of course there’s lots of Cinnamon. It’s delicious. I decided I could make this for breakfast after I got on the scale last night and I was at 120 lbs. Good. I can still eat. This is my vacation after all.

I plan to get a great walk in today. I have to mail a package and pick up a few items at the market.

I have friends that have been coming in from Naples about every two weeks. I’ve not heard if they are coming in yet tonight. I’m such a sap for a love story and they have such a great love story going on. I really enjoy getting together with them. One day I know I will be sitting at their wedding. They are very good together.

I wanted to go shopping for a Lilly Pulitzer dress. My friend Julie isn’t coming back into town until July 5th however, which means that if I shop, I’ll have to do it alone. She wants me to text her photos of options. It’s not the same though. I can’t wait for lunch and shopping with Jules. This time when she comes back I want lessons on how she makes those fabulous omelettes. I can not make an omelette. She makes the best one I’ve ever had. I want to learn how to do this.

I would like a visit to the gym today as well. And maybe a little more time reading my novel. I could take it out by the pool and lounge if it isn’t too hot.

That’s it. A simple, pretty, easy day in Palm Beach County, Florida.

———-update on the neck ————

It was like a month ago and I couldn’t stand for anyone to reach out and touch my neck. It was so sore,  I couldn’t tolerate it.

Sometimes things work in mysterious ways. I was in that car accident with the Uber driver and I had to get 10 shots in my neck and we decided to risk a new cream. I’ve got to tell you that the combination of doing that and walking away from the computer for a few weeks are doing me wonders. It feels better than it did a month ago. Now if someone walked up and touched my neck, it wouldn’t phase me.

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Finally, a picture from the Net that says it all…

15 Jun

I finally saw a picture on the Internet that describes my golf game.

Now you know why I wear two gloves when I golf…

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I am so enjoying the simple things in life…

14 Jun

As you might know by now I am enjoying my glorious two weeks of vacation. Doing nothing, Decompression. Doing everything.

I went to the beach today. It was the perfect kind of day for me. Overcast and very windy. I could kick back in my chair and watch the clouds pass overhead. It’s something that I seldom get to do. The sound of the surf and wind is what really relaxes me.

I had lunch on the beach. I read some of one of the new novels I picked up. And even when it started to rain, it was glorious because it was different. I had the little roof over my chair so I pulled the beach towel up over me and I enjoyed the rain on the beach for a while. After all, everything I bring to the beach is meant to get wet. I braided my hair this morning. I didn’t have any makeup on. What does it matter?

By the time I got home, I was chilled so I headed for a long hot shower and I flipped the heat lamps on in the ceiling of the bathroom.

For the rest of my day, I am camped out on the chaise in the living room watching High Seas on Netflix. I very seldom watch television, so this is a treat for me. I have a cup of baked apple tea and a cookie.

I can’t begin to tell you how great it is to get up and just enjoy some of the simple things in life. Three years without a day of vacation was far too long. That’s not something that I want to repeat again. It’s good for the mind, body and soul to just take some time like this occasionally and enjoy it.

I’ll be taking the easy road for dinner. I have some french bread that I’ll toast to go with the Lobster Bisque. On a rainy, Florida day, it seems a good way to enjoy it.

And then I’ll go back to reading my novel for a while.

I’m enjoying this. I really am. I think I live in one of the last great places on earth when you can find your solitude on a beach. Most of South Florida has very crowded beaches. However, I like peace and solitude on a beach and this is one of the reasons I’ve been here so many years.

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My day today…

14 Jun

It’s Summer, so we had an 80% chance of rain today. So I postponed my trip to the beach until tomorrow and went shopping for a new suitcase for my trip to Paris. This is what I decided upon:

So then I decided to tackle cleaning out the Master Closet in the Master Bedroom. I’m almost half way through. This project will take days but I love it when it’s completely organized.

One of the things I hate doing is unpacking a bag every time I go to a gym, or I take a trip. So I shopped for all new makeup and toiletries and bags. I packed a bag for the gym that has all of it’s own items. I packed the suitcase for travel so it has it’s own items and then of course, I have a third set for home. That way, I don’t have to unpack those items and I always know they are already in the bag. I like it when things are simple. Just grab the bag and go.

I did get out and get a nice walk in before the rain came today. I suspect I am going to be up late tonight finishing one side of the closet and then I’m looking forward to relaxing tomorrow.

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It’s Absolutely Glorious News…

12 Jun

So in regards to the new deal, I asked, “So when do you want me to start on this project?”

Their answer was July 1st. Which is absolutely fabulous because in the past 3 years, I’ve taken no vacation time. It’s called being overworked. That means I get 2 1/2 glorious weeks to recharge my batteries. This could not be more perfect. And they know in August I am going for a week to Paris with my mother.

So what do I plan to do with the 2 1/2 weeks? Here’s the list: I have time to cook real meals. I have time to sleep. I bought a stack of books. I’ll be going to the beach with a picnic lunch, a great book and a roof over my beach chair. I’ll be going to the gym to work out. I get an evening walk every day. I have four friends (from 3 different cities) coming into town so we’ll be going out or I’ll be entertaining. I’ll shop. I never watch TV. There’s a few things on Netflix that I plan to make time to watch. I’ll lounge by the pool. I’ll get a massage.

And I’m sure there’s more items I will add to that list. But that’s the bucket list for decompression right off the top of my head. I will be so refreshed by July 1st.

This is fabulous. I have wanted to do this for so long and could never make the time.

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I knew my vacation would be short lived…

11 Jun

I just signed a deal.

It’s to market and produce collateral for something that I haven’t marketed in a while, but I’ve had several clients in this area and I used to represent this area early in my career. This one involves making deals, which I enjoy as you know.

I’m going to try this out for a few months and see if I can make it really profitable for both sides.

That’s the news for today.

And yes I am still going to Paris this summer.

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Ordering shoes for Paris….

11 Jun

I need a pair of walking shoes for Paris. I ordered a pair, but you know how this goes – they might and they might not fit.

Now I am looking for sandals.

It’s been an interesting week. There’s been some meetings and discussions and the, “Do I want this? How would this work?” kind of thing.

I am hoping that our crazy weather in Florida is over. It’s a beautiful day today. I got to enjoy a really nice, long walk yesterday and hopefully the weather will hold out and I’ll get to do it again today. I am so enjoying the moments like this. This is what happens when you get over worked and suddenly you give yourself some time. Normal, everyday things become golden.

I found a whole series of sunset photos when I was cleaning out a hard drive.  I took these years ago but they are so pretty. I am thinking later in the week I might post them for everyone to enjoy. There are so fabulous colors in the shots.

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I know, I know…

09 Jun

You want the stupid selfies.

It’s Sunday. It’s storming in Florida. There will be no outdoor plans today. So here’s photos for today. I hate being in front of a camera. What color are the eyes today? They are a mix.

And if rains and storms anymore today…I just might take a nap.

We had a whopper of a storm yesterday. The whole weekend has been like this.

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My really interesting friend is coming back to town…

09 Jun

Oh Jules will like this one.

Remember the financial wiz that I had dinner with a couple of months ago? He’s coming back to town. He called me.

He was really interesting because his undergraduate was in Computer Graphics. I’m probably the only woman he ever met that really understands what that actually is… We had dinner. He went back to New York. Etc.

If you’ve known me for a while then you know a big part of what ended G. and Me years ago was that Palm Beach County was much better for business opportunities than Hilton Head. And I reached a certain point at which I said, “I need to go back to Florida because one – I need too and two I am tired of waiting on you.” G. had said he would move his business down here and he never did. He had a lot of strong suits in life, but follow through and making good on what he says are not two of his strong suits. So after four years, we called it quits.

So the interesting part of the phone call was that my friend is coming back into town in a couple of weeks and he’s going to try to move his operations to Miami. Really? How interesting. So I asked him, “How did that investment project on the stock market go that you were working on a couple of months ago?”

He doubled the money. I’m actually not surprised by that given how incredibly smart he is.

So let’s see if dinner with me and Miami become part of the new agenda in a couple of weeks. It’s always interesting to find out who will follow through and who won’t.

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My heart goes out to her…

08 Jun

I went to the meeting this morning that we were supposed to have to sign a contract to expand her business. Before she and I originally met, she had been diagnosed with a small patch of breast cancer. Unfortunately, they just found a big tumor yesterday.

Obviously, her focus in life now is not that company and the plans we had talked about will just be shelved. I was so sorry to hear her news. It’ s not what you want to find out in life.

I wish I could make things like that go away for people, but I can’t. My thoughts and prayers will be with her. She’s truly devastated.

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Today was a check, check on the “to do list” day…

07 Jun

I needed to vary my activities this week because of my neck and my “to do list” that I made recently.

It was a year and half ago when I bought the property that is my current home. Some of you may know that I also do real estate design work. I bought it and hired a contractor. I did the design work, the planning, all the shopping for every material, and was the overall project manager. I did all this at night after having taken on a new client who was requiring a minimum of 45 hours a week of work plus an hour round trip drive every day. It made for some long days. I bought the property from probate so I bought an estate. I very, very quickly went through her things and donated a ton of items and shoved a bunch of stuff in the drawers and said I will deal with it later. I moved my things very quickly into the property, shoved it all into the closets and the drawers and said, “When I get time, I’ll go back and organize all this.” I would work all day and then come home and deal with construction issues and decisions for four hours at night.

It made for some long days. It’s doing 2 full time jobs when you do it the way I did it.

A year and half later, I’m finally going through and organizing some of those drawers. It feels so good to finally get to this item on my list. My life moves 100 mph. But I’m a neat freak. I like my home clean. This is the way it had to get done. I still have a lot to organize, but it feels so good to have accomplished what I got done today. When people would walk into my home, it was spotless. But the items in the drawers, desks, cabinets, closets were not organized enough for my taste.

I reordered the business cards for networking that I actually prefer. The white ones (the original branding for Florida Web Development advertising agency) I think are the most readable and the best designed. So I ordered those and picked them up today. Even the shop said, “Those look really good.” When I hit the networking circuit, I go through a lot of cards. I have plans to get back on that circuit soon. It also breaks up my day from spending all day in front of the computer.

I had a meeting that was a waste of time this morning but that happens. But mostly I’m knocking items off my todo list. For example, one of my computers had over 50,000 emails on it. I am weeding out, deleting, archiving, doing maintenance on my equipment, etc. All this kind of stuff needs to be done and it feels good to finally make some time to get to it.

I have a meeting tomorrow morning and then a dinner tomorrow evening. I hate working on Saturdays but sometimes you have to accommodate another business owner’s schedule and just do it. Hopefully, it will be a good meeting and not like this morning’s meeting that was a waste of time.

As I was walking in from my car today after a trip to the store for drawer organizers, a nice neighbor said to me, “Just let me know if you ever need any help.” It’s really nice that he offered but accepting help has never been a strong suit in my life. I am probably the most independent, self sufficient woman you will ever meet. It would never occur to me to not do something myself.

It’s a blessing and a curse. I know how to do all kinds of crazy things that most people don’t know how to do because I always wanted to do it myself. It’s a curse because wouldn’t it be nice not to have to take the hard road all the time? That’s a definite challenge area for me. I’ll give it some thought.

That was my day and this evening is going to be more organization and nice soak in the tub.

When I was cleaning out and organizing a hard drive, I found this old photo and I realized something.

Most of my design inspirations either come from the colors of the ocean in Palm Beach County or the colors that you see when you fly in the amazing sunsets and sunrises.

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So how long has that been broken?

06 Jun

I had not had time to look at my own servers in so long, that I didn’t realize that a mail server at Network Solutions quit delivering mail that was needed. I put my clients on their own servers, so I don’t look at mine very often.

So I routed all the traffic from that server to a Godaddy external mail server.

The minute I turn my back, some server company (not Godaddy) breaks something, patches something wrong, or has a spam filter set too tight. It’s like an endless list. I feel like a constant babysitter sometimes. Whenever I come back into the room, there’s been chaos.

So I will apologize if you’ve sent an import email in the past year that didn’t get a response. I didn’t realize that mail was only being partial delivered until today. For clients, I am on top of that stuff when it comes to their technology. I just never seemed to have time to investigate my own servers until this week when I started poking around and now I am fixing all kinds of things. I need a “me” for “me” instead of for someone else. Does that make sense?

Hopefully people know that if you really need to get in touch, call the company line and leave a message. Or text the company number that works as well.

Now I have all the web forms routed through a new email box on a different server.

I have a long list of items that need updating, patched, cleaned out, replaced, etc. I am slowing making my way down the list. I just couldn’t make the time in past year and half to get to these items.

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Update…

05 Jun

Well yesterday was interesting. I went and got checked on my neck. I got 10 shots. Five on each side in order to get it to loosen up because I’m sore. I got a new prescription cream because I had a huge egg on my leg coming up (I have no idea exactly how that part happened). So the cream is meant to take swelling down. Everything seems to be helping today.

I met with a potential new client yesterday. I estimate that the work would take me a month to do. Right in the middle of our meeting at her business, the Internet goes out and it turns out to be a neighborhood problem. So that meeting got rescheduled. And then it was rescheduled again last night. I am hoping to finish the meeting this weekend. I would like to close this as a deal.

Of course I get the usual questions about why are my fees higher? Because I’m delivering a substantially better product with substantially more years of experience and expertise. The price is higher, but it’s a lot of bang for the buck when I’m finished. So I already know that I am up against someone else who just wants to beat it on price. We’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, you know I am taking some time for myself and do things I haven’t had time to catch up on in years. As you well know this old portfolio site was made a long, long time ago. I was so busy doing everyone’s stuff I had had time to go back and do my old stuff. The server company and I (this one is not Godaddy) had gone round and round for years about I wanted the server upgraded because this server for years wasn’t capable of size of files and code structure I was using. I about fell out of my chair this week when I checked and saw that I can do an installation, which meant the php caps had been raised. When I setup servers for clients they are dedicated servers and I have full control. But this site is an old site on a server I haven’t really used in 10 years. I’m not the admin of this server and it’s not my team at Godaddy. Hence, I just let it go because I was too busy on everything else.

And so that means, I will probably put together a new simple site for laurakerbyson.com that is more modern and representative of Laura Kerbyson as a parent company and some about who I am and what I do. This blog however, at least for now, I’m going to leave in the same directory. I’ll make a new site on top and then link it. Right now I am in the brainstorming stages trying to decide how I want to present it graphically. Sometimes, it’s very difficult to be your own client. Then I have to think about what assets have to be made.

I did get more of the Instagram captions added. They are only letting me put up about 30 a day because I started the account with 430 posts.

Of course you can check it out at http://instagram.com/laurakerbyson

I’m knocking some items off my list as you can see.

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I could not have woken up to better news on the Internet this morning

04 Jun

Finally, the DOJ and the FTC are opening the antitrust investigations into Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.

I have asked for this in the past along with probably thousands of other people in the U.S.

As a developer, I see far more of what’s going on than the average public and this investigation is long overdue. Some of it is quite shocking.

I could not be happier that it’s finally going to happen. I just hope that they can lower them down to the level where they need to be and that all of those companies are taught a new meaning of respect.

I heard the DOJ was going to take 2 and the FTC was going to take 2

I might elaborate more on this in the future.

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At least we are still laughing about it…

03 Jun

One of my very good friends and I were on the phone last night. She got the run down on the “week from Hell” but all I could do was laugh through telling the whole story because it’s like a comedy at this point so much went wrong in one week.

- I had to drop my largest income source because I couldn’t take her temper anymore. I still love and care about her but I can’t deal with the temper.

- I went in to get a foot problem checked and ended up having surgery on the spot. The foot is infected.

- I had a suspicious spot on my leg removed. I am fair skinned and no doubt this came from the sun. It’s being very difficult about healing.

- I was in a car that got hit by a car. I’m incredibly sore. With all the little surgeries and being hit by a car, I feel beat up. Like something that’s been dragged through the mud.

- My 1 year old air conditioning system decided to shut down. The repairman was here this morning. At least the problem is solved.

- I had to cancel the ball room dance lessons because I was afraid my dance partner would step on the foot I just had surgery on.

And all we can do is laugh about it. It’s a week from Hell, what are you going do? It happens.

The only thing that was not funny is that my next door neighbor died a few weeks ago. She was very sweet. I am sorry about that because she was a perfect neighbor. But hey, maybe she’s look down at all this laughing about it to.

Tomorrow is a new day. It’s time to end this streak. Well at least my bestie is coming back to town soon so we can laugh about it in person.

I can tell you one thing, I’m sure not setting foot on an airplane until this streak is over.

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How am I today?

03 Jun

Very sore. I understand the neck being sore. I don’t understand my right hip being really sore.

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I was in a car that was rear ended today…

02 Jun

I have friends in Naples who came to town last night and wanted to know if I wanted to go out with them.

We had dinner at Bice and they wanted to go to The Breakers. We did and we had a bunch of fun, just like last time.

So we ended up deciding to leave my car and I would retrieve it today.

So I took an Uber home last night and I left this morning in an Uber to get the car. And on the way there, we were rear ended. It was totally not the Uber driver’s fault.

I’ll probably go in to see the neck doctor this week because this of course is the type of thing my neck really doesn’t need.

At any rate, that’s what happened. I am taking the rest of the day easy.

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Instagram Up and Running for laurakerbyson

01 Jun

I worked all day on this. Please enjoy https://www.instagram.com/laurakerbyson/. The official Instagram account for Laura Kerbyson is now open!

There will be more to add from the archives, I’m sure.

My life and work has definitely not been boring. Let’s put it at that.

430 posts to Instagram later, you now have a picture story. What you don’t see are the server side work and the video work.

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Instagram

31 May

At the networking function last night it came up in conversation where people asked if I had an Instagram account. I haven’t built it out because I spent the last year and half building out another businesses account.

Ok, so here goes. I’ll start on it today. I’m going to take everything from the new Pinterest Boards and I’ll build it out. So there will be several hundred posts by the time I’m done this weekend.

I just have to do it. People ask about it all time.

And what I’ll do is post the personal photos first (they just show personal interests) and then I will section off the professional work. So the work will appear as the more recent posts.

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What can I say, Welcome to a New Edition of This Old House…

31 May

This old house being me darling.

This has been a week for what I call maintenance. Foot surgeon, dermatologist, dentist…

And on the business side – Networking.

I do love the networking events. I love meeting the people, learning about their businesses, we have engaging conversations. I love it. I think it’s one of the best parts of business is learning how to work a room.

I hadn’t done networking events in a couple of year now. I forgot how much fun they are.

And it’s also fun to discover that sometimes, it’s a really small world. I walk in tonight to an event in Boca. And a gentleman walks up and tells me, “I had dinner with you and a group of people in Delray last year.”

Wow, he was right. So we got on the conversation of who in the party we had dinner with that evening. I was relieved to learn that he wasn’t really good friends with two of the guys, who turned out to be real users. He wasn’t with them. And I remember this gentleman’s girlfriend. Very sweet girl. It was a pleasure to see him again. Sometimes, it’s a small world and that’s a good thing.

And another good thing is that I met a real estate group and we got onto the subject about whether I would do real estate design work again. I would, if I had another G. G. and I worked together on Hilton Head and flipped properties for four years. He made the buy and I did the design. We did everything from condos to million dollar homes.

When I got to Florida, I did everything by myself, but you need a person who is separate from you as the investor and then it becomes a joint project. That really is how it works best. I would be interested in partnering with some South Florida real estate investors who want to flip and they just want to be the buyer. I have a fabulous contractor. I spent my own money on him and he’s very talented and works very hard and takes direction very well.

G.’s business is different. He’s a foreclosure buyer. In Hilton Head it’s done the old fashioned way – they go to the courthouse and out yell each other. In Florida, it’s online. I went a different route, I bought a property out of probate. And if you need a referral, I just met a good real estate attorney who likes a real mess. You need one sorted out, I know who to call now.

I met real estate people this evening who do it by driving the streets and making phone calls.

There’s a different system for everyone.

I have a great eye for what to buy and how to maximize that investment through design and build.

I bought and redid the property now so that people can actually come to my home and see that I know how to do this. Everyone loves it when they walk through it. The photos don’t do the space justice. That can be a problem sometimes with photography, where it’s difficult for a cameras to capture the light and space accurately.  Some things are hard and some things are easy.

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It doesn’t look that bad one day out…

30 May

A day after surgery, it doesn’t look that bad. It’s just a little discolored toward the ankle.

So I am going to Boca tonight for a networking event for Florida Web Development. I’ll be on my feet all evening so I am wearing flats. The toes will get new paint this weekend.

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