Sunday, October 18, 2009

So I was sitting in this meeting

and my hand goes up like this:

And then I end up with a bunch of this in my garage....


Also this totally unrelated event happened:




I have this thing about volunteer opportunities.....I fall for them.

Over the last few weeks, I've been pretty distracted by other things.

Our community decided to change National Night Out to October because well, you know, it's so blazing hot in August in Texas and it seemed like a good idea. Except this October day we broke a record heat temperatures. It was about 95 degrees with 90% humidity, but we had a nice NNO anyway. This past year I volunteered to be the Neighborhood Coordinator. This was our neighborhoods first time doing any National Night Out event. (The stuffed shirt on the table represents Buster who was away on business that night.) I kept it pretty simple and just asked everyone to bring a snack or dessert to share. We had 25 adults come out and a bunch of kids running around. So I was very pleased with the first event. A representative from our Community Association and a Sheriffs Deputy came by to visit us and talk about crime and being safe and I heard somebody mention taxes and you know that kind of stuff.
Then I go to a meeting at Paige's new school and raised my hand. That is how the stuff ended up in my garage. I volunteered to help coordinate class craft projects for an upcoming dinner/auction fundraiser. I don't have to actually do each of the projects. We have some great room moms to help, but my new friend Robin (who also raised her hand) and I sat down and came up with the ideas and then went shopping. The picture you see is just some of the projects we purchased. I'll show you the finished projects when they get done and ready for the auction. They are going to be so cute.
There's been lots of other great stuff going on....Like helping Moms in Touch groups (Yippee) get started for the new school year and planning some events.
Oh, and I'm starting a new business. I am establishing a Mobile Notary Service business. More on that later.
So all that to say this...
I love doing all of these kinds of things, just can't seem to get my blogging in when I'm in the middle of them.
Don't think I'm giving up on blogging. I'll post when I can and if I've missed a post or two of yours I do apologize. I'll catch up. Oh, and if you happen to see me in a meeting, will you please gently tell me it's ok and to put my hand down. :0

22 comments:

becky marshall said...

yeah, i was going to suggest perhaps tying those hands to the chair arms or something...but without suckerrrrrss...er, i mean, wonderful volunteers like you, it would mean that nothing would ever get done around town! you, my dear, should be recognized for being a "Point of Light"!!!!!!

Brenda said...

Sounds like you're plates pretty full. Look forward to seeing the finished craft products.
Have a great week, Joy!

Melody said...

Good for you! You are awesome!

Susan said...

Proud of you for being one of those "get 'er done, gals"!!! Our world needs you. I eagerly look forward to the finished projects. Wish you lived here :o)
Susan

Diana said...

You go lady!! Everyone loves you I know!

Glad to hear from you.....

Givinya De Elba said...

LOL. The post title, the first line and the first picture ... brilliant! We all sorta knew what was coming after that :)

Jolly meetings.

Allison said...

sounds like a fun night! I wish we could meet some nice neighbors here...

"nice" and "neighbors" doesn't seem to be a compatible phrase in this region of the country...

I miss Texas :(

Deb said...

oh Joy I use to have the same problem....then I realized you can just say NO...with no big long explanation...just say NO I won't be able to help at this time...it is so rewarding to help and volunteer...but it can also take over your life...remember NO....it's just a 2 letter word...if that doesn't help bring some hand work to do while in a meeting...knit...crochet..anything that keeps your hands busy and not in the air....

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Joy, I do miss hearing from you very often--but I certainly do understand. Volunteering is MUCH more important--especially when you have young children.

The neighborhood event is so important --since these days, most of us don't know our neighbors...

Hugs,
Betsy
Love that picture of you with your hands up...

Tracy P. said...

Oh this is making me laugh! I love your enthusiasm, and your belief that doing things makes a difference. It does! Doesn't matter whether you're out there inspiring the people around you or "in here" inspiring us. Probably best when you are "out there" and then you just come back from time to time and tell us about it. Here's a hug! :-)

Brenda said...

You are my hero.
You are what makes America great.
Keep up the good work!

clarissa said...

You are so funny and cute. I'm glad you're related to me. I was beginning to worry about you, since I hadn't heard from you in awhile. You go girl!

Sandra said...

You are too cute!! There's no better way to meet people and share your faith than by volunteering.

The Farmer Files said...

LOL initially I thought you got all of that stuff from an auction until I kept reading. Hee hee..

Betty said...

Volunteering is always good. Glad you enjoy it!

Julie said...

wow, you sound busy... :) So great you are able to help in all these ways I cannot wait to see those craft ideas :)

Tracy P. said...

Joy, the next time you are tempted to raise your hand, just think about how this time when you overextended yourself I passed you on Tiffany's commenter standings. That should stop you! ;-)

CMPointer said...

LOL! I have been busy as well! It's hard at first to say no, but it gets easier each time you say it...=) I've been working on a lot of writing and research projects and that takes up time. Oh well!

Don't Volunteer Too Much!

Caroline Pointer
Family Stories

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is beautiful !!

tricia said...

Sounds like you keep yourself busy. I look forward to seeing the finished crafts.

C said...

OH my!!!! Sounds like a lot of stress, to me!!! Or perhaps you just aren't easily stressed out like me, Joy! Good for you! OH my word! I could never!!!

I love that first photo of you with your cute little hand up like that! "giggles" ... :)

Gombojav Tribe said...

I have that same disorder. My hands fly up at the most inopportune times. Better sit on my hands. But, my main problem is that my lips start moving while I'm still thinking.