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About Link's Virtual Office

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  • Birthday 08/17/1951

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    Washburn, North Dakota
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    My first "career" was in vocational home economics. (I thaught school!) So, I think my interests are definitely related to "the domestic arts". Last year I entered a couple baking contests just for fun! I enjoy watching HG TV and the Food Network, too! Seems like home and family capture my interests most.
  1. Dana, did you have better luck after CC became involved? I'm using CC as well (for a client and for myself.) I figured CC had some embedded defaults when things started acting qwerky... and made a decision not to fight the program but to find ways to work with it. I'm just concluding the 60 day test phase with CC. Once one joins, are there more template options to select from? How does their selection compare to some of the other sites? Sheila
  2. Thank you for this recognition. I'm exciting about adding the banner to my website and using the press release in the local papers. Each of you make me a better VA, by all your honest remarks and insights willingly shared in this network. If my website promotes the VA industry well, I have many of you to thank for giving recommendations for "beefing up" the content! Sincerely, Sheila
  3. You know, the lyrics made me smile because my parents have modeled "aging" so well for me; and they absolutely love making fun of their aches and pains, along with all the inconveniences this stage of life brings. They would have chuckled along with Julie. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone. That certainly wasn't my intention. Sheila
  4. To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan 's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP (American Association for Retired Persons). One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used: > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >> > > > > > > > > (Sing It!) - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!! Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting, Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied up in string, These are a few of my favorite things. Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses, Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings, These are a few of my favorite things. When the pipes leak, When the bones creak, When the knees go bad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad. Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions, No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions, Bathrobe s and heating pads and hot meals they bring, These are a few of my favorite things. Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin', Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin', And we won't mention our short shrunken frames, When we remember our favorite things. When the joints ache, When the hips break, When the eyes grow dim, Then I remember the great life I've had, And then I don't feel so bad. (Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and humor with others who would appreciate it Perhaps a few others will enjoy the humor, as I did. Sheila
  5. Well, I'll be the first to tell you that I am not a Computer or Internet Wizard/User. HOWEVER, I hadn't realized I knew so much until I read through these little scenarios! Thanks for helping me to feel a little bit more educated & better about what I do know & understand! thanks for the chuckles! Sheila
  6. MAKING A BABY! This is hilarious! There is not one dirty word in it, and it is funny. Sheila The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, 'Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon.' Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. 'Good morning, Ma'am', he said, 'I've come to...' 'Oh, no need to explain,' Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, 'I've been expecting you.' 'Have you really?' said the photographer. 'Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?' 'Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat'. After a moment she asked, blushing, 'Well, where do we start?' 'Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.' 'Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!' 'Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.' 'My, that's a lot!', gasped Mrs. Smith. 'Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that.' 'Don't I know it,' said Mrs. Smith quietly. The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. 'This was done on the top of a bus,' he said. 'Oh, my God!' Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat. 'And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.' 'She was difficult?' asked Mrs. Smith. 'Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look' 'Four and five deep?' said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement. 'Yes', the photographer replied. 'And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.' Mrs. Smith leaned forward. 'Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh...equipment?' 'It's true, Ma'am, yes.. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.' 'Tripod?' 'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long.' Mrs. Smith fainted!
  7. So happy for your family! Your hubby has a career with a future! Plus the perks sound very nice, too! I think this deserves some kind of memorable family celebration! Best wishes, Sheila
  8. I have to share this & chuckle! The MAN really handled the call brilliantly! My DH would be the one staring! enjoy! Sheila THE PERFECT HUSBAND Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. MAN: 'Hello' WOMAN: 'Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?' MAN: 'Yes' WOMAN: 'I am at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?' MAN: 'Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.' WOMAN: 'I also stopped by the Mercedes dealers hip and saw the new 2007 models. I saw one I really liked.' MAN: 'How much?' WOMAN: '$90,000' MAN: 'OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.' WOMAN: 'Great! Oh, and one more thing...the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $950,000' MAN: 'Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of $900,000. They will probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 50 thousand if it's really a pretty good price.' WOMAN: 'OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!' MAN: 'Bye! I love you, too.' The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths agape. He turns and asks: 'Anyone know who this phone belongs to?'
  9. Oh gosh! thanks for sharing! The things we do for the sake of "beauty" really beat all! Wonder what other waxing horror stories are out there!
  10. When did you learn to drive? I got my license when I was 16; but I'd been driving around the farm LONG before that. However, none of us kids got our own car to drive so dad or mom or an older & licensed sibling got the honors of taking us places. It wasn't until I graduated from college that I got my own wheels!! In fact, my folks would drive me to Lakota and I would take the train to/from Fargo on the occasions I wanted to get home from college for a visit. The passenger trains don't even run that route anymore. I'd go visit my Grandma in Grand Forks the same way. Did a lot of bus riding and walking if I needed to get off campus, too. (May be that explains why I was a lot thinner then!) Since we lived in a rural area, we also enjoyed the benefits of a "party line" phone. Everyone knew the neighbors "ring" and some neighbors got very good at picking up & listening in. But it was great if our cousins and friends would get on board and we'd have a great time conferencing (only it wasn't called that then!) Also, it was pretty hard to multi-task while on the phone because it was definitely hooked to the cord & to the phone or wall. Later at work, some of the lucky secretaries had special neck rests to set the phone receiver into while they talked. ....always envied them! thanks for the memories! Sheila
  11. Neighbors of ours (just a couple miles away) have invested in a beautiful new home development project. The homes overlook a golf course, the Missouri river, and other prime real estate (here in rural Washburn, North Dakota!) It is just glorious.... but they haven't begun promoting on the Internet yet because they are retirees and don't know where/what/how to begin. Anyway, they've decided they'd like to advertise the homes in the "Painted Ridge" addition via the internet and to have a website that will feature virtual tours of the homes, the view, & the rest of their development. They also wonder how to get the tour visible or viewed by interested clients, once they have the virtual tour created. Since this isn't my background, I thought about them submitting an RFP... or even going to an agency to get the professional photos, videos and site developed. They are concerned about budget; feeling they've already spent a bundle on more traditional promotional items. Is there a way to do this so they do not have to own their own website? After I hung up the phone I started doing a bit of searching on the Internet to see if there are any self-help, virtual tour/web development sites in the real estate world. There are a couple that I noticed. Does anyone know anything about or have experience with: http://www.justsnooping.com http://www.realtourvision.com http://www.tourbuzz.net http://www.singlepropertysites.com/virtual-tour.shtml Or do you have any recommendations to help me so I can be a bit more helpful and involved? I hope I didn't send business down the road when there may be a way for me to help them do this affordably. Thanks so much! Sheila
  12. Facilitating a group like this will be fun... if you set the tone at the beginning. I like to do an ice breaker at first, as a form of introduction and also as a way to learn something about the attendees. You are lucky because a dozen attendees is just about the right size for a great discussion! You could ask them to give their name, title of their business, and ask them to share something about their business such as: * my most embarrasing moment in the workplace * my biggest marketing challenge (fear, obstacle, or whatever...) * what I hope e-marketing can do for my business * share why I haven't jumped on the Internet platform already The best advice I can give is to make the session as interactive as you can. Encourage a dialogue or debate as often as you can. Break into smaller groups & let them brainstorm ideas & then have them present to the group when they are done. An excellent resource is The Facilitator's Fieldbook by Justice and jamieson. Check it out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Sheila
  13. These remarks bring back lots of memories!! Think about your family's "entertainment" furniture! Our first TV purchase 33 years ago was a huge screen (26") Sony that sat in a big wooden box console about the size of my desk!! Also had a beautiful HI FI stereo credenza thay played 8 trak and albums! It was the size of my office credenza! We did not have a "game" table; rather we sat around our dining room table or else a rickety card table to play pinochle or whist when we really wanted to have a good time! Sometimes we'd set up several card tables and have the neighbors over for a card party. Boy do I feel old! We had a couple CB radios about the time we were married. I was "little Sheba" and my hubby was "Blue Bomber" because of his beautiful and HOT 73 Charger! Our friends had handles, too, like "yellow canary" and "big daddy".... Nothing quite like two huge antennas flapping in the wind! Those were the days! Thanks for sharing! Sheila
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