Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Email Etiquette Simplified

One of the classes that I teach at my church is Social Media Communication. This class is geared toward young adults that are heading out into the business or ministry world for the first time. Most of these kids are the last to have any recollection of a time before cell phones and computers were everywhere and need to be reminded that there are many of us that are 'old fashioned' and follow etiquette rules that they may have no idea about. The following is an excerpt from my class, focusing on email:

Email Etiquette (for business/ministry/volunteer situations)

A) Clear, direct subject
B) Should look like a regular letter, like you learned in school
C) Don't "Reply All" unless it's required for the situation. Follow up information should go directly to the person that you have follow up with.

D) Don't use slang
E) Use correct punctuation. More than 1 exclamation point is probably too much. 

F) PROOF READ. Spell check is ok but it can't and won't catch every mistake.
*two, too, to, their, there, they're, breath, breathe, more.......
G) Grammar! Verb tense, run on sentences, and other mistakes can usually be found when you read it out loud. If it's awkward, fix it.
H) Don't switch fonts, text colors, etc., in the body of an email.
I) You should respond to most email within 24 hours, weekends excluded.

What would you add? Is there something that twenty-somethings need to know about emailing in business situations that I've forgotten? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 13, 2017

What do you order?

"Do you tend to order the same thing at restaurants? Or do you like to jump around the menu?"

I found this prompt on the NaBloPoMo post of prompts on the BlogHer/SheKnows website published  in January 2015. I didn't feel like giving you more of the kitchen today, (and I'm sure you're sick of it anyway,) so I went digging for a prompt. Voila!

Image result for chili's quesadilla explosion salad

I am a horrible creature of habit. There are two things that I order at Chili's: a Quesadilla Explosion salad with the dressing on the side, or the Buffalo Ranch Chicken sandwich, sauces on the side. It's like this at most restaurants. At another local restaurant, (not a chain,) I get the Orange Chicken or the Waldorf Salad with Chicken. There are two local bars that we go to rather regularly and if I eat at either one I get the French Dip sandwich. I'm not an adventurous eater AT.ALL. if it's at a restaurant. If it's something that you have made I'm all over tasting it, but just not in a restaurant. I'm also not a big fan of ethnic foods outside of the 'normal' American versions of Mexican, Italian, Chinese, etc.

So, tell me. What do you order when you go out to a restaurant? Always the same thing? Or different things? Do you have a dish that I need to try? A cuisine that you can't believe that I'm not eating? Tell me in the comments!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Patio Demo

So, since we do nothing easy or in order, we had a second project start before the kitchen was done.  As much as we entertain, we were ready to get our patio done so we could really use that outdoor space well. The trend here in Southern California is to have a rain-tight patio cover with lights, fans, tvs, and comfortable living room-type furniture. So that was our plan!

Bye Bye Old Patio cover!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kitchen, Part 6

This is what the wet bar area looked like before:

And this is after:

Although in these pictures it looks the same, the paint is 2 different colors from top to bottom. The new paint color is from Home Depot, Deep Crimson. It's really rich and beautiful. We have another project for this area but this is what it looks like for now. The cabinets hold a ton of stuff! And, it's amazing how much room a tiny bar sink can take up. We capped off the plumbing and it's in the wall now. No one uses a sink on their bar anymore-certainly not us! And we don't miss it at all. One thing I would have done differently in this area is to have measured the height of the shelves before they were removed so I would have some exact measurements to work with. While no one but me can really tell how much they are off, they are. HD wishes that we would have put under-shelf lighting under the middle shelf too. (It's currently only under the bottom shelf. I'm fine with it this way but he seems to think we should have. Oh well!)