This week had a lot of lessons and reminded me that I’m stronger than I sometimes think I am.  I’m still not able to craft due to being short-staffed, a state audit and long work hours.  Despite all that, I’m still grateful for the blessings and lessons of the week.

New Favourite SoupBlessing: new favourite soup.   Base soup recipe found here but as always … I’ve adapted the recipe so much  … but who doesn’t?  😛  Eating well is always so nourishing.  The difference is obvious when I take the time to feed myself well.

Lesson: where money is concerned … no matter how little, in a work environment, take charge!  I let the “departed” deal with the balancing of a dept card that she primarily used for job postings and staff related items.  Since I had to sign off on the reimbursements, it made sense to have another person in the dept make the necessary purchases/payments we needed to operate.   Getting ready for the audit tomorrow revealed that she made mince-meat of that card’s reconciliation.  Between the over submissions and the lack of submissions for items which she lost the receipts, the card always seemed to balance.  But now that I’m going through it with a fine-tooth comb, it’s insane.  Insane enough to almost drive me to tears since my name is on the card.  I told my supervisor immediately then set out to work out the mess that the card is in.  She didn’t make any fraudulent purchases but it’s clear that she didn’t care how the reimbursements were submitted since some were submitted multiple times and others never.   Lesson:  never allow myself to be in this situation again.  The amount of time I’m spending on this issue could have been spent on something else.  Since no cash was taken from the card, I know I’ll eventually get it to balance, but while I do, I hope it doesn’t become an audit issue. 😦

IMG_3621Blessing: The vibrancy in colour of the leaves against the facade of the older building was a great reminder that there’s always something to inspire, something to view with different eyes — that’s if I allow myself the opportunity to do so.


A reminder by the foliage of this tree that it’s time to shed some things so I can rest enough to be prepared for new things.

IMG_3635Blessing: One of the reasons I love where I live — being able to see the Empire State Building from my bedroom and my living room.  Reminds me of places, people and things that make living in NY exciting sometimes.

Blessing: The support and hard work from the new employee.  I really appreciated the extra time he’s put in so I’ve decided to give him the day before Thanksgiving off.

It’s been a tiring week but good in so many other ways.  Thank God!

Hope your week was good and cheers for a great upcoming week for each of you. 😀

4 thoughts on “44/52

  1. Preeti November 14, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Blessings make the valley experiences always worthwhile.
    PS: I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s yesterday for the millionth time and was reminded of so many unforgettable moments in your wonderful city 🙂

    • Nicky November 17, 2013 / 1:14 pm

      They surely do and I have keep my focus on that. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder.

  2. Variegated Stacks November 4, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    D’Nali, you have such a sweet spirit. I often have to remind myself to breath deeply *more than once*. The colors of Fall stirs my heart. I’m glad that you are taking the time to share with us. Don’t work too hard: Be kind to yourself GeGe

    • Nicky November 5, 2013 / 9:19 pm

      You’re more than welcome GeGe. This year has definitely been a journey in “more than once” and taking time. Glad my journey has been helpful for you too. (((hugs)))

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