Greetings, and happy End-of-Daylight-Savings Day! I know it’s not a popular position, but I’m always happy to get back to standard time. I wish we could just leave well enough alone… didn’t Congress vote on this exact topic? Whatever happened with that?
Anywho. It’s been A WEEK, y’all. Work stuff, life stuff, nothing major, but just a lot. I worry about my kids like it’s my job, and it seems like the older they get, the more there is to worry about. And this time of year is just insane for my line of work, which sometimes is nice because there’s always something to do, which gives me a place to channel my energy… but on the other hand, there is always something to do. It can be a blessing and a curse.
If it seems like I’ve had a lot more sponsored posts than usual, you would be right! This time of year, the sponsored post opportunities are nothing short of overwhelming. I’m sure it seems like a lot on your end too, but I only work with retailers I truly love and that seem to resonate with a lot of you. I hope that’s evident.
I haven’t had anyone complaining, but the season is far from over, ha! Some people seem to think sponsored posts aren’t as authentic as the others, but that’s so far from the truth. If anything, I work harder on my sponsored content than the other posts, although I’ll admit I often have more fun writing the topical posts that aren’t focused on a specific brand or store… that’s probably what people notice.
With sponsored content, I can only feature products from that retailer, which can feel limiting. But in general, I’m really excited about the partnerships I’m making these days. I’ve been doing this job a very long time, and I’m at the point that I can afford to be choosy, which is really nice.
The downside of sponsored content is, I have to wait for my posts to be approved. They don’t rewrite them or tell me what to say, and oftentimes there are no edits whatsoever. They’re basically looking to make sure I have the correct links and product details, and that I don’t write anything that is overtly political or contentious.
But I still have to wait until I get approval to publish. If they’re late getting back to me, I have to juggle my calendar and rearrange things at the last minute. I try to have a post or two written and ready to go, just in case, but that doesn’t always happen. I don’t say any of this to complain. I just thought you might enjoy knowing a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes.
So Becca’s marching band season finally wrapped up this weekend. They had an extra Friday night football game, since our team made it to the semi-finals. They had their final cavalcade last weekend, so they were feeling over it. Becca wasn’t looking forward to performing again and dragging that heavy marimba across the field, but as it turned out, they had a great performance. She said it was so much fun to play and enjoy the show with no pressure of competition looming.
Paul and I didn’t go, since it was an away game, but I can’t wait to watch the replay. She said it was their best performance yet. The other school even put an announcement on their Facebook Page, saying our band put on an amazing show. All that to say, it was a great way to wrap up the season.
And just like that, we’re on to Indoor Drumline! These kids don’t get a break, but I guess they like it that way. We went to a meeting this week where they announced the theme of their show for this year, and they’re all super excited about it. They start practicing next week, and their first competition is in February. From that point, they have a competition almost every weekend through mid-April. So I guess I know what we’ll be doing this winter!
Meanwhile, I’m already thinking about getting Caroline home for Thanksgiving. I need to get her plane ticket, because it will be here before we know it! Paul ordered the turkeys yesterday, and I pretty much know what I’m making. We don’t change it up much year to year. I just need to shop and plan out my schedule so I’m not stressed out trying to cover Cyber Week and host Thanksgiving.
That was the nice thing about always being a guest for Thanksgiving. Aside from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it’s the busiest week of the year for my business. Although in recent years, it seems like most retailers are doing Black Friday sales all month long, so that sort of spreads out the crazy. #thankgoodness
Alrighty! I need to get a move on here. I have a meeting before church to help plan our ladies’ Christmas Tea, and Paul is doing a brisket on the smoker for this afternoon, so I want to prep some sides so I’m ready when he is. He isn’t really sure when it will be done, so I’m on standby.
Before I go, I guess I should have a moment of silence for our Philadelphia Phillies. They played hard, and we did get a few good wins early in the series, but it sounds like the best team won. Congrats to all the Astros fans out there, and go Eagles! 💚 🦅 💚
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