Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thank you from the ocean to the shore — we did it!





WOWZA! I can't thank you enough for making my World Oceans Day Online Beach Party a HUGE success last week! I was blown away by all the wonderful bloggers who linked up such thoughtful, beautiful posts to share their love of the sea and passion for ocean conservancy.

To tell you the truth, after all the problems we were having with Blogger, I was afraid the turn out would be disappointing. Just in time, it seems the powers that be in Blogland, got most of our blogs up and running.

I also want to thank my friend Cris of Here and There and Everywhere for hosting the 3rd Annual Oceanic-Blog-a-thon in honor of World Oceans Day.

Most of all, I want to thank our readers for taking the time to read so many fabulous posts. I hope each of you learned something new, I know I certainly did. That's what is so incredible about blogging — the sharing of knowledge. I love those "aha" moments, when a lightbulb goes off in your head and suddenly something becomes clear and you gain insight into a subject; in this case the importance of protecting our oceans from harm.

I'm going to be announcing the winners of my WOD giveaway soon, between the Blogger issues and the party itself, I am a bit behind on my life. Oh, and something else really through me for a loop…

I Got A Job!

After basically being out of work for most of this year, I finally found a position that I think is going to work out quite well. The fact that it came just a few days before World Oceans Day was quite a surprise. I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong, but after carefully planning my WOD beach party since January, it was definitely a bit distracting to start a new job, especially when it meant I also had to…

MOVE!


Yeah, throw a party, start a new job and move all in the space of a couple of days — I can do that…


NOT!


Luckily, I only had to move thirty minutes away and my daughter actually moved with me. This left my granddaughter in the duplex. I told her that typically when a child gets their first apartment, they are the ones that move, not the parent. She's thrilled and helped us with our move. Things went smoothy and quickly. As I look around my new space, I see mounds of hastily packed boxes and lots of work to get to. I had to take a breadth and let all of you know what's going on. I still work at home, which is a good thing, but I now have a bedroom, an office and a studio all to myself. Yes, I think this is going to work out just fine. Keep your fingers crossed for me — I know I am!



22 Thoughtful Comments:

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
The party was such fun. Thank you so much for hosting it. I loved reading all the different posts and made some new friends too. Did you see my post???
Congratulations on your new job. That's fantastic news. I wish you much happiness in your new home.
Lindsay
x

Ms. Bake-it said...

You hosted a party near and dear to your heart - of course it was a success!

I am happy to hear your move went well. I hope you did not overdo it. How is your ankle? I did not realize your daughter was moving with you.

Hugs,
Tracy

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Rhonda,
Congrats on the new job! How exciting! The party was great - so many new blogs to check out!
-Shelley

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hey congrats on your new life. What kind of job is it may I ask? Are you still shelling? I hope so. Great party-I think we brought a lot of awareness out. Cheers

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
Right then, I am determined to get that cottage, just so you and Sheila can come and stay in it! I would love to take you both to some english beaches one day. I am glad you liked Robin Hood's Bay, that's a favotite of mine too. There are some cute shops and cafes there as well which you would love. Oh I went to school with a 'Wigglesworth'! Fish and chips at the seaside are a real treat here. We will have those too when you visit :)
Lindsay
x

Loui♥ said...

SHELLE~~~~~WOW!
no, i am not screaming.
that is just my 'excited" typing!!
so happy for all the NEWS in your life..
new home.
with new workspace!
new office!!
new job..
(ya gotta share the details!)
ALL just so awesome!!!!
thanks again for the party..
had a blast enjoying all the posts!
I too made new friends!!
much love from the heart,my sister of the sea!!
warmest sandy-dandy hugs..
Loui♥

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so sorry I couldn't make the party but I was up to my ears in bridal showers and wedding planning, not to mention all the work at the lakehouse. I'm thrilled it went off so wonderfully. All your hard work paid off.

Congratulations on your new job! Will we hear about it? You must be an expert at moving by now!! Best of luck, Rhonda!

XO,
Jane

Jane said...

Thanks, again, for hosting the party Ms. Rhonda. It's been so much fun!!! Got to meet so many new bloggers...that's always FUN!

So glad your new space/job is working out and that you got moved in. Congratulations, again. We'll chat soon...when you get settled. (Dinner with you and Tracy was so much fun. The time sure flew by...)
Hugs,
J

Mila said...

How Exciting!!! Congratulations. I am so excited and happy for you. New place, new job, new adventure! You have been in my prayers, and wow - it's been answered. All the success in the world to you, dear lady.

gpc said...

An exciting new adventure! Can't wait to hear all about it. :) Congrats.

Della said...

Congrats on your new job, and your new place! The best part of moving is finding new places to put your favorite things!

I loved the party! It was so much fun, and I made some new friends. Thanks for doing it amid all the hustle and bustle in your life, it couldn't have been easy. You are so awesome!
It would be fun to do a real beach party one day :D Friends, fun, food, and finding shells!

Enjoy your new home, and your new job!
Hugs to you sea sister

Karen said...

Well congrats on all the "new" stuff! Where did you move to? ....

michelle said...

Oh my goodness you have been a busy girl! Congrats on the new job and the new place, I hope all went well and you are settling in.
Thank you so much for hosting WOD party, I have met some wonderful people and learned some amazing things.
XO

Love of the Sea said...

This is fantastic news. I am SO HAPPY for you...! Congrats and good luck. I am sure wonderful things are in store for you...take care and have a great rest of your week!! XOXO

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I didn't want to miss the party, but well...you know, things happened. I may do my beachy tablescape this week anyway. I'm slowly getting around and visiting some blogs. People have been so good about sticking with me during my times off with the family stuff...I really hate missing all that has been going on.

I'm excited for you about the job, the move and the party success!! Can't wait to hear more about it all!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great news! Congrats on the new job. I know it's been hard on a lot of people trying to find jobs. My teenager can't even find one at the fast food places! So happy for you. :)

Beach House Living said...

Congratulations on the new job that is great news.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm wishing you the best with your new job and your move! It does seem like everything happens at the same time! Hope your ankle is all healed now, too! We ALL had such a great time at the party! I learned so much...saw great photos and made some new friends! Thank you so much, my friend for bringing us all together! ♥

silvia said...

Congratulations on the new job and home. I'm so glad that the move went smoothly.

Hugs!
Silvia

RobinfromCA said...

I've been out of the blogosphere for so long and now I find out that I came back a week too late for your party to honor one of my most favorite things in the whole world! Glad to hear it was such a success! I hope you love your new job, new place and that everything goes perfect for you!
Robin

becky said...

I'm so thrilled for you, Rhonda! So glad about the job and the quick move (you've been doing a lot of moving in the last year)...hope this means you can settle in comfortably and stay awhile!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

WOW! That's a lot to handle in a week or so! Congrats on all your good fortune. I'm really happy for you.

I enjoyed the party and all the new blogs I got to visit. That was a really fun idea.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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