Woman works again

As of last week I accepted an independent contractor position with a local tutoring service.  Currently I oversee one hour weekly sessions with two separate students.  I eagerly anticipate the opportunity for additional pupils.  Please contact me for more information on the company I represent and how we can best assist your academic scholar.

Mommy job hunts while the children sleep.

Mommy job hunts while the children sleep.

Not too long ago I dabbled in the food service industry as a hostess.  Grateful as I was for the opportunity it simply wasn’t for me.  I made a vow to myself that I would never again accept a position I found less than fulfilling.  Of course I’ll never allow my children to go hungry– but I wholeheartedly believe I can discover a job that satisfies and enriches me– and this work will pay the bills.

My online endeavors provide limited income.  Two companies count me amongst their paid employees and I’m looking to join the ranks of two more.  Combine this with tutoring and I’m able to take the time I need to find the perfect job.  It’s worth the wait.  Never again will I take the first thing I’m offered simply because it’s available.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Finch’s Black Car Service

My dear friend, Andre, recently launched his own business:  Finch’s Black Car Service.  He wears the number 21 to pay homage to his late brother, Memphis basketball legacy Larry Finch.  With a combined 38 years in the hospitality and transportation industries, Andre understands firsthand the importance of safe, reliable, and pleasant chauffeuring.  Finch’s Black Car Service is available for doctor’s appointments, taking children to school, grocery pickup, general errands, tours of the city, and delivery to transit hubs.

Andre Finch

Andre Finch

Andre believes trust and pricing distinguish his business from the competition. Many of his clients are in the public eye and demand confidentiality.  Andre guarantees a discreet experience for all passengers and this expectation of privacy cements the trust level.

Stressing that his business is deeply rooted in faith, Andre utilizes a ‘pay what you are able’ approach.  No riders are refused because of inability to afford standard fares.  His revenues in gratuity and regular clientele allow him to sustain this endeavor.  Such a service minded philosophy is few and far between in contemporary society.

Because of the premium placed on discretion he won’t divulge specifics regarding those who ride in his slate blue 2006 Cadillac SRX six passenger vehicle.  I can tell you satisfied clients include Katy Perry’s flight crew, jazz great Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Brown, the bands New Edition and The Afters; and golf master Phil Mickelson.

Contact Andre for all of your transportation needs at (901)283-9101.  Be sure to check out Finch’s Black Car Service on Facebook.  I refuse to Uber, Lyft, or cab around the city but I never hesitate to call Andre.  Support this local businessman– and personal friend– and his strong ties to Memphis.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

 

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Puss at park

Do I qualify as an accomplice of a crazy cat lady if I’m sitting here on a park bench while Amber snuggles with her two Abyssinians on leashes while my child frolics on the playground?

No cats were harmed during the making of this photograph.

No cats were harmed during the making of this photograph.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,
Sloane

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Social butterfly Sloane

Blogging becomes quite difficult when your dance card stays full. Amber guarantees a calendar stuck on overdrive. I could retire before the end of January and have my social obligations fulfilled for the year. Since our paths crossed I’ve met more people and participated in more outings than I have in the past ten years.

Ladies Night In

Ladies Night In

Visiting Whiskey Kitchen with Kris and Linda

Visiting Whiskey Kitchen with Kris and Linda

Cat on shoulder, child in backseat

Cat on shoulder, child in backseat

My departure from ye olde bat cave challenges me at times. More often than not, actually. But I appreciate the opportunity for new endeavors. With the exception of Maris I’ve never experienced a healthy social life with healthy individuals participating in healthy activities. Am I overwhelmed, anxious, and exceedingly awkward at times? You bet. It’s a learning curve. Yet I’m content to sit back and try something new. Letting Amber demonstrate her neurotic planning capabilities set my schedule is a welcome relief.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,
Sloane

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Mind on a mizzy

As of 5 January I am the mother of two children in school. 

Where does the time go?!  I’m in a state of shock.  How quickly they grow.  It seems like just yesterday they were born.  Yet last Tuesday Adam resumed his second semester of first grade at Riverdale Elementary and Tatum began her first day of preschool at Collierville Baptist.  The boy child attends school daily from 8am-3pm.  The girl child goes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-2:30pm.  My kids go to school!

schoolAdam seemed largely apathetic to the whole process.  School alleviates the inevitable winter break boredom but but it also removes him from television and tablet the creature comforts of home.  Tatum, conversely, could not wait.  My baby girl woke up on Christmas morning asking if she could go to school.  For months on end she’s been inquiring as to enrollment– and now she’s finally amongst the preschoolers.  There’s nothing she wants more than to be a student, lugging in her backpack and learning lessons.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

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Trip pics

Penny is the star of this photo.

Penny is the star of this photo.

My dear traveling companion

My dear traveling companion

We're commiserating over our sad eyes.

We’re commiserating over our sad eyes.

Twinsies in a hammock

Twinsies in a hammock

This is the dawning of the age of aquarium!

This is the dawning of the age of aquarium!

One of my favorite pictures of us

One of my favorite pictures of us

Seeing Jelly Pickles [and Memaw] was the icing on the cake.

Seeing Jelly Pickles [and Memaw] was the icing on the cake.

My other half

Soul Sisters

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

 

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Road trippers

T-minus 3 hours until Amber and I hit the open road. 

Have I packed or made any last minute preparations?  Of course not.  Procrastination is a virtue.  I choose to blame my distraction on the fact that I’m giddy with excitement.  Knowing that I’ll be spending the night in Spring Hill with Maris makes me squeal with glee!  I kid you not.  My Soul Sister and I haven’t seen each other since she and the twins made a 48 hour visit to Memphis at the end of October.  Oh, how I miss her.

Magic is always made when S&M come together.

Magic is always made when S&M come together.

Tonight we’ll have a relaxed night at home with her family.  I’m looking forward to touring the new house, seeing her husband for the first time in months, and giving Amber the opportunity to bond with my closest friend.  We’ll venture into Nashville tomorrow afternoon for some time downtown and a visit to Patterson House.  Best of all our trio will rendezvous with Shay and Angelica– my beloved comrades from GH– for dinner that night.  Seeing these women will be the icing on the cake.

Saturday's destination

Saturday’s destination

Amber’s only slightly neurotic about planning so she chose the dinner venue [along with virtually everything else in the itinerary] but it was a welcome relief to pass the planning torch to someone else.  Ladies, I’ll be texting you once we get on the road with the time and place of our top secret outing.  ;)

After a second night in Spring Hill we’ll say our goodbyes to Sunday morning…and taking a quick detour to Cookeville before heading home.  I want to show Amber our family home and visit the cemetery.  My parents and I just did the astonishing math that we haven’t been there since Gideon and Carly’s wedding shower in 2006.  Thankfully I have the opportunity to remedy that situation this weekend….but I will never let so much time lapse before returning to such an important place to our family narrative.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,

Sloane

 

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