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Woo hoo!

Something came of that first pre-bid meeting I went to!  We have a job here in Madison county as a sub for APAC's Birmingham office! It's a small job, ~$12K, gross, of course, out of which come supplies, travel, and three people's wages, not me.  But APAC is a big company, and if they like us, it could mean more contracts!

So Monday, I have to go get L.I.Smith & Assoc. a business license for Madison Co.

A nice way to end the week. And a good reason to have lots of fun at this weekend's camp-out with the Dayton Underground Grotto (DUG), who are coming down to be hosted
by the Huntsville Grotto
at Tumbling Rock Cave preserve.  Several people and my husband, Mark, are already out today doing a cave.  But tomorrow, we are going to do a "pit?" called Valhalla, which is strictly vertical, and open air, so I'll be playing with them.

Anyone waiting on Beta stuff, I'm working on some now, but if you don't get it by 5 p.m. my time (CDT, currently Greenwich -5) then you aren't getting it before Monday.

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I've been in and out of Tennessee several times over the last few months. 

I'm becoming a business office down here.  A north Alabama  branch of my parents' company, L. I. Smith & Associates  

Here's a wonderful picture of the office building, which used to be a hospital:Office in winter 

My office when I'm there is the glass block stick out area (used to be porch, but was enclosed as waiting area when the building was still a hospital) to the right of the front door.  Upstairs, just to left of the big tree, sticking out over the side entrance and the driveway, is my mother's office.  I got to use that one one of the times I was up there, because she and my dad were at a conference, which was why I was there.  It's a great space.  The squirrels run along the window sills. 

DBE means Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, which is important for "brownie points" if you're doing gov. work.  We're a woman-owned (= minority = disadvantaged) company.  Mother owns 52%, another female surveyor who was there at the beginning owns 10%, and my sister and I each own 1%.  Mother's 52% qualifies us as a minority.

I've been to one "pre-bid" meeting here, and handed out my cards and shook hands with people.  One of those people was a rep from a big firm and called the next day to get us to submit a couple of bids on things.  Nothing may come of it, because they have to accept our bid(s), then include it in their bids for the work, and IF they get the job, then we get our part of it.  But it's a beginning.

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None of us suddenly becomes something overnight  The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.  —Gail Godwin.
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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.    Saint Augustine
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I finished my first week of working in the office yesterday.  It was tiring and exhilarating.  I'm doing some busy work to begin with.  But it's important busy work.  Cleaning out, organizing, and completing employee files.  It's one of those jobs that would save a lot of time if anyone ever had the time to do it kind of thing.  Since I don't have a set job, I'm free to take on those sorts of projects.  And I get caught up in some of the regular work too, just by being there and being back-up phone person, and since I'm in a little offset of the front office I get caught by customers too.  I was slow getting back into the swing of both remembering the job and of getting up every day and going to work all day.  But over all it was a good week.

And I'm managing not to hover around the boy, and he's not coming to look for me.  He's been busy learning some software for drawing surveys that uses AutoCad as its basis.  He's really impressed them all.  He managed to actually get a drawing done AND printed by Thurs.  He'd started on it Tuesday, but my mother assured me that the last draftsman, who had been there a year, still took one day to complete a drawing.  He's really there to do some drawings for the Highways dept, but the data isn't coming in as fast as it should.  So in the mean time, mother's hoping he can help the Boundaries dept. get caught up.  They're short a draftsman, so things are backing up in the office. 

Around the house we do a LOT of relaxing.  And just sitting and watching of kittens.  They are fostering seven (who unfortunately are now old enough to leave to be adopted tomorrow) and another that someone gave them who will stay.  I have pictures, I'll try to get some off the camera.
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Work as if you don't need the money.
Dance as if no one can see you.
Love as if you've never been hurt.
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What's the difference between moms & dads?
    Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.


Jan. 7th, 2007 06:47 pm
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The great thing about a job is that every week they give you a check and all they get from you is a tiny little piece of your soul.
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.
– Thomas A. Edison


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