30 Days Until “I Do”

Posted by Becks on March 20, 2013 in Wedding Stuff |
Love Grows Here

Photography by Rebecca Hewett

Not only is today the first day of Spring, but it marks 30 days until I get married. Just about everything is set, just some little details here and there, nothing stressful. It has left me some time to reflect on things, focus on not just the day, but the after. WE will be making a lot of changes directly after getting married. It will not just be my name, but selling my home, moving closer to his work, finding a new job, finishing school, and living the farthest away from my family than I have ever been. My positive outlook says everything will be fine, we are just pulling everything off quick, and all at once, like a band-aid.

Changing my name is a big deal. After talking to my dad, I got emotional about it. I have yet to cry about it, but I have teared up. My dad said, “It’s not that great of a name anyway.” To that I said, “You made it great Daddy.” And I meant it! I feel very blessed for the childhood I had. My mom has not shown me any tears…yet! She is pretty excited over everything, including the after. I know she is not thrilled about me moving over an hour away, however she is wanting more grand babies to spoil.

Moving will be a relief, chaotic, emotional, and God knows what else. I have lived on this lot for 4 years, lived in this mobile for 3 years, and now for over a year Jeremy has lived here. This is the place I learned my independence, figured out who I was and learned to love it, focused in on what I love. My trailer is in great shape, just needs a good scrubbing on the inside and out. Minor cosmetic stuff I just never fixed, but has yet to get worse. New water heater, shingled in the last 5 years, no leaks, updated windows, I updated the appliances since living here. It’s a cute place to live and it has meant a lot to me.

On the other hand, on this lot a tree has fallen on my house, and that never got picked up. A tree I asked to have cut down last year, due to being dead, never got picked up after being chopped. Trees are uprooting and falling in the wooded area surrounding the lot. The yard is eroding, there are holes all through the yard, roots from the trees are growing up in the yard, and the water is gross. We go through Brita filters like crazy, and the “stuff” in the water dries my skin and hair out. That is what makes me excited to move.

We have a plan worked out so we can buy a place, and we are on the right path. There is a lot that needs to be done after this wedding, and I have been focusing more on those details, than the details for the wedding. That is the realist in me coming out, because there is a reality after a marriage begins. Oh yeah, and I have awesome family and friends that are taking care of a lot of the details for me. I guess no one liked Bridezilla. ūüėČ

As for the nerves and doubts, there are so many nerves, and absolutely no doubts. I worry more about falling on my face, tripping on my own feet, getting cake smashed in my face. I better not get cake smashed in my face. Red velvet cake really loves white wedding dresses, and I am not okay with that. I have no doubts, because he is my soul mate. His personality and his smile melts my heart, and we balance each other well with our differences. No one is perfect, but there is no one else I would rather work on life’s obstacles with.

30 days until the next chapter of my life begins. I am quickly adaptable, how do you deal with change? Leave your comments below!

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More Snow for Maine, Almost at 100″

Posted by Becks on March 19, 2013 in My Blog |

The birds are fed and the cam is on. That is right, it is snowing in Maine again. We are in the area expecting to get another 12-18 inches. Another 12″ and we will be at 100″ of snowfall this year.

Here is the view in my backyard. If you come over to http://justin.tv/bhew82 you can chat live with the other viewers. I will be in and out of the chat room, but I will stop in to say hi,  in between round of laundry and dishes.

Grab a blanket and curl up by the computer as the snow falls. Enjoy the birds that hang out at the feeder, and of course check out the Sweet Deals.


Watch live video from bhew82 on www.justin.tv

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Dancing with the Stars: Week 1, Night 1

Posted by Becks on March 18, 2013 in My Blog |

Hot Hot Hot!!! That is all I can say about the first night of “Dancing with the Stars”, the new cast, as well as the hosts and judges. Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet hosted again this year. Tom looked handsome and Brooke was beautiful in her purple shiny dress. ¬†Congratulations to Len Goodman, for his recent plunge into the world of marriage, with his long time girlfriend. Carrie Ann Inaba looked smoking hot, as always. Bruno had his sassy comments all through the show, and personally I look forward to that from him. Bruno’s flamboyant flailing around is amusing.

Kellie Pickler, Country singer and American Idol contestant, started out as the first dancer. She did a great job, looked like she had a great time, and did about as good as I thought she might do. 7’s all the way across the board from the Judges.

Victor Ortiz was up ¬†next. Ortiz was not horrible, but I can see where he needs some polishing with his arms and feet. I can see him going pretty far in this competition. I bet he heats up the dance floor in some of the sexier dances. His partner was Lindsay Arnold and it was her first night on the show. Victor received 6’s from all the judges.

Ingo Rademacher is best know is his role of Jax on “General Hospital“. Although there was no surprise to his incredibly hunky muscles, I was shocked at how well he did. A very passionate dance with Kym Johnson, Ingo’s partner. Carrie Ann gave him a 7, Len gave a 6, Bruno gave a 7.

Lisa Vanderpump and her pup, Jiggy, oh I mean her partner Gleb Savchenko did a great job, but you could tell that she was not completely comfortable. It was more noticeable than the dancers before her. All 6’s were given to Lisa.

DL Hughley and his partner, Cheryl Burke, may have been wearing red, but for me the performance was certainly not red hot. That is really all I have to say about that dance, except the score. Each of the judges gave a 4.

Zendaya Coleman is the youngest competitor, ever, in DWTS. The sixteen year old is paired up with Val Chmerkovskiy. They dance very well together, and she has great maturity in her dancing. 8’s from each of the judges.

Bachelor star, Sean Lowe, is looking to learn some dance moves for his upcoming wedding. His dance partner is Peta Murgatroyd, which at least he has that. His dancing was lacking…well everything. ¬†Carrie Ann gave a 7, Len gave a 6, and Bruno gave a 6.

Ally Raisman, Olympic gold medalist, and her partner Mark Ballas, shined in pink. Technically she did well, but I think she needs to work on her facial expressions. She has quite the body to shake, she just needs to learn how to shake it. Going from cute to sexy is never easy. Carrie Ann gave them a 7, Len, gave a 7, and Bruno gave a 7.

Next up was Dorothy Hamil, Olympic Ice Skater, ¬†and her partner Tristan MacManus. Hamil’s fighting spirit game through in her performance, as she showed grace, poise, and told a story. Yes, there were some things she needed to improve, but I can not wait to see how she does with future dances. She is no doubt one to watch. ¬†Each of the judges gave a 7 for this dance.

Five time Grammy winner, Wynonna Judd and her partner, Tony Dovolani, strutted all over the dance floor with a simple, but fun dance. There is some rhythm in those shoes, she just needs to give it a little more sass. Carrie Ann gave the duo a  6, Len a 6, and Bruno also gave a 6.

Funny man Andy Dick, and his partner Sharna Burgess dresses elegantly and shocked me as they flowed on the dance floor. Andy was a little off on the beat, but the song fit well with his personality. Seeing other dances from him will be entertaining if he continues to charm as he did tonight. Carrie Ann gave a 6, Len gave a 5, and Bruno gave a 6.

Jacoby Jones, NFL wide receiver, is paired up with Karina Smirnoff. (No one cares though, because he plays on the Ravens. This from a Patriots fan.) From a trying-not-to-be-negative opinion, he did good and has some moves. Yup, I can not be an optimist here. He was even wearing the Raven’s colors. On that note…

Who did the best? Who did the worst? Who are you going to be voting for this year? Leave your comments below.

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The Shot I Have Been Waiting For

Posted by Becks on March 13, 2013 in My Blog |
Photography by Rebecca Hewett

Pileated Woodpecker

I hope you all started your March off in a big way. For those of you who did not, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy life! Spring is almost here anyway, so get outside and get that fresh air flowing through your lungs. Just do not stand near the tailpipe when you do it.

I have already gotten a great start to the nature pictures this year. Yesterday I finally got the shot that I have wanted for about 3 years now. A tree fell on my house a few years ago, and where that tree broke was a large hole, from a Pileated Woodpecker. I had been watching him for months, in amazement of his size, just to catch him in a photo or video. After the tree fell, I didn’t see him for a couple years, but this year he is back.

I spotted this woodpecker again last Fall, and he has stuck around for longer amounts of time. Yesterday, around 3:30pm in the afternoon, I spotted him again and had some time on my hands to use my ‚Äúsit and wait‚ÄĚ skills. I was making some noise, but he did not move, even when I creaked the door loudly, while propping it open. Then I waited!

Eventually, my friendly ‚Äúlittle‚ÄĚ woodpecker got tired of gouging the tree for bugs, and hopped onto the next tree over. He stayed in one area for a bit, looking on each side of the tree and screeching a loud call to his buddies. He then hopped up the tree until he got to the top.

Rain was starting to come into the house, so I had to close the door, and get back to my own duties around the house. It was the 20 minutes I had been waiting for, and it was well worth it. I will probably grab my camera when he comes around again, but sometimes it is nice to fully enjoy the encounter to have it etched into your brain, in a more fulfilling way.

Are there any animals that you would like to encounter close up or from a distance? Leave your comments below.

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Social Media in Business

Posted by Becks on March 7, 2013 in My Blog |

You can not go anywhere these days without being around someone who is using social media, making the need for businesses to start connecting with the masses on a new level. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and  other social media platforms are used in so many ways by everyone. Companies of all sizes are reaching out for the instant feedback and product awareness to a larger audience. This is making the choice to hire a Social Media Specialist a smart investment, and creating a whole new job market.

A Social Media Specialist does several tasks, for instance they know different platforms of social networking, and can access photo, video, posting, contest, polls, and feedback. This person will also be able to do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to use keywords, phrases, and titles to get you ranked in online searches. Given a budget, you can pay to be ranked higher. SEO is also checking online where you do rank when people search for you. Searches should be done on several search engines, like Google, MSN, Yahoo!. With sites like Google Analytics, you can track where your website traffic is coming from, so you can target your audience, and a Social Media Specialist can do that. Some businesses value someone who can write on their blog, or create a blog for them. This is also another way to create revenue, by using Adwords to post ads from Google, or other companies. Creating a blog gives any company a voice.

Small businesses benefit from social media, because they are getting their name out further than their local paper. It also lets the community build a relationship with the business. I have seen everything from daily specials, to contests that are running in-store. Having a good reputation, and visuals for people, helps them decide to use your business. There is no doubt that having an online presence spikes sales, and gets more traffic in the door.

For larger businesses it would be wise to have a larger amount of Social Media Specialists working around the clock. If you do big business, there will be a larger amount of monitoring to be done, due to “Trolls”, who like to use bad language, talk negatively about your business without sufficient evidence, and just all out haters. You now see larger companies having photo and video contests, so filtering through what gets posted and what does not can be a¬†daunting task, if you do not have a social networking team.

From a walk down the street, to a wait at the airport, someone around you will be checking their social media feeds. Will one of their friends be posting something about your company? If you are already busy running your business, hiring a Social Media Specialist can spare you a lot of time.

From a business perspective, how has social media changed your business? From a customer perspective, how important is it for a company to have information online? Leave your comments below.


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