April 28, 2002
True confessions of an eBay addict

Okay, I confess.....I am addicted to eBay. I love to go there and shop for things. Everything from clothes (great bargains!) to toys for the kids. Yikes. Now, there is a practical reason behind all of this shopping. With my, not so recent weight gain, I've needed new clothes to accomodate my larger figure. Certainly, I convince myself, since I will be losing this weight, I shouldn't go out and spend a fortune on clothes. So, my solution is eBay. Inexpensive, good name-brand clothes. What's so wrong about that? I can get Liz Claiborne, Elisabeth (really one in the same), Jones of NY. All the clothes I like, in a size I don't like, for the price I like!

The problem is I am "shopping" every day. There's always an auction to be watched, a bid to be made. I was up last night trying to win two Geoffrey Beane ties for John. Oooo, outbid again! Okay, I'll go a little higher.....yippee! I won! Two ties he will probably never wear, but the point is I WON! Hey, if I can't be good at sports, at least I can relish the sweet victory of an auction win! Gotta run. An auction is coming to a close......must win, must win....

Posted by Brie at 07:58 AM
April 26, 2002
Friday Five 27-Apr-2002

1. What are your hobbies? Reading, learning more about Buddhism and most recently playing SSX Tricky on GameCube (although not as much lately)

2. Do you collect anything? If so, what? I collect coffee mugs, which drives my husband batty. Especially like those Starbuck's city mugs. Also collected Celebrity Bears for awhile, but haven't got any in awhile.

3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do? I'd love to learn to knit. I've always been fascinated with that whole process. I crochet, but not very good. Couldn't make anything "real" if I wanted to.

4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity? Nope.

5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to? Hmmm, I guess the only "club" I really belong to is SHRM, which is mostly for my career. Other than than, not much else!

Posted by Brie at 07:26 PM
First Blog Entry

Okay, so here is my first blog entry......we will see how long this can be kept up!

Who am I, you may ask......I frequently ask that too! :) I am the other half of the Silveria household here in lovely Southern California. My name is Brie (yes, like the cheese, if you insist) and I am a 30-something mother of 3 and wife of one. I am a Human Resources professional for a large optical manufacturer and am quite happy with my career choice. Of course, like most, I wish I could work less and make more, but at least I enjoy what I do! For more information on Human Resources and what it is, check out www.shrm.org. It really is more than hire, fire and picnic planning! :)

Other than work? The kids keep me very busy. With John working at nights now (we have all of 1 hour together when I get home, before he's off and running) it makes it much more challenging. When I was "employment-challenged" (read: unemployed) it was nice to spend so much time with the kids and John. Now it just seems like such a whirlwind. When you have so much downtime, you forget the frenetic pace your daily life can be. Oh well! I'm not complaining, really. I'm thankful to have found this great job, and thankful/proud that John has found something, outside taking care of all of us, that he truly enjoys. I just wish it could slow down a little. We are still in the "adjustment" stage, so I think things will get easier.

What interests me? Well, hmmmm, when I have time I enjoy reading. Right now I'm reading "The Cat Who Saw Stars" by Lillian Braun Jackson. Not exactly brain food, but very entertaining. I'm also reading about 3 different Zen Buddhism books. This is an ongoing thing for me. Buddhism has been a part of our lives for about 5 years now. We don't go to the temples or really "practice" Buddhism other than trying to live by the philosophy/beliefs of Buddhism. It's more of a philisophical decision rather than a religious one. Want to learn more about Buddhism, check out Buddhism 101. It's all very interesting and fits well with most peoples beliefs, if you just let go and be. One day I'll post my journey from Catholic school girl to Buddhism believer.

Not now, however, as I think, as always, I've rambled on long enough........

Posted by Brie at 06:53 PM