Two Years Ago

All in a Days Work, Personal, Real Estate

Two Years Ago. Sometimes the Facebook memories application gives me a kick in the butt. Like today. April 24, 2015 I’ve completed about 75% of my 75 hour online course to become a Real Estate Agent…it’s time for some business procrastination, right? Like please? At least 25 of you so I can register an official […]

April 24, 2017

Getting Paid to Write

All in a Days Work, Synchronicities, Writing

One particularly gloomy day last September, I went to bed stressed over our car dying and having several real estate deals falling apart at the same time. (This is considered NORMAL real estate life, I knew this going into the business but before actually going through it, well, you can “know” something but not FEEL […]

January 8, 2017

New Year, New Vision, New Team!

All in a Days Work, Real Estate

When I landed in the world of real estate a little over a year (and a half ago?) I made a decision to build a new office for an outstanding real estate brokerage firm outside NYC that wanted to get started in WNY. At that time, real estate was going to be my full-time everything. […]

January 3, 2017


All in a Days Work

Adulting. I just left a Town Board Meeting and thought about how odd it was to say the following words “my husband, our land, the owner, the director…” I still feel like I’m figuring out how to adult most days…yet here I am presenting myself as an adult to the community. Aside: I think it’s […]

October 13, 2016

Oops! Not A Daycare Worker

All in a Days Work

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Change of career! I’ve always wanted to work with kids and now here’s my chance! Except, I quit. Oops. Kids everywhere! Happy classrooms! Ugh. I should have known better from the start. I don’t even want to put my own children if I have them in daycare. I don’t judge those who do […]

November 4, 2013

I quit my job.

All in a Days Work, Weber Wedding Weekend

Yes, tis my last day of work, but that part is a no-brainer. Almost 5 years is a good shelf life for a non-profit employee before moving on to the next adventure. I know, because I’ve done it twice before. The mind blowing part of the equation is…I quit my job. I quit my job […]

April 27, 2012

Moving Right Along

All in a Days Work, Personal

Today, 9 months after the BFF’s last day (with him give a full 4 weeks notice!) we have a new Marketing Director in the office. I’m not nearly as miserable as I was months ago, very complacent actually. Just doing what I’m told, less drama that way. I like what I do. I just wish…well, […]

October 17, 2011


All in a Days Work, Personal

I have an interview tomorrow. For a position similar to what I do now, that I have already been told pays less. How much less is yet to be determined. I’m 37 years old. 38 this year. I have 4 years of undergraduate private school loans and endless law school debt I will never pay […]

May 4, 2011

As if I needed to see it in writing…

All in a Days Work

As if I needed to see it in writing…in a Department of FOUR people… 1. The Marketing Manager accepted another job at the end of December. 2. The Marketing Director accepted another job at the end of February. 3. The Graphic Designer gave her two weeks notice on Friday. 4. Which leaves…me. No comment needed, […]

April 12, 2011

Blast From The Past

All in a Days Work, Friends

Blast From The Past. Something happened on my way home from work last night… I ended up at K Gallagher’s with the old work gang from the United Way. Innocently walking home, umbrella ready…I run into Joe outside! PAPA JOE! OH MY GOODNESS! TIS BYRON’S RETIREMENT PARTY (Part Two) And by Byron I don’t mean […]

May 14, 2010

2nd favorite not really press release ever!

All in a Days Work

I crack me up. My 2nd favorite not really press release ever! *My 1st favorite was the one where I said my co-worker Jen kidnapped Chris Botti who was missing in Buffalo. Contact: Jennifer L. Smith, Community Relations Manager Get Saucy this Spring! Cinco de Mayo, 2010, Buffalo, N.Y. — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra invites […]

May 5, 2010

What People Earn

All in a Days Work

What People Earn. Oh boy. I’ve been selected to be a part of the Parade Magazine “What People Earn” edition….name, picture, city, place of employment and salary. I don’t think my salary is horrid. Just non-profit worthy. But add in 8 years of student loans and I barely make it day to day. Damn education. […]

January 8, 2010

Life is Good

All in a Days Work

Life is Good “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Just a little note to self that I needed to put out to the universe today. The last two days have been long professionally and personally and my mind is overflowing. Yet in general, […]

December 9, 2009

Work. Work. Work.

All in a Days Work

Work. Work. Work. While the many people I love add spouses and babies to their families and houses and vacations to enrich their lives… I will just keep adding jobs to my resume. I start another p/t “freelancing” position this week. #3 for me. Gotta have something right? In other news, I actually do LOVE […]

September 7, 2009

Perfect Storm

All in a Days Work, Personal

Perfect Storm. Seriously, this story is still stuck with me and scares me so. And makes me feel, almost guilty for leaving this profession and wandering into the Development side instead of the hands-on counseling side. I mean, the circumstances around my assault and other administrative problems shortly there after led me with no choice […]

June 12, 2009

Too Close to Home

All in a Days Work, Personal

Too Close to Home. Dear God. I’m having a really hard time reading this story in the News today. Two youths charged with killing worker at Lockport group home This could have been me. No really, it could have been. I was a residential counselor in a home for at-risk youth for 5 years. I […]

June 9, 2009

Community Relations

All in a Days Work

Community Relations. Oooh, the job has been fun so far…but for those appointments at the doctor and well, surgery and recovery time. Bah. So many people to meet, so many places to be and so much time (wait, how on earth is is already the middle of May?) Never mind on the time. The summer […]

May 16, 2009

Long week…

All in a Days Work

Long week…This past week was a difficult one for the place I work. Hard economic times mean lay-offs and several of my friends were caught in this crossfire. For an amazing organization already running on a bare bones staff, this hit everyone hard. At the same time, strategically speaking…every position cut and restructured made sense. […]

April 11, 2009


All in a Days Work

Restructure? Yes, there was a restructure at work. A few positions were affected, mine being one of them… And I’m not gonna lie, if I could pick out the exact dream job that I wanted by adding a little of this department and a little of that department and shaking it up with all sorts […]

April 11, 2009

What do I do right?

All in a Days Work

What do I do right? Ah, this one is easy. I joke around that part of what I do for a living is hold a martini in one hand and talk to donors. Pretty easy, right? Well not for some. These things come naturally to me being the extrovert, social, intelligent, quick-witted, adorable, charming person […]

March 16, 2009

Sponsored by…

All in a Days Work

Sponsored by… So I’m in the office listening to um, Def Leopard because the other Jen is totally excited about the upcoming concert with Poison and Cheap Trick. (Yes tickets go on sale tomorrow fans.) Oh and the boss is out, although she wouldn’t mind anyhow. 🙂 And I decided to update my Facebook Status […]

March 3, 2009

BPO Key to the City

All in a Days Work

BPO Key to the City Check out Kate’s blog here… Check out the pictures at the BPO Facebook page here… BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown today presented members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with a key to the city and an Executive Chambers proclamation in honor of their recent Grammy Award wins. “This is […]

February 19, 2009


All in a Days Work

Done. Everything went fine on Saturday. Sunday came along and I wondered what the hell I was doing night after night after night after night. Everything done in a flash. Poof. Not sure I like it that way. 🙁 I’ve planned events professionally. But this one? THIS one? I really, really CARED about. I wish […]

September 28, 2008