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The bad news and the great news

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The bad news is not news to anybody probably: I’m still not caught up from when I started getting underwater a couple of months ago when we got knocked offline for a while. It’s been one thing after another since then: several predator attacks and chicken deaths, water heater went out, oven went out, offline again for a few more days, car needed new engine, dog needed vet, Mike needed dentist (and caught himself a horrible case of poison ivy the same weekend), etc, etc.

And to be honest, it looks like that’s just what “normal” looks like around here, what with the whole crop-raising, herb-growing, livestock-having, wood-reclaiming, posthole-digging, predator-fending-off rural thing we’ve got going on.

Well, clients and potential customers will only be deferred for the wellbeing of a chicken so many times before the novelty wears off  and meanwhile I’m running around stressed out all the time because I know I have an out-of-control to-do list. Now I didn’t leave academia and city life and come out here to stare at chicken poop every single morning at dawn in the hopes that I could one day recapture the stress and bustle of city living. And I sure didn’t open up shop again because I was eager to make people wait three weeks to get an email response to a question. This situation won’t do.

Solution: Get some help.

So I set out to hire somebody who has the skill and temperament to do a great job at the things I suck at or at least struggle with. I’ve been trying to do that for a minute now, and I’m really excited to announce:

The Great News

Sonia has joined us at Seraphin Station as a part-time virtual assistant. She’s already learning the ins and outs of the software and platforms and my “filing” (cough) “systems,” and she’s already found and responded to, or informed me of, some email that was sitting around in limbo, so she’s already making things better and she’s only just started training.

There is an awful lot of stuff to comb through with my “filing system” and with all the various social media platforms and communication channels. She’s got her work cut out for her and she’s got to learn her way around quite a few new things. But if I can just keep from scaring her off before she’s had a chance to do that, I am very optimistic about the difference she can make around here.

So join me in welcoming her aboard, and be nice to her if you see her around!


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