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In lieu of content. 🙂 Been a rough week–turns out my dad has a Jefferson fracture of the c1 vertebra, and my brother was assaulted in a bar the other day and wound up getting stitches in the ER. I really don’t think I can take much more of this, and the 5,000 unread messages in my email are making me feel overloaded.



So, I’ve been working in association publications and communications for three years, and before that I was in university communications for four years. I really want to get my CAE designation, but I’m pretty sure I’m not eligible yet–and won’t be til I’m almost 40. I’m in the middle of applying for my MPA in nonprofit and association management from George Mason, which is another “before-40” goal of mine.

Yet I see people younger than me who have the credential, and clearly, I’m sensitive about the under-35-to-watch moniker because, well, I was born in 1970 and kinda missed being the under-35 anything by virtue of graduating college, finally, in 2004. (Whether or not I’m someone to watch is moot. I was a lot cuter when I was under 35, though.)

The CAE isn’t my goal as much as the MPA is, but it seems like picking up the association management certificate, being only 6 additional credits after the nonprofit track, is a good idea. I mean, when you look at the organizations I do work for—churches, associations, and higher-ed institutions—they all have related focuses and I find the strategies that work for one can often be applied across all three.

But I wish I could get the CAE first somehow, even though I’ll hit 5 years in association staff around the same time I actually finish the MPA.

Thoughts? Is the credential worth fretting over?

Ok, that was nutty.

Two very fat sparrows landed on the balcony. Cody, being the great
huntress stuck inside the apartment, starts screaming at them, and for
some reason, I start singing.

Keep in mind they are very fat. cody's practically drooling.

“There's a bird outside your window, and it's a bird of bread and beer…”

Dj Mewcat

Cody is standing on the CD player, and every time she tries to tackle pounce the speaker, she hits forward on the CD==it's led to an interesting mix of folk music.

She must have found the song she liked, because it's going now and she is sitting very protectively on the buttons.

Scratch that. (Not literally.) It's patio time.