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The Likable Scribe received their first rating badge from Wedding Wire. For the three weddings that were reviewed on Wedding Wire, all three were 5 Star ratings. If you’re interested in ministerial services for a wedding or civil union, head over to The Likable Scribe on Wedding Wire, to the Contact The Likable Scribe page, or to Facebook for more information or more reviews.

 

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The Bar at La Casa Del Likable Scribe Presents: Summertime Beverages!

While working on a blog for my one of my clients, I thought, “hey… you need to do some writing for yourself, so why not blog a list about something you like”. That was followed by, “ummmmm, like what”, which was followed by a lot of other boring inner monologue we’ll leave off the page. With the influx of good weather this week here in Portland combined with our love for Happy Hour and relaxing, it seems appropriate to build a list from things that enjoyed with summer weather. Without further ado, I present my list of cocktails for the long evenings of summer.

  1. Gin & Gin(ger) – this is new to me but it combines two of my favorite things: gin and Reeds Extra Ginger Brew. In a tall glass filled with ice (pint glass works well), pour 1 ½ – 2 ounces of gin (Bombay Sapphire for me), add Reeds Ginger Brew to top it off, and then garnish with a lime wedge. This slightly spicy cocktail finishes off a full dinner and provides a slight internal warmth to match the evening air. For a little added flavor, sometimes I’ll splash bitters over the ice before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Tequila & Squirt – I love making tacos and this goes well with freshly grilled steak with onions and cilantro tucked into a corn tortilla. I was introduced to this wonderfully simple concoction by my wife’s aunt, Tiá Esperanza. She made it by the pitcher for the three of us to enjoy… I make it by the glass as a form of self-governance. Start with a pint glass, ice, tequila of choice (I’m partial to Tequila Cazadores Reposado), Squirt (or any grapefruit-ish soda), and garnish with a lime wedge.
  3. Gin & Soda, Two Limes – when I lived in Sacramento, California, I got into lifting weights. At the time, I was 160 pounds of bones and sinew. My friend, Gordon, got me into lifting which actually allowed me to look a lot more normal. More importantly, though, he introduced me to what may be the most refreshing summer drink I’ve had. Sacramento is bloody hot from April to October. After working out, we’d hit the local taco truck for some cheap, king sized burritos, and head back to his house to sweat and be tired. On one of those hot, 115˚ Northern California days, he poured me a simple gin with soda and a pair of lime wedges. It was refreshingly cool with the right hint of lime to round off our cheap and delicious Mexican food.
  4. Strawberries and Lemonade – my wife and I came up with this recently. It’s not new and I’m sure that Red Robin has a fancy name for it, but it’s one that we decided to pair with vodka while grilling steak. In a large glass, place 3-5 frozen strawberries, add 1 ounce of preferred vodka, ½ ounce of your preferred lime or lemon vodka, and fill the rest with lemonade. The strawberries act as your ice and don’t dilute the drink over time – instead, they enhance it. Don’t dump those strawberries when you make your second drink, though. Just add more frozen berries, vodka and lemonade, and you’re back in business.
  5. Healthy Rum Smoothies – ok… these are actually called daiquiris, but it makes me feel better to call them smoothies (or “Hey! They’re called Healthy Rum Smoothies, ok?” using Archer’s voice). Recently we got an overripe cantaloupe that, after cutting up, we decided would be better used as a smoothie component than actually eating. We got that one right! Our last batch of Healthy Rum Smoothies included frozen cantaloupe, frozen blueberries, silver (light) rum, Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka, and mango juice. When blended together, the combination of melon and blueberry made a delightfully sweet and refreshing drink that bordered on being a meal unto itself. The mango flavor of the juice all but disappeared under the sweet melon.

So… if you need me this summer, The Likable Scribe can be found under the shade of my neighbor’s tree while grilling in my backyard, butt firmly planted in a camp chair and one of those cocktails in my hand while I complain about the hot weather to my wife.

A Week of Firsts, or: How I’m Learning to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Busy

What’s in a title, right? Well, to be honest, I’m finding there’s a lot to be said for a decent title – the curse of the writing class. In the last 7 days, I’ve gone from sitting at my messy desk perusing the interwebz (Reddit, Facebook, various biker forums, Twitter, Reddit again), to:

  1. Having a conversation about starting a business (not the first time, actually)
  2. Researching the right type of business to start (also, not the first time)
  3. Deciding on a name (ah! Now there’s a first time…)
  4. Making sure said name isn’t already in play somewhere else (first)
  5. Filing as a for profit business in the Great State of Oregon (again… a first)
  6. Staring at my computer while I try and figure out what to do next (definitely NOT the first time)
  7. Attacking social media with my new business (first time and… does it normally take that many hours to set up profiles and descriptions?)
  8. Partnering with my first client (double first?)
  9. Producing my first blog explaining what I do and why I’m doing it (yup)
  10. Producing my first blog for my first client (also a first)
  11. Explaining to everyone who asks exactly what it is I’m supposed to be doing (I’m used to explaining myself… but generally not my business).

Like I said, it was a week of firsts. Fortunately, my first client, Unforgettable Service & Events, was not only pleased with my introductory blog for their company, but they seemed enamored with my second submission for them as well. At the end of those seven days, though, I was surprised to find that, while I felt busy, I really never felt all that tired. Any fatigue was the result of several long days of my regular job combined with late nights working on my growing my business and taking care of client needs.

Reflecting back on this first week, I’ve learned a little about myself and a little about making good habits. Fortunately, I have a wonderful mentor in Dawn, from Unforgettable Service & Events, to point me towards developing better work habits while I nurture my fledgling business. In this age of technology utilization, I’ve found that a good, old fashioned, leather bound, Day Planner is a must for me. While my phone is good for many things (especially distractions), I find that it can’t replace the memory association that comes with writing something down. That, combined with developing the habit of checking my written schedule for the next due item, has actually improved my ability to focus on and finish things. When my phone gives me a reminder from my Gmail Calendar, I tend to dismiss it and go back to whatever I was doing. With my Day Planner, I physically have to open it and flip to the calendar to see what I have in store for the day or what I didn’t complete from days earlier. My phone doesn’t care if I forget about it, but I care if I forget about my Day Planner. I am forced to look at what I need to do and refocus myself if necessary.

While nobody who knows me would ever accuse me of being organized, I’ve discovered that a clean and organized desk (I’ll save the drawers for another blog) produces a feeling that there is only one thing that needs to be done: the task at hand. Since the time I’ve owned a desk, it has had papers, CD’s, movies, dirty dishes, bills, toys, and a myriad of assorted and unnecessary items piled up around my keyboard. This was the norm until company came over… then it was all tossed in a drawer (hence why we’re NOT talking about my desk drawers this time!). With the start of The Likable Scribe, I had to make room on my desk for the aforementioned Day Planner. This feat was simply not possible with my desk in its normal state. With the return of a second monitor, I cleared my desk of its clutter and started fresh with a desk calendar and only those items I needed: a cup full of pens, speakers, assorted radio geekery (did I mention I got into amateur radio? No? Ok. Another blog, another time), the decidedly underused swear jar, and Minnie Mouse from our recent trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. The lack of clutter on my desk eased feelings of things looming just inside the periphery and allowed me to focus on fighting the urge to constantly check to see if anyone had read my first blog while I worked on my second blog (I may have some attention-whorish tendencies).

This first week was abnormally busy, but I still managed to find time to take care of what needed to be done outside of caring for my new business. I tend to be a bit of a night owl, which really doesn’t mesh all that well with my regular day job, especially on morning shift, but I do have the advantage of a four day work week. That extra day off allows me to work on client needs, take care of housework, and spend time volunteering. Although this new normal is much busier than the old normal, in this first week it has been refreshing. It’s been a while since I was truly busy. With my night owl tendencies, I was able to sleep in a little late and putter around the house until it was time to do some real work. When I needed a break from the computer, I headed to the main floor of the house and did work there until I was ready to return to the computer. This cycle repeated itself until the evenings when I would lock myself to the computer, working fairly late into the night.

The positive result of this added new work has had several, hopefully lasting, effects. Instead of spending hours just staring into the computer screen or wasting time on the couch with the remote in hand, I now take very little time to veg out with the light from various electronics washing over me. I save those times for morning while I’m having my coffee and breakfast, dinner with my wife and son, and times when my brain just doesn’t want to do any work. When I take a break from my new second job, I now try to work on things that need to get done around the house. In the last 8 days, I’ve managed to clear out several boxes of stuff to be donated and take it to Goodwill and Free Geek – something I’ve been neglecting for quite some time.

Even though it’s only been a little over a week since I started this endeavor, I realize that in order to grow my business, it’s going to take time and perseverance. The results so far have been encouraging. The feedback I’ve received from my client has been positive, which inspires me to continue growing my business’ social media presence as I continue to grow hers. Although I don’t know where this will lead, I am fairly positive that it has changed me, in some measure, for the better, and I look forward to where I will be this time next year.

The Likable Scribe: LIVE! From a blog near you!

Well…  it’s high time I said hello! Welcome to The Likable Scribe blog. You may call me “Likable”, but my friends generally call me “Lyle”. The Likable Scribe was created to provide web content and social media interaction for companies and non-profits. The concept for The Likable Scribe was birthed over a glass of wine with good friends and family during a birthday outing. Even though we were enjoying the atmosphere of the wineries and cideries we visited, the need for quality social media interaction and web content for a friend’s business was a topic of discussion which dominated a majority of the day. The following day, we sat down to have a lengthy discussion about what was needed to help my friend’s business thrive in the competitive world of events services. In the end, it was determined that, while I certainly wasn’t perfect, I could definitely provide the content desired to help her business grow. The Likable Scribe was born.

The Likable Scribe is here to help smaller businesses establish a foothold in the world of blogging and to increase their social media interaction with potential clients. My background includes over 25 years in customer and hospitality services, with a focus in direct customer interaction. I have over 15 years experience in professional and entertainment writing. In addition, I hold an Associates of Arts Degree and an Associates of Science Degree, both from Portland Community College. I am also a Reserve Police Officer for a small municipal agency in Oregon and work full time in the public sector.

While this blog is dedicated to the writing that I do for myself and for things that I enjoy, I hope it will also give potential clients the opportunity to see what I can do to help their business grow. Even though much of the content here is written on the personal level, it is still public to hopefully provide potential clients a better understanding of where my talents lie. Interspersed with my regular writing, you’ll also find links to the professional work that I do for other companies, to hopefully provide a more rounded idea of what I can provide for you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to either leave them here or email me directly at: thelikablescribe@gmail.com