Viewing through our “life” lens

A dear friend emailed me yesterday about my future son-in-law's great job news (he started today and it went pretty well ... 2 hours of OT on his first day). She has struggled/been struggling the last couple of years and felt like she was taking their good fortune and turning it into a Debbie Downer…

Marketing and self-promotion

Marketing and self-promotion are two things I hate and therefore am a complete and utter failure at pursuing. If this was how I had to make my living in a sink-or-swim situation I can see myself setting up house on the ocean's floor. Thankfully it's not. Thankfully I have other skills that keep our lifestyle…

The weather and other mundane stuff

I have started and stopped about 10 different posts on 10 different topics today. Yet what am I thinking about right now? How grossly hot and humid it was today. In my corner of the world we have maybe 5 truly humid days per year and it is a particularly miserable experience. I remember going…

The scary. The sad. The OMG FANTASTIC!!!

The last 24 hours have been rather remarkable. At noon Tuesday my daughter calls me in tears ... her fiance has been terminated from his primary job. It is not so much his income, although that is critically important to them and their future financial goals, but that he was let go for a situation well beyond…

Old sins, belated forgiveness

I had a brief conversation last week with someone I knew a long time ago. For the longest time - years, decades - I have thought of him as the bad penny that just reappeared at the worst possible moments. When I was feeling low and unhappy. When I was bitter and angry. When I…

Managing expectations

My Monday got off to a anger-fueled start ... not a good boost to the new week. Here is the reader's digest version of the why: My kids' dad widow has a blog. Every couple of weeks I check in over there, just to see what she is writing about and if it includes any disparaging…

the air up there

M and I went to Sonora pass yesterday. It was a long drive to get there, but the scenery was beautiful and the drive very pleasant. At the pass summit the elevation is 9624 feet or 9628 feet, depending on which sign you believe. That was our starting point, and we were pursuing a mountain…

What’s in your pockets?

We're heading off adventuring today, a day trip to Sonora to investigate hiking/running trails. Probably this will entail some hiking, too, but one never knows. M gets these ideas and I am never sure what to expect. But for such trips ... there is no need to bring all the crap I usually carry in my…

Work: the unhappiest place

This has been one of those weeks, with the bosses. The choices they make baffle me, because I manage the business' finances and we are a FOR PROFIT company. You cannot always tells because of things they insist that we do. Periodically they tip-toe too close to the gray area of legal and ethical, where…

Work challenges

I am starting to do twice daily workouts. Not because i think it will make me that much more fabulous that much sooner, although I have hope this is true. No, it's much simpler ... stress. Full-time job is stressing me out for very narrow, very stupid reasons. I am obsessing over small stuff and…