Pre-vacation stress

M and I typically take our vacations in September through December. The rest of the year I am pretty much at my desk unless it's a holiday, I'm sick, or have some sort of medical-related appointment. Mostly I don't mind, because the fall is typically nicest in the west coast places we choose - typically…

Opening ourselves to the judgment of others

I ran across a brief article today about a breastfeeding mother sipping a beer in a bar while breastfeeding. When she ordered a fireball, the bartender closed her tab. Of course there is debate. The right to breastfeed in public is not my concern, nor really is the right to breastfeed and have a beer simultaneously.…

$648

I wandered through the Coach store this weekend and fell madly in lust with a gorgeous fall tote bag. M was examining a new Mini and a Fiat on display just outside the store, so with limited time to pet the new styles of bags and wallets and such, I did not check the cost…

the ongoing conversation – 1

I have started some variation of this post about a dozen times, never finishing them and feeling kind of dumb for bringing up old stuff that really matters to me yet is awkward to talk about. These tales and discussions are both personal and difficult to draw out into the black-and-white page, so I tend…

Me: Closet mean girl?

It has been one of those months with work, and it's only the third. Yeah, I am probably exaggerating. Mostly, anyway. Let me just say the next couple of weeks until I go on vacation for an entire week cannot pass quickly enough.My depressed associate is proving a lot more challenging than angry exercise will…

Is anyone happy out there?

MOSTLY a rhetorical question, because I am sure there are lots and lots of folks out there who are not depressed or enduring painful hardships. I must not be reading enough of their blogs, though. I need to expand my search and FIND THEM NOW.Earlier today a dear friend remarked that I always sound happy…

My daughter’s apron strings

My daughter and I had yet another text discussion about finances. I am her go-to sounding board for budgets and financial matters, which is actually a pretty nice place for me to be. This latest question was about a home purchase with less than 20% downpayment saved. While C has wanted to buy a home…