Decking the hall

The weekend certainly went by quickly. After our brief foray into black Friday madness M and I hung out with different friends in town for the holiday. These holiday weekends can be tricky for get togethers, with so many of our parents getting significantly older and our children having babies and young families as well.…

Black Friday plans

Thanksgiving day is winding down, although in truth it never really wound that up for M and I. We have been puttering around the house most of the day, untangling Christmas lights and unpacking stuff for the decorating that should occur this weekend. And talking on the phone to friends and family near and far.…

Giving Thanks – 2014 edition

M and I are puttering around the house today. G and K are in Michigan visiting K's brother and his family, C has to work today (unfortunately pets get injured and fall ill and need emergency care on holidays) and then she and A will be at her grandparents' home for a dinner plate and…

Fluff Buckets – how we’re spending our money

M and I had to run out tonight to get more kitty treats. Somehow the bag we just purchased got consumed by the 3 fluff buckets we have adopted. This was Simon earlier today, patiently waiting for his reward for appearing to be admired ... Followed shortly thereafter by Pesto, who apparently did not want…

Emotions in the office

My full-time job is in an office/warehouse building. It is a small firm, with approximately 14 employees and contractors, of which male/female ratio is 10/4. We have a normal set-up with bathrooms, one for men, one for women. The latest hire was about 2 months ago, a business development/project manager. From day 1 he has…

Shopping and credit card payment obsessing

I have been doing A LOT of online shopping for C's upcoming birthday and of course Christmas. This year I have become obsessed with actual clothing type packages for the kids, which happens every few years. Because they do pop in periodically and read periodically, I cannot tell you all about what I have been…

We are here

With the phone call about M's father yesterday our day sort of exploded into a bazillion pieces of confused emotions and indecisiveness. We are not big planners for the weekend most of the time anyway, but yesterday turned into a couch-potato haven with Netflix marathons on both televisions, here in the house together and solidified…

Being orphans

M's father passed away early this morning. While we have not seen him in almost 3 years, M has not spoken to him in more than 3 years, it is still a sad event and a milestone in our lives. We are both from dysfunctional families, but since he was so different than my father,…

Vacation postponed

M and I were scheduled to be in Las Vegas next week and have had to postpone our plans. Local boss has a family emergency and is unlikely to be in the office and we are in the midst of sensitive stuff that requires a corporate officer ... that would be me. While I could…