dealing with “the best”

"Things work out for the best." "Making the best of a bad/sad situation." "I wish you the best." These are common phrases. I have, and will continue, to use them myself. Because I believe it, I believe things tend to work out for the best and that it is possible to make the best of…

St. Patrick’s Day 2015

Happy birthday, B. You would have been 31 today, While it's been nearly 19 years since you left us, not a day passes that I do not think about you in some capacity or another. I miss you terribly even while life has continued with all its wonderment and joy. Being your mom for such…

Motivation, and dealing with the crazy-makers among us

It has been a bit of long month. Between preparing for the concrete construction, the actual work, and now the clean-up afterwards, my motivation to keep going, keep pushing forward on projects and goals is faltering. I have felt as if the ongoing activity and deadlines and go-go-go nature of my life has been keeping…

Happy birthday, G!

My "baby" turned 28 today. It does not exactly make me feel old, but it is a huge reminder that time marches on whether I like it or not. We are taking the birthday boy out for dinner, with K and C (A has to work). I am enormously proud of him for the man…

Returns on investments

Being in accounting, I am a numbers-oriented person. Being in accounting also means I have a lot of friends who are money-oriented, both professionally and personally. Many are frugalistas of the first order, which can be extremely annoying if they are born again frugalistas. M and I have committed enough credit card craziness sins, repented,…

Mom failure alert

Tomorrow is G's birthday, and I completely forgot to buy him a gift. In my defense he is nearly impossible to buy for and I had been thinking about it a lot until last week, yet I still forgot. Until driving home tonight from work, too tired to have any desire to go to a…

I was mean to a Greenpeace volunteer

It seems unlikely I will burn for this transgression, but I usually feel guiltier about being uncharacteristically rude. In this case I guess I do not feel guilty at all. There is a grocery store near the office where I grab a sandwich or groceries for home a couple of lunch hours each week. For…

Sentimental sappiness

M and I are not an especially romantic couple in most traditional senses of the word. We are very loving and attentive to each other. PDA is not an issue. Birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries/Valentine's day, other "just because" occasions are not occasions we celebrate with romantic trappings. I guess we have always been practical about these things.…

Concrete – Done today

The whole crew was here today polishing and sealing our pool tile. This is just a little out of scope for them, but their "tile guy" they usually refer is in Mexico visiting family. However, he told our contractor what to buy and reminded him how it is done, plus he is quite skilled and…