Survival of the fittest

This morning there has been quite a ruckus in the back yard. First our next door neighbor's son/home caretaker was over with her dog and she was barking continuously in the backyard and all three cats were on the deck looking out at whatever Rosie was barking at. Since her barking was not normal when she lived…

The agony of crushing disappointment

Our new dining room set was to be delivered today, our window was between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. The doorbell rang at 1:45, and they were here with our stuff! Well, part of our stuff, anyway; 4 of the 8 chairs were backordered and would be delivered in a couple of weeks. I didn't care.…

The best laid plans …

The best laid plans are thwarted by technology. I had a phone appointment this morning at 6:45 with our new investment advisor. I was all set - had been up since 5 and exercised, showered, dressed, even combed my hair. The planning paperwork with the proposed adjustments was printed out and had my notes in…

Insurance

My hair starts levitating at the mere mention of the word insurance. While health insurance is hands down the worth thing to read and to deal with, homeowners, auto, and umbrella policies are no picnic either. But it's nearly June, our homeowners and auto policies expire/renew June 30/July 1, so it's time for me to actually…

What do you want?

M blurted that out at me in the midst of an intense discussion. My usual reply - peace on earth, goodwill toward men - seemed a lot flippant in the moment. So it made me pause and really think about it, which was a good thing, or our intense discussion would have dissolved into one…

Busy, out-of-balance week

A lot of stuff going on in my little world these days, and it feels as if my head is suddenly spinning round and round as I try to keep up with all the moving pieces. As previously noted I have 2 different part-time jobs that I do from home. Both are accounting related -…

Follow-up from the hopelessly un-cool parental unit post

My friend called on her way home from dinner with her boyfriend and meeting his children. One of the 10 year olds opened the door for her. He looked at her long and hard, shook her hand, responded to her introduction by introducing himself, and then when his dad walks up says in a completely…

I feel like a mean girl today

I had 2 situations today in life and the office that make me feel like shit. Tough love is necessary sometimes, but it wreaks havoc when it becomes necessary when I am not expecting a issue to arise and feel unprepared to deal with it competently. The personal situation was with my young friend. She…

The hopelessly un-cool parental unit

Over the weekend I received an email from a good friend. While she lives locally and is definitely close enough to meet for coffee, we only do so about once or twice a month. She works swing shift, weekends, and holidays which makes scheduling an absolute priority for getting together. So we chat on the…

Another true confession

Anyone who knows me know I am kind of a geeky girl, only probably not as lightning-fast as the really smart nerdy women I know and admire so much. But I do aspire to be that level of geekette; everyone needs a goal, right? What most people probably do not know, because it has been a…