Financial things

Conversations abound all around me about financial stuff. Part of it is work - being someone's accounting/payroll/benefits department does mean a lot of financial conversations with a lot of different people - yet it creeps up and into a wide swath of my personal life as well. I do not mind at all, unless someone…

80 days of summer – check-in #2 and #3

On Friday, June 12, I posted my 80 days of summer to-do/goal list and committed to updating each week. With houseguest-palooza last week I missed check-in #2, so I am combining it with #3. While I hoped this list and blog accountability would help sharpen my focus and stay on track, the last week has been a…

Blog interrupted

It's the crazy time of year when we have houseguests. This year we had planned for 6, but since Saturday we have had 14 people staying with us and 2 additional folks arrived last night, for a total of 18 people (includes M and I) in one 3/2 home. No, our house is not that big.…

Emotions are perplexing

There are occasions when I feel like I have zero empathy; I seem to not understand or "feel" things the way other people do. It begins to disturb me, and I start down the rabbit hole of imagining there is something fatally wrong with me and how I process emotions. Whether that's real or just another…

With a little luck

I am not sure I believe in the concept of luck, or in being lucky. Maybe we do make our luck, good or bad. We work hard, we learn, we put our best foot forward, we try to time our opportunities. All that stuff is easy to imagine. But luck? I just don't know. K…

I was nominated for a Liebster award, but ….

OtherWomanNoMore nominated me for a Liebster award (here). While I am hugely, overwhelmingly flattered by the nomination, I really feel unable to comply with the rules of acceptance. I do follow other blogs, yet I cannot think of any that have not recently accepted a Liebster award or have the required 200 followers or less.…

Enabling, empowering, and getting emotionally involved

While out on a drive last Saturday my thoughts drifted to enabling behaviors. Growing up with an alcoholic father, I recognize the signs of condependency and understand my own immediate "run fast, run far" reaction when I observe it in others. Which is not to say I do not find myself participating in such behaviors,…

The price of peace

I was chatting with a friend earlier who is having a tough time with counseling. In my experiences there comes a point when the therapist starts getting a little tougher, the questions harder, and the shit starts getting REAL. My pal is at that point, and she has my complete and total sympathy. At the same…