Budget sacrifices

We have a couple gifting occasions coming up this summer. Normally I don't give it a whole lot of thought - if it's a wedding I go to their registry, pick something out, order it, ship it, done. If it's a baby shower, I do the same thing. If it's a baby announcement, though, I…

The view from the gym floor

Since no training session and no recap today, I seem to have had some other blog pondering to share today, as this is post number 3 for today. No matter; it's Thursday and even with trainer J's absence, it is kind of weird and difficult for me not to write something about my exercise excursions. To…

The gambling fun in my life

I have a pretty solid core group of friends. They do not turn up here in the blog much, because our lives and times are pretty sedate and suburban by most standards. We are married, or involved in committed relationships, or serial monogamist daters. We have grown children, aging parents, jobs, aches, pains, and the…

Valentine’s day follow-up

I am at my employment job today despite it being President's Day - small businesses seem to vary on whether or not this is a holiday. Here, it's considered a prep and a clean-up day, plus the staff get some extra surprise on their paychecks on Friday. Who knew? This is also my first Valentine's…

Business gifting season

There are a few clients at my job that must think I'm the bee’s knees. I mean, seriously, every year they send me something intended just for me. They might send a huge basket of overflowing chocolate goodness for the entire office, but then there's that box of Godiva just for me. It's madness. I…