Work related musings

My little self-employment business is nearing its first anniversary and thriving. However, because of my part-time job for the law firm, I am more of an almost-full-time entrepreneur. If I wanted to indulge my inner workaholic, I could be part-time employee and full-time-plus entrepreneur. But what would I cut? Time with M? Hanging out with friends? Family…

So today this happened …

I was able to have a stable fasting morning to get to the lab to have blood drawn this morning. While the lab opens at 7:15 and I got there at 7, I was still number 24 in line to get registered and drawn. An hour and 20 minutes later I am finally getting the needle…

Financial freedom vs. financial empowerment

I found this line in another budget/finance forum I follow. Being in my mid-50s now it seems a bit late to be contemplating financial freedom (aka early retirement) right now, but I find it curious the trend and thinking from others far younger and better planners than I have ever been. Financial empowerment, however, is…

Relationship oxygen masks and safety briefings

In the preflight safety briefing, there is always the admonishment to "put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others around you with theirs." It has become the metaphor for living my life, taking care of myself first before trying to help others. The past month have brought forth bunches of examples of why this…

Marriage somethings

I am happily married and have been for 18 years, with M for nearly 25. I am just realizing that is a really long time! Seems to me we have a pretty normal marriage, but every now and again I get a whiff or an earful of differing opinions. And mostly that's just fine -…

Happy, happier, happiest

I had coffee with a friend today, in the middle of the afternoon, just because I could. I actually stuck with tea, but still ... it's the spirit of the seeing a friend, not the actual beverage that counts. My pal is an old college chum from one of my 30-something returns to college pursuits. A…

Home enhancement projects 2016

So last night M finally, FINALLY agreed that rebuilding the deck might be bettered hired out to the professionals. It's not that I think he cannot do it; I am absolutely certain he would do a stellar job. However, it's been 7 long months since our concrete was finished and we remain stair-less and having…

Stable relationships

No secret I am married, and for the most part, like the 99% part, I am happily married. The other 1% I either want to smother him with a pillow, get someone to perform surgical procedures that makes him agree with me on everything, or maybe both only in reverse order. I figure if it's…