#87: When Fruit Isn’t Free

#87: When Fruit Isn’t Free

I’ve heard of people who celebrate birthdays by doing something that might be considered, if not outright dangerous, possibly ill-advised. Climbing the highest mountain, jumping out of perfectly good planes – that kind of thing. By contrast, I am usually more than content with a few balloons, a card or two, maybe a cupcake. Until […]

#86: Grace and Salt

#86: Grace and Salt

My faulty memory is well-documented on this website, so it’s always curious to me what I do remember. Embarrassing things that happened, no matter how long ago, seem to stick like glue, and in unguarded moments will play in my mind’s eye on a continuous loop. But there have been a few moments of success, […]

#85: Really Blind Ambition

#85: Really Blind Ambition

A short while ago I was standing in my boss’s office, conversing about the employee performance reviews we had recently completed. We weren’t discussing specific details – more like exchanging verbal high fives that the process was over and we wouldn’t need to talk in acronyms for another year. His door was open, but clearly we […]

#84: The Battle of Ever and Never

#84: The Battle of Ever and Never

I recently ran across some old pictures from when I was about five years old. I made the typical observations – I can’t believe my hair was ever that blond! I look so different without glasses! Gotta love those seventies fashions! Those are the things I would have said aloud, had anyone else been in […]

#83: My Total Money Makeover

#83: My Total Money Makeover

A few weeks ago, I was out to dinner with the girls. The conversation was flitting from one subject to another, as it tends to do when we get together, and at one point, something came up pertaining to finances. I don’t remember what it was precisely, but I seem to recall launching into something […]

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

One of the nicest features of my house is the large deck in the backyard. When I moved in though, the deck walls were weird- 6 feet tall and painted white on both sides. I don’t even want to know what happened back there that required so much privacy! One of my biggest projects after […]

#81: So You Have Bought a House

#81: So You Have Bought a House

Some things they don’t tell you when you buy a house… The humongous check you write at closing is just the start of the fun! No matter how many repairs and/or upgrades you negotiate as part of the sale, you will move in with a readymade list of things you want to do to your […]

#79: Find Another Way

#79: Find Another Way

I am in the middle of a failure. There was this thing that I wanted to do. So I approached it intellectually, did my research, weighed my options, and embarked on the journey. This is what I do. It’s all up here for a while at first (you can’t see me, but I’m making crazy […]

#78: My Defeat at Waterloo

#78: My Defeat at Waterloo

I have a faulty memory for most things, but numbers in particular fall out of my head with astonishing regularity. My grades in various history classes will bear out the sad fact that I can’t seem to remember a date to save my life. Fortunately, when you are traveling, you can usually count on a […]

#77: A Tale of Two Trips

#77: A Tale of Two Trips

One of the benefits of college is the opportunity to befriend people you would never otherwise meet and visit them in places you would never otherwise go. Due to the whims of dorm and roommate roulette I was fortunate to make acquaintances who invited me to travel with them to exotic locations like Columbus, Georgia… […]

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