It Happened. I Got Sick.

It is my own d@mn fault.

And maybe, or maybe not, at least two of my co-workers.

What?

I like to share the glory.

One co-worker had been sick for a little over two weeks, and we are talking sick as in S-I-C-K.

Yet day after day, he showed up for work.

I told him ~ Dude.  If I get sick because of you…I will kick your @ss!!

The new receptionist came to work three days in a row, at the end of the week before last, feeling really under the weather.

Because she is new she didn’t want to call in sick, even tho I warned her, after telling her to really take a day or two off if she needed it – If I get sick because of you, you will be the one driving this boat on your own!!

My fault in the mix, I didn’t take the best care of myself.

I was so focused and determined on meeting the Jan 31st deadline.

Almost every day, the receptionist would ask me – Have you eaten, are you going to eat??!!

I’d go all day without eating, and then I’d go home and eat Ramen noodles for dinner.

Hello!

I recently rediscover beef flavored Ramen noodles, after 10+ years, and I am addicted.

I am not sure why I picked them up, but I am glad I did.

They are…Easy. Quick. Tasty.

And did I mention quick?

My dinner was ready in 5 minutes flat each night!!!

#Heaven for a single gal.

I must admit, not the healthiest of diets, nor the best of ideas, for a couple of weeks pretty much straight, but hey, the things you learn in hindsight (mind blowing!).

I made a “Note to Self” and read it daily – Find healthy ways to dress up this soup so you are getting protein and veggies into your diet too!!!

I haven’t made it that far yet.

It is still on my list.

But I am on it!

As a result of my previously mentioned self made poor choices, which I made during a pretty busy time for me, and maybe (read: most likely cuz I really do wash my hands constantly and rarely get this sick!!!)…I  have been, wait for it, throwing up all weekend!

Oh.  I also feel quite crappy, achy, and all that jazz too.  I am asleep more than I am awake.

Personally, I’d give anything for a coke right about now.

However, that would require me leaving my home, and um, maybe I will try that later today.

Drinking lots of water doesn’t necessarily sit well with an upset stomach.

But wait!

There’s more.

My cats must have felt left out.

Each of them decided to throw up this morning too.

Which truth be told, almost made me throw up again when I had to clean it up!

Thank God for hard wood floors.

Easy and quick clean up.

Hardwood floors beat carpeted floors hands down.  Every time.

Hmmmm.

Maybe there is something in the water.

That is the only thing the three of us share.

Niiiice!

Wishing you are yours nothing but health and wellness.

And oh, keep washing those hands and stay away from sick people!

One more thing.

Have a much better diet going on than I have been keeping…

And for goodness sake…

DO NOT DRINK THE D@MN WATER!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On The Other Side of a Big Tax Deadline

I did everything in my power to make sure my company met yesterday’s January 31st tax deadline (which is only one of many to come until the big April ~ end all be all ~ tax deadline) with the help of a new yet most excellent support lady, who is so awesome BUT still new and only knows so much.

Truth be told.  I am sad.  I am tired.  And I am disenchanted.

The meaning of disenchanted is ~ disappointed by someone or something previously respected or admired; disillusioned.

I worked so hard.  I put in more hours than were asked of me, but necessary in order to pull things off in time.

Neither of my bosses fully understands all that I do, I mean every single little thing that I do for everyone on the staff on a daily basis.

They each recognize that I do a lot, one more than the other, but neither of them have a clue what I do on a daily basis.

And at this point, I do not care anymore.

I am not here to prove myself to anyone.

I work hard, I care about the company.  End of story.

In my tenure since 2010 (with a one year stint at another CPA firm), 5 co-workers have repeatedly told me:  Dude, you do way too much.  You need to chill and disengage.

And now, I agree.

I took today off to recharge after fulfilling previously stated deadline to the best of my ability.

I informed 3 co-workers this morning to make sure things were covered, and of course, I notified my bosses.

My co-workers ~ we’ve got your back dude, please step away and do not check in via phone or email until tomorrow (FOR REAL!!!!!!).  We will figure things out ourselves as they arise.

I also received the response (and non-response) from my bosses as I expected.

And with that, I became disenchanted and sad.

I am going to give everything I have to this tax season, like I have done for many years now.

And I am going to teach the new support young lady everything I know.

But, my health is in jeopardy, because I keep putting work first.

Aka ~ Simple truth, now and on the other side of tax season, my priorities need to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


50 Is On the Horizon in My World!

YIKES!!!!

I am turning 47 this year. #2018

Holy mother of….

I don’t have a problem with 47.

I do however; have a problem with the big 5-0.

I never thought I’d get there.

As in, in my mind, I guess I thought I would always be and feel and look 40 something.

50.

(one half) * (1 century) = 50.

Holy goodness.

A half of a century, I will have been alive for a half of a freaking century!!

D@mn.  Are you *bleeping* kidding me?

Geez.  2018 just showed up a minute ago, and now here we are and it is January 28th.

Time needs to slow the hell down!

Side note.  One way to slow down time is to disconnect completely from social media and smart phones and the likes.

I have managed to do 24 to 36 hour and slightly longer “fasts”.

I am working my way up to one month!  #For Real.

You would not believe how much you can get done, or how long your days are when you disconnect completely and focus on the now.

Like I said, I’ll be 47 this year.

That gives me 3 years to really continue to focus on growing my knowledge base before I reach 50.

  • Health/fitness wise.
  • Business wise.

Holy crap!  I just saw a commercial for AARP.

In 3 years, I will be eligible for AARP.

OMG.  That totally sucks!!  Are you *bleeping* kidding me?!

AARP should REALLY update their eligibility minimum age based on today’s life expectancy span!

But, I digress.

I know age and getting older bothers people.

It bothers the hell out of me.

I listen and talk with many people who are honest enough to say… WHAT THE HELL?! THIS TOTALLY SUCKS!!!  And then some.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but for me, I don’t like aging so quickly because there are still things I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime, on at least two fronts specifically, plus sooooo many others.

I am currently focusing on these two things for the next 3 years….

  • Health/being crazy fit for “my age”.
  • And business.

I have so much to offer, and I have so much to give…. I just need to disconnect, focus, and get on with it.

Maybe by doing so, I will actually enjoy turning 50.

MAYBE.

And that is a mighty *BIG* maybe!!!hahahaha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Did You Ride?

Texting Convo…

Me: Did you ride?

Co-worker:  Don’t ask.  I feel like a total dumb @ss.  I brought my battery, helmet and tools today.  I got to your garage at 3:30pm with a big smile.  Then I realized, I did NOT have my motorcycle key!!!!  I slapped myself and left.  “Story of my life.”

Me:  And to think, I was upstairs sleeping and had one of your motorcycle keys. hahahaha

Co-worker:

 

I checked.  He did not try to contact me to see if I was home to give him the extra key.

And with good reason.

I told him on Friday, I cannot wait for tomorrow.  I do not want to see or talk to another human being all day.

I’ve been busy at work, and I have no problem with that at all.

BUT, if I do not get a little me time alone, this is not going to end well for anyone. hahahaha

I never know when I will run into my co-worker or my co-worker and his wife in my parking garage.

He is storing his bike with mine for the winter because he does not have garage parking.

I have one of his keys if I need to move his bike, and he has one of mine because he takes (GREAT) care of my bike when doing anything with his.

We’ve gone out to lunch a couple of times where I have paid for his lunch.

He gets all up in arms, because I have learned how to slyly pay for the meal before he realizes what has happened, which provokes him to exclaim how he will never go to lunch with me again if I keep doing that!!

Co-worker: Why did you do that?

Me: Because you do a lot to take care of my Harley (Last weekend, he changed the oil in both of our motorcycles, and his wife stopped by Harley to pick up the extra oil I needed and paid for because she works near the dealership and it is out of my way to go there.  And yes, you can only buy the d@mn oil and oil filter at a dealership and not online. Grrrrr.).

Co-worker: I do not do any of this because of you.  I do it because I like working on things.

Me: I don’t give a shit why you do it.  I just need you to keep doing it.  It is about give and take.  You do stuff for me, I do stuff for you and yours.  It would get old pretty damn fast if you always do stuff for/on my bike and receive nothing in return.

Co-worker:  But you let me park my motorcycle in your garage.

Me: Whatever.  Shut up and eat your d@mn free lunch.  And take this to your wife.

Like I said before, I have been busy at work.

Last weekend I worked on work projects from home on Saturday and Sunday.

And, I ran into my co-worker in my garage on Saturday and Sunday as well.

We worked on things while his wife went shopping at the mall.  He is not pleased with that part and wants to find her a new hobby. hahahaha

Then a whole week of being busy at work, getting home each night a little later, and taa daa, here we are at today.

I worked from home 5:30am to 9:30am this morning, returned a phone call to one of my bosses (took only 3 seconds to answer the question but still ruined my not speaking or seeing another human being all day goal. hahahaha).

I made something to eat, ate, and then slept until 4:30pm.

I guess I was far more drained then I realized.

I could not have helped my co-worker anyway had he reached out because I turned my ringer off.

The new receptionist (who is awesome beyond belief!) has been feeling sick for the last three days.

I told her multiple times, if you are not feeling well, you need to take a day off.  If I get sick, you’ll be the one driving this boat!

She has since informed me ~ You CANNOT get sick or take any vacation days for a full year.

I told her ~ You’ve got until June lovey.  Then Mama is headed to CA to see her family (FINALLY in CA).  It has only taken me 4+ years and paying for 3 d@mn plane tickets to get out there!

Truth be known, the receptionist (who is a former Executive Assistant) will be more than fine.  She is such a smart, organized, personable and quick study young lady.

She may even replace me before I return from my CA trip to see my fam.

I may or may not have picked something up from being around her, sickness wise.

My solution is always ~ eat, sleep, recharge and only take medicine if really needed.

Hopefully on Monday, I will be right as rain.

I’ll work again tomorrow from home at some point because I get a lot done when I am alone, and we are approaching a January 31st deadline.

Bottom line ~ I do not care if my co-worker or my co-worker and his wife show up tomorrow in my parking garage.

I am not leaving my home.

Mama has officially extending her ~ I do not want to have contact with another human being, in any form, on Sunday either.

I really hope he remembers to bring his motorcycle key this time!! hahahaha

 

 

 

 


I Am Sooooo Going to Be Burning the Midnight Oil Tonight!

But you know what?

I am cool with that.

I brought home 3 work projects for the weekend that I wanted to complete.

I am going to be able to pull off two of the three, with the third one being completed tomorrow while in the office.

Again, I am cool with that.

I always think I can do so much at home on a weekend…but then my life butts in and I am like – Oh, that is right.  I have other things to do to be a completely well-rounded individual who has to do everything for herself because she has no partner! hahahaha

This weekend I have been in heaven, times ten.

I haven’t gotten so much done in my home in such a loooooooong time.

I moved into my new condo a month and a half ago, and to date, I hadn’t done much outside of the basics (unpack items needed for true survival).

But, holy cow, now I finally feel so complete and centered and happy since I have been actively making my place MY place.

This is the first weekend in such a loooong time that I actually left my home and drove anywhere.

And normally I LOVE DRIVING!

But with commuting daily for work in the DC area, which really is up there with the commute/traffic of NY & LA, usually once I arrive home on a Friday, I do not leave again until Monday.

There are so many great things that I hope to pull off for my home in the next few weeks/months.  I cannot wait to share!

And there are so many more great things I hope to learn in the next few years to further my career and shape my future.

Long story short, sometime you need to “play hooky” to bring your VERY BEST self to the table.

#YouCannotGiveWhatYouDoNotHaveWithin


What A Week!

Most of it was good.

However, this past Wednesday, hump day, my blog post title was going to be….Who Let the BI…OTCH Out?  Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof.

I would have sliced you down to size, but only because I was pushed to my limits.

Otherwise, I am one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet!  hahaha

We have been without a receptionist at work since December 26, 20017.

So that makes me triple busy, because my job is pretty demanding in the first place.

I can handle my job, but add-on another job and uh, stand back, sooner or later, mama is going to BLOW!

If one of the accountants had not graciously offered, of her own free will, to help me out by sitting up front and  helping with the phones, I am pretty sure I would be sitting in jail right about now.

Two other people on staff also offered up their help, one was a CPA and the other was my surrogate bro-in-law, which makes him that much cooler.

I accepted all three co-workers help and now they are on my *Wow, thanks for stepping list*.

Fast forward to Friday, the huge surprise for the staff that I previously spoke about in another post, HELLO BOWLING PARTY!

To my knowledge, for the first time in my company’s 52 year history, they closed the office at 12:30 pm, at the on set of tax season, on a work day, to take all of us bowling.  UM.  Holy WOW!!

Check it out…

You see those two smiling people?

One would be my boss, and the other would be the new receptionist we just hired on Thursday.

BOTH would be the BEST DAMN BOWLERS in the firm.  Dah.  Hence the smiles!

I personally sucked.  For real.

I was the worst bowler IN THE ENTIRE firm.

Note to self – only pick or suggest activities in which I will excel!!!  For real!!!

Next time, we are SO swimming laps or ice skating or doing hot yoga…or something that takes everyone else out of their comfort zone, yet, something in which I can own. hahahaha

For the record, our 3rd set of bowling, in which we only had 3 minutes left to play (of course!), I held my own thank you very much.

I honestly do not recall bowling so poorly in the past.

Um.  Granted, I may or may not have been drinking in past bowling experiences.

What?

Yeah, I am so not a party girl (only in my dreams baby!).

But I am a, um, Ok, if that takes the edge off (legally, of course!), I am in!

But still, I certainly would NOT have suggested something I totally suck at as a team building event!!!

My ego is too fragile!  hahaha

Fast forward to today, Saturday.

Much to some people’s disappointment and/or surprise in our company (cuz I got a few texts, emails & “alarms”)…I was not at work for our first day of Saturday office hours.

#1 I gave my bosses the heads up, I came in way early and took some work home to do over the weekend.

#2 Admin don’t normally start pulling Saturday shifts until early March.

#3 I am already doing some work from home early mornings or in the evenings after work remotely, AND I have already stayed late 3 of the last 5 days this past week to make sure things got done.

I don’t mind either.

BUT, I do however get a little (read A LOT times ten) bit perturbed when anyone thinks I am not a team player or that I am off goofing off.

Please.

And that was so said with a huge amount of eye rolling and attitude.

Currently, I am putting in more time and effort than I normally need to do so soon.  And, pretty much more effort than most in the firm at present.

The accountants will soon be CRAZY busy for a good bit of time, and then I am due to be CRAZY busy to pull the rest of it off.

However, this year, I have been CRAZY busy since the receptionist resigned, and…I am STILL due to be CRAZY busy to pull the rest of the tax season off.

I have NO problems with working hard.  None at all.

Especially since I have no life at present outside of work.  Sad. But true.  BUT.  One day it will pay off!  I just know it.  hahaha

I sincerely am trying to figure out how to remain “on” for 4 months straight.

So.  Today.  Although I did resolve a few things at work remotely….I was all about me and my home.

My home.

Which I LOVE.

And I have so much gratitude for one person in particular. (#ThankYou).

My home today, was the apple of my eye, and I about killed myself trying to fixing it up today.

For real.

Check out these bruises…

 

I am one of those fools who prefers to……”God Bless America, I can do this by myself!!!!”

Except when it comes to my motorcycle, then my SBIL (surrogate bro-in law) can take care of things.

Yes.  I look like I have been beaten.

No.  These bruises will not be gone by Monday when I go back to work.

Yes.  I typically wear short sleeve or sleeveless shirts because I get pretty hot running around.

Oh well.  I have no man in my life currently, so these horrible bruises cannot be mistaken for abuse.

Check this out!

This is what I bought, a console turn dinning room table, as I work on the whole multi-functional furniture to maximize my space since I own a 1 bedroom condo that I love and want to get the most use out of my space…

Um.  I do not  know if you caught on, but I did NOT pay attention to the dimensions of the table because this looked pretty small since it “only seated 2.”

Lie.

Hence the bruises!

When the UPS (a very, very little young woman) courier delivered my package at work (because I am not sure of my home delivery options as of yet) , I said, for real, What the f*ck is that??!!

I then did say, I am very sorry for my language, BUT SERIOUSLY, what the f*ck is that??!!!

I honestly thought a mistake had been made.

So much so that I did not even open the package until Saturday when I stopped in at work to gathering things to take home.

I really thought a mistake had been made and that huge @ss box was so going back to sender!

I unwrapped my larger than life package and to my surprise and pain (please see previous bruises) …

I found EXACTLY what I had ordered, which now resides in my home nicely (yet painfully).

Check this out…

(A). OMG it works out so nicely.

(B) At present this is resting/holding place and not the end result.

Other home projects currently reside above and below the painfully owned console/table that in fact does not comfortable seat two, but holy moly, seriously it could freaking seat SIX thank you very much. hahahaha

I am going to rest now.

Lots to do for work.

For both my home and for work.

But seriously, in this moment in time….I am truly *happy*.

I was able to focus on my home today.

My haven & heaven. ❤

All I can say is…..

Thank you.

Ouch.

And it is about time!!! hahahaha

When mama is happy and grounded, she has so much more to give (true for any individual)!

 

 


It Breaks My Heart More Than You Will Ever Know

Um.  What I really wanted to title my blog post for today was…

There is a Special Place in Hell for People Like You!

I rarely share my full-blown views.

I don’t know.

It is just not my thing.

I have my opinions, but that does not necessarily make them right.

I help when my heart says ~ This is for you love, do something.

I rarely hate either.

However.

If you are one of those cruel and heartless people who leaves ANY animal out in this cold, especially now with this cold blast of arctic air that has taken over for an extremely long period of time…..

I wish for you – Karma times one hundred.

May you find yourself out in these frigid and miserable temperatures with no provisions for at least 48 hours straight.

Or.

May you burn in hell.

Sorry.

Told ya.

I don’t normally share my close to my heart views, but this message needs to be shared.

And, who knows, maybe you can find a kinder way.

But.  Bottom line. If you see any animal out in these mind numbing temps, please, please take action.

Call for help, step in, whatever.

Animals cannot talk.  They cannot express – I really need help.  Oh, by the way, this is the worst thing ever, even worse than death.

Please do the right thing.

Please.

And.  Even if like me, you will be voicing your strong opinion when normally you do not, this is very worth it, and then some.

No one, nor no thing, deserves to be left out in the cold.

 

 

 

 


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