Category Archives: Stress Release

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.



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.


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.


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.”


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.


And it is about time!!! hahahaha

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



Hot Damn!

I got my Harley back on Tuesday.

Last week, they took my bike to the shop to change out the battery, and to do a state inspection.

Turns out they only had to charge the battery for me, which saved me a lot of money.

The first few months of this year it was cold, and um, I was tired because of tax season, and um, I didn’t ride.

There was one nice spell during those months and my co-worker and his wife came over.  I let him ride it while I ran errands, um because (a) I went through a class with him and saw how he handles riding a motorcycle and (b) I share my toys.

I have another friend who I am going to take to a parking lot and remind him how to operate a motorcycle.  He doesn’t have a motorcycle license, so in a deserted parking lot at the crack of dawn we shall remain.  But I am happy to show him and let him give it a go on my bike.

Anyway, when my co-worker rode it, he charged the battery up right nice.

After that, I would at least go down and turn on the bike and let it run for a while thinking that would give the battery juice.

Um. No. According to the Harley dude, that’s why my battery died…..because I drained it!

I don’t have an electrical outlet in the garage where I park so I can’t keep the battery charged when I am not riding it.

Now to keep it alive and healthy, I need to ride it about 100 miles a week.

No time like the present… I took my Harley out for a spin this morning!

Wait it gets better.

After making my second lap of keeping it safe aka not venturing out too far…..I thought – eff it! Ride mama, ride.

And I did.

I zipped all over the place, all up in traffic.  I have never done this before but, the only way to get used to something is to – Just Do It.

I drove around for 45 minutes this morning and I loved every single moment of it!

My day was already complete by 7:30am.  The day cannot get any better than this!

And what a great stress reliever.

I am happy as a lark.

For my visual friends, here’s how my riding will evolve in pictures….

Me: Getting My Morning Rides In!


Me: Catch Me If You Can Sucker!!

Hot Damn!

Oh, Rolling Thunder will be in the DC area at the end of May.

This year I might finally pull off riding on the GW Parkway with all the other motorcycles in town.




HD in the House!

I did it.

I finally did it.

I bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

It only took me eight years.

What? I like to mull things over.

In late May of 2008, I took the Motorcycle Rider Training Program Course at a community college. I passed and obtain my motorcycle license.

Four years passed. I decided to take the training again prior to buying a bike.

In June of 2012, I took the Motorcycle Rider Training Program Course at Harley Davidson. I passed and again obtain my motorcycle license.

Four years passed.

During that four-year period I did take a private motorcycle refresher lesson to keep my skills fresh.

June 26, 2016 – I finally bought my Harley!

This Baby Is Mine.


For the last six months I have been studying audio books like mad, cannot get enough.

That is probably because I find myself sitting in a lot of traffic to and fro work five days a week, so I might as well do something useful.

The book that had the most impact recently is The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss.

My job is not mobile so I really cannot use the remote workweek as suggested.  However there is a lot of other useful information throughout the book.

The point that hit home for me was his thoughts on retirement.

We work until we can retire (if we are lucky), but your strongest years have passed in the process.

Strongest in that, when you are most vital, at your peak, you are busy working yourself to death so you can retire.

He suggests mini retirements along the course of your life.

Do some of the things now, along the way that you really, really want to do and experience in your lifetime.

For me, I want to own and ride a motorcycle.  I’ve been at this for 8 years so I don’t think this is a passing fling.

I knew that if I didn’t do it now, I never would. For. Real.

What was I going to do, wait until I retired and couldn’t handle a motorcycle?

God willing, now I have at least 20 years of riding in my future.

I finally took out all of the other factors, like worrying about people worrying about me and instead went with the deep desire that I and I only have – I want a motorcycle.

I don’t want regrets. I want to live and experience things that bring me joy.  Plus you only have one life.

I will work hard, I will work long but there has to be something of value on the other side that makes it all worthwhile.

I’ll share the other books that have been shaping my thought processes soon.

Books that have led me to studying Accounting Fundamentals I and II online, the thought of earning a Bookkeeping Certificate to further my skills at work and perhaps make money on the side, and books that have helped me to increase my 401k savings while paying my bills and buying my motorcycle.

For now, I hope you will look at your own life.

Is there something that you really, really want or need to try now?

It doesn’t have to be big to bring a whole lot of satisfaction and happiness into your life.









August 21, 2015

FitBit Challenge.

August 21st.

Issued a challenge by a dude who said he was going to smoke us.

5 am start time.

5 miles walked.

This was my morning –


Time for a Change!


Good Morning Sunshine!


After 5 mile walk I ran up these stairs.


And these.


And these.


Oh, and these stairs too.


And holy hell up these stairs too!!!


Feeling pretty proud of myself.

I won the challenge.

And haven’t done a darn thing since!

Epic fail.

Four challenges have since passed.

Lost them all.




May you have a happy and fit-filled week!

That’s what I have on tap.

Stumbling Across Peace

I stumbled across peace yesterday during my FitBit challenge.

I went out for a walk.

Lately I have been walking without an agenda as to where.

And it is pretty darn cool where I end up when I let go and simply walk.

The other night, Friday night, I walked around my neighborhood.

Then I walked around an adjacent neighborhood.

And then I walked over to a very upscale mall after it was closed.

It houses such stores as: Chanel, Coach, Gucci, kate spade, Louis Vuitton, Prada , and Versace.

It even has a Ritz Carlton attached!

The stores mean nothing to me, but I have been to the Ritz and it is the bomb. It is also pretty cool that it opens right up into the mall.

Since the restaurants were still open I was able to walk the mall even though the stores were closed. Honest, I checked with the security guard.

I walked the three floors twice, and thought, wow I need to do this more often.  Especially when I am working on pulling off a coup d’état to win the FitBit challenge there at the end on a Friday night.

Yes I know it is sad. That IS how I have spent four of my last five Friday nights.  I’ve been walking to win.

Anyway, back to yesterday, I stumbled across a Zen like area that stretches up a pretty big hill. There were loads of stairs or you could take a winding path up laced with waterfalls, beautiful stone work, plants and benches along the way.

I walked up the path, I walked down the stairs. I then ran up the stairs and I walked down the path. Then I jogged home.

I very much love the area I live in, and will visually share my experience with you to rest my case.

Best morning walk I have had thus far……









It Is On!

On my arm that is. I am sporting a Fitbit!

To say I am enamored with my Fitbit is an understatement.

Of course I am telling anyone who will listen ~ Oh my God you have got to get one of these!

And a few have.

Which leads me to a dilemma, competition.

One friend challenged me to walk 15k steps a day.

That started yesterday.

And I was hoodwinked.

This said “friend” works at a hospital and is on her feet all day!

Cheat much? hahaha

Actually, it got me of my duff.

By the time I got home from my desk job, I had logged about 12,500 steps.

So I went walking once I got home until I got really, really hungry.

I came back knowing that I had not reached my 15k goal because my bracelet wasn’t buzzing and lights weren’t flashing.

I sat down. I had logged 14,705 steps.

And then I thought ~ Oh hell no, I am not stopping now!

Out the door I went again until my bracelet was buzzing and lights were flashing and I was grinning and dancing a jig ~ I did it. I did it. I freaking, flipping did it!

Now mid-day yesterday, another “friend” challenged me and another gal to a Workweek Hustle aka let’s see who can walk the most steps Monday through Friday.

Now these chicks have a sit down job too, but holy crap, they are either very active or very competitive!

Talk about neck and neck.

I am only 751 steps ahead of them in this moment in time and that is only because they are currently sleeping.

At 3:36am the message for all of us to see read: Lisa pulled past Maria for first place! Woo hoo!! (The woo hoo part is me).

Yes, I was up at 3:36am because I couldn’t sleep.

And yes, I am not above getting in steps while others sleep. hahaha

So the moral of the story is be careful about who you call friends.

They may in fact just be people who will help you get off your duff and get in shape.

Oh, and one of these so-called friends of mine, she wants us to climb seven flights of stairs today.

With friends like these, who needs enemies.


Did That Just Happen Blog

Sometimes even I can't explain my life!