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Thank You 2016

Facebook has this nefty thing.  They created a video showcasing your year for 2016.

I watched mine and was pleased.

You kind of forget all of the things you have done or experienced in a year.

I did the world a favor and did not share mine on Facebook.

After all, no one is as interested in my life as me.

2016 was fairly good for me.

Sad and low points…

I broke my foot and gained 30 extra pounds as a result.  I had my birthday off during tax season BUT only because I was at the freaking foot doctor’s office for a boot and later had to return for a cast.

That was the first time I have ever broken anything and it was quite an eye opener how much such an incident can effect one’s life.

I would prefer not to ever go there again.

My grandmother passed away later in the year.  I still cannot believe that one.  She had always been so strong and tough, and she had also been in my life for all of the 45 years of my life.  I really hate death.

On a positive note(s), um, I finally bought my Harley!

I also got to experience Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure not once, BUT TWICE, courtesy of the firm I work for.

I had never done zip lining before, and now I can cross it off my Bucket list!  And each visit was a 3 hour physical endeavor and so what I needed.

One thing I am seriously currently struggling with is my commute to and from work.

I live 13 miles from the office, yet I spend up to 2 or 2 and half hours in traffic to and from DAILY.

I also drive a stick shift.

It is painful.  Cramped foots and all.  And I will probably blow the clutches way before their times as a result.

Plus it drains the hell out of you.

This is a very touchy point with me since I wasn’t supposed to be stuck in traffic.

My agreement to come back to the firm I am with was that I could off-set my hours so that I would NOT spend my life in rush hour.

I mean I officially and specifically said – I do not want to spend my life in rush hour.

But such is life, that did not work out as originally planned.

I am not sure what I am going to do about this as of yet.

My sister and very a close friend suggested that I move closer to work.  I actually considered this and looked at some apartments right across the street from my office

Um.  They are crazy expensive.

But you know what?  I would be so unhappy living in Maryland.

I’ve tried it before and it just did not work for me.

In the DC metro area, you are either Team Virginia or Team Maryland.

I am team Virginia through and through.

So I am leaving all of that alone until after tax season.  With a new receptionist I would not leave before she has gone through a tax season and understands as much as possible about the firm.

I love my job, wanted to grow with this firm in particular, but the commute is killing me.

Others in the firm also have long commutes.  But they live far away AND they knowingly signed up for it.

I did not.

NOW.  On to a positive note.  I am super excited about this weekend!

A co-worker and I are going through a weekend motorcycle training course.

Yes.  It will be held during the COLDEST weekend of the year thus far AND it will feel like working full-time over the weekend since the classes will run Friday night 6:45pm to 10pm and Saturday & Sunday from 7:30am to 6 pm…

But still, WE WILL BE RIDING MOTORCYCLES!!!

Although I now own a Harley AND I have a motorcycle license and have had it for YEARS…

I want a refresher course to feel more comfortable with driving my said beautiful Harley out on the open roads with more confidence.

One of my bosses is so eagerly waiting for the day I drive my Harley into work.

Now there is a greater chance it will be sooner rather than later AND now I am going to acquire a partner in crime.

I will have someone to ride with!

And his wife wants in on it too!!  First as a passenger and then as a hell yeah driver!

Side note, she wants to be a driver now, but, good things come to those who wait.

Nonetheless, this my friends will be on the icing on my 2016 cake!

To hell with my horrible commute for now, this weekend I will be in heaven and I will be freezing my @ss off!

Happy Nearing the End of 2016!

 

 

 

 

 


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.

Why?

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I Just Paid $40 for a 6-Pack of Coke!

One of the drawbacks of being single is that you have to fend for yourself when you don’t feel well.

Guess what?

I don’t feel well, and there is no one around to wait on me hand and foot.

Really I only want a Coke.

I don’t get sick that often and I have only called in sick twice in the last year and three months.

Today would be that second time.

I brought it on myself.

Saturday morning I drove down to the Outer Banks with the top down on my Jeep.

It was already down, and I hadn’t tried putting it back up by myself yet, plus I was running late so I just threw on a heavy sweatshirt thinking that would cut it.

Um. No.

I froze my butt off for FIVE hours.

I honestly don’t remember ever being that cold and it was so deep in my bones that when I finally did make it to my mom and step-father’s place, I took a nap totally clothed with two blankets on top of me (and I was still chilly!).

I left at 9am Saturday morning.

It was supposed to get up into the upper 60’s so I thought for sure I wouldn’t be too cold for long.

I was wrong.

I took a nap, went to dinner with them and then promptly went back to sleep for the next nine hours.

I felt really bad. My step-father is a very active guy, and he had planned so many different things we could do – fishing in the ocean, fishing in the sound, walking, bike riding, canoeing, etc.

He even got me a temporary fishing license, hoping that I would want to go fishing because he’s an avid fisherman. (I don’t like fishing because I don’t like seeing the poor little fish with hooks in their mouths.)

Sunday morning I got up early, as did my step-father, and we figured out how to put the top back up on the Jeep. There was no way I was driving back with it down!

He also showed me lots of other stuff about my Jeep, because they have one, so I learned a lot much faster than had I been left to my own devices (aka I only learn stuff about my car when it becomes a need).

I went to Starbucks and then to the beach for a little me time.

In my mind, I was going to sit on the beach for a little while and watch and listen to the waves crash.

The beach is a really nice place to be in the morning before all the people come out, it is so peaceful and awe-inspiring.

Well because of recent hurricanes and storms, there isn’t much beach left!

At least not at the public access that I chose to enter, and what sand was left was wet and not conducive to sitting around and relaxing on.

So I watch some surfers from a deck, took a couple of pics, and then headed home.

When I got home, my step-father and I went for a bike ride.

I always say that I don’t like bike riding but I found out that I was wrong, which is a good thing because we rode around sight seeing for 8 miles.

I was pretty impressed with myself and thought, wow, I really could do a triathlon.

I don’t know that I could physically do one, or that I would be willing to train that hard in three areas for one, but biking is no longer off the table.

That bike ride was about the only time I felt well during my trip, and I told him, it was worth coming down just to do this.

We had lunch, I grabbed a shower, kissed them goodbye and headed over to my OBXFF, who also happens to be their backyard neighbor.

I only stayed 30 minutes, but boy were those 30 minutes packed with happiness and excitement.

My friend is 77 and she is gearing up for our next adventure!

When she turned 70, we went parasailing so we could both check that off of our bucket lists.

Now she wants to try zip lining, and I am all for it because I have never done that before either!

I drove home, went to bed, felt poorly this morning, called in sick, ate breakfast and went back to sleep until 4:30pm.

Here we are at 6:30pm and I just happily paid a delivery guy $40 for a six-pack of Coke.

Oh and some food, but really, I just wanted the Coke.

The moral of the story is be sure to get a boyfriend before you become sick.

No really, the moral of the story is don’t be a dumbass and drove five hours in 50 degree weather with the top down on your vehicle!!

The true moral of the story is, always have Coke on hand because you never know what life will throw you.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

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Climb That Goddamn Mountain

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

This is SUCH a GREAT read!!


The Dilemmas of Shopping

The dilemmas of shopping for me can be boiled down into one dilemma, the parting of me and my money.

The new job I am taking is going to require some commuting.

My car is 12 years old and has 150k miles on it.

Oh, and my car, totally not going anywhere even in an inch of snow kinda car.

So I am going to need to buy a car (read: Jeep Wrangler with 4 wheel drive) before the end of the year or shortly there after, and that pains me.

  1. I haven’t bought a new car in 7 ½ years.
  2. I haven’t had a car payment in 4 years.

I was already taking a painfully slow approach to buying the motorcycle that I have so long coveted owning.

Now I am gonna be dragging feet on buying a Jeep too.

My friend and mechanic is not even talking to me anymore about motorcycles as he provided me with ample what about this one, or this one, or this one (for the love of God pick one!!!)???

Just kidding about the not talking to me part and he did graciously send me many, many options to consider, which I was still considering until taa daa I found the brand I want.

He’s actually the reason I’ve even made it this far in my search this time, this far as in, I really could get one and got approved for a loan and motorcycle insurance.

At my last oil change I asked him, do you know how to maintain a bike?

Well hello. Why yes he does.

I walked away a new woman, well really drove away a new woman, because my greatest fear had been resolved….I know someone who can help me keep the bike maintained.

And I finally have decided on the bike I want, which is not a Harley but a Buell (sports bikes created by ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, and they were sold at Harley Davidson until they parted ways @ 2009).

This is the bike I last learned on and it fits me perfectly, it is about half the weight of a Harley and is more agile and easier for me maneuver.

Oh, and they cost about half of what a used Harley costs.

Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!!!

Plus, right now, I find the sports bike a little bit hotter.

So, these are the things I am sitting on at present….

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I’ll make a decision soon (as soon as I am able to stomach that yes in the real world cars really do cost a lot more money 7 ½ years later and I am going to have to have a car payment and give them my money monthly).

And NO, I will not be turning in my S2000.

Some people want really big and fancy houses, others want every latest and greatest gadget known to man, others want the best *insert anything here* money can buy, and some, like me, want a simple fleet of varying vehicles for the different driving experiences because it brings me such great joy.

Of course, I will be buying used as I always do and of course, it is going to take me a little while to act on this.

Cuz right now, I am seriously sick to my stomach and need to go drive my free to me car and let go of my shopping dilemmas.

 

 


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