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MMM – March Motorcycle Maintenance

My co-worker came over after work today to maintain our bikes.





I did not work today because…it takes time for things to flow down the pipeline.

Guess what?  The flow is on!  I will be working tomorrow.

I like working on quiet days (aka no one is in the office, except maybe one or two of the bosses).

I get so much done.  Plus I enjoy the peace & quiet, the ability to focus without distraction, and oh, the hell yeah, I just pulled all of that off!!! hahahaha

But, back to one of my favorite friendships…my co-worker and MMM.

I have garage covered parking (at work and at home, hellz yeah, how lucky am I?!).

My coworker does not have covered anything on the home front, so I extended an invite for him to house his bike in my garage for the winter.

For the record, this arrangement has worked out well (um, like really, really well!) for me too.

Although, for the record again, (in case God keeps count) that was never my intention.

I am seriously all about sharing….if I have it and you need it and I am in the position to share – it is yours.

It has been sooooooo long since I have had a guy friend, true & straight.

Since my bro-in-law and family moved to CA (which I will never forgive them for!!!! hahahaha), I haven’t had the safety net of a guy helping me out without worrying about anything other than…..I help you and you help me, no attraction outside of genuinely liking each other as people, for years.

He is so in love with his wife, and I love that!

And I am so about involving her in everything, because seriously, it is nice to have someone to help me.  I certainly don’t want to cause any weirdness.

Which I am pretty sure I do not because I am also a Dream Weaver.

My co-worker, sometimes referred to as my surrogate bro-in-law, thanked me last year for helping him realize one of his bucket list dreams.

Him – I cannot believe I own a motorcycle and know how to ride one.  I am not sure I would have done this had you not encouraged me.

I went through a motorcycle training class with him, which took a helluva lot of “encouragement” to get him there, only to ditch him after the first day.




#1 I was almost plowed over by the only other female driver in the class from the start (she was soon after asked to leave and train one on one), and um, #2, more importantly, it was HOLY GOODNESS BEYOND COLD!!

On the first day we spent 8+ hours out in 32 degrees (or less, I am pretty sure it was less but I was so traumatized by the event that I have since blocked it out).  NON-STOP, not exaggerating, not even in the least.  It was flippin’ cold!

After the first day, I drove home (35+ mins) with my heat on high the entire time.

I am genuinely surprised that my dashboard didn’t melt. For real.

I then slept in sweats with 4 blankets covering me to overcome the cold all night.

Early the next morning, before the 2nd class, I texted him…..Dude, I will so do this with you at a later date, and it is so my fault we are here at this date and time, but I CANNOT do another day out in the cold all day.  Can. Not.  So sorry, really, but I already have my motorcycle license and I cannot take the cold for another minute.

He forgave me, and continued with the class on his own, in the freaking and unforgiving cold holy goodness how did he do that (???), and earned his motorcycle license.

I still apologize to this day, but seriously, holy crap, me and frigid weather do not mix, no matter what is on the line.

Speaking of Dream Weaver, if I could find a way to make a business out of this I WOULD!

100%.  For real.

Hello.  My name is Lisa.  I am so totally down with helping you do something that you really would love to do at least once in your life time, but never thought you would.  But um, I am going to need for you to pay for the experience and by doing so, I am in and completely willing to be your partner in crime.

I experience great joy and fulfillment when helping others experience something they would love to try, but sometimes doubt they ever will.

Outside of helping my co-worker realize his motorcycle goal/dream, I am currently on tap to help his wife fulfill one of her bucket list items too……sky diving!

Personally I cannot believe he is letting this happen because he is OVER cautious when it comes to his wife.  So much so that he is (for real) scared of letting her and I hang out together alone since she would love to sample many of the things I have done, owned or experienced.

Me and her together alone is just never going to happen…except when we are in the plane about to skydive….because there is NO WAY he will ever go up in the plane with us. How do I know? Um, because he has unashamedly said so. hahaha

I have been present for other such spectacular feats with those I care about too.

Dream Weaver…..I once accompanied a young lady, on her 70th bday I believe, to experience parasailing for the first time, for the both of us.

I do not have a fear of heights nor flying, but I DO 100% have fear of sharks!

If I didn’t have that fear, I would so be a most excellent surfer!


While parasailing, looking down I was like, I am going to be so damn pissed if there are sharks down there waiting for me and this is how I go!

I was honest to goodness scared that we would land in the water, and I would be eaten by sharks.

Luckily, we graciously and effortlessly landed safely back on the boat (as was protocol).  Thank God!

I will face my fears, but, I may or may not be scared while doing so! 

Still, I did it because I love being involved in anything that helps others experience something that is a once in a lifetime, holy wow, I did it, and I may or may not have done this if you had not offered to do it with me.

I also once met a 67-year-old young lady at a tattoo parlor to be with her when she got her first tattoo (that her husband may or may not have approved of, but she had to at least do this one thing for herself).

I got a tattoo that day too!  I have no husband, to hell with what anyone else thinks! hahahha

I got my name – LISA – tattooed on my lower back, you know, the tramp stamp area.

The tattoo artist said, well Missy, no one WILL EVER forget your name! hahahaha

But for the record, in case God does keep track, my tats are pretty well hidden and not a problem when it comes to being “professional.”

Only those I am intimate with are able to admire my tattoo, or two, OK FINE, three!

PS ~ Should my co-worker read this, um, I guess you were right.  You really might want to be present any time your wife and I are together.  Otherwise, you may or may not receive the shock of your life (and not necessarily in a good way!!). hahahaha












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)!



Eat. Drink. And Be Merry.

I own a condo!


8 years later since selling my first condo.

Thanks to one person specifically.  You know, the whole…He who must not be named.

No.  This person is not evil, nor is he Lord Voldemort. hahahaha #HarryPotterJoke

Check out my new home  (keep in mind I’ve got some serious painting to do)!

Nice, huh?

It is to me!

It is the same exact setup as the apartment I have been very happy with for the last four years.

Except, um, the MAJOR upgrades. Um. Yeah. They are Nice!!

And oh, I now have a fireplace. Still not sure how I feel about that.

I love fire in fireplaces.

In other people’s homes!

I have a fear of fire, burning down my place.  Don’t know why, but I do.

Maybe I will turn it into a gas fireplace.

But then again, I fear gas fueled items too for fear of fire. hahahaha #NoWinningOnThisFront hahahha

Saturday, December, 2nd – First Day I Let Go and Enjoyed.

I am done.

I am done moving.

I am done taking care of two places at once.

I am home, I got my happy on and I have been eating, drinking and being merry!

Because tomorrow, Sunday, mama still has a lot of work to do at her new place.

For my southern food eating peeps, check this out –

Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits.

Who knew?

Holy. Crap!

My dad told me about these and they are AMAZING!

This is the new best friend in my house!!

Life is good.







I Love Food & I Love Cooking!

I love food and I love cooking…

But only because I can actually cook now.

                                                      I Heart Cooking

I am on my 3rd week of using the food delivery service – Hello Fresh.

This is the most awesome, tasty, easy and simply program around.

At least that is my experience to date.

Look what I have learned how to cook over the last 3 weeks…..

                                      Mojo Drizzled New York Strip Steak

                     Cauliflower Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese (Minus the Pancetta)

                                            Crispy Top Parmesan Chicken

                                                    Sweet As Honey Chicken

                                                      The Pat Lafrieda Burger

                                                      Thai Pork Stir Fry

                                                      Buttered Up Steak

                            Thyme And Honey Pork Chops (Minus the Thyme)

                                        Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner

Not only that, I totally hook up co-workers with left over’s, which has been much appreciated…to date.

Recently I started utilizing the ability to skip some weeks.

This is an awesome option for two reason – (1) I can try out what I have learned thus far on my own and (2) the selection available do not always include enough of what I am willing to part with my money for to try.

I do not need breakfast, but thank you.

And I do not need fish or duck, nor do I want to cook any other parts of chicken except for the breast.

Yeah. Definitely no, but thank you anyway.

Overall, my Hello Fresh has been an excellent experience!

I have learned how to cook soooooo many things in the last three weeks that it is unreal.

If I were in a serious relationship, that dude would fall madly in love with me because these meals are great and thus make me a spectacular chef!!

So.  If you are in a rut, or if you are like me and want to learn how to cook – Hello Fresh has brought me such happiness and delicious, beyond words, meals.

Totally worth the investment!

Per me, a 100% satisfied customer.

Food is life.

Might as well make it right.




The Dragonfly

Two months ago today I ran into this dude on my porch…


I have NEVER seen a dragonfly up close and personal before.

To be honest, this dragonfly scared the BLEEP out of me when I accidentally and unexpectedly came face to face with him on my porch.

“It happened to be” the morning that I was to take Mozzie (my cat) to the emergency vet for a sonogram.

I thought for sure the sonogram would show that Mozzie did not have much time left to live, he was skin and bones and miserable.

I told the big man, aka God, don’t mess with me.  You are trying to make me hopeful when I am pretty sure this is the end.  Please do not lie to me.

But still, I looked up the symbolism of the dragonfly when I came in and read this…When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life.

It turns out the “dragonfly” was correct.

And to date, with medicine, my little man Mozzie is OK.

This really was one of those, did that really happen, wow moments.

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…..so 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.




Be You

“As long as you stay true to exactly who you are,

you will be rewarded in ways

you can’t even imagine.”

~ Ellen Degenerous

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