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The Wave

I received my very first motorcycle wave from another motorcyclist while riding my Harley this past Sunday!

I wasn’t expecting it, so when it happened, I accidentally gave him the Jeep or S2000 wave back.

He must have been thinking…Yep.  She’s a newbie.

For the record, I have received the motorcycle wave once before while driving my car.

It was on the interstate and a car was being about as dumb as they come, tailing and boxing in a motorcycle.

I was like dude – Don’t you know that a motorcycle and rider can become a speed bump at any moment?

One false move and boom, you have killed someone.

I mean seriously, how are you going to feel if you kill someone because you were in a hurry or you were just being a jerk?

At the time I did not own a motorcycle, but I had trained and received my motorcycle license endorsement twice.

I like to really, really know something before I commit.

I used my car to intervene.

In some type of slingshot maneuver, I freed the motorcycle from the situation and he shot forward…free and clear of both of us cars.

When he passed, he gave me the motorcycle wave.

I was like – You know it dude, I’ve got your back!

This has been my roundabout way of saying…to be DRIVING a motorcycle while receiving “the wave” was so totally awesome and made me very happy.

And the next time I receive such, I’ll be ready to return the same cool motorcycle wave!

Kinda funny, all the vehicles I own have a special wave with like vehicle drivers.

Jeep drivers have a special wave to other Jeep drivers.

S2000 drivers have a special wave also to other S2000 drivers (I think it is because they are more rare and have been out of production since @ 2009).

I was talking about my motorcycle wave with a motorcycle driving co-worker at lunch yesterday.

He was laughing at me for my motorcycle faux pas wave.

I was laughing too.

But then I pointed out, Dude, you drive a Scion.

What the hell is that?  Who even makes it?  Can you pick an any more non-descript car than that?

AND no one is gonna be waving to you in that……so laugh it up buddy!

We then proceeded to make goofy “Scion Waves” all the way back to work.

I’d feel bad about my comment, BUT he owns and operates a rather nice motorcycle.  AND he receives waves galore as he has far more miles under his belt than me.  EVEN THO I am the one who got him to take the plunge and was with him every step of the way (from class and learning how to drive a motorcycle to his actual motorcycle purchase).

So I don’t feel bad at all since he took the ball, ran with it, and left me so far in the dust that it hurts.  My ego, that is.

Last Thursday as we were leaving work this same said co-worker came upon my car and said – Dude, why does God give people like you (fair skin & freckled) cars like that if you are not going to drive with the top down?!  Do you know how tan I would be driving that car (he’s dark skinned)?

I was like, um.

(A) We are in the middle of a crazy heat wave with a gazillion percent humidity.

(B) I am a fair-skinned freckled person who just had a skin cancer screening after damaging my skin for so many years, in part due to driving convertibles for the last 20+ years with no sunscreen.

(C) My first ever dermatology/skin cancer screening visit included having 2 biopsies performed on the spot and that is not fun.

(D) I do drive with the top down……in the mornings and evenings.

And um, (E) If you really want a convertible, GO BUY ONE!!! hahahaha

Um.  He then gave me a special wave.

Something along the lines of this….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Last Day of Vacation

Today, Tuesday June 19th is my last day of vacation.

I mean, like a real bona fide freakin’ vacation.

I flew somewhere and rented a car and everything.

Honestly, this is my first real vacation in 10 years.

Sounds unreal I know, but it is the truth.

Up until now I have had multiple (times 100) staycations (which still totally rock in my world), BUT a real vacation….yummy and for real, thank you God.

I met my sis and family in Lake Tahoe, CA last Thursday and I returned home on Father’s Day.

I honestly have not felt this sense of freedom and gratitude and awe… in…I don’t know…10 years.

I cannot even explain how peaceful and refreshed and grateful I feel.

Vacations really are good for the soul.

I have the time to take another vacation later this year, a solo trip, me and God, exploring places that I have dreamed about seeing, like I have done in the past.  Alone.

#SpiritualRetreat

#BaliHereICome

When I return to work on Wednesday, I may be slammed (most likely) with all that is wrong or overdue or needs attending…but in this moment in time, and tomorrow, I am so happy and fulfilled, I could cry.

Tears of happiness.

I am more than thankful for the break and I am returning refreshed and stress-free.

Until I fire up my computer at work. hahaha

But then again, that is what is to come on Wednesday.

Today, Tuesday, I will remain present and grateful.

Side note, I received a message just now from WordPress.

Today is my “anniversary.”

I have been blogging for 7 years.

Pretty cool in my world.

I “clean house” every few years blogging wise (and in real life) because I am always striving to continue creating a better story for myself.

#NeverStopGrowing

Another side note, using terms like always and never are signs of slight deception. hahaha

But for real, whether it is always or never – I do strive to create an evolving, better and new story for myself and my life.

I hope you do as well.

BTW.  The above pic is now my work and home computer background pic.

#DreamBigPeople


ONE LIFE

Another close friend of mine has made a life altering positive change.

On Monday, she turned in her resignation to a company who she has worked with for 12 years.

And she is leaving with their blessings for two reasons.

#1 She has a 3+ month transition/change over/full training plan in place for the company that she will oversee.  She has chosen her successor, and her successor is to choose her own successor, whom she will train to support her in her new role.

#2 She is leaving the company to go back to school to earn her Master’s Degree that will allow her to pursue a new line of work, work that she has wanted to do for years (and years).

She is fully supported by her husband, her family and her current employer.

One doesn’t usually receive that many green lights when changing course! hahahaha

I am beyond happy for her, and I will be there for the ups and the frustrations telling her over and over and over again – You’ve got this.  Because she does.

This must be a year of girl power.

One close girlfriend has spent the last year to two passing all four CPA exams which are needed in order to become a CPA, and now this close girlfriend will be spending the next year to two earning a degree to pursue work that has great meaning to her.  WOW.

Speaking of girl power, I unintentionally inspired a young lady within the last four to six weeks to follow her dreams too.

My co-worker emailed many weeks ago stating – I am such a dumb ass!

He shared with me an email between he and our boss.

Our boss told him something to the effect of – please check this, please change that, and are you sure about this?  He ended the email with – Are you testing me?

It was a joke that flew so far above my co-workers head.

I would have responded – Yes.  And you passed with flying colors!

Instead my co-worker replied to our boss with a long and rambling email about how he’d do the things ask, and would triple check everything and then ended the email with something like – I would never try to test you.  I respect you and your knowledge and blah, blah, blah.  I mean his response was long.

My boss emailed back with – I was just joking about the testing part.

Hence my co-worker smacking himself in the forehead and emailing me with how much of a dumbass he was.

He was at home so I texted him with – Dude. You ARE such a dumbass! hahahaha

I then added, Happy New Year and tell (insert wife’s name here) that I said Happy New Year too.  And buy her a damn motorcycle!!

They both are Persian, and the Persian New Year recently occurred in the last few weeks, at the time we were texting.

And being Persian, sometimes they misunderstand what is being conveyed, case in point, the email interaction between my co-worker and our boss.

Either he conveyed the message to his wife or she saw it because she texted me separately, at the same time he was texting me.

He was like, no motorcycle. Not yet.

She was like, thank you for the wishes and yes, I want a motorcycle!!

I told her, follow your dreams!  Don’t ever give up on the dream of having a motorcycle.  You work on him from your side and I’ll keep telling him on my side!!

I told him, too late dude.  While you are texting me, your wife and I have been texting each other too.  You are screwed.

Then we all said our good nights.

The next day my co-worker said – Did you feel me cursing you from a far?

I said – No. Why?

He said – BECAUSE NOW MY WIFE WANTS X, Y & Z AND KEEPS SAYING – LISA SAID FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND THAT IS WHAT I AM DOING!!

Remember that whole sometime the meaning gets lost in translation?  Well I meant this whole pump up inspiration to be about the motorcycle that she has long wanted so she could ride with us.

She took it to mean about everything……and now….they are proud new owners of a fish tank full of fish and a new dog they rescued from a shelter and she got hair extensions and she and I are going skydiving…..and she is not done yet!!!  hahahaha

Luckily, my co-worker is really digging their new dog or I’d be in trouble.

I still mention the motorcycle and he still says – Please don’t talk to my wife anymore. hahahaha

And I always remind him – Dude, you only have one life.  She only has one life.  Everything doesn’t have to happen now, but some things do need to happen when the time is right.

You have one life.

Live your life your way.

Don’t live the life others may want for you or think is best for you.

If you do, one day you will resent the hell out of that and maybe even them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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