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Online Dating. Yikes. Here I Come.

Monday morning I did something I never thought I would do.

For years, five to be precise, a handful close to me have tried to encourage me to try online dating.

Nope not for me.

Well Monday morning I decided to give a go.

That’s a pretty big deal in my world.

But I am trying to change things up, do things differently, explore and say yes to life more.

First off, I will never be able to be facebook friends with anyone I may meet on this online dating journey, nor tell them about my blog because I’ll be sharing the journey with you and I am pretty sure that might not be so cool in their eyes. hahahaha

But seriously, I won't speak about specific gents, just my side of experiences.

When you set up your profile (and mine is not complete yet) you begin by adding a picture and writing something about yourself.

This is my initial pic –

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I copy and pasted my about me page from my blog and answered five questions.

I can’t remember any of the questions except the first one.

Are you ok with someone being messy?

Hell no!

The last step was to pick three profile pictures to gauge the type of guys you find attractive.

There were guys ages 26 to 66 or there about.

I am not going to lie; a lot of those 30 something year old dudes caught my eye.

But alas I stayed within my age range; I didn’t want to come across as a creeper.

I didn’t realize the profile pictures I was looking at were real, but good news, one of the dudes I liked liked me back.

Now I have to go back and fill out the rest of my profile because they don’t know…like how tall I am, or what I am looking for, or my horoscope sign and so forth. hahahaha

But what is really cool, a dude I liked based solely on his picture turned out to be is 49, drives a Harley, drives a jeep (I think according to the pic), rock climbs, doesn’t have children, and oh yeah, he’s hot.

I am not saying we would mesh, but I find it intriguing that there are good-looking dudes out there with similar interests as me that had I not gotten out of my comfort zone and tried online dating, I potentially would never meet.

In 24 hours I have received 141 likes (that’s better than anything I have ever gotten on facebook!!!! hahahaha) and 18 messages.

Now 90% of those will probably do nothing for me, but it still makes a gal feel good after being out of the game for so long.

Oh, and now I REALLY have incentive to get my body back in tip-top shape as soon as possible!! hahahaha

The moral of the story…don’t poo poo what you have never tried BUT only try it if and when you are ready.

I’m ready.

 


Infuse Your Life With Play!

You don’t have to tell me twice.  I am all about the play.  Bring it on!!

“Nothing lights up the brain like play.”

“Humans as a species are designed to play throughout their lifetime.”

These thoughts and many, many more were presented by Dr. Stuart Brown on TED Talks in a 28 minute video.

Here’s the video – Play Is More Than Just Fun, It’s Vital

So. Worth. The. Watch!!

A blurb from the site – A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Ya know, I wouldn’t mind work for him! hahaha

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A Little Slice of Heaven

I was sitting on my porch this morning.

It is finally beginning to feel like spring.

A gentle breeze was blowing.

Birds were chirping.

The sun was shining upon my face.

All of this with the serene serenade of flowing water from the fountains out in the courtyard down below.

My thoughts were….This is heaven….and all I need is a hammock, pillow and blanket right about now.

I need to get a hammock this year. It just has to happen.

This is the first time in a long time that I am not at work when all of this is going down.

It is just the recharge my mind, body and spirit needed.

I am getting ready to go into work now armed with the knowledge that this is the LAST weekend of tax season.

Woo. Hoo.

I’d WOO HOO but I am too tired.

I’ve just got to bust booty for five more days and then…..it is back to getting off at noon on Fridays until November 30th!

Ok, now that got me excited.

I am going to drive with the top down on my car this morning and get in another slice of heaven on my way into work.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I really hope you have done your taxes already.

It would be such a shame if both of us have to work on tax stuff this weekend! hahaha

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Time Flies By When You Are…Having Fun?

It feels like I just posted yesterday.

I looked at the date, oops, I lost a week and a few days.

Tax Season will do that to you.

As will retirement.

Which I am a long ways from enjoying.

So, not only do we have tax season going on, but our receptionist gave notice and this Friday will be her last day.

Ouch.

To be honest, I knew this day would come.  I just thought it wouldn’t happen until this summer.

I did kind of wanted it to come, however for the record, I would have preferred it happening during non-tax season time! hahaha

Oh well, such is life.

We will get through tax season; we already have extra help lined up and a new receptionist starting in two weeks.

I have high hopes for the new receptionist.

I think she will be well-organized and detailed oriented, so we should get along just fine – read, perfectly.

She does talk a lot though, or at least she did in the interview.

My boss and I stepped out of the room to discuss things and he mentioned that he thought she was great and would work out well, but he felt that she talked a lot.

Good. We agreed. I thought I just might be tired. hahaha

She will be way too busy to talk when she comes on board March 30th, talk about walking into the line of fire!

Good thing it is me overseeing and training her, because I am pretty nice even when I am tired.

Honest, I am.

I am looking forward to training someone to do everything the way I do it.

But then again, sometimes I even forget how I do things and have to go back and look. hahaha

Oh well, we are going to do the best we can, which in reality means, we are going to bust our asses.

I am weird.

I thrive under pressure.

But only if it is for a given period of time, because I don’t think anyone could do this 24/7/365 and be happy and healthy.

And it doesn’t hurt that half day Fridays are on the other side of tax season!

It is like having a three-day weekend for 7 months and 2 weeks of the year.  Not a bad trade-off in my book.

So I may or may not be able to post again until after April 15th.

Or make that April 19th because I begin a yoga teachers training program on April 17th, and that truly makes me want to cry just thinking about how I am going to be able to pull that off RIGHT AFTER tax season ends.

But I’ll worry about that on another day!

Being here now, this is my world….

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I Have A Problem

So yesterday, I went into work with the attitude of, Ok, just start doing stuff.

I had a couple of items that I knew I needed to check on to make sure everything was in order or else it would be a slight problem, and then I just followed the day with doing things as they came up, as I stumbled across them, or as I was asked.

All the while, I was checking and noting other things.

One of my bosses jumped on that bandwagon and came by my office several times throughout the day to say, add this to your list.

My other boss had given me a list up front.

We get off at noon on Fridays until December 1st.

At one point during the day I was so in the groove that I was thinking about staying late on Friday, if my former employer did not need my help, to get some stuff done after hours.

That’s how in the zone I get, and that is when I realized that I have a problem! hahaha

It turns out that my former employer does not need my help (woo hoo!).

I also had a moment of clarity and will not be staying late on Friday because….(a) it will still be there on Monday and I’ve got time, and (b) I’ve got my own stuff to do.

I am very fortunate that the receptionist is very eager to help in any way she is able.

She’s new to the firm so we are both going through a learning curve, her learning and me remembering.

I keep assuring her, because she keeps asking, that once I have a better understanding of what I am working with, there will be plenty of things for her to do.

That one list my boss is creating by remembrance….oh yeah let’s do this and oh yeah let’s do that….that list so has both of our names all over it.

I have seen resentment briefly flash upon her face a couple of times, and I get it, because I used to have her job.

But pretty soon, with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of understanding, we are going to be like two peas in a pod and working together to keep the admin part of this train going.

And soon enough, after she learns just how anal and organized and hard-working I am, she will be dreaming about those days when she had a little bit of free time on her hands.

After all, I have a problem, and I am trying to pass it on.

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Just Don’t Blow Us Off, Ok?

So, my last day was pretty good.

Busy and no drama.

No happy hours, no cakes, but a couple of very nice conversations with my bosses.

One is not very good with goodbyes, that would be cuddles turned grumpy turned I am going to at least act normal and nice on your last day.

His parting words, just don’t blow us off, ok?  Stop in from time to time and say Hi.  Let’s stay in touch.  For real.

I asked him how about next Friday from 2-5pm since my other boss had asked me to maybe come in to answer a week’s worth of questions that the new girl might have.

It is not certain whether or not they will need me, but I blocked off that time just in case they do.

Now my other boss, he took the time to talk with me at the end of the day before he left.

He hoped that I enjoyed my time there, and more importantly and surprisingly, he took the time to tell me how much they appreciated me being there.

With sincerity, he said ~ their gain is our loss.  I hope they know what they are doing (because I had shared they were restructuring and asked me back to fill a vacancy) and that they treat you well.

And then he said with a heavy sigh, What are we going to do if the new girl doesn’t work out for us?

My only response, Well, for the time being, I can help on Fridays in the afternoon, but outside that, my hands are tied.

The moment I had dreaded for two weeks turned out to be not so bad.

The worse moments were when I was saying goodbye to my two bosses, each time there was that awkward moment of…do we hug, do we just shake hands or do we what?

We chose the or do we what.

I had my goodbyes with everyone except the one chick I occasionally butted heads with throughout the day.

She and I just went our separate ways. hahaha

But it was nice, uneventful and it is done.

And now, I am immensely enjoying a four-day staycation before starting my new job on Monday!

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My Last Day

One of my bosses (the cuddly teddy bear turned grouchy snarly grrrr ole bear) keeps saying, We need to have a going away party for you!  When is your last day again????

I wonder if he’s considering giving me one of these cakes….

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Actually, it won’t be a cake.

He wants to have a happy hour get together.

Nothing says goodbye like adding a little alcohol to the mix so peeps can really “jokingly” let loose on me.

Hmmm.  No thanks.

Although I have been shown a lot more love from the others as the days have passed.

They have realized…

  • Yes, I really am leaving and was at least kind enough to let you know personally.
  • Yes, I am moving heaven and earth to hook all of you up, as well as my replacement (which I don’t think has been done in the past).
  • Yes, I am working my buns off up to the very last minute (to which one shared, I wouldn’t be lifting a finger if it was my last day).

Even with all of this, somehow I don’t see them wanting to get a drink with me.

My boss has a meeting later today that is scheduled to go over my getting off time, and I hope it sticks.

I’ll be more than happy to meet up with them for a future REGULAR happy hour.

This past Monday was awesome because the new girl was there and I got to focus solely on training her, and of course everyone pretty much left us alone.

And when they did come around, they were on their best behavior, which is how they do act 90% of the time in real life!  hahaha

She wasn’t able to come in yesterday, and probably won’t be in today.

That is just as well in my world since last night I was handed a can you pull a miracle out of that magic hat of yours and format this financial statement to compare two years versus the one, on top of doing your normal job while finishing up that manual you are putting together for the new employee.  Please, thanks and you are the greatest.

No problem.

My day is going to fly by today, and for that I am grateful.

All signs are pointing to them not needing much of my help after I leave, which is also a relief so I can focus on my new job and yoga.

My new employer was gracious enough to accept my request to start next Monday versus tomorrow.

I so didn’t think that one through when I first said that I could start tomorrow.

It turns out I need a break, to let go of one job, relax a little and do some things for me, and then begin a new job on Monday.

Thank God for my IT guy’s comment of I hope you have some time off between the two.

DUH!!!  Why didn’t I originally think of that???!!!

Oh that’s right, I usually rush to take care of others and forget that I am more pleasant to be around and function much better when I take a breather and take care of myself first.

And there is no way on God’s green earth that I am telling my today employer that I have Thursday and Friday off.  No way in hell.

As far as they know, I am starting my new job tomorrow and I will just steer clear of their part of town when I need to be out and about.

Anyway, they will be more than fine.  They have the chick that I butt heads with occasionally, who is well versed in covering her stuff and the things that I do, just enough to keep it going until the new person is ready to rock.

So, today is my last day…..

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