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State of Affairs

#1 I had no idea that this was a TV show.

#2 I “run” a State of Affairs (at least) every quarter (if not monthly)….as in…I look at everything (and I write it down).

These are my assets, these are my liabilities, and this is where I stand in this moment in time.

But in the last few months, I have come to realize that I really need to be “crunching” another set of numbers/state of affairs as well.

What if someone told you, “At best, you have 6 to 12 months left on earth?”

What the hell would you do with that?

I don’t know about you, but I need to make some changes.

And not because today is the 1st day of a New Year, but because, I still have a lot that I want to do and experience and I hope you do too.

My wish for you is real change, so you may experience a rich and fulfilling life.

The State of Affairs 2019…may we each have more assets than liabilities on all levels.

Today is the start of a New Year (and New Day).

Make. It. Count.

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A Very Happy Thanksgiving Indeed

I unexpectedly had a very Happy Thanksgiving, unexpected because I was unable to be with any of my family this year.

I was very touched that my coworker and his wife invited me to have Thanksgiving with them.

To be honest, I was surprised.

They are very social and always have plans or people over.

Never in a million years did I think I’d be dinning with them for Thanksgiving.

Even more mind-blowing, I was invited by proxy to spend Thanksgiving with his parents should my co-worker and his wife accept their invite.

But they declined to keep it less formal and more chill for the three of us to enjoy.

They are Persian.

He has celebrated Thanksgiving maybe twice or three times in his life.

His wife, never, this was her very first time.

Originally, I was on tap to bring a healthy version of green bean casserole, an appetizer, some sort of bread and corn on the cob.

Um.  I kinda got carried away and brought all if this…

 

My house has never smelled so great!

Between her and me, we had enough appetizers, main course, side dishes, and desserts to feed at least 15 people!

Really, probably more.

I only took 1% of the leftovers home.

They can deal with the other 99% of the leftovers.

Give it away, freeze it, or eat it for a week until you need to wait another year before even thinking about eating Thanksgiving dinner again….I don’t care. hahaha

My co-worker’s wife has never experienced Thanksgiving.

Now she has.

I wanted to make it a complete experience.

This was our table…

Persian and traditional Thanksgiving dishes side by side.

Seriously, there almost wasn’t enough room for us to sit at the table to eat properly due to the massive food layout.

But it was awesome.

And I loved every minute of it!

Next year, I would like to be with my family.

And now I have a Persian dish or two up my sleeve to share.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

I really do hope today was gratifying and fulfilling for you and yours, and that you found things to be grateful for.

I was not with my family, but I am so grateful for my family and my friends and this crazy thing we call life.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Life is worthwhile, and I am so grateful that I and my family are still here to enjoy the ride.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 


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….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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


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