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Did You Ride?

Texting Convo…

Me: Did you ride?

Co-worker:  Don’t ask.  I feel like a total dumb @ss.  I brought my battery, helmet and tools today.  I got to your garage at 3:30pm with a big smile.  Then I realized, I did NOT have my motorcycle key!!!!  I slapped myself and left.  “Story of my life.”

Me:  And to think, I was upstairs sleeping and had one of your motorcycle keys. hahahaha



I checked.  He did not try to contact me to see if I was home to give him the extra key.

And with good reason.

I told him on Friday, I cannot wait for tomorrow.  I do not want to see or talk to another human being all day.

I’ve been busy at work, and I have no problem with that at all.

BUT, if I do not get a little me time alone, this is not going to end well for anyone. hahahaha

I never know when I will run into my co-worker or my co-worker and his wife in my parking garage.

He is storing his bike with mine for the winter because he does not have garage parking.

I have one of his keys if I need to move his bike, and he has one of mine because he takes (GREAT) care of my bike when doing anything with his.

We’ve gone out to lunch a couple of times where I have paid for his lunch.

He gets all up in arms, because I have learned how to slyly pay for the meal before he realizes what has happened, which provokes him to exclaim how he will never go to lunch with me again if I keep doing that!!

Co-worker: Why did you do that?

Me: Because you do a lot to take care of my Harley (Last weekend, he changed the oil in both of our motorcycles, and his wife stopped by Harley to pick up the extra oil I needed and paid for because she works near the dealership and it is out of my way to go there.  And yes, you can only buy the d@mn oil and oil filter at a dealership and not online. Grrrrr.).

Co-worker: I do not do any of this because of you.  I do it because I like working on things.

Me: I don’t give a shit why you do it.  I just need you to keep doing it.  It is about give and take.  You do stuff for me, I do stuff for you and yours.  It would get old pretty damn fast if you always do stuff for/on my bike and receive nothing in return.

Co-worker:  But you let me park my motorcycle in your garage.

Me: Whatever.  Shut up and eat your d@mn free lunch.  And take this to your wife.

Like I said before, I have been busy at work.

Last weekend I worked on work projects from home on Saturday and Sunday.

And, I ran into my co-worker in my garage on Saturday and Sunday as well.

We worked on things while his wife went shopping at the mall.  He is not pleased with that part and wants to find her a new hobby. hahahaha

Then a whole week of being busy at work, getting home each night a little later, and taa daa, here we are at today.

I worked from home 5:30am to 9:30am this morning, returned a phone call to one of my bosses (took only 3 seconds to answer the question but still ruined my not speaking or seeing another human being all day goal. hahahaha).

I made something to eat, ate, and then slept until 4:30pm.

I guess I was far more drained then I realized.

I could not have helped my co-worker anyway had he reached out because I turned my ringer off.

The new receptionist (who is awesome beyond belief!) has been feeling sick for the last three days.

I told her multiple times, if you are not feeling well, you need to take a day off.  If I get sick, you’ll be the one driving this boat!

She has since informed me ~ You CANNOT get sick or take any vacation days for a full year.

I told her ~ You’ve got until June lovey.  Then Mama is headed to CA to see her family (FINALLY in CA).  It has only taken me 4+ years and paying for 3 d@mn plane tickets to get out there!

Truth be known, the receptionist (who is a former Executive Assistant) will be more than fine.  She is such a smart, organized, personable and quick study young lady.

She may even replace me before I return from my CA trip to see my fam.

I may or may not have picked something up from being around her, sickness wise.

My solution is always ~ eat, sleep, recharge and only take medicine if really needed.

Hopefully on Monday, I will be right as rain.

I’ll work again tomorrow from home at some point because I get a lot done when I am alone, and we are approaching a January 31st deadline.

Bottom line ~ I do not care if my co-worker or my co-worker and his wife show up tomorrow in my parking garage.

I am not leaving my home.

Mama has officially extending her ~ I do not want to have contact with another human being, in any form, on Sunday either.

I really hope he remembers to bring his motorcycle key this time!! hahahaha






Motorcycle Day! Happy December!!

December 23, 2017.

My surrogate brother-in-law and I were all about our motorcycles yesterday!

What a great and productive day!

I appreciate beyond words the friendship I have with a co-worker, who in my mind has become my substitute bro-in-law, because my real brother-in-law now lives in California with my sis and their fam.

It is very rare when a female and male can be friends, and only friends, in the truest sense.

There is no flirting, there is no tension, there is no anything except being completely real and enjoying each other’s company and shared interest in a platonic manner.

Much like the relationship I have with my brother-in-law.  Wow.  I miss him (and his entire family, especially my sister!).

Great news though… this time next week, that entire gang will be in town for a family wedding!


This was my wonderful glorious Saturday that I spent with my stand-in brother-in-law, later to be joined by his cutest ever wife at the Harley Davidson showroom, who is going to get her own motorcycle if I have a say in it (she wants one, he’s concern for her safety, I tell him all the time – dude, get over yourself, if you can have one SO CAN SHE!).

Plus, he literally has ridden my Harley more than I have!

He takes care of my Harley when he takes care of his motorcycle

I joke all the time…Dude, if I do not start riding as much as you do (aka, all the freaking time), I am going to sell you my bike for your wife!!

This is my back-up plan.


I have 3 vehicles and 2 are PAID FOR IN FULL.  So in this moment in time, I straight up own 2 of my 3 vehicles.

Um, have you caught on yet that I was a tomboy in my youth and I have a need for speed and freedom??

I must become one with my Harley, who I have dreamt about owning for, I don’t know, at least ten years and ride it until the wheels fall off.

So to fan my flame…..this was my Saturday….and I loved every minute of it…even tho I felt under the weather…

Hooking up my new and fully charged battery to the Harley.

All the cool kids park in this one area near me. A neighbor’s Indian motorcycle.

Another neighbor’s I don’t know what kind, but it is a motorcycle parked near mine!!

Me: OMG! I want one of those!!! (We went to 2 motorcycle showrooms today for supplies).

I’ll take that one too!!

But for real, the others were just jokes, but one day, mama is going to own a yellow Harley Sportster!

This is a custom yellow Harley Sportster, 1200 cc, that was on the Harley showroom today. Um. Love.  #OneDay

But the best of the best today?

I was given some unexpected Christmas money…..so I bought some top of the line HD products to care for my current Street 500 Harley Davidson motorcycle…..

And, to help a brother (in-law alternate) out….I have found a way to park 4 vehicles in my parking garage at present, all though I only officially own one parking space with my condo…

Pack it in buddy, as close as possible, and we will both have covered parking for the winter!










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.




Bouncing Back From the Ultimate Disappointment

I was finally going to drive my Harley Street 500 motorcycle into work today.

I planned it out.  I would be taking as many back roads as possible and only be on the highway briefly.

I was up very early too, so I could get on the road well before rush hour.

Once I made it into work my plan was to walk, walk, walk AND walk some more because I am currently in three different FitBit challenges.

I am winning the first challenge by a pretty good lead.

I am winning the second challenge, in this moment in time, by a slight lead.  I had that one in the bag too, until someone seems to have gotten inspired.

I am in 2nd place in the third challenge, battling step by step with the person who is currently in 3rd who really seems to want to be in 2nd place.  This same said person is also the one battling me in the challenge I mentioned above.

At this point neither of us has a shot in hell of winning the first challenge.

The leader of that one is waaaaay ahead of us.  I did tell her tho, let’s do this again next week and I will give you a run for your money! hahaha

From last Thursday to this Thursday I had a really crappy, stressful and upsetting week.

I didn’t talk with anyone about it, mostly because those I know would have said – You did what???  You said what??? Are you bleeping crazy???

Obviously, I was not in my right mind and I allowed bottled up emotions, disappointments and frustration to come bubbling out.

Rest assured all is well now, so no need to ask me about it. hahaha

But the ultimate disappointment is that my Harley would not start this morning and I don’t know why.

I have kept the battery charged (last time that is what killed the bike).  I have even shared my toy and had a co-worker over to ride it to juice it up.  And so he could practice his skills since he recently got his motorcycle license.

As I trudged back upstairs fully geared up, I was sooooo disappointed.

Then I started thinking, I really need a dude in my life to maintain my bike.  I’ll ride it and he can keep it maintained.

In reality, I just want someone to show me how to keep it maintained.  If you show me, I can do it.  If I read it, I am like, huhhh?

And then I remembered, hey, I have a credit for a motorcycle class and guess who are in motorcycle classes????


So I signed up this morning and will be training and doing drills on a Harley like mine on Sunday for 2 whole hours!!

And I sure as heck am going to try to sweet talk someone into helping me.

Wish me luck!


Oh, this pic, this is the only thing that did go well for me last weekend.  I got my hair highlighted.

This pic also represents me telling myself ~ I’ve got your back babe, no matter what.

And we will find someone to help us one way or another! hahaha





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…


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.


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.









Less is More. Except in the Garage!

So three weeks ago today, I got rid of a lot of my stuff.

And I still haven’t bought replacements yet.

I have been roughing it, and, I am pretty proud of myself for not freaking out.

In the past I have practically killed myself to unpack and put my entire place in order on the very same day I moved.

I couldn’t sleep soundly unless everything looked perfect.

Wow. Baby has come a long way.

Since selling my condo in the fall of 2009, I have moved many times trying to find my footing again.

Well I guess I found it where I am, back in Northern Virginia.

I have been in my apartment for 2 years this December, and I recently signed a lease for another 18 months.

That’s a pretty big commitment for me. hahaha

I owned my condo for nine years, so all this moving around and trying to find my footing again really hasn’t been all that fun.

I like having a home base.

And now I have it again.

This year I was looking into buying a place.

And I could have.

But I didn’t feel comfortable asking for the kind of help I would have needed to own again right now.

Plus, I visited my dream condo (check it out here) and it so wasn’t worth tying myself down to own it.

I want to have fun, and freedom means a lot to me.

Now vehicles, owning and enjoying the *bleep* out of them, um, that speaks to me.

I have loved vehicles since the ripe old age of 14.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

My first set of wheels was a moped.

A Honda Spree….


God I was in love.

No fear.

I even drove on the open roads, much to the annoyance of the cars behind me.

But the best part was driving in the storm drains at night with New Edition blasting in my ears and the wind blowing against my face.


Those were some of the best days of my life.

Freedom at 14. #mindblowing

I think that is when I became……Born to be Wild!

So back to present day.

This is my empty home.




This is them installing my new carpet.




This is my new Jeep.




Pretty, huh?

I now own two of my five vehicle goal.


One I own outright, and one I am paying on for the next six years and it pains me so, and one……

A third one could be mine any day now if I make the move.

A 2002 Honda Shadow.

Check it out.


I know of three right now for sale by owners, all with extremely low mileage and within my price range, so I could pay cash and owe one of them.

And I could easily park it right in front of my other two, only gotta back the S2ooo up a little bit.


I am sitting with that at the moment.

I would love nothing more than to leap, but that is a pretty big responsibility owning three vehicles.

The good news is, one of my coworkers has dealt with motorcycles for more than 20 years, selling and owning, so he can help me.

That is one thing that has always held me back; I know nothing about bikes except how to drive one.

So having him in my corner might just push me to finally buy a bike.

Just thinking about it, I can taste the wind and feel the thrill of riding on the GW Parkway…..

But in this moment in time, I really need to do something about my place.

Three weeks, no furniture, I am tired of roughing it. hahaha

I am going to go with a minimalist approach.

Open – airy – spacious – clean – crisp – but still, I need some furniture.

So I am going shopping today.

I hate shopping.

Even for cars and motorcycles.




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