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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????

DUDES and TEACHER DUDES!

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!

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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…

But still, WE WILL BE RIDING MOTORCYCLES!!!

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.

Why?

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….

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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.

Heaven.

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.

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This is them installing my new carpet.

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This is my new Jeep.

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WHAT????!!!!

Pretty, huh?

I now own two of my five vehicle goal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 


In Search of the Right Change

I need a change.

I am just not certain which department(s) I want to make a change.

In my last post I shared my dream condo.

Since then I qualified for a loan to purchase a two bedroom condo in the same building. Not my dream condo, but a 2 bedroom condo at least.

Back in May when I started thinking about buying a condo I pulled into that complex, parked and called my dad. We usually talk every weekend and it was getting late.

He asked me what I was doing and I said ~ Oh you know, just sitting in front of the place I am going to buy a condo in one day.

Damn if I didn’t park right in front of the very building that currently has the two 2 bedroom condos for sale.

Last Tuesday as I drove into work, I decide, screw it, I am going to buy a motorcycle. I have wanted one for so long.

It is a commitment, but not a lifetime commitment like a condo could be.

A co-worker and I went for a walk at lunch later that day, and she asked me how my condo search was going.

I told her about my dream condo and shared that if I could not have that one, I wasn’t going to buy anything right now.

She told how her first place wasn’t her dream place either, but she bought it, kept it for a while, and sold it at a profit. The profit which then enabled her to buy her current home, the type she really wanted all along.

So then she clouded up my motorcycle choice! hahaha

I had to run down to the bank for my boss and one of the woman I had ask about mortgages before came over to me and asked me for my contact information again because she had misplaced it.

That led to me talking with a mortgage guy who has approved me for two different price points that I am currently sitting with.

I crunched numbers over the weekend and I’d be house poor if I proceeded.

I’ve been house poor before. It really isn’t any fun owning a beautiful home but not being able to do anything else.

I have also thought about going back to school.

You can make good money in accounting. Plus I like it.

I started down this path a while back, but it took everything in me to get an A in the class, to include all my time.

That idea isn’t very appealing to me at this moment in time.

And I don’t think I have it in me to go after becoming a CPA, which would be the next step.

I mean the amount of work and years that would take makes my head hurt.

Plus, I’d be a newbie.

I really wish I had taking the accounting/business path in college.

That is one thing I would do differently if I could do it all over again.

As I think about every which way but loose, I get frustrated and don’t know exactly what I want to change.

But there is one thing I am currently taking control over and changing, and that is my health and fitness.

I’ve got a friend who is a personal trainer who is going to create a workout plan for me and guide me via FaceTime. She moved to Texas, so this is the best option we have.

I might even be a model in an upcoming fitness instructional video for her business!

I am also in talks with my boss’s personal trainer.

We weren’t able to meet up this weekend, but he did present me with many options to choose from, so the ball is now in my court to get back in touch with him when I decide what I want.

Again, it is about creating a plan and showing me properly how to do the exercises and what to do to achieve what I want. After that it is all up to me.

My Fitbit, now that has been the very BEST piece of technology that I have ever bought!

It so totally rocks.

I have been participating in weekly Monday – Friday challenges for 5 weeks now.

I have won 3 of the 5, and one of the weeks that I lost was because I was on vacation and not going to move unless the building was on fire.

This past week’s challenge was the best so far.

We had a guy join us, and boy did I have to really work for my win. All the way up until midnight!

In return, I set a personal record of 95,326 steps in five days.

That is 38.05 miles in 5 days!

That is an average of 7.61 miles a day during the work week!!

I never would have gone that far, nor that hard had he not joined the challenge.

And I am pretty sure as I busted booty trying to catch up to him and then barely pass him; he was relaxing somewhere having a beer.

He could have beaten me too; all he had to do was walk back and forth to the bathroom or something a couple of times there at the end.

But I won, so I will take it!

We have another challenge starting this Monday, and 6 people signed up so far wanting to push themselves farther this next week too.

It is my greatest hope that a lot more of us are competing for 1st place.

It makes things so much more interesting, challenging and fun!

I’ll just let go of all of the other things that are driving me crazy, and go for a walk or something.

I’ll make a change in another department when I know what I want and when I know the moment is right.

Until then…..

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The Dilemmas of Shopping

The dilemmas of shopping for me can be boiled down into one dilemma, the parting of me and my money.

The new job I am taking is going to require some commuting.

My car is 12 years old and has 150k miles on it.

Oh, and my car, totally not going anywhere even in an inch of snow kinda car.

So I am going to need to buy a car (read: Jeep Wrangler with 4 wheel drive) before the end of the year or shortly there after, and that pains me.

  1. I haven’t bought a new car in 7 ½ years.
  2. I haven’t had a car payment in 4 years.

I was already taking a painfully slow approach to buying the motorcycle that I have so long coveted owning.

Now I am gonna be dragging feet on buying a Jeep too.

My friend and mechanic is not even talking to me anymore about motorcycles as he provided me with ample what about this one, or this one, or this one (for the love of God pick one!!!)???

Just kidding about the not talking to me part and he did graciously send me many, many options to consider, which I was still considering until taa daa I found the brand I want.

He’s actually the reason I’ve even made it this far in my search this time, this far as in, I really could get one and got approved for a loan and motorcycle insurance.

At my last oil change I asked him, do you know how to maintain a bike?

Well hello. Why yes he does.

I walked away a new woman, well really drove away a new woman, because my greatest fear had been resolved….I know someone who can help me keep the bike maintained.

And I finally have decided on the bike I want, which is not a Harley but a Buell (sports bikes created by ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, and they were sold at Harley Davidson until they parted ways @ 2009).

This is the bike I last learned on and it fits me perfectly, it is about half the weight of a Harley and is more agile and easier for me maneuver.

Oh, and they cost about half of what a used Harley costs.

Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!!!

Plus, right now, I find the sports bike a little bit hotter.

So, these are the things I am sitting on at present….

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I’ll make a decision soon (as soon as I am able to stomach that yes in the real world cars really do cost a lot more money 7 ½ years later and I am going to have to have a car payment and give them my money monthly).

And NO, I will not be turning in my S2000.

Some people want really big and fancy houses, others want every latest and greatest gadget known to man, others want the best *insert anything here* money can buy, and some, like me, want a simple fleet of varying vehicles for the different driving experiences because it brings me such great joy.

Of course, I will be buying used as I always do and of course, it is going to take me a little while to act on this.

Cuz right now, I am seriously sick to my stomach and need to go drive my free to me car and let go of my shopping dilemmas.

 

 


It’s Kinda Scary When Your Dream Came Come True.

Twelve years ago I went through and successfully completed the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification program.

And I walked away with a dream.

One day, I wanted to own a motorcycle.

I owned a moped when I was young, and it had me at hello.

I cannot even explain the freedom and joy I felt when driving, yes, even on a little moped.

Twelve years ago, that summer, I accidently stumbled across Rolling Thunder while out driving on the Washington Parkway, my favorite stretch of road to drive in any vehicle.

I was moved to tears by the sheer number of bikers.  The power, the sense of community, the purpose of the ride, and fun this group has annually is breath-taking.  At least to me.

I’ve been on that stretch of road almost every Memorial Day Weekend/Rolling Thunder since.

It took me a while to be able to take my first motorcycle class.

Summer of 2008, I think.

I learned to drive this….

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Honda Rebel, 250cc

I did well, was the only girl in my class, and even had to be leader of the pack for a few drills against my wishes.

Many years passed, I still wanted a motorcycle.

So I decided to take another motorcycle class, with Harley Davidson this time, to refresh my memory and skills.

Summer of 2012, I learned to drive this (not me in the picture)…..

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Harley-Davidson Buell® Blast®, 492cc

I did extremely well, was one of three girls in the class, and gladly signed follow me guys I’ve got this as I led several of the drills.

A couple of my fellow classmates asked, Um, why are you taking this class again?  You’re the only one out here who is not afraid and knows how to handle that bike!

Summer of 2014…..

My bosses and I are sitting down next Tuesday to review my salary and talk about a raise.

I tried a different tactic.  I spoke with my boss yesterday directly, the one who wants a Harley himself, and the one who offered up the review/raise in the first place.

Do you remember that you guys said we would sit down and talk after tax season about my salary and discuss a raise based on my tax season performance?

Yes.

Well you see this Harley…

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I’ve done a lot of research and leg work, and I could get something like it this summer, but a review and raise would be helpful.

Ok.  Schedule a meeting next week for you, me and the other boss man to meet.

So now I kinda feel like this…..

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But buying and owning a bike is quite a big deal, an enormous decision in my opinion.

So although I am happy, I gotta admit, it is quite scary when your dream can come true.

So I am going to take my time.

And I will probably driving my S2000 with the top down on the George Washington Parkway taking in the Rolling Thunder/Memorial Day Weekend vibe this weekend.

But next year, watch out boys and girls, there’s gonna be a new biker chick in town!

 


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