21 June 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. *sings* ♫♬Ohhhh Canada♫♬ If you haven't heard, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set an official date for making cannabis legal countrywide. What do you suppose the chances are that Trump will do the same here in the U.S.? Yeah ... I'd go with slim to none ...
  2. I thought the sex-blogger had all but died, but in visiting the blogs of many of those who comment on my TMI Tuesday posts, it appears I made an erroneous assumption. The sex blogger is alive and well!!
  3. For some reason I found this way too amusing ...
  4. According to CNN, IQ scores are falling and have been for decades. Pfffttt ... who needs a study to figure that out. The good news? The study indicates this isn't due to dumb people having more kids than smart people. Anyway I think that's good news???
  5. I stumbled upon Johnny Lists (now defunct) blog not too long ago. Every post is a list of something. Although there haven't been any new posts since 2016, the archives are kind of fun to browse.
  6. I got to meet the internet yesterday! I've known Jana for at least 8 years. We first met when we were both worked on the Band Back Together project years ago and have stayed in touch through other social media platforms over the years. She happened to be visiting Las Vegas with her husband and we met up for some shenanigans. There is nothing much better than meeting the internet!
  7. I have lived my entire life believing that I have a significant allergy to penicillin. Then I read this article and learned that I'm probably not allergic to penicillin. Too bad the allergy test is so expensive. I wouldn't mind being able to add the penicillin family back into my antibiotic options.
  8. Did you know that nearly 63% of Instagram users report being miserable? According to this study, that is a higher share than any other social media platform. *NOTE TO SELF* Stay off Instagram!
  9. Do any of you have $1.2 Million you'd like to gift to me?? I've always been a HUGE Frank Lloyd Write worshiper fan and this house is for sale!!!
  10. I recently learned about the Blink Roadside Assistance app. I do have AAA currently, but I'm wondering if this isn't a better (i.e. more economical) option.

19 June 2018

TMI Tuesday|Take a Look at Me Now

(Via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. What was your biggest worry five years ago, do you still have that same worry or feel the same about it at this minute?
*CONFESSION* Thank goodness for this blog because I otherwise would have had NO IDEA what was going on 5 years ago. Once you get this old, the years just smoosh together.
Based solely on my blog posts from 2013, it looks like there were two significant life events going on (1) Trying to keep Cam at his home high school for his senior year, and (2) Starting the final process for the divorce and selling the "family" home.
Are those worries/feelings still the same? Definitely not - Cam did stay at his home high school for his senior year. It took a lot of advocating and the hiring of a special education attorney (a bill I am still paying 4 years later), but it was worth it, and husband and I were finally divorced on October 30th 2014.
2. Do you have a positive or negative body image? What factors contribute to your self body image?
a. advertisements
b. media and social media
c. comments from others
d. introspection and analysis of self
I definitely have a very negative body image, and it stems from comments made by both of my parents while I was growing up. Now, you'd think I'd just get over it, but I have never been able to quiet that internal dialog that tells me I'm not good enough - not pretty enough - not thin enough.
3. How confident are you as a person?
a. no confidence at all
b. confident around friends and family
c. confident at work, and in my job
d. very confident in my surroundings–work, social settings, with strangers
This is the closest to being accurate. I am generally confident at work and in my job, but that is because I am confident (generally) in my knowledge, experience, and intelligence. That confidence is not limited to the work environment - it encompasses much of my life.
4. How creative a person are you? Why?
a. not creative
b. average creativity
c. creative in some situations
d. very creative
I have always been very creative - in the arts and in my thinking. When I ignore my creative side, I get quite out of sorts. It's been one of the things I've revived since Mike and I split, and I've really been enjoying it.
5. Do you resent things being uncertain and unpredictable? Why?
a. agree
b. undecided or Don’t Know
c. disagree
If I'm honest with myself, I do resent things being uncertain and unpredictable. In my perfect world things would make logical sense - I would know, without a doubt, that if I did A, B would be the result. I get frustrated when that doesn't happen. Obviously I am in a constant state of frustration.
Bonus: What do you wish you had invented?
Ohhhhh ... this is an easy one! Any guesses??? POST-IT NOTES!!!! Most of you know they are my secret obsession. If you're ever really bored, you can read about the history of Post-It notes HERE.

17 June 2018

Sunday Stealing | Runway

(Sunday Stealing)
1. Five ways to win your heart

  • Be truthful, even when lying is easier and makes you look better
  • Be thoughtful
  • Make me feel special
  • Take out the trash without being asked
  • Love me even when I'm not lovable

2. Something you feel strongly about
Just one thing? Hmmmm ... social injustice and systemic racism. Fine, that's two things, but they are related so that makes them one in my rule book.
3. A book you love
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Funny story about this book. Mike bought two copies when it was released in July 2015. The plan was that we would read the book together, kind of like our own little book club. Although it sounds romantic, it never happened. I just recently picked the book up again and am loving it. That said? This isn't an easy read, but it is an insightful read. 
4. Five pet peeves

  • Chewing with your mouth open
  • People who are chronically late
  • People who snap their chewing gum
  • Saying “literally” when what is meant is not literal
  • Saying "[insert time] PM in the evening" or "[insert time] AM in the morning"

5. What you ate today

  • Coffee (yes, coffee is food!)
  • Two prepackaged bacon and spinach salads (lunch and dinner)
  • Tempura shrimp
  • A Cracker Barrel cheese dip and pretzels snack pack
  • Vodka (and yes, Vodka is also food!) 

6. How important do you think education is?
I think being educated to the high school graduate level is extremely important, but beyond that? Move to as many places as you can. Experience all that you can. Make yourself uncomfortable. Push your boundaries. In my opinion, these things are far more valuable than a college education.
7. Five people you find attractive
  • James Smith (LL Cool J)
  • Serena Williams
  • George Clooney
  • Dana Owens (Queen Latifah)
  • Will Smith
8. What you wore today
Thank goodness I'm writing this on Saturday since Saturday is usually the only day that I wear anything other than "baller" shorts and a tank top sans bra. Today I wore a sundress!
9. Something you always think “what if” about
GAHHHHH! I hate what if's! I can easily get stuck (and sometimes do) in what if's and then I stop living in the now. So, rather than focus on the answer to this question, I'm going to remind myself that life isn't like writing code - it isn't an if--> then statement. If a what if actually happened, it might negate a good thing that happened in my life, and that would suck. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
10. Something you’re proud of
I have answered this question so many times on this blog I'm not sure I have anything unique left to be proud of. Let's see ... I'm proud of my accepting attitude and my willingness to advocate for the underdog. That's kind of a corny answer, but? It's what you're going to get! 
11. Five items you lust after

  • Financial security
  • Unconditional love
  • Unlimited ability to travel
  • A lifelong (what's left of it anyway) romantic relationship
  • A lifetime supply of Grey Goose Vodka - look, I needed to lighten this up a little bit

12. Five words/phrases that make you laugh

  • Mollycoddle
  • Snollygoster
  • Hemidemisemiquaver 
  • Discombobulate
  • Kerfuffle

13. A quote you try to live by
I'm not a fan (understatement) of "traditional" inspirational quotes. I find them to be ... I don't know ... trite? But this quote? I can get behind this quote.
14. Something you like and dislike about yourself.
The something I dislike about myself list is long, and that is probably the one thing that I dislike most about myself - my lack of self-acceptance. Something I like about myself?? Hmmmm ... my ability to overcome some significant challenges in life and knowing that I have the skill set to continue to do so.

15. A problem that you have had
I'm not sure how to answer this prompt. I mean, life if jam-packed with problems daily. Some of them are minor, like how am I going to manage my work day, and once-in-a-while you get a doozy, like how am I going to wrap up the affairs of my deceased dad. I don't know - life isn't about the problems, it's about being able to address the problems in a way that doesn't make them worse.

14 June 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. As I continue to navigate the "cutting cable" lifestyle, I'm always looking for MORE FREE TV so 24 Places to Watch Movies Online for Free was a welcome resource. No, you're not going to get the latest greatest movies, but hello??? It's FREE!
  2. Lifehacker recently published a list of their staff's favorite pens, and I was THRILLED to learn that my favorite pen (Pilot G-2 0.7mm) made their list. Look ... pens are important dammit!!
  3. I don't know why Instagram thinks this is a current design trend - we've had this sculpture just outside of Las Vegas for 2 years.
  4. You guys!! You guys!! My favorite homegoods store (IKEA), and my favorite toy (LEGO), just announced a collaboration! This could be the best thing EVER!!!
  5. Did you know that Walmart carries Mid-Century Modern furniture? Yeah ... who'd have thunk it, but it's true!
  6. I normally have a "MEHHH" reaction to celebrity deaths. Kate Spade? Mehhhh ... unfortunate. Anthony Bourdain? YIKES! That one hit me kind of hard. With two celebrity suicides in one week, there has been much (mostly opinion) on the internet. I came across How to Live, According to Anthony Bourdain and it made me *swoon* It's a good read.
  7. After learning of Anthony Bourdain's death by suicide, I wrote a stream of consciousness post about suicide. It's in my drafts - not sure it will ever get posted.
  8. I always tell people that if it's free? You're not the customer, you are the product 
    (via xkcd)
  9. Ohhhh IHob ... errrrr ... IHOP. You created such a serious controversy this week. Quite frankly, I think this was marketing GENIUS! What do you think of when you think of IHOP? Pancakes? Breakfast? Yeah ... now they are making you think of something else. 
  10. Did you know there are fake phone numbers you can give out to men who you don't want bothering you? I sure didn't - and my preference would be to just ignore their requests -but here is the list.

12 June 2018

TMI Tuesday | You

(via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. If you were an ice-cream flavor, what would you be and why?
I would be Unicorn Magic ice cream. Yes, that is a real thing and you can purchase it at Target. Why? Because anyone who has followed me in the past year knows the significance of the unicorn flavor. The real question is, "Would you eat me if I were Unicorn Magic ice cream?" Wait ... what??? *snicker* 

2. What are the best sexy skills you bring to a sexual relationship?
Hmmmmm ... let's go with the fact that I have very few sexual boundaries ... very few. I will try just about anything and as I've discussed before, I don't have a prefered gender, which certainly expands the sexual boundaries quite a bit more.
3. What is the single largest problem causing you angst in your romantic relationship (current or most recent relationship)?
*sigh* I think, ultimately, the root causes of many of the problems Mike and I had were Mike's odd work schedule and my working from home. These two things impacted our communication, our intimacy, our time spent together, our finances - just about every aspect of our relationship. That said, I would bet Mike would tell you a very different story ...
4. What is the best part about being in a relationship with you?
There are lots of good parts to being in a relationship with me, right?? RIGHT??? Top three (in no particular order)? (1) I honor my partners' privacy. I'm not going to open your mail, demand your phone password, go through your personal space ... unless you give me a really good reason to. (2) I am independent financially. Although I do expect an equitable split of/for expenses, you won't have to be responsible for all of them. (3) See the answer to question number 2 *BIG GRIN*
5. What is the biggest misconception that people have about you?
If I had to guess - based solely on feedback I've gotten through the years - I'd say that I am intimidating/unapproachable and unemotional. Neither of these are true ... at all ...
Bonus:  When you look at old photos of yourself, do you like what you see?
Yeah ... ummmmm ... NOOOOO! There have been a few short periods of time when I felt I was physically acceptable, but for ... I don't know ... probably 49 of my 53 years? I've felt physically unacceptable and have done everything I could to not be in photos and not look into mirrors. 

10 June 2018

07 June 2018

10 Things Thursday (Late Edition)

  1. I am a bit of a Pinterest slut. I go on pinning binges, then leave her (yes ... Pinterest is definitely female) high and dry for weeks without letting her know why. Then when I need more of her, I just show up and use her until I'm satisfied. Anyway, THIS is one of the projects that I recently pinned and will likely NEVER be done.
  2. Speaking of binges, this happened yesterday. It's the Seattle skyline with the exact longitude and latitude of my childhood home. I've gotten three tattoos in 7 months. It's probably time to stop for a while or get an intervention.
  3. Did you know that in Japan, many hot springs, public pools, sports clubs and hotels will not allow guests with tattoos? It's true! I read it on the internet. Actually, I did fact check that before posting it. So, if you have tattoos, are visiting Japan, and have a burning desire to go to a public pool, here's a list of tattoo friendly spots.
  4. I loved reading I Will Never be a Well-Behaved Woman written by Janne Robinson. It is filled with morsels of wisdom like, "I would rather drink seven year old rum from a sandy bottle, smell of smoke and ash than sit in church." It was posted on the ElephantJournal - a must-read for me now.
  5. If I was willing to shovel snow and freeze my ass off for long periods of the year, I might actually consider moving to Vermont where the Governor recently signed a bill into law that pays newcomers a $10,000 grant as a reward for moving to Vermont and working remotely for an out-of-state employer. If it were $25,000? I'd freeze my ass off all year!
  6. Planning a staycation? Here's a list of the best (and worst) cities for a staycations. I guess I'm on a permanent staycation - Las Vegas is number seven.
  7. I am quite the sports fan - I even listen to a significant amount of sports talk radio - so the (FAKE NEWS) story that Fox reported implying the Eagles knelt during the national anthem was a major topic of discussion this week. I am still amazed that 45 *using his name makes me throw up a little in my mouth* believes Fox News is the only news that isn't fake!
  8. The resulting responses from Philly players and Mayor kept me entertained for hours.
  9. So the Miss America pageant is scrapping it's swimsuit competition and claims they, "... will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance." I call BULLSHIT! Let me know when a 5'-6" overweight (and not 5 pounds overweight) woman is crowned Miss America. Then I'll admit I was wrong.
  10. Hey Mike! Did you notice there was no Vanessa Marin content this week?? I'll get back on that next week *wink*

05 June 2018

TMI Tuesday | What kind of person are you?

(via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. Are you addicted to any social media (twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc.)?
Addicted? Like can't go without visiting [insert your favorite social media platform] for a few days? No! Definitely not, however I do enjoy the connection I feel/get from the internet. I do visit tumblr, twitter, my blog, Kik, and *GASP* Facebook regularly, but I would be (and have been) just fine going "cold turkey" for a few days.
2. You know a secret about someone. What do you do with that information?
a. I keep it to myself
b. I tell my best friend
c. I wait until they hurt me and use it as ammunition
d. I tell everyone I can, I don’t mean to, I just cannot keep a secret
If you need to get a secret off your chest - you need to share it with someone or you'll explode and you want to ensure that no one will ever learn your secret? I am your girl!! I share my own secrets freely. I do not share the secrets of others!
3. You see someone breaking the rules at work, what do you do?
a. Pretend not to see what is going on
b. Inform upper management
c. Advise the co-worker that their actions are frowned upon and can lead to job loss
d. Tell everyone else in the office what you saw
I'm not thrilled with this answer - I wouldn't pretend I wasn't seeing it, but I'm not the work police. It's not my job to be a tattle tale. You want to break the rules at work? Go right on ahead - the risk is yours!
4. A friend has a new hairstyle that is un-becoming, and not really age-appropriate on them. They ask you how they look. What is your reply?
a. You look just fine.
b. You look much better this way.
c. OMG, you look a bit ridiculous.
d. *Silence*
*crickets* And I would really hope they didn't ask me because I don't lie well.
5. How helpful are you at home?
a. I come home and immediately veg out on the couch/bed.
b. I cook and clean a few times a week.
c. I am extremely helpful.
d. I do what I am asked and nothing more.
I am the help at home. I do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (usually) because my knight in shining armour hasn't found me yet.
Bonus: In your opinion, what is the best city in the world? Why?
I just can't with this question. I've lived in MANY cities - west coast - east coast - north - south - out of the country. Nowhere has been perfect, but I can certainly tell you many positive things about every city I've lived in. I don't believe there is a "perfect" city - I believe it is an individual's responsibility to make the city as "perfect" as possible.

31 May 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. I used to be OBSESSED with my blog stats. It's been nice to come back to this space and not really give a fuck. That said? I do look at them occasionally just for fun. It appears that I have a Canadian contingency that I was not aware of (who are you people???), and quite a few readers who are interested in OLD (2010) posts. Maybe Dana's 10 Pearls of Snarky Wisdom and Don't Shoot! are timeless? Yeah ... I don't think so either.
  2. If y'all know me at all, you know that I have a Post-It Note problem ... one that likely needs an intervention. That said? I cannot imagine any use for these Extreme Post-It Notes 
  3. Did y'all hear about the Border Patrol Agent who detained two U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish? I couldn't make this shit up if I tried. Do you suppose he'd have had the same reaction if they were speaking German or French? I'm guessing it would have been a non-issue.
  4. Are you looking for some summer reading options? These are the 5 books Bill Gates says are worth reading this summer. I have already decided I'll be picking up a copy of Kate Bowler's Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved.
  5. I read What Happened in Vegas | The days, weeks, and months after the worst mass shooting in modern American history with great interest. I was here in Vegas when it happened. I was less than 2-miles from the shooting. My son was supposed to be at the concert, but backed out at the last minute because he had a test at school the next day. At the time of the shooting Mike and I were already on the outs and sleeping in separate rooms, but I will ALWAYS remember the moment I ran into him in the hallway and he asked me if I had heard what had happened. That and the horrifying 90-minutes after learning what happened where I attempted to contact my son. Those who don't live in Vegas measure "recovery" in terms of tourism, but I can tell you that those of us who live here don't.
  6. I think I'll order a bunch of these (with my mug on them) and distribute them to all of my least favorite people 
  7. Apparently You Really Need to Delete Your Old Tweets (and some people need to just get off twitter entirely). Ummmm ... I have 41.5K tweets and have been on twitter since June 2008. I cannot imagine sorting through 41.5K tweets to find the dumb ones. Hell ... who am I kidding? They are probably all dumb.
  8. Mmmmmm ... elotes! I first learned of this wonderful summer treat while working in downtown Chicago where there were elotes carts - similar to a hotdog cart but better!
  9. Here is a fun quiz - Begins and Ends: TV Dramas. I confess, I only scored 25%, but considering I've only ever watched 4 of them, I'll take that as a win!
  10. And finally, What to Expect Your First Time at a Sex Club, an article that would have been far more valuable to me about two months ago, but good information just in case any of you decide to be adventurous *evil grin*

29 May 2018

TMI Tuesday | It’s just a fantasy

This TMI Tuesday was touted as "A very fun blast from TMI Tuesday past–May 29, 2012." I thought it would be kind of cool had I participated in 2012 and could compare answers, but no ... DAMMIT!

(via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. If your lover was turned on by forced feminization (the practice of enforcing activities on a male, which are typically associated with women, to make him submissive. For example: wearing lingerie, heels, make-up) would you participate?
Here's the deal ... although people assume (based primarily on my 6' tall. linebacker stature) that I would be dominant in sexual relationships, I actually lean way past center on the submissive side. That said, if this was an important fantasy to my significant other? I would absolutely participate! And who knows ... I might enjoy it! *shrugs*
2. When you have sexual dreams or fantasies that are aggressive or cruel, does it worry you?
I don't think I've ever had a sex dream/fantasy that was cruel - aggressive? Yes! But cruel? No ... Do my aggressive sex dreams/fantasies worry me? Not at all. In fact, I find them quite the turn-on.
3. Tell us your hottest, sexiest fantasy, right now, in 100 words or less. 
This is the fantasy about your desires that you probably never share, maybe they even go against your morals or are societal taboos.
Are you sure you want to hear this answer? You can scroll on by if this is more information than you want to know about me. Let's do this - I'll post a link if you want the definition rather than explaining it. My hottest/sexiest fantasy right now is to be a cuckquean, not in the traditional sense (at this point it's highly unlikely I'll do the husband thing again), but certainly with a significant other/someone important to me. We'll leave it at that. If you want to know more you can click on the (NSFW) link.
4. Which super hero would you like to have sex with? Why?
a. Aquaman
b. Superman
c. Wonder Woman
d. She-Ra
Really? You are going to make me choose between Wonder Woman and She-Ra (Sorry Aquaman and Superman)?? I generally prefer brunettes over blondes, so I'm going to go with Wonder Woman. I mean ... Lynda Carter??? *swoon* 
5. Do you think the lure to live out sexual fantasies or have sex frequently is amplified by technology? Briefly explain.
This is an interesting question. Technology has certainly made porn and kink far more accessible *thank goodness - wait - what?* and I think has opened (some) peoples' minds to reconsidering what their definition of sexual taboos are. It has also exposed them to fantasies they may not have considered. Now, I grew up (at least my sexuality did) in the 1970s. I was exposed to *cough*sought out*cough* as much information as I could about sex. I read countless copies of Hustler and Playboy, discovered swingers publications (American Swingers, Swingers Life, etc.) and even "accidentally" came upon a book titled "How to have sex with a woman | Female to female sex techniques" during that time. That's about as old school as you can get, but boy did it fuel my fantasies and the number of times I maturbated.
Bonus: Describe your fantasy life in three (3) words.
All I've got

24 May 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. My social skills aren't always very social (understatement) and one of the situations I really struggle with is offering condolences, so when lifehacker published How to Offer Condolences Without Sounding Like an Ass I figured it was certainly worth a read. Funny thing? Apparently I've been doing it right and the majority of people aren't. Go figure!
  2. I found another LEGO Set that I need *cough*want*cough* and with 1,685 pieces it should keep me out of trouble for a while
  3. While reading The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns I couldn't help but think how it applied to this space. This passage sums up why I started blogging and why I'm back at it:
    "When LiveJournal was the primary way I existed on the internet, what occupied my time was not my friends’ accounts of their days or their vague, passive-aggressive posts about the drama of which I was already aware. Rather, it was falling into a rabbit hole of total strangers’ personal confessions and vague dramas just as small and unimportant as those unfolding within my own friend group. But these were infinitely more interesting because they were happening to someone I had never met, who didn’t know I existed."
  4. Speaking of blogging, I sure do miss (most of) the community that was such a big part of my life from 2007-2011. Every once in a while I look at old posts that sometimes had 50+ comments and click on the blogger links. Seldom do I find a blogger who has actually posted within the last 8 years.
  5. Have you ever wondered which alcohol you should mix with your Wendy's Frosty? *SPOILER ALERT* According to this article, Canadian Club whisky is not on the "to do" list!
  6. Ummm ... this avocado toast/spread trend just won't go away. My local market has a coupon for this new product. 
    (GoAvo Spread)
  7. I was happy to learn that the wedding gift rule that requires the price of the gift you give to “cover the cost of your plate” can now be ignored according to Lizzie Post, the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post.
  8. The above information does not imply that I've attended or been invited to a wedding any time recently. The couple whose wedding I last attended just celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.
  9. Although I've never used their service, I am familiar with Megabus, but apparently there is a new low price bus fare player - Flixbus. Back in the day, traveling by bus was seen as a last resort, but bus travel has definitely changed. I can travel (round trip) from Las Vegas to San Diego for $31.98 and that includes Wi-Fi, one carry-on, one checked bag, and power outlets. Sure, it's a 7-hour trip, but it is a far more attractive option to me that air travel.
  10. *SIDE NOTE* I need to plan a vacation. I had one planned - visiting a friend in Texas - but that kind of imploded on me *shrugs* Time to formulate a plan B.

22 May 2018

Truth - Not TMI!

Okay, sooooo ... the TMI Tuesday questions were ... ehhhhh. They were all about relationships. If you had a whole week to do things with your significant other, what would you do? What is your idea of a long-term relationship? What is a healthy relationship? BLAH ... BLAH ... BLAH ...

I am done talking about my last relationship (at least for now - let's not get crazy here) and I'm not currently in a relationship nor actively seeking one, so TMI Tuesday seemed a little silly for me to participate in this week.

Instead?? I'm going to answer a question that Mike asked in response to my Sunday Stealing post. But first ...

Just to clear up any confusion (or to confuse you more), Mike who comments on my blog is not Mike who I was in a relationship with for six years. Mike who comments on my blog's wife Claudia probably wouldn't have approved of that *gigglesnort*

I mentioned in my Sunday Stealing post that something I was really proud of was getting my Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) on the first try especially since the average attrition rate for the 10-day event is 80%. Mike asked how I went from the medical field to accounting.

I never realized how odd my job history has been when compared to the majority of those in my generation, but I'm learning that I took kind of an unusual path to get where I am today.

When I graduated from high school I went to Central Washington University to dual major in music and architectural engineering. A few things happened that year that change my direction: (1) Music went from fun, to work. I wanted it to be fun and realized it wouldn't be fun again for quite some time (2) I had an engineering professor give me a D in a class where my coursework was in the B range. He told me that he would never give me a grade better than a D because "women don't belong in this field", and (3) Alcohol, drugs, and sex.

So, after my first year of college, I move back home into an apartment with a high school friend of mine and enrolled in a local community college. I had taken a statistics class at CWU and knew that I liked math, so decided to take an accounting class at the community college.

Once completing my 2-year degree, I worked in some aspect of accounting (i.e. bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable) for the next 5 years. Then my life imploded and I decided to join the Army. I did quite well on my ASVAB testing, and qualified for any medical military occupational specialty for my E-3 rank. The medical field always interested me (I worked as a nursing assistant while attending the community college), so I decided to enlist as a Preventive Medicine Specialist.

When I left the Army, I found a job that was in that same career area (industrial hygiene), and continued to work in that field for the next 8 years.

Fast forward to when I moved to Chicago (2003) and I decided it was time I finished my bachelors degree. Law was another field that I always found fascinating, so decided on a Paralegal Studies degree, and hoped to eventually go to law school. I worked and went to school and finished my degree in two years. I had a job as a paralegal for only a short time - a little over a year - before deciding that I needed to find a job closer to home so that I could be more active in Cam's education - specifically his autism spectrum diagnosis. Finding a paralegal job in Podunk was impossible - there wasn't a single attorney in Podunk.

I did find an accounting job (branch accountant) in Podunk in 2007, and I've been back in the accounting world since then. The accounting that I do at my current level (accounting manager) is self-taught - a combination of on-the-job experience, accepting additional responsibilities to learn new skills, and google. My only formal accounting education were three classes at the community college level in 1985.

There is the long answer to a short question. Maybe this did end up being TMI after all?!?!

20 May 2018

Sunday Stealing | Care Bears

(Via Sunday Stealing)

What never fails to cheer you up?
Ohhhh ... as much as I bitch and moan sometimes, there are many things that never fail to cheer me up - the smell and taste of that first cup of coffee in the morning - an unexpected call from a good friend (*SIDE NOTE* If I answer your phone call? I consider you a good friend) - fresh flowers from the market - a surprise compliment - holding a door open for a stranger and having them smile or say, "thank you" - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine on the radio. Clearly I am high maintenance, right?? *smirk*
Which friend do you have the most in common with?
This is tough question. I have a wonderful friend who is in Illinois who is my sister from another mother. She get's me and I get her - and that (a female friend) is really unusual for me. I also have a relatively new male friend that I met online. Sexually? We have a TON in common. I tend to believe that one person cannot give me everything I need, so I tend to seek out people who fit the bits and pieces.
One thing that never fails to anger you?
Just one? DAMN!! Let's go with institutional racism/sexism and people's inability to see that it is a problem. How's that for a light-hearted Sunday musing?
Favourite way to spend a sunny day?
This question requires more specific information. A sunny day in Seattle? Let me jump on a ferry and go to the San Juan's. A sunny winter day in Chicago? Let me go for a walk until my nose hairs freeze! A sunny summer day in Las Vegas? A well air conditioned movie theater would be ideal!
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Favourite way to exercise?
Is sex an appropriate answer here? If not, I'll go with lifting weights - especially free weights in the "boy" section of the gym!
Favourite thing about your best friend?
I'm going to go with my Illinois friend and say, "Being able to not talk for a year and feeling like there has been no distance between us."
What kind of things do you like to create?
Hmmmm ... let's think about this ... I like to create curiosity in others - I like to create blurred boundaries. I bet you thought I was going to say "cookies"!
What languages would you like to learn?
I have TWO languages that I'd like to learn - Spanish (so helpful in the job market - especially in the southwest) and American Sign Language.
A topic you’re really knowledgeable about?
This is going to sound arrogant - and I'm NOT going to apologize for that. I am really knowledgeable in ANY topic I want to be really knowledgeable in.
When do you feel you look your best?
When I'm about 50 lbs lighter than I am right now?!?! Look ... I've spent the last 53 years being told that my value is tied to a number on a scale. I'm not proud of that, but that's where I am. 
What types of music do you like to listen to?
I'm trying to think of a type of music that I don't like listening to, and you know what? I can't think of a genre that is off limits!
Something that leaves you completely in awe?
Again ... this is not an easy question. Things that leave me completely in awe? Olympic athletes - people who are fluently bilingual - anyone who has overcome a significant obstacle in their life - stars in the sky.
What is your most childish aspect?
My most childish aspect? Believing (and hoping beyond hope) that there really might be a "happily ever after".
A time where you had to be really brave?
There have been many times in my life when I have had to be really brave. That is what happens when you refuse to fit in and take chances. If I had to pick one really brave moment? Calling my husband's brother to tell him that his brother had shot himself in the head. Not any type of bravery that I wish on anyone.
How do you like to keep warm?
*SNUGGLING* When that is not an option? I will make due with a hot bath, some old comfy sweats, and a fuzzy blanket.
What brings out your soft side?
What?? These are really vulnerable questions!! I'd like y'all to believe that I don't have a soft side - in fact I go out of my way to portray myself as someone without a soft side. Unfortunately, I'm a big ol' mess of goo. The best way to touch my soft side (that sounds a little naughty) is to be unexpectedly kind to be. I'm not used to people being nice - that isn't the life I've had. It always touches my heart when someone - anyone - is nice.
What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
Is treating yourself a thing? Ummmm ... does going to McDonald's count?
Something you’re proud of about yourself?
Goodness ... hmmmmm ... let's go with ... ummmmm ... can you tell I'm having difficulty answering this question? I am taking a trip in the way-back machine to my Army days and going with getting my Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) on the first try. The average attrition rate for the 10-day event is 80% and it's extremely unusual to get it on your first try.
Something you don’t care about?
Oh the list is long, but right now? I give ZERO fucks about the royal wedding.

17 May 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. Royal Wedding ... can we be done with this? I don't understand all of the hoopla and I question the sanity of anyone who does understand the hoopla! *feeling smugly superior*
  2. According to THIS ARTICLE, Married Millennials are keeping separate bank accounts. I'm wondering why it took so long for people to understand that having his/hers/ours bank accounts was the BEST thing to do. 
  3. I need this dinosaur soup ladle because ...
  4. If you don't read everything Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, you should.
  5. The same goes for anything about Bomani Jones.
  6. Speaking of Bomani Jones, there have been a few "Mike habits" that I have not been able to (nor do I want to) give up. One of those is sports radio/television. Dan Le Batard, Highly Questionable, The Right Time, and soon ... High Noon are prime examples of that.
  7. First we have pet parents *gag* and now we have plant parents?? Are you fucking kidding me???
  8. There is not a single S'more Recipe in this 15 Best S'mores Recipes article that I will not try.
  9. I received the following email this week. Is it odd that I was embarrassed that I had not given proper attribution? 
  10. And finally, if you are wondering how to have BDSM sex that's safe and consensual? THIS ARTICLE will walk you through the process. I may have bookmarked this article for future reference. 

13 May 2018

Sunday Secret



10 May 2018

10 Things Thursday

  1. This may have happened yesterday. Funny story - my dad HATED the fact that I had tattoos - only sluts had tattoos (and pierced ears) - so what did I do with what little $$$ was left over after the cremation/travel expenses? YEP! It's a memorial tattoo for my dad. For anyone who is curious, the mermaid is a symbol of elusiveness, wildness, freedom - legend points to mermaids being able to see clear to the core of a human - and the swallow is known to come down and lift souls to the heavens.
  2. Apparently the new cooking method is sheet pan dinners. You throw everything on a sheet pan, put it in the oven, and serve it when it's done. I'm not going to lie - these 23 High-Protein Sheet Pan Dinners look pretty damn amazing.
  3. As I've always suspected, Your success isn’t down to free will – luck determines everything. It's why one of my favorite sayings is, "I'd rather be lucky than good." 
  5. And ... ummmmm ... if you have a craving?
  6. Did you know you can get Amazon packages delivered to your car? As long as you own a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac from 2015 or later, have an active OnStar account, and live in one of the 37 states that offer the service, you're good!
  7. Can we talk about Melania Trump's "Be Best" campaign? On second thought? Let's not ...
  8. I need this. My birthday is in July ... just sayin'
  9. In case you are wanting to know if you are normal? The most popular spot for sex outside of the bedroom? Family/Living room. Personally? I want to meet those front yard people!!
  10. And because ... LAS VEGAS ... we are attempting to set a record for the world's biggest orgy.  I'm thinking June 2nd might be booked for me *wink* 

08 May 2018

TMI Tuesday | The meaning of life

(via TMI Tuesday Blog)

1. What makes you, you?
Can I just say that when I saw this was the first question for TMI Tuesday, I came *this close* to passing on the whole thing. 
Here's my deal ... I think this quote best sums up what makes me, me:
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. ~ Augusten Burroughs
 2. Do you care more about doing the right thing or doing things right?
This is a no-brainer ... I care most about doing the right thing. I know that doing things "right" is elusive, but doing the right thing? That's about one's moral compass - it's not hard to figure out.
3. What is sexual freedom? Do you have it?
Hmmmm ... sexual freedom to me is being able to live your authentic sexual self. That's not always easy as social "norms" often battle with desires and needs. Do I have sexual freedom? Now more than ever, and I won't go back ...
4. In your romantic relationships, is trust more important than love?
Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time there was a girl who met a boy. She was very apprehensive as she had met boys in the past who had broken her heart. She knew she wasn't the easiest girl to love - she was quirky - she needed someone in her life wh understood she wasn't "normal".
Fast forward six years. The girl has trusted the boy more than she has ever trusted anyone - she let her guard down. The boy started behaving strangely, and the girl started questioning her trust in the boy. The girl discovered the boy was professing his love to someone else. 
It was that EXACT moment that the girl realized that trust was FAR more important than love. 
 5. Your life, is it more of a dream or a nightmare?
GAHHHHH!!! It's a balance. Sometimes it feels like a nightmare, but I know the dream will come.
Bonus:  What is the last romantic thing you did for someone?
This is tough. Romance left my relationship with Mike over a year ago. He was romancing someone else - I was desperately holding on. Since January of last year, my life has been far more sex than romance. I miss romance - I miss being romantic - I've got nothing ...