To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes to let it go, let it go. -Mary Oliver To the world's best bear, Trotsky Bear (birth date unknown … Continue reading Trotsky Bear
When I bought my townhouse last year, I intentionally bought a place with two bedrooms plus an office so I could have my dedicated workspace but also a guest room. I wanted the guest room for family and friends, and I figured that when it wasn't getting used, I could put it on AirBnB. Why … Continue reading Why I’m Quitting AirBnB
Just under two years ago, the company I worked for was acquired by a private equity firm. And as so often happens in these cases, the chipping away began. But the little cuts weren't really the problem. I work in software; the benefits are really good, even with the cuts that were made. The problem … Continue reading Saying Goodbye (and Hello!) in a Covid-19 World
I had a pretty rough October this year and, being an introvert, when things are bad, I tend to retreat into my own little world and ignore everyone. This works for me for the most part, but when it goes on too long, it becomes unhealthy. And so one Saturday last month, my friends suggested … Continue reading A Quick Note of Thanks
Now that I'm 40 and half my life has gone by, it seems about time to do the big girl thing and commit. To property. I almost bought a townhouse back in January and then I didn't...and then, a week ago, I bought the same townhouse I passed on before. Well, not the exact same … Continue reading Am I A Grown-Up Now?
Last summer when I went to visit my friend Melissa on the east coast, I was plunged into nostalgia. Partly because we spent a few days at her family's house on the Jersey shore, where she and I lived during the summer of '99, but also because she and her mom were having a garage … Continue reading The Art of the Sale
No, not a running record (but stay tuned for that post soon) - a work record! I'm about to break my full time job tenure record. As of this Thursday, I'll have been at LogRhythm for 3 years. I lasted 2 years and 11 months at the job before this one, although in theory I … Continue reading It’s a Record!
So now that my big day is here (yay!!!) and now that you've read my thoughts on my life at its midpoint and who I am, what do the people in my life think about me? I asked them all to submit a statement for this final blog entry. No rules—could be funny, sad, irritating, … Continue reading Turning 40: What Does Everybody Else Think?
What sets me apart from most people in my life is that I was alive when Jimmy Carter was president. Then, when I was one, Ronald Reagan took office and we moved into the house my Republican parents live in to this day. I began a lifelong love of reading in that house by going … Continue reading Turning 40: 40 Years in 40 Sentences
I've been fortunate so far to have lived my life surrounded by people who support me. My dad worked extremely hard his whole life to make sure I had not only my basic needs of shelter and good nutrition met, but also that I had opportunity to explore my interests, learn, and ultimately become a … Continue reading Turning 40: The People Who Changed My Life