Thursday, September 22, 2016

Still employed...

And finding out that it's exhausting trying to be Switzerland.

Managing both sides of this adventure has been interesting. I'll be so glad when everyone starts pulling together again...or the place just breaks and we get it over with.

Thinking of you.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

I may get to embrace change again...

A long time ago I worked in a very chaotic world. It was in the the world of telephony and computers. "The phone company," IBM, AT&T, Bell Labs, start-up companies in Silicon Valley...

Mergers, acquisitions, failures, in short, changes of every kind.

It became a game with me to see how I could make a change not-of-my-making benefit me. A more interesting job. More money. A better location.

And it looks like one of those opportunities is fast approaching.

My Executive Director is fighting with the Board of Directors.

I'm trying to be Switzerland.

I'm ending up standing in No-Woman's-Land.

Each telling me that they are my boss. Each telling me I can't do anything for the other.

It's taking every ounce of willpower, professionalism, and gee-I-need-to-pay-my-mortgagism to not to tell them all to...well, you know the rest of the sentence.

I'm looking for work. This time, nothing that requires me to worry so much that I work way too many hours and put my heart and soul into it. I want something I can go to on time, work hard, and then leave it behind.

The three biggest possibilities?

1) Working at a UPS store a squidge away from my house.
2) A medical group down the way a bit in walking distance that has 100% free medical/dental/vision coverage after a month.
3) A retirement "resort" in biking distance that needs a general manager. Yes, more pay, but also more responsibility and headaches.

So, I'm embracing this probable change. I'm remembering back how it was in the the old days before my "first retirement." I can do this. It will turn out to be a magnificent opportunity. I won't stay awake half the night worrying. I won't be so exhausted that I can hardly breath.

Do you like change? How do you approach it?

R. hope the PT is helping and that the pain lessens with each passing day.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On sunsets and sheep...

My dear friend Linda, who also goes by Ms. Donegal, wrote a cute email in response to my sunsets vs. sheep post. She gave me permission to share it since part of it is to Liz.

"Darlin' you have no idea how much the annual sunset/sheep debate tickles me. It's been a runnin' joke since what 2002? We're still leaving in December. We won't be sorry to get out of dear Kenai for a while. Will be sure to lamb you when I get back.

Liz your a doll. Thanx for sticking up for the sheep. (I also love sunsets. I just have to give her a bad time.)

Talk at you soon.

Me"

Linda is a real pioneer woman. She has to trek to a neighbors to get to the Internet. She actually writes handwritten letters and she's a fine and funny friend.

She makes me want to move to Alaska. (At least I think about it once for a second every 10 years or so.

I took the advice of a savvy friend and returned this:


For this:

I knew I would be sorry if I didn't. Every time I looked at the dark blue one in the package I thought about the light one.

Wishing you a great rest of the week.





Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Just how many sunset photos can one take?

Many when they look like this:




One of my friends says that all sunsets look the same. This coming from a woman who goes home to Ireland every year and sends back photos of sheep crossing the road. (And yes, Ms. Donegal, I'm talking about you.)




I'm sure that I've enjoyed your 15 years of "sheep crossing the road photos" as much as you've enjoyed my 15 years of "sunset photos."

Wow, the years have flown by. It's great being your friend.

Missing you and wishing we could sit down for a cup of tea and some of your wonderful scones.




A Sky So Blue...

That it hurts your eyes.

From dodging two hurricanes to a sky that looks like this:



It's so beautiful today.

I hope you're having a great day, too.