Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why I Love Working From Home, part 1

As I was logging onto my computer this morning I was thinking about how much I like working from home.  In fact, I was so grateful for my work situation that it inspired me to start a series of short posts about all of the things I enjoy about working from home.
I’m going to start this series with the single best thing about working from home…  the weather.

It is currently -13 outside.  I am sitting inside of my nice warm house with my central heat going and a space heater pointing right at me. I am comfy and warm. I didn’t have to bundle up in a thousand layers of clothes just to get to my car, then pray that my car would actually start. I didn’t have to worry about packing a lunch so that I could avoid getting out in it again just to get food. The only time that this weather will impact me at all is when I take my pups out for potty breaks.

On the flip side, it will eventually get warm again (at least I hope!). When it does I can take the dogs for walks in the sunshine on my lunch. I can open the windows and have cool breezes. I can even work on the patio if I am so inclined.

So, on this horribly cold day that is why I love working from home.
Signing off from the warm, cozy cocoon of my desk.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Changing Focus

I was looking back at my last few posts and realized that this blog has become a very sad place.  Sure, the last six months of my life have been very challenging, but I have just gone overboard with the gloom.  My intention when starting this blog was for it to be a fun and happy place. Recently it has turned into the exact opposite.  So, it is time to shift my focus.

I hereby resolve that I will stop trying to send the internet into a black pit of despair.  I will stop my whining and start celebrating the joy that is in my life.  I will no longer be that cartoon character with the personal rain cloud that follows me everywhere.  I can’t promise that I will always be little Mary Sunshine, but I will start sharing the fun parts of my life and not just the sad ones. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


We aren’t even two weeks into 2014 and it has already been a very tough year.  There have been so many things happening and so many things changing. I feel like a leaf in a windstorm – completely at the mercy of events beyond my control.
My father-in-law passed away last week. Although I am heartbroken to lose him, I am so glad that he is no longer in pain. Pancreatic cancer is awful. Nobody should have to go thru what he did, and he handled it all with dignity and grace. I am in awe of his strength.  My husband’s family is not really into verbalizing their feelings, so I don’t know that I ever told my FIL how much I love him. I hope that he knows.
My FIL had a beautiful Australian Shepherd. We have adopted her and she has been such a joy. The poor girl was incredibly traumatized by the loss of her daddy. Luckily, she has settled into our home very quickly.  We have shown her lots and lots of love and she seems to understand that she is safe and that this is where she belongs. She has had a wonderful time playing with my Jack Russell puppy. They bonded as sisters in about 24 hours.  
I have had two important lessons seared into my brain the last couple of weeks. The first is to never take for granted your time on earth because you just never know when it will be over.   The second is to always let the people that you love know how you feel.  Someday it will be too late.