June 23, 2021

I might have to keep this short because it’s late again.

Keeping busy. Banged through FP&A Monthly Cash Flow Forecast Modeling in one day. I’ve got 4 more core courses to get through and three of them are fluff (data viz, pitchbooks, ethics).

Had a late meeting today. I’m going to log in later tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter since we’re on salary but they still want us clocking in and out. 

Washed two cars today. Been staying active and watching what I eat. Really looking forward to my cheat meal on Friday. I’m getting a personal white pizza for lunch and with dessert, either flan or an oreo cake. SO EXCITED.

Still walking the dogs at the park three times a week. I couldn’t crawl out of bed early this morning to get it done so it ended up being an afternoon walk. I think the cooler mornings make it a little easier for them. Still no limping from the walks yet, so I’m pleased.

I might take a day trip on Saturday up to Beacon without the dogs. Not sure yet. Dad said something about taking my car out now that it’s washed (like that makes a difference!). He said next weekend but I don’t think he remembers that’s the 4th of July.

Oh! Started looking at ideas for another tattoo. I think I narrowed it down to a couple of options but I’ll wait for you to get here. You might have a say. Also, we were going to do this together on our first date, remember? 😘

Love you, miss you.

June 21, 2021

I’m having a really productive day. And by really productive, I mean that I cranked through the Budgeting & Forecasting course towards my FMVA certification today. It was slow “at the office” so I got to spend a few hours on it. In the bag! Also, it was the course I could relate to the most because I could see how either I or the company are using the material presented here. Variance and root cause analysis? I finally have official names for some of my major tasks here!

Before I go any further, I have updates on the crazy man.

Dad opened the letter late last night. I didn’t read it but he said the man made threatening comments. Dad called the prison where he’s being held to inform them of the letter. They told my dad that he’s being held without bail, that he should send them a copy of the letter and they will have his mailing privileges revoked. If he sends another letter to my dad, then he’ll be sent to lockdown, whatever that means.

Furthermore, a psychiatrist pronounced him incompetent to stand trial. That means he’s currently in prison indefinitely receiving psychiatric treatment until someone decides he’s finally competent to stand trial. This is similar to what happened to Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate your boy, Reagan. So now I have peace of mind that he really can’t harm any of us for a very long time.

My car needs to be washed. My car needs a lot of everything. It needs to be driven. It hasn’t been washed in years. I bought some cleaning supplies on Amazon so I’m going to attempt to wash a car by hand for the first time in my adult life 🤣 I might even do my dad’s Yaris if he puts it back in the driveway. But not the minivan. Maybe Wednesday, after the rain due tomorrow.

Oh, remind me I have to tell you about when our neighbor egged our minivan last year. Long story. I have pics, too.

With all this free evening time today, I might actually be able to look at job openings again. It’s been a few weeks. Then some exercising after I digest my dinner and finally early to bed. I went to bed late and then Ruthie woke me up at 4:55am. Because she sleeps with my mother and when Mom wakes up at 4:50am to get ready for work, Ruthie comes straight up to my bedroom!. I’ve been fighting the urge to nap for a few hours now.

I also have to tell you about my new plant hobby. It started last August and snowballed in December. I now have about 50 plants including a rare plant collection worth about $1,500 😳

OMG, did I just get through a post without talking about work?!?!? Oh no, wait, I mentioned it for context at the beginning.

So close.

Love you, miss you! Time still feels like it’s flying a little bit. I think it’s because I’m keeping myself busy.

June 8, 2021

Happy Freedom Anniversary, B.

Cruise this morning was great. Went snorkeling and got to see some of the famous barrier reef.

It was my first time snorkeling. Drank a lot of salt water and getting used to the goggles & mouthpiece took a minute. It restricts your nose so you can only breathe in and out through your mouth. So that made me panic a little at first. Then I told myself to breathe as if I was meditating and that was effective. I don’t think I spent more than 10 minutes in the ocean. I got nervous that I’d lose the group or the boat. I think just watching on National Geographic will be better. Colors are more vivid on screen 🙄😂.

Then we got some time on Iguana Island. Got to see all my favorite shades of blue:

By the time I got back to the hotel, I was exhausted. I was going to check out a spot near the shore of my hotel that the captain recommended for turtles but I took a nap instead. That’s a good thing. It means I haven’t been bored.

I had dinner at Stelle again. I kept it light because dinner last night was heavy and I can just feel my cholesterol going up.

Beet Salad with Lemon Ricotta Mousse

Dinner last night:

I tried again after dinner to maybe walk over to where the turtles are and see if they’d come to shore after dark and with less people around but my calves got tired. So I’m sleeping in a bathing suit tonight hoping to maybe catch the sunrise and turtles in the morning before I have to check out.

I was thinking today that this was the beach you were on when the whole Pavan Birthday Balloons fiasco happened. I remember you calling the next day for Brian S. via Steve K. while you were on vacation. I’m pretty sure you’re the one who told Neil to take the balloons out of Arjun’s office after Pavan shoved them in there.

Oh, and then you wouldn’t let the issue go because you stopped by our section when you got back – with your tan – “innocently” inquiring about them. Holy fuck, Pavan and I were both so pissed off that neither of us answered you.

So glad we can all laugh about it now. And when I say “we” I mean just me. Pavan most definitely is not laughing about them. You and he were both elite members of the League of Extraordinary Cranky Pants back then. I say that in the most loving way possible. To you, not him.

Getting sleepy so I’m gonna call it. Love you, miss you.

June 6, 2021

Let’s see how far I get before frustration kicks in from typing with two thumbs.

Woke up at 4am. Big thanks to Ruthie for having anxiety all night because some smart ass decided to light fireworks. Neither of us slept well.

Lyft was ready by 5:20am. I got in the car around 5:23am and got to JFK by 5:38am. Cleared check in and security screening by 5:55am because a nice lady let me skip the line. The perks of traveling solo with no checked baggage.

Flight was at 8:45am. Lots of empty rows, I ended up with one to myself. Got to hotel by 12:33pm. Had lunch and was on the beach by 2:30pm.

I have to admit, though. I got bored quickly. By 4pm, I headed back to my room, showered and strategized. Got some brochures to peruse during dinner next door. Food was SO good, I think I need a second night here.

Mango something Creme Brûlée

I think I’ve decided on a half day boat cruise and a half day island cruise via “Love Buggy.” But my Covid test is tomorrow at Noon which may or may not impede scheduling. The staff member who helped me with my bag to my room is helping me schedule and book. We’re Instagram buddies now.

P.S. The staff here work long hours. The woman who checked me in told me she was the one who answered my call last night when I confirmed my reservation. That was 9pm. She was still at the front desk when I got back from dinner around 7:45pm tonight.

After dinner, I went for a walk along the shore. Best part of the evening. I could have stayed out there all night. I sat on a beach chair just watching for a while. But then I lay back and looked up at t night sky. Game changer.

I don’t know if you can see but I think I was right beneath one of the dippers. Biggest photo challenge for my Pro Max yet! I could have lay there all night.

Really wish you could have been here. The trip feels incomplete without you. Story of my life. Probably story of your life, too.

Love you, miss you.