My life…it is messy. But I always have a pot of coffee on!

How to write a book! By a non-published writer.

Friends, The clock is ticking down to my first day back at work. In an office. With people. During specific hours. Yuck. I have spent the last week working on finishing my book. That book that has sat within the confines of my computer for almost a year. And during this process, I have learned…

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Heat exhaustion, shopping trips, and background checks= still unemployed.

Friends, Updates on my abrupt move from Alaska to Washington as well as my diligence in applying for every job in the western hemisphere for the past three months. Just to recap: Move to Washington: success! The upside: Family, activities, cheap utilities, delicious food, and this thing called Fro-o, which is apparently a frozen yogurt…

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I accidentally accepted a good paying job.

Friends, Knowing me for any length of time, you’d know that I flop like a dead fish into opportunities rather than gracefully land on my feet. That is what happened to me today. It has been at least four days since I confirmed my intention not to return to work. I announced to the world…

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Why am I working harder as a housewife than when I was a full-time employee?

Week one is complete. It is week one of becoming a housewife / full-time writer and blogger / creator of a weekly podcast entitled The Real Housewives of America- A look into the lives of the women behind the President.  I am overwhelmed.  My stress about finding a job ended when we moved to Washington.…

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We have arrived in the Lower 48.

I have arrived in the lower 48.  However, it is imperative to note that those who live in the lower 48 do not call it the ‘lower 48’. How long did I live in Alaska?  My family was waiting for us in our new neighborhood when the caravan of trucks, U-hauls, boats, and motorcycles approached…

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The brown paper box that held a dream. A short story

As I was touching up some of my blogs- I ran across this short story and forgot how fun this challenge was. The only requirement was that it had to include a brown paper box. What would your box hold?

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How a sandwich is one of my favorite memories of being deployed.

What is my favorite summer food? I went through all the classics- watermelon, pop cycles, street tacos, Costco hotdogs, ribs, mac n cheese, and of course peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. All of them are great contenders. All of them taste like summer. BUT… As I reflect on my life, I think of one food…

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Battlelines have been drawn between me and my dryer.

I have terrible luck with washing machines and dryers. Choosing between the $250.00 tried-and-true and basic model or the $1,300.00 model that does all the folding, putting away, and washing for you is up to you. No matter what- they’ll only last about a year in my house. The most recent victims have been around…

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Was I the issue? Maybe it WAS me?

The adventure continues… For all of you keeping track, I am now up to 65 applications submitted. Five rejection notifications, three interviews for one not selected position, and one interview today for a company and position I want, leaving 58 possibilities open. I am not worried. Experts say there are plenty of jobs, but no…

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The joys of job searching…I have aged 10 years in the last 12 days

Welcome back to my adventure of having to move myself for the first time in 23 years. I now have more respect for the movers that the military hired for me- bless you all. Let’s talk about a new career path that I have discovered- applying for jobs! The pay sucks. I am a nervous…

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My dad…the backstage manager.

I talk a lot about my mom. In addition to being my mentor, she is my sounding board, cheerleader, and friend. But… my father is my backstage manager. We haven’t always had the most harmonious of relationships. I was a girl, he was a father… it was like Oreos without the milk sometimes. The intentions…

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21 days until moving day. I am not stressed at all!!!!

21 days until moving day. We started this process 8 days ago. 8 days ago, the decision was made to uproot the family and travel 2,084.9 miles to Mount Vernon, Washington from Fairbanks, Alaska.  There is never a right time to move. There is never enough money. You will always have too much stuff. Hotels…

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I am out of here… another Great Adventure awaits!

Friends, Mums the word. I haven’t told my boss yet…I am leaving Alaska! Yes, I have decided to leave Alaska for a place where the air doesn’t hurt your face half the year, and mosquitoes keep you indoors the rest. The first time I started blogging was in 2018 when I moved to Alaska for…

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Another Challenge- Chapter 1

Thank goodness for writing challenges- sometimes they come exactly when I need to flee the yuckiness of reality and embrace a world of my own creation. This challenge was to write the first chapter of a book with the first line being- There weren’t always dragons in the valley. Tell me what you think… There…

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After two days of dealing with the DMV and I had to take two ‘mental health days’ off of work!

The last two days of my life have been painful. Painful in the sense that I have spent a total of 8 hours at the DMV between the two days. Let me paint the scene for you. Back in December 2021, after months of begging my Jeep for a working partnership between the two of…

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Freedom is personal and communitive. What are you fighting for?

I feel like I am in an excellent position to talk about freedom. I fought, bled, and was willing to give my life for it. Twenty-one years is what I gave in the name of freedom. I have witnessed the very best and the very worst of what a country implies when it states that…

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Broken computers, Botox, and a letter from my son.

Friends, The last few weeks have been exciting for me! Of course, individual events are not newsworthy, but a combination of them together makes for good writing. Let me explain: Recently my work computer had decided that it was done being overworked, under-appreciated, and generally not a respected piece of vital equipment. It started its…

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Fluffy and Worthy are not the same. The day I learned I was too fat for surgery.

Friends, We have all had our share of experiences with the medical field, whether it was a good experience or bad. They are both our friends and our foe. They are our secret keepers and our guide on a better life. They have been the backbone of any country during the COVID mess and have…

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The joys and agony of owning a home! A tale of a $100,000 bill.

Friends, It is that time of year when those who live in a ‘wintery’ area are bored and anxious for spring. In other words, we are changing the whole house. New paint, rearranging the furniture, staring listlessly out the window, or ignoring TicTok videos to search for a new home in places like Hawaii or…

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Intentional interactions through books and gardens

Someone asked me what my ‘real goal’ for 2022 is, it took 7 weeks to figure it out… intentional interactions is the name of the game this year!

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Parents of adult children- where you at?

Friends! For January, my book club was assigned a book entitled ‘I just want to pee Alone‘ by Some Kick Ass Mom Bloggers. The book was heartwarming, relatable, funny, and overall effortless read. It talked about the transition from sexy 20 something-year-old to hassled and frayed mom. It spoke about annoying plastic toys that sing,…

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It’s that ‘time of the month’! Ladies, we need to stand together!

Friends! Can we have a conversation that can seem controversial? Can we talk about something that is only addressed in memes or on Tic Tok videos? I am tired of ‘that time of the month.’ My monthly visitor has bared its nasty teeth into my life again. So predictable that I can announce its impending…

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How does one become a Master at Hobbies?

Friends! Good morning. I have a question that has been plaguing me for a while now. Maybe you can help? When does one become a master at something? By default of my blog- I am a Wannabe Historian. I have a degree in history. I also have advanced certificates in Historic Preservation and American Studies.…

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Curses and Cures- the reality of emails!

Friends, it has been a week! I wanted to write you an emotionally charged story about something inspirational and life-changing, but what I have for you today is a story about curses and cures.  Open curtains: It all started with a work email that came across everyone’s desk at 5:43 pm on a SATURDAY. Now,…

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10 Days into 2022, and I already need a nap!

Friends! I created two different clubs, at the same time, in my haste to become a proactive, integrated, and contributing member of society. A Gardening and Book Club! Sounds lovely, right? Take my love of the written word and for trying to grow things and share them with people. What could go wrong? Lessons learned…

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My last 34 hours with COVID.

Friends- It has finally happened. After two years of ducking and dodging- I have the COVID. Now before you say anything- I am fully vaccinated. Since high school, I have practiced social distancing when I realized that people are generally not pleasant. I hadn’t spent much time in the grocery store since 2020 when I…

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New Years Resolution for 2022? Finish what I started in 2020.

The last day of the year! We have made it another 365 days! Looking back, 365 days flew by quickly. So what did I do for 365 days? I joined a gym in November. However, I haven’t been there in a week because of the holidays and a winter storm. Let’s be realistic- I didn’t…

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The Christmas season is done, and it has left me wanting.

Christmas is done and over with; what a relief. What a disappointment. This Christmas season was a whirlwind of coordination, logistics, and responding to people’s needs, wants, and desires- all in the name of the spirit of Christmas. That is what the season is about, right? Giving without receiving; sharing without asking; responding without requesting.…

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Starting the New Year Resolutions early this year!

Winter Solstice has come and gone. It is a beautiful day of the year in the interior of Alaska, the last day where we lose daylight, and we gradually start to gain. It does not mean that we are magically getting warmer; strangely, our weather gets colder; however, the promise of sun, growth, and life…

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The perilous journey of a gym membership!

Day three of having a gym membership… First, I need to explain why I got a gym membership. I recently went on a work trip down south to Seward, Alaska, where my co-worker (and bestie) and I hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner. If you have never been to Seward, Alaska, it is off of Resurrection…

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Adventures of the Airport! How to wait 4 hours for a 47-minute flight home.

I used to love the thrill of an Airport. The hustle of people rushing from one end to the other. The frantic sprint of the couple who is about to miss their connecting flight. The excited chatter of a small child carrying an overstuffed backpack containing games, cards, paper, snacks, drinks, change of clothes- all…

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The dreaded phone call that no parents wants to get.

Last night I received a phone call that parents never want to get. ‘Mom, can you come to get me- I have been in a car wreck.’ Instantly- 500 thoughts run through your mind as you scramble to wake up and process the words that just came out of your child’s mouth. -Where is he…

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I am done adulting! Check Please!

My office is a mess. Coffee cups, empty Pop Tart bags, sticky notes in various colors spewed around with essential tidbits of information. There are seven cheat sheets from work on reconsolidating my work credit card, posting social media, engaging donors, engaging volunteers, and upcoming programming that I still need to make flyers for. My…

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Can I get from here to there without a left hand turn?

A few months ago, I was hit by another car in an intersection. As far as MVA goes, it was relatively minor. Except that it changed the way I drove. I now pause another second before proceeding. Does that driver really see me? On the freeway, I worry, is that car getting too close? I…

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I got 99 problems- and a broke down Jeep is one.

I have had a rough two weeks. More hits have been thrown than the 1893 Guinness World Record boxing match between Andy Bowen and Jack Burke. I have lost count of the number of times I thought I had outwitted, outlasted, and outplayed Karma. However, it seems that pesky female is always one step ahead…

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My uncomfortable battle with Yoga pants.

For years now, I have been against women wearing stretchy pants in public. Do you know the ones that I am talking about? The ones that were traditionally worn to a Yoga studio or at the gym. The tight pants that highlights every asset that women were blessed with. Typically worn with an overly oversized…

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Out with the old and in with the new? What happened to Columbus Day?

I woke up today to a text from my oldest stating: ‘Happy Indigenous People’s Day.’ So I had to jump on google calendars and look to see what I had missed. Nope- the google calendar still states- Federal Holiday- Columbus Day. However, all the major museums, government buildings, military installations, History.com, and the Smithsonian are…

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Middle-aged and Addicted to Coffee

My mother told me that when I turned 30, I would find the answers to life. Looking back, I think that she meant 30 is when you figure out how to pay all your bills on time, you realize that credit cards are not your friend, and day drinking while shopping is preferable to nightclubs…

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Wisdom from a Bear and his friends. What Winnie the Pooh taught me!

Growing up, you can say that I was not popular. It was a bit of a rough patch for me- those school-age days. I wore braces and glasses. I was socially awkward and never invited to birthday parties. I wanted to be good at school, but it was hard. I wanted to be athletic, but…

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The brown paper box that held a dream. A short story

Caroline awoke at 4 a.m., as was her habit. As she drank her coffee and walked around her home, she made a mental checklist of everything she needed to accomplish that day. Caroline knew it was a list of ‘shoulds,’ but that didn’t always mean it would get done. In the last few months, she…

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Parent vs. child. It was my turn to be put on the stand.

Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t posted anything in a while. I might say that it is because I have been working too hard. Or that I came down with some mysterious illness that has left me unable to research and write. Or that I have been on a well-deserved vacation to…

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Why is June 6th still important to us today? Some unknown facts about Operation Overlord (D-Day)

June 6th, 1945. It is hard to understand the scope and risk involved in the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history- more than 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 warplanes, 13,000 paratroopers, 50,000 vehicles, and 156,000 Allied troops landed on the 50-mile section of Normandy’s coast with…

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My first Spin Class experience- I think I died a little.

My friend invited me to a Spin Class on Saturday morning. She tells me that we will be riding to raise money for a local non-profit in Fairbanks. Working for a non-profit, I am down! I always want to support what others are doing for our community- and if I can get a bit of…

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To the Gemini’s of the world! Good Luck! Love, the rest of us.

I thought I would spend my time learning about how horoscopes work. After hours of studying the stars and alignment of the planets- this is what I came up with: OVERALL: Your month will be filled with mixed fortunes! It may a really good month. It may be a really bad month. It would be…

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The American Eagle- my Nemesis!

The Eagle. Since 1782 it has been the symbol of America and freedom. It is a mean bird. They are a vicious hunter that has taken numerous fish off of my fishing line. There have been two different occasions that his flight toward me has caused me to jump into a freezing river or lake.…

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President Lincoln- wrestler, lawyer, boatman, soldier, store clerk…what else do we not know about him?

There is no reason for this blog other than I stumbled on a small tidbit of information that I never knew- President Abraham Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to Historians, Abraham Lincoln has only one confirmed loss in nearly 300 wrestling matches. Bill Green, a store owner from New Salem,…

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‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-iqnw4-1019eb0 82 days into his 4th term as President, FDR dies at his home in Warm Springs, GA.  I wanted to explore why FDR was such a popular president within the first 30 days of his first term- and the answer will surprise you.  You should probably get a beer before listening to this one. …

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The Northernmost Southern BBQ! Explaining how Alaska has the best BBQ is never easy.

I was challenged again friends- write a story on a favorite restaurant- and here it is! Maybe this one will spark the interest of a publisher? I live in interior Alaska. Interior Alaska is land all to its own- we do not have the beautiful mountains that waterfalls flow down like lace. We do not…

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Liquid Courage

Another short story for another challenge…. as many challenges that I enter- you would think that I would place in the top three at some point. Dear You, It is late.  The sun is going down, and Pandora plays in the background as I sit here with my glass of merlot, writing you this letter. …

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North, South, East, West…Alaskan dates are the best!

I recently wrote a story for a writing challenge, and I liked it. So, I decided that I would share it with everyone. The guidelines were simple- write about a first date and mention a glass of merlot. Being more of a rum and vodka girl- I have never had a glass of merlot, so…

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I think that I just fired my second editor- my mother!

I love my mother. She is my rock, my sounding board, my friend. My father is my backstage manager, but my mother is the director. And like all good directors, there are days that I just don’t like her. Today is one of those days. Let me start at the beginning. My mother and I…

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My mother’s experience with 23 and Me…the truth is not always what you excepted.

My mother keeps me laughing. Late last night, as I was doing the last of the dishes before I went to bed and I got a random text message- ‘I sent you a new one.’ My mother is not good at clear and concise messaging when she has something to say- there is a certain…

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It’s that time- St. Paddy’s Day has arrived! So what’s with those potatoes?

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Or, as we call it- St. Paddy’s Day. Rivers are going to be dyed green. Crowds of men and women wearing top hats and tu-tu’s will run 5k and 10k’s during the month. Wal-Mart started selling ‘Pinch me; I am Irish’ shirts on Valentine’s day. And bars…

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The First year anniversary of Retirement

       In less than a week it is my year anniversary of my retirement from the military.  I went through the up’s and down’s of becoming a civilian.  I was angry. I was humbled. I was lost. I was thrilled on the amount of time that I had on my hands.  I was BORED!  No…

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A pre-COVID-19 week in a almost post-COVID-19 world

It was a busy week—a busy week of stuff. Travel here to meet these people, travel there to help with an event. Don’t forget to answer those thousands of emails and return the hundreds of phone calls. Don’t forget to get the 25 miles of running/walking in because I spent $70.00 for a t-shirt, and…

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Garbage disposals, skipping school, and mean school bus drivers…life is getting back to normal

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. My garbage disposal died in a blazing glory of flames and an awful smell. It was 11 years old, an impressive age for a dishwasher. I tried and tried to it back to life. I spent hours on YouTube watching garbage disposal surgeries. I pushed…

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My Resolution Will Change Everything- to include my car! by Beverly Geer

A couple of days ago I was hit by a Hummer. A great silver Hummer with a big black roll bar on the front. We were at a four way stop. I stopped. He stopped. I went. He went. The only problem being that he went as I was not quite through the intersection. You…

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My experience at Fly on a Friday night

It was 6 p.m. on a Friday, and I got the pleasure of sitting at Fly Trampoline while my 13-year-old gets to be a teenager. I think the thing to do was go to the local roller-skating rink in my ‘hey-day.’ There are no roller-skating rinks here in Fairbanks, Alaska; so it is a fun-filled…

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The Gift of Age and the true understanding of the story Peter Pan.

I recently had some news. I was asked not to share the news at first. Of course, I was asked after I made 5 phone calls within 3 minutes and sent photos to at least 18 people. I am going to be a Grandma. It was instant love. That photo of little ‘lima bean’ (forever…

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It took me 2 days to finish Bridgerton on Netflix…I will be the next Lady Whistledown!

I love period time shows. Some of my favorites are Versailles, The Crown, The Tudors, Downtown Abby, The Last Kingdom, and Sherlock. I have other favorites like Gilmore Girls, The Originals, Blacklist, Sabrina, Criminal Minds, The Magicians, and Virgin River, I am embarrassed to say, that these are my usual fall backs. I watch them…

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Running off the crazy. Catching up to my Garmin….

Last year I started running to run for myself. I will not lie to you, my dear friends; my Garmin said that I did a lot more than I did. If I ran 4 miles, it would show 5. And I was comfortable in that lie- it made me feel like I was getting somewhere…

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Exploring the history of the 12 Days of Christmas

It was 2 in the morning; I was awake thinking about my book, the 2020 election, why my oven only works every other day, doggy daycare for Puppy Polar, what it would take to own a red panda, and if I could grow my own coffee beans. You know – standard 2 a.m. thoughts. So,…

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That trash can that is God’s gift to writers- I used it last night! Bye, Bye 3 months of work…

So 2 weeks ago I read a blog about some woman who was on You Tube talking about Historic Fiction writers, and her tips for us to make sure that we are writing correctly. It was actually a bash on the book ‘Mrs. Poe’ by Lynn Cullen. She goes on for 10 minutes about all…

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Lessons learned from my Master Class with Neil Gaiman.

My mother bought me Master Classes. I had found them through a Facebook ad (don’t judge me). If you don’t know about Master Classes- it is a website full of famous people who have already done the impossible. They have become published writers; they are famous cooks, fabulous composers, and the envy of the sports…

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Christmas Spirit vs. Saturday Morning Chores.

Saturday mornings: I get up, take the dogs out, make coffee, drink coffee, think about all the things I need to do within 48 hours, drink more coffee with at least two smokes, walk into the kitchen and think ‘do the floors really NEED to be mopped two times a week?’. In a house with…

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I might cancel Halloween this year….

I love my job, I love my job, I love my job….if I say it 3 times fast- it might come true. Normally, I love my job. Today, I am rethinking my position. No amount of coffee has reduced the feeling of anger for Halloween Candy bags made in a COVID friendly manner. I have…

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When does 40 start feeling like the new 20?

Recently I was told by a doctor that I need to increase my water, limit the fatty foods, exercise, reduce my stress, stop drinking so much coffee, cut down on smoking, get 8 hours of sleep a night. Same thing every doctor tells everyone and anyone that comes up with some medical issue that needs…

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Sometimes its doughnuts, and sometimes it is the robe that defines us!

First and foremost I need to state that the following blog is not my creation. It actually belongs to my mother. She wrote it as part of a challenge that we are in the midst of. What challenge is that? Well, we are trying to find ourselves now that we have hit a pivotal point…

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Random questions that I have been asked…read with caution- these might keep you up at night!

I have taken to waking up early and instead of running, I have been writing. I usually wake up at 3 in the morning with inspiration, think it out until 3:45 and then tell myself that I will remember it all by the time I am done with my morning smoke and coffee break. Never…

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The Truth about the weather in Alaska- Damn it is Cold!

I had a 0800 appointment this morning, I had scheduled it between my 0700 and 0900 virtual meetings that I needed to present for. You know ‘present’- video off, mike on mute- actually coloring on my life size madeleine coloring page or writing my blog. Sometimes I take the meeting with me while I make…

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I was voted off the island last night…

I have had my share of embarrassing moments in life. Aside from being short, I have terrible eyesight, have worn braces twice, and have difficulty pronouncing words such as spaghetti, hamburger, and supposedly. Talking to coworkers makes me nervous, my jokes are only entertaining in my head, and my ‘go-to’ line in heated arguments is…

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Be careful when you are on your afternoon stress relief walks- it is dangerous out there!

I went for my afternoon walk today, taking a new route hoping to encourage my new sense of ‘over-all’ health. Of course, on this walk I had two smokes and took a thermos of coffee- but it is the thought that counts right? What I was really doing was spying on my neighbors to see…

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Halloween is in the air!

My afternoon walk was actually chilly today. Like cheeks tingle, nose running, put on a jacket chilly. A far cry from yesterday’s heat stroke. In my mind, I had a thousand topics to talk about- I wrote them all out in my mind. Now 7 hours later I can’t remember any of them. It might…

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Fall in Alaska is celebrating life and death at the same time.

After another grueling day of phone calls and problem-solving, I went for my daily walk this afternoon. Today was the day that, with everyone’s positive encounter, there was another tugging at my heartstrings. I needed to recharge and refresh my energy. I walk to think about my book, argue ideas, and spy on my neighbor’s…

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A day in my life trying to work and raise a puppy- Puppy is winning!

I have to tell you about my day…I need to get it off my chest so that I can move forward with my life. As some of you know, I have a new puppy. At 9 months, he is about 87 pounds now and comes up to my waist. He is a mix of something…

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Thank Goodness- they are telling me how to introduce myself

I can write all day long about my day, experiences in Wal-Mart, or about funny historical memes; however, introducing myself is hard! I love coffee, Oreos, and about every 6 months I get ‘healthy’ for 2 months and then I fall back into the abyss of life and cookies. So that I was given the…

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