With a New Year, A New Choice has Been Made

I have really enjoyed blogging over the past few years.  But since Jan left, I met a guy and we are now it our late 20’s I feel like the blog has taken on a new dynamic and feel from where it originally started.

I have decided to put this blog to bed.  I might come back to the blogging world under a new existence, but for now…I will be focusing on my wedding planning and blogging on my wedding website.

Thank you all for your continued support and following!

Ray

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Wow…Where has the time gone?

I’m not really sure where my head has been, but it hasn’t been interested in writing blog posts.  Between my annual meeting and wedding planning my free time has been spent in front of a computer, but not with any motivation to write here.  I also feel like I haven’t really had much inspiration to write.  I am unsure if I will continue with this blog or say my goodbyes.

A few updates on life…

1.  My Annual meeting at the beginning of this month was a success.  My boss was extremely pleased and isn’t sure how I can make the next one better.  Eeeeek, a lot to live up to!

2.  A promotion is in my future.  I’m excited for that, but also a little scared!

3.  Wedding planning is going great.  All the vendors have been selected and now onto the little details!

I’d love to hear what my readers have been up to!  Hope life has been going well and you are getting ready for the holidays!

Ray

Feeling Lonely on a Friday Night

The other Friday, Penguin had a fantasy football draft.  I was invited to go over to his friends house while they drafted, but I felt bad leaving Gypsy behind for the second night in a row.

I elected to stay home, but felt weird all day about being home alone on a Friday night.  I realized the other week, that I have no issues staying at home on a Friday night when I have company (aka the Penguin).  When people ask what I did on Friday, I don’t even care when I say just stayed home and watched tv or a movie.  But this Friday, it felt odd.

Then I was getting sad before he left and we joked that I am constantly leaving him alone during the week for dinner.  That just seems different though!

So instead of sitting around and moping, I created a to-do list and knocked things off one by one!  Sometimes going out to drink just takes too much energy.  I like low-key Friday nights.  How do you like to spend your Friday nights?

Ray

Summer To-Do List

I was inspired by Cupcakes & Cashmere to create a summer to-do list.  Mind you, I am no where near as fabulous as she is (writing her second book) and all, but I thought it would be fun!  Do you have a summer to-do list?  If so, please share!

1.  Start working out regularly again

2.  Create of a list of the jewelry I own which includes pictures, what the piece is and where it came from (my memory has already faded and I want to be able to remember years down the line the significance of the pieces I own)

3.  Go to a community board meeting

4.  Possibly join a community committee….I’m nervous about this one!

5.  Take Gypsy to a dog park

6.  Catch up on my scrap-booking (last event I scrap booked was a wedding in November)

7.  Buy a new nightstand and a filing cabinet for both the Penguin’s and my important documents

8.  Go for a hike

9.  Check out some Virginia wineries

10.  Read some books!  Any suggestions?

Ray

Car-less

I sold my car last weekend.  It was time, but I didn’t realize how emotional I would be about finally taking the plunge.  I have had that car for almost 10 years!  Now I have nothing….well, I have the Penguin’s car.  I really want to avoid using his car because I feel like he might hold it against me in the end.  He is paying a car payment and insurance and has joked about me contributing, but if that is required I will continue to rely on public transportation.

I pretty much use public transportation 90% of my life.  To/from work…to/from dinners…I only put a couple hundred miles on my car since January.  It just wasn’t necessary to have it anymore.  The Penguin was typically driving on the weekends for errands and such.  He likes to drive and I hate it, so it just made sense.

I simply keep reassuring myself that I can rent a car, use Zip car, borrow a family members car or buy a new car if this doesn’t work out!  My car was started to have issues anyways so it seemed like the perfect time.  I sold it at Carmax.  Got exactly what I was hoping for and the process was super easy/stress free.

It feels good, but weird.

Ray

Public Transportation Ettiquette

I have been doing the public transportation thing for 5 months now and have noticed a few things that I can’t seem to wrap my brain around.

1.  Music blaring from headphones- doesn’t it hurt your ears?  If I can hear it, you sure as crap can hear it!!!!!  Then I wonder, do they know everyone can hear their music?   Is my music that loud?

2.  Cell phone conversations….don’t have an extended conversation on your cell phone within a confined space.  I get it you might need to have a quick few minute chat, but is it necessary to talk on the phone from the minute you get on the bus until you get off?  I wouldn’t care so much if the bus wasn’t packed, but you are sitting right next to me so I can hear your whole conversation.

3.  School groups who take the metro during rush hour.  They don’t belong on the metro at that time and they take up a whole lot of space, don’t know how to hold on or get out of the way when people are getting on/off the train.

4.  Overall, I do find most people are very good about standing on the right and walking on the left when it comes to the escalators.  And most people are decent about getting onto the train and moving in to allow everyone to jam themselves into the car.

I have found the need to break down and by rain boots.  I also bought a pair of waterproof ballet flats that I am excited to try out!  I cannot wait until they arrive.  We most likely won’t have rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future now that I am fully prepared to brave the elements.

Ray

 

New Years Resolution- BUST

I officially failed my new years resolution of not being hungover until June.  I made it all the way to March though so was pretty proud of myself.  And when I did fail, I was able to rally and make it to lunch with my family in Frederick.  Once I ate, I felt a whole lot better!

I will continue to work on not being hungover, but sometimes it is hard when you go out and other people keep buying you beer (as was the case when I failed).  I need to learn a trick from the Penguin who just kept giving the beers people bought for him to other people!

Ray