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Last Build Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:35 +0000


When The Time For Change Arises

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:35 +0000

Just over eight years ago I begrudgingly accepted a job offer after being laid off and subsequently slogging through 11 months of unemployment. It was tough accepting that job offer because of the drastic pay cut I would endure, but I remember still being a teeny bit excited since I had really felt an immediate sense of kinship with MH, the person to whom I would be reporting.

Little did I know that the kinship I felt with MH during the interview process would bloom into a wonderful friendship along with the working relationship, and that I would be inspired and challenged more in my new job than ever before in my career. MH never let me settle for being "just" an admin, and the … continue on, dear reader!

MoviePass Review

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:35:53 +0000

(image) You probably read the headlines a couple months ago that Moviepass was reducing their passes to $9.95. I had heard of MoviePass a couple years ago, but figured it was a fad that wouldn’t last, so I did not pursue it. It wouldn’t have made sense at the time ($30 a month) considering the fact that Denis typically doesn’t go to the movies, and the kids were a bit young to see most movies that were in wide release at any given time.

Cut to 2017: CootieGirl is 14 years old and able to see a LOT of movies in wide release. The bonus? She loves going to the movies almost as much as I do. After reading a bit of the latest news … continue on, dear reader!

When You Want a Menagerie Again, You Get a Cat

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:42:24 +0000

A few weeks ago CootieGirl mentioned that she wanted a cat. We still have Mini the Cat and Dobby the Dog, but she said she specifically wanted a cat that cuddles and will be hers. None of our cats were ever cuddly "do whatever you want with me" cats.

"’Yours’ means you clean out the kitty litter, and feed the cat, and fill the water bowl."

"Okay," she said.

"You need to ask your father – he’s the one that has said no more pets."

A few days later she casually brought up the idea of getting another cat for the house – one that would be hers (as in, when she moves out, if the cat is still alive, she will take it with … continue on, dear reader!

Put On Your Not Fake Eclipse Glasses!

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:48:30 +0000

This past Monday was the solar eclipse in this country, and it swept across our very state, which was fun for the kids to experience.

In February 1979 there was a solar eclipse that came through Washington State, where I happened to live at the time. To be honest, I don’t remember much about that day – I was just shy of 10 years old and didn’t give a hoot about an eclipse.

But for 2017 I decided to try and make it memorable for CootieGirl and CootieBoy. A few months ago I reserved a parking spot at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC. In early June I bought 5 pairs of eclipse glasses for $10 on Amazon. I told my boss I was … continue on, dear reader!

On Poomses and Perserverance

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:09:06 +0000

Eighteen months ago CootieBoy began taking taekwondo lessons. This week he tested for his red belt, which was momentous for several reasons.

First, it represented a commitment to TKD that has lasted much longer than I thought it would. Truly, when we first signed up, I figured he would keep his interest for a few months and then he’d want to quit. Then a year ago when his favorite instructor moved to Texas I thought he’d want to quit. But here we are, eighteen months later, and he is now just three belts away from reaching Black Belt. I’m so proud of him, and the hard work he puts into achieving each belt. No, he isn’t excited about going to every class (there are times … continue on, dear reader!

The 2017 Best Picture Movie Marathon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:52:44 +0000

This year I bought a pass to attend a movie marathon with Regal Cinemas to see all the Best Picture nominees. Thus far I’ve seen 4 of the 9 nominees, with plans to see at least two more. The other three were either movies I had no interest in, or the show times just didn’t fit with my scheduler.
I talked a few women from my neighborhood book club into doing it with me, and we have all really enjoyed it. CootieGirl has also enjoyed it, as I got her a festival pass as well.

The first movie we saw was "La La Land," which I thoroughly enjoyed due to my love of old musicals. I also adore Emma Stone and would watch her read … continue on, dear reader!