I love what I’m doing for a living now, but I miss a lot about my old job. I miss my old boss. I miss having a definite schedule. I miss the security men in our building. I miss our postage machine. I miss my big office and my big leather chair and my phone with a lot of buttons. 

This summer, when it gets hot, I will particularly miss my door, which I could close so I could work pantsless for a little bit. There will be no more of that. 

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This morning I read a blog somewhere that asked, “What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?”

That question has been like an all-day sucker.

I think I’ve finally decided that it’s my excellent oral hygiene.

When I go to the dentist, he always brings people in and makes them look in my mouth, exclaiming, “See this? This is what a mouth should look like! No recession at all!”

I really thought by this age I’d have done something grand, but there you go.

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New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution.

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New Year’s Resolution

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was that every single time someone helped me – in the grocery store, the drug store, gave me directions in a hospital or primate center (I did not go to any primate centers) – I would say, “Thank you, I appreciate your help.”

I like being told thank you, and I like being appreciated, so I can only imagine others might enjoy it too. 

I did it. Every single time. 

Then on my birthday, I added in that I would give a compliment every time I sincerely could. 

I had a great 2013. 

I spent so much time and energy looking for good things that I didn’t have nearly as much energy or daylight to burn on irritability or annoyance (except in parking lots. Everybody needs a vice).

An amazing thing happened. Around summertime, because I travel a beaten path, people I didn’t expect started recognizing me: the cashier at Publix greeted me last night with, “Long time no see!” 

I’m going to continue that. It costs absolutely nothing, but I think it’s spreading a little bit of joy in a world where unpredictable things can go spectacularly wrong. 


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Wind it up.

It has been a good year.

A goodish year. 

Things were up and things were down.

I’m happy to be this side of the dirt. 

It has been a tall year. 

Mistakes were made, others will be blamed, an adequate time was had by all. 

I will say this: I have had me a good time

My brother is here with me and we might just make it all the way to midnight. 

Peace and blessings to you all for the coming year. 



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Where was I?

I can’t remember where I left off.

Done & Done is going just swimmingly. We’re having a great time, and we’re in the black. We’ve found our groove, and what was just a lot of fun in the beginning has turned into an actual grown-up business. We’re in the black!

I’ve been fortunate in my working life to have never had a day when I woke up and just thought, “I can’t do this anymore,” and that continues to be true.

I’m busy all the time, but for the first time in my life, I see a direct correlation between what I’m sowing and what I’m reaping.

For the past week, we’ve been getting a family ready for Christmas – we’ve done everything for them: shopped for gifts for the family and extended family, wrapped gifts, staged them for Santa, decorated the house inside and out, shopped for food, figured out their Christmas meal, made sure they had ample linens, ordered furniture for them, just everything.

Yesterday, I had to drive up to their house one more time with their cold groceries and I pulled in right after the mother and father and two small children. They bounded out of the car, happy as clams. We went in the house with the groceries and the grandparents and aunts and uncles were there, and everyone was just eerily peaceful.

We made that happen for them.

Seeing that was so satisfying I very nearly told them I was going to give them their money back (not to worry, I didn’t).

That – being able to see where I have been – is what I have been looking for for years.

My own house looks like a cyclone struck it, and I have yet to put up the tree, but I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment for myself and my two business partners. It does not suck to be me.

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Tomorrow I have to go get my Botox for Migraines shots, all 37 of them. 

The last time I had them, I learned something: you won’t have the neck drop if you hold your head up straight for the rest of the entire day. Which makes the rest of the day horribly unproductive, but it’s worth it. 

Our business, Done & Done, is up and running. It’s going well. We get busier and busier everyday, so it’s a good thing we like being busy. 

The most important thing I have to say is that a month ago, my friend John had brain surgery for a cancerous tumor. The tumor is 100% gone, but he will still be going through chemo and radiation. His journey is far from over, but he is concentrating on being well so that he will be well. I appreciate all of your good thoughts and prayers for him and his wife. 

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