The old country

Sometimes I have dreams at night about people and places in Ukraine. They seem to be some of my most vivid dreams. I don’t usually remember my dreams, which is why these really stand out. I wake up, and the feeling of the dream really sticks with me. I wake up and feel sad. I never in a million years would have guessed that my time in Ukraine would have had such an impact on me. I knew I would change but I didn’t think Continue reading →

Walking

Yesterday I logged over 17,000 steps. Last week, I logged over 95,000 steps. I’m addicted to my Fitbit. About two years ago I got some extra.cash and decided to spurge and buy my self a Fitbit Surge. At the time, and still now I believe, it’s was their high-end tracker. I got it be wise it does everything my phone could do for fitness tracking except play music. It was pricy but worth it. I quickly found I didn’t walk as much as I thought Continue reading →

On Time

I do my best to be on time when I go places. If someone tells me when I need to be at a place, I like to be there a few minutes early. I’d prefer to wait for them than have them wait for me, just how it goes. Leaving g for work, however, has always been a different matter. I usually start out leaving early or on time when I get a job but as time goes on slowly start leaving later and later. Continue reading →

Big Announcement I’ve been holding on to for a while

Okay, I think it’s as official as it’s going to get, at least for the next month or so and that means I finally feel comfortable officially announcing it. Ellie and I bought a house. We’ve been looking for a while now, for what feels like somewhere between four and six months. We came into the market towards the end of the season and looked through everything available for us. It’s just been a waiting game for new things to come on the market since. Continue reading →

Reliability

This year, my quarterly bonuses are tied to my goals at the company. Last year, they were tied to membership sales goals and it frustrated me. I was only there to support sales, and I didn’t do any selling so it felt like meeting those goals was out of my direct control. Since they’re tied to me meeting tech deadlines and keeping projects under budget, I feel I have a lot more control compared to last year. However, my job is to organize people and Continue reading →

Changing Diet

In the past six months, my diet has been overhauled for the better.im finally eating the way I have always wanted to eat, but usually made the excuse that it was too expensive to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat tasty and crappy foods, I just consider the food I eat to be healthier now. It started last summer when my coworker encouraged me and another co-worker to sign up for a CSA. We had a whole summer if fresh, organic vegetables. Continue reading →

Bus Stop

Last night, I was waiting for the bus at my usual stop on the capital square and I smelled something funny. I saw some people smoking inside the bus stop, a general no-no but people do it anyway. It smelled off, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed it was just a cheap cigar. Then I saw how they were holding it and passing it. Then I did a double take on the smell. Then I heard someone say, “Where that Continue reading →

Cold Turkey

If I’m going to quit something, the best method for me has always been going cold turkey. Late high school and on into early college I was hooked on World of Warcraft. I played it quite a bit, but it didn’t take over my life. Regardless, I was spending a lot of time and a lot of money to keep the habit going. Then one day, I decided to just stop and I haven’t been back since. Same thing happened in Peace Corps when I Continue reading →

Jumping to Conclusions

For anyone who has seen Office Space, the thought of jumping to conclusions bings to mind the scene where one of the worst product ideas is featured on the silver screen. It’s funny, because the product is so terribly thought out. Like, seriously you cannot put all possibly solutions on a mat and you can’t possibly hope you’ll get a random solution because people will know where they are jumping to. It’s just flawed from the start. Personally, though, I take that flawed from the Continue reading →

Negotiations

I’m a born sucker. I’ll take taken for a ride on any “deal” that comes my way, assuming it’s something I am planning to buy. Not sure why, but when I hear the amount people are asking for something, I either decide it’s the right price or that it’s too much. Right on the spot. That being said, if it’s the right price, I’ll take it. I won’t try to negotiate it down. I never learned how. I understand the strategy behind negotiations, but if Continue reading →