I usually have more than enough energy to spare. Of course, I work from home at a job that keeps me sitting on my rump for large chunks of time throughout the day -- but I also have two busy children, a puppy, and a fairly active life outside of my working hours. To hear my friends tell it, they are tired all the time and I probably ought to be as well.
The only time recently that I can remember being completely exhausted is when I attended the birth of my friend's baby in January. I was at the hospital with her at 6pm on a Friday night, stayed up for her son's arrival, accompanied him to the nursery and then stayed to care for him all night, until she was allowed to have him back around 7 or 8am (she had to have some pretty rough treatments due to her pre-eclampsia). Then I stayed with her the following day and night - I think I went about 48 hours or maybe more running on a couple cups of coffee and little else.
That's the first time in my life that I ever thought I might need an energy supplement. Of course, I didn't have time to google to find the best energy supplements, so when another friend of ours offered me something that she had with her that Friday night, I declined. I think I'd try to be better prepared if I ever had to attend another birth and act as the "baby minder" for hours and hours afterward!
Just testing something out for work . . . testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.
I've been doing some networking recently, and a few different times, I've been put in touch with people who are writing about the United Kingdom. Today, as a matter of fact, I came across a blog for New Zealand residents who are contemplating travel to England. Apparently, that's a very popular travel destination for people in NZ.
Coming from the U.S., the more I think about England the more I feel almost ready to take that trip back across the pond. Sure, the air travel will be excruciating, but I've discovered the joy of combining stressful flights with very pleasant wine, and I might be able to work that angle for the six or so hours I would have to be on a plane. What's more, I would be terribly excited about the trip!
Still, I'm not sure my kids are quite ready to get enough out of our travels to make it worth the expense of going overseas. I know they -- and I -- would have a wonderful time. Unfortunately, I'm not made of money, and I won't be able to afford a trip like this many times over the years. If it's going to be a big splurge, I want to do it when I'm sure they'll remember it and take it all in.
Even so, if everyone keeps drawing my attention back to England, I will probably break down and plan a trip there sooner, rather than later!
I finally have everything ready to send off to my tax preparer so that I can hopefully get my refund within the next month or so. I've been using the same accountant for ages, the father of a friend I had when I was in preschool! Unfortunately, this often means that I'm a little lax about getting everything sent out to him and sometimes, I'm a little lax about paying, too. He doesn't charge me very much, so it was easy to just forget to send my payment out. I actually stuck a check for last year's services in with this year's papers! Oops!
Now that that's done, I can start looking forward to my refund. I usually don't get a huge amount, but it would be great to have something to put toward the traveling I want to do this summer. I will need to pay for a hotel, rental car, and cross country flights, plus food and admission at Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, so any extra bit of money I get will be helpful!
What are you looking forward to at tax time?
It seems quite off to be thinking about weddings only a couple months after separating from my long-term partner. However, that's what I've been thinking about, for one reason or another, in the past week or so.
It all started, I suppose, when a friend mentioned that she would like to get out of doing wedding photography and start concentrating more on portraits and family pictures. Of course, that made me go look at her website, and of course, I ended up browsing through all the wedding photos she's done. I don't think I was the only one to comment on her blog post and ask if she would make an exception for MY hypothetical wedding, some distant day in the future!
There are many great photographers out there, though. My friend in the Washington area, an online acquaintance up in British Columbia, a buddy near Seattle, and I recently met a wedding photographer in Dorset as well. They're all over the place!
The weird wedding obsession didn't end with pictures, though. There are songs, too. Train's "Marry Me" has been on repeat on my ipod these days. It's a really beautiful song, and as always, that band makes me wish that I could be their muse. You mean they aren't singing about me?!
Strangely enough, for all these weird wedding things popping into my life, I don't actually crave a big fancy one. Oh, I'd love to marry Mr. Right in some lovely setting, and of course, I'd want nice pictures to help me remember the event, but I'd rather save my money for traveling or a house or even retirement. The wedding is only one day, but the marriage should last a lifetime!