2018-10-04 Wild Winds and Wandering Thoughts

Yesterday it was 90 degrees outside and this morning we woke to temps in the 40s. It’s not really a slow enough news day that we need to talk about the weather but wow! That’s significant. After dinner last night the kids and I watched as the winds picked up and my neighbors tree lost half it’s leaves. It was cray-cray. Seriously, that wind was bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!! 🤪

We jumped in the trampoline for like half an hour, enjoying the last minutes of summer draining away and now we’re bracing for the impact of winter. My furnace will not be fixed for another week so last night I bought marshmallows to roast in the fireplace. We’re set with space heaters and though the thought of warming my house that way makes me nervous, I think we can manage.

Space heaters are like the #2 cause of house fires. Running 2-4 of them feels like rolling some dice in a game with fate. Luckily, the insulation in my house is the bomb. Though the temps dropped 50 degrees overnight, the house was still 70 this AM. Still, my kids and I are serious whimps when it comes to the cold. I’ve had a long history being frustrated with how cold places are.

It was an issue at my last job, an issue at Matt’s House, Simon’s, and at times also Jim’s. The good news is that Jim’s house has Zone heat like mine, so the office where I work has a thermostat I can control. I guess that’s one advantage to working remotely.. I can be comfortable instead of freezing and wearing a coat all day.

In my defense, my last office was freezing. I wasn’t the only one to complain. I was probably the most vocal. Sometimes when I feel strongly about something I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. That may have been a contributing factor to how my last weeks and months there turned out. 🤷‍♀️

Yesterday I had a very balanced day and it was great. I worked a bit, hung out with my kids and had family time, and then did some school work. I worked out and got my steps in. I met with my financial advisor, which is always great. I mean, if you knew you were headed into a session with good news where people are going to tell you how awesome you are doing, you would look forward to that too. My current situation might be a little sketch with my savings account going the wrong direction each month, but apparently when I retire I’ll be just fine. The bad news is that that’s many years away. The good news is that any deficiency in my short and medium term portfolios will be taken care of when I sell my house.

In the last 24 hours I’ve used words like portfolio, strategy, risk profile, allocation, and diversification. It’s like I’m a real adult. It is a shame I have to wait until retirement age to use most of that $$$. It’s the grand irony of life. The relationships between time and money and health.

When you are young, you have your health and loads of time but no money.

When you are in the prime of your life, hopefully you have your health and probably some money, but never enough time.

By the time you retire you probably have enough money to do the things you have always wanted to do, and you have more time, but health starts to be an issue.

The trick is to retain your health long enough to enjoy the empire you have amassed working your time away. I’d say in the grand scheme of things I’m doing all right. I’m healthy and continue to try to be active every day. That’s why I’m always talking about balance. That’s why I’m learning how to not kill myself with Work. It’s not easy. I struggle with it contatntly. It is getting easier though I think.

Last night I got off my last work call at 5 and another impromptu call for a different project started right after. I elected to not join that call, I hung up my headphones and logged off and went to hang with my kids instead. We had a nice dinner together and then, like I said, went outside to marvel at the wind and leaves falling. It was wonderful.

Today I’m hoping for the same sort of day. I’ll work while they are at school and then turn that off when they get home.

Right now I’m thinking of finishing my cardio set with a quick jog. One song. I can do one song right?! 🤔 Well I cant jog and type at the same time so this is the end of my multitasking for today.

Peace and Love,

~Miss SugarCookie

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