Quote: Balance

It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.

Philip Green

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Pet Responsibility

Photo by Adam Greig

I have three animals that live with me. Two cats and one dog. My animals are part of the family, and when they came into the family, it was with the understanding that we would care for them for the rest of their lives.

I take my animal care seriously…I make sure that they have their annual checkups, get their shots, get regular flea/tick medicine, and take any medicine prescribed. My cats stay inside, always, so that they are not a menace to wildlife. When we walk the dog, we always carry bags to pick up after him.

I was driving to work the other day and saw a woman out with a beautiful Sheltie. The woman was busy on her phone as her dog did its business. Then she just walked away, leaving the crap behind her.

I get that it’s not fun to pick up after a dog. It smells and it’s quite disgusting.

But I also understand that picking up after my animals is part of the package. You want the dog, you don’t leave its droppings where others can step in it. It doesn’t matter whether it is in your front yard, your neighbor’s yard or in a public space.

So if you have a pet, please clean up after it. Or reconsider whether or not you really want that pet.


Photo by Adam Greig

The New Computer

Photo by AUMOER

My daughter recently received a new computer. She’s been using an old desktop for a few years, and it was time to upgrade her to the machine she will use through college.

In our house, I’m generally the one who gets the upgrades, and then the machines get shuffled. Since I am a developer, I have certain specs about what I need to have – and they are typically not served by your average computer.

My daughter got to learn this as we debated the various configurations. In the end, she ended up with maxed out memory, a big hard drive, and a decent video card.

She’s very excited about this.

And so the great computer shuffle starts.

My husband has a desktop he purchased while he was in DC that is terrible. No memory, no good guts, no hard drive space. It’s slower than molasses in a Green Bay January.

So the question is, does he get his old desktop back (which my daughter was using)? Or does he get my old laptop?

It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.


Photo by AUMOER

A New Driver

Photo by Spanish Coches

My daughter is now driving on her own. After 9 months of supervised driving, she is able to move about the city in her own car.

This has proven to be a relief. Taking her the various places (music lessons, shopping) took up a good bit of time. She is now able to drive herself to her various music lessons without having to take one of her parents.

It is also cutting her day a lot shorter. Since she spends her school afternoons in a different city, relying on the bus got her home at 5:15 every day. Driving means she gets home at 4:30.

Many of my friends and co-workers have asked if I’m worried. Not really. She is a cautious driver, and she is responsible. She won’t do anything stupid.

So we are celebrating this milestone in her life, and letting her enjoy some more freedom!


Photo by Spanish Coches