Happy birthday, young lady! God bless you in wonderful ways!

At last

… I have booked my stays all over the Pacific Northwest, for my next roadtrip to New-Where later this year. 

And that will cap out my visits to 50 states. 
I didn’t know when I booked my travel how much else might be going on here with my folks and their home search process. So much is unpredictable, but exciting (if I’m sure that feels sometimes more like ‘stressful’). 

But there we have it. At last I’ve got a trip booked for this year. At last I am getting to my last 2 states. And at last I’ve got the logistics of that worked out. 



This post should have gone up yesterday (but then I had the kind of work day where “yesterday” did not meaningfully happen). 

But yesterday was important. Yesterday was a Day of Significance for someone I like, respect, admire and love:

The best brother-in-law in the world, yo. 

He is smart and funny. He loves the Lord, my sister & their girls in visible ways. He is strong in every sense. He is always there to lend a hand or give sound advice when I need any household project addressed or problem resolved. (Read as: saves my butt all the time!) He is fun to be around. And, he puts up with all the wacky nonsense that IS our family. (Lol)

Long story short, he’s awesome, and a blessing.  Love you, L!


I was overdue to take a trip, really. I bought the house, and spent the better part of the intervening time making it home. In the midst of new homeownership and the foibles of mergers & acquisitions at work, vacation has taken a back seat.

Even though I have tons of vacation time coming. Even though I am opposed, on moral grounds, to giving back time. (That’s part of my compensation; they don’t get to keep money I didn’t use this year, so why should I let them take back time? Short answer: I shouldn’t.)

Well, the situation being what it is, taking off is actually challenging. And without a plan…

Well, without a plan, nothing happens at all.

So this week, I started making the plan. I got the time off. I booked the flights. I am going to the Pacific Northwest, and checking the last two states off my US list.

And that makes me happy.

still have to visit 2 states (4%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Happy 4th

Which means happy Independence Day here in the US. 

And also, happy birthday George! God bless!

Cats will be cats

Cats don’t come when you call. 

Cats nap in the afternoon. In quiet underbed nooks where you probably won’t see them. 

None of this would matter if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m looking in on a cat while her family is away.  On the previous visits, she showed up to check me (and the food) out when I arrived. She stuck around to demand some attention. 

Today she didn’t appear. No response to pouring of food, provision of water. I looked around for her to no avail. I called for her, and then realized the futility of that. Because cat. A rather skittish, shy cat.  

But not seeing her made me worry. And she is a deeply loved cat, so I went back this evening. Please God let her be ok. Let her just have been curled up sleeping earlier. 

But I got there and she hadn’t touched the fresh food or water yet. 

So I went on a more extensive, but quiet search. 

Yeah. Asleep under little girl’s bed. Came out to ask for a pet and a belly rub and a stretch. 

She’s fine, thank you God, and I feel worlds better knowing that. 

I see you

Following on the Find Friends app, watching my family crossingthe country vertically, knowing how they progress, when they’re in for the night or arrived at their destination, knowing God is sovereign and so gracious, knowing my BiL will take care in every way in his power, knowing Sis will check in when time and circumstance permits, but loving the connection along the way.  

Love you guys. LoveX3, x4. 

Have fun!:)

Random wishes

Happy belated L. 

Happy 25th, K. 

Happy sometime around now, B. 

Safe journey, D, L, D & J. 

Quick recovery, S. 

And good things for all y’all else, too. 😊

Working from…  somewhere

Over the course of the last 10 years, my company has gone from ‘completely resistant to remote working’ to ‘grudgingly accepting of remote commuting in bad weather’ to ‘more or less accepting of remote commuting provided the person and role are suited to it.’

That turn has suited me just fine. The convenience of not having to drive in snow and ice (or use up a wasted personal day to avoid it) is more than offsetting to the fact that, in the rare case the office closes due to weather, I’m still on duty because I’m not IN the office (and the company never closes). 

Then when I bought my house, and set up a formal remote working arrangement, I was careful about how I phrased it. “Up to X days in the office per week.”  An upper but no lower threshold…. Zero days in the he office technically qualifies. 

Yes, that’s been good. 

Now, my company got bought by another company. They are still living in a time 10 years ago, when remote computing was a strange and suspicious thing. My direct manager is cool; he sees I get the work done the same either way. I just start the day that much earlier without a commute. 

His boss, who has not even bothered to meet me yet BTW, is not so cool with it. 

And he is planning to relocate to the same office I don’t always work in. 

Where space is increasingly at a premium. 

So he would like to see me either in the office a lot more often, or give up my spot there. 

So now I have to decide which of 5 states to choose from. 

  1. My old home, which is 3-4 hours away but my friends have been super gracious about having me to stay, which makes that doable. Going forward, however, the office will want me there with so much frequency of visits I’d pretty much need a full time place there. I mean seriously, I can’t be moving in with friends 2-3 days every week. Not to mention the wear and tear on my car, and on me, with so much road time. 
  2. Where their old HQ is based. Pluses: Lots of visibility, only need to be there a day or two a week(?).  Minuses: 2 hours each way plus tolls and parking; soon to be no convenient stayover options. Nope
  3. The next state over. Pluses: moderate visibility, multiple internal clients based there; no tolls depending on route taken; onsite parking available; definitely space for me in the office, only need to be there a day or two per week (?). Minuses: 75-90 minute commute; no convenient stayover options. Best suited to 1-2 non consecutive days at the office per week. 
  4. My home state. Pluses: in state status; “only” 60-70 minute commute; tolls variable to route taken. Neutral: Unclear space availability; no onsite clients (low visibility). Minuses: paid parking, expectation that I be in-office daily; possibility that office may get merged with next state south. 
  5. Next state south. No discernible pluses. Neutral: No onsite clients. Minuses: traffic, tolls, parking, 2 hour commute. Nope

Looks like I’m going to have some decisions to make.  

Exciting times. 

Buying and selling

In order to sell their house, my parents’ township forces an inspection and corrective action for anything that doesn’t pass. This is before a buyer requests a home inspection; totally a separate issue. There is really no such thing as selling the home as-is, in that sense. It’s a baseline of protection for buyers; the septic will be to code, the safety standards are met, the fire detectors will be working and up to code. 

I don’t know if other towns are as persnickety but that was their experience. 

The place they are currently shopping in – the place they put in an offer – doesn’t seem to have similar rules. It’s weird, how much variance there is in this process. 

Well, we’ll just wait and see. If it’s not for them, may that become clear very quickly. 


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