My Love/Hate Relationship with Summer

Happy Summer Solstice! 

Today, if you didn’t already know, is the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year for those of us living north of the equator. (So Happy Winter Solstice for anyone south of the equator.)

Although technically, the solstice occurred at 12:24 am EDT when the sun was directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. But we’ll celebrate all day anyway. Continue reading

I Have a Good Reason for My Lack of Posting

I know I haven’t been posting much lately. I promise, I haven’t gone away. I’ve just been busy … packing.

Yep, I got my apartment renewal notice back in March. The apartment management company wanted to raise my rent 16%, which was approximately a $300 increase. I live in a 686 sq.ft. apartment. A $300 increase would make my monthly rent just under $2000.

Yep, you read that right. $2000 for a 686 sq.ft. 1-bedroom apartment. Welcome to the D.C. suburbs, which apparently are trying to compete with NYC and San Fran for most ridiculously expensive place to live. Continue reading

How I Ended Up Here (Or Finding My Path), Part 3

So I’ve been writing (slowly) about my journey from confused M.B.A. grad to corporate worker who was in a rut looking at thirty.  Then I left you hanging. For like a month. Or more.

Then this week, the Facebook timeline reminded me that it was 10 years ago this month that I changed the path I was on. And when I saw that, I sat back in my chair. Wow. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I started down a new path. And so of course, that spurred me to finish this story. Continue reading

There’s a New Sam in Town

Well, I did it. I broke down and bought a new laptop. I’m not completely giving up on my iMac George. George still has some ability left—it’s just he couldn’t hold a wifi signal. I’d be surfing along and all the signal would drop for no reason. Full bars, no interference. It would just drop.

I tried all sorts of remedies to fix George. But to no avail. (Although I did stop short of wiping and reinstalling his OS. That’s just too much right now.)

So since I still have George, I opted for a Chromebook.
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