My laptop came home from the shop on Friday night. I feel I have gained back some freedom. I don’t have to be sitting at my computer desk while blogging after spending most of the day sitting at a computer at work. Instead I can sit back in a lounge chair and relax or work on my blog anywhere. How tied I am to technology!
The biggest family event of the week was that my precious baby girl turned 26. The Affordable Care Act has made age 26 a new rite of passage. The Act requires that if a plan provides coverage for children, the coverage must continue until the children are age 26. With this birthday, she can no longer be on my insurance as of the end of the month. She spent hours over the last couple months researching the different plans available and made her choice a few weeks ago. Once she enrolled in her new plan she instant messaged me and said, “Holy smokes. I’m growing up!” I have been painfully aware of that practically since she started kindergarten when she told me, her tearful mother, “You have to learn to let go.”
The mountain peaks surrounding Santa Fe should be completely white and snow covered at this time of year. Unfortunately they are mostly brown. That does not bode well for resolving the drought issues that we have been experiencing for the last several years. No snow means no spring run-off which we rely on to replenish the aquifers. We were fortunate to wake up Tuesday morning to a couple of inches of snow on the ground. It was absolutely beautiful snow that clung heavily to the foliage. My morning commute was treacherous as the streets were icy. I saw several accidents. Most of the snow had melted by noon but I am appreciative of the precipitation we did get.
I am a huge sports fan. The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team (from my alma mater) has provided hours of enjoyment for us as they continue to win. We watched them play to victory on Sunday and again on Wednesday.
I did some cross stitching on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday for the first time in weeks. I spend a lot of time on my blog and currently most of my free time is spent on it, but I do miss regular cross stitching. I really have to work on having the right balance between blogging and my other interests.
I finished my taxes and got them filed this week. That is one annual event that I am glad to have finished.
I spend the greatest amount of my time at the office. I get frequently asked when I am planning to retire (are they trying to get rid of me?) and I still do not have an answer. Everyone was aware that the earliest I would retire was when my daughter was no longer on my insurance. Now that target has been met. I have committed to my boss that I will see my current project through to completion (target date June 1) and I had also told her that I would stay at least until she retires in October but that is not necessarily binding. I just don’t know!
Casual Friday, reviewing the week that was, just another thread in my life.
[Each Friday I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, anything goes. Check out her blog.]