Tag Archive | "survival"

Day 264 — Your Cheatin’ Heart

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Now that I have a boyfriend who reads this blog, I have to begin by saying this did not happen to me but to my girlfriend who has no name or location. But she and I are the same size and age and have similar sensibilities. We almost always make exactly the same mistakes, which […]

Day 258 — Snow Days for Ann

Monday, February 8, 2010


We got 30 inches this weekend! On a normal weekend, I usually get about 8. Before the big snowstorm hit Friday evening, I got to go home early from work. I enjoyed sipping a glass of wine and watching all the fluffy frosty flakes fall from the sky. The next morning, I felt like Alice […]

Day 257 — Snow Me

Friday, February 5, 2010


When confronted with a humongous snow storm, it forces me to cogitate. That’s because snow presents serious questions. The bigger the snowstorm, the more serious the questions. There are job-related questions: Will my office close? Will I get to leave early? Should I work like crazy and get as much work done as possible, or […]

Day 256 — Double Job Fun

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


For some girls, one guy is never enough. For Ann, one job is never enough. Yes, Ann is looking for extra work. While she’s thrilled to be taken off the unemployment roll, she’s got one little problem. Ann is making $20,000 less than in her last full-time job. That’s a significant drop in wages, given […]

Day 244 — Forcing

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is the time of year when we force flowers to bloom around us indoors, because we need the comfort and can’t wait for spring. I look forward to buying paperwhite narcissus bulbs, white stones and some pots. Even with a minimal amount of water and attention you get flowers on your desk or table […]

Day 243 — Winter

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I don’t hate many things, but I hate winter. My body was not designed to withstand such blasts of cold air as I get in Washington. After high school, I practically eloped to Florida with my tiny sundresses and bikinis. To me, Florida was bliss. No long underwear, no bras, no ski caps. I left […]

Day 242 — How Honest Is Too Honest?

Friday, January 8, 2010


I am an editor, so my job is to make writers appear more talented than they really are without wholly and completely throwing out what they’ve written and starting out all over again. I can send things back to be rewritten, or make extensive comments. The office hierarchy presents itself again, but in a somewhat […]

Day 239 — Happy New Year

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Tonight is New Year’s eve, and my ex, the bold one that he is, has already left to spend the next few days with someone he has only met online. I say, “Bad move.” But how can I begrudge him a little hanky panky. I’m also getting out of town. But I’ll be with someone […]

Day 238 — Just My Luck

Monday, December 28, 2009


The holiday ho hums have set in. After being a good doobie by digging my ex’s car out of the snow last weekend, I’m now in the doghouse for a couple of minor scratches I caused when I pushed a heap of snow off the trunk with the edge of a plastic shovel. I should […]

Day 237 — Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009


Ann’s Note: Ann plans to take a break between Christmas and New Years and will publish two days next week—Monday and Thursday—as she enjoys the holidays with her children. Please enjoy her take on “The Night Before Christmas.” Twas the morning of Christmas, I just downed an ale; I grabbed Victoria’s Secrets to see what […]