How I Got Here: Part V

I ran into the men's room at Ichiban to find a small puddle of blood and Brian on the floor.  The paramedics were called by the staff as I tried to comfort him and cover the gash on his forehead.  He was understandably embarrassed, confused and scared. The police and medics were great and he…

How I Got Here: Part IV

I looked beyond the co-worker as Brian was on a stretcher being put into the ambulance.  "He is going to be taken to Jersey Shore," he said. In that moment I went into action mode.  I had to run home with the dog to drop him off and then run back up to Neptune.  On…

How I Got Here: Part III

Last October my Grandmother fell at home and broke her hip.  I got the phone call and flew to the ER.  I sat with her, held her hand and all I felt was dread.  A week short of turning 97, she had to have hip surgery.  Going under anesthesia is not good for an elder person;…

How I Got Here: Part II

Brian and I were practically inseparable from the start.  Having known each other before and understanding each other made it easy to be friends.  I showed him all the new things at the Jersey Shore since he moved away in '97 and he told me about his time in the military in Alaska and eventually…

How I Got Here: Part I

It has been a looooong time since I have written because I've been saving some things for when the time was right.  If you're reading this you are likely a friend on Facebook and know I moved to Cali.  But how did I get here and why? Back in January 2017, I vowed to put…

Adjusting My Sails

This past September I was nearly laid off again.  This was five months into a new job after being laid off for 18 months!  I was in a state of panic and disappointment.  I just wanted a job that I enjoy doing with people I like and decent pay.  My company was going through a…

2017: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Ciao 2016!  You were great but 2017 is going to be even better!  I have to admit that 2016 wasn't so bad for me: I learned a lot about myself, even more about others and getting closer to what I want.  What else could a girl need?! If you're a regular reader (and by regular…

Don’t Lose Faith

I was secretly on a mission for the last 11 months and I am sad to report that I have failed.  My goal was to meet a hot and super rich guy to marry and travel with and never work again. I have put my goal aside (for now 😉 ) and found a new job!…

Be A Diamond

Last summer I was let go from my job.  I was devastated but also in need of a time out.  I was put through the ringer and probably on the verge of a breakdown.  A negative environment to say the least. For a while I told people it was a blessing in disguise but on…

“Brooklyn” & Opportunity

I recently saw the movie "Brooklyn",  based on the book by Colm Toibin, about a young woman who travels from Ireland to America seeking opportunity.  I immediately thought of my great grandma, Mary Healy, who left her home in Riverstown in County Sligo, in 1907 and arrived five days later at Ellis Island. At the young…