Friday Free-For-All – 09/15/17

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My company’s annual United Way campaign kicks off next week. I’m on the planning committee, which means that this week is usually a ton of work and stress. I’m already dreading it. I know it’s all for a good cause, but this is my fourth year on the committee and I think I’m just burned out. I really hope that next year I can excuse myself and get some fresh blood in there.

We had our Client Appreciation event on Wednesday night. This is another annual event that I have to help plan, and that is usually very stressful. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch, everyone was happy with the venue and the food, and it’s done and over with for another year.

I’ve been cutting back on caffeine lately. My trick is to drink two cups of half caff instead of two cups of full caff. So far, it’s going well. I haven’t felt too tired or like I’m feeling any withdrawal symptoms. I’m not particularly sensitive to caffeine, but I love the taste of it, and the feeling of comfort it brings. I doubt I’ll ever completely give it up, but a bit less most days is a good idea.

Ben and I are looking at a house tonight! This will be our first time actually going to see a house, versus just looking at stuff online. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but depending on what kind of shape it’s in, we definitely have the know-how to fix it up ourselves. It’s a bit further afield than we’d like, and the lot is quite a bit smaller than we envisioned, but based on our future plans, the price is right to at least make it worth looking at as a “starter home.” I really hate the concept of the starter home, but it’s a thing for a reason. It’s a way to become homeowners in the short term, and maybe sell it to get our “dream house” later. We’ll see. I’m probably getting way ahead of myself here. It’s just exciting to finally be LOOKING at stuff.

Happy Friday!

4 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 09/15/17

  1. Darlene says:

    Good luck with the house hunting.

    I’ve increased my caffeine – went from decaf tea, to caf tea to coffee and now 2 cups. Ugh.

  2. txa1265 says:

    House hunting is exciting, but also an amazing reality-check on things. It is great to walk into a house and just picture yourself living there … wonderful! Very excited for you guys!

    United Way is interesting – Corning does it up really big each year, and there are people for whom it is literally their job all year long. For me it was interesting – the company I worked for in Massachusetts had been bought out just before I started, but for 10 years they were ‘hands-off’ and we did a bunch of local charities each year. Then ‘corporate’ swooped in and mandated United Way in such a heavy-handed and punitive way that it turned me off (particularly since it pulled thousands of $$ from our local charities and put into the location of the main headquarters) – to the point I didn’t participate at Corning my first two years until I saw what they did on our community.

    I have held fast with caffeine – just my morning cup coffee and travel mug, decaf tea at night in fall/winter. Coming up on 3 years without soda … definitely think that has been positive.

    • Rae says:

      Our United Way stuff can be a bit heavy-handed at times, and being on the planning side is kind of a nightmare. I’ll be glad when next week is over with!

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