The Exciting Conclusion

I walked into the office and sat down in the chair. I was surprised but not completely dumbfounded. I mean, they said they were going to do it. Shame on me for doubting them. I was more wondering how this was going to work. How are they going to run […]

What Happens in Vegas…

Last time we talked, I told you about the first time I got fired. Today I would like to tell you about the second time I got fired. After finishing grad school, I had worked briefly at a commercial architecture firm. It wasn’t long before I realized that space planning […]

It’s a Holiday Weekend, Y’all!

I’m not blogging today because I’m busy doing holiday weekend things (reading by the pool) and you should be too. Go do fun summer things and I’ll meet you back here Wednesday morning.

Straight Out of Central Casting

Since retiring from corporate job life and concluding that my life will be slightly miserable if I don’t at least try to make some of my dreams a reality, that’s what I’ve been working on. And in case you weren’t sure, chasing your dreams can get expensive. Not only that, but in exactly […]

Living the Dream

One year ago today, I retired. And after making such a big deal about my retirement, I feel like it is only appropriate that I share with you what I’ve been up to in this last year. But before I get into that, let’s revisit that last year before I […]

Surviving the DNC in Philly

It was a rough week here in Philadelphia. Not only was it 90,000 degrees out pretty much every single day this week, there was also that Democratic National Convention heating things up. An additional 50,000+ bodies made for a sweaty, crowded, and angsty week here in the City of Brotherly […]

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Just Keep Swimming

I am a one-woman self-help book club. Which is to say, I hoard self-help books and then take nine hundred years to maybe finish them (both things we can talk about another time). Recently I’ve picked up a book that I first started reading in 2007 and never finished. A […]

The Queen of Distraction

In recent years, it may or may not have been suggested by a mental health professional that I have ADD (it totally was). I know what you’re thinking: But Raina, you’re about as hyper as a sloth on Vicodin. Very true. Don’t confuse my condition with ADHD. I have the […]

Peace Be With You (And Also With You)

No one will ever mistake me for being a practicing Catholic. And they shouldn’t, technically I was baptized Episcopalian. But we grew up going to Catholic mass, and to this day, there are a couple of Catholic-esque things that I still do. One of which is Lent and the other […]

Because Some Days, You Just Can’t

While in a magical, alternate universe there is a whole creative team that runs this joint, in this Universe, there’s just me. And today, I feel less than awesome. When I was in Corporate America, sick days were only sometimes offered and rarely encouraged. But now that I’m the boss, […]