I’ve learned that being the Division Squirrel is a VERY good thing! I mildly over order on some supplies and recycle the heck out of others and am proud to say that it comes in very handy quite a bit of the time! The page dividers that have been recycled out of my packets are currently being re-purposed by our admin group! The gobs of binder clips and paper clips are constantly cycled through people’s offices and used over and over again! If I know I have something I won’t order new just to make life easy… I’ll hunt through my stash for it! Oh yeah and I even have some squirrels in my office to keep me company! (stuffed of course… can’t have them chewing up the files!)

Bureau of Underground Land Management or something like that…..


My kids are now 12 and almost 10 and old enough to read the complex rules of D & D. Since it was Spring Break they spent some time creating their first characters and today was the “introduction session” I’ve personally been gaming for a few years but do NOT consider myself an expert gamer at all. In fact I’m a very shy gamer normally…. I can’t be shy in this game thus my character is a bureaucrat of the “Underground Land Management Office” and in charge of the miscreants that have to keep me alive so they get their freedom back.

First roll of the game by elder kid

<insert sound of a D20 rolling>

“so what did you get?”


“critical fumble you see nothing!”

It was a spot check.

Next roll….. younger kid <insert sound of D20 rolling>

“well, what is it?”

“A 1!”

“really? eeek”

another spot check.

I think my character is in trouble!

Stephen H. King – Awesome Writer!

Stephen King, no, not THE Stephen King but The Other Stephen King is an awesome writer and an inspiration to those who know him. He has achieved many things in life with getting his doctorate and becoming a published author being his most recent and in my opinion best achievements.

His book series Return of the Gods, is an engaging and fun read, not to mention tossing in a little mythology for the fun of it. I never knew how charcoal was made or so much about magic or a myriad of other side topics that are threaded expertly through the series.

His family is a definite inspiration for his characters and for anyone who knows them can see it shine in his writing which makes it all the more engaging. He is a fantastic friend and inspiration to those who know him and a fantastic author because of the research he’s done into his topics that are included.  His humor and the snarkiness of the character’s personalities just makes me chuckle.

When you read these books if you don’t know Stephen you will by the time you’re done….


10 Reasons to Ride the Bus

I LOVE my Mustang! I really love driving it but I do NOT like the long commute to the city with the traffic, bad drivers, winter driving conditions that are scary and all the stress that goes with it. Here are my top 10 reasons to ride a bus.

  1. When inspiration strikes you have the freedom to act on it or at least write down the idea
  2. Taking a nap. Get some extra sleep!
  3. Social interaction with other riders. This can be highly entertaining and informative some days depending on the variety of topics discussed.
  4. Save some money. The cost of gas, maintenance and the stress on your body is worth the pittance it costs to buy a pass and relax.
  5. Reduce stress….nap, chat, text, talk on the phone, or even play a game or do something productive on a phone, tablet, e-reader or laptop!
  6. You are also less likely to be in an accident and stressed at the end of your trip. Let the bus driver do the driving and worry about the other people on the road!
  7. The more people on the bus the fewer cars there are on the road. If everyone drives in solo there are way more cars on the road than need to be. Ride a bus with 38 other people and that is 39 cars that are NOT on the road stuck in traffic, polluting the air!
  8. Enjoy the ride. There are many things to see just looking out the window. For Alaskans it is the spring ritual of moose counting or watching the trees go from winter to summer to fall and back to winter colors.
  9. Count the number of times someone passes the bus or how many times the cars around you are cut off by other drivers

10. Safely rubberneck past accidents! Accidents generally start conversations on the bus too theorizing what the driver did wrong.

Overall there are plenty of great reasons to sit back, relax, de-stress and save money riding on public transportation.

On a side note the inspiration for this post came while riding the bus and as I was walking down the street on the way to work!