A few Tuesday links and thoughts
What is an elevator pitch really for? I admit I hate the idea of an elevator pitch to the level that I don’t bother trying to come up with interesting ways to describe the (actually quite interesting!) things that I do. That is probably NOT the right approach, but I agree with Allison: “If the other person is thinking, ‘oh, I’m hearing an elevator pitch,’ that’s a failure.”
Not my circus, not my monkeys. I’ve seen this saying a few places lately, and wish it applied to my work situation! Unfortunately, these ARE my monkeys, at least some of them. Maybe I can trade them in for some other, more well-trained monkeys eventually. Until then, I’m responsible for the bananas! (Am I taking this saying too far?) Despite all the chaos and uncertainty, I have found it pretty easy to motivate myself to try to solve a problem and win, until someone declares “game over.” It isn’t over until it is over.
I have hardly baked in months, but tried out these pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles to celebrate fall. YUM.
Life is not too unchanged from my last update. Work is still in the same crazy state, but I’m having fun. I think. The husband is also busy, but things are good. The weather is getting colder and the holidays are coming.
Dog: The dog is still ridiculously cute, and getting easier. We have several options for holiday care for him, so I’m feeling a bit relieved. I was really panicked, because as of 3 days ago, we hadn’t really gotten our act together. Things left undone make me itchy.
Home: We haven’t made much progress on house projects. T has only added to the list of potential projects! Our landscaping situation probably requires professional help, at least to get us started, but we’ve hesitated. Being a homeowner is kind of a drag! Except when it comes to my next topic…
Taxes: I am working a quick tax estimate to make sure I don’t need to do any last minute changes and to confirm my plan to pay only the first installment of property taxes. I calculated a rather enormous refund. I am pretty sure I’m not wrong. Better than the alternative, although my target is a $3k-$5k refund, and we overshot. This is our first year with 12 months of mortgage interest. The other factor is that we actually saved a fair amount more in retirement than original planned… like, double… So, we need to think about whether that is really sensible to continue doing. The good news is, no AMT this year!
Dream Interpretation Request: I had a dream the other night that we had a baby, and we forgot to name it. Or we named the baby, then kept forgetting what we had named it and forgetting to care for it. “Where is that baby whats-her-name right now? Is she here? Did we name her? If not, maybe we should name her Jane? Or does she already have a name? What was her name again?!? Where is she?!” What does this say about my life?!? It is like a parent version of that dream where you realize it is finals day for that class that you forgot to go to all semester!