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Adulting Layoff Mrs Enginerd

T-35 days until Layoff

Last time I got laid off, back in 2015, I was not prepared for the journey ahead. There was no warning. No pandemic. No worldwide financial collapse of markets and industries. The workforce reduction measures were taken to save some cash and help the CEO buy back stock and pay out shareholders. Good old corporate […]

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Adulting F@%k Cancer Mrs Enginerd

Sifting Through The Past

Photographs. Papers. Triplicate copies of 214 Forms. Certificates. Divorce decrees. Typewritten letters of commendations and gratitude. Notes on the margins of decade old bills. The contents of the last box of heirlooms lays on the carpet floor waited to be collated, recycled, edited. The mission was a success. None of these papers and mementos tug […]

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Adulting F@%k Cancer Mrs Enginerd Project Zach

The Bestest Boy

We drive up to the tiny cottage house, solemn, quiet, amidst a pale soft ray of full moon light. The glow turned everything gray, with small whisps of black and white here and there. The small open front door cast a bright warm inviting luminescence that made one forget about the cold crisp summer air. […]

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Adulting Mrs Enginerd Nerd Stuff

Safety Factors for a Happy Life

The IRS website states that the agency can include the last three years in an audit process, and no more than 6/7 years unless there were previous irregularities. Overall, they do not recommend keeping tax forms longer than 7 years, with some experts citing 10 years as a max. Judging from all those numbers, it […]

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Adulting Layoff Mrs Enginerd Women Who Kick Ass In Gaming And Beyond

The Layoff, Part Deux

Five years ago, shy of 10 years of service, I found myself at the wrong end of a 60 day notice. At first the world seemed to be coming to an end because my 15 year plan had been ruined. Little by little, I redesigned my goals and objectives around new possibilities; I started a […]

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Adulting Mrs Enginerd Poetry

FOMO (A Poem)

I check my phone constantly,Wondering,Waiting,Anticipating,Fearing the worst. What if today is the day?The moment the good turns into bad,The unfortunate confluence of experiences that deprives me of you? The TV,A cool breeze,The warmth of a freshly cleaned towel,An unpaired sock.They all remind me of what was,of what could have been,of what was lost to good […]

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Adulting Mrs Enginerd Project Zach

Cuteness Overload: Happy [Inter]National Dog Day!

The last 5 years with Zach have gone by so fast. I reinforces my desire that he lasts us forever. I catch my husband tearing up after a good bro session with Z, as he tries to imagine a life without him. According to the vet, our 80.4 lbs American Staffordshire Labrador mutt is healthy […]

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Adulting Mrs Enginerd

The Paradox of Marketing for Introverted Entrepreneurs

Be it in business, in love and relationships, and even in war, it’s hard to create a brand that is relatable and well received to all while staying true to your introverted wallflower self. Opening up to the world, risking full exposure of your heart and soul, is frightening. What if they don’t like what […]

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Adulting Love and Marriage Mrs Enginerd

Embracing Imperfection

After almost four decades on this planet, I’ve come to believe that the worst compliment you can give a person or their work or appearance is telling them they are perfect. Why? Perfectionism borders on compulsion, on a desire to get things right without leaving room for refinement, for growth, for exceeding expectations. In a […]

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Adulting Etiquette Love and Marriage Mrs Enginerd Weddings

Unrequited Sacrifices

Taking out the trash.Fighting inner demons.Folding laundry.Slaying online bosses.Humoring crazy in-laws.Buying the best pet food and treats.Ordering pizza sans your favorite toppings. There are so many things we reluctantly do, day in and day out, for those we love. Little things that take time and effort, and consume us to the point we forget we […]