I work pretty long hours everyday. I also have to sit through traffic both, on the way to work and even worse on the way home. It seems that I spend most of my time anymore working or commuting. I try to be at the office by 6:30 which means I have to get out of the house by 5:45 at the latest. In the winter is often pretty darn cold. So this past year I decided to invest in a Obermeyer ski jackets for myself and the rest of the family. My kids loved their brightly colored mix and match pieces. My wife adored the top quality skiwear since it protected them from the elements and was super comfortable. Each child had a unique look. And I absolutely loved my Obermeyer ski jacket, which kept me toasty all winter long.

Before I became a stay-at-home mother I had been a tops sales rep for a company that developed online gaming software. I had traveled all over the US presenting the most recent versions of the software, touting both the usability and security aspects. When hmy husband, who worked on drill platforms for the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico died in an accident, I hired an experienced maritime lawyer. In case you are not familiar with this niche of the law, maritime lawyers practice the law as it pertains to navigable fresh waters (rivers) in the United States, in addition to the open waters such as those in the Gulf of Mexico or along the coastal seaboard of the US. Since negligence was suspected her maritime attorney was able to seek additional benefits under the General Maritime Laws. Although the lawsuit ended in me winning a significant amount of money, raising three children meant I could not return to my sales job, which required so much traveling. But I love to ski, even though it’s hard to find the time.

The last time we were on the slopes, we had a friend take a number of pictures of us in our Obermeyer ski outfits. I used to only smile with my mouth closed. A year ago my wife suggested I get braces for an adult “smile makeover.” My orthodontics suggested the Invisalign System, which combines, advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with the more than 100-year-old science of orthodontics. With custom made Invisalign aligners my teeth in small steps to the desired final position. It’s pretty amazing how each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit the individual’s mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Everyone in the family started to call my clear braces Las Vegas Special! I really appreciate the Hanson Orthodontics Office made my transition to a full, see my great looking teeth smile as easy, and pain free as possible.

Now it takes every bit of 45 minutes to travel the freeway if there are no accidents or other hold ups. Once I am at work the day seems to fly by. I don’t have an exciting job, but the time files when you are having fun or doing paperwork, which is what I do. All day long I do paperwork and occasionally help with website management. It is terribly boring but it pays the bills so I do it.

When it comes time for lunch, I get an hour and there is a little diner with a few pool tables across the street so I go over there with a few friends from the office. And although the walk is quick takes less than 5 minutes total, if it’s really cold outside my jacket keeps toasty warm from my company’s door to the diner. The staff is on the ball with making the food fresh & fast. We enjoy the food & maybe a drink from time to time before we have to get back to the mind numbing work that is across the street. I like to get their cheeseburger or chicken sandwich but sometimes we all share a pizza. If we are going to share a pizza we can call them & order it so that it is ready when we arrive. It is really quite nice.

I try to take lunch from noon through 1:00 PM if it is possible & it is almost always is. Once I get through with lunch & I head back to the office, I am refreshed. I always feel better for having taken some time with friends & taken my mind off of the work across the way. I face the second half of the day the best I can & when I get off work at 5PM, I have another road adventure awaiting. I’m telling you the traffic around here is unreal around here.

Call me crazy if you like but I want to go the speed limit when I am in the car. Maybe a few miles above it, if I can get a way with it. Every day I get in my car & drive around this city. I drive on the freeway as well as off the freeway & it seems that there are people who cannot or will not go the speed limit for one reason or another. I know it says “speed limit” but come on.

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