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Happy Anniversary

I just got a notification on my blog that it was my one year anniversary. Well, this is cause for a celebration. I can hardly believe it’s been on year. I can’t say I’ve written as much as I would have liked, or finished my novel (it’s sooo close). But then that’s part of the fun of life, it never goes how you plan.

Rehashing the year that has passed, I can say it was hardly uneventful. It’s been fun and tiring and filled with tons of memories. Vacationing in Florida with my daughters and mother was a huge high point. Visiting the Grand Canyon last spring for the second time was also a bright memory. Sense the trend? I love to travel. But also, leaving one job and starting another was a part of that year, as well as the usual rough patches and those golden days when you can relax and let yourself be a kid again. Like playing in the snow (for the first 15 minutes, before the realization that it’s cold really kicks in), and hide and seek with the kids. Those were all highlights that are popping into my head as I type. The best part of the one year anniversary is, I have so many plans for the next year. I can’t wait to share them either.

And now to celebrate, I think I’ll go get myself a cappuccino smoothie.

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Blue Monday

My best friend always calls Monday ‘blue monday’ because she wears blue, in honor of the much mourned passing of the weekend.  Well actually, she now works on Sundays so I think it’s just gotten to be sort of a habit. 

Today, on the east coast, its chilly and rainy.  I guess it’s better to be like that on Monday than on the other days.  Most people dread that first day of the week so why not really have a messy monday with the rain, mud, and slush?  My blue Monday started with a 10 year old who somehow transformed from a funny little diva last night to a snarling bear-like creature who needs to hibernate a few more months. 

bear

On the way to work I meditated on my daughter’s mood and became as gloomy as the weather.  However, like always, the day is full of surprises and so far today has been quite pleasant, despite the rain.  I am ignoring the little nagging voice inside my head which tends to spout negativity.  It keeps telling me the day can still turn sour.  So I drowned it out with music.  It’s working very well.  The fact that it’s already lunch time is also cheering the day.  I have decided to take a leaf out of my friend’s book.  In honor of the much despised first day of the work week, I think I am going to try wearing something a little special.  Instead of celebrating the blueness of the day, I’ll just try to chase it away with color and bling.  It will take a few weeks to see a result of the experiment, but I’ll let you know how it goes. 

Who else out in blog world has a tried and true, or just a tried method for chasing Monday blues away?  (Chocolate and mocha cappuchinos definitely work.)

Saying Goodbye

The last few weeks have been full of good bye’s.  In fact this whole month has really.  My company has decided to outsource a whole lot of us worker bees so we all were told many months ago that “the end was near”  and so we planned, and waited, and waited.  The end kept getting postponed for various reasons, but finally the good byes started.  After having to say good-bye to many of my coworkers and friends, it’s now my turn.  Boy am I ready.  What I was not ready for was my last day.  I hate saying good-bye.  I cry during tissue commercials so I know this one is gonna be bad.  It’s also bad when someone else is.  it’s so contagious.  I really was thinking maybe I could skip out with out anyone noticing.

I keep thinking though that Facebook and other sites have made it so much easier to keep in contact with those coworkers who you really have a connection with.  No more of those awkward decisions about who should be the first one to call, now we an all keep in touch and see pictures and make jokes without having to really feel that separation.

I’m not a hugely social person, but I have made some very good friends at work, and I am  appreciative of the fact that I can stay in touch with them.

It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling.  I know there will be some tears, after 6 years of coming to the same leaky drafty mold filled office building.  I’ll definitely miss it.  Oh and I’ll miss the cafe too, with its bitter strong coffee and ever-changing prices.  I think I can survive the transition though and I will look forward to changing from an hour commute to a ten minute one.  I know it will take a while before I stop worrying about this place or wondering if the workload is getting lighter.

At last I can look forward to some much-needed relaxation…and cleaning.

This kids, however, are not going to enjoy this break as much as I am.  I’ll be able to bug them more about homework and buckle down on the chore chart, and don’t even mention the healthier food.  Hooray!

My Perfect Lunch

Last Friday ended one of those dreary stressful weeks.  Well most weeks are dreary, at least from Monday to Friday, but as it rained or was cloudy every day, we were all clinging despondently to the hope of some sunshine very soon.  Friday is great because we can finally wear jeans to work, which eliminates a bunch of time looking blankly into my closet.  But, there is a downside to Friday.  Nothing for lunch.  Being tired and cranky, I grabbed a Chef Boyardee thing of my daughter’s and a banana as we literally ran out the door.  I might mention I don’t like Chef Boyardee (no offense Chef) and most bananas get ignored.  Once at work, I settled in, got my coffee and tried not to fall asleep.  The clouds continued to be a steely gray, although since I can’t see a window from my cube, I was going on the lack of any sort of brightness on the other side of the department. 

It was like our office was filled with a bunch of dementors from Harry Potter.  You know the feeling.  Well, being a Friday and happy to still be awake at noon, I decided to splurge and buy a lunch in the cafeteria.   That turned out to be the best idea of the day.  If you are imagining a delectable hot lunch , hearty beef stew, or fresh salad and soup, you are going in the wrong direction.  As diverse as I am in my culinary forays, lunch to me could not get any better than a salami sandwich on white bread with cheese, lettuce and tomato, and some chips.  I ended the day feeling refreshed and happy, and as I was leaving, the sun even peeked out from behind the clouds.  Maybe it too needed a sandwich after all that rain.