After a week or ten days - it seems forever - of below normal cold weather and snow, our high yesterday was 7C (45F). Not only was it a relief but it melted pretty much all the snow.
Poor Mr. Bunny has nowhere to hide, but I bet he appreciates the warmer weather too. From the look of him he's been eating well for the last few weeks - there is still a little green stuff around to nibble on to add to his store.
Unfortunately the warmer temps won't last long (at least long enough for me). We've got a chance of freezing rain this evening and forecast of 2 cms. of snow overnight.
Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
At work, my mantra DLTBW* seems to be working for me. Reminding myself that I have no control over the decisions that are made only my reaction to them has reduced my stress level significantly. The change in my attitude is noticeable enough that others have even remarked on it.
My immediate boss still annoys me frequently as he often demonstrates the Peter Principle, "managers rise to the level of their incompetence". He would annoy me less if he put a little effort into doing his job. But he's less than two years from retirement so chances are that isn't going to happen. Shrug, not my forest, not my fire.
Of course, part of the reason I'm a more relaxed likely has to do with the days ticking by bringing me closer to my trip to B.C.
First though there is Christmas to plan and organize. I have a tendency to purchase gifts throughout the year and tuck them away. The other day I went through my closet and pulled everything out, made a list and found that I was more than half-way through my shopping. Since then I've managed to pick up gifts for my staff, my son, and a friend and ordered books for my brother and his family on-line. There are still some gift cards to purchase but I think my gift shopping is very nearly complete.
I've pulled a couple of bins from the basement storage to start the decorating process. My plan is to downsize a bit, anything that is worn out will be tossed, and items that I'm not as fond of any longer will be packed into a box for next spring's planned garage sale. Or it will be donated to the Community Living charity for re-sale.
I'm not in any rush, the tree will wait until next weekend - it's something to do while the final football game of the season is underway. Plus I need to clear out the cats' play area first. They are just a little spoiled!
I'm still having some issues with my food intake. I feel fine as long as I eat small, frequent meals but if I eat too much I pay for it. Last night we were out for dinner and I took a chance and ate what would have been a normal meal for me; two chicken fingers with Caesar salad and a half slice of garlic toast. At four a.m. this morning I woke up in severe pain. Lesson learned, I need to stick to less rich food and smaller portions.
This evening I'm off to the symphony with a friend. We'll be experiencing Prokofiev's Fifth - I'll be honest I have no idea who Prokofiev was, and I'm not generally a huge fan of classical music. I had purchased a subscription for the Pops series and these tickets were complimentary. We'll give it a try but I've told C if we aren't enjoying the music we'll leave at intermission and go for coffee and a visit.
It's been a pretty routine week for the most part. The rest of the weekend will be spent getting housework done in between watching curling (hooray!) and football (Riders are out, boo!).
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
*don't let the bastards win.