Monday, February 28th, 2011
I would say I have a weird sense of humor, but clearly there are others who share it. In my new job, I’m surrounded by fellow editors who appreciate things like comic strips and grammar jokes. And they even embraced the wall calendar I brought in for my office. You’ll either snicker or find this really disturbing.
I’m glad my co-workers lean more toward the snickering.
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
We returned from our weekend ski trip today. Even just a couple of days away can make a huge difference – change of scenery, some quality hours in the car with my husband. Very thankful for a road trip.
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
I CAN FINALLY SKI!!!!!!!! I went out and gave it a fourth try today. Learning something this strange as an adult is definitely a challenge. (Me: “Why am I strapping on slippery objects and hurling myself down an icy mountain, again?”) But old(ish) dog, meet new trick! Last time (my third try, earlier this winter) was pretty good, but this time was the best by far – I didn’t fall down once. For me, this is truly amazing. A couple of things just seemed to click, and I got a much better feel for it. The best hint I can give based on today’s experience is: Don’t look straight down the mountain. Just look to where your next turn is going to be. If a Southern girl like me can learn it, so can you!
Friday, February 25th, 2011
There are so many little things one comes to learn about a workplace. It’s ever so helpful when co-workers let you in on the traditions early. One of the practices in my new workplace is scavenging for leftover food after events have occurred. And while they could have kept all those spare rolls and cookies for themselves, my co-workers invited me to join them and gave me tips on the best times to check the kitchen. Thanks, guys!
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
I’ve been working from home for the past nine or so months. My daily uniform in the winter months has consisted of lounge pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a sweatshirt, with faux-furry booties for foot warmth. (If you’re thinking, “That’s the life!” then you are correct.) But I am actually excited about dressing up for work again. For one thing, I get to pull out all my accessories. I haven’t worn regular shoes or jewelry during the week in ages.
I read once about a study where people dressed up and dressed down for work. It showed the changes in their attitudes and moods – it makes a difference. Yes, I will look better when I’m not in my sweats (I hope), and I think that will translate to feeling good, too.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
This may sound weird, but I’m thankful I don’t have to worry about drugs. I had to take a drug test today for my new job, and it’s the first time I’ve ever had to do that. On my way to the lab, I thought about the world of hurt and difficulty that comes with getting involved in drug abuse. For many people, that is an everyday struggle. By God’s grace, I visited the drug testing lab with no worries.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
I started a new job today. That in itself is enough to be thankful for, for today. I can’t wait to write about all the reasons why I’m thankful for this job. First of all, I’ll be editing full-time. My sentence construction on this blog might not testify to it, but editing is one of my favorite things. Here we go, life change!
Monday, February 21st, 2011
Fair warning: I cannot in good conscience recommend this movie. Today I watched it for the third time, laughing hysterically as always, but was reminded how raunchy parts of it are. So I’m just going to say that “I Love You, Man” is still one of my favorite movies. There’s nothing like laughing your tush off.
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
This weekend is sort of a no man’s land between jobs for me, which is freeing because I have zero projects hanging over me. I’m a deadline girl, so I like things with quick turnaround times – not giant, multi-week or multi-month projects that drag on and sap your leisure time… ok, instead of describing how awful those things are, I’ll just stick to being thankful that they’re absent!
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
I have zero sense of direction. I’m much better at getting around nowadays – from being in the D.C.
area awhile and of course acquiring GPS devices. But I used to allow extra time for getting lost when driving to a place I hadn’t been before. Life is hectic, and there isn’t really time to get lost.
Today I went hiking with my friend LC. We had the whole afternoon ahead of us. “Do you think we should take this trail?” “Sure!” “Let’s cross here.” A few turns and crossings later, we were lost. We ended up in someone’s backyard.
We laughed. We asked directions from a mailman. We headed back into the woods and tried again.
And it didn’t matter. Because it was a cool, sunny day, and we were spending quality time together and getting exercise as a bonus. Sometimes you need to know that you’re not going to be late anywhere. It’s ok to wander.