bye bye old year, hello new

Spending the day with my family.  What better way to say goodbye to the old year?  We’ll have sparkling cider, crackers and cheese, and watch movies.  My idea of wonderful.

Be safe and a very Happy New Year to all,


Entering the “Vacation Zone”!

Got off work at 1pm today and here I am, ready to start 10 days of blissful non-work (at least at the office).  10 days off.  In a row.  Words fail me.

So to bring us all up to date:  I love my job.  I love the people I work with.  I love the work I’m doing.  I don’t say these things lightly because I’ve been on the other side of that spectrum and I know how hard it is when it’s not a good fit.  This is not to say that each day is a perfectly blissful situation.  It’s just wonderful, challenging and not freakishly stressful.  I swear that I work with the best team possible.  We work hard, but we’re not wrecks doing it.

Give me a year and I will have this moving smoothly.  I’ll be out of school, with ample opportunities to pursue creativity on my own terms…  Iwill find my social groove.  I will play with my children and not fret that some paper or reading must be done.

This is a hard time for so many people.  Good jobs aren’t plentiful and if you’ve got one, you really have to hold on to it.  My Christmas present this year was this amazing miracle that happened when DS talked to me in September and it was solidified when the team hired me.  I’ve been told by his wife that he’s thrilled I’m there and I’ve been told by one of our “Super Graduate Assistants” that they’ve chatted as a team about how much better everything is there now that I’ve joined the team.

Yep.  Giant Merry Christmas and Joyous Winter Solstice to me.

And I’ll keep reminding myself about how this feels as I go along.  A little bit of a tribute and thankfulness during the year is important to help me remember how very fortunate I am.

The kids are spazzing out.  The tree is pretty, with clumps of decorations where Aidan’s reach was limited (he’s only 4 1/2, so it’s always fun to get him to decorate the tree!)…  We get “Mum” time tonight, then time with the other half of the family tomorrow and Christmas day.  There will be phone calls to family in Canada and kid insanity on Christmas morning when the treasures that Santa has left behind are discovered.

It will be a good weekend full of family, food, and fun.

All in all, this is the best end of a year that we’ve experienced in many, many years.  I think our guardian angel has been working some overtime.  She deserves a restful holiday after this.

So on one last note of thank you for all that we’ve received this year, I wish everyonel a happy December 23rd, a Merry Christmas, and a blessed Winter Solstice.



I keep driving home from working thinking, “Wow!  I am SO lucky.”  I work with nice people, doing work I enjoy, and I’m well paid to do it.  So I’m counting my blessings.

School is not going as well, but I think I can be forgiven that one since I’m very preoccupied with my job right now.  I’ll survive.  It’s iffy though.  I’m just not as engaged as I would have hoped.

I don’t have much more to write at this point.  I’m tired and I have the attention span of a piece of toe lint.