Ugh. Today is back to work. I have come to the conclusion that I don't mind working as much as I mind my crap job. And my incredibly rude - and often just plain mean - co-workers. It's bad enough on any given day, but after four days off, it's just insulting, you know?? :-)
Oh well, such is life. Since I can't afford to retire, and I have no other prospects, it's time to suck it up and enjoy the other parts of my life as much as I can. That's what I did for four wonderful days.
Last Thursday was my birthday, and in keeping with my personal tradition, since I had accrued some vacation, I took Thursday and Friday off. I will admit that I am always surprised these days when I consciously think about how old I am. This was my 63rd birthday, and of course that always comes after your 62nd birthday, right? I guess part of it is that I have outlived my father by ten years at this point, and if I am lucky enough to live for a few more years, I will outlive my mother as well. That just seems weird, but then again, I'm glad to still be here!
The Tim baked me a birthday cake, which looked really yummy. He placed it on a table where I warned him that it could either a) be knocked onto the floor by the kitties, and/or b) be reachable and therefore eatable by Hamlet. He responded in a way that made me sound like a crazy person, so I left the issue alone. You can see where this is going, right? Thursday afternoon at one point, I came into the living room and thought, hm, what's different? Well, the cake was on the floor, and half-eaten by a very pleased doggie! When The Tim got hom from work, he said, "Gee, I guess I should have put it someplace else." YA THINK???? Anyway, we had birthday candles to blow out in some Rita's Water Ice, and another cake was baked the next day which was placed out of reach, and best of all, no sick dog!
Friday, I had an occupational therapy appt in the morning and then headed to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. Then Hamlet and I went for a long walk, since it was a lovely day. Thursday was also perfect weather-wise, and I took a long walk with him in the morning, and then a really wonderful long walk myself in the afternoon. I couldn't believe that it was so nice for two days in a row when I was actually home from work! Usually the days I'm home are the ones with terrible weather.
Saturday was also nice, but really really windy! I walked over to Loop to get some double-pointed needles in the early afternoon. Friday evening I had started to try and pick up stitches and start knitting the sleeves on my Neverender sweater. After a few rounds, I frogged what I had knit and just decided that the needles I was using were making me miserable. They were a really old pair that I'd had for years, from when I started knitting and there was not a lot of choice in different types of needles. They had some kind of covering that almost felt like rubber, and it was making it truly difficult to move the stitches around. Fortunately, Loop had a good variety, and I came home with a set of Knitter's Pride wood needles, which so far are working really well.
Yesterday was of course, St. Patrick's Day, so I went to church first thing (growing up we *always* went to church on St. Patrick's Day, and then if it was a school day, my parents would let us stay home). Then I did a small amount (emphasis on "small amount") of cleaning, and then baked some Irish Soda Bread, which turned out really well. For dinner we had a vegetarian shepherd's pie and some Guinness. The only thing I didn't get to do yesterday was any knitting, but I still had a really enjoyable day with Hamlet and the kitties.
It felt good to do my own thing without being sick or having other problems for a change. It would have been nice if The Tim could have taken a day off as well, but we had a good Saturday together, and enjoyed our evenings. (For all I know, he might have been relieved to not have a day off with me, since he had quite a few over the last months, LOL.)
So, though I am not necessarily thrilled that it's Monday and that I have to be back at work, I'm glad to still be here for my 63rd year, to see what might happen going forward. Here's hoping that it will be more enjoyable than the latter part of the year before!
Hope your week is off to a good start.