Monday, January 4, 2016

Jumping Back In

The first Morning Note of 2016,
featuring animal stickers we got
 in the mail. 
This first day of school after the new year (for our high schooler) greeted us with a mini snowfall.  I offered to drive Younger Daughter to the bus stop, which earned me the title of “The Best Mom in the World.”  I think that awards committee was not quite awake.
The pre-dawn view of our front walk this morning.
Not enough snow for the snow fairy to appear.
Since the last time I looked at my work e-mail was December 23rd, I had 328 work e-mails to greet me today.  Fortunately most of them say “AUTO:  Random Co-worker’s Name is out of the office.”  But still, it takes time to delete those.  In the end, there were 18 e-mails that vaguely pertain to my work.  Deleting e-mails was a good way to get back into work mode.

This past weekend we added four feet to our Advent/Hanukkah paper chain.  One of the suggested activities is to “make a gingerbread creation.”  Alas, we did not do that this year.  But we did get to “give a gift to someone,” “pray to God,” “give someone a hug,” and generally tried to spread good cheer, or at least solace, when good cheer was not appropriate. 

Now is the time of year when we have to surf along in the wake of the good cheer that was bandied about leading up to the winter solstice.  I am grateful for hot tea and a smidgen more light added to each day.  While I don’t set much stock in the secular new year’s celebration, I do wish you all Happy Random Passage of Time!


Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Hooray for the increased light each day! Every little bit helps.
This holiday season contained a notable lack of cookies and other calorie-ridden goodies. My scale noticed the difference but not as much as my tastebuds noticed. I'm really not sure if that is a good thing or not...
I started my day thinking I would get some work done, but I haven't actually opened the work e-mail account today. At 4:30pm, I don't think I've gotten very far at all. I might have fallen down the hole of Goodreads and library book requests.
I do love your award (she certainly meant it at the time!) and the morning notes.

smalltownme said...

My husband took two weeks off and had an equivalent number of emails.

The Crislers said...

I love your Morning Notes. And Happy Random Passage of Time to you!

Cassi said...

Morning notes are wonderful :-)

We've jumped into Emma's first experience of final exams --blah.

Common Household Mom said...

Final exams should NEVER happen during the first week of January, when everyone is just getting back from a long break!

justsomethoughts... said...

the so-called "awards committee" is seldom awake.
we have this to be thankful for.

and the oscar goes to....

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Slinking back into post-holiday routine is fun stuff.
I am also thrilled with every extra minute of daylight now.