Sunday, January 04, 2004

It's Sunday morning. I got up a little early because I felt compelled to check the weather. The mitten is under big bad winter snow advisories, so I know it is coming. It's just a matter of time. When I least expect it. When I'm not ready for it. Evil Snow laugh: MwaHaHaHaHaHaHa

Snow is like that. Like bad company, it shows up at inopportune moments and then always overstays its welcome. If you live in a snowy place long enough, though, you can start to guess its Modus Operandi. Thinking like snow, this is a perfect time to come calling. Tomorrow? School for TinyTuna? Hello Snow! Come on down and screw up our lives for a couple days. The kids have had two weeks of vacation, and so of course now you're coming to town. It figures. All I ask is that you limit your snow days. I'll give you one, but that's it.

I'm well aware of the fact that snow doesn't listen, so yes, I know I'm wasting my breath. But it's always worth a try, isn't it?

So with today being Sunday, that means tomorrow is Monday. And with Monday comes the return of the daily routine. School, work, church, teaching, dance, choir, swim lessons -- the whole enchilada. A big part of me is all ready to dive into a big last day of vacation depression. And why not? It's January. It's dark. It's cold. It's going to snow. The presents are all unwrapped, the visiting is over and the food is gone. I don't get another holiday day off until May. May!! This is the perfect time for a funk.

This year I'm going to try to avoid the January blues. Why? Because I can't change the fact that it is January, and dark, and cold. I can't stop the snow. Or the calendar. I can't stop the circus from gearing up again. But I can stop fighting the inevitable. Instead of crash landing head-on into the Sea of Depression on Monday, my goal is to make reentry easier and more graceful. Like Apollo 13, I will collect all my available resources in a shoebox and turn them over to Mission Control in order to come up with a workable procedure.

One part organization ~~ For clutter and the blues today
One part preparation ~~ For panic and depression tomorrow
One part relaxation ~~ For peace of mind and heart always

GreenTuna here. Ready for landing.
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