It feels like a whirlwind of a week. I do wonder if I start many a Saturday feeling that way about the past week. Let me take a look back, snapshot style, so that I'll remember in later years:
--The first week of the quarter has gone well for my department. How do I define well? No one was kept away or called away by an air traffic controllers' strike or natural disaster or a health crisis. We didn't have two or more classes booked into one room. The technology kept working, even if it was slow. No one got a better job offer and quit week 1.
--Let me hasten to add that I don't begrudge my department members a better job. I just prefer to avoid the chaos of better jobs arriving when classes are underway.
--It was a week of departures in other parts of the school, all voluntary. While I am sad to see people go, I am happy to be reminded that we all have options.
--It was a week of several birthdays. At work, the birthdays made the atmosphere more festive. We have a colleague who always makes sure we have a cake on birthdays.
--My birthday was Tuesday. You may know that for my birthday I got both a nuclear arms control treaty with Iran and amazing pictures of Pluto--just the things to get for a girl who already has everything a girl could want.
--I had multiple reminders that although I may feel invisible and inconsequential, I have purpose. I helped many students and the various colleagues that go with them. I have family and friends, and although I may not see them as often as I wish I could, we are still connected.
--I ended the week with my parents arriving for a long week-end with us. I am lucky in that I truly like being with all of my relatives, both on my side and my spouse's side. I know many people who see a visit with family as a chore to be endured. I do not.
--I used their impending arrival as a chance to catch up on sorting the paperwork that's been piling up. I got the guest room organized. I did some long delayed cleaning (like windowsills and baseboards). I love being in a clean, uncluttered house, but I don't always take the effort.
--As I cleaned, I also thought about the fact that we moved here 2 years ago, and some of the stuff that we moved over from the old house, I haven't used in the past 2 years. Perhaps it is time to sort and declutter again.
--We have a smoker that we got from a neighborhood friend who upgraded to a better smoker. We finally started using it this week. What an amazing difference that smoking a chicken makes to the taste of chicken--and any dish that uses smoked chicken. We had a fabulous chicken chili on a rain-threatening Thursday night and the Mexican casserole dish that we make with refried beans and grilled veggies was even better with smoked chicken.
--What will the week-end bring? Will we smoke a salmon? Will we shop the end of summer sales? Will we breakfast at the beach? Will we decide to relax in the backyard, since we have new furniture? Stay tuned!
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