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Saturday, January 10, 2015

#celebratelu When You Slow Down

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It's been a few weeks since I celebrated here, even though I HAVE done quite a bit of celebrating!
It has been a long, exhausting, and at times frustrating first week back from a long and wonderful winter vacation; yet, I need to celebrate that in spite of the challenges, there were some great moments worth celebrating!

First, I've had a cold, the kind that is just enough to be totally annoying and not enough to give you "permission" to stay home.  No fever, no malaise, just a nose that runs and runs like a faucet with a worn out washer!  Just a filled up in the head cough that could rattle your bones. I could blow and blow...(sorry, TMI) Well likely you know.....and I look a  lot like Rudolph (left behind) when Santa returned to the North! Thus, I want to celebrate the magical healing, make-you-fell better qualities of wonderful, fresh brewed hot tea (with lemon).  While Mucinex and Robitussin have there value, Harneys is the best medicine for a good old winter cold!  
Second, please don't judge me, but sometimes, when driving to work, I glance down at the speedometer and it reads 75!  I am just going with the morning flow, often in the "middle, least bumpy lane" and that is how the flow is going! This week, however, a combo of black ice, deadly cold temps, more-significant than predicted snow, and perhaps some drivers who were rushing because they overslept contributed to some interesting driving where I would, while crawling down the highway, I would glance and see the speedometer REACH 15 mph!  While I am NOT celebrating my FOUR-HOUR long commute yesterday (thank goodness I did not grab coffee!) , I am celebrating the drivers, all of us, who slowed down, significantly, respecting the dangerous conditions and realized that getting there safe and sound was the best plan for all of us.


A GOOGLE PICTURE OF SOME RANDOM WINTER ROAD;
NOT A PICTURE FROM MY CAR! 

Last, I did NOT get one this week (thus the driving in the snow) but I still value and celebrate the wonder and images of snow days.  They were once the perk of being a teacher; however, in our modern day world, we teachers COMMUTE through the snow and all those lucky enough to be able to WORK FROM HOME take advantage of the miracle of the internet.  SO, while I did not "get one" this week, I still appreciate and celebrate the wonder and beauty of staying in PJs, drinking hot tea all morning, working from home, and napping as needed!

7 comments:

Michelle Haseltine said...

Anita, I hope you feel better soon. Having a cold is so tough when teaching! I can relate to that commute was like...I had one like that on Tuesday. I celebrate you got to and from school safely! Take care of yourself!

Kendra said...

Take care and feel better soon! I consider it a blessing to not have a 'commute' to school. Be safe out there, I'm so glad that you had a safe week of driving this week.

Terje said...

You show the true spirit of celebration, using a runny nose and driving in the snow as springboards for celebrations. Cheers to another cup of tea!

Julieanne said...

DItto to what Terje said! Hope you feel better. Get some rest and lots of hot tea!

Carrie Gelson said...

Four hours? Yikes. But stay safe and take good care!

LInda Baie said...

I'm very glad you didn't grab coffee either. I had a friend once who also didn't fill her gas tank & ran out in quite a terrible place. That kind of drive is almost hard to believe, but I've done it too in the past. I'm glad you made it, Anita! Hope the weather improves a lot! Take care of the cold, too. They are not fun, & you're right, not "really" sick, but ...

Sandi said...

Hoping that your cold and your weather improves for next week.