Well what a week it was. With almost 30 inches of snow in this region, the DMV virtually shut down as I expected. For those of you that do not what DMV is, it is term used in this area for District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The schools were closed all week and many businesses were as well or at least delayed openings. As a woman that grew up in New England this area still boggles my mind with how they handle the snow. Of course, my BFF and I were out and about almost every day after everything stopped. There are still cars that have not even been dug out of the snow piles. I think they are waiting for the snow to melt this coming week. I posted a picture and a little rant on FB the other day because drivers do not clear off their cars and can barely see or it flies off the roof. Yesterday, I saw a driver with only a little space on the windshield. Drives me absolutely crazy. What drives you crazy?
The one thing I am afraid of is black ice. With this in mind, I have a tendency to wait until daylight before I venture out. I made it to most of the Jazzercise classes, but only one personal training session (too dark that early). Of course, I was able to get my morning coffee. All of my dog walking jobs were cancelled because the owners were home with the snow. I did work several afternoon/evenings at my job with Comfort Keepers. I told the company as long as I can get on the road I can work. I learn something new every day about human beings and families. I stopped in the office the other day and was told that the family wants me to work with them as much as possible. That is so nice to hear after only a week with the company. I have told the company and the family that I am leaving town tomorrow (I have a shift this evening) so they may have a more permanent care giver when I return in March. The family is working with a couple of different care giver groups which does make it difficult for coordination. If you do not know anything about Comfort Keepers I have provided a link (I think) for you to learn about the organization. I hope you do not have to use it, but if you ever need it they are all over the country. Comfort Keepers Webpage: http://www.comfortkeepers.com/_.
I was able to catch up with a couple of friends this past week. So nice to catch up and reconnect with friends and relax. We made it out for lunch or dinner. Venturing out is when you see how bad the roads or parking lots are around here. Even the adventure of getting there provides a story for the get together. How are you staying connected with friends/family?
I finished reading: "52 SMALL CHANGES FOR THE MIND" by Brett Blumenthal. I truly enjoyed this book. Provided a change per week so it was not overwhelming to get it all done at once. As an example, Week 4 Be A Goal Setter. Provides an explanation of why goal setting is important and how it may impact your world. Then provides The Path To Change which provides several examples of how to make the change happen. Very clearly written with extra tools for helping accomplish the changes. What are you reading?
I fly north tomorrow for the month of February. I am hoping that there is not a repeat of last February when they had snow almost every day - that was a little much. It's nice to be able to spend time with mema and papa as well as the rest of the family. I am hoping to catch up with some friends as well. This is the day when my mind and emotions are split between the two worlds I live within. I have to start putting my Virginia life to the side for a month and focus entirely on Plymouth. I'll do the same thing at the end of February. It's not that I don't think of the other part of my life because I do, I would say I compartmentalize my life. How do you deal with the different parts of your life? Do they intersect? Stress you out?
I am going to leave it here for today. I have lots to do before the end of the day including work. Take care. Chat or see you soon. Marie
"THE NICEST PART IS BEING ABLE TO WRITE DOWN ALL MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS; OTHERWISE, I MIGHT SUFFOCATE." Anne Frank
"IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE, TIE IT TO A GOAL, NOT TO PEOPLE OR THINGS." Albert Einstein
"ASKING FOR HELP DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE WEAK OR INCOMPETENT. IT USUALLY INDICATES AN ADVANCED LEVEL OF HONESTY AND INTELLIGENCE." Anne Wilson Schaef