Weekend Update

My daughter finishing high school means that there is an upcoming graduation  ceremony. A graduation ceremony means company is coming. Company coming means while everyone else was enjoying the unofficial start of summer, I was trapped in cleaning hell. All day, every day was spent cleaning. There were a few breaks in the cleaning for other stuff.

Friday – I worked all day on Friday, so it’s not really the weekend for me, but after work had some significant things to report. I was going with my daughter to the senior recital of one of her friends. It was at the church we attended for years. On the way in, I commented that people there would remember me. My daughter scoffed. We walked in, and the first person we saw from the church recognized me and hugged me. One point for me. While we were at the dessert reception we heard that there were power outages around our neighborhood. As we were driving home, we noticed the houses on our street had power, so we thought we were good. Unfortunately the four houses at the end of the street, including ours, had no power, so we took the dog for a walk in the dark, played a board game by flashlight light and went to bed early.

Saturday – There was no fun to be had on Saturday. There was, however, this post on the library’s Facebook page. If you click, you can see my pretty face and my favorite book. Be sure to like it so my employer thinks I’m popular.

Sunday – More cleaning, but there was a break in the evening when my son visited. We had dinner and then watched Game Night. I had seen it before, but I was the only one. I still enjoyed it and even my wife, who hates comedies, said she liked it. The fun was overshadowed by seeing posts online that Ellicott City was flooding again. I feel terrible for the residents and business owners who had just cleaned up from the last flood and now have lost everything again. I have to think this is the end for some of those businesses.

Monday – More cleaning. My daughter escaped and went to the annual carnival at the fire station. I miss the days when this was an annual trip as a family and not an annual thing he kids do with their friends. I didn’t even stop by to get carnival food this year. I finally did just stop working when I finished cleaning the kitchen around 5 last night and watched an episode of 13 Reasons Why and then the hockey game. If the house isn’t good enough for the people visiting by now then they need to just stay in a hotel instead.

Now I get a reprieve and a normal couple of days before I have extra people(and stress) in the house for 3 days on top of graduation and preparing for our trip.

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Snow Stress

I’ve been wishing all winter for a snow day. I’ve posted about how much I needed a snow day. Tomorrow the library will likely get a snow day. Problem is, I am scheduled to be on a 9:30am train to Philadelphia tomorrow. Figures that we would finally get a snow day when I am not going to work and when it might disrupt my travel.

I already deal with travel stress. I was spending way too much time debating over taking the Septa from the train station to the hotel or calling an Uber. I even considered walking, though the weather will make that less likely. Now I’m all stressed out over the possibility that the snow will cancel my train. I have no idea how much snow it takes to cancel Amtrak trains. Maybe it will just be a delay. It might be on time. Thing is, I don’t know and I can’t control it. It’s going to snow tonight and tomorrow. It’s going to snow over the entire route the train will take. This may or may not delay or cancel my train. I can’t change the weather. I can’t control the train schedules. It really does me no good to stress and worry about it. So, why can’t I stop stressing and worrying about it?

This is something I deal with quite a bit. Stress and anxiety over things I can’t control. I need to figure out how to stop this. Meditation? Medicine? I don’t know what it will take, but I know I would be much happier if I could just learn to stop this. There is no major commitment for me in Philly tomorrow, so if I’m hours late it won’t really matter. I would miss some stuff if I had to leave Thursday and that would suck, but it is not the end of the world. Why am I so stressed?

Closed Due to Unusually Clement Weather

I think it’s time the world adopt my idea I’ve been pushing for a while. Clement weather days.

Every winter schools, offices and businesses close down due to inclement weather. Everyone gets a day to stay at home. Most of us are happy. When you have small children, you spend time outside building a snowman or just watching the kids enjoy the snow.  It all sounds nice and fun and it is, but there are problems with this scenario. It is cold outside, eventually you will have to shovel the driveway and the kids will grow up. I still like my snow days. I have no problem with the new reality of spending them with my daughter binge watching some sitcom on Netflix. I will still enjoy them next year when she’s away at college and I will be watching TV alone. I will still enjoy them, but I will still have to shovel snow eventually and it will be cold.

Today it is in the 60’s here. This is after a long stretch of very cold weather, some snow, and a little bit of ice. We had wind chills of below zero. Today feels like summer in comparison. Today is the day I want to stay away from work. Not the days when you don’t want to go outside. So, I propose clement weather days. When it is forecast to be 60 degrees and sunny in the middle of winter in an area where it is usually cold schools, offices and businesses will close down so everyone can enjoy the brief respite from winter. I think it would improve the mood of the entire community and relieve winter stress.

Sure there will be the same issues with this as there are with snow days. Some years schools will call a clement day early and it won’t get as warm as forecast or it will rain. Not every plan is perfect.

I think this is a winning idea. I might win a Nobel for this one.