The swift whack to the side of the head that winter gave us has receded. Giving me enough nice weather to put my warm weather projects aside and dig out the stuff i need to keep myself busy through the winter. I have been known to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which ranges from puttering around all day doing starting projects and not finishing them, to stuffing my face with sugar cereal watching bad tv in my pajamas contemplating reconnecting the gas oven just so that i can stick my heat in it. Over the years i have gathered up a lot of activities to keep me busy through the dark season…the rail trail is one of those, as is a lot of the animal rescue and the community emergency response team…if i can keep from crawling inside my head i will do okay.

I still haven’t given up on the getting the rail trail constructed before winter sets in, the developer called me this morning, they are breaking ground as soon as they can get here. Knock wood. I refused to put my bicycle away, i parked her in the kitchen washed the dust and spider webs off and gave her a coat of Armor all. I am thinking of painting her this winter…i wonder how hard that would be? another project to keep me busy.

Audiobooks have been a life saver…and now podcasts delivered via the iphone are fabulous. Sometimes i have them playing in my pocket while i go about my day cleaning litter boxes, and packing orders. For the last 30 years it has been National Public Radio that followed me through my day, but for the last 8 or 10 news programs have just managed to annoy me more than uplift me. Even a dark fantasy audiobook like chuck palahniuk’s Damned or aloha from hell by richard kadrey manage to pull me out of my head more than any real life drama. Getting out of the house with a CERT rollout or a spay clinic is invaluable.

This is one of the drawbacks to working at home…even though you have a ton of work to keep you busy…work for customers, work for your own business…your brain tells you you are still at home in your pajamas act accordingly. It hasn’t been offset by conference calls…and i suspect video conferencing hasn’t caught on for this self same reason. My bleach stained t-shirts and yoga pants aren’t an image an employer wants to have in their head first thing in the morning…as a matter of fact neither do it. cheers.

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