Yesterday was my department’s annual picnic (ah- the joys of living in Florida!). Unfortunately, the day did not get off to auspicious start. When I left home I realised the morning haze was actually low-lying smoke from a nearby burn (ah- the “joys” of living in Florida). It was widespread enough that it was smoky when I reached work as well. By the time I got to my desk I needed my inhaler (for the first time since the infamous Airplane Incident). Not a full-on attack, but I was fairly wheezy and then I had steroid jitters from the inhaler. *sigh* It made two hours of early meetings somewhat less than fun, especially since I didn’t want to brave the smoke for my favourite tea. I shut up the office and sent my team over to the picnic while I wrapped up some things, just to have a last minute support request come in. I took a quick look at the issue and opened a ticket (most likely an outdated browser) and headed on over.
The smoke had cleared off and while it was cool and breezy it was warm enough in the sun. We ate ourselves silly and then were divided into teams doing relay races, tug of war, and more crazy stuff like that. My team won! I have a sash and everything- I’m going to hang it up in my office. :} Unfortunately, traffic was awful getting home, so leaving early still put me home about my usual time. I made dinner, set up the snow village, and finished my international letters.
I headed out early this morning to the post office to buy postage for everything and drop things in the mail before the office even opened- I love those automated machines! On my way out an elf driving Santa and Mrs. Claus cruised by so I waved and they waved back- it was very silly and made me smile! I decided to stop by the Coffee Chain place and ran into a barrista I knew from another store. We caught up a bit and I had tea with a slice of yummy pumpkin cake. I read my book for a bit, then headed home with a stop to put gas in my car. A very productive morning! Once hubby is up I will vacuum and start putting up the tree. Yay!
I did have a wistful moment yesterday- I received a baby shower invite for a dear friend who lives out in Denver. Hubby expressed that he’d be supportive if I decided to fly out for the weekend and surprise her. I gave it some serious thought and checked prices, but I have been strictly budgeting money, time and energy and as much as I’d love to go it would put me in the red for all three. I already sent a gift and we chat online often, but it would be wonderful to see her- maybe once the baby is born and things settle down a bit for everyone. *muses*