I am sitting outside at Starbucks on Highland waiting for a party that I suspect will not show. One of the irritating things about Meetup Groups is that people RSVP and don’t show, or they show up and don’t RSVP. So, you never really know if the event is going to happen and how many you need to expect. Today, it’s not a big deal. I’m pretty exhausted. I got home late Monday night and have been working ever since. I did take a little comp time yesterday afternoon, but I really need to spend some time around home.. and a nap would be sooooooo sweet.
Amazingly, ever since I returned, the weather here has been unseasonably cool … or maybe it’s just unseasonably dry. But, it has been raining a lot, so I don’t know if it’s dry. Whatever … I’ve been comfortable in a month where I expected to swelter and sweat and be downright miserable. I am a very grateful gal this morning as I sit outside on a beautiful sunny morning with my Starbucks cold brew.
I find myself once again in a budget crunch. My unexpected, unplanned vacation was budget-friendly but certainly impactful. The stock market took a plunge, and my IRA looks like somebody lopped off a handful just because. It took my breath away when I saw my statement, but then I remembered that it’s normal for it to ebb and flow, and I just have to trust the Universe and not the stock market for my sustainability. It offered up this weather, didn’t it? If a beautiful morning can happen in South Louisiana in August, anything is possible.
I’m finding myself unfollowing a lot of people on Facebook at the moment. The presidential election is hopping up, and people are acting like anti-social morons. I totally respect each person’s right to their opinion, but I don’t respect mud-slinging, name-calling and general rudeness. Where I used to block people so I wouldn’t see their stuff, I now can “unfollow” and am doing so generously. I don’t want to see that ugly side of you, thank you very much. It can very quickly lead to me not wanting to see you period because I think you are a jerk. I’d rather continue to see you in a more favorable light. So, don’t get insulted. It’s in your best interest if you want me for a friend.
I received my Southeastern season football tickets yesterday. Along with this fall-like weather, I’m looking forward to fall. I know it’s not quite over yet, but I think the worst of the worst is behind me, and I have a full 9-10 months where I can revel in normal temperatures. That stretch of cooler months before me makes me smile on the inside as well as on the outside. I was in Marshall’s Thursday, and there were boots and sweaters on the racks. I’m not buying yet, but it was nice to dream. Ahhhhhhh …. yes…. life is good. I made it!!! It’s amazing what a few degrees sliding downward does for my soul…. not to mention my hair! Lion up!
My friend Sandra posted a video this morning about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. I’ve never been to Yellowstone. It’s on my short list of places to visit. When I get free of work, I’ll definitely be one of those who goes to live out there and work. My friend Karen did it numerous times, and it’ll definitely be part of my plan. When I first saw Sandra’s link, I didn’t want to click on it. The pic was one of those teasers where you don’t know if this is going to be awful or good. In my frame of mind this morning, I don’t want to hear anything negative. I clicked on it anyway, and I was delighted to read about the amazing difference that wolves – and their killing of deer – has made on the environment. It’s a perfect example of the difference one species can make on the world. And, it’s also an example of the good that man can do if we focus on the right things. I know a lot of people think we ought to just use the world’s resources for our own good, but I want to leave the world at least as good as I found it. I hope this brings a smile to your face, too. And, if it doesn’t, please find something today to make you smile. You are worth it. At least for me, today is a happy day.