It's a chilly, cloudy Monday morning. I made the wrong decision when I put on my light denim jacket instead of my warmer three-quarter-length zip-up jacket and I was shivering on the few blocks frome the subway to the office. I hope it gets a little warmer later; if not, I'll use the office gym instead of walking outside today.
On Friday before I left work, I looked at my in-bin and decided that I was in good enough shape deadline-wise to not have to bring any work home. I did no reading or editing on the way home, and this morning I did no reading or editing on the way in. Instead I had a mindless "old-lady" diversion -- looking through "Better Homes & Gardens" for food, exercise or decorating suggestions. (The "garden" part of BH&G remains ignored, since we don't have a yard or even a balcony.) I ripped one or two interesting pages out and, upon arriving at work, left the magazine in the ladies' room lounge. Sharing magazines is the practice at our office. I have a few more to go through in a similar fashion.
My subscription to BH&G is about to expire and I'm not renewing -- part of last year's New Year's resolution to reduce clutter in the apartment. I love flipping through a magazine more than reading it online, so it's VERY tempting when I get an offer in the mail for a great deal on a magazine that I like. Recently I was offered "The New Yorker" for $25/year -- it was SO hard to pass it up, but I did. Also gave up my subscriptions to "The Nation" and "Real Simple."
But I'm rambling here. This blog was supposed to be about my reentry into the work world after a nice weekend. So far it's been reasonably painless. Of course, I'm not working yet, I'm goofing off -- don't tell! My boss is out today, so that's another good side to this particular Monday.
Let me not worry about anything and just handle things one at a time. Let me allow myself an hour for lunch, away from my desk. Let me allow myself to leave at 5 p.m. on the dot. When was the last time I did THAT? CAN I do it?