|beginning of the growing season|
My first week back at school! My interim contract started at the beginning of November and my first few weeks were a pleasant change from retirement. I enjoyed getting to know the students and staff and developing different routines. I bought a few new pieces of clothing and I enjoyed the extra pay cheque. But now, ten weeks of school lie ahead of me before spring break, I wonder how I will manage.
Most of my friends are retired so my return to work means that I have to schedule my time with them.
My daughter and I both had Wednesday off during November and December so we have been spending time (mostly shopping) together. I'm still able to attend 2 book clubs, church/lunch with Maman but I have not found a housekeeper. I really don't want to give up social time to cleaning.
My exercise routine needs adjustment as I am certainly noticing more "thickening" at the middle.
|winter colour in York|
So, it's a busy New Year! I need to establish my priorities. I'm committed to working until June.
It's a choice not a necessity but I want to save money for future travel. Health and weight control are important. My blood pressure has improved but I do not get enough exercise. I should try to walk home from school one day a week and to continue to walk with my brother. I drink too much wine in the sociable way that many women do. Wine makes a meal more enjoyable. I'm never going to drink diet soda or coffee with food. Pellegrino or Perrier perhaps!
I find this January to March stretch is often grey and wet. I'm going to Oaxaca in mid-March for two weeks so relief is in sight. My basic wardrobe is grey. During the fall, I've been wearing blue and rose as my accent colours. I might want to purchase one new bright piece to lift the dreariness. I bought a Ted Baker scarf when I was in New York in September. It is floral but I might find a sale sweater to brighten the months ahead.
|early colour in Shetland|
I'm happy with my hair right now. It's very wash/condition and go. A pink lipstick to go with Ted Baker scarf and possible new top might be uplifting. I find that if I feel good about my appearance, I feel more confident and competent.
Oh my goodness! I've been writing this post for days! Sometimes free time seems to disappear. That's life right now! I haven't been out to take photos so I've been looking at early flower gardens from my travels. A bit of colour does make a difference!