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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Turkey Time

I CANNOT EAT ANOTHER THING. I haven't been hungry for three days. That totally seems like a 1st world problem, but seriously. It looks like I'm going to be that person who joins a gym after the new year. This holiday eating is already out of control.

Which is among other things to chat about. The house is quiet again and the kids are back at school after Annalisse being home all week and Cam coming home on Wednesday. It's wonderful to have them home, but the time goes too fast. I took the week off with no real plans, although the days seemed to fill up very quickly and on Wednesday we were out all day on a day trip to Ithaca - to have lunch at the famous Moosewood Restaurant, which was awesome for Annalisse as it features vegan/GF fare.  There was plenty of sitting by the fire and binge watching different shows, and not enough book reading, for sure! The week was capped off by an always fun (and delicious) Harvest Dinner at Mary and Larry's. They are great hosts and always go out of their way to make these family get togethers a very special gathering.

I'll tell you, I really needed to disconnect from work during my week off. I resisted all urges to check my email since I seem to always get psychologically pulled back into thinking about things that need to be done when I get back, or issues that need to be resolved even before I get back. I literally just checked my email 1/2 hour before writing this, but only because I need to hit the ground running tomorrow. Ugh. Just one more month before another break. I am already craving sun, a sandy beach, and crashing waves, which are in no way part of my near future. (Although Annalisse is flying down to Alex's family's Florida house on Christmas day to join them for 4-5 days before they drive back to Rochester - LUCKY!)

An update to something I wrote a couple of weeks ago: As a Thanksgiving miracle, Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer worked out a deal with Alcoa that will keep the Massena plant open with no layoffs for at least another 3.5 years. Such a sigh of relief, but it wasn't a development without its naysayers. Within hours of the announcement town-wide relief was replaced with criticism and skepticism by many negative, small minded people in that town since NYS will be giving Alcoa substantial tax breaks to keep them in the North Country. WHATEVER. These are real people who have have been given a little reprieve to figure out their next steps. Let's home the people of Massena use this time wisely to secure a more realistic economic future that does not rely on Alcoa. I found this a very aggravating and frustrating situation to follow.  Seriously a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't." (Still hoping Mom's house will sell...)

So, into the final weeks of the kids' terms we go. (Me: Get focused and finish strong! Them: Whatever.) Today, being the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I would have usually decorated for Christmas, but that's not happening until maybe next weekend. It seems like I just put everything away from last year. Too fast!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Busy + Lazy + Depressing News = No Blog Entries

Hey, Fabulous B@ker Bloggers, so sorry I've been away. I have obviously gotten out of the habit of blogging, at a minimum on Sundays. How can it be that it is almost Thanksgiving? (TURKEY.)

Truthfully, there's not much to tell. The days are "shorter," and  definitely colder, and by the time I get home from work all I want to do is put on my sweatpants and fluffy socks and watch English period dramas on Netflix. (I'm kind of running out...I even had to watch "Jane Eyre," which I really didn't enjoy. I couldn't even finish "Great Expectations.")

Of course, there is stuff going on all around me, most of which is not great: Mark's mom is facing an uncertain medical diagnosis, Paris has been devastated by last week's terror attack, Massena is facing upwards of 500 Alcoa layoffs which will be last nail in the coffin for my little town (not to mention my Mother's house will never sell now), and Montreal is dumping 2 billion gallons of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Maybe the reason I haven't blogged is that the news is so bad all around?

As always, there are bright spots. We are looking forward to planning a trip to Ireland in June (after Annalisse's study abroad in Florence, Italy), the kids semester will be ending in less than a month (only one semester left for Cam...and no more RIT tuition!), and my girlfriends visited last weekend for a fun Finger Lakes wine tour. I am also contemplating taking all of next week off since we only work 2 1/2 days (definitely something to look forward to). Still, though, the news has been super depressing and that, combined with darker, cold days makes me long for summer sunshine. And you wonder why I love warm, sunny summer?

So, looking forward to some downtime next week (pedis?) and spending time with beloved family. I will try not to be away for so long!