I had been looking forward to being well enough to go to the office again, but when the time came, I felt a little stressed about it, too! I felt I wasn't fully prepared, as I hadn't done half the things I had planned on doing before I went back to work! Including getting some new, better fitting clothes!
It was raining when I went to sleep last night and raining when I woke up this morning. I got up at 6:00 a.m., but stayed in bed a few minutes, listening to the rain. Then, I had my tea, watched a bit of news, and got dressed in the clothes I had picked out the night before: a pair of black pants and another purple sweater I had knitted, a long time ago (in 1986, with a wool blend yarn I had bought on a visit to London; it was my first - and so far, only - proper visit to London, other than overnight in transit, and the yarn was my souvenir of the trip; back then, I weighed just a little less than what I weigh now; the sweater got too snug when I put on weight, but I couldn't bear to give it away, so it stayed in the back of my dresser drawers; I think it fits quite well again, now; I'm wearing a purchased sleeveless knitted blouse underneath, for layering).
|Purple Cable Sweater|
It looked a bit too plain, so, I put on an infinity scarf I had sewn some time ago:
|Dressed for Work|
Yes, purple is a favorite color of mine! Still a little saggy and baggy, but not too bad. I did put on shoes after the pictures were taken! :)
I had packed my breakfast (half a bagel to be toasted in the office, with a little butter in a separate container) and my lunch (leftovers from dinner - rice, corned beef, cashew curry, sauted zucchini) along with snacks (a tangerine, a container with homemade trail mix), last night. It was only a matter of putting it all into my tote bag, along with the gifts for the office (a big jar of chocolate covered raisins for my colleagues to share, a couple of emoji mugs my daughter had painted for one or two others at the office).
The freeway was clogged as usual, and the drive took a little over an hour, but the hills in the distance were lovely and green after all the rain.
My supervisors and colleagues were happy to see me and I had a very pleasant first day back in the office. The layers I wore kept me warm and I had taken a crocheted lap throw with me as had been suggested, which kept my legs warm! My hands got cold as the afternoon wore on - I am tempted to cut off the tips of a pair of dollar store gloves and turn them into fingerless gloves!
I left the office a little earlier than usual, with my supervisor's approval. Also, it was decided that I will work from home tomorrow and Friday (which will be the 13th! Eek!). Then, Monday is a holiday and I have doctors appointments both Monday and Tuesday, so, I will be going back to the office next Wednesday. That will give me plenty of time to shop for a couple of pairs of pants.
I've spent a quiet evening since I came home. I had a cup of tea and dinner (hamburger patty and corn from the freezer, plus a salad). Chatted on the phone with a friend, a cousin, and an aunt, all of whom called to check on me; and video chatted with my daughter.
The rain stopped in the late morning, but we are supposed to get another shower of rain around midnight, tonight.
Thursday's To Do List:
- Office work
- Take down the rest of the decorations
- Tidy the living room
- Clear the dining table
Today, I am grateful for:
- Going back to the office
- A warm welcome from colleagues and supervisors
- A safe drive to the office and back
- Phone calls from family and friends
- Being able to work from home for the rest of the week.
Today $6.50 today to re-join the office water club.
How was your day? What have you planned for tomorrow?