We had the office gift exchange on Wednesday, after our staff meeting. There were 15 of us participating, so 15 gifts. We each drew a number and that number indicated our turn to choose a gift. There was an interesting assortment of gifts and lots of laughter as each gift was opened and people "stole" some of the gifts (each gift could be stolen twice). I had contributed a glass candle holder which had a silver painted design on it and the colleague who picked it liked it a lot (we gave the gifts anonymously, so no one knew who gave what). I received an assortment of gifts:
|Office Gift Exchange Gifts|
Wednesday evening, after I came home, I took it easy and didn't do any cleaning or almsgiving preparations. I had some leftover angel hair pasta with meatball curry for dinner, exchanged emails with a friend, and video chatted with my daughter.
Today, Thursday, I woke up feeling well. I went to the office and had a fairly productive day. My new supervisor took me and one other colleague who is also under her supervision out to lunch, today, as her holiday gift to us. We went to a Japanese fusion restaurant near the office. I had been there once before with my previous supervisor. I had one of their bento lunches, which included miso soup, green salad, chicken skewers, edamame, potato salad, rice, and cut up fruit. I couldn't finish it all, so brought home half of it for my dinner. I enjoyed their food and want to take daughter there one day, when she's down for the holidays.
Again, after I came home, I spent the evening relaxing. My sister had called and left a message saying she won't be able to attend the almsgiving; I'm glad she let me know (now I won't have to rush to get her gift ready by Sunday!) One of my friends called, too, and we chatted for a bit. Later, I video chatted with my daughter.
I have taken the day off from work, tomorrow, to prepare for the almsgiving. I am a bit behind with my schedule of cleaning, but I think I will be able to catch up, tomorrow. If not, I still have most of Saturday, as well, although I need to grocery shop on Saturday. The important thing, I am telling myself, is not to get too tired, or dehydrated, or stressed. We do NOT want a repeat of what happened last year!
I shall post my To Do list as a separate post.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being treated to lunch by my supervisor
- A nice walk to the restaurant and back
- A productive day at the office
- A relaxed evening at home
- Phone calls, emails, and video chatting
How is your week going? Are you having busy days, too?