Y'all. This so-called "short" work week has been one really long, drawn out and stressful week that even now, at *glances at the clock* 7:10 pm still hasn't ended. And will, I'm afraid, be spilling over into this weekend and possibly Monday . Gosh, I hope not.
Honestly - who needs this kind of stress? Not me, that's for sure. But after this is over I need to sit back and reflect on how I could have handled these stressors better. I know that I am usually pretty quick and efficient with my work; but I also know that when I am stressed AND in a rush that turns into a total mess; which equals even more stress...and insomnia. So I think the next time I have a week like this one, I need to slllllllooooowwwww way down and focus, somehow.
Anyhow, we are planning our first actual "vacation" since COVID began - which is just one more stressor for me, honestly. We are going up to Connecticut to visit my mother-in-law; which is long past due. But she turns 91 in a few weeks and we just can't wait for the rest of the country to fall in line with masking, vaccinations, boosters, etc.
Between you and me, I think we should have probably taken this trip back in the Spring but here we are in September and this is a trip we need to make. So send all your good thoughts to the East Coast in the next couple of weeks that keeps us safe and healthy.
I know there are some who think I am being silly - but honestly, in the past couple of weeks, I have seen/heard about some of the most cautious people I know coming down with COVID. And yes, for the most part (so far) they are fine. One of my concerns is that you just don't know how it will affect you even despite being vaccinated and boosted. And, of course, there is long COVID to consider...
But despite all my trepidations, I AM excited to see the family - that will be nice; especially if we somehow miraculously make it up there and back without actually coming face to face with COVID.
God, I hate COVID so very much.
Ah. Well, it seems I have created a pretty sad post, haven't I? Sorry about that.
In other news, I wandered out into the big bed out back this evening and relieved some of this weeks stress by yanking out some Morning Glories - which, guess where they like to pop up the most? If you guessed under the roses, you would be correct. Now I am covered in scratches. But that's ok (I guess?) because (for now) they are gone and while I was yanking out the vines I had an eye out for any errant blackberry bits that might be trying to make a come back and didn't' see one shoot at all. *Says in a whisper, so the blackberry bush can't hear* I think I might be winning that particular war; knock on wood.
(We won't even talk about the grass that continually seems to invade every flower bed in this yard but stubbornly refuses to grow in the actual yard. No, we won't - because we are focusing on a positive ending here to usher us into the weekend.)
So there, I found a way to round up this post with a modicum of (possible) good news (unless, of course, the blackberry bush hears about this and begins to spit forth a bunch of new shoots tomorrow to be yanked out).
My plans for this weekend are to relax and do as little thinking about hard, stressful stuff as I can. How about you?