My community college closed their doors yesterday at 5pm and won't reopen until January 2nd. I walked through the door at home yesterday, dropped my stuff and let out a much needed sigh of relief. I started working full-time in this new State of ours last February and haven't taken a vacation, except for a day here and there for travel to Maryland to visit my parents, attend my Mom's funeral, and take care of business here around the house. This time off is a blessing. Last night, I stayed up two hours past my bedtime just because I could.
What will I do until January 2nd? I'll be very busy until Christmas Day arrives. I'm looking around at a layer of dust that needs to be tended to and hardwood that needs a good cleaning. It will get done. But I'm making a promise to myself to go for walks, watch movies on TV from start to finish, carry my camera more often, and chill out.
Blogging has been therapeutic for me. It reinforces my desire to slow down, stop, and do something to make my heart feel lighter. Julie's blog was the first one I ever read and her philosophy has taken hold of me. I'm also thankful for so many other great people I visit through blogging. From afar, they keep me calm and reflective.
This little fellow was particulary interested in me. What a soft muzzle. And if you look closely, you can see my blue jeans and yellow jacket reflection in his eye.
Now I'm off to wrap some sparkly gifts!