And We’re Back…

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Disconnection is officially over and I am here at my lovely desk waiting for the coming storm to hit. So far, so good. I’ve gone through all the mail (seriously: I thought we were in the digital age…what’s with all these catalogs???), changed my voicemail message, reconnected with my team to see what’s what and am now moving on to Bigger Things.

In the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to pep up the place a tad, so I bought myself some flowers. (And added some for the entry of the office, too. Everyone can use a little extra cheer on the first day back, no?)

Other things one can do to lessen the blow:

Plan a few social things
It can be anything from meeting someone for a drink to going to the ballet. Just something fun to give you A Lift, as my Grandmother would say.

Straighten Up Something
I’ve been seeing Facebook status reports that boarder on bragging about how much cleaning and organizing they had completed before the end of the year. I am happy for them, but between you and me, I think it is far less taxing to take things one step at a time. Before I left for the holidays, I straightened out all my sweaters. I was ever so pleased to find them all neat and tidy when I came home. Tonight, the big goal is to tidy up the drawer of my bedside table. Slow and steady, my friends.

Make a new outfit
No pressure…just see if you can’t find a new way to wear some of your old favorites. Even if it is just wearing a different top with your favorite pants. Free and very satisfying.

Cook Something Delicious
Nothing hard, mind you. If you live someplace where it is cold, I recommend a very simple roasted vegetable soup*.

And that is all I have for now.


*Super-easy Roasted Veggie Soup

– One onion, diced
– Two or three stalks of celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
– Two or three carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
– 1 Pint of grape tomatoes
– 1 bay leaf
– 4 cups of chicken stock
– Olive oil
– Salt and Pepper to taste

1) Set the oven to 350 degrees
2) Put all the veggies on a parchment-lined baking sheet (tomatoes on a separate one); toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for about 25 – 30 minutes.
3) Put the stock in a pot, pop in the veggies, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to a boil

Serve with a little fresh parsley and grated parmesan. Also, feel free to add a little pasta, rice or whole grain for a little extra bulk. And a glass of red wine would not kill you.

(Photo of where my flowers will go when they arrive: Some Cozy Night, who is waiting for them ever so patiently.)

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