I’m nervous, people. One of the things on my agenda for today is working on the budget. The budget is comprised primarily of numbers. Numbers are not my friends. Yikes. Every time I look down at the spreadsheets and my calculator, I take a deep breath. Math is not my strong suit, and that’s putting it mildly.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way, shall we? I can’t stand to watch the news anymore. I used to fall asleep listening to Anderson Cooper and his dry wit, but now I watch whatever random show is on either TLC or Discovery Channel Health because they’re not talking about the economy. Talk of the economy scares the crap out of me. It’s stressing me out quite a bit. I think it’s having an effect on me because I’m in what’s considered a non-essential role. People don’t NEED public relations or marketing, but they’re really nice to have. I think I’d feel safer if I was an admin or in accounting or something. But no matter how much I worry, there’s absolutely nothing I can do, so I try really hard to just go with the flow and realize how lucky I am at this particular moment.
As you know, I was in the Keys last week. I already wrote about the drive through the islands down to Key West, which was highlight #1. Highlight #2 came on Saturday when Kathryn and I took a fan boat ride through the Everglades and KISSED ALLIGATORS. Real, live alligators! It was completely awesome and for the rest of my life, I’ll be able to add the kissing alligators thing to my list of random facts about me. (Another random fact: I varsity lettered in wrestling.) In addition to kissing the alligator, I got to hold one and I was surprised at how soft and squishy he was beneath his body. I thought he would be very hard and rigid, but it was the opposite. I was also surprised at how adorable they are! I never thought I’d say an alligator was cute, but the alligator I held – Larry – was a heartbreaker.
Squished between highlights #1 and #2 was an interesting class/seminar on ownership transfer and management succession. Some parts were way over my head, but I was really into the stock part, which I never would have expected to find interesting. Between classes and work, I tried to take advantage of my surroundings and spend as much time outside in the 82 degree temperatures as possible. It really was a nice change of pace. Early February seems like an ideal time to be in south Florida.
(Links to some pictures from my trip are in the pictures section.)
When I got back it was Valentine’s Day! I was really tired from my trip, so Allan and I had a mellow day. It was perfect. PF Chang’s take-out and a funny movie. I was really happy to just be able to spend a chunk of time with him, which doesn’t happen often because of my crazy schedule. We’re going to the hockey game on Friday and to IKEA (!!!!) this weekend, which I’m already looking forward to.
So, all of my bad eating habits have caught up with me. I went to the doctor yesterday – a new general practitioner – and she has me on all kinds of supplements and vitamins and stuff. (As I’m typing this, I’m eating a Tootsie Roll.) Anyway, my body is acting out in funky ways; I often have stomach issues, I’m always exhausted, I’m always a bit dehydrated, headaches, etc… Who knew those things could be taken care of via proper nutrition?? I have to make an effort to eat better and take care of myself. With any luck, the supplements will be very helpful, and I’ll try to consume more broccoli and less Skittles.