Feb 15, 2018

During a meeting at work we were presented with a financial overview of the college. More doom and gloom. The difficulties with Illinois politics only adds to the stresses we already face. However, I’m thankful that the folks I work with continually try to stay optimistic and collaborate on finding solutions to our issues.

Valentine’s Day 2018

Because we already celebrated last weekend, we stayed home for the holiday. Patrick still made a delicious meal and we exchanged small gifts. He gave me a sweet necklace and bath items; I gave him a cookbook and silly toys for his office. I’m thankful for the low stress way we decided to celebrate this year.

Feb 13, 2018

I spent most of my day sitting on an interview committee. The hiring process has changed so much since I was first hired–there are a lot more hoops now–and I felt rather bad for the applicants and the stress they must be going through. Today I was especially grateful to be on the hiring committee and not the one in the hot seat.

Feb 12, 2018

Why is it that even after a long weekend, it still seems like it wasn’t long enough? I didn’t have too much on my work calendar today, however, so I was able to finish up some paperwork and visit department meetings to finalize schedules. I’m grateful to have been able to wrap up some items without a lot of stress today.

February 11, 2018

The snow keeps coming this weekend. I haven’t made it to the gym lately, but I don’t feel bad after all the shoveling I’ve done. Thankfully, we were still able to make it to a friend’s house for a birthday party where we had a lovely time.