What is up with this anyway? It's another glorious blue-sky day in more than a week of the best unseasonal weather ever and I'm just a big grouch. There were so many good things happening last week, with the kids all visiting, an inspirational church service on Christmas Eve, and a family gift exchange and party in Weymouth following the Patriot's game Saturday. Even the unexpected, but just perfect, early birthday present from my Las Vegas aunt cheered me all too briefly.
All that activity and camaraderie gave me a great excuse to delay the class planning I so eagerly set myself up to do over the vacation, but now it's looming in front of me. The clunking noise in the car will be an expensive repair, once again raising the debate over keeping it or buying something new. Even coffee this afternoon was a disappointment. Due to an early closing, I arrived too late to sit, read and sip, though thankfully not too late to get the latte.
Time to get a grip. Before the New Year even begins, I've got some immediate resolutions. I'll play my newly tuned piano now. I'll cook slow roasted salmon from the birthday cookbook tonight. Then I'll walk into Boston to see the First Night ice sculptures and marvel at the skill and effort put into such luminous but fleeting beauty. And I'll get a grip on beginning the new year in a positive way.