I'm sure you've all seen some form of these signs, they're fairly standard but PennDot (PA Dept of Transportation) has a sense of humor. If you embiggen this photo, you can see the red nose on the deer. The first time I saw this, I laughed out loud. Then Pk got into the right lane so I could try to get a shot out of a vehicle moving at 55 mph.
It makes the drive to Em's house a little more fun.
When I went shopping last weekend, I bought bananas from the Produce Junction, something I don't normally do. They sell fruits and vegetables in bulk and we don't eat the bananas before they go bad. I don't like wasting them. Usually, I buy them at the grocery store and buy only a few at a time. I noticed that there were 8 small nearly brown bananas in the fruit bowl yesterday and tonight before I made dinner, I made 4 loaves of banana bread. Two are done and two are in the oven. Kate will pick one up tomorrow and Pk will take one to work. He likes to share baked goods and his fellow workers seem to enjoy them as well. This way there will only be two loaves in the house for Pk, El and I to eat. It smells warm and cinnamon-y in the house. Mmmmmm.
Pk and I are starting our Christmas preparations this weekend. The house is decorated and the shopping will be started. We'll hopefully find a tree we like and also find some star cookies (chocolate covered graham cracker stars without which it will not be Christmas according to Pk). I enjoy Christmas shopping and actually look forward to it. I like this time of year and the anticipation that comes with it. It makes me feel like a kid. Not that it takes much to do that.
Work gets a little hairy this time of year. The holidays bring out the emotional in people. I spend a lot of time scrambling to make sure people get what they need and feel like someone cares. For me, it's the most important part of what I do, making sure people feel respected and cared for. There's so much stigma attached to mental illness that some of my clients feel like no one understands what they're going through and they depend on me and the agency to provide them with support. Mostly, we do a good job. One of my clients said "I like coming here. When I came in the door, I go aaahhhhh. I know people will take care of me". While I appreciated the sentiment (after all this is what we aim for), I thought to myself that I go aaahhhh when I go OUT of the building at the end of the day.
There goes the oven timer. The banana bread is done. Time to take it out and let it cool. Have a good night, all.