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We were watching Captain America last night (what a good movie) and I pulled up the NOAA forecast for the weekend. Pk is supposed to travel to see Em (about an hour with traffic) and I wanted to see if it was going to rain all day or just part of the day. SNOW! In October! This is so weird.
I'm realistic enough to know that if it does snow, it'll be a dusting at best but all of a sudden it's cold enough to snow and we haven't turned on the heater for the season yet. And I didn't get the winter clothes out and washed (best laid plans and all).
I know what I'll be doing this weekend! Pk isn't feeling well and may end up cancelling for Saturday. They're supposed to go shooting (at targets at a gun club). Em and Jim go and she really likes it. I have never held a gun in my life (I've never actually punched anyone either) and have no idea how they feel. Em and Pk had a good time mocking me about this. Good thing I love them both.
This has been a week filled with agida (heartburn). I've done this job for a long time now (17 yrs here) and I'm fairly good at what I do. I am patient with people (not so much with knots in my yarn or mechanical things but endlessly patient with human beings) and can usually get along with everyone. Until this week. I can't say much except to say I met someone who can turn my equilibrium completely on its head and make me feel bad enough to need extra blood pressure medicine. And like a dog with a bone, they just can't let it go. I'm so very glad it's Friday.
Today was the last Aggressive Patient Management group for the year. Next month we'll plan on how we need to change things for next year (we need to add more about restraining children) and how we'll schedule training. I'm glad it's over for the year. It's one day a month from April to October and I usually end up sore and a bit bruised. I believe in the program but it will be good to not have to think about it for a few months.
I'll make some chicken soup in the hopes of helping Pk feel better. If we get home with enough time, I'll put some stuff in the bread machine and make some bread. Homemade chicken soup and hot bread. Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry since lunch was yogurt and bananas.
I had a good group discussion this week about spirituality. We tend to steer away from spiritual/religious topics in our groups so that no one gets offended. I wanted to talk about how one's spiritual thoughts can help with stress management and how feeling connected to something larger than oneself can ease some burdens and bring joy. It went surprisingly well. We set down the ground rules at the beginning and it took off from there.
We talked about how sometimes just a place or a person can ease your stress (ever just stand in the middle of the woods or by the ocean?) and how the lack of that can make life seem brittle and dry. We talked about having relationships of all kinds and it was a good group. Those are the kind that make me remember why I like group.
Well, we're looking for a nasty weather weekend and Monday is Hallowe'en. No parties for us this year. I miss my Aunt Joan most this time of year. She loved Hallowe'en and we had such fun when the girls were small. I'll wear my ghost shirt and headband with little ghosts flying over my head and give out candy. We'll get a few kids unless it continues to rain.
Do you celebrate Hallowe'en? If so, do you have any traditions? Our favorite was the Candy Swap after the trick or treating. Everyone sits in a circle and tries to trade away the candy they don't like and get something better. Pk is a wicked good trader. I let him do my negotiating!
Like we need more chocolate!