We went from snow to warm, gorgeous weather in a week. That's the Midwest for you. I'm thrilled with the temperature change, but I can't quite make myself peel off the plastic that's covering our bedroom window. It's only March and it wouldn't be unheard of to have another ice storm before spring gets really serious.
Let me get the big news out of way first: I'm staying at my job after all. So a huge weight has been lifted and now I can get back to doing what I do without the distraction of having to job hunt.
Once again, a big thank you to everyone who has helped, supported and encouraged me over the past five months. I cannot begin to thank you enough for keeping me optimistic.
Last night I celebrated by lighting two big sparklers I'd been saving and dancing around the yard with them. That was fun.
Earlier in the evening I attended a city council meeting in a nearby town to help support a friend who was there to address the council. She had obtained the council members' travel expense records via the Freedom of Information Act and prepared a damning presentation about the amount this small city spends on lavish restaurants, limousines and four- and five-star hotels.
I was incredibly impressed at the amount of work she had done to go on public record to try to change the way her city does business. It made me think I should be paying a lot more attention to the local politics of my own town.
For now, I'm just going to work on getting back to normal. I need to get our tax paperwork out the door and figure out a household budget that will allow for some much-needed savings but also, I hope, restore a few expenses we cut out over the past months. (House cleaning!)
Photo credit: Darren Brooker