Monday, November 29, 2004

Monday after Holiday

Returning to regular life after a holiday weekend is a challenge for most normal people. Thankfully, the return to school and work today hasn’t been too terrible. The thanksgiving holiday provided me with adequate time to prepare for the upcoming week, and get some needed rest. It was very cold this morning; winter has finally arrived in the Salt Lake valley. I usually listen to the radio on my way to school, but today opted for silence. It was nice to have a moment to put the day into perspective.

On Monday’s I only have one class, it begins at seven thirty in the morning. It was very encouraging to see the professor outline the next three weeks of class leading up to our final. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Though the topics in the ordinary differential equation class are getting advanced, with some perseverance, it is possible to learn. Getting out of class, I started off toward work, again without the company of the radio.

Today is one of those days that I am grateful that I work downtown. Every day I walk through a mall on my way to the elevator that will take me up to work. Today upon entering the mall, I noticed that the music was louder than normal. When I got up the escalator, I found that the music was live (and thus louder). One of the local radio stations has decided to put on live “mini-concerts” for the holiday season. It was great to start the workday to some live Christmas music. I noticed that several of my co-workers were also enjoying the concert, before we headed up into the office tower.

Feeling the end of the semester, accompanied by a wonderful mini concert would have been completely sufficient to get my Monday of to a terrific start, but the day got even better. Monday morning my work team always has staff meeting. We have recently been involved in a large consolidation project, which we finally finished last week. Today, our supervisor told us that we needed to watch a compliance video, but when she turned it on, the video turned out to be “A Christmas Story”. We all had a good laugh together this morning. What a great way to start off a busy week.

There is still a lot that needs to be done, but I am beginning to think that will be a constant. Onward and upward we go!

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