Today was a gorgeous day here! I can't believe how fantastic the weather has been this month. We usually never see weather this nice until mid-May. It's been a real treat! The leaves have started coming up on the bushes and buds are appearing on the trees. Beautiful!! Yes, I know that this is later than what most of you are experiencing, but we are at a higher elevation than most places, so it takes a little longer for these things to happen. :)
It was fantastic to listen again to the birds chirping outside my office window. They had quite the melody to them today. It was very pretty to listen to!
Well, knock on wood, but I think I survived advising week a-OK!! Amazingly enough, this felt like a relatively comfortable year (aka, it wasn't chaotic or exhausting). I'm honestly not sure what the difference was, whether I was more prepared than I ever have been before or because I was more relaxed about how things were going. You see, we're short staffed in the office right now, so my mentality has shifted to, "I'll do what I can do and just be happy with that." There's obviously too much work to accomplish all in one day, so I find that I'm much more relaxed and that I go home knowing I did a good job and knowing that the work will be there tomorrow, too. Hmmmm...maybe this really could be the big difference!! Who knows...
So, there's only four weeks left in the semester and then summer is here!! I find that so hard to believe. Time just flies! I was part of a conversation this afternoon where this woman was mentioning that now that "50 is in her rearview mirror," she is really trying to enjoy every day for what it is and that she is also trying to have a little "me time" every day, too. She said that she has a tendency to get so caught up in life and work and school that she doesn't even appreciate the days. She feels that she's more aware of her age (and that she might not have as many years left as what she's already lived) and that because of that, she just wants to be more appreciative of each day that she's given. I found myself smiling while listening to her and thinking, "I want to do that, too." :) So, here's to a nice, relaxing weekend where we step back, take a deep breath and enjoy the days for what they are.