Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A busy day and some groussing
Up and out early to work this morning. Busy time at work, ended up staying an hour later than I had planned, but no worries, I accomplished a lot. Back home, I got the wood stove going to get the chill out of the house, even with the central heat on, the rain and dampness just sets into this stone faced home. Just me for supper, I ended up with franks and beans. Quick and easy. Since I had time this evening, and won't tomorrow, due to an after work meeting, I baked.
Several of my colleagues as well as myself, learned via email today, that our Dept will be hosting a before work breakfast this Friday. Apparently only a few Dept members even knew that this was up for planning, and only some were solicited as to do they prefer a before or an after work event. No one said boo to me about it.
Sigh-some more notice, PLEASE??? Several of us had the same reaction. Nice thought, as I frankly put it to some co-workers at lunch today, but I am at the point in my life where I say no to things that add stress to my life. Had I known of this event, I could have baked at my leisure, this weekend and frozen what I made, instead of scrambling. If I had learned of this tomorrow for the next day, I would have been quite assertive and state, "No, 24 hours notice simply doesn't work for me." "They" are lucky that I didn't have any appointments after work today, or no would have been the response.
I also stated at lunch today, that while I understand that some may suggest that I can just run to the grocery store and pick something up, frankly, I can not afford to do that, just coming off of unpaid sick leave. I don't mind baking/cooking, and I willingly do so, I do enjoy it. I don't mind offering my fair share to the shared luncheons/bfsts. The 48 hours notice however-that has gotta go. Not the first time that this has happened this year either. Lovely to recognize events, birthdays, etc but these events are adding stress that I simply do not need. I have no issue raising this topic for discussion either. I seriously wish we would just drop these events and be done with them.
Originally I had signed up to bake some pumpkin breads, but ended up making some of my squash-spice-chocolate chip muffins instead. Only 30 minutes in the oven vs one hour +. Faster and less energy. Done. 24 muffins will be my contribution.
After cleaning up the kitchen, I sat with the cat, next to the wood stove and mended a nightgown, an undershirt, 2 socks. Laundry also dried and folded. These type of things I try to stay on top of, before they become a major project.