. . . are so MONDAY it's ridiculous.
I woke up this morning and it was cold.
I mean, sure. It's winter. It's cold out. No surprise.
But I'm talking . . . COLD . . . inside my house.
As in . . . the-furnace-wasn't-kicking-on kind of COLD.
AND I had an 8:00 am dentist appointment. Just a 6-month check up and cleaning. But still not my favorite way to begin the day. AND, besides, that 8:00 am appointment would throw my whole fragile-as-it-is Monday schedule off.
AND I had a little sinus headache, too.
Oh, this was very clearly shaping up to be a Very Monday kind of Monday before the sun was even up!
Yep. I was teeing up a real Alexander-and-the-Horrible-Terrible-No-Good-Very-Bad-Day kind of Monday for myself. (That book was one of Erin's very favorites as a kiddo.)
It has taken some work. But I am doing my best here to make it NOT be That Kind of Monday.
First, I reminded myself that my furnace is not working and it is COLD in my house, yes . . . but it is not a "Texas-situation" here. I may not have heat, but I have electricity. Which means I can plug in my little space heaters if I need. And I have hot water. And I have a gas fireplace. And I have plenty of warm, wool layers to put on. And . . . I can call a furnace repair person to come over and take a look.
Second, I reminded myself that it is a privilege to be able to have my teeth checked and cleaned. I am fortunate, indeed, to be able to take care of myself by maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Besides, I like my dentist. He's a good guy. And he's gone the extra mile to make sure his staff and patients are safe in these pandemic times.
Third, I reminded myself that my schedule is fragile -- but it is also extremely flexible. And how lucky I am to be able to go with the flow!
The headache? Not much to do about that. Except hope it goes away eventually.
So. Here I am. Wrapped in a wool shawl. In front of the fireplace. With a little bit of sunshine (not a lot, but enough) coming in through the window behind me. And my favorite furnace guy down in the basement checking out my furnace already. And really clean teeth (with no cavities, I might add).
So my schedule is off.
And my headache is still there.
But it's okay.
Some days don't go according to plan.
As Alexander learns, some days are like that.
(Even in Australia.)
How about you? How's your week starting off?
Don't forget -- Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2, is our Read With Us book discussion day for Leave the World Behind. Look for discussion questions on our blogs tomorrow, and let me know (if you haven't already) that you'd like to join our Zoom meet-up tomorrow at 7:00 pm Eastern time. I'll be sending Zoom invitations later today, along with some background material, so if you DID sign up but haven't received an email by 5:00 this afternoon, please let me know.