We're having a snow day today. Oh how I love snow days! I actually drove to campus and back this morning already, partly before the snow started, partly in it, but it was early so it wasn't so bad. This is great actually because I've become such a scaredy-cat. In a health book I'm reading on peri-menopause, the author asserts that being really startled and more anxious than usual could be the result of a magnesium deficiency, which could explain why I turned into a super fraidy-cat this winter. Which is not to say I haven't been really anxious about driving in the snow before, but this winter it's really over the top, which doesn't make sense because so far (knock on wood), the winter's actually been not that bad. Armed with the idea that maybe it's just my anxiety (and a problem I can approach via my body rather than my head -- yay!), I've been buying supplements and so far, I feel better, which is a huge relief because with all my health problems, I really thought I was falling apart. (Apparently the feeling that you're going to die soon or die on the roads is a very common symptom of anxiety disorder. Finding this out is such a relief.)
This snow day is all the more lovely because things have been absolutely crazy. Absolutely frigging crazy actually. I'm currently leading a search, on my second year as head of Cool Service Project, and doing all I can for another Totally Worthwhile and Huge Service Project, which I think I will call Important Service from now on (because TWHSP is ridiculous). Yes, this is a lot of service -- probably too much service -- but I really believe in all these things and am just one of those people who like to be involved and help. Inevitably, I've also gotten sick with colds and a resurgence of an old medical problem. And now I have a couple days at home! I can catch up on grading without driving everyone crazy! I can help Absurdist Husband catch a break here as well, so the entire family will be less stressed. Snow days are like the world (or Storm, for the super-nerdy) saying that we need a break to recharge and reset. Thank you, Storm and World! I so need this.
Look, everyone! I actually wrote a post of gratitude! (But don't tell anyone: I wouldn't one anyone to think I've lost my sardonic edge.) ;)