Sorry for falling off the face of the planet for the entire month of February. It's been a crazy month, and I haven't been able to muster the energy for journalling. Work has been insane, and intermittently frustrating, and it's really sucked a lot of my motivation away. I have also been knitting furiously in order to meet a self-imposed deadline well in advance of, you know, the real deadline (more on that in a separate knitting-themed post).
This winter has been appalling. It's been a never-ending rotation of brutal cold, excessive snow, and sudden thaws. I should really be grateful for the thaws, because if it weren't for them I'd be having even more trouble getting the snow out of the driveway than I am now. The piles have been over my head. It's insane. I've gotten so burned out and frustrated by the snow that I've kind of declared a shovelling strike. I'm just not going to do any more of it, because it's just going to melt again anyway. This has led to a fair bit of wading through calf-deep snow just to get to the sidewalk, but.
Last weekend, I was in Vancouver. Not, alas, for fun -- for work. I was standing at a booth at the BC Home and Garden Show being friendly and informative. It was a nice change of pace from being in the office, but it was exceedingly tiring. I didn't think my cheeks could hurt from smiling too much, but they did. And my feet and legs were just aching. But I did get to meet up and have dinner with a friend I haven't seen in years, so that was really nice.
Of course, being in Vancouver for three days makes one even more annoyed with Ottawa cold and snow upon one's return. :P I know it's not realistic, but there is a substantial part of me that just wants to pick up and move back to the West Coast. I really did love it out there. Sigh.
I sound really cranky, don't I? Life is actually not as bad as all that -- I'm just a bit tired and worn-down. I'm hoping to take a couple of days off work late next week, just to have a day or two to myself. I think I'll feel much better after that.
Anyway, I'm going to try to be a little more, er, regular in my journal updates. I have a pile of half-written mini-reviews for the first set of books for 2008 that I will have to put up soon, and I do promise a knitting post in the near future (although it will be f-locked, as it relates to a gift for someone). Besides, fairplaythings has gotten all hard-core with his journal (it's all Transformer posts, but still), and he's making me look bad! :P