I'm already in a bad mood. I should say I am still in a bad mood. I hurt, damn it. Here I am on the precipice of retirement, looking forward to 30 years of daily pain. Hey, it's all been worth it to reach this point! Those two hour trips on the Long Island Railroad, working two jobs, 3 1/2 years in law school, the school loan we got paid off just in time to pay Cory's college tuition, 15 years in the service of the State, working weekends, no overtime, no raises, saving children's lives with no recognition from the public or the Bench that we had done something remarkable under difficult conditions - priceless.
In my next life I am going to skip all that school shit, and become a plumber, like Josephine. Using my intellect, such as it is, got me where I am today. Nowhere.
Finally, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was sticking very close to home - actually, to my kitchen. Work was being done inside and outside, and I needed to be attentive. It was all good stuff, like pictures being hung (yeah, I know we've been here a year. I've been busy). While sorting through needlepoints and prints and deciding where they should go, I worked on my recipe for stuffed artichokes, and they were frankly delicious.
Seeing the pictures on the wall gave me a warm fuzzy that I hadn't had for a long time. I had forgotten some of the framed prints we had bought over the years on cruise ships, and it was sort of like Christmas in July to rediscover them. Still have more to do, but still have lots of wall space.
Oh, those recipes? Maybe tomorrow; there's always time enough for food.