Wednesday, June 16, 2010


So, I was ready to write a blog about how crazy I feel, how I'm freaking out about moving because I haven't actually done anything yet and how I'm worried about jobs because I have zero leads and the consulting work with my current company seems to be falling through. Then I thought about the word "melancholia" and this is how Webster's dictionary defines it:

A mental condition and especially a manic-depressive condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints and often hallucinations and delusions.

Huh. That's not how I feel AT ALL or what I thought the word "melancholy" meant. So I looked that up. Again, Websters:

A depressions of spirits; a pensive mood.

Ok, so how can pretty much the same word be defined so differently? It made me laugh and definitely lifted my spirits. Only I would be lifted by the intricacies of the English language. Nerd.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Favorite Time of Day

Everyone has a favorite time of day…A small piece of their day that is peaceful and calm, regenerating your spirit for whatever comes next. For me, this moment happens in the morning when I drink my first cup of coffee. I am one of the few people I know who actually likes the taste of coffee. Day, afternoon or night, I enjoy the flavor of the beans. I don’t particularly need the caffeine; it’s just my drink of choice.

But I look forward to that first cup in the morning. I make my way to work, fighting the DC-metro traffic, and trudge up the four flights of stairs to my office. I sit down, let my computer start up and take that first sip. Immediately everything I’ve been worrying about or dreading at work is gone. My body relaxes and my mind is calm as I savor that first sip. And as the email floods in and the files load, I continue to sip my coffee barely noticing anything around me. I feel serene and at ease with the workload or problems facing my day. During the weekend this is even better because I don’t have to shift gears right away. I can enjoy my first cup and stare off into space as the caffeine slowly coaxes my body awake. For me, this is better than a massage because I feel very relaxed after that first cup and ready to conquer the day.