Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

When I got to the office yesterday morning I set my bag down next to my desk, as I do every morning, hung up my hat and coat, sat down in my chair and opened the file cabinet drawer where I’ve kept my shoes ever since those first merry flakes of winter cheer forced me to start wearing my snow boots to work … but found nothing. I must have taken them home last week. I couldn’t tell you when or why.

With no shoes to change into, I had to wear my snow boots all day long. These are snow boots made for tromping through deep snow in extreme cold, so wearing them in an office, even an office as cold as mine, is like having just my feet in a sauna all day. Come quitting time they felt as if they’d been boiled in oil.

Just minutes after I opened the file drawer and utterly failed to find any shoes in it, I reached for my wallet so I could buy myself a tasty Pop-Tart for breakfast and discovered I left it in my other coat. So, no breakfast. It was shaping up to be a really fantastic morning.

And no tea, either. I used my last tea bag Friday afternoon but didn’t worry about it much, because I thought we’d be stopping at the grocer’s after work. We didn’t. I can’t remember why. And when we stopped again on Saturday I didn’t remember to ask B to pick up some tea for me until after we were home again, warm and snug. It did occur to me again Sunday night, but I thought, No problem, I’ll just walk up to the co-op on my lunch break and buy another box. Didn’t happen, of course. Can’t buy stuff without a wallet.

Last on this laundry list of minor annoyances that add up to a Great Big Cosmic F.U.: Before backing the car out of the garage I’d had to shovel a couple inches of snow off the driveway, so I was rather warm when I came inside to change into work clothes and the necessity of putting on a sweater didn’t even occur to me. But the necessity was still very much there. Whoever controls the thermostat in our office must be a bit more well-insulated than I am. Without a sweater, I froze my nipples off. Literally. They got so cold they popped right off.

That was my Monday. How was yours?

(It was my Monday because the office was closed on MLK Day.)

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