I was so tired today. Work was exceptionally tedious – truly the IT equivalent of bricklaying all day (minus the heavy lifting and hot sun parts – yeah, I know that even my crummy work is fairly privileged). BORING! TIRED!
Dragged myself to Trader Joe’s to pick up some provisions.
Tomorrow is a going away lunch for my team. 3 of us who have worked together and the primary client we have served. We’ve been on a wild ride these last five months and now it’s getting on time to say goodbye.
I had picked up some wee trinkets on Saturday to give my friends but I wanted to get something more. I had a few ideas, but two of them seemed sort of obscure. All 3 things were available at Barnes & Noble, which is conveniently located next to Trader Joe’s. Man I was tired, but I dragged my weary self into the store. I searched for the most obscure item first – when the guy said they had it I felt a little surge of energy – oh, good! I think LeAnne will like this! Then I looked for what I had in mind for Mark. Wow – they had only one of those, but they had it! My energy level started to lift. Debated on two different things for Kiran – found one I liked.
Came home, still tired, made a bite to eat. Then it was time to make cards for my friends.
That’s when everything changed. I fired up Microsoft Publisher and then began crafting cards – picking out the right images, the right theme, the words that went with the little gifts. It was fun to think about my friends – what I really enjoy about each of them, the odd little bits I know about their lives – and then translate that into personalized cards to go with the hopefully unique-for-them little gifts I picked out.
I think it was the combination of creativity and getting the focus on others that made it such a delightful evening.
How about you? What little things do you like to do that revive you? That make the time fly by? That bring you joy and delight?