Due to the entire city being covered in ice, Austin is pretty much shut down today. And was yesterday as well. With Monday being a holiday, that makes this a five day weekend for me. I could get into that. Five day weekends and two day work weeks sounds just about right...
Mark and I took the dogs for a walk to the library earlier, and it was the weirdest feeling. Nobody out, very few cars, everything closed, and a layer of ice on everything. It felt like time was frozen or something. It was creepy, but also kind of nice. Like the world stopped to give me a break (because clearly it all revolves around me). An amazing amount of stress is lifted from your shoulders when you can't go anywhere, you just have to be at peace with staying home and relaxing and keeping yourself busy with whatever you have going on in your own corner of the world. Our house is very clean, I read an entire book, and my dogs have had more play time in the past few days than in the past few months. It's all good stuff. Makes me wish this kind of thing happened more often.
Spending much time on the Internet seems almost sacreligious given the opportunity for relaxation and renewal, so I haven't been online much. That part has been nice too, actually. It may not be totally healthy to enjoy being separated from the outside world, but I really do enjoy it.
Anyway, tomorrow should be back to normal--back to work, back to communicating with people outside my direct domicile, and back to the Women Making History project. Until then, though...I think maybe I'll take a nap.