It’s about 8:30, and Robin and Hannah are still in bed.Â So I’m having a cup of tea and thinking about what I need to do today.Â Fortunately our friends Don and Janet are coming over for dinner, giving me some tasks for the day (clean up living room, cook dinner).Â This helps distract me from being post-Christmas depressed.
We normally leave the Christmas tree up until New Year’s day — it makes sense, since we don’t usually get a tree until pretty late, around the 20th or so.Â I have a rule that if the tree is up and I’m in the room, the lights on it must be turned on.Â Otherwise it looks forlorn, especially after the gifts are gone.
Cabell got back to Madison safely; Hannah’s here until the 31st.Â I just sent an email to Sophie, but she seems to get in touch maybe once a week, so I don’t expect to hear anything soon.
Meanwhile, I just got a new stem for my touring bike that raises the handlebars by a couple of inches, putting me in a more upright position.Â Bad for wind resistance, but I think better for my back — and for that matter, I’m wondering if being bent way over for many hours didn’t cause the blood clots this summer. Â It’s supposed to be sunny later today, and I plan to take the bike out and try the new arrangement, maybe do some adjustments.Â More keeping busy.Â Â I think I need to go back to work.