Monday, Monday: So Good to Me.

Today could have gone quite poorly. Due to snow days and the MLK holiday, today was the first Monday I’ve had to teach so far this semester and therefore also the first Monday I’ve had to teach since summer. I was a Tuesday/Thursday Lady last semester and let’s just say I sure got to like it.

But you can’t win them all, so into work I had to go. I normally get up at 6:00, but today my dog decided it was time to get up at 5:00. “Take me out,” he said. “Feed me,” he said.

“Shut up,” I said.

This continued until about 5:45, at which time my cat started making that human-like garbled howling noise that announces a hairball is on its way from inside of her body to outside of it.”Oh woe oh woe oh woe,” she said.

I got up.

A Monday morning that begins with such loving* attention from two adorable* pets is a thing of beauty*, am I right?

(*Am I using these words correctly?)

Despite its inauspicious beginning, my Monday turned out to be pretty nice. Not spectacular, but nice for a working Monday, you know? Lots of little things seemed to brighten it up. Here’s a list:

1. I wore a pretty new dress for the first time.

[24/365] Pink Satin Sashes

2. I actually remembered to fix some coffee in my to-go mug and also successfully put it in the car and then I even brought it into the office, enabling me to drink it. I don’t always get all those steps right.

3. People I have met through blogging can be truly, incredibly nice.

4. Last week I strained my right calf (either Vibrams- or weight-lifting-related injury, not sure) but today it finally feels back to normal. I am planning some running and some yoga and such. Carefully.

5. I made falafel for dinner, complete with my own non-dairy tzatziki. Take that, cow-yogurt-having restaurant falafel!

6. I went to the grocery store to pick up another jar of my latest strange addiction, Bonne Maman brand cherry preserves (heavenly, I mean it), and while there I made an amazing discovery: at the grind-your-own-nut-butter station, there was a peanut grinder that had a few vegan dark chocolate chips mixed in. Not only did this allow me to grind my own chocolate-peanut butter, which is really damned delicious, I also got to think about the term “grind-your-own-nut-butter station” and quietly snicker my way through the store.

Nut Butter

Nut butter. Grind your own. Heh.

So how has your Monday been?
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VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE! A Facebook friend’s post alerted me to the fact that today is allegedly “Blue Monday,” otherwise known as the most depressing day of the year. What a day for me to write a post here declaring that I had a great Monday in spite of its awful (cat-puke-filled) start.

Here’s what I think about this: you can have a dreary day that gets off to a bad beginning, full of inconveniences and petty frustrations and disgruntlement. And if things start out that way it’s easy to blame it on a Monday, a bad day, or a “most depressing day of the year” scenario. But then doesn’t that just shut out from your mind all of the small successes and unexpected pleasantries? The things that, added up, could swing your day from bad to good? I don’t mean to be all Pollyanna on you here, but this shit matters.

There’s a reason I didn’t come over here to complain about how much money I spent on groceries, or the fact that I have to go to the dentist tomorrow, or the new zit I found, or the rest of that litany of complaints I could have (quite justifiably) also authored today. I’m not sure what that reason is or what shifted my perspective today or what has been shifting it generally. I like it, though. All for it.

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5 thoughts on “Monday, Monday: So Good to Me.

  1. Timothy January 25, 2011 / 7:13 am

    I am glad that I am not the only one whose Monday was pretty good. There’s coffee, there are the experiments I have going, there are the offers from people who want to (inexplicably) pay me money to learn chemistry, pretty good day. Even if my students are needy and don’t do the reading.

  2. Chrissy (The New Me) January 25, 2011 / 9:55 am

    I usually have pretty good days, and I’ve never been a Monday-hater. I like the possibilities of a fresh new week! I also rarely complain on my blog, Twitter or Facebook. There’s no point in sharing negative stuff like that – it doesn’t make me feel any better and it might make someone else feel worse!

    Also, I laughed at your wake up call. My younger dog is up and ready to play at about 5 most mornings, which can be adorably irritating.

  3. Sho January 25, 2011 / 8:06 pm

    I have read that folks get sore calves when they begin running with Vibrams, so keep an eye on that. I’m still hesitant on trying them out because my regular shoes are doing well enough for me, and any minor injuries I may have had were probably due to increasing mileage too quickly.

    I found this RW article to be pretty informative about slowly incorporating minimalist running in your training:
    http://askcoachjenny.runnersworld.com/2010/04/barefoot-and-running.html

    Oh, and my Monday was pretty good! Chatted with some physics classmates for a while and it made me think about how silly I must have sounded when I was in my early 20s.

  4. Rose-Anne January 26, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    Eek. Please tell me what is the point in acknowledging a “most depressing day of the year.” As though I need a REASON to dislike any given day of my life!

    I like your spunk, Kate! Cheers to good Mondays all around. Today was an up-and-down day for me, but I’m about to do some yoga to calm down, so just the thought of it makes me smile. Namaste!

    Oh, and your dress looks gorgeous! Are you going to share more photos of it with us? Please? 🙂

  5. Kate January 26, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Timothy – Agreed. I don’t ever like to let student behavior be my day’s determiner anyway. I mean, usually, they’re good. But even when they’re not, I am more than my classroom, you know? And you’ve got some GREAT things going w/your grad program acceptances! Can’t wait to hear which one you choose!

    Chrissy – I am not a Monday hater, either. Mid-week is usually what gets to me more often. That said, I have been known to use my blog as a complaint platform quite extensively and I can’t say that I never will again. But I’m happier when I choose to acknowledge the good instead.

    Sho – Thanks for the link! I will check that out. I think it definitely started w/ the Vibrams, but weight lifting / longer (regular shoe) run the next day exacerbated it. Glad you had a good Monday, too!

    Rose-Anne – I know! Why give me a reason to feel down when I might not normally have one? I’m glad I didn’t know it was the “most depressing day” until after it was done. I just came from yoga myself, BTW. Namaste to you too! Oh, and I didn’t snap a full body dress pic. Maybe next time?

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