Last day of the year – a snowy, windy, cold day in Ohio. Though as I type this the sun is shining in my living room.

Husband just mentioned the other day how much he loves our home. Most days I do too – though I have never lived anywhere that I didn’t want to change in many (rather severe) ways. That’s a different posting though.

Today I am writing because I had been pretty miserable for a few months until about 2 weeks ago.

Looking back I can say with certainty that it was because:
1) I was traveling nearly weekly – productive and fun trips, but travel non-the-less
2) I was exhausted (6 am baby feedings)
3) My Mirena (IUD) was not cooperating (I’ll write on this separately)
4) The weather in Ohio has SUCKED!

Contributing to this (and because of this):
1) The house was a mess and desperately needed attention
2) The yard was a mess
3) I hadn’t been exercising
4) I was getting regular headaches

So now I feel happy – what’s changed?
1) I’ve been home for a few weeks in a row (Yay!)
2) Hired a housekeeper to help me get on top of things (once every two weeks means I no longer have to stress about bathrooms)
3) Weather got better and I cleaned up the yard and started running again
4) Baby is now sleeping longer
5) Mirena is finally being nice to me
6) Dentist fixed an uneven filling – headaches have lessened

So, hopefully this New Year will be a better (and cleaner) one! :)

I was looking at the Maryland MARC Train system today to check the schedule for a short train ride from BWI to Union Station in Washington, DC.

I couldn’t resist clicking on the FAQ section and was shocked at the types of questions listed and the answers.

What a said state our public transportation system is in when these types of explanations have to be made:

“…MARC doesn’t have any extra equipment to operate new services. Even if equipment were acquired there are other obstacles…Any new service would have to compete with other transportation projects in the state for subsidy funds…CSX would not welcome extra service outside of our present service hours.”

I’m back on the road again for work. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that with carrying around another human being in my belly I need an extraordinary amount of food each day. Since I prefer variety, I’m finding the Walgreens down the street to be my best choice while I’m visiting Chicago.

As I waddle down to the store I see many unhappy people trying to keep their cigarettes lit on corners and under awnings. Chicago just enacted an ordinance that makes it illegal to smoke within 15 feet of a doorway. They are all attempting to comply with the new law, but they look incredibly uncomfortable in the bitter wind.

This may not sound that difficult to comply with, but I don’t know of an area of this city that doesn’t have a doorway every 15 feet or so. Basically, unless you either keep moving, or stand in the middle of the street you’ll probably be technically breaking the law somehow. I’m sure parking lots are going to become very popular.

There are signs in every doorway stating the ban is now enacted. I can’t think of a more inhumane time of year to begin this type of ban. Then again, maybe it is humane – I know a lot of people who have quit smoking in the winter time. It’s just too much effort, especially in January, in Chicago. Brrhh.

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