I have been waking up around 4am every day since getting back from the US. Partly due to work - for the first few days I was camping and snow-shoe hiking with 5th graders up a 900 meter mountain. I had to wake up every day at 4am to prepare breakfast. Now I just try to get up because it feels good to look at the clock after several hours of work and realize that, were I to work in an office, I would still be at home getting ready.
Today I layed in bed for a while, mentally running over my goals and intentions, and envisioning a One Life program I aim to have started by Summer of 2010. As I visioned, however, I couldn't help but be distracted by the sound of rain washing away all of our snow. It is the second half of January and we still have less than a meter of snow (although a few days ago there was over one meter on the ground). What's worse, with the exception of today's rain, the lack of snow does not seem to have any correlation with temperature, as it is much colder here than normal winter temperatures, which usually only fall a few degrees below freezing.
I hate man-made climate-change.
I took my camera out for a bit yesterday as we visited all our neighbors for belated new-year greetings. Of course, most of the photos are almost identical to those I took last year (in November), so I have been trying to think of something to spice it up.
Meet the snow-man. From now on, when I am feeling less than creative, and can't find anything to take a photo of that I didn't already shoot last year, I will buid a little snow-man and shoot him. Tomoe and I made a huge snow man a few days ago, but I didn't have a camera then. Today I will go check to see if he survived the rains.