It is so rare to see the sun once winter comes here. Some folks even keep track--so many days without the sun, and so on--but I find that depressing. In the thick of it, the winter seems endless but never so endless as when someone reminds you. Plodding through the grey days is easier I think. It's the one-day-at-a-time AA philosophy, that actually works!
But today, glorious day, the sun is out, making clear, distinct shadows across the buildings in Senamiestas (Old Town) and streaming into windows as if it could make up for the endless cloudy days behind us and before us. And the rolling thunder that was the background noise of so many days has ceased and so has the wind, come to think of it. Mother Nature is allowing her children respite from her roars today and we are grateful. As a matter of fact, you don't realize how noisy it's been 'til you rediscover the quiet. I'll bet even the Baltic is smooth right now. If I had the time, I'd run down there and check. But I don't.
Today, a no-class, no-meeting day at home, is meant for getting things done that cannot be done in my office at school, which sometimes feels as though it's open house, all day, all the time. So, I will plan a little excursion to the grocery store a little later and hope the weather holds. In the meantime, I'll sit and work, editing a dissertation for a German student, "marking" electronic submissions, answering email, writing references and looking out the window sometimes. Sigh.