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Day 2500: It’s My Least Favorite Time of the Year

It’s My Least Favorite Time of the Year

(to the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”)


It’s my least favorite time of the year.

The events I remember

in the month of November put a dent in my cheer.

It’s my least favorite time of the year.


It’s those dark, time-changey days of the fall

When my sleep is disrupted,

Politicians corrupted can make my skin crawl.

It’s my least favorite time of them all.


People’s moods will be changing

There’s the stress of arranging

Parties that need lots of work.

There’ll be cooking and baking

And the need to be faking

A smile when encountering a jerk.


It’s my least favorite time of the year.

I know I’ll get through it

I’ve been able to do it without drinking beer,

Through my least favorite time of the year.

© Ann Koplow, 2019

Thanks to all who help me go new places with hope every day I’m given, including YOU!




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Day 344: Next week

Here’s something I believe, wholeheartedly:

It’s helpful to focus on the present, letting go of regrets about the past (which we cannot change) and worries about the future (which we cannot control).

However, humans look into the future, as a way to prepare.

During certain times of the year, preparation seems more important.  For example, if it’s cold and dark outside and we don’t prepare for that before we go out … we might be sorry. (I considered writing “WE MIGHT DIE!!!!”,  but I didn’t want to alarm anybody.)

Also, during the Christmas season, people prepare in many different ways. They buy gifts. They often prepare to connect with family and friends.

I don’t know about you, but preparation can make me anxious. Why?  Oh, probably because I think I need to do a great job at everything or …. dire results may occur. (I doubt that buying a bad gift will actually kill me, but who knows?)

Anyway, I got a little lost in my own catastrophizing there.

So what were my points, for this post today?

People worry about the future. It’s human. And certain situations increase our worry.


Speaking for myself, I am definitely thinking about next week, with some expectations and feelings.  I’m wondering if any of you share that experience with me.

If so, I have some news about next week. Next week is going to be unlike any week we’ve ever experienced before.

Now, this may sound like fortune-telling, but I have proof. Yesterday, at work, I was talking to a doctor in her office, and she suddenly said, “Look!  I’ve never seen THAT before.”

And she pointed at the calendar, on her desk.  Here’s a picture of it:


I’ve never seen that before, either. And, I’m not sure how to interpret this data.

Maybe, if the 16th doesn’t go well for people, we get a “do-over” the next day.

So you may want to prepare for that.

Thanks to all the doctors I work with (for their  vision and foresight), people preparing everywhere, and to you — of course!! — for reading today.

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