Ah, the sun is shining, the day is agreeably warm and the kids are back in school! I’ve regained some space and peace and quiet and I swear I can feel my blood pressure dropping! Now I can get back to work on my neglected workshop proposal for the children’s museum. Some uninterrupted time to focus and space to spread out my notes – just what I need.
The economic news is almost as sunny as the day – the latest job numbers, released today, show that private employers added 297,000 new jobs in December, nearly three times the number forecasted. And at the same time job cuts plunged 34% in December to 32,000 from nearly 49,000 the month before. So while I didn’t win the Mega Millions Lottery (2 people are sharing that 380 million dollar prize), I am feeling somewhat more optimistic. The jobs report does caution that the numbers might be inflated by seasonal hiring (thanks to all the holiday shoppers) but it also mentioned that the shedding of jobs in the construction industry has slowed. If construction picks up – perhaps in the spring – environmental permitting work might pick up as well.
On the homefront we are getting off to a good start in the new year – beginning some new activities through the community recreation program (yoga for mom, hip-hop dance lessons for my son and my eldest is returning to studying flute). We have birthdays to plan for in early February when my youngest two both turn 8. And we are expecting the return of my middle daughter in the near future! We are all very excited about that.
I’m hoping my readers all had good holidays and are also greeting the New Year with a spring in your step and a more optimistic outlook! Thank you all for the holiday wishes and gifts.