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Happy for the return of a normal schedule

I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t think I’ve been as happy to see a Monday morning as I was two days ago.

It’s not that I was glad it was Monday (although I don’t have the same aversion a lot of people do to that day), but because it marked the end of the holiday season.

That meant a return to something approaching normalcy in my schedule. The past couple of weeks had been for me very much a question of “what day is it?”

With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Fridays (which for me was normally a day to do the morning Citizen and the weather at CFIS), it had thrown things out of whack to start with. Factor in not having to find guests for After Nine on Christmas Eve Thursday and not being able to for New Year’s Eve Thursday, and my schedule was thrown that little bit more out of whack.

Add in those days leading into the weekends, when things are usually a bit slower for me anyway, and it was no wonder I spent most of last Thursday voice-tracking shows at CFIS and trying to remember what days they were running so I knew how to refer to things during the show.

I knew it wouldn’t sound good to refer to the last day of the NFL season as being ‘today’ when my show was running Saturday.

I was very glad I got everything out of the way on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) since I don’t know if I could have done much on Friday.

People in my neighbourhood apparently decided to start celebrating New Year’s with their friends and relations in Atlantic Canada. I can’t think of any other reason for setting off fireworks at 8 p.m.

Those fireworks continued, off and on, until about 11, then started up again with a vengeance about 11:45 and went until about 12:30. I suspect there were probably a number of pet owners in the area trying to find out where the celebrators lived so they could go by their place at 6 a.m. New Year’s Day and welcome 2021 in their own fashion – with a drum and bugle corps performance outside the window.

Of course, on any New Year’s Eve in probably the past 15 years, I wouldn’t have noticed the fireworks, because I would have been working the phones for Operation Red Nose.

That was something I really missed, and am looking forward to for 2021.

In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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