Work It Out

Happy hour.

That glorious hour where you thank God, Allah, Buddha, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph that you are no longer at your place of employment.

Eight hours is a long time to spend in one place.

I don’t even spend eight hours in my own bed.

And while my work is rewarding, fulfilling, enriching, blah, blah, blah,

there are some days that I just can’t wait for that sweet moment of freedom when I walk out the door at the end of the day.

I don’t spend my happy hour in a bar, though.

I usually spend it walking dogs, doing yoga, or spraying my furniture with coconut scented air freshener in a pathetic attempt to make my house at least smell like I cleaned it.

But then there are those days that are so hectic, so frantic, so chaotic, that all you want when you get home is a good, stiff drink.

And I don’t even know what a “stiff” drink is.

I’m just pretty sure I need one.

Sometimes just the thought of an after-work cocktail is enough to get you through the day.

On one particular day, I made a resolution that if I worked really, really hard that I would reward myself with a fruity concoction when I was finished.

I tackled my inbox.

I finished assessments.

I pounded out progress notes.

I scheduled long overdue meetings.

I consulted with partnering agencies.

I completed evaluations.

I paid my 5 bucks for the office baby pool.

I made copies, sent faxes, answered the latest round of e-mails, and cleaned up the coffee I spilled all over my calendar.

Ah, not much longer until cocktail hour.

I looked at the clock.



This was going to be a long day.

It is my understanding that supervisors don’t really like it if you have cocktail hour at your desk.

Especially if it’s 20 minutes into the work day.

And you arrived 10 minutes late.

But I really, really wanted that mojito.

So I had one.

Actually, I had about 12.

Mojito Melon Balls

 Meet the greens:



 Honeydew Melon

1 honeydew melon

1 cup  chopped, fresh mint (a handful will do)

1 lime (zest + juice)

Cut melon in half and remove seeds.

Use melon baller to scoop out the honeydew.

Zest and juice the lime and add to melon balls.

Chop and add the mint.

Toss gently.

*Tidbit: Add 1/4 cup of rum if you will be enjoying this after work.*

Otherwise, you’ll have to just put it in a pretty glass and pretend.

Just like you’re pretending to be too busy answering e-mails to go to that staff meeting.

You might as well get those greens in your body while your busy getting’ that green in your wallet!

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