8:15 PM: What a difference a day makes! I am in such a better state of mind tonight than I was 24 hours ago. I took two benadryl last night (and slept really well), and I've had no more itching even though I haven't taken any benadryl today. I suppose I really got what I deserved last night, because I'm constantly stirring up the fire ants just to watch how quickly they scurry. Anyhow, I drove in this morning (with a fair amount of traffic, but I left early, so I wasn't late), and this seminar did a great job of distracting me from my work stresses and may even be giving me some really practical ideas for working on them. The training is being held off-site in a really nice training center with lots of amenities, and I really like the other people attending the session.
Tonight, I attended a social gathering at work (a picnic) and enjoyed hanging out with friends. Most folks were also going to go to a baseball game (Durham Bulls) but I decided to head back to the hotel (where I have a very nice room), do a bit of work, and relax. I took a shower, got on the computer, and found out that I got a reprieve on what I had to do, so I don't have to do any work tonight (granted, I could do work, but I think pampering myself is a higher priority).
I checked in with Bob and Patti, and the girls had a great day and were outside riding their bicycle and tricycle. Taking a break from parenting feels like a real luxury, and I know the girls are in great hands. I have also talked with Randall a few times, and it sounds like he's enjoying himself, making good connections, and hearing about interesting issues.