I took a Friday off to accompany Keith to Jeff City, where his organization was having a meeting that day and where we would be eventually meeting up with the family. I had some errands to run, but in time settled into the local Barnes and Noble to write for a bit. I'll admit this isn't something I typically have time for, nor did I really feel comfortable doing as I worked for this company for some time. I've always struggled with relaxing in environments I'm used to working in as I find myself frustratingly hyperaware of my surroundings (I do this in hotels and restaurants as well) and essentially want to either leap up and help the overwhelmed employees or assist in diffusing a customer issue. Gratefully, neither scenario was present and I savored being able to absorb and soak in the bookstore environment that I always treasured as a customer once again. Sleep has not been an ally with so much going on lately, so I ordered up a nonfat hazelnut latte with an extra shot of espresso to slice through the mental cobwebs. I sunk into a corner cafe table, sipping the warming coffee on this blustery cold day, and typed away on my laptop for a couple of hours. The folk music overhead made for a comforting background and before long, I found myself in a rare serene and peaceful state.