November 2010 roundup

What special or unusual event occurred?

Mom came to visit me for a week, which led to a whole lot happening.

What were my accomplishments this month?

Mom really cleaned up my house! Which is not exactly MY accomplishment, but it’s significant.

I did make some progress in understanding the website situation in my professional association situation, which didn’t exactly solve the problem, but did give me some ideas for solutions.

I did have my first committee meeting at work about the use of social media at work. Several of the members of the committee, especially some of the few in management, complimented me on how well I ran the meeting — I’m chair — which did feel good. I’ve been in too many meetings that went on and on and didn’t really come to any conclusions.

The training course that we are developing at work is also moving along. I think my colleagues are really beginning to appreciate some of the possibilities and difficulties of the online teaching format.

What were my disappointments this month?

Mom and I didn’t really make the progress in scrapbooking her stuff that I wanted to. But she left behind one of the old scrapbooks for me to convert, so I can finally get some of them off of those old, acidic pages. That will make me feel much better, even if we didn’t make much progress with the really old stuff.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Patricia Briggs Wolfsbane
  • Nalini Singh Play of passion
  • Happily ever after by Roberts
  • Mysteries of the middle ages by Thomas Cahill bah! started but haven’t finished. Not sure I will, because it’s feeling like a generalization book.
  • Some easy romances
  • Knitting in the old way — well, I didn’t actually finish it this month, maybe next month.
  • Beyond the flood / Ian Wilson — well, even though I haven’t read the previous research on the Black Sea flood idea, I could feel this author doing the leap of logic thing a few times. I don’t really doubt the fundamental reality of the Black Sea flood event, but some of his later speculation — and it is presented as such — really makes me feel irritable. I could feel the assumptions.
  • Trojan war by Barry Strauss bah! Having read on this general topic before, I realize how much he is summarizing and generalizing. I felt like he was talking down to me. Of course, if I hadn’t read in this area, maybe I wouldn’t feel that way?

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • Socks
  • Citron — finished!
  • denim quilt — I’m stubborn, and the end is in sight!
  • Dishcloth
  • Summerweight cardigan
  • Purple handspun hat

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

Well, of course, Mom came to visit, but we also made a trip to visit a cousin and family who now live within an hour or so of me (been there for a year, and had I even called them yet?). Now that we’ve reconnected and know that they are close, surely we can make the time to do it again!

Plus, I visited my college friend and her family for Thanksgiving. I got to see her larger family, which was nice, since I had gotten to know them quite a bit during our college years, when I would visit a LOT. But the nicest thing was seeing her newest baby. He’s already eight months old, and the happiest, bounciest baby boy!

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Well, Mom, in her inimitable way, bought me a flatscreen tv, an early Xmas present. Plus, she gave me the gift of lots of cleaning.

I also received my first gift from my Secret Sister. She is paying attention to what I wrote!

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

I bought a mini-camcorder. I’ve been thinking about a video recorder, especially for doing the VHP interviews I like to do, but also just for fun. When I received the cash award at work in late September, I decided, THAT is what I want to buy, and so I did, once I found one that suited my idea of small size, and external microphone.

I also bought a new computer, because I discovered that half the memory on my old one was no longer being recognized by the motherboard. It was becoming agonizingly slow, enough to annoy me.

I also found some really cool gifts at the craft fair for my college friend’s children, especially the wooden toy gun!

I also, started buying Xmas presents, but giving those is for later.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Well, the ankle was still taking its sweet time to heal, but I felt a little improvement each week. Next month, back to running and building up my strength.

I ran out of allergy serum for dust mites, and had a slow time getting it refilled because my allergist went on vacation. My allergies have definitely been irritating, although not madly bothersome. The cold is finally letting things calm down a bit, I hope.

While I was away at Thanksgiving, I got a really nasty sinus headache, which definitely progressed into a migraine. Unfortunately, I did not have my migraine meds with me — slow refill — so  I had to fall back on others meds, which meant the headache lasted for three FULL days.

I’m really grateful for my prescription migraine meds. They really work.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

I feel like I was lazy all month with my Bible study. I was so off-rhythm that I found it difficult to focus. I really need to get back to that.

Also, in the process of transferring stuff to my new computer, I’ve begun to finally integrate my Android phone and my MS Outlook fully. I had to buy two extra pieces of software (well, one so far (gSyncit), because the other one is on trial (Google Tasks), but I think I will be purchasing it. fortunately, cheap). Plus, I feel like some of the apps on the Android are improving in recent months, enough to make them much easier and nicer to use, such as the Evernote app, Dropbox app, and Docs to Go integration with Google docs. I’m finally feeling like they are all working together. Of course, this all happens as the new Android tablets start to show up and my old ipod Classic starts to act up, which means that an iTouch is not that far away, and I may find that I prefer the tablet size to the smartphone size, but at least that can wait. (If I do one day get the tablet, I’ll probably just change to a super-simple cell phone and let all my productivity stuff be on the tablet.)

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1 Comment

  1. Leigh said,

    December 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This monthly exercise is interesting because it seems like a useful record for you. Sounds like you had a really good visit with your Mom.

    I wanted to tell you that I just found a master recipe for “cream of” soups. She starts off with the basic sauce and then variations. I’ve got it bookmarked and wanted to come pass it on to you. – http://www.milehimama.com/2010/08/23/how-to-make-cream-of-chicken-soup/

    Oh! I haven’t tried the dehydrated Swiss chard yet, but probably will soon because we had a hard freeze last night!


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