Roundup December 2011

What special or unusual event occurred?

Well, Christmas, which was good (the whole season, not just the day). My parents visited for the holiday, which went nice. And then a cold. Then I visited my friend from college. And the cold got worse. I ended the year wonderfully sick with a chest cold and ear infection. (Then I started the new year with pinkeye.)

What were my accomplishments this month?

We got rid of my old chair, finally. It’s handy to have a Mom with a big enough car.

I did a good bit of cleanup on my desk at work. Not perfectly clean, but not hugely stacked up, which was an improvement. I can actually see my desk and some things that had been hanging around for too long were finally cleared off.

What were my disappointments this month?

On the down side, I never found the time to do any clearing out at home.

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

  • Whitecollar (I am really enjoying Netflix)
  • A Christmas carol, the play done by a local community theater. A bunch of people from my congregation also went, because one of our members was directing it. It was well done and true to the original, which I like.
  • Reading-wise, I don’t feel like I read anything special. Though I did discover Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series

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

  • Shelter sweater
  • Socks #21
  • Dragon cross-stitch — declared finished
  • Socks #23
  • Started another baby kimono
  • Worked on the last big seam of the top of the French braid quilt. Although machine-pieced, I decided to do that last seam by hand and then redo on machine for consistency. I was having trouble getting the points to match properly, and I could finesse it better by hand.
  • Started the Celtic cross blackwork embroidery

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Christmas parties and quiet days at home.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Craft fair success. My guild has a booth at a Christmas craft fair and this year we tested taking credit cars. We did this using my ipad, which I generously loaned to the guild for the weekend. It definitely worked; our sales were higher than ever. And I personally sold several things, which was gratifying.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Conference registration for next month

Trip to Nashville, trip to Dallas: air travel is expensive these days

Gifts

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

The leftovers of a cold at the beginning of the month, that lingering, nasty stuff down the back of the throat, which triggered a cough, irritated throat, sometimes sore, and the feeling of difficulty swallowing. It came and went in intensity, but eventually went away. But then at the end of the month after Christmas, I got sick again, with a chest cold. I was surviving that fine, until I got on a plane to visit my friend, which pushed the infection into my ears. So I ended the year with an ear infection.

Fortunately my allergies were fine through all this.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

Started the website work for professional committee.

Joined a coop for foodstuffs.

What clarity did I achieve this month?

Rest. Rest is vital. And I think that is going to be my main focus, my “one little word,” for 2012.

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