Although I have not accomplished many goals since my past check-in, I am going to write this post anyway, because it was a good week on many fronts. I met Eden for a very quick cup of coffee, during which she persuaded me to color. I can now heartily recommend it as a stress reliever, given how much better I felt when I went back to work. In fact, I gathered my colored pencils and decided to get some more colors that evening. Eden, you’ve created a coloring fool!
Over the weekend, No. 1 son asked if we could break our Scrooge tradition of not decorating this year. Once we had the lights untangled and put up, I had to admit that our house looks much nicer with the decorations. In fact, I was inspired to start going through the clutter of junk mail, seasonal clothing, and unread magazines and books in piles everywhere. So went the weekend, but again, it was time well spent, resulting in a more welcoming interior to go with the welcoming exterior.
Monday, I had to travel to New York City for diagnostic tests. Surprisingly, my DH was able to go with me, which made the trip more fun, and the drive to the train, then walk to the subway, then the hospital much less stressful. I was exhausted from the trip and the tests, but we needed to take our car in early on Tuesday, so we were up and out while I was still grumpy. An invigorating lope up a steep hill to avoid missing our bus to campus followed, which did nothing to improve my mood, as any of you regular readers can imagine.
So, good reasons and rationales all, but I need to start putting time in on writing. I have a rough month ahead of me–not all bad, by any means, but the kind of time that slips away unnoticed with far too much ease. DH and I leave to see No. 1 daughter and her family this next week, which will be great fun and a good break from the day job. Then I have a work conference in early January and surgery in mid-January, and before I know it, it will be a month from now. I will try to keep some habits going, and hope to cement some others into the routine. Wish me luck!
I hope all of you are doing well, and wish you all happy holidays and a productive break between Rounds. Please take a moment to visit a few other RoWers, whom you will find here