Oh look! It's a milestone for me to reflect, and not make it seem like I've been remiss in my posting. Yay!
The wind is howling down from the tundra, in response to all the prayers for snow. And nature always having to have its little joke with us, delivered whilst the roads were full of drinking peoples.
As I approached the end of the year, I found myself torn between wanting to catch up with people, and wanting a meditation retreat. I was carving out small chunks of time to be reflect on how I was in the world, and how I felt about that. I was checking in at the end of the workday to how that felt in my body, and what could be done if there were some aversion. I tried to be in the moment more, especially when not at work. There are places that I work, that slipping out of the moment for any more time than it takes to check in on the rest of the morning/afternoon, would spell doom.
I ended up going to one party full of folks I just hadn't seen in a long while, and went home early and sober. The Carmel Apple Cranberry pie that I brought, needs a little tweaking. Also, I feel like I let veronica_milvus
down by not taking a proper sample from the _Cheese Plate of the gods_ from Surdyks at the party. Wish you could have transported there just for the little samply bits, and then gone back to your cottage.
I am strangely drawn to non-fiction right now: How the Brain Forms Habits, The Tipping Point, and First Things First. They dovetail nicely with my rethinking my world view, and my actions.
Christmas had some ups and downs. The gifts that I was the most excited about giving fell flat. I haven't been truly excited about giving gifts for a while, so this'll put a damper on future years. Daughter gave me a kindle this year, and I've already listened to an audio book, much of which was done while doing other stuff in the kitchen. It started out registered to her, though. That is a scary thing. You have
to mark your kindle as a gift, or it has all your credit card information available to whoever you give it to.
I've been combing the thrift stores for wool sweaters, and I am felting them! Now for a can of "get-er done" to help me make something with them. I'm thinking hats and mittens. I've been studying some of the more creative hats this year. I might need to get my sewing machine tuned, but the mittens can be done by hand. Well, yes I know that the hats can be too. But I might be too lazy for that. The nice thing about this is that the first thing you really want to do when you bring something home from these stores is to throw it in the washer. :-D Well, I have also brought home a stuffed animal, and it is going to be butchered for its "fur" at some point. It'll make good lining for some of these mittens.
I've also been rockin' the sample classes at the Y. They have had two weeks of them, and I tried to get as many sampled as I could once I figured out that it was happening. This coming week is going to be chuck full of New Years' Resolutionists. I'm thinking of Tai Chi; working with my Chi seems like it might be a good thing.
I'm looking forward to a little sunshine tomorrow. It really helps my motivation.
More light is good.