I’ve been trying to hold onto the holidays. Dishes have been languishing, laundry (mostly clean, but still) has been piling up. I’ve let a lot of things slide over the holidays: our strict daily schedule, playing music, any kind of caloric restraint, not to mention blogging, but that’s not a new thing this year, is it? My sister and her hubby and their adorable babe have been visiting, and I’m sure my sister thinks I’m the laziest homemaker on the planet.
It’s not really possible to be on full holiday mode as a mom, of course. The mornings are still early, the meals still must be prepared. We have been eating well. And we’ve had a wonderful time visiting; talking late, playing cribbage, rummoli, and even a round of The Game of Life. Halia has been trying to get her fill of hugging and kissing her little cousin. Michael even took Uncle Mikey bison hunting. They just missed the bison, but they got some great stories, and we got some bison steaks at the Super A and grilled them up tonight.
In the German tradition, there are jelly donuts (Berliners) awaiting me. Nem is offering me a Boston Cream, and I’ve got to wrap up before the next round of crib starts. Below, my traditional end-of-year summary, comprised of the first sentence of my first post of each month. I know I’ve been a hit-and-miss blogger this year, so I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that I missed the entire month of August. I guess that’s what happens when there’s so much living to do.
January: It’s a shameful almost-secret that once upon a time, in the dark ages of the blogosphere, I started my blogging career at MSN LiveSpaces.
February: I wanted to tell you about Jade’s fabulous birthday party, but we all had such a good time that we totally crashed and burned the next day.
March: My throat is sore, I’m tired, and I’m vaguely achy in my joints.
April: I have news.
May: I just got Halia to bed.
June: There are so many awesome things going on in my life right now, but I’m spending a disproportionate amount of time feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
July: I’m in Ottawa.
August: (Gasp! I made NO blog posts in the whole month of August.)
September: I went to The Medicine Chest yesterday morning to have a prescription for Famiciclovir filled.
October: It’s noon and I’m still in pajamas.
November: Tonight is the final rehearsal for the concert I’m giving at the Old Fire Hall on Thursday.
December: It’s midnight.
It’s been a pretty great year overall, a year of big changes for me. I’m proud of myself for deciding to give up my government job (and grateful to Michael for supporting me) and for taking big steps with my music. I’m looking forward to 2012 with lots of excitement and anticipation, and I am wishing you the same joy, with many blessings to come. Happy New Year!