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2016.12.02

December 2, 2016

When we were on Block Island in June, I made a little pit stop at North Light Fibers and bought these beauties:

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They sat quietly in their bag until Labor Day weekend, which is always when I start my Christmas knitting.

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And now, I am happy to report that my 2016 Christmas knitting is complete.

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2016.11.29

November 29, 2016

My great-grandmother’s china came  out of the hutch on Wednesday.
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We kicked off Thursday morning prep with an apple cider mimosa and a Bud Light.

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And when the time came to set everything out on the table, a good meal was had by all.

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After dinner, but before pie, I gave out the ornaments I made for the kids.

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Friday morning we were over Thanksigiving and on to Christmas.

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And in between one thing and another, I managed to complete the National Knit a Sweater Month (NaKniSweMo) challenge – a couple of days early, no less!

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2016.11.22

November 22, 2016

Yesterday I cleaned the crap out of the dining and living rooms.

Today I washed the tablecloths and cloth napkins, toasted the corn bread and sandwich bread for stuffing, and hand-washed my great-grandmother’s china.

Tomorrow I will make soup and stuffing, and peel and chop all of the vegetables.

It sounds like a lot of work – it IS a lot of work – but I really love Thanksgiving.

To me, having my family and friends in and out of the house all day is so completely worth every bit of it – the planning, the errands, the cleaning, the cooking.

Taking a minute to look around, surrounded by the people you love, and realize you have so much to be grateful for.  Totally worth it.

 

2016.11.18

November 18, 2016

Here we go, only six days left til Thanksgiving.

Our menu is finally confirmed:

pasta e fagioli
deep fried turkey
turkey breast wrapped in bacon
cornbread stuffing
roasted butternut squash
garlic mashed potatoes
roasted brussels sprouts
bacon braised green beans
sugar glazed carrots
So if you’re looking for me next Thursday, I’ll be in the kitchen.

2016.11.15

November 15, 2016

My cold hasn’t gone away yet, and I have managed to share it with the whole family.  Between professional development days and Veterans’ Day, the boys only had three days of school last week, and only actually made it to school once. Sigh.

Which made a challenging week a manic one for me. I was scheduled to attend a conference for work Wednesday-Friday, so my support team really had to rally.  Larry took the day off Wednesday to stay home with the boys, then my parents and my mother-in-law did a relay on Thursday and Friday to keep everything together for me.  I really am lucky that everyone lives nearby!

About that conference, it’s called Inbound and it’s targeted for Sales and Marketing people.  It is a massive conference – nearly 19,000 people in attendance this year.  I am very grateful that my company sends us to this event.

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This was my second year attending, and I will say that while I learned a lot about sales and marketing, I got a lot more out of it from a personal development standpoint this year.

Which was good.  Between the journal and meditation things I’ve begun, and the results of Tuesday’s election, it was a good time to stop and really think about things in a big-picture way.

Like Angela Duckworth’s talk about Grit. How success is actually not just about talent, it’s more about hard work.  Like in this slide, where she shows that talent and skill are factors, but effort counts twice.

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And even the search-engine experts had some very existential slides.

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Because it was so local, it was better/easier to take public transportation than to drive.  So bonus points for me because I got to commute with Larry.

 

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In between everything, I finally decided that this was the year I was going to participate in National Knit a Sweater Month (NaKniSweMo). I cast on for this on November 1, and I think I have a good chance of finishing it by the 30th.

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2016.11.08

November 8, 2016

Had a short but sweet road trip to Albany this weekend, for a baby shower for a dear friend.  Five of us girls piled into an SUV at 8am on Saturday morning, and tumbled out at 10am on Sunday morning. A quick turnaround, for sure.

I gave her a very cute little baby sweater I knitted, but I didn’t think to take a photo before I wrapped it, so I don’t have any photos to show.

I was blindsided by a crazy bug midafternoon on Saturday – chills and fever, yay – so I’m sorry to say I don’t have any photos of the shower or of the good times we had.

I’m still recovering two days later. I took yesterday as a sick day, but after a morning visit to the local PromptCare clinic, it seems I don’t have strep, so that’s a plus.

I spent the day knitting and watching television. As one does to get through a sick day.

Now I’m back at it. Loading up on cough drops and Tylenol to get me through the next few days.

 

 

2016.11.04

November 4, 2016

As you may know, I started on this running thing back in 2013, sort of on a whim.

I bought sneakers at an outlet, and when they wore out, I bought a new pair at a different outlet. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Here we are, three and a half years later, and while I’ve set and achieved any number of goals in between, I haven’t gotten any more strategic about running shoes.

At some point over the summer someone mentioned to me that a lot a running specialty stores will do a free assessment, to help you make sure you are wearing sneakers that are best suited for you.

That is to say, based on criteria other than color.🙂

Well, Larry and I had the day off yesterday to take care of an assortment of things, and so finally I went to a running store and got myself assessed.  Mind you, I don’t need a new pair just yet – the experts say that most running shoes are good for 300-400 miles, and these are right at 280.  Also, I went on my first run with the current pair on January 1, and my OCD brain doesn’t want me to abandon these until December 31. Nonetheless, we had the time, so in we went.

They had me remove my shoes and socks, then watched me walk and looked at the way I stand.

Turns out I’ve been wearing shoes that are best for stability. Which is fine in and of itself, except that the brand in question tends to run narrow with a high arch.  My feet are of average width, but my arches are definitely on the low side. Also, I’ve been wearing the wrong size – apparently most people need a different running size than they do shoe size. Who knew?

So they brought out a sample pair that was more suitable for me, and had me run down the block and back. They were better than my normal sneakers, but they felt too floppy. So they had me try another pair. And then a third.

When it was all said and done, I learned a lot, and walked out with a pair of shiny new running shoes.

I googled the sneakers when I got home, and the price I paid was the same as they are selling for online, so it’s not like the store marks up the shoes to pay for the assessments.

I’m pretty happy about it all.