Aaaaaaaand we’re back!
Here’s hoping that those of you who celebrated holidays enjoyed them. We’ve had an amazing few weeks here with visits from family and friends, late night chats, video games, presents, and So Much Food.
My darling husband managed to buy two of the things from my wishlist (The Hufflepuff robe and the Sam Brown print) before I’d even published it. And Little Jedi was more than content with his Lego sets, Skylanders, and books. Hilariously, he was annoyed when the dog woke him up Christmas morning—-until he remembered that it was Christmas. My mother-in-law managed to snag a signed copy of Not My Father’s Son (which was on my I-hope-Santa-brings-me-book-list), and my sis-in-law Lyn (and friend and Monster contributor!) bought this awesome double-sided book The Thorn and the Blossom.
On the day after Christmas, Little Jedi always leaves for a week with his dad, so after returning home from the drop-off, I promptly threw on my Hufflepuff robe and curled up on my very large couch with my pup and my books for lots of reading time. The Beginning of Everything, Not My Father’s Son, The Thorn and the Blossom, and The Summer We Fell Apart all got read in a week, me sitting on the couch in my bathrobe and eating marshmallows and just generally enjoying the reading for fun. I’d virtually stopped reading toward the end of my time in school, paralyzed by the work I had to do. It was nice to absolutely devour books again for the first time in a long while.
It’s been a trying but wonderful year, and it was nice to end it with several days of relaxation before my long-time friend (and Monster contributor!) Cat and her wife Heather came for a New Year’s Eve/Day visit. We rang in the New Year with a little champagne and a lot of laughs, and a very long game of Cards Against Humanity.
This year I:
- Got Freshly Pressed.
- Turned 30.
- Got married. In Vegas.
- Decided to place Little Jedi in a language immersion school and started that process. He’s now halfway through his first year of kindergarten.
- Had a few health problems–a sprained ankle around the end of January, a bout of pneumonia in September, and a torn meniscus in my right knee in November.
- Failed written comps.
- Attended my first Halloween ball in New Orleans.
- Passed written comps.
- Failed oral comps.
- Conceded that my heart is no longer in that work and left school.
- Begun work on my next major project, which I’ll say more about as it comes closer to fruition.
And that was really quite a lot, most of it involving school and occurring between Halloween and December 10. This sort of upheaval meant, of course, that I haven’t gotten some things I wanted to do finished. Well, the upheaval of some of those things and my massive talent for procrastination. 🙂
I haven’t yet rearranged parts of the blog that I’d like to–a new header image, re-working the categories, and re-working some of the widgets–and I haven’t been writing as much.
And here’s a handy thing I found today. Last year, I used a 1975 Marvel calendar for my desktop background because it was fun and the days matched 2014. Well 2015 matches 1981, and it just so happens that Andertoons has the entire 1981 Marvel calendar up for download. Happy Christmas and New Year, Internet. 😀